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Sick, hot world: Climate change favors disease vectors, threatening to unleash more pandemics

Global heating has so profoundly altered our planet that some experts argue it’s no longer about a changing climate and instead about a changed climate. In other words, the hotter world, more chaotic world predicted by climate scientists is part of our present, not just our future. And those changes extend beyond rising sea levels and heat waves to how diseases spread and impact society....

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“Record-shattering” heat wave in Antarctica — yep, climate change is the culprit

As climate change continues to increase global temperatures, scientists are focusing on the most sparsely populated continent in the world: Antarctica. The largely frozen southern continent has immense amounts of land ice that is gradually melting, causing sea levels to rise all over the world. A recent study revealed the so-called “doomsday” glacier, actually called Thwaites Glacier, began to lose large amounts of ice in the 1940s and is still melting today....

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Why the price of chocolate exploded: How climate change drives inflation

When you blend raw cocoa with sugar, it yields one of the most universally desired products on the planet, whether as part of a candy bar at the corner store or a high-end artisanal chocolate at a price point many times higher. But there’s a problem: The cocoa beans indispensable to making real chocolate have become increasingly expensive, with the price rising by 136% between July 2022 and February 2024....

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Why suspicious deaths and violence plague the seafood industry and what we can do about it

There is a certain romanticism about fishing, an ancient practice that brings to mind the Biblical Saint Peter, famously a fisherman, or perhaps the titular protagonist of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” Behind every fish, crustacean and other form of seafood we eat is a story, or how that food landed on our plates....

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Is chemical pollution and global heating driving an infertility crisis?

When the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos from in vitro fertilization procedures are “extrauterine children,” the right-wing jurists controversially put a halt to IVF procedures all over the state. But one thing that may have been overlooked in the debate is how we could rely more on these technologies to have children in the future, thanks to both climate change and the proliferation of toxins in the environment....

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