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For Georgia to stay the 'peach state,' farmers are trying to adapt to climate change

Tue, 2022/08/02 - 1:49pm

Georgia is known as the "peach state." But warming winters due to climate change mean fewer chill hours needed for fruit. Growers and horticulturists are now experimenting with new varieties to adapt.

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People who want to visit the world's tallest living tree now risk a $5,000 fine

Mon, 2022/08/01 - 9:05am

Hyperion, the world's tallest living tree, has suffered as hikers in California's Redwood National Park damaged its habitat. Now, prospective visitors face a $5,000 fine and six months in jail.

(Image credit: John S Chao/Flickr)

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As Western flames spread, California sees its largest 2022 fire

Mon, 2022/08/01 - 4:58am

Crews battling the largest wildfire so far this year in California braced for thunderstorms and hot, windy conditions that created the potential for additional fire growth Sunday.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

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A Greenland shark, one of the longest-living animals on Earth, was caught near Belize

Sun, 2022/07/31 - 6:10pm

This was the first time a Greenland shark was reported in the western Caribbean, researchers said. This species of shark is typically found in the Arctic and thousands of feet below the ocean surface.

(Image credit: Devanshi Kasana)

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Banana Boat recalled a sunscreen spray after detecting trace amounts of a carcinogen

Sun, 2022/07/31 - 9:28am

The maker of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 said trace amounts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene were found in the propellant that sprays the product from the can.

(Image credit: Edgewell Personal Care)

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On a stunning Hawaiian mountain, the fight over telescopes is nearing a peaceful end

Sun, 2022/07/31 - 2:00am

Mauna Kea is considered sacred to Native Hawaiians. It also happens to be ideal for space observatories. Now, a long running fight over the mountain's future may be coming to an end.

(Image credit: Andrew Richard Hara/W. M. Keck Observatory)

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Professional landscapers are reluctant to plug into electric mowers due to cost

Sat, 2022/07/30 - 2:00am

A heavy duty commercial electric mower with long-lasting batteries can cost nearly $30,000, more than three times what a comparable gas-powered machine sells for.

(Image credit: Matthew Schuerman)

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Behind this locked door is the white abalone's best chance of avoiding extinction

Fri, 2022/07/29 - 2:00am

Behind a black door and a sign that reads "Authorized Personnel Only" is a project that aims to bring the white abalone back from the brink of extinction.

(Image credit: Chad Campbell)

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Climate experts experience an odd sensation after the Manchin budget deal: optimism

Fri, 2022/07/29 - 2:00am

Democrats in Congress look ready to pass legislation with significant climate change elements that would push the country closer to President Biden's ambitious goals.

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Congress Democrats appear ready to pass new legislation with focus on climate change

Thu, 2022/07/28 - 4:41pm

Democrats in Congress look ready to pass new legislation with significant climate change elements that push the country closer to President Biden's goals.

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Fireproofing your home isn't very expensive — but few states require it

Thu, 2022/07/28 - 2:07pm

Many Western states lack building codes for wildfire-resistant homes. But a new study finds the costs can be minimal, undercutting long-held building industry arguments against such codes.

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Sprite ditches its iconic green bottle — but environmentalists say it's not enough

Thu, 2022/07/28 - 9:13am

For decades, the lemon-lime drink has come in green bottles — but clear plastic is more easily recycled, the company says. Environmentalists say the issue is not the color but the single-use plastic.

(Image credit: Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images; The Coca-Cola Co.)

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These hurricane flood maps reveal the climate future for Miami, NYC and D.C.

Thu, 2022/07/28 - 2:00am

National Hurricane Center data for Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City show development happening in at-risk areas, even as climate change brings more frequent and intense storms.

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Cleaning a great floating garbage patch the size of Texas

Wed, 2022/07/27 - 2:30pm

The Kwai, a 140-foot cargo ship, just made a 45-day round trip from Hawaii and back. It's load? About 96 tons of trash from a floating garbage patch the size of Texas.

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James Lovelock, who theorized that Earth is a living organism, dies at 103

Wed, 2022/07/27 - 1:30pm

James Lovelock, the British environmental scientist whose influential Gaia theory sees the Earth as a living organism gravely imperiled by human activity, has died on his 103rd birthday.

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Hundreds in northern Arizona are facing flooding

Tue, 2022/07/26 - 2:26pm

Arizona is experiencing its worst drought in 1,200 years, but in one place there's too much water. Hundreds of homes in Flagstaff are threatened by brief monsoon thunderstorms on wildfire burn scars.

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Crews are making progress against a destructive forest fire near Yosemite

Tue, 2022/07/26 - 10:01am

Crews battling the Oak Fire in California's Mariposa County got a break from increased humidity levels. The blaze, which forced the evacuations of thousands, was 26% contained, Cal Fire said.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

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Outfitting cows with GPS trackers could be good for ranchers and prairie birds

Mon, 2022/07/25 - 1:45pm

In Kansas, some cattle are now wearing GPS trackers. It's part of a plan to see if invisible fences can help ranchers grow healthy grass while also protecting disappearing prairie birds.

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Monarch butterflies have been declared endangered. What can we do to save them?

Sun, 2022/07/24 - 4:59am

Ayesha Rascoe speaks with conservation biologist Karen Oberhauser about why the migratory monarch butterfly was just declared endangered, and what can be done in response.

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I went seaweed foraging for the first time and hit the mother lode

Sun, 2022/07/24 - 2:00am

Foraging has grown into a movement over the last few years, including from your local ocean where it's now peak seaweed season. I went to see what the excitement was about.

(Image credit: Eugene Kim)

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