This is the earliest the ski resorts have been opened in many years...They rarely open before Thanksgiving.

Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, discusses the Sierra Nevadas snow-heavy forecast, which is expected to bring some relief to the drought-ridden region.

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The feds say they’ll cut their own carbon emissions 41.8 percent by 2025. -

The government is the largest energy consumer in the country, and the announcement represents a slight increase over the 40 percent reduction President Obama ordered back in MarchReuters

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Extinction threatens more than half of Amazonian trees. -

A new study estimates that the Amazon is home to more than 15,000 species of trees, but up to 57 percent of them would meet the IUCN Red Lists criteria. The data underscore the need to maintain protected areas like parks and indigenous reserves. BBC

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Were turning the page on the mistaken policies of the past.

Rachel Notley, premier of Alberta, discusses the oil-rich Canadian provinces new climate change strategy, which includes a carbon tax, a limit on emissions from the tar sands industry, and a phase-out of coal-fired power.

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Melting Arctic sea ice could lead to more polar bear run-ins. -

A new study finds that as summer ice in the Chukchi Sea shrinks, polar bears are spending more time on land than they used to. So far, the animals seem to be faring OK in their new habitat—but being on terra firma increases the likelihood of encountering people, which could be dangerous for humans and ursines alike. Washington Post

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Fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, birds and other marine life exist in ecosystems that rarely fall within maps drawn by man.

Jonathan Jarvis, director of the U.S. National Park Service, discusses an environmental accord signed by the United States and Cuba on Wednesday to protect four marine sanctuaries in waters surrounding the two countries.

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Biodegradable plastic doesn’t break down in the ocean. -

Using biodegradables to cut the huge amounts of plastic waste is a nice idea, but a new United Nations report finds that the polymers only disintegrate after prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Thats hard to come by in nature, especially on the high seas. CBC

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Hawaii’s reef management plan ignores the aquarium trade. -

Hundreds of thousands of fish sold in U.S. pet stores hail from the Aloha State, where a mass bleaching event is devastating corals. Many of the collected species help keep the reefs healthy, but officials have dismissed calls for a moratorium on taking the fish awayChristian Science Monitor

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Sunday is the day of rest for wildfires, too. -

A new analysis of NASA satellite imagery finds that fires around the globe have a weekly cycle—peaking on Tuesday and dipping on Sunday. The authors, noting that natural fires do not pay attention to the day of the week, chalk it up to religion. Washington Post

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The United Kingdom plans to shutter all coal plants by 2025. -

The dirty fuel still generates more than 20 percent of Britains electricity, but the countrys energy secretary wants to build more gas-fired stations to make up the demand. BBC

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Oregon hunter is charged with killing a gray wolf. -

The state’s wolf-management plan makes it illegal to kill the predators, whose population numbers are in the low 80s. A 25-year-old man who shot the male wolf while hunting coyotes last month faces up to one year in jail and a maximum of $6,250 in fines. Reuters

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