POPE FRANCIS AT WHITE HOUSE: CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION CAN’T WAIT...

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Pope Francis during an official welcoming ceremony at the White House Wednesday. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

WASHINGTON — Jumping into the issues of the day, Pope Francis opened his visit to the United States with a strong call Wednesday for action to combat climate change, calling it a problem that “can no longer be left to a future generation.” President Barack Obama, in turn, hailed the pontiff as a moral force who is “shaking us out of our complacency” with reminders to care for the poor and the planet.

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ACTIVISTS HARNESS THE ‘FRANCIS EFFECT’ TO DEMAND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Pope Francis. (Photo: Tony Gentile/Reuters)
Organizers hope the pope’s moral stance on global warming will galvanize Americans during his visit to the U.S.

 

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The Climate Change ‘Pause’ Skeptics Love to Cite Never Happened...

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Researchers find no evidence of a hiatus in global warming between 1998 and 2013.

 

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GLOBAL WARMING 'PAUSE' THEORY IS DEAD BUT STILL TWITCHING...

People stand next to the Rhone Glacier on July 14, 2015 which was wrapped with blankets as a protection from the sun near Gletsc
People stand next to the Rhone Glacier on July 14, 2015 which was wrapped with blankets as a protection from the sun near Gletsch

A study released Thursday is the second this year seeking to debunk a 1998-2013 "pause" in global warming, but other climate scientists insist the slowdown was real, even if not a game-changer.

 

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5 ANIMALS AT RISK OF EXTINCTION BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE (BESIDES POLAR BEARS

5 Animals at Risk of Extinction Because of Climate Change (Besides Polar Bears)

 

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STUDY: AIR POLLUTION KILLS 3.3 MILLION WORLDWIDE, MAY KILL 6.6 MILLION BY 2050...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide, according to a new study that includes this surprise: Farming plays a large role in smog and soot deaths in industrial nations.

 

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THE GATES FOUNDATION IS STAYING PRETTY QUIET ABOUT MIKE MCGINN'S FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGN...

The Gates Foundation says that an outside entity manages its endowment, but local activists are pointing out that Bill and Melinda Gates advise those investment managers. The Gates Foundation says that an outside entity manages its endowment, which has $1.4 billion invested in fossil fuel companies. But local activists are pointing out that Bill and Melinda Gates advise those investment managers. lembi / Shutterstock.com

Underfunded public schools aren't the only reason Bill Gates may be feeling the heat from his Seattle neighbors this week. On Wednesday, former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn, along with a coalition of 24 local activists and organizations, launched a campaign to pressure the Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels.

 

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SIERRA NEVADA SNOWPACK IS MUCH WORSE THAN THOUGHT: A 500-YEAR LOW...

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CALIFORNIA GOV. JERRY BROWN SENDS BEN CARSON THE CLIMATE EVIDENCE HE COULDN'T FIND...

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"Climate change is much bigger than partisan politics."

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SCUTTLING THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS...

Because it worked so well to scuttle the global agreement to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon (not), Republicans are trying the same techniques to undermine the Paris talks to combat climate change.

 

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FOR GOP CANDIDATES, BETTER TO BE WITH POPE THAN AGAINST HIM...

WASHINGTON (AP) — To some Republican presidential candidates, it's better to be with the popular pope than against him.

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SEE HOW MUCH THE WORLD HAS PHYSICALLY CHANGED SINCE YOU WERE BORN. HINT: IT'S MORE THAN YOU...

 

Sometimes it's hard to see change as it's happening around us.

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SEATTLE CALLS ON BILL GATES TO DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS...

Bill and Melinda Gates at an event in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this year. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Former city mayor launches campaign of daily protests outside Gates’ Foundation visitor centre till it commits to divestment

 

 

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WHY NASA’S SO WORRIED THAT GREENLAND’S MELTING COULD SPEED UP...

 
In this July 19, 2011 photo, rows of pressure ridges stack up, foreground, before tumbling over the ever-collapsing calving 6-kilometer- (4-mile-) wide front of Jakobshavn Glacier and into the Ilulissat ice fjord, background, in Greenland. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) This story has been updated.

On Wednesday, NASA briefed the press on its “intensive research effort” into the rate and causes of sea level rise, releasing a suite of new graphics and visualizations showing how precisely the agency is measuring the upward creep of the oceans, currently at a rate of 3.21 millimeters per year.

 

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PARIS CLIMATE TALKS OUR LAST CHANCE, PACIFIC LEADERS SAY...

A community in Kiribati building a stone seawall at a coral atoll to protect its shore against a sea level rise

Pacific leaders said Monday that upcoming climate talks in Paris are the last chance for the world to reach an agreement that can save their vulnerable island nations.

 
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EARTH LOST HALF ITS TREES TO HUMANS...

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A new global census of all the trees on Earth estimates that more than 3 trillion call this "pale blue dot" home. But the total number of trees on the planet has dropped by almost 50 percent since human civilization began.

 

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SARAH PALIN: WHAT OBAMA MISSED ON HIS ALASKA TRIP...

 

Washington (CNN)Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took issue with President Barack Obama's visit to her state, saying he missed some key points while in the region.

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HERE’S WHY THE NORTHEAST’S NEXT WINTER IS GOING TO BE FREAKISHLY COLD...

The eastern U.S. may see winter extremes—such as these human-size icebergs on Massachusetts' Cape Cod National Seashore in 2015—for the next few decades. (Photo: Dapixara/Twitter)

New research shows that vanishing Arctic summer sea ice—a consequence of global warming—may drive extreme winters in lower latitudes for decades to come.

 

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JULY 2015 IS OFFICIALLY HOTTEST MONTH ON RECORD. EVER!

 

Raging wildfires and apocalyptic smoke. Huge algal blooms visible from space turn seafood on the Pacific Northwest toxic. California’s drought. Alberta’s drought. Alberta’s floods.

There’s no doubt: it’s hot and weird out.

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POLITICS IN ALASKA, OBAMA TO WALK FINE LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY...

With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.

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