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  1. Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters
    A new study found that a major ocean current is carrying plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving it there.
  2. Climate Change Reroutes a Yukon River in a Geological Instant
    Melting water from one of Canada’s largest glaciers used to flow north, to the Bering Sea. Last spring, it reversed course, a case of what scientists call “river piracy.”
  3. Matter: Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth
    Scientists compiling a record of the atmosphere based on air trapped in Antarctic ice found that rising carbon dioxide has accelerated plant growth.
  4. Scientists Fear Climate Data Gap as Trump Aims at Satellites
    Even if Congress votes to keep NASA environmental missions, the nation’s climate monitoring faces challenges, researchers say.
  5. What’s at Stake in Trump’s Proposed E.P.A. Cuts
    President Trump’s proposed cuts in environmental programs go far beyond climate change. They would also affect clean water, law enforcement and pollution cleanup.
  6. We Might Soon Resurrect Extinct Species. Is It Worth the Cost?
    Scientists disagree about whether bringing extinct species back from the dead will result in a net loss of global biodiversity.
  7. Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy
    The White House is preparing to dismantle major policy actions of the Obama era, including a plan to close hundreds of heavily polluting power plants.
  8. Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find
    If most of the world’s coral reefs die, some of the richest and most colorful life in the ocean could be lost, along with huge sums from reef tourism.
  9. The Climate Issue: Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse
    Climate change is altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for viruses like Zika.
  10. Asteroid Misses Earth Narrowly, by Cosmic Standards
    The asteroid, 2014 JO25, which is approximately 2,000 feet end-to-end, was about 1.1 million miles away when it passed by on Wednesday morning.
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