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Canary in the Coal Mine—What the American Pika Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Pika are small, cute mammals that live in broken rock habitats or talus fields high in the mountains above treeline. Adorable as they are, these critters might have a serious story to tell about the impacts of climate change. Research is showing a correlation between the loss of ice and permafrost under the talus, and the disappearance of the animals. As temperatures rise, where pika live could indicate the health of a watershed—and foretell our future water supply.

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What Goes Up,
Tells Us What Will Come Down

Twice a day hundreds of people around the globe release large, tan balloons into the atmosphere. Weather balloons are still the go-to tool for meteorologists to get a true snapshot of how the atmosphere is at the moment at a specific location. What can these balloons tell us that satellites can’t? And, with balloons and satellites, why is the forecast sometimes just...wrong?

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Pay Dirt: How Farmers Are Using Less Water, Avoiding Pesticides, and Building Healthy Soil—All While Maintaining or Increasing Yields

It’s harvest time for much of the country and also a time to plan for the season ahead. For a growing number of farmers, that will mean planting something called "cover crops"—plants that control erosion, conserve water, build healthy soils, and reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides—all while maintaining yields. As H2O Radio reports, the "soil health movement" is shifting the ground beneath farmers' feet—for the better.

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Headlines for the week
ending Dec. 10, 2017

What should be the peak of California’s rainy season is instead bone-dry with winds that are fanning several wildfires. According to one expert, the state is experiencing a "climate emergency."

Warming in the Arctic freaks out a weather station.

After Trump drastically reduces its boundaries, Bears Ears may now be open to uranium mining, contrary to administration statements.

The situation in Puerto Rico is still grave and the Republican tax plan could make it worse.

The earth hums and scientists are diving deep to solve the mystery as to why—and name that tune.

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