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Study finds Alaska's North Slope snow-free season increasing

Snow free sesason expands in AlaskaScientists discover that Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening due to atmospheric dynamics and sea ice conditions.

The study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, found that snow is melting earlier in the spring and the snow-in date is occurring later in the fall.

Researchers from CIRES and NOAA believe atmospheric dynamics and sea ice conditions are to blame for the lengthening of the snow-free season on the North Slope leading to issues such as birds laying eggs sooner and iced-over rivers flowing earlier.


Extreme heat warnings issued in Europe as temperatures pass 40C

Extreme heat in 11 European countriesEleven southern and central European countries have issued extreme heat warnings amid a brutal heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, with residents and tourists urged to take precautions and scientists warning worse could be still to come.

Authorities in countries including Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia are on red alert, the European forecasters’ network Meteoalarm said, and swaths of southern Spain and France are on amber.


Investigators probing source of black sludge near Niagara Falls

Niagara River sludge bwing probedNew York officials are investigating whether an oily sludge discharged into the Niagara River -- that tinted water near the base of Niagara Falls black -- was the result of mechanical or human error.

The leak occurred on the U.S. side of the falls last weekend and images of the smelly scene quickly gained exposure online. Photos and video footage showed a large blob of inky-looking, black liquid pooling near the dock of the Maid of the Mist tour boat, which ferries visitors to the base of the cataracts. Water could be seen streaming into the river from a nearby pipe.


EPA will reject change that Trump backer Icahn sought

EPA rejects icahn supported changeThe Trump administration plans to reject a proposal that would let oil refiners off the hook for complying with the federal ethanol mandate, a senior administration official told POLITICO, dashing the hopes of billionaire Carl Icahn and a slew of independent companies.

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to formally announce the decision within the next two weeks, the official said.


Top EPA official resigns over direction of agency under Trump

Elizabeth Southerland, EPA, resignsA top Environmental Protection Agency official resigned Tuesday in protest of the direction the EPA has taken under President Trump.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Southerland ended her 30-year run at the agency with a scathing exit letter in which she claimed that “the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth.” She last worked as the director of science and technology in the Office of Water.


16 states sue EPA over ozone rule delay

Eric Schneiderman among attorneys general suing EPASixteen attorneys general are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its decision to delay implementation of an ozone pollution rule.

“By illegally blocking these vital clean air protections, Administrator [Scott] Pruitt is endangering the health and safety of millions,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D).

“But attorneys general have made clear: we won’t hesitate to fight back to protect our residents and our states.”


Al Gore on 'Inconvenient Sequel,' Trump, and the environment

Al gore on new documentaryAl Gore admits he was frustrated upon hearing the news last month that President Trump was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, but since then he's become more optimistic.

Gore worried that a U.S. withdrawal from the treaty would compel other nations to opt out of the historical pact for adopting clean energy solutions. But that's not what happened.

"The whole rest of the world has redoubled their commitment. And in this country, the governors and the mayors and the business leaders have all said, 'We're still in the agreement, and we're gonna fill the gap. We're gonna meet the U.S. commitment, regardless of what Donald Trump does," Gore told the Associated Press last week at a special screening for "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power."


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