CLIMATE CHANGE STILL A 'RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK': UN CLIMATE CHIEF...

Under the Paris Agreement, 195 nations vowed to hold average global warming to well under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and even 1.5 C if possible (AFP Photo/Janek Skarzynski)

Bonn (AFP) - Even after the world sealed a historic climate deal in Paris, the UN's climate chief is worried humanity won't be able break its fossil fuel habit in time to avert catastrophe, she told AFP Thursday...

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MAKE AMERICA GRAY AGAIN...

Donald Trump Unveils His Energy Platform...

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WE MIGHT AVERT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE WITH THIS ONE RADICAL CHOICE...

(Photo: Balazs Koranyi/Reuters)

Leaving most of the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground could prevent worst-case warming, study says...

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NEW TAR SANDS IMPACT ON CLIMATE, AIR QUALITY FOUND...

An open pit where tar sands are mined, with a heavy hauler truck that is used to transport oil sand to processing facilities.
Credit: Environment Canada

In one of the first studies of its kind, scientists have found that tar sands production in Canada is one of North America’s largest sources of secondary organic aerosols — air pollutants that affect the climate, cloud formation and public health...

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EXXON’S CEO JUST WON: HIS SHAREHOLDERS REJECTED CLIMATE CHANGE PROPOSALS...

CREDIT: RL Miller/Climate Hawks Vote Environmentalist rallied outside an Exxon shareholders' meeting on May 25.

After a long battle to even get on the agenda for ExxonMobil’s 2016 Annual Meeting, the company’s shareholders on Wednesday voted against four initiatives to address climate change, even while the company is facing an investigation for its climate denial activities...

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LARGEST U.S. WATER RESERVOIR SHRINKS TO RECORD LOW AMID MAJOR DROUGHT...

Robert Alexander—Getty Images A 'bathtub ring' surrounds Lake Mead near Hoover Dam, which impounds the Colorado River at the Arizona-Nevada border, on March 30, 2016. The white ring shows the effects of a drought which has caused the level of the lake to drop to an historic low.

The water in the largest reservoir in the U.S. has shrunk to the lowest level on record, following years of drought in California and surrounding states...

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SCIENTISTS GETTING ORGANIZED TO HELP READERS SORT FACT FROM FICTION IN CLIMATE CHANGE MEDIA COVERAGE...

"Media misrepresentation confuses the public and prevents our policy makers from developing a well-informed perspective, and making evidence-based decisions."

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‘AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH’ DIRECTOR TALKS CLIMATE AND CHANGE 10 YEARS AFTER...

Director Davis Guggenheim arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'An Inconvenient Truth' in May 2006. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

‘There’s still a need for this movie and many, many more. This issue is not going away,’ Davis Guggenheim says...

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FIVE MOMENTS OF CLIMATE PROGRESS SINCE 'AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH'...

Here’s something to smile about. Check out five climate successes in the past decade... :)

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SCIENTISTS ARE CONTROLLING THE WEATHER...

Cloud seeding involves releasing silver iodide, a naturally occurring compound, into storm clouds.    Photo: Mike Cavaroc/TandemStock

Ten or so percent of it, anyway...

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NEW STUDY PREDICTS AN INTOLERABLY HOT WORLD...

A dried-up pond in Cambodia's Kandal province. Delayed monsoon rains, due in part to climate change, have created the country's worst drought in decades. (Photo: Samrang Pring/Reuters)

Researchers say that unless fossil fuels are kept in the ground, global temperatures could rise more than 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2300...

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AIR AND WATER PROBLEMS ARE WORSENING ON A GLOBAL SCALE, U.N. SAYS...

The dry bed of Manjara Dam, which supplies water to Latur and nearby villages in the Marathwada region of India, is seen on May 10. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

"Damage to the planet is happening more rapidly than before, through slights ranging from air pollution, to the proliferation of human and toxic waste, to water scarcity and climate change..."

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PORTLAND BANS CLIMATE-DENYING TEXTBOOKS FROM ITS SCHOOLS...

CREDIT: shutterstock

Climate education in Oregon just took a big step forward...

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CROCODILES AND PALM TREES IN THE ARCTIC? NEW REPORT SUGGESTS YES...

If the use of fossil fuel continues, scientists warn that warming will melt the ice caps, "which will expose bare ground, increase heat absorption at high latitudes, and cause more warming."

 PHOTOGRAPH BY DIANE COOK AND LEN JENSHEL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

 

If we keep burning fossil fuels, Earth will be 8 degrees warmer, returning to the climate of 52 million years ago, according to new research. It's the most dire prediction yet.

 

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EXXON'S DENIAL IS UNFORGIVABLE...

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DO REGIONAL CLIMATE MODELS ADD VALUE COMPARED TO GLOBAL MODELS?

Global climate models (GCM) are designed to simulate earth’s climate over the entire planet, but they have a limitation when it comes to describing local details due to heavy computational demands. There is a nice TED talk by Gavin that explains how climate models work...

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CLIMATE FEEDBACK SITE ALLOWS SCIENTISTS TO CORRECT MEDIA ERRORS...

Interested readers can visit the website ClimateFeedback.org to see what climate scientists thought of original articles in the media (AFP Photo/HO)

Miami (AFP) - In one case, a writer claimed a mini Ice Age would befall Earth in 15 years. In another, an op-ed touted global warming as saving countless people from freezing to death...

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HOW CARBON FARMING CAN REVERSE CLIMATE CHANGE...

Cattle graze here on a ranch in the Sand Hill region of North Central Nebraska. Grasslands cover a large percentage of the planet and research demonstrates greater potential with improved management (such as compost additions and plant composition) to increase soil carbon. credit: Aaron Price

Are there agricultural practices that might offer more potential than the ones commonly discussed in the “carbon farming” conversation?

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THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION HAS SOLD OFF ITS ENTIRE $187M INVESTMENT IN BP...

Since the start of 2014 the Gate’s Foundation’s investments in major coal, oil and gas companies have fallen from $1.4bn to $200m. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

World’s largest health charity sells its $187m stake in the oil giant in a move welcomed by fossil fuel divestment campaigners...

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ACROSS AFRICA, THE WORST FOOD CRISIS SINCE 1985 LOOMS FOR 50 MILLION...

The Mashango family stand in front of their drought-affected crops in the Buhera district of Zimbabwe. Photograph: Tamara van Vliet/OCHA

A second year without rain threatens to bring catastrophe for some of the poorest people in the world. Donor countries, in the grip of wars and refugee crises, have been slow to pledge funds. But by the time they do, it could be too late...

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The day coal power dropped out of the national grid for the first time in more than 100 years...

The Government is planning to phase out coal energy completely by 2025 PA

From 1882 until 10 May this year, coal has powered the nation. Could the UK be one of the first countries to end coal power altogether?

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CRIPPLING DROUGHT IN CENTRAL INDIA LEAVES MILLIONS ON BRINK...

In this May 10, 2016, photo, a Shepard drinks water on the dry bed of Manjara Dam, which supplies water to Latur and nearby villages in Marathwada region, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Failed monsoons play havoc with millions of farmers in central India leading to crippling poverty and soaring suicides. Some 400 farmers have killed themselves so far this year in the parched Marathwada region, which is home to about 19 million people.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup) more photos on original story...

Tens of thousands of people, mostly farmers, have been forced to abandon their villages and head to slums in bigger cities to earn a living...

 

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FAR FROM TURNING A CORNER, GLOBAL CO2 EMISSIONS STILL ACCELERATING...

The latest greenhouse gas index shows the world is still overwhelming its natural defenses with carbon emissions. Credit: Getty Images

The latest greenhouse gas inventory from NOAA shows CO2 and methane 'going completely in the wrong direction.'

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CONTINUING COLLAPSE OF ANTARCTIC ICE SHELVES WILL AFFECT US ALL...

ESA satellite image from 2002 of the Larsen B ice shelf, shattered and separated from the continent. The Larsen A ice shelf collapsed in 1995. Photograph: AP

If we had a West Antarctica ice sheet collapse, "It would change the coastline of the world"...

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INSURERS SHUN RISK AS OIL-LINKED QUAKES SOAR IN OKLAHOMA...

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WHO: GLOBAL AIR POLLUTION IS WORSENING, AND POOR COUNTRIES ARE BEING HIT THE HARDEST...

A Chinese woman holds her phone as Chinese Paramilitary police wear masks to protect against pollution as they stand guard during smog in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Air pollution is growing worse in urban areas across much of the globe, hitting the poorest city dwellers hardest and contributing to a wide range of potentially life-shortening health problems, from heart disease to severe asthma, according to the World Health Organization...

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WORLD'S CARBON DIOXIDE CONCENTRATION TEETERING ON THE POINT OF NO RETURN...

‘We’re going into very new territory’: James Butler, of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, says the amount of carbon dioxide is locking in future warming. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Future in which global concentration of CO2 is permanently above 400 parts per million looms...

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NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL TO HOUSE REPUBLICANS: ARE YOU KIDDING?

CREDIT: P Photo/Bebeto Matthews  In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, center, speaks during a news conference in New York.

Not content to let the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology’s reputation for hating science rest for even a moment, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has now subpoenaed the New York attorney general over his investigation into Exxon’s role in sowing climate denial...

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TINY ENGLISH VILLAGE FIGHTS FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY TO AVOID BECOMING GROUND ZERO FOR BRITISH FRACKING...

CREDIT: Samantha Page/ThinkProgress  Kirby Misperton, in Yorkshire, England, could be the site of a new test well for hydraulic fracturing -- but not if the local opposition can help it.

“If we can’t say that it’s safe then we shouldn’t do it.”

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LAKE MEAD DECLINES TO LOWEST LEVEL IN HISTORY...

John Locher/AP Photo

The water levels in Lake Mead, the man-made reservoir that serves about 20 million residents in Nevada, Arizona and California, is at an all-time low, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation...

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HUMANS DAMAGING THE ENVIRONMENT FASTER THAN IT CAN RECOVER, UN FINDS...

The dried-up river Tawi in Kashmir, India. Water scarcity is an increasing problem in poorer parts of the world. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA

Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows...

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INDIA JUST RECORDED ITS HOTTEST TEMPERATURE ON RECORD: 51 DEGREES CELSIUS/123.8 FAHRENHEIT

Misery Index showing temperatures plus dewpoint levels across India on May 19, 2016. Image: Earth Simulator

India just set a new national record heat benchmark when the small city of Phalodi, in northwest India, recorded a high temperature of a whopping 51 degrees Celsius, or 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit, on May 19...

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INSIDE THE LOOMING DISASTER OF THE SALTON SEA...

CREDIT: Alejandro Davila Fragoso: Dead tilapia lines the shores of the Salton Sea, California's largest lake. Located in Imperial County, the manmade Salton Sea is drying up fast, threatening the fate of fish, migratory bird species and even public health as exposed playa will create dust bowls, harming an area known for high asthma rates and high levels of air pollution.

BOMBAY BEACH, CA — The lake is drying up, uncounted dead fish line the shore, and the desert town is losing people...

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YES IT CAN BE DONE. PORTUGAL RUNS FOR FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT ON RENEWABLE ENERGY ALONE!

As recently as 2013, renewables provided only about 23% of Portugal’s electricity. By 2015 that figure had risen to 48%. Photograph: Pete Titmuss/Alamy Stock Photo

Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours...

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OBAMA IS LEAVING ONE BIG BLACK MARK ON HIS STRONG CLIMATE CHANGE LEGACY...

CREDIT: AP Photo/Matthew Brown

The Obama administration says it's working to boost renewable energy and head off the threat of climate change, but it's not ready to pull the plug on fossil fuels...

 

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THE DISAPPEARING WEST...

A football field worth of natural area in the West is disappearing every two and a half minutes. And every year, the Western United States loses an Los Angeles-sized amount of natural area to development...

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GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM THIS SURPRISING SOURCE COULD DOOM THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD GOAL...

In Vietnam, alternate wetting and drying in irrigated rice is helping farmers use less water and lower emissions without compromising yields. (Courtesy of G. Smith/CIAT)

By now, almost anyone can pick the world’s biggest polluters out of a lineup: power plants, automobile tailpipes and factories...

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'SLEEPING GIANT' GLACIER MAY LIFT SEAS TWO METRES: STUDY...

To date, scientists have mostly worried about the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets as dangerous drivers of sea level rise (AFP Photo/Eitan Abramovich)

Paris (AFP) - A rapidly melting glacier atop East Antarctica is on track to lift oceans at least two metres, and could soon pass a "tipping point" of no return, researchers said Wednesday...

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STATE'S HIGH COURT RULES FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS IN GLOBAL WARMING LAWSUIT AGAINST MASSACHUSETTS...

The state's highest court has mandated new standards for carbon pollution in Massachusetts. ( File photo)

A closely watched lawsuit concerning climate change has been decided in favor of environmentalists who sued Massachusetts over its failure to implement carbon-reduction goals mandated by the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act...

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AS FLOODING INTENSIFIES, COASTAL MEGACITIES TURN TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO STAY AFLOAT...

Picture: JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images

Coastal cities around the world are facing multiple environmental challenges, including rising seas, increasing storm surges and more frequent flooding...

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WILDFIRE-FIGHTERS WARN 2016 COULD BE BAD IN CALIFORNIA, AVERAGE IN OTHER STATES...

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2015 file photo, timber burns in the First Creek fire near lakeside structures on the western shore of Lake Chelan near Chelan, Wash. The nation’s primary wildfire-fighters are getting ready for the 2016 season, which is expected to be worse than average in Hawaii, Alaska and the Southwest. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will meet with regional forest officials Tuesday, May 17, 2016, to discuss plans and preparations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

California could face a dangerous and difficult wildfire season in 2016 despite a relatively wet winter, federal officials warned Tuesday...

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THE FRACKING CONTEXT FOR THE EPA’S NEW METHANE RULES...

Image credit: Simon Fraser University, courtesy flickr

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users...

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REDUCING TORNADO FATALITIES OUTSIDE TRADITIONAL “TORNADO ALLEY”...

Photo by Hodor Groot/CC By CC BY-NC 2.0

Atmospheric scientists have long suspected that climate change produces an increase in weather extremes of all varieties, but tornadoes are an unusually tricky case...

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WHY EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO WORRY THE MOST ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE OFTEN TAKE LITTLE ACTION...

People march during a rally against climate change in New York, September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

So what’s the problem here?

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CITIES "WOEFULLY UNPREPARED" FOR RISING DISASTER RISK - WORLD BANK...

A man pushes his bicycle cart through waist-deep flooding caused by typhoon Linfa, locally named Egay, at Longos town in Malabon city, north of Manila July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

By 2050, 1.3 billion people and $158 trillion in assets will be menaced by worsening river and coastal floods alone...

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GLOBAL WARMING TO SPUR MORE FIRES IN ALASKA, IN TURN CAUSING MORE WARMING...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau consoles Fort McMurray, Alberta fire chief Darby Allen in the wake of the devastating wildfire that ravaged the city. Credit: Reuters

Dangerous cycle includes more tundra blazes and threats to the boreal forests, as well as the people of Alaska, new research shows...

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SCIENTISTS PREDICT HUGE SEA LEVEL RISE EVEN IF WE LIMIT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Sea level rises of eight inches have already worsened flooding effects from storms such as Hurricane Sandy. Photograph: John G Wilbanks/Alamy

Study of past sea level changes shows coastal communities may face rises of at least six metres even if we limit global warming to 2C, reports Climate Central...

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ON SIX CONTINENTS, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TOOK BOLD ACTION TO BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS...

Nigerians march through Ogoniland to protest Big Oil's ongoing pollution in the Niger Delta. Photo: Babawale Obayanju

For the past 12 days, thousands of people on six continents have stepped up their commitment to keep fossil fuels in the ground with courageous actions that have challenged business as usual across the globe...

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EARTH JUST RECORDED ITS WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD, AND IT WASN'T EVEN CLOSE. LOOKS LIKE THE HOTTEST YEAR EVER ON TAP...

April was the warmest such month on record for the globe, and yet again, we saw a near-record large margin compared to average, according to NASA data released Saturday...

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OVER BILLION PEOPLE COULD BE AT RISK OF COASTAL FLOODING BY 2060...

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According to a study published by the UK based Christian Aid charity, over a billion people may be at risk of coastal flooding by 2060 due population growth and the consequences of climate change...

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CONFIRMED: SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE CO2 LEVEL RISES ABOVE SYMBOLIC 400 PPM MILESTONE...

Cape Grim, one of the world's most important monitoring stations for gauging changes in the atmosphere. Photo: Auscape


A significant marker of rising global greenhouse gas emissions has been passed, with a key monitoring site on Tasmania's north-west tip recording atmospheric carbon-dioxide exceeding 400 parts per million for the first time.
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HOW SCARED OR HOPEFUL SHOULD WE BE IN A WARMING WORLD?

Melting of the Arctic summer sea ice. Photograph: Nasa/Reuters

Should we be optimistic that the Paris agreement can save us from serious climate change or is it too little too late? Clive Hamilton looks at both sides of the debate...

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THE FORT MCMURRAY BLAZE SET THE STAGE FOR EVEN BIGGER, HOTTER WILDFIRES...

Smoldering peat, laced throughout Canada's boreal forest, is expected to release tons of greenhouse gas for months to come...

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GLOBAL 2040 FORECAST SEES ONLY SLIGHT FALL IN FOSSIL FUELS...

Gasoline and diesel will likely remain the globe's biggest transportation fuels in the coming decades.
Credit: Michael Kappel/flickr

Despite the urgency to cut greenhouse gas emissions as climate change bears down on the globe, fossil fuel use is not likely to change much in the coming decades. Though renewable energy will grow quickly though 2040, gasoline and diesel will still move most of the world’s vehicles, and coal will still be the largest single source of carbon emissions...

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THE DAMAGE IS CIRCLING THE GLOBE. ‘HEART WRENCHING’: INDIA’S CORAL REEFS EXPERIENCING WIDESPREAD BLEACHING, SCIENTIST SAYS...

By 2008 many reefs in the Lakshadweep showed almost complete recovery of coral http://ncf-india.org/

Coral reefs around the world are in deep trouble...

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TIME FOR CONCRETE ACTION AT UN CLIMATE FORUM IN GERMANY...

India says 330 million people are suffering from drought after two weak monsoons (AFP Photo/Noah Seelam)

Paris (AFP) - Frontline climate diplomats will seek to translate good intentions into concrete action in Bonn Monday when they gather for the first time since hammering through a historic deal in December...

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MARC MORANO'S CLIMATE HUSTLE MOVIE "AMATEURISH" AND "NOT VERY WATCHABLE" SAYS FILMMAKER...

Blog image credit: DeSmogBlog

It has a few good parts – but it got me angry because it’s just cherry picking,” Olson told DeSmog.  “You aren’t missing anything.”

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TRUMP TAPS CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTIC, FRACKING ADVOCATE AS KEY ENERGY ADVISOR...

U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND) speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, United States on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo

A case of the fox watching the hen house? SMH...

-Job One News Blog Editor

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'AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH' THEN AND NOW: WHAT’S CHANGED FOR OUR CLIMATE SINCE 2006?

credit: NASA

Here’s what’s changed for our planet since 'An Inconvenient Truth' sparked a global movement against climate change a decade ago...

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THE VICIOUS CYCLE THAT MAKES PEOPLE AFRAID TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

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If you want to understand why it is that on a planet wracked by climate change, people still don’t talk much about climate change, then this may be the key: They’re people...

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THIRSTY PLANET...

Photos: Stephen Smith

India, Israel: Two Paths in Response to Global Water Crisis...

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TRY NOT TO JIGGLE WHILE WATCHING THESE AMAZING BLADELESS WIND TURBINES...

Photo by Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images.

The wind: A cool breeze, a breath of fresh air, a pollen delivery system...

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EPA BEGINS CRACKDOWN ON METHANE EMISSIONS...

Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy has long said the agency would tackle methane emissions from oil and gas production. Credit: Getty Images

New regulations cover new oil and gas facilities, but methane from existing sites remains unregulated, a crucial step to reaching greenhouse gas reduction goals...

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Recycling Carbon?

It’s fantastic that web sites like Real Climate and Climate Feedback  are out there to clear some of the popular misconceptions about how the climate system functions...

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13-YEAR-OLD NATIVE AMERICAN’S PETITION TO STOP OIL PIPELINE REACHES 80,000 SIGNATURES...

Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer is part of a large Native American campaign to stop the pipeline credit: YouTube

Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer and 30 young people from the Standing Rock Reservation are campaigning against a big oil company...

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FRACTURES SEEN IN RAPIDLY MELTING ARCTIC SEA ICE, AND IT'S ONLY MAY!

Image: NSIDC

Even accounting for the accelerating pace of Arctic climate change, sea ice loss in the Far North is running well ahead of schedule. This may signal a near record or record low sea ice extent to come in September...

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WHERE ARE CLIMATE GOALS IN EIA ENERGY OUTLOOK? IT’S COMPLICATED...

The EIA foresees energy-related emissions rising steadily to 2040 (Pic: Flickr/kris krug)

US advisory body disregards Paris Agreement in energy projections, to the chagrin of climate campaigners...

 

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DUKE STUDY FINDS A "LEGACY OF RADIOACTIVITY," CONTAMINATION FROM THOUSANDS OF FRACKING WASTEWATER SPILLS...

Photo Credit:  North Dakota, Williston - Bakken - Oil and Gas - Missouri River, by EcoFlight

Thousands of oil and gas industry wastewater spills in North Dakota have caused “widespread” contamination from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts, putting the health of people and wildlife at risk, researchers from Duke University concluded in a newly released peer-reviewed study...

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GLOBAL WARMING CITED AS WILDFIRES INCREASE IN FRAGILE BOREAL FOREST...

Charred trees near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. Climate change is a prime suspect in a rise of wildfires in the boreal forest. Credit Ian Willms for The New York Times

Scientists say the near-destruction of Fort McMurray
last week by a wildfire is the latest indication that
the vital boreal forest is at risk from climate change...

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UNRAVELING SPIRAL: THE MOST COMPELLING GLOBAL WARMING VISUALIZATION EVER MADE...

credit: GALAH survey

Over the years, scientists have attempted to visually communicate the Earth’s warming in many ways.  They’ve developed an array of maps, charts, and animations that present an unmistakable picture of a warming world...

 

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THE TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IS AT THE TIPPING POINT — BUT WE NEED TO HELP IT GO FASTER...

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The world is approaching a tipping point, with renewable energy taking over from the fossil fuel industry...

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AFTER THE PACIFIC OCEAN SWALLOWS VILLAGES AND FIVE SOLOMON ISLANDS, A STUDY BLAMES CLIMATE CHANGE...

credit: H44HP Solomon Islands

As the ocean rose, they had to flee...

 

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RIGHTING CLIMATE WRONGS BY EMPOWERING VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES

A Syrian refugee walks among severely damaged buildings in downtown Homs, Syria, on June 3, 2014.  Photo by Chaoyue Pan/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It is widely recognized that the poorest countries in the world are both the least responsible for and likely to be hardest hit by climate change...

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EXXON SCRAMBLES TO CONTAIN CLIMATE CRUSADE...

Activists plan to make a public stand at Exxon’s annual shareholder meeting May 25, where several resolutions intended to force the company into acknowledging the climate threat will come to a vote. | Getty

A green campaign to make the company pay for climate change is besieging the oil industry and its conservative allies...



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WORLD BANK: THE WAY CLIMATE CHANGE IS REALLY GOING TO HURT US IS THROUGH WATER...

The dried-up riverbank of the Ganges is seen from a bridge in Allahabad, India, on May 3. Much of India is reeling from a heat wave and severe drought conditions that have decimated crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)

As India, the world’s second-most populous country, reels from an intense drought, the World Bank has released a new report finding that perhaps the most severe impact of a changing climate could be the effect on water supplies.

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THIS IS HOW SERIOUS INDIA'S DROUGHT HAS GOTTEN...

A child points to initials on a container on April 28 as she and other villagers line up to collect potable water at a makeshift camp in Mumbai.(Indranil Mukherjee / AFP/Getty Images)

As many as one-quarter of the country -- 330 million people -- could be affected by the shortages, the government has said...

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WESTERN U.S. SNOWPACK MELTING AT RECORD SPEED...

The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the western U.S. snowpack is melting at "record speed" as U.S. temperatures from January through April 2016 were 4.0°F above average. California Department of Water Resources / Courtesy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service issued its final "west-wide forecast" of the season this week. It shows that snowpack, from Washington to Wyoming, is melting so quickly, flooding is a possibility in some areas...

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LARGE SWATHS OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN MAY ACTUALLY SUFFOCATE IN JUST 15 YEARS...

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Take a wild guess what the culprit is...

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IS MOTHER NATURE FORCING US TO "KEEP IT IN THE GROUND"?

credit: https://www.thestar.com/

Fort McMurray wildfire forces a quarter of Canada’s oil output off-line...

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SEA-LEVEL RISE CLAIMS FIVE ISLANDS IN SOLOMONS: STUDY...

Aerial view of Marovo Lagoon, a World Heritage Site. Solomon Islands.Credit: Michael McCoy

At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe erosion, an Australian study shows...

At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe erosion, an Australian study shows

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At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe erosion, an Australian study shows

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At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe erosion, an Australian study shows

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WHO'S KILLING RENEWABLE ENERGY?

A view of the Middelgrunden offshore wind farm, which is home to 20 turbines, outside Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo: Eskinder Debebe/U.N. via Flickr)

A promising offshore wind energy project has languished on the East Coast for 15 years—and its enemies range from a Koch brother to the Kennedys...

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GOP STATES BENEFIT FROM SHIFT TO WIND & SOLAR ENERGY...

A four-acre stretch of land on Fort Hood now houses 3,000 solar panels, which will power 20 percent of the on-post neighborhood Liberty Village. (Credit: U.S. Army)

WASHINGTON (AP) – If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning...

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WHY BILL GATES’ MATH ERROR ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE MATTERS...

CREDIT: AP Photo/John Peterson Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates plays table tennis against prodigy Ariel Hsing, unseen, along with Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, unseen, outside the Borsheims jewelry store, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Bill Gates keeps saying confused and confusing things about climate policy and clean energy...

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CLEAN POWER WHAT? MOST AMERICANS HAVEN'T HEARD OF CLIMATE RULE...

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SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND THE KEY TO MOTIVATING PEOPLE TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

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Motivating people to act on climate change is a constant struggle for governments and nonprofits. But a new study may have found how best to frame the issue to inspire people not just to act, but also to give...

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EXXON, CHEVRON UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE SCRUTINY IN NORWAY...

Norway’s $870 billion sovereign wealth fund (SWF) is the largest in the world, and it’s now planning to use its prowess to force supergiants Exxon Mobil and Chevron to report more about the effects of climate change on business, both in terms of risk and opportunity...

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HERE’S THE CLIMATE CONTEXT FOR THE FORT MCMURRAY WILDFIRE...

Flames rise in Industrial area south Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada May 3, 2016. Courtesy CBC News/Handout via REUTERS

An unusually intense May wildfire roared into Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in province history. The flames rode the back of hot, windy weather that will continue through Wednesday and could pick up again this weekend...

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HOW WILL WE FEED THE MEGACITIES OF THE FUTURE?

Urban agriculture in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. (Photo: Sergio Ruiz via SPUR/Flickr)

More people are moving to urban areas, and making new connections with rural farmers will be necessary to feed them...

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GLOBAL WATER SHORTAGES TO DELIVER 'SEVERE HIT' TO ECONOMIES, WORLD BANK WARNS...

Across the Horn of Africa, millions have been hit by the severe El Niño-related drought. The region is among those projected to take a big hit to GDP by 2050 because of water scarcity. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

The Middle East, north Africa, central Asia and south Asia due to suffer biggest economic hit from water scarcity as climate change takes hold, report finds...

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Western Canada wildfires: This year could be worse than last, experts say climate change...

An uncontrolled wildfire burning near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, which is the heart of Canada's oil sands region, forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 residents on May 3, 2016. The wildfire started on May 1 and reached Fort McMurray on May 3 due to strong winds and in spite of efforts from firefighters to curb the blaze. (Pictured) Students from Fort McMurray Composite High School are released early as the wildfire burns nearby on May 3, 2016.© Hanout/Reuters

Wildfires have led to evacuation notices for hundreds in Alberta, as crews continue to battle several blazes and experts say the dry temperatures could make for a long and brutal fire season...

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WHY WE’RE STILL SO INCREDIBLY CONFUSED ABOUT METHANE’S ROLE IN GLOBAL WARMING...

In this Dec. 9, 2015 photo, crews work on stopping a gas leak at a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

It’s perhaps the most contentious issue in U.S. climate change policy right now: How can we deal with emissions of methane, a powerful if short-lived greenhouse gas, which has many sources but appears to be leaking into the air in considerable volumes from U.S. oil and gas operations?

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SCIENTISTS AREN’T JUST ‘F*CKING WITH YOU’: JIMMY KIMMEL TAKES ON SARAH PALIN’S CLIMATE DENIAL...

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On Monday evening’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the ABC late-night host tackled something that isn’t in your average topical monologue: the scientific consensus on climate change. And he made a video featuring real climate scientists responding to climate denial in a fashion one doesn’t see in the National Academy of Sciences...

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CITIZEN JOURNALISM AND POPULAR MEDIA’S CLIMATE FAIL...

The popular media has failed to communicate the science behind climate change. The public does not understand the science of anthropogenic global warming and the urgent need for climate action. We cannot expect people to support mitigation and adaptation efforts if they do not have access to accurate information...

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FLORIDA’S CORAL REEF IS DISINTEGRATING...

The only barrier reef off the continental U.S. stretches 300 nautical miles along Florida's coast, protecting the shore and bringing in billions of tourist dollars every year. Its condition is deteriorating faster than scientists predicted.PHOTOGRAPH BY SPENCER MILLSAP, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Acidifying oceans are causing the reef’s skeleton—a key habitat for fish—to break down rapidly, according to new science...

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RESETTLING THE FIRST AMERICAN ‘CLIMATE REFUGEES’...

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Isle de Jean Charles in southeastern Louisiana. A $48 million federal grant has been allocated to resettle its residents because of flooding...

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IT’S TIME TO BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS...

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May 4-16, 2016: A global wave of mass actions will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects — to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy...

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EATING LESS MEAT ESSENTIAL TO CURB CLIMATE CHANGE, SAYS REPORT...

Dietary change is essential if global warming is not to exceed 2C, says report. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Getty Images

Global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than transport but fear of a consumer backlash is preventing action, says Chatham House report...

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SCIENCE SAYS THIS CENTURIES-OLD DISCOVERY WILL SAVE THE PLANET...

The case for electrifying everything!

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LEAKED TTIP DOCUMENTS CAST DOUBT ON EU-US TRADE DEAL...

Protesters wear masks of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel as they demonstrate against TTIP free trade agreement. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Greenpeace says internal documents show US attempts to lower or circumvent EU protection for environment and public health...

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HUMAN EXTINCTION ISN'T THAT UNLIKELY...

The sun rises as a dinghy carrying refugees and migrants approaches the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos. Alkis Konstantinidis / Reute

“A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report...

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