‘THE EXTRAORDINARY YEARS HAVE BECOME THE NORMAL YEARS’: SCIENTISTS SURVEY RADICAL ARCTIC MELT...

This July 13 image captured by a device on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows Franz Josef Land in the Arctic Ocean. (AFP/NASA)

A group of scientists studying a broad range of Arctic systems — from sea ice to permafrost to the Greenland ice sheet — gathered in D.C. Wednesday to lay out just how extreme a year 2016 has been so far for the northern cap of the planet...

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AMERICANS ARE BECOMING MORE WORRIED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. HERE’S WHY...

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Another major public opinion analysis confirms that Americans are growing substantially more “Alarmed” and “Concerned” about global warming, while at the same time becoming less “Doubtful” and “Dismissive.”

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THE FAKE FACTORY THAT PUMPED OUT REAL MONEY...(long read)

Making High-Quality Bio-Diesel is hard. Getting paid $100 million To Not

Make It Was Kind of a snap.

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ALASKA BAKES IN HEAT WAVE WHILE ARCTIC SEA ICE CONTINUES TO MELT...

This photo taken Monday, June 17, 2013, shows people sunning at Goose Lake in Anchorage, Alaska. The current heat wave baking Alaska rivaled and in some cases exceeded the 2013 heat wave. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark Thiessen

The Arctic is experiencing a heat wave...

 

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EXXON CLIMATE PROBE TAKES SURREAL TURN AS CONGRESSMAN SUBPOENAS STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL...

Rep. Lamar Smith seen on Capitol Hill in 2013 on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Image: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via ap

The Republican chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee issued subpoenas of two state attorneys general and eight environmental organizations on Wednesday, seeking records about their investigation into ExxonMobil Corp's climate denial activities...

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TTIP PROPOSAL CASTS DOUBT ON G20 CLIMATE PLEDGE, LEAKED EU DRAFT SHOWS...

Dan Mullaney, chief US TTIP negotiator (R) and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, his EU counterpart at the 14th round of the TTIP talks in Brussels, 11 to 15 July. Photograph: Lieven Creemers/EC Press office

Draft proposal reveals new loopholes on a pledge to phase out fossil fuel subsidies within a decade...

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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY’S PLATFORM SAYS COAL IS ‘CLEAN’ ENERGY...UNBELIEVABLE!

In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. credit: AP Photo/Jim Cole

For the Republican Party, internet porn is a “public health crisis.” Coal, however, is perfectly “clean.” I know cows more intelligent then this...

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HOW GROWING SEA PLANTS CAN HELP SLOW OCEAN ACIDIFICATION...

 Harvesting kelp, shown here off the California coast, removes CO2 from the ecosystem. credit: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA

Researchers are finding that kelp, eelgrass, and other vegetation can effectively absorb CO2 and reduce acidity in the ocean. Growing these plants in local waters, scientists say, could help mitigate the damaging impacts of acidification on marine life...

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FOOD SHORTAGES AND SEA LEVEL RISE US VOTERS' TOP CLIMATE CHANGE CONCERNS...

The island village of Kivalina, an Alaska Native community at risk from rising sea levels, another top concern of US voters surveyed by Guardian US. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Survey of Guardian readers appalled at lack of climate discussion in 2016 campaign finds food and water shortages viewed as most pressing consequence...

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IF CARBON PRICING IS SO GREAT, WHY ISN’T IT WORKING?

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Political hurdles and low prices have made carbon pricing a low-impact affair. But there’s still hope it can help limit climate change...

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TELL CONGRESS: DENOUNCE THE WEB OF DENIAL...

Tonight on the Senate floor, senators are exposing the Web of Denial, the fossil fuel-funded effort to mislead the public on climate science.  

Stand with them. Tell your members of Congress to support the resolution calling out the Web of Denial today.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Take action!

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EXXON IS STILL HELPING FUND THE SPREAD OF CLIMATE DENIAL...

CREDIT: AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File

ExxonMobil — the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company — has had an interesting year. In September, two investigations by InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times revealed that the company’s own scientists had recognized the dangers posed by climate change as far back as 1977, and yet did nothing about it...

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THE WORLD’S CLOUDS ARE IN DIFFERENT PLACES THAN THEY WERE 30 YEARS AGO...

         

Global cloud patterns (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

In a new study published in Nature on Monday, scientists say they have for the first time thoroughly documented one of the most profound planetary changes yet to be caused by a warming climate: The distribution of clouds all across the Earth has shifted, they say...

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DEAD SEAS: GREAT SALT LAKE FACES RUIN...

America’s iconic Great Salt Lake is rapidly shrinking due to drought, climate change and misguided water management schemes. Utah is considering another major water diversion project that would further deplete the lake's inflows. Photo by Jeremy P. Jacobs.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- For a long time, the lake that lends its name to this city was taken for granted by most here and treated as a sewer by some of the nation's biggest polluters.

But the Great Salt Lake can no longer be ignored...

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GLOBAL WARMING TIDINGS GET AN ADDED BOOST AFTER CLOUDY CLIMATE ISSUE CLEARED UP...

Clouds play contradictory roles in climate change. Photo: Shannon Hall

The world's storm tracks are shifting polewards and clouds are rising higher in the atmosphere, two trends that are likely to exacerbate global warming, US scientists say...
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CLIMATE CHANGE MAY ALREADY BE SHIFTING CLOUDS TOWARD THE POLES...

About 70 percent of Earth is covered by clouds at any given moment. Their interaction with climate isn't easy to study, scientists say; these shape-shifters move quickly. NOAA/Flickr

The way clouds cover the Earth may be changing because of global warming, according to a study published Monday that used satellite data to track cloud patterns across about two decades, starting in the 1980s...

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ANOTHER INCONVENIENT TRUTH: IT’S HARD TO AGREE HOW TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE...

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By just about any measure, the movement to battle climate change has grown so large that the truths of Al Gore’s decade-old movie now seem more mainstream than inconvenient...

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THE DAMAGE WROUGHT BY ACIDIC OCEANS HURTS MORE THAN MARINE LIFE AND LASTS LONGER THAN YOU THINK...

The milky white clouds in this algal bloom in the Barent Sea, off Norway and Russia, are the result of phytoplankton producing shells made of chalk. (Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC / NASA's Earth Observatory)

A milky white cloud blooms in the Barents Sea, so vast it can be seen from space...

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WE JUST BROKE THE RECORD FOR HOTTEST YEAR, NINE STRAIGHT TIMES...

This image released by NASA’s Earth Observatory Team from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), an instrument on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, shows the land surface temperature as observed by MODIS in Asia between April 15 to April 23, 2016. Yellow shows the warmest temperatures. Photograph: AP

Earth’s record hottest 12 consecutive months were set in each month ending in September 2015 through May 2016...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MAKES FLOOD MORE LIKELY, MORE DAMAGING, EXPERTS SAY...

A map from the National Weather Service shows the intensity of the rains that brought floods to the region. National Weather Service graphic

Heavy rainstorms like those that caused last week’s devasting flooding across a 12-county region of West Virginia are almost certainly made more frequent and more intense by global warming that is fueled by the buildup of greenhouse gas emissions, some of the nation’s top climate science experts say...

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AUSTRALIA’S OTHER GREAT REEF IS ALSO SCREWED...

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While the world panics about the Great Barrier Reef, an even larger and more valuable habitat is collapsing under our noses...

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JUNE WAS RECORD-HOT FOR THE U.S., AND BILLION-DOLLAR WEATHER DISASTERS SURGE TO EIGHT...

Linda Balas looks at the remains of a vacation home in Wimberley, Tex., in 2015, where eight of her friends from Corpus Christi were swept away in a flood. The United States has endured eight weather-related billion-dollar disasters so far in 2016. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Last month was the hottest June on record for the Lower 48...

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SIGN THE PETITION TO CNN AND TELL THEM: STOP SHILLING FOR BIG OIL AND START REPORTING ON CLIMATE CHANGE!!!

CNN recently dedicated five times more air time to fossil fuel advertising than it did to climate coverage...

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THE SOLAR BOOM MSNBC (VIDEO)...

 

For decades, solar power was so expensive, few could afford it. That's now changing...

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AUSTRALIA'S VAST KELP FORESTS DEVASTATED BY MARINE HEATWAVE, STUDY REVEALS...

The giant kelp forests are part of the Great Southern Reef – a global biodiversity hotspot, with up to 30% of species endemic. Photograph: Thomas Schmitt/Getty Images

About 90% of forests off the western coast were wiped out between 2011 and 2013, posing a threat to biodiversity and the marine economy, say scientists...

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ARCTIC SEA ICE CRASHES TO RECORD LOW FOR JUNE...

An area of Arctic sea ice about twice the size of Texas has vanished over the last 30 years, and the rate of that retreat has accelerated. Photograph: NASA/Reuters

From mid-June onwards, ice cover disappeared at an average rate of 29,000 miles a day, about 70% faster than the typical rate of ice loss, experts say...

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HEAT WAVE LIFTS JUNE TO RECORD HOT TEMP FOR U.S...

How temperatures across the contiguous U.S. compared to normal during June 2016.
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Thanks in part to the epic heat wave that sent temperatures skyrocketing in the Southwest, last month was the hottest June on record for the contiguous U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday...

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CLIMATE CHANGE PLAGUES MADAGASCAR'S POOR: 'THE WATER ROSE SO FAST'...

The garden at Masindray primary school, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Weather patterns on the island are becoming more unusal and extreme. All photographs: Kate Holt/WaterAid

Severe droughts and floods have had a devastating impact on the island’s rural poor, who are reliant on small-scale farming or fishing...

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NEW YORK CITY HOPES A 10-FOOT WALL CAN SAVE IT FROM RISING SEAS...

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New York City is in trouble...

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DELUGE TURNS TO DEARTH FOR BANGLADESH AS AGE-OLD WATER WOES TAKE NEW FORM...

A villager in Chandipur holds a can of contaminated tube-well water. Many such wells in Bangladesh are now drying up altogether. Photograph: Pavel Rahman/AP

For centuries, the region has been shaped by its struggles with water. But where floods and cyclones once threatened, the menace now is a lack of water...

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CLIMATE CHANGE CLAIMS A LAKE, AND AN IDENTITY...

Lake Poopó, credit: Josh Haner

LLAPALLAPANI, Bolivia — The water receded and the fish died. They surfaced by the tens of thousands, belly-up, and the stench drifted in the air for weeks...

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THE GREAT TIDE: IS BRITAIN REALLY EQUIPPED TO COPE WITH GLOBAL WARMING? (long read)

Seaham harbour, County Durham in 2013. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

As the Earth’s temperature continues to rise at an alarming rate, the country faces the threat of catastrophic flooding...

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NEW RESEARCH: CLIMATE MAY BE MORE SENSITIVE AND SITUATION MORE DIRE...

This NOAA/NASA image shows Earth using near-infrared and shortwave infrared energy instead of the standard red, green, and blue light that the human eye has evolved to detect. By using infrared energy rather than visible light, the colors indicate differences in temperature rather than what they look like. For example, instead of appearing just white, clouds are shades of yellow, orange, and red depending on their elevation. Photograph: HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

When comparing apples to apples, a new study finds energy budget climate sensitivity estimates consistent with climate models...

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FROM BIOMASS TO NUCLEAR: THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN ENERGY USAGE SINCE 1776...

A pile of dung cakes. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Americans used a lot of energy in 2015 - 97.7 quadrillion British thermal units (BTUs) of it to be specific, according to a recent report from the EIA.  For reference, one quadrillion BTUs is equivalent to 45 million tons of coal, 1 trillion cubic feet of gas, or 170 million barrels of crude oil.” 

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AS TEMPERATURES CLIMB ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WORKERS WILL SUFFER...

The sun rises behind cartons of water at a California water station. (David McNew / Getty Images)

The summer of 2016 is barely two weeks old, but this year is already on track to break high temperature records in the United States. On June 20, cities across the Southwest and into Nevada reached all-time triple-digit highs. Meanwhile, every single state experienced spring temperatures above average, with some in the Northwest reaching record highs...

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ARE CALIFORNIA REDWOOD TREES THE ANSWER TO GLOBAL WARMING?

File photo: Redwood trees in San Mateo County. (Kirstina Sangsahachart/Bay Area News Group archives)

California redwoods store more carbon than any other forests in the world, study finds...

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AS GLACIERS MELT IN ALASKA, LANDSLIDES FOLLOW...

A landslide on the Lamplugh Glacier, in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, on June 28 caused seismic tremors about as strong as a small earthquake. Credit Paul Swanstrom/Mountain Flying Service

An enormous landslide that spread rocky debris more than six miles across a glacier in southeastern Alaska last week was not the first to occur in the area, and certainly will not be the last...

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FOREST ALERT! FRIEDA MINE POISED ABOVE PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S MIGHTY SEPIK RIVER THREATENS RAINFORESTS AND INDIGENOUS CULTURES WITH UTTER RUIN...

Mine pollution will poison the Sepik River and staple Sago

Chinese government’s massive open-pit mine in the rainy Papua New Guinea highlands, with its tons of toxic tailings full of sulphides and heavy metals, is to be poised above the Sepik River and its primary rainforests, intact local cultures, and the South Pacific Ocean. Apparently Papua New Guinea’s urban elites have learned little from decades of foreign industrial mining (and logging) causing conflict and despair, environmental damage, and social and economic decline...

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VOICES OF AMERICA, CLIMATE CHANGE: THE MISSING ISSUE OF THE 2016 CAMPAIGN...

Guardian US survey reveals anger of voters as election year debate fails to deal with concerns over the gathering global disaster..

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BIG OIL ADS BEAT OUT CLIMATE NEWS ON CNN...

The fossil fuel industry is spending millions to salvage its reputation...

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EIGHT ANIMALS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS PUSHING TO THE BRINK...

The red-ruffed lemur is now found in only one area of Madagascar: a peninsula that is regularly hit by severe storms. (Photo: Mathias Appel/Flickr)

Australian scientists were surprised at how suddenly global warming drove an endangered mammal to extinction. Are there other species that could vanish faster than expected?

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CHEMISTS UNVEIL CHEAPER, MORE EFFICIENT CARBON CAPTURE TECHNOLOGY...

YORK, England, July 4 (UPI) — A team of scientists in England have found a better way to capture carbon from power plant emissions.

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STUDY: CNN VIEWERS SEE FAR MORE FOSSIL FUEL ADVERTISING THAN CLIMATE CHANGE REPORTING...

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Following Temperature Record Announcements, Oil Industry Ads Outpaced Climate-Related Coverage By Almost 5-To-1...

 

 

 

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THIS IS WHAT YOUR HOT DOG AND BURGER ARE DOING TO THE PLANET...

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When Americans fire up their grills on Independence Day, they'll dump up to 882 million pounds of carbon pollution into the atmosphere—the equivalent of burning 2,145 rail cars of coal. And that doesn’t even include the carbon burned just by driving to July 4 celebrations or the pollution that leeches from fireworks displays...

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A REMOTE PACIFIC NATION, THREATENED BY RISING SEAS...

Residents of a village in South Tarawa waded through water during high tides that flooded the region, leaving homes isolated until the waters receded. Credit Josh Haner/The New York Times

Climate change is threatening the livelihoods of the people of tiny Kiribati, and even the island nation’s existence. The government is making plans for the island’s demise...

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SEC CHARGES "FRACK MASTER" CHRIS FAULKNER, SHALE CEO AND INDUSTRY ADVOCATE, WITH $80 MILLION FRAUD...

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Mr. Faulkner, 39, had personally used at least $30 million worth of investor money for his own “lifestyle of decadence and debauchery,”

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HILLARY CLINTON’S AMBITIOUS CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN AVOIDS CARBON TAX...

Hillary Clinton has promised to have a half-billion solar panels installed by 2020. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton, courting young voters and the broader democratic base, has promised to one-up President Obama on climate change, vowing to produce a third of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2027, three years faster than Mr. Obama, while spending billions of dollars to transform the energy economy...

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STEPHEN HAWKING SAYS POLLUTION AND 'STUPIDITY' STILL BIGGEST THREATS TO MANKIND...

Stephen Hawking believes we must be vigilant to the dangers of artificial intelligence. credit: Getty Images

Leading physicist also worried about Artificial Intelligence in warfare, warning machines' goals may differ from ours...

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BETWEEN THE DARK SEAS AND LIVING HELL...

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India's Sunderbans islands, on the rim of the Bay of Bengal, are threatened by sea level rise caused by global warming...

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STUDY: CLIMATE CHANGE WARMING ASIAN WATERS, ALTERING MONSOON...

In this Wednesday, June 29 photo, a man holds an umbrella as water engulfs him during high tide on the Arabian Sea coast, in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Each year as temperatures rise across India, farmers look to the sky and pray for rain...

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'WE AS A PEOPLE WILL BECOME AFRAID OF THE OCEAN' (MSNBC VIDEO)

Miami, Florida is already feeling the impacts of climate change - how will a city deal with the rising seas?

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'SLEEPER ISSUE' OF LEAKING COAL SEAM GAS FIELDS MAY BLOW HOLE IN AUSTRALIA'S EMISSIONS GOALS...

Queensland's coal seam gas industry now has more than 7000 wells. Photo: Saah Moles, Wilderness Society

Gas has long been touted as cleaner than coal and marketed as a "transition" fuel until the mass take-up of renewable energy becomes viable...
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OBAMA ADMIN APPROVED OVER 1,500 OFFSHORE FRACKING PERMITS IN GULF OF MEXICO AND MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS IGNORED IT...

Image Credit: Center for Biological Diversity | Curt Bradley

On June 24, the independent news website TruthOut broke a doozy of a story: the Obama Administration has secretly approved over 1,500 instances of offshore hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Gulf of Mexico, including during the Deepwater Horizon offshore spill disaster...

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THE BIGGEST BODY OF WARM WATER ON EARTH IS GETTING EVEN BIGGER...

Super Typhoon Haiyan moves toward the Philippines on Nov. 7, 2013 in the Pacific Ocean. (NOAA via Getty Images)

When it comes to fundamental drivers of climate and weather across the Earth, it is hard to think of a region more important than the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool, an enormous area stretching across the Pacific and Indian oceans on both sides of the equator...

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High-Level EPA ADVISER ACCUSED OF SCIENTIFIC FRAUD IN METHANE LEAK RESEARCH...

Credit: Oil Rig, by SMalindo, via Flickr

It's one of the highest-stakes debates in the battle over climate change policy action: how much methane is spewing from oil and gas sites nationwide, and what do we do as a result?

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BRIGHT SPOT: ANTARCTICA'S OZONE HOLE IS STARTING TO HEAL...

A satellite view of Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA handout photo obtained by Reuters February 6, 2012. Russian scientists are close to drilling in to the prehistoric sub-glacier Lake Vostok, which has been trapped under Antarctic ice for 14 million years. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

Antarctica's ozone hole finally is starting to heal, a new study finds...

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HERE’S WHAT YOUR JULY 4 ROAD TRIP MEANS FOR THE CLIMATE...

Traffic in Los Angeles. Credit: Prayitno/flickr

When an expected record-breaking 36 million Americans take their holiday road trips this Fourth of July weekend, they’ll be part of what is quickly becoming our nation’s biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions — transportation...

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WILDFIRES ENGULFING THE WEST COAST ARE FUELED BY CLIMATE CHANGE, EXPERTS WARN...

The amount of area burned has ballooned by 1,200%, with areas such as the northern Rockies and the north-west particularly badly hit. Photograph: Ryan Babroff/AP

High temperatures, drought, wind and beetle infestations have combined to create a number of fires that have caused at least two deaths in California...

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CORAL WITH LEAVES: MILLIONS OF TREES JOINING THE LIST OF CLIMATE CHANGE CASUALTIES...

Even forests in unexpectedly vulnerable places like Poland are suffering the effects of climate change with millions of dying trees. Credit: Reuters

Mass die-offs in California, the Southwest and Europe are not only tied to global warming by new studies, they will add to it...

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CLIMATE CHANGE: GEO-ENGINEERING A COOLER EARTH?

This Dec. 1968 image taken during the Apollo VIII mission and released by NASA shows the planet Earth.(Photo: AP)

"Every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year," said James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center. That's the equivalent of more than 8 million Hiroshima atomic bombs...

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THE WORLD HAS THE RIGHT CLIMATE GOALS — BUT THE WRONG AMBITION LEVELS TO ACHIEVE THEM...

French President Francois Hollande (right front), Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres (left), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (center) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrate after the adoption of an agreement at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in December 2015 . (Christophe Petit Tesson/ European PressPhoto Agency)

It was a unique and historic moment, one of forward-looking international collaboration and unity that now poses a stark contrast to the Brexit crisis wracking Europe...

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DRY AMAZON COULD SEE RECORD FIRE SEASON...

Most fires in the Amazon are started by landowners trying to clear fields and forests for cultivation. Credit:  Mario Tama/Getty

Forecasters warn that high ocean temperatures presage intense blazes in rainforest...

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THIS 21-YEAR-OLD MAY HAVE FOUND THE WAY TO CLEAN UP THE PLASTIC IN OUR OCEANS...

Boyan Slat wants to start the largest ocean clean up ever with the help of nets and ocean currents. He began testing his prototype this month. CREDIT: The Ocean Cleanup

Boyan Slat was just 16 when he realized he wanted to rid the oceans of plastic. It all happened after he dove into the problem in the most literal way while snorkeling in Greece and finding more drifting plastic than fish swimming...

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UK MINISTERS TO APPROVE WORLD-LEADING CARBON EMISSIONS TARGET...

Amber Rudd, the energy secretary. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Fears had been raised that EU referendum would result in deadline being missed but sources say carbon budget will be agreed...

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SCIENCE ORGANIZATIONS AGAIN URGE CONGRESS TO TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY...

Rep. Lamar Smith, left, who has led many of Congress' efforts to question climate science, speaks with John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Credit: Getty Images

The letter, signed by many major American groups, pushes back against climate denial and calls for policy solutions to cut greenhouse gas emissions...

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GERMANY WATERS DOWN CLIMATE PROTECTION PLAN...

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A THIRD OF CALIFORNIA’S DEEP GROUNDWATER AQUIFERS ARE BEING USED FOR OIL AND GAS...

Water is pumped from a well into an irrigation ditch near Fresno, Calif. CREDIT: AP Photo/John Locher

California has a lot more usable groundwater than previously thought — but that water might already be in danger from oil and gas extraction in the state...

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Thanks to climate change, the Arctic is turning green...

Using 29 years of data from Landsat satellites, researchers at NASA have found extensive greening in the vegetation across Alaska and Canada. Rapidly increasing temperatures in the Arctic have led to longer growing seasons and changing soil for plants. (Cindy Starr/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

Earlier this month, NASA scientists provided a visualization of a startling climate change trend — the Earth is getting greener, as viewed from space, especially in its rapidly warming northern regions. And this is presumably occurring as more carbon dioxide in the air, along with warmer temperatures and longer growing seasons, makes plants very, very happy...

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OBAMA'S NEW CLEAN ENERGY GOAL FOR NORTH AMERICA: 50 PERCENT BY 2025...

A wind turbine stands over a farmhouse in Adair, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP

President Obama and his counterparts from Canada and Mexico are preparing to unveil an ambitious new goal for generating carbon-free power when they meet this week in Ottawa...

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DECODING THE SIGNAL: ADVANCES IN CLIMATE CHANGE ATTRIBUTION...

The theoretical basis of anthropogenic climate change has been understood for decades.  The sun radiates energy to the earth, and it is emitted back from the earth’s surface as infrared radiation, which we feel as heat...

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THE ECONOMIC CASE FOR CARBON FEE & DIVIDEND...

What impact will a steadily rising carbon fee with all proceeds returned to households have on the American emissions and health? REMI economist Scott Nystrom discusses the results of this ground breaking study. In summary, pricing carbon and returning the proceeds to households will save lives from a decrease in localized pollution and reduce emissions...

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Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world...

In this April 23, 2016, photo, David Goethel sorts cod and haddock while fishing off the coast of New Hampshire. To Goethel, cod represents his identity, his ticket to middle class life, and his link to one the country's most historic industries, a fisherman who has caught New England's most recognized fish for more than 30 years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — The cod isn't just a fish to David Goethel. It's his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry...

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BREXIT: ENVIRONMENTALISTS FEAR 'BONFIRE' OF REGULATIONS DESIGNED TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROTECT WILDLIFE...

Greenpeace analysis suggests the majority of restrictions on fracking are based under EU legislation and could be undone following Brexit Reuters

Remain campaigners have argued that EU legislation has helped towards tackling water and air pollution, protect endangered species and imposed tough safeguards on the use of genetically modified crops and potentially dangerous chemicals...

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Rt. 66 gets test run of solar road...

Artist's rendition of downtown Sandpoint, Idaho, with a road designed by Solar Roadway. The company is working with the Missouri Department of Transportation to test a solar road in Conway, Mo. Sam/Cornett/Courtesy of Solar Roadways/File

Solar Roadways is working with the Missouri Department of Transportation to install a stretch of solar road that could generate enough energy to power a rest stop...

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AS BRITAIN EXITS THE EUROPEAN UNION, IT STEPS AWAY FROM LEADING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS...

 Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday that he will quit as Prime Minister following a defeat in the referendum which ended with a vote for Britain to leave the European Union. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union Friday took the world and its markets by surprise, as implications of what happens now that the second largest economy in Europe is poised to exit the E.U. loom with no clear answers in sight...

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WHY AN E.U. WITHOUT BRITAIN IS BAD NEWS FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE...

British Prime Minister David Cameron announces his plan to step down in the fall, following a referendum in which voters decided the country should leave the European Union. (Ben Stansallben/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

It’s not just the upheaval in global financial markets...

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'CATASTROPHIC' CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES COULD ERUPT IN ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ 66 MILLION DEAD TREES...

This June 6, 2016 photo shows patches of dead and dying trees near Cressman, Calif. The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday, June 22, 2016, that the number of trees in California's Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought and a bark beetle epidemic has dramatically increased since last year. Photo: Scott Smith, AP

An estimated 66 million dead trees in a six-county region of Southern California are a tinder box just waiting to be ignited, US officials say...

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OPINION: THE CASE FOR A CHILD-CENTERED ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICY...

Frederica Perera (Credit: Columbia.edu)

Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning...

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BREAKING: AMAZON OIL SPILL PUTS PERUVIAN COMMUNITIES AT RISK...

Children walk along a spur of Peru’s main oil pipeline near the village of Mayuriaga, where a spill in February affected more than 20 communities along the Morona River. Photo by Barbara Fraser.

A new oil spill from the pipeline that carries crude oil from the northern Peruvian Amazon across the Andes Mountains to the Pacific coast has raised fears of yet more pollution of the water and fish on which indigenous villages and riverside communities depend...

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DNC PLATFORM CALLS FOR JUSTICE DEPT. TO INVESTIGATE FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES...

In a drafting session of the Democratic Party's policy platform, supporters of Hillary Clinton brushed off calls by environmental activists for several strong actions to move away from fossil fuels. Credit: REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Platform's authors request federal climate probe into 'allegations of corporate fraud,' while brushing off calls for carbon tax and other strong climate policies...

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THE WORLD’S FIRST SOLAR ROAD IS PRODUCING MORE ENERGY THAN EXPECTED...

CREDIT: SolaRoad

In its first six months of existence, the world’s first solar road is performing even better than developers thought...

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WEST VIRGINIA FLOODING, WORST IN '100 YEARS,' LEAVES AT LEAST 23 DEAD, INCLUDING TWO CHILDREN...

FLOOD EMERGENCY IN RICHWOOD, WV Photo Credit: Jeremy Rose

Some of the worst flooding in West Virginia "in 100 years" has left at least 23 people dead, including two children...

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THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL HAVE SPILLED FROM A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PIPELINE

CREDIT: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

According to the Ventura County fire department, up to 700 barrels of crude oil — some 29,000 gallons — have spilled from a pipeline in southern California...

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PROGRESSIVE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS DISCUSS TREATING EXXON AND BIG OIL LIKE THE 'NEW TOBACCO'...

CREDIT: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Will the liars pay for their sins? More people will die from climate change then tobacco...

 

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FOREST FIRES CAN HEAT UP THE WHOLE PLANET...

The Suomi-NPP satellite captured this image of active fires near Fort McMurray, Canada, in May 2016. Photograph by NASA Earth Observatory

A new NASA study aims to unravel the ways changes in boreal forests affect climate...

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CLIMATE CHANGE COULD BE EVEN WORSE FOR BOSTON THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT...

The consequences of climate change on Boston are expected to be far more calamitous than previous studies have suggested, a new report commissioned by the city says...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS FUELING A RISE IN SHARK ATTACKS...

  Oceanic white-tip sharks, Bahamas, May 2012 Norbert Wu—Getty Images/Minden Pictures RM

It's not because sharks are getting fiercer...

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The Arctic’s pretty but alarming strawberry-pink snow...

(Liane G. Benning/GFZ)

Pink snow was a high-latitude curiosity described by Arctic explorers such as Britain’s John Ross...

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THOUSANDS OF CITIES FROM SIX CONTINENTS JUST AGREED TO WORK ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

CREDIT: Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP

Thousands of cities from six continents united Wednesday to create the largest global coalition committed to battling human-caused climate change and pushing the world into a low-carbon economy...

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26 MILLION TREES DIED IN CALIFORNIA FORESTS IN JUST ONE YEAR...

Sequoia National Park. (Photo: USFS Region 5/Flickr)

The mortality rate is unprecedented and will fuel the state’s fire season...

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THIS IS JUST WRONG! JUDGE RULES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN’T REGULATE FRACKING ON PUBLIC LAND

In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. oil well near Mead, Colo. In the background is a tall canvas wall around the perimeter of the extraction site, which mitigates noise, light and dust coming from the operation during the drilling and completion phase, which generally takes a few weeks. CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Obama administration’s proposed regulations on fracking, on the grounds that the Department of Interior does not have the authority to regulate fracking on federal lands...

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WE ARE POISONING OUR WATER SUPPLIES. FEDERAL COURT KILLS BLM FRACKING RULE...

The Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rule is dead...

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WHY EUROPE’S ENVIRONMENT MIGHT BE BETTER OFF IF BRITAIN LEAVES...

A European, right, and Union flags are displayed outside Europe House, the European Parliament's British offices, in London, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Britain votes whether to stay in the European Union in a referendum on Thursday. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

As Britons head to the voting booth Thursday to consider whether or not to stay in the European Union, some environmentalists are saying that a so-called Brexit vote could pave the way for more fracking in the United Kingdom...

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THIS FAMOUS PIANIST PERFORMED WHILE FLOATING IN THE ARCTIC, AND IT’S HAUNTING...

Ludovico Einaudi, an Italian pianist, composed an arrangement to raise awareness for Arctic preservation for Greenpeace. Watch him play on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean in Norway. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)

Ludovico Einaudi orchestrates floating performance in the Arctic Ocean for Greenpeace...
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IT WILL TAKE YEARS OF WET WEATHER BEFORE CALIFORNIA RECOVERS FROM DROUGHT, STUDY FINDS...

An aerial view of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park in January. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

When forecasters last year warned of a massive El Niño, some Californians held out hope that a single extremely wet year could bust the state’s severe drought...

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GERMAN GOVERNMENT AGREES TO BAN FRACKING INDEFINITELY...

Image credit: Gasland movie

Germany's coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely on Tuesday, after years of fractious talks over the issue, but environmental groups said the ban did not go far enough and vowed to fight the deal...

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THEY WANT TO USE ARCTIC DRONES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING...

Patrick Edwards-Daugherty, the founder of drone company, Pleiades. Photo from Facebook.

this is #90 of 90 articles from the Special Report: Race Against Climate Change

  A technology more closely associated with geeky hobbyists and the military may be the next weapon in the fight against climate change....

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CALIFORNIA IS ON THE VERGE OF CLOSING ITS LAST NUCLEAR PLANT. IS THAT REALLY A GOOD IDEA?

Aerial view of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant which sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean at Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County, California, on March 17, 2011. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

California’s half-century dalliance with atomic energy could soon be over. On Tuesday, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced its proposal to close Diablo Canyon, the state’s last remaining nuclear power plant, by 2025...

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WITHOUT EMISSIONS CUTS, SUMMER HEAT WILL GET EVEN DEADLIER...

Heat waves, like the one that baked India this year, will become the new normal without emissions cuts, a new study says. Credit: Reuters

New study shows dangerously hot summers will become the norm across much of the globe unless greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced...

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GLOBAL CORAL BLEACHING EVENT TO HIT U.S. HARD, WITH NO END IN SIGHT, SCIENTISTS WARN...

Documenting the dead coral after the bleaching event at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, captured by the XL Catlin Seaview Survey in May 2016. Image: XL Catlin Seaview Survey

The ongoing coral bleaching event that has killed or severely injured reefs from the Great Barrier Reef to Hawaii and the Indian Ocean has set its sights on the U.S. during the rest of 2016 and into next year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)...

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