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Colorado Wildfires

Published on June 27, 2012 by in Impacts, Science

A large wildfire is raging out of control and has forced the evacuation of 32,000 people from their homes near Colorado Springs, CO. As of the morning of Wednesday, 6/27, the fire was over 15,000 acres and only 5% contained. Temperatures over 100 degrees combined with very low humidity have resulted in prime conditions for

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Tropical Storm Debby

Florida has declared a state of emergency after Tropical Storm Debby (now a depression) moved across the state, dumping record amounts of rainfall which led to widespread flooding in many areas. Debby is already the fourth named storm in the Atlantic Basin this season, setting a record for the earliest this has ever occurred.  Debby,

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Southern Great Plains could run out of groundwater in 30 years, study finds

A recent study of the country’s two major aquifers (the Ogallala Aquifer in the Central Plains and the Central Valley Aquifer in California) finds that major farming regions in the US are consuming groundwater at unsustainable rates. According to the study, over one-third of the southern Great Plains is currently at risk of depleting its

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US air pollution hits 10-year low, report finds

Published on June 26, 2012 by in Science

A recent report from the American Lung Association (ALA) has found that air pollution has dropped to its lowest concentration since 2000. This improvement is greatly attributed to the Clean Air Act, which has set environmental regulations for the cleanup of major air pollution sources. More than half of the country’s most smog-polluted cities have

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In the heat of the moment: Three ways climate change could impact the game of baseball

Published on June 26, 2012 by in Impacts, Science

Climate change is expected to have (and in some cases already has had) a significant impact on the game of baseball. As weather patterns change over time, players will be forced to adapt to new conditions. There are three major impacts that climate change is expected to have on the game of baseball. The first

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