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The race to slow stormwater and predict future rain

Floodwater damage in Arcadia, Wis., July 21. Heavy rains soaked western Wisconsin July 19 causing flooding across western Wisconsin. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Capt. Joe Trovato

High on a hill above the village of Cross Plains, Wisconsin the rain came down in sheets against the windows of the house where I was staying. As I listened to the wind thrash tree branches, I’d never been more grateful to be on high ground. After a few hours[…]

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416 Fire makes Coloradans wonder if wildfires have limits

416 Fire by Dom Paulo via Flickr.

The flames still raging in Colorado’s 416 fire are raising questions and increasing concerns as firefighters weigh options ahead in a warming climate. Heidi Steltzer lives close enough to the 416 Fire blazing through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains that she can see it from her window. “Our house is distant[…]

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Is climate change to blame for a whack spring?

Cover art by Anokarina/Creative Commons

Ann-Marie Taranto, a teacher in Raleigh, North Carolina, and her class of second and third graders noticed wild temperature swings during the end of February and first two weeks of March. In one February week, high temperatures fluctuated between 70°F and 46°F. “There were a lot of birds on the[…]

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A Very Hungry Caterpillar is Killing Trees in New England

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Walking through the woods near her home in Marlborough, Connecticut, Matylda Biskupski couldn’t help but notice that the forest seemed bare. “There’s very little shade. It’s very weird,” said Biskupski, a freshman at Rham High School. Throughout the summer, gypsy moth caterpillars munched on the forest’s green canopy, leaving trees[…]

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