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Unusually warm Pacific Ocean waters contributed to devastating storm in Alaska

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Release Date: 11/30/2022

Extreme rainfall exacerbates pollution threat from Oklahoma Superfund site show art Extreme rainfall exacerbates pollution threat from Oklahoma Superfund site

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Decades-old abandoned lead and zinc mines in Ottawa County pose lingering health risks to nearby residents — particularly as the threat of flooding increases. Learn more at  

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Can EVs meet the needs of rural drivers? show art Can EVs meet the needs of rural drivers?

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Manufacturers are offering a growing number of electric vehicles with longer ranges and all-wheel drive. Learn more at  

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Reducing energy use during the winter can save money and reduce pollution. Learn more at  

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Tree thinning in dense forests could bolster Western snowpack, researchers suggest show art Tree thinning in dense forests could bolster Western snowpack, researchers suggest

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In a Washington state forest, a research team thinned trees and created small clearings, leading to more snow accumulation on the forest floor. Learn more at 

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Seattle-area agency distributes free air filtration kits to low-income residents show art Seattle-area agency distributes free air filtration kits to low-income residents

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The Seattle and King County Public Health Department is working to ensure that all residents have access to tools for protecting themselves against wildfire smoke. Learn more at 

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People build artificial beaver dams in drought-stricken Montana show art People build artificial beaver dams in drought-stricken Montana

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They’re hoping that the new dams will eventually attract real beavers. Learn more at .

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‘Heat Ready Schools’ project helps schools keep students safe during extreme heat show art ‘Heat Ready Schools’ project helps schools keep students safe during extreme heat

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Shaded playgrounds, reusable water bottles, and training for teachers can help. Learn more at 

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Zoning law helps protect South Carolina’s St. Helena Island from sea level rise show art Zoning law helps protect South Carolina’s St. Helena Island from sea level rise

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The island is a cultural center for the Gullah/Geechee people. Learn more at 

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Researchers study how to help forests thrive in a warmer climate show art Researchers study how to help forests thrive in a warmer climate

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At a clear-cut area in Washington state, they planted 14,000 trees adapted to warmer conditions. The researchers are sharing lessons learned with others. Learn more at 

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For many Puerto Ricans who moved after Hurricane Maria, a sense of loss remains show art For many Puerto Ricans who moved after Hurricane Maria, a sense of loss remains

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A researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, has been studying the mental health impacts of relocation after a disaster. Learn more at 

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The remains of Typhoon Merbok wreaked havoc in the state in September. Warm waters enabled it to form much closer to Alaska than normal. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/