a field of pale green sagebrush in front of a mountain range at sunset

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The American West's sagebrush sea is rapidly vanishing

Once considered a rangeland weed, this plant is the cornerstone of America’s desert ecosystems

California's wildfires are poisoning drinking water supplies

Pipes absorb a litany of chemicals from fires and firefighting, which leach into the water

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Wildfires are burning with an intensity that microbial communities haven’t evolved to endure

As desertification threatens, synthetic biologists are pondering new ways of helping soil heal

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Yes, you can put a price on nature. Doing so could stop environmental destruction

Gretchen C. Daily won the "Nobel Prize for the Environment" for her work on natural capital

Climate change's future of pain and disease isn't imminent, it's already here

A new Lancet Countdown report presents the lifelong health consequences that a child born today will face

Wildfires are both environmental catastrophes and public health problems

The Kinkade fire is sounding alarm bells that cannot be ignored – that California is failing to keep up with what we know about fire hazard and risk

Climate is getting more extreme in every possible way

From precipitation to the carbon cycle to natural disasters, the outliers are now the norm.

100 vignettes that will make you excited to talk about the weather

Andy Revkin and Lisa Mechaley's book tells the history of weather, from the creation of the atmosphere to today

Tree-murdering fungi and insects increasingly contribute to climate change

New research suggests carbon dioxide released from dying forests equals emissions from 11 million cars

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What does California's future look like? Scientists asked trees

Blue oaks have up to 500 years of climate history written in their rings