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Global Warming Is Pushing Microbes into Damaging Climate Feedback Loops & Raising Health Risks – InsideClimate News

All life on Earth evolved from microorganisms in the primordial slime, and billions of years later, the planet’s smallest life forms—including bacteria, plankton and viruses—are still fundamental to the biosphere. They cycle minerals and nutrients through soil, water and the…

What is climate change? – CBC.ca

Climate change encompasses a range of atmospheric variants, including rising temperatures, extreme weather events and natural disasters such as wildfires and floods. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) There has been debate recently about whether climate change should actually be called a “climate…

U-M researchers testing ways to make aspen-dominated forests resilient to climate change

(University of Michigan) In an aspen-dominated hardwood forest at the northern tip of the state’s Lower Peninsula, University of Michigan scientists are testing ways to make the region’s forests more resilient to climate change.

Cold weather increases the risk of fatal opioid overdoses

(Brown University) While the precise reasons are unclear, an analysis of overdose deaths in Rhode Island and Connecticut showed that cold snaps raised the risk of fatal opioid overdoses by 25%.

Climate Change Could Mean More Kids, Not Less

The effects will vary across the globe and could worsen inequality. Climate change threatens to affect every inch of life as we know it.  Some impending disasters are obvious:  rising sea levels will cause flooding, droughts will restrict access to…

Not All Military Bases Plan for Warming, Watchdog Finds – Scientific American

The Defense Department may be aware of the risks of climate change, but it still needs to do a better job of preparing its facilities for the effects of a warmer planet, federal watchdogs warned in a report published yesterday….

Democrats Have Set Themselves A Major ‘Climate Trap’

If President Trump claws his way to victory again in Pennsylvania and the Upper Midwest, his path will likely go through abortion and climate change, two issues on which the Democrats are most inflamed, confident in their righteousness and willing…

Has the ball lightning mystery been solved?

What is ball lightning? Scientists have been trying to figure that out for hundreds of years, and now it seems they may finally be close to solving one of Earth’s most intriguing natural mysteries.

Amazing June for noctilucent clouds

For the northern part of Earth, the season for seeing noctilucent clouds – clouds that shine at night – typically begins in June. This June has been particularly fine for seeing these electric-blue clouds. Photos and video here.