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Brown pelicans rescued in January 2010 (photo courtesy of Tri-State Bird Rescue)

Connecting the Dots for Critters: More Weather and Climate Extremes Affect Wildlife Too

5/3/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

On Saturday May 5, 350.org is holding a worldwide Climate Impacts Day to draw attention to how climate change is causing more extreme weather and climate events, often with devastating consequences. We all have experienced or read news accounts of […] Read more >

Windmill in Roscoe, Texas. Source: Flickr (jcwade)

Finding Hope in a Texas Wind Farm

4/26/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

Many days it’s rather depressing to be a climate scientist.  It can be hard to keep a positive outlook when we seem to be on a trajectory toward more and more severe impacts. But, every so often, I get to […] Read more >

Photo credit: Flickr (koocbor)

Climate Change Jeopardizes Our Energy Systems

4/18/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is holding two interesting hearings related to climate change and energy infrastructure. First, on Thursday April 19, the committee will hear from several experts about the impacts of rising sea level […] Read more >

Lake Michigan, March 2012. Source: Flicker (farlane)

Great Lakes Ice: Missing in Action

3/13/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

After the fourth warmest winter on record, the extent of ice covering the Great Lakes is at a near record low. The extremely low levels are consistent with a study showing significant declines in ice levels from 1973-2010. This trend […] Read more >

Image: Flickr (mellyjean)

A Valentine’s Day Without Chocolate?

2/9/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

As far as I’m concerned, Valentine’s Day is all about the chocolate. What’s better than a day to indulge my chocoholic inclinations guilt-free? But, recent reports have me worried that the future of chocolate is fraught with uncertainty. This month’s […] Read more >

Cherry blossoms in the Washington, DC area captured on February 4, 2012 (Kelly Senser)

Wildlife Finding the Warm Winter Rather Bewildering

2/6/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

  Punxsutawney Phil might think we have 6 more weeks of winter, but the geese, daffodils, and mosquitoes have a different idea. Across the continental United States, people are noticing that it’s been unseasonably warm this winter. My colleague Tony Iallonardo […] Read more >

Kudzu (National Park Service)

New Plant Hardiness Zones Confirm What Gardeners Already Know about Global Warming

1/26/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

Gardeners who have noticed some unusual goings-on had their suspicions confirmed this week, and the culprit is global warming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday released a new map of plant hardiness zones, which confirms what many gardeners had already […] Read more >

Tuckerman Ravine Trail 1962, The Forest Historical Society

NH Scientists Speaking Up

12/29/2011 // By Amanda Staudt

Today, 50 scientists from New Hampshire released a letter urging candidates for public office to: “acknowledge the overwhelming balance of evidence for the underlying causes of climate change, to support appropriate responses to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, and […] Read more >

Credit: Max Greenberg (NWF)

Tips for Talking Climate Change at the Holiday Party

12/22/2011 // By Amanda Staudt

Several years ago at the holiday party for my husband’s company, one of his colleagues began spouting off about how climate change was not real. Those at the table who knew what I did for a living looked expectantly at […] Read more >

Report Card Reveals 7 Alarming Trends in the Arctic Ecosystem for 2011

12/1/2011 // By Amanda Staudt

For years, climate scientists have been saying that the Arctic will be the “canary in the coal mine,” the place on Earth that will first witness significant climate changes. An alarming new report from NOAA makes it painfully clear that […] Read more >