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It’s Clear Humans Are Changing World’s Climate, Panel Says

National Public Radio: Declaring that "human influence on the climate system is clear," a U.N.-assembled panel of scientists reported Friday that "it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century." The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which brings together hundreds of researchers from around the world, adds that "warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been observed throughout the climate system...

‘Heat Dome’ Linked To Greenland’s Biggest Melt In 30 Years

National Public Radio: Last week there were the pictures of an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan breaking off Greenland's Petermann Glacier. Now there are NASA images showing that in four days earlier this month, "Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations." The space agency adds that "nearly the entire ice cover of Greenland, from its thin, low-lying coastal edges to its two-mile-thick center, experienced some degree of melting at its...

Arkansas Mysteries: Why Did Thousands Of Fish And Birds Suddenly Die?

National Public Radio: The news that thousands of red-winged blackbirds fell dead from the sky in Beebe, Ark., on New Year's Eve follows the report that "hundreds of thousands" of fish were found dead in the Arkansas River, near Ozark, Ark., over the weekend. There's no evidence connecting the two incidents. Beebe is about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock. Ozark is about 125 miles away from Beebe, to the west near the Oklahoma border. The carcasses are being tested. The thinking as of now is that the birds might...