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This map of dissolved oxygen levels in the Gulf of Mexico shows the extent of the dead zone in July 2017. Courtesy of Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. https://gulfhypoxia.net/research/shelfwide-cruise/?y=2017&p=oxy_maps

Dead Zone 2017: Even Worse than Predicted (and That’s an Understatement)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

There’s more bad news for the Gulf of Mexico. A team led by researchers at Louisiana State University this week confirmed the largest Gulf dead zone since standardized measurement began in 1985. The lifeless area of low oxygen in the Gulf is now at least the size of New Jersey, the researchers say, noting in a press release that because they couldn’t map the entire affected area, their measurement is an understatement of the problem this year. Read more >

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Photo: Partners Healthcare

Climate and Energy in the Health Care Sector: An Interview with Bill Ravanesi

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Health care has been in the headlines a whole lot lately, and it’s never far from our minds or wallets. It’s never far from our lungs or hearts, either—or, it turns out, our energy choices. How we make electricity, and what happens to our climate, have big implications for human health.

Our health care sector isn’t taking those connections lightly. Here’s what one expert had to say about how Massachusetts institutions are leading the way on connecting the dots. Read more >

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Space observations help monitor toxic algal blooms that affect shellfish in Maine. Photo: Henry Zbyszynski CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr).

Maine Benefits From Space Observations: Will Congress Axe Them?

, senior climate scientist

The U.S. House of Representatives appropriations committee approved of a budget that, according to figures my colleague Hannah Nesser calculated, includes over a quarter cut from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) Systems Acquisition funding compared to previous fiscal year enacted level.  What exactly is on the chopping block for this and other cuts to NOAA and NASA?  Are any vital to key economic sectors in Maine?

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Photo by Erika Spanger-Siegfried
NESDIS/NOAA
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The Native Village of Shishmaref, viewed from the northeast side of Sarichef Island. Photo: Eli Keene

Rising Seas Erode Homes and History in Alaska—Let’s Talk Relocation

Victoria Herrmann, , UCS

Climate change is amplified in the Arctic, and many coastal communities are talking relocation. The cost of relocation, often emphasized, is just a small part of the story–for these communities moving means losing a common history, a way of life and their identity. Read more >

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Seize the Day: RGGI Leadership More Important Than Ever

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

A pioneering program to reduce power plant emissions in the Northeast is poised to enter a new phase. Here’s why the nine states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative need to make as bold a step forward as possible—and how they can make it happen. Read more >

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