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As Arctic temperatures rise at a rate faster than twice the global average, the layer of perpetually frozen soil that lies underneath the tundra surface is thawing. Public attention has been mainly focused on the disappearance of Arctic sea ice, but scientists believe that the thawing soil, also known as permafrost, will have much more serious implications on climate change.

Permafrost occurs in areas where the temperature of the ground remains below the freezing mark for two or more years. Most of the world’s permafrost is found in the Northern Hemisphere, in northern Russia, Canada, Alaska, Iceland, and Scandinavia. …

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As coral reefs suffer due to the climate crisis, scientists in Israel have discovered some hope: corals in the Red Sea that are highly resistant to heat. Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Right now, the effects of climate change are devastating the world’s reefs. Experts estimate that half of the world’s coral reefs have died within the past three decades, and that all existing reefs may be eliminated by the end of the century.

However, coral reefs in the Red Sea seem to be “content” with the increasing temperatures, as Anders Meibom, a…

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In India, lightning strikes have led to hundreds of deaths over the past two months. The country is currently in the middle of its monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to September. “This year, the number of lightning incidents and lightning deaths is more frequent over Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh [states in Northern India] because the region is seeing intense monsoon rain quite early,” said Sunitha Devi, a member of India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences’ thunderstorm working group.

Climate change significantly increases the frequency of lightning strikes and rainfall. Global warming has contributed to a warmer atmosphere. Higher…

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A recent lawsuit filed by several Indiana environmental groups accuses the U.S. Forest Service of proposing a project violating multiple environmental acts, endangering a reservoir that provides clean water to over 140,000 people and unlawfully imperiling endangered species.

The project plans to selectively log 4,375 acres and burn 13,500 acres of forest over a time span of around 20 years to promote the growth of trees such as oak and hickory and treat forest health.

The lawsuit accuses the U.S. Forest Service of violating the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations in line with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)…

Chenyao Liu

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