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The death of Queen Elizabeth last week, has led to the ascension of a life-long environmentalist to the British throne. However, King Charles III will likely be much less of a climate activist than he was as Prince Charles.
As far as climate change goes, it’s not game over. Every fraction of a degree that we limit global warming reduces the risk of hitting tipping points after which significant changes to oceans and weather would be irreversible.
We’ve all heard tales of the legendary Fountain of Youth, a mythical spring that can turn back the clock for anyone drinking or bathing in its waters. Immortality is fiction, of course—unless you’re Turritopsis dohrnii, a tiny jellyfish the size of a fingernail that can return to its juvenile state, akin to a butterfly becoming a caterpillar again.
Heat waves. Drought. Wildfires. California is grappling with severe challenges brought on by the climate crisis. So, to up its resiliency game, the state is turning to a creature once hunted nearly to extinction and periodically maligned as a nuisance—the North American beaver (Castor canadensis).
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