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How will plants and their pollinators face a warmer world?


Twice a day, Lorne Covington walks his dogs around his 20 acres in Skaneateles, New York. Covington’s lot is mostly wooded, with a four-acre wildflower meadow. Typically in July, he sees wasps, carpenter and bumble bees buzzing around the flowers. This summer the buzzing was for all practical purposes non-existent.[…]

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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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Was your autumn weird – again? You’re not alone.

At Brenda Whittaker’s home in Guelph, Ontario, the usually vibrant red and orange colors of her maple trees seemed dull this fall. Born and raised in Guelph, she has watched autumn change for 62 years. Whittaker wonders if warmer temperatures during the past few months are to blame for the[…]

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A Very Hungry Caterpillar is Killing Trees in New England


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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