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After 2-year gap, White House has a science chief

Nearly two years after taking office, President Donald Trump now has a Senate-confirmed science adviser: Kelvin Droegemeier, a meteorologist from the University of Oklahoma who’s gotten good reviews from climate advocates as well as climate deniers. Trump chose Droegemeier to head … Continue reading

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Climate change doom teaches lesson for today

Scientists say rapidly warming oceans played a key role in the world’s biggest mass extinction, 252 million years ago, and could point to the risks that lie ahead in an era of similarly rapid climate change. The latest analysis, published in … Continue reading

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White House issues grim outlook for climate woes

If current climate trends continue, the Pacific Northwest will have more summer wildfires, less winter snowpack and smaller numbers of the salmon for which our region is famous. The skiing could get worse, too. But on the bright side, warm-weather grape … Continue reading

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Whew! Chukchi Sea polar bears are in good shape

The first census of polar bears living around the Chukchi Sea, straddling Alaska and eastern Siberia, suggests that the population has been stable and healthy over the past decade. That comes as a welcome contrast to the problems facing polar … Continue reading

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Moonwalker stirs up a buzz over climate change

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  I didn’t invite Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt to get his views on climate change, but that’s the topic that created the most fireworks here today at the ScienceWriters 2018 conference. The title of the session was “Apollo Plus 50,” … Continue reading

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Ships set sail to trace tiny creatures’ carbon trail

After seven years of preparation, two research vessels are heading out of Seattle to begin a 40-day voyage to track how tiny organisms in the ocean affect the world’s carbon balance — and it’s a bittersweet moment for one scientist who’s staying … Continue reading

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Study shows Antarctic ice loss is accelerating

An analysis of satellite data collected since 1992 suggests that ocean-driven melting has led to a tripling in the rate of ice loss from West Antarctica, from 53 billion to 159 billion metric tons per year. The study was conducted … Continue reading

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