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August 2011

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene has formed in the Caribbean, becoming the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season.  The storm, located near Hispaniola as of Monday morning,

Hurricane Irene update

Hurricane Irene continues to track towards the coast of the United States.  Already, tropical storm and hurricane watches have been posted in the Carolinas.  If

Climate change and species migration

Here are three articles all on the same topic: how climate change threatens to shift the distribution of plant and animal species. Want independent evidence

An Index for Ocean Health

The Ocean Health Index will be published in six months.  Funded by a $2.5 million grant from the Wrigley Company Foundation in February 2008, a

Imparting energy smarts to young consumers

A California nonprofit, Zilowatt, is teaching K-12 schoolchildren to conserve energy by turning off light bulbs. It is working in several school districts around San

Miles and miles of drought

It’s not often that a drought makes the editorial page of the NYT, but it happened yesterday. The facts of the Texas drought are stark:

Measuring your plastic footprint

Many of you have heard the term ‘carbon footprint,’ and many of you are taking steps to shrink yours. Now the Plastic Disclosure Project wants

July was the fourth-warmest on record

If you thought July was hot or wet, you were right.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S.’s average temperature in