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The latest news on the environment and global climate change, the impact it is having on communities everywhere, and what is being done (or not being done) to save the planet. || News Plexus LLC — delivering your news in a convenient, AD-FREE and easy-to-read stream.

The latest news on the environment and global climate change, the impact it is having on communities everywhere, and what is being done (or not being done) to save the planet. || News Plexus LLC — delivering your news in a convenient, AD-FREE and easy-to-read stream.
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NewsPlexus Media September 5, 2019

Democratic candidates focus on climate change in town halls
Top Democratic presidential contenders talked tough Wednesday on cutting climate-damaging emissions from oil, gas and coal, turning their focus to global warming in a marathon evening of town halls that gave the candidates a chance to distinguish themselves on a topic of growing importance to their party's liberal base. The lengthy climate conversations promised to hand Republicans ammunition for next year's general election fight by emphasizing one common element in the Democrats' climate change plans: their overwhelming — and overwhelmingly costly — scope.
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NewsPlexus Media September 4, 2019

Democrats propose spending trillions to fight climate change
Democratic presidential candidates are releasing their plans to address climate change ahead of a series of town halls on the issue as the party's base increasingly demands aggressive action. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Obama Cabinet member Julián Castro laid out their plans Tuesday. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar released hers over the weekend.
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NewsPlexus Media September 3, 2019

Australia lowers Great Barrier Reef outlook to 'very poor'
The government agency that manages Australia's Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals' condition from "poor" to "very poor" due to warming oceans. The report issued Friday finds the greatest threat to the reef remains climate change. The other threats are associated with coastal development, land-based water runoff and human activity such as illegal fishing.
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NewsPlexus Media September 2, 2019

Teen activist sails across Atlantic to go to climate meeting
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City to chants and cheers Wednesday after a trans-Atlantic trip on a sailboat to attend a global warming conference. Thunberg, 16, and her crew were escorted into a lower Manhattan marina at about 4 p.m., concluding a two-week crossing from Plymouth, England. Hundreds of activists gathered on a Hudson River promenade to cheer her arrival.
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NewsPlexus Media August 28, 2019

Sanders: Support coal country while combating climate change
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has told voters in coal-producing Kentucky that it's possible to be a friend of coal miners and a believer in climate change and the need for cleaner energy sources to combat it. In blunt terms rarely heard in Kentucky's political circles, the Vermont senator said Sunday on a stop in Kentucky that bold action is needed to confront the dangers from climate change.
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NewsPlexus Media August 27, 2019

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures
Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska's blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record. Dead salmon have shown up in river systems throughout Alaska, and the mortalities are probably connected to warm water or low river water levels, said Sam Rabung, director of commercial fisheries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
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NewsPlexus Media August 27, 2019

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland
This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet." He is referring to geography more than the future. Yet in many ways this place is where the planet's warmer and watery future is being written.
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NewsPlexus Media August 22, 2019

Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui
Musician Paul Simon joined environmentalists trying to reinvigorate a Hawaii forest on Maui and planted a tree during a ceremony, a report said. The singer-songwriter visited Auwahi Forest Restoration Project with volunteers who are trying to revive plant life in the area.
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NewsPlexus Media August 20, 2019

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species
From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for shark fin soup.
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NewsPlexus Media August 20, 2019

Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier
It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier.
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NewsPlexus Media August 19, 2019

Steel mill sorry for spill that killed fish, closed beaches
A steel company apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. The National Park Service closed the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk beach areas at Indiana Dunes National Park and waters out to 300 feet. The nearby city of Ogden Dunes also closed its beach. The fish kill occurred near a yacht club and marina in Portage, about 25 miles east of Chicago.
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NewsPlexus Media August 19, 2019

Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month
July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did children in the coastal town of Nome. Wildfire season started early and stayed late. Thousands of walruses thronged to shore. Unusual weather events like this could become more common with climate warming, said Brian Brettschneider, an associate climate researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' International Arctic Research Center. Alaska has seen "multiple decades-long increases" in temperature, he said.
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NewsPlexus Media August 19, 2019

Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution
Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers. It's intended to boost the number of electric vehicles in a state struggling to control ozone pollution in its most heavily populated area.
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NewsPlexus Media August 19, 2019

Greta Thunberg's sailing adventure no pleasure cruise
Greta Thunberg's two-week voyage to the United States will be no pleasure cruise. The 16-year-old climate change activist who has inspired student protests around the world will leave Plymouth, England, bound for New York in a high-tech but decidedly low-comfort sailboat.
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NewsPlexus Media August 17, 2019

NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice
The fields of rippling ice 500 feet below the NASA plane give way to the blue-green of water dotted with irregular chunks of bleached-white ice, some the size of battleships, some as tall as 15-story buildings. Like nearly every other glacier on Greenland, the massive Kangerlussuaq is melting. In fact, the giant frozen island has seen one of its biggest melts on record this year. NASA scientist Josh Willis is now closely studying the phenomenon in hopes of figuring out precisely how global warming is eating away at Greenland's ice.
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NewsPlexus Media August 17, 2019

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record
July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 0.95 degrees Celsius (1.71 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the 20th century average of 15.8 C (60.4 F) for the month.
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NewsPlexus Media August 16, 2019

Climate change still threatens key US river after wet winter
Snow piled up in the mountains across the U.S. West last winter, leaving enough to thrill skiers into the summer, swelling rivers and streams when it melted, and largely making wildfire restrictions unnecessary. But the wet weather can be misleading. Climate change means the region is still getting drier and hotter.
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NewsPlexus Media August 16, 2019

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules
A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency eliminated the agency's Clean Power Plan and replaced it with a new rule that gives states more leeway in deciding upgrades for coal-fired power plants.
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NewsPlexus Media August 12, 2019

New Michael Moore-backed doc tackles alternative energy
What if alternative energy isn't all it's cracked up to be? That's the provocative question explored in the documentary "Planet of the Humans," which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by one of his longtime collaborators. It premiered last week at his Traverse City Film Festival.
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NewsPlexus Media August 12, 2019

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future
Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious.
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NewsPlexus Media August 6, 2019

Walloped by heat wave, Greenland sees massive ice melt
The heat wave that smashed high temperature records in five European countries a week ago is now over Greenland, accelerating the melting of the island's ice sheet and causing massive ice loss in the Arctic.
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NewsPlexus Media August 5, 2019

Scientists link Europe heat wave to man-made global warming
The heat wave that smashed temperature records in Western Europe last month was made more likely and intensified by man-made climate change, according to a study published Friday. The rapid study by a respected team of European scientists should be a warning of things to come, the report's lead author said. "What will be the impacts on agriculture? What will the impacts on water?" said Robert Vautard of the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace in France. "This will put really tension in society that we may not be so well equipped to cope with."
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NewsPlexus Media August 5, 2019

Plastic bottles sales banned at San Francisco airport
San Francisco International Airport is banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. The unprecedented move at one of the major airports in the country will take effect Aug. 20.
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NewsPlexus Media August 5, 2019

Climate protesters block entrance to German coal plant
Dozens of environmentalists are blocking the entrance to a coal-fired power plant in the German city of Mannheim in protest over the burning of fossil fuels. Mannheim police said about 40-50 climate activists have been staging the protest since the early hours of Saturday.
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NewsPlexus Media August 1, 2019

Ethiopians planted more than 200 million trees on Monday, which officials stated will be a world record. The ambitious initiative of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed aims to help restore the country's landscape which experts say is fast being eroded by deforestation and climate change.
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NewsPlexus Media August 1, 2019

Sailing to America: Teen to bring her climate activism to US
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat.
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NewsPlexus Media August 1, 2019

A third of Guam's coral reefs have died because of rising ocean temperatures, researchers said. University of Guam researchers said increased temperatures killed 34% of Guam's coral reefs between 2013 and 2017. About 60% of the reefs along Guam's eastern coast are gone, scientists said.
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NewsPlexus Media August 1, 2019

Holiday Inn owner to ditch mini shampoos to save seas
The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries that hotel guests love to stuff into their luggage. The owner of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels said Tuesday that its nearly 843,000 guest rooms are switching to bulk-size bathroom amenities as part of an effort to cut waste. The transition is due to be completed in 2021.
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NewsPlexus Media July 27, 2019

Rome tests recycling bottles for transit cash
Travelers in Rome have a new way to earn cash towards public transportation tickets: recycling plastic bottles. The city of Rome unveiled three test machines Tuesday around metro stations where passengers can drop plastic water bottles, receiving five cents apiece through a scan on their phones.
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NewsPlexus Media July 24, 2019

Teen climate activist to French critics: Listen to science
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has told lawmakers at France's lower house of parliament that they need to listen to scientists on the issue of climate change and act now to avert a catastrophe.
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NewsPlexus Media July 24, 2019

Has your doctor asked you about climate change?
In June, the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association were among a long list of medical and public health groups that issued a call to action asking the U.S. government, business and leaders to recognize climate change as a health emergency. The World Health Organization calls climate change “the greatest health challenge of the 21st century,” and a dozen U.S. medical societies urge action to limit global warming. Some medical societies provide patients with information that explains the related health risks. But none have guidelines on how providers should talk to patients about climate change.
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NewsPlexus Media July 20, 2019

Activists block UK roads in new climate-change protests
Environmental protesters have blocked roads in London and four other British cities in a new wave of demonstrations demanding faster action against climate change.
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NewsPlexus Media July 18, 2019

EPA restores broad use of pesticide opposed by beekeepers
The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday's EPA announcement — coming after the agriculture industry accused the agency of unduly favoring honeybees — makes sulfoxaflor the latest bug- and weed-killer allowed by the Trump administration despite lawsuits alleging environmental or human harm.
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NewsPlexus Media July 18, 2019

Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California
Officials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state's last two major oil spills. The newly revealed spill has been flowing off and on since May and has again stopped, Chevron spokeswoman Veronica Flores-Paniagua said. She and California officials said the spill is not near any waterway and has not significantly affected wildlife. The last flow was Tuesday.
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NewsPlexus Media July 16, 2019

City dwellers can have an outsized impact on curbing global warming
It’s no secret that city folk like to eat, shop and travel. But all that consumption adds up to a hefty climate bill. On the flip side, that means urbanites have a lot of power to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. By changing their diets, their purchasing habits and how they get around, city dwellers can help avert the worst effects of warming.
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NewsPlexus Media July 11, 2019

Trump promotes environmental record despite rollbacks
President Donald Trump declared himself a champion of the environment Monday, working to boost his standing on climate change and pollution issues in advance of the 2020 election despite having launched some of the most sweeping rollbacks in air, water and other protections in decades. Former government regulators and environmental advocates said Trump's promotion of its environmental record strained credulity. "Trump's environmental record is such a toxic disaster it should be declared a Superfund site," said Carol Browner, who led the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration.
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NewsPlexus Media July 11, 2019

23 governors join California in opposing Trump mileage standards
Citing climate-damaging tailpipe emissions, 23 U.S. governors signed a pledge backing California leaders in their showdown with the Trump administration over its plans to relax vehicle mileage standards. The Trump administration says American consumers increasingly want bigger, gas-guzzling SUVs and pickup trucks. It also argues that demanding ever-more fuel-efficient vehicles will drive up automobile costs and keep less-safe, older vehicles on the road longer.
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NewsPlexus Media July 11, 2019

France to slap new 'ecotax' on plane tickets from 2020
France will introduce a new charge on plane tickets from next year, with revenue used to fund environment-friendly alternatives. The "ecotax" costing between 1.50 euros ($1.7) and 18 euros ($20) will apply to most flights departing in France.
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NewsPlexus Media July 8, 2019

The war on SoCal smog is slipping. Fixing it is a $14 billion problem
The war on smog has been called one of America’s greatest environmental successes. Decades of emissions-cutting regulations under a bipartisan law — the 1970 Clean Air Act — have eased the choking pollution that once shrouded U.S. cities. Cleaner air has saved lives and strengthened the lungs of Los Angeles children. But now, air quality is slipping once again.
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NewsPlexus Media July 8, 2019

Experts warn of climate change's impact on Chesapeake Bay
When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt before it could flow miles downstream and pollute the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary. The old hydroelectric dam spanning the lower Susquehanna River is still producing power, but its days of effectively trapping sediment in a 14-mile long reservoir behind its walls are over. Behind the 94-foot high barrier lies a massive inventory of coal-black muck — some 200 million tons of pollutants picked up over decades from farmlands, industrial zones and towns.
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NewsPlexus Media July 8, 2019

Best way to fight climate change? Plant a trillion trees
The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a study says. A trillion of them, maybe more. And there's enough room, Swiss scientists say. Even with existing cities and farmland, there's enough space for new trees to cover 3.5 million square miles, they reported in Thursday's journal Science. That area is roughly the size of the United States.
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NewsPlexus Media July 3, 2019

Baby lobster numbers spell trouble for shellfish population
Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish's population will look like in several years. American fishermen compete with Canada for the same species of lobster, which anchors one of the most lucrative fisheries in either country. Some scientists have said the shellfish appear to be moving north as waters warm.
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NewsPlexus Media July 1, 2019

Melted Alaska sea ice alarms coast residents, scientists
Sea ice along northern Alaska disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents who rely on wildlife and fish. Ice melted as a result of exceptionally warm ocean temperatures, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The early melting has been "crazy," said Janet Mitchell of Kivalina. Hunters from her family in early June traveled more than 50 miles by boat to find bearded seals on sea ice. Bearded seals in the past could be hunted just outside the village but sea ice had receded far to the north.
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NewsPlexus Media June 30, 2019

Calls increase for Democrats to face climate change in Miami
Rising sea levels could threaten the very existence of Miami and much of the rest of South Florida, and Democrats are facing calls to confront climate change. The city of Miami has a $400 million bond program to finance climate change resiliency projects, including $192 million for seawalls, pumps and similar projects. Miami Beach has already begun spending up to $500 million to raise roads, install pumps and do similar work over five years.
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NewsPlexus Media June 30, 2019

European airports plan for net zero carbon emissions
An organization representing airports in 45 European countries said Wednesday that it plans to get airports to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Airport Council International Europe President Michael Kerkloh told a meeting of 300 aviation officials that the strategy's launch aligns European airports with the Paris climate accords by putting climate change at the heart of business decisions.
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NewsPlexus Media June 28, 2019

Heat wave outside has little impact on UN climate talks
U.N. talks on tackling climate change made limited progress over the past 10 days, with several issues still unresolved ahead of three key meetings later this year, officials said Thursday. Governments wrapped up their regular meeting in Bonn, Germany, amid a record-setting heat wave in parts of Europe. Australia, South Asia and the Middle East have also experienced extreme temperatures this year in what scientists warn could be a sign of future conditions in a warming world.
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NewsPlexus Media June 28, 2019

California was warned of climate change 30 years ago; now it feels the effects
Back in 1989, Californians received a sobering warning: The accumulation of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere would likely bring more droughts, floods, fires and heat waves to the state. In the 30 years since, those projections of what would happen in a warming world have proven to be remarkably prescient.
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NewsPlexus Media June 26, 2019

Mother sperm whale and baby dead in fishing net off Italy
A mother sperm whale and its baby have died after becoming tangled in a fishing net in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy's western coast, an Italian environmental group has reported. The Marevivo group said the Italian Coast Guard had responded to the sighting and surmised that the mother, which measured nearly 20 feet, died while trying to free its baby.
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NewsPlexus Media June 26, 2019

Study: Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece's whales
A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash — mostly bags — in the animals' stomachs, which can condemn them to a slow and painful death. In the worst case, a researcher said Friday, a 17-foot young sperm whale beached on the Aegean island of Mykonos had swallowed 135 plastic items weighing a total of 7 pounds. This blocked its stomach, grossly distending it, while the animal itself was emaciated and had starved to death.
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NewsPlexus Media June 24, 2019

Old spy images reveal Himalayan glaciers are melting fast
Cold War era spy satellite images are showing scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting about twice as fast as they used to. The Asian mountain range, which includes Mount Everest, has been losing ice at a rate of about 1% a year since 2000, according to a study Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.
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