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To fight climate change, we may have to return to the age of airships

At this point, staving off climate change is probably not a matter of gentle tweaks and nudges. We may have to give up cars completely. And our diets are in for a major overhaul. But one proposal floated by Austrian…

The legend of Skeleton Lake just got weirder

Roopkund Lake, the scene of what was once believed to be one of the world’s deadliest hailstorms, is located at an altitude of 16,500 feet in India. (Photo: Vishwas Krishnamurthy/Shutterstock) High in an uninhabited region of the Himalayan mountains of…

You and a ginkgo tree can help scientists study climate change

A ginkgo tree in Tokyo shows off its green summer foliage. (Photo: Blew_s/Shutterstock) Most of us can’t do much to stop climate change, but doing a little is still better than nothing. And along with the many lifestyle changes that…

Heat wave hits Greenland, melting 11 billion tons of ice

The record-breaking heat wave that covered much of Europe has now settled over Greenland. The warm temperatures have accelerated the melting of the country’s ice sheet and caused extreme ice loss. Greenland’s ice sheet — which covers 80 percent of…

Climate change outruns evolution, studies find

Nature doesn’t like to be rushed. But to keep up with climate change, many animals will need to evolve 10,000 times faster than they have in the past, a study suggests. Man-made climate change — fueled by excess greenhouse gases…

Grasshoppers have invaded Las Vegas

There must be a grasshopper convention in Las Vegas no one told us about. Because these days, Sin City is positively hopping with pallid-winged grasshoppers. “It’s a very common desert species,” Jeff Knight, state entomologist with the Nevada Department of…

Southwest may see 'megadrought' this century

The Southwestern U.S. is no stranger to droughts, but it may soon dry out more than it has in thousands of years. Thanks to man-made climate change, the region’s chances of a decade-long drought are now at least 50 percent,…

July on track to be the hottest month ever recorded on Earth

Don’t let that delightful burst of cool air that just descended on the Plains and the South distract you from the big picture. For most of the world, it’s really hot outside. In fact, climate scientists say July is shaping…

These Australian ants are bucking the 'insect apocalypse' trend

Some insects don’t seem to have gotten the memo about end of the world. Despite increasingly stark scientific warnings about the state of bug-kind — including a recent report suggesting 40 percent of the world’s insect populations are in steep…

Can Africa's Great Green Wall combat climate change and mass migration?

[embedded content] The Great Green Wall may be the most aptly named thing ever. It’s great, stretching nearly 5,000 miles across the continent of Africa. It’s green, consisting of millions of trees. And it’s a wall — not a solid…