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Obama cites North Dakota floods in call for climate change action

President Obama says potentially historic flood levels in North Dakota are a clear example of why steps need to be taken to stop global warming. Heavy rain and blizzards have caused eight rivers in the state to swell to flood levels and emergency management officials are warily watching the Red River, which could surpass record levels late this week...

March 25, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Four seal species in danger of slipping away

As Canada kicks off its controversial seal hunting season this week, several species of seals around the world face uncertain futures.

In Finland, the Saimaa ringed seal ( Pusa hispida saimensis ), one of the world's few freshwater seals, is likely to become extinct in a few years, according to the Finnish natural resources agency, Metsähallitus...

March 25, 2009 — John Platt

Obama takes to the airwaves tonight in second primetime news conference

President Obama must feel like a celebrity making the talk show rounds before a major movie or book release: He appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday, on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week, and also on ESPN, where he displayed his deep knowledge of March Madness bracketology...

March 24, 2009 — Adam Hadhazy

Green hair bleach?

The new blond is bound to be green—that is if chemists at a Japanese beauty company have their way. New research, presented today at the American Chemical Society meeting in Salt Lake City, has uncovered an enzyme that can remove dark pigment from hair...

March 24, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Scientific meltdown at Chernobyl?

Twenty years after the Chernobyl meltdown in Ukraine, radiation is still hammering the region's insect, spider, and bird populations.

At least that's what Reuters and the BBC reported last week based on a paper published in the journal Biology Letters by ecologists Timothy Mousseau of the University of South Carolina and Anders Møller of the University of Paris-Sud...

March 24, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

NOAA's Lubchenco calls for national climate service

Jane Lubchenco, the newly confirmed director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says she wants to create a national climate service that would predict the effects of global warming on communities, similarly to how the National Weather Service sends out info about the weather...

March 24, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Pollan hopes for star farmers, more local food

Bestselling food author and backyard naturalist Michael Pollan says that for the first time in decades, farms in the U.S. are on the rise. Since the 1940s, the number of farms across the country has been in steady decline, as ag giants gobble up acres, and family farms struggle to compete in a global market...

March 24, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

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