THE DAVOS PARADOX...

The town sign at the entrance to Davos, Switzerland. Photo: AP

 

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos creaks with irony: where the rich talk earnestly about solving inequality and big emitters promise to solve climate change – you know, at a “realistic” pace...

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ARE THERE ZOMBIE VIRUSES IN THE THAWING PERMAFROST?

Credit: Vahram Muradyan for NPR

 

Last summer, Zac Peterson was on the adventure of a lifetime.The 25-year-old teacher was helping archaeologists excavate an 800-year-old log cabin, high above the Arctic Circle on the northern coast of Alaska...

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CALIFORNIA ROCKED BY THREE EARTHQUAKES IN ONE DAY, SCIENTISTS EXPECT MORE TO COME IN 2018...

California from above. The state was rocked by earthquakes on Thursday.  NASA

 

Three earthquakes hit California on Thursday, one as far south as Trabuco Canyon and a second all the way up to a spot off the coast of Eureka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)...

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‘DAY ZERO’ LOOMS AS CAPE TOWN SCRAMBLES TO TACKLE WATER CRISIS...

A man carries water collected from drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring near Cape Town. RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images

 

With less than 80 days to go until “Day Zero,” when chronic water shortages may force Cape Town authorities to turn off the taps, officials are scrambling to persuade the city’s four million residents to slash consumption and put emergency plans in place should the supply be cut off.

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IF THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK WANTS TO BE RELEVANT, IT SHOULD AT LEAST HAVE A DIGITAL VERSION...

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveil the 2018 "Doomsday Clock" Jan. 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveil the 2018 "Doomsday Clock" Jan. 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Image: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

 

The "Doomsday Clock" is now at 2 minutes to midnight. Are you scared? Because according to the experts at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, you should be. This is the closest the clock (THE clock) has been since 1953, people. And that was a scary time in the midst of the Cold War, when duck and cover drills were being held across the U.S. 

 

 

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CALIFORNIA JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF SUING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION...

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses the lawsuit he has brought against the Trump administration for rolling back a fracking rule during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses the lawsuit he has brought against the Trump administration for rolling back a fracking rule during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,)

 

Here we are again.

On Wednesday, California filed another lawsuit against the Trump administration — this time concerning the repeal of an Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," on publicly owned lands. A coalition of environmental and tribal groups also sued this week to block the rollback of the fracking rule, which the Trump administration finalized on Dec. 29.

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SHRINKING MOUNTAIN GLACIERS ARE AFFECTING PEOPLE DOWNSTREAM...

Credit: NASA JPL-Caltech

 

Many glaciers seem to have already reached a tipping point, after which freshwater runoff will begin to decline...

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DROUGHT RETURNS TO TEXAS JUST MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODS STATE...

Graphic by Todd Wiseman

 

Just five months after the monster storm gave Texas its wettest month in history, much of the state is now in a drought — including areas that saw historic flooding...

 

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FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE? WE’RE NOT EVEN LANDING A PUNCH...

The dry bed of Lake Poopó in Bolivia, where steady warming over the last 30 years evaporated what little water was left. Credit Josh Haner/The New York Times

 

In 1988, when world leaders convened their first global conference on climate change, in Toronto, the Earth’s average temperature was a bit more than half a degree Celsius above the average of the last two decades of the 19th century, according to measurements by NASA...

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METHANE LEAKS ERASE CLIMATE BENEFIT OF FRACKED GAS, COUNTLESS STUDIES FIND...

UK fracking protest, February 25, 2017. CREDIT: Ashley Cooper/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

 

A new NASA study is one final nail in the coffin of the myth that natural gas is a climate solution, or a “bridge” from the dirtiest fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels like solar and wind...

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FORD SUED BY TRUCK OWNERS, ADDING IT TO DIESEL DEFENDANTS...

Video: Bloomberg’s Craig Trudell reports on the lawsuit against Ford for alleged rigging of diesel truck engines.

2017 F-250 Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

 

Ford Motor Co. rigged at least 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, drivers claimed in a lawsuit, adding to the tally of carmakers linked to diesel-cheating allegations worldwide that started in 2015 with Volkswagen AG...

 

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TRADE DECISION COULD DEVASTATE U.S. SOLAR MARKET...

President Donald Trump has not weighed in on the case so far, though his administration has re-opened the landmark NAFTA agreement with Mexico and China. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

 

A federal trade panel declared Friday that surging imports of solar panels have hurt U.S. manufacturers — a decision that will allow President Donald Trump to penalize Chinese companies but could also choke off the fast-growing green energy industry in the U.S.

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IT’S THE BIG NEW IDEA FOR STOPPING CLIMATE CHANGE — BUT IT HAS HUGE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OF ITS OWN...

The sun peeks through a canopy of trees Oct. 18, 2008, on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Park, Va. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Widespread use of a futuristic energy technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere would create severe environmental problems, scientists argue in a new critique, casting doubt on one potential method of helping humanity escape the worst effects of climate change...

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LLOYD'S OF LONDON TO DIVEST FROM COAL OVER CLIMATE CHANGE...

The Lloyd’s building, home of Lloyd’s of London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

 

Firm follows other big UK and European insurers by excluding coal companies from 1 April...

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HOW ENGINEERING EARTH’S CLIMATE COULD SERIOUSLY IMPERIL LIFE...

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Travel with me to the year 2100. Despite our best efforts, climate change continues to threaten humanity. Drought, superstorms, flooded coastal cities. Desperate to stop the warming, scientists deploy planes to spray sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere, where it converts into a sulfate aerosol, which reflects sunlight. Thus the planet cools because, yes, chem-trails...

 

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ANTARTICA: THE GREAT CRACK-UP...

A crevasse measuring a few thousand feet from an altitude of 1,500 ft., during a November flyover.

 

It’s hard to wreck a continent you can barely get your hands on. Human beings typically do our worst environmental damage in the places we live and work—clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains. Antarctica, however, was more or less out of reach. No more...

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HOW RISING SEAS AND COASTAL STORMS DROWNED THE U.S. FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM...

The National Flood Insurance Program paid out $8 billion in damages from Hurricane Sandy. NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR'S OFFICE/TIM LARSEN

 

Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater...

 

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ON THE CHESAPEAKE, A PRECARIOUS FUTURE OF RISING SEAS AND HIGH TIDES...

 

Mike Draper raised his house in southern Dorchester County seven feet to protect it from rising waters.  Photo by Dave Harp

 

Maryland’s Dorchester County is ground zero for climate change on Chesapeake Bay, as rising seas claim more and more land. An e360 video explores the quiet beauty of this liquid landscape and how high tides and erosion are putting the bay’s rural communities at risk...

 

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INSURERS SAY CANADIAN WEATHER GETTING HOTTER, WETTER AND WEIRDER...

Canadian Press

 

If it seems as if the weather's getting weirder, you're not wrong...

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THE BILLIONAIRE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING GLOBAL WARMING – WITH IAN THE CLIMATE DENIALIST POTATO...

 

Cartoon by First Dog on the Moon

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