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Snow-Making For Skiing During Warm Winters Comes With Environmental Cost

Snow-making has been called a Band-Aid to the bigger problem of warming temperatures.

Professional skiers and resorts in Aspen face a problem this season: deal with patches of dirt caused by warmer temperatures or make the climate worse by making and moving artificial snow.

(Image credit: Patrik Duda / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm)

Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

Smallpox virus, colorized and magnified in this micrograph 42,000 times, is the real concern for synthetic biologists working on a cousin virus — horsepox. They

Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need, and worry about repercussions.

(Image credit: Chris Bjornberg/Science Source)

$40 Million Later, A Pioneering Plan To Boost Wild Fish Stocks Shows Little Success

Staff at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute sluice juvenile white seabass into a cage at Santa Catalina Island, in Southern California, where they grow before being released into the ocean. Thirty-five years ago, the state launched the program to bolster waning white seabass numbers. Now the first scientific assessment of the program finds it had a stunningly low success rate.

A California program begun 35 years ago to boost waning white seabass populations became a model for other states. Now the first scientific review finds the program had a stunningly low success rate.

(Image credit: Mike Shane/Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute )

Could Free Transit Lure Germans From Their Cars?

To meet EU air pollution targets, Germany may make public transit free in cities struggling with poor air quality. Here, a Munich traffic jam in 2007.

The proposed no-fare program would begin in five cities, as Germany endeavors to meet EU air pollution targets. But similar plans haven’t always worked as planned.

(Image credit: Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research

The top science adviser to the EPA, Michael Honeycutt, has been the lead toxicologist for the state of Texas since 2003. Texas cities, including Houston, have struggled for decades with some of the worst air quality in the country.

Michael Honeycutt, the top toxicologist for Texas, is the latest chair of the EPA’s science advisory board. But some scientists warn his views align more with industry than with scientific consensus.

(Image credit: David J. Phillip/AP)

These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They’re Under Attack

Ray Vester served on the Arkansas State Plant Board for 18 years. "It

In Arkansas, a regulatory committee of farmers and small businessmen banned the latest weed-killing technology from the giant agri-chemical company. Monsanto is taking them to court.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

California Officials Set Up Invasive Swamp Rodent Hotline

Nutria were believed to have been eradicated in California but the swamp rodent is back. Wildlife officials want the public

Nutria can grow up to 2.5 feet, weigh 20 pounds and wreak destruction wherever they go. State authorities believed they were extinct but recent sightings have led to a call for the public to help.

(Image credit: Michael Probst/AP)

What Canola Can Tell Us About Crops And Climate Change

Warmer temperatures are making canola and possibly other brassica seedpods open too early, reducing crop yields.

When canola seedpods shatter prematurely, farmers can lose a lot of their crop. Scientists have now figured out how this happens, and it has implications for similar crops facing global warming.

(Image credit: Andrew Davies/courtesy John Innes Centre)

Virgin Islands National Park Is Still Trying To Recover From Hurricane Irma

The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John’s has reopened but the staff is still assessing the damage to park buildings and the coral reefs. It’s unclear how long it will take to remove sunken vessels and restore amenities to the park, that before the storms, received nearly a half million visitors a year.

Plastic trash is killing coral reefs. Here’s how we can still save our oceans.

Better fisheries management will strengthen the health of coral reef ecosystems that now – more than ever before – desperately need our help.