Seth Borenstein

Seth Borenstein is a journalist with The Associated Press.

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Whale songs and war: The less talked-about climate change impacts

Climate Change is more than rising thermometers, wildfires, droughts and storms; it even has a hand in altering whale songs, flowering plants and civil war.

After Paris climate talks comes the hard part: a global carbon diet

Nearly 200 countries approved a first-of-its-kind universal agreement on Saturday to wean Earth off fossil fuels. On Sunday morning, like for many first-day dieters, the reality sets in. The numbers — and the work required — are daunting.

Science hasn't convinced many leaders to act on climate. Can faith?

As climate negotiators struggle in Paris, some scientists who appealed to the rational brain are enlisting what many would consider a higher power: the majesty of faith.

Faint hopes for Arctic sea ice recovery as levels drop to 4th lowest on record

U.S. researchers say Arctic sea ice hit its summer minimum last week, and it was the fourth-lowest level on record. Long term trends show no evidence of sea ice recovery, the scientists say.

Nepal earthquake: Kathmandu was 'nightmare waiting to happen'

One week before Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake, about 50 experts from around the world visited to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built region to prepare better for the big next one. They knew they were racing the clock, but they didn't know when what they feared would strike.

BP spill left big oily 'bathtub ring' on seafloor

The BP oil spill left about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated into a huge 'bathtub ring' on the sea floor, new research shows.

Ebola virus genome sequenced for clues

More than a dozen of mourners contracted Ebola viral disease in Guinea, probably by washing or touching a healer's body, and took it to Sierra Leone, according to a new mapping of the Ebola virus genome that scientists hope will help them understand what makes this killer tick.

Climate change impacts 'might already be considered dangerous'

Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.