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Inherit the wind

Environment | A powerful hurricane season brings dire warnings of global warming, but drastic reactions to uncertain climate models won’t fix the pressing needs of vulnerable storm victims
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/28/17, 01:22 pm

Hours after Hurricane Harvey deluged Houston with catastrophic flooding, some storm watchers blamed an unseen culprit for the storm’s massive destruction: global warming.

More caustically, they heaped personal responsibility for the tragic loss of life and property on anyone skeptical that climate change caused the storm or made it so severe.

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Last baby orca born at SeaWorld dies

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/25/17, 10:45 am

SeaWorld announced Monday that the last killer whale born in captivity at its parks died of pneumonia over the weekend. The waterpark stopped breeding orcas in 2016 after receiving widespread criticism of its treatment of the animals. Kyara was conceived before the program ended. The park said in a statement its staff worked tirelessly to treat the young whale before it succumbed to illness. Pneumonia is the most common cause of death of orcas and dolphins both in the wild and captivity, according to SeaWorld.

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Selective science

Climate Change | In an age of skepticism, some reasonable debates are off limits
by Jamie Dean
Posted 6/15/17, 02:52 pm

When President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, the president of France offered a sweeping assessment: Trump made a grave mistake for the future of the planet.

Trump’s assessment was less apocalyptic: He argued it would be a serious mistake for the United States to remain bound to an international agreement that burdened our nation more than it bolstered the future of humanity.

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