California Has the Country’s Most Ambitious Climate Goals. Will They Go Up in Smoke?

Deforestation caused by wildfires, development, and agriculture could be a major source of carbon emissions in California. Mark Rightmire/ZUMA

The case for saving trees.

We’re in the Process of Decimating 1 in 6 Species on Earth

A wood frog lays eggs on a pond surface. Many frogs like this are breeding earlier in the spring because of climate change. Mark Urban

The extinction rate is rising rapidly, a new study finds. And climate change is to blame.

Scientists Just Found a Way to Make GMOs Much Safer

Warning signs on the door to a Monsanto lab for GMO corn. Renee C. Byer/ZUMA

Biotech researchers think they’ve found a way to keep modified genes from escaping into other organisms.

The Gulf Is Still So Far From Recovering. Just Ask This Oyster Farmer.

John Tesvich slices open oysters on the deck of his boat, the "Croatian Pride". Tim McDonnell/Climate Desk

Gulf coast ecosystems were supposed to rebound after the BP oil spill. They haven’t.

Our Inability To Deal With Climate Change Is Going to Kill the Penguins

A group of Emperor penguin adults make their way across sea ice in Terre Adélie in East Antarctica. The seabirds rely on sea ice for breeding and raising their young, but declines in sea ice from warmer temperature may be affecting all colony by the end of the century. Courtesy Stephanie Jenouvrier

Many Antarctic Emperor penguin colonies could decline by more than half in less than a century.

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