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Climate change cost soybean farmers $11 billion: Study

Source: 
National Journal

A new study says climate change has taken a hidden toll from soybean farmers: Crop yields would have been even bigger if not for hotter temperatures in America’s heartland, National Journal reports.

Dirty air, Sahara dust blankets parts of Britain in smog

LONDON (AP) — Traffic fumes, dirty air blown in from Europe and Sarahan dust are combining to coat parts of Britain in smog.

The environment department says air pollution is "high" across much of the country Friday and could reach the top designation of "very high" in southeast England.

Studies blame Calif. drought, eastern cold on Pacific warm water

Source: 
The Washington Post

Two studies published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters suggest an area of warm water in the Pacific off the U.S. West Coast may be responsible for unusual weather patterns, including California’s drought and the winter deep freeze in the East, The Washington Post reports.

Water an issue for Beijing Olympic bid

Source: 
The New York Times

Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics doesn’t address the impact of importing water to make snow in the mountain venues, The New York Times reports.

Alaska's yellow cedar considered for endangered protection

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An iconic Alaska tree may warrant protection as a threatened or endangered species due to global warming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday.

The agency will begin a status review of yellow cedar, a tree revered and used by Native Alaska cultures and valued as of high value to the timber industry.

Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over Southwest

DENVER (AP) — Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.

The report that revealed the methane hot spot over the Four Corners region — where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet — was released last year.

No more nice guy: California naming, shaming water wasters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought.

State regulators are naming and shaming local water departments that have let water wasters slide — and forcing them to slash water use by as much as a third. They say it's necessary as California reservoirs, and the snow on mountains that is supposed to refill them, reach record lows.

Scientists map Caribbean seafloor as part of 12-year project

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. scientists on Tuesday completed a nearly two-week mission to explore waters around the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of a 12-year project to map the Caribbean seafloor and help protect its reefs.

A team with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied an area of 270 square miles (700 square kilometers), using equipment including underwater gliders and a remotely operated vehicle to help map the seafloor and locate areas where fish spawn. They focused mostly on the southern coast of St. Croix and the northwestern coast of St. Thomas.

California sets water use targets amid record low savings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California cities face mandatory targets to slash water use as much as 35 percent while regulators warn voluntary conservation hasn't been enough in the face of a devastating drought.

Underlining their point was data released Tuesday showing a new low in saving water. Residents did less to curtail water use in February than any other month since officials started tracking conservation.

Bloomberg, Sierra Club announcement on coal campaign

Washington, April 8, 2015, 9:00 am

The Sierra Club and Bloomberg Philanthropies to hold press conference on changes to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and Michael Bloomberg to speak.

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