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.

This Is How Much America Spends Putting Out Wildfires

Fire crews burn out an area at the Shirley Fire near Lake Isabella, Calif., on Sunday. Stuart Palley/ZUMA

As California burns, the way the feds fight wildfires doesn’t jibe with the reality of climate change.

WATCH: These Reefs Are Beautiful—But Most of the Coral Is Dead

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One tiny Caribbean island is scrambling to save its coral in the face of global warming.

Low-Lying Islands Are Going To Drown, so Should we Even Bother Trying To Save Their Ecosystems?

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A new study raises this troubling question.

No, Climate Change Is Not Waking Bears From Hibernation

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But the drought could be driving them into populated areas on the search for food.

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