CAN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY SOLVE ITS SCIENCE DENIAL PROBLEM?

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) talks with reporters with (L-R) Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at the U.S. Capitol. Inhofe believes global warming is a hoax, and his fellow Republican senators deny that we need to mitigate the problem. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Evolution and climate science denial are predominant on the political right; there is no equivalent on the left...

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JAPANESE MONKS ARE SECRETLY THE WORLD'S GREATEST CLIMATE SCIENTISTS...

Source: NatGeo

Followers of Shintoism have been tracking ice since the 1400s, long before anybody was worried about global warming...

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SCIENTISTS SAY THERE’S BASICALLY NO WAY THE GREAT BARRIER REEF WAS BLEACHED NATURALLY...

This undated handout photo released on April 20 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. (AFP photo/XL Catlin Seaview Survey)

"A group of Australian climate and coral reef researchers has affirmed that the extremely warm March sea temperatures in the Coral Sea, which are responsible for the event, were hardly 'natural.' "

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FOOD SYSTEM SHOCK: CLIMATE CHANGE'S GREATEST THREAT TO CIVILIZATION...

Historic flooding on the Missouri River on July 30, 1993, just north of Jefferson City, Missouri. Midwest floods in 1993 caused a 33% loss in U.S. corn production. Image credit: Missouri Highway and Transportation Department.

The greatest threat of climate change to civilization over the next 40 years is likely to be climate change-amplified extreme droughts and floods hitting multiple major global grain-producing "breadbaskets" simultaneously...

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Why we aren’t acting on climate change???

Mark Buchanan

People tend to fear spiders and snakes more than they do electrical sockets or fireworks, even though the latter present a far greater danger. This might help explain why humans have such a hard time seeing the threat of climate change...


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THESE REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARE TURNING TO CLIMATE ACTION TO HELP KEEP THEIR SEATS...

CREDIT: AP Photo/Jim Cole Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

For most Senate Republicans, climate change is an anathema: 70 percent of Republicans in the Senate deny the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and humans are the main cause...

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EMBRACE THE COMING ECOLOGICAL INFLECTION POINT AND GREAT TRANSITION...

Environmental awareness must soon reach a critical mass, whereby massive societal resources are re-allocated to scale up solutions in a great ecological transition; before biosphere, social, and economic collapse become unavoidable. An approaching ecological inflection point reflects a narrow band of opportunity to repair fragmented, quivering nature, clearly at its breaking point, before it is too late...

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DISOBEDIENCE... (the movie) THE COURAGE TO BREAK FREE...

The film is a powerful journey, featuring Break Free organizers in Canada, Germany, Turkey and the Philippines as they prepare to mobilize for major actions this May. It shows that the global movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground is growing in size and courage...

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MUST SEE VIDEO PORTRAITS OF A CHANGING PLANET, IN REAL TIME...

Bill Carson, founder of The Orchard at Altapass in Spruce Pine, N.C., is interviewed for a Climate Stories NC video. Still image courtesyAn interview with Willy Phillips, a fisherman and seafood market owner from Columbia, NC. Climate Stories NC.

A UNC video series shows ordinary people reacting as climate change reshapes the world around them...

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HALF OF U.S. CONSERVATIVES SAY CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL...

 

 

The percentage of conservative Republicans who consider global warming a threat shot up 19 points in two years, to 47 percent, according to public opinion researchers at Yale University and George Mason University. Overall, 56 percent of Republicans agree that it’s happening. Including Democrats and independents, the national average for the U.S. is 73 percent...

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BIG DATA FROM SATELLITES TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Only tears of sand remain Earth observation satellites such as the European Space Agency's Proba-V collect daily images that allow for the tracking of environmental changes over time. The images above - taken in April 2014, July 2015 and January 2016 (left to right) - offer crystal-clear insight into the gradual evaporation of Lake Poopo, once Bolivia's second largest lake - due at least in part to climate change.

Researchers have been slow to harness the power of big data from satellites in the fight against climate change. But a new partnership around the Copernicus program may change that...

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AMID CHEERS, NASA CHIEF IS ARRESTED AT OIL SANDS PIPELINE PROTESTS...

James Hansen was arrested on Monday, Aug. 29, on day 10 of the anti- Keystone XL pipeline protests at the White House. In total, 521 participants have been arrested. Credit: Ben Powless

James Hansen, the 70-year-old renowned climate scientist, was the 112th of 140 arrested on day 10 of the Keystone XL pipeline sit-ins...

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CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION EMERGES AS WINNING WEDGE ISSUE IN 2016...

CREDIT: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

A new public opinion survey finds that “Americans across political lines, except conservative Republicans, would support a presidential candidate who strongly supports taking action to reduce global warming.”

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ACTIVISTS STEP UP LONG-RUNNING CAMPAIGN TO HOLD OIL INDUSTRY ACCOUNTABLE FOR CLIMATE DAMAGES...

Seizing on recent developments, environmentalist have stepped up pressure on Exxon over climate change. Credit: John Duffy via flickr

Green groups are working behind the scenes to prod state investigators probing Exxon for climate fraud, while industry accuses them of conspiracy...

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BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY TAKES ON CLIMATE DENIALIST JOE BASTARDI THE ‘GOEBBELS’ GUY...

Screengrab via Star Talk Radio/YouTube

You might have heard that quote from outspoken American author Upton Sinclair, who once wrote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

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COULD VEGETARIANS SAVE THE WORLD'S FORESTS?

Cows eat pine needles in a snow covered forest in the Basque mountain port of Opakoa, northern Spain.
Vincent West/Reuters

A growing global population means forests are under threat from expanding farms. But a small change in our diets could save many trees...

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2016: IS THE EL NINO SHOWING US WHERE THE EDGE OF THE CLIMATE CLIFF IS?

By NOAA

The last time the Earth had an El Nino event like 2015/16 was in 1997/98...

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AUSTRALIA: CSIRO CHANGES LIKE PUTTING BANDAID OVER GAPING WOUND, SCIENTIST SAYS...

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Senior scientists have warned that despite the creation of a new CSIRO climate research in Hobart, Australia is still facing a major reduction in its climate research efforts...

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VEGANISM COULD FEED THE WORLD WITH ZERO DEFORESTATION...

Photo credit: Neil Palmer/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)

There’s about to be a whole lot more mouths to feed...

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WE’RE FLIRTING WITH APOCALYPSE: THE PLANET INCHES EVER CLOSER TO THE 1.5°C THRESHOLD...

Filename: Ice falling Moreno Glacier NP los Glaciares.Patagoni.jpg Copyright ©MARCO SIMONI

Analysis finds the world will have to dramatically accelerate emissions reductions to meet Paris climate agreement...

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WORLD HEADING FOR CATASTROPHE OVER NATURAL DISASTERS, RISK EXPERT WARNS...

Pakistanis cross a flooded street following heavy rain on the outskirts of Peshawar on 4 April 2016. Photograph: A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

With cascading crises – where one event triggers another – set to rise, international disaster risk reduction efforts are woefully underfunded...

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SIBERIAN EROSION, RIVER RUNOFF SPEEDS UP ARCTIC OCEAN ACIDIFICATION...

The Lena River near the Arctic Ocean. Yoshihiro Iijima / JAMSTEC

As Siberian permafrost thaws, crumbling Russian coastlines and big rivers flowing north along eroding banks are dumping vast loads of organic carbon into marine waters there, causing much quicker acidification than had been anticipated and signaling future danger for the entire Arctic Ocean...

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NOT EVERYONE IS CELEBRATING THE SIGNING OF THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT...

When establishment civil society groups and politicians gather Friday to cheer the signing of the Paris agreement as a “historic” achievement that will avert global catastrophe, a group of climate emergency protesters will stage a “mass death” and collapse scenario outside the United Nations to demonstrate the reality of the future the agreement locks in.

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EDITORIAL IS THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE?

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and French President Francois Hollande celebrate at the conclustion of the conference on climate change near Paris last December.(Francois Mori / Associated Press)

Representatives from more than 160 nations gathered at the United Nations on Friday to sign the accord they hammered out in Paris last December to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the effects of climate change...

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AUSTRALIAN MP SETS RIVER ON FIRE, BLAMES NEARBY FRACKING...

Australian Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham (L) poses for a photo with local resident John Jenkyn after setting fire to methane gas along the Condamine River in Queensland, about 220 km west of Brisbane, on April 12, 2016 ©Max Phillips / NSW Greens Party (NSW Greens Party/AFP/File)

Politician Jeremy Buckingham conducted 'experiment' in Queensland...

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CO2 LEVELS MAKE LARGEST RECORDED ANNUAL LEAP, NOAA DATA SHOWS...

Fossil fuel burning and a strong El Niño weather pattern pushed CO2 levels last year. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

The last time the Earth saw such a sustained increase was over 11 millennia ago, says US science agency... Climate Home reports

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HALF-A-DEGREE MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE...

Last month was the hottest March in modern history and 2016 is shaping up as a record-breaking year for rising global temperatures. (AFP Photo/Philippe Huguen)

Paris (AFP) - A jump in global temperature of two degrees Celsius would double the severity of crop failures, water shortages and heatwaves in many regions compared to a rise of 1.5 C, according to a study released Thursday...

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DOCUMENTS: HOW IOGCC CREATED LOOPHOLE USHERING IN FRACKQUAKES AND ALLOWING METHANE LEAKAGE...(long read)

Photo Credit: Steve Horn | DeSmog

Earthquakes caused by injection of shale oil and gas production wastes — and methane leakage from shale gas pipelines — have proliferated in recent years, with both issues well-studied in the scientific literature and grabbing headlines in newspapers nationwide...

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SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED...

Thanks To U.S. Leadership To Cut Carbon Pollution, More Than 170 Countries Sign Historic Climate Pact...

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THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD IS ABOUT TO BE SIGNED. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS NEXT...

Smoke curls from a chimney at a factory in Ahmadabad, India. (Ajit Solanki / Associated Press)

Global climate rehab begins with a three-step process: Adopt, Sign, Join...

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U.S. CAN REACH PARIS AGREEMENT CLIMATE GOAL, BUT MORE WILL BE NEEDED...

Earth melting (Shutterstock)

New analysis breaks down estimates of future emissions reductions...

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FATE OF WORLD’S COASTLINES RESTS ON MELTING ANTARCTIC ICE...

King tide flooding on Tybee Island in the fall. Credit: Jason Evans/Stetson University

Councilmembers of an island town in Georgia met in a police station near sandy beaches last week to mull a plan for coping with worsening floods. The meeting followed unprecedented king tide floods in the fall that inundated the island and nearby Savannah, and shut down the highway that connects them...

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BACK OFF BABY BOOMERS: THE MILLENNIALS OWN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE...

When it comes to the climate change debate, there are two definitive sides: those who believe in the overwhelming science and those who stand to gain by continuing to deny the evidence...

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WE FACT-CHECKED A HIGH-PROFILE ARTICLE ON CLIMATE AND ENERGY. IT WASN’T PRETTY...

Aerial photo of Spanish solar power towers. CREDIT: By Koza1983 via Wikipedia

Foreign Affairs has run one of the most confused, out-of-date and error-riddled pieces ever seen on clean energy and climate change. I will fact check it here, since the editors apparently didn’t...

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HOW EARTH ITSELF HAS DRAMATICALLY UPPED THE STAKES FOR THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD...

A major ice sheet in western Antarctica is melting, and its collapse is predicted to raise global sea levels by nearly two feet, scientists said in 2014. The thinning of the ice probably is related to global warming, said a study in the journal Science. Airborne radar measurements of the West Antarctic ice sheet allowed scientists to map the underlying bedrock of Thwaites Glacier. AFP/Getty Images

From crippling droughts to rising seas, scientists warn of global warming impacts...

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REPORT: WE DON’T ALL HAVE TO GO VEGAN TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE...

(Photo: Chris Kim/Flickr)

A new paper on shifting diets to reduce emissions argues that targeted changes in consumption could yield big results...

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‘AND THEN WE WEPT': SCIENTISTS SAY 93 PERCENT OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF NOW BLEACHED...

Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef. (Photo: Hamilton Island)

The conclusions are in from a series of scientific surveys of the Great Barrier Reef bleaching event — an environmental assault on the largest coral ecosystem on Earth — and scientists aren’t holding back about how devastating they find them...

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CLIMATE DENIAL CROCK OF THE WEEK: GREENLAND SEES RECORD-SMASHING EARLY ICE SHEET MELT...

Gyldenlove Glacier, Greenland (Pic: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

 

Scientists ‘incredulous’ at abnormally high numbers for April, with melting across nearly 12% of ice sheet...

 

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STUDY: HUMANS HAVE CAUSED ALL THE GLOBAL WARMING SINCE 1950...

Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Ferrybridge power station on March 13, 2009 in Ferrybridge, Yorkshire, England. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Global warming attribution studies consistently find humans are responsible for all global warming over the past six decades...

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AS DROUGHT DEEPENS, AFRICAN NATIONS STRUGGLE TO GET GLOBE'S ATTENTION...

Lake St Lucia is almost completely dry due to drought conditions in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, northeast of Durban, South Africa. Rogan Ward/Reuters

It's been at least three decades since southern and eastern Africa have seen this level of drought. In an ironic twist, the progress countries have made in responding to drought may be making it harder to get the outside help many need.

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THE EXTINCTION CRISIS IN A WARMING WORLD... (long read,great series)

Photographs by Marilyn Chung and Jay Calderon, The Desert Sun

How climate change is intensifying threats to nature — and what can be done...

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CLIMATE RESISTANCE MOVES TO THE NEXT LEVEL...

People attend a demonstration inside the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

When it becomes necessary to break the law, serious explanation is required: at least in democratic countries laws should normally be respected, since they’re the rules we’ve agreed on...

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EXXON/MOBIL, ROCKEFELLERS FACE OFF IN CLIMATE BATTLE...

US energy giant ExxonMobil is facing an onslaught from environmentalists and some shareholders alleging it hid what it knew about the effects of fossil fuels on climate change. (AFP Photo/KAREN BLEIER)

New York (AFP) - US energy giant ExxonMobil is facing an onslaught from environmentalists and some shareholders alleging it hid what it knew about the effects of fossil fuels on climate change...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MAY TURN CROPS INTO JUNK FOOD...

(Photos: Neil Howard/Flickr; Lew Robertson/Getty Images)

Rising CO2 levels will make plants produce more carbohydrates and fewer nutrients and protein...

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LEADERS HEAD TO NEW YORK TO SIGN PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

George Bush, President of the United States, signing the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992 (Pic: UN Photos)

It’s 155 and counting, according to the UN. That’s the number of countries expected to sign up to the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change on Friday...

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DELTA DROUGHT GIVES GLIMPSE INTO BLEAK FUTURE FOR MIGHTY MEKONG...

A farmer harvests dried sugarcane on her drought-stricken farm in Soc Trang province in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam March 31, 2016. Picture taken on March 31, 2016. Reuters/Kham
While China has been releasing water from a hydro-electric dam in the upper Mekong River to help relieve drought down river in Southeast Asia, little of it has flowed to Nguyen Van Thach's sugarcane farm in southern Vietnam...
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AS FRACKING CHEMICALS REACH A CREEK COMPANIES FIGHT AGAINST A FRACKING WASTE BAN...

View of the New River bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia. A tributary of the New River has traces of endocrine disrupting chemicals associated with fracking, according to a new study. Researchers discovered the chemicals near a fracking fluid waste site. The New River is a local water source. CREDIT: Bill Dickinson/Flickr

The smell of gas surrounding the northern streets of Lochgelly, West Virginia, was so pungent that Brad Keenan could taste it as he was driving home with his windows up that evening in 2004...

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SOCIETY NEEDS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, STANFORD RESEARCHERS SAY...

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Gaps in social science knowledge of climate change constrain the policy impact of natural science research, a Stanford team argues...

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HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN A GROUP OF SCIENTISTS WENT TO CONFRONT THEIR CONGRESSIONAL TORMENTORS...

ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Jeff Flake’s “wastebook” targets unnecessary spending. But it also has had a chilling effect on the world of science.

It turns out their “wasteful” research serves a purpose...

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WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF WATER, AND THE WORLD’S POWERS ARE VERY WORRIED...

A boy carries buckets filled with water from a public tap amid an acute shortage of water, on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. Hani Mohammed/AP Photo

The war has taken a heavy toll on Yemen with more than 4,000 people killed and the humanitarian crisis has left the impoverished country on the brink of famine...

 

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RESEARCH SHOWS — YET AGAIN — THAT THERE’S NO SCIENTIFIC DEBATE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

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

It’s a well-known and widely cited statistic: 97 percent of scientific experts agree that human-caused climate change is real...

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FRACKING’S TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IS STAGGERING, REPORT FINDS...

CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File

A new report details the sheer amount of fracking in the United States...

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CLIMATE FINALLY GETS A DEBATE SPOTLIGHT...

CREDIT: AP Photo/Seth Wenig  Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, and Hillary Clinton speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in New York.

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton talked more about climate change in Thursday’s debate than in any previous debates...

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CLIMATE CHANGE FAR MORE THAN AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE...

credit: The Desert Sun

Global warming is already harming human health, the economy and national security...

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50 YEARS AGO BIG OIL BRAGGED ABOUT BEING ABLE TO MELT GLACIERS, WHILE THEY KNEW ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGe...

CREDIT: LM Otero, AP

Newly-released oil industry documents push back the start date of the world’s most successful disinformation campaign to the 1960s, if not earlier!

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NASA SMACKS DOWN CLIMATE CHANGE DOUBTERS IN FACEBOOK DISCUSSION...

Temperature departures from 1951-1980 average in February 2016. (NASA)

In many online forums involving climate change science, the discussions are frequently hijacked by  doubters making the same tired, debunked arguments. On Tuesday, NASA was having none of it!

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MARCH WAS EARTH'S 11TH-STRAIGHT WARMEST MONTH ON RECORD...

Image: Earth simulator

Data released on Thursday shows that March 2016 was the warmest March since at least 1891, making it the planet's 11th consecutive month to set a global temperature milestone...

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BEYOND PARIS: FROM AGREEMENT TO ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

On April 22, the historic Paris Agreement will be signed in New York!

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THE MOST IMPORTANT MYSTERY ABOUT U.S. CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY...

In this June 12, 2014 photo, oil pumps and natural gas burn off in Watford City, N.D. Many companies drilling for shale oil flare natural gas because they do not have the incentives or pipeline infrastructure to capture the gas found along with crude oil. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

On the surface, it looks like extraordinarily good news...

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HEAT WAVE IN GREENLAND TRIGGERS RECORD EARLY START TO ICE MELT SEASON...

Humbolt Glacier in northern Greenland. Image: NASA

It may be a cold start to spring in the Midwest and eastern U.S., but in Greenland, more than 2,000 miles to the north, it's been positively balmy lately...

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CO2'S ROLE IN GLOBAL WARMING HAS BEEN ON THE OIL INDUSTRY'S RADAR SINCE THE 1960S...

Documents reveal that the risks of climate change were being discussed in the inner circles of the oil industry in the 1960s, earlier than previously documented. Credit: Photo of Exxon's Bayway oil refinery in New Jersey by the Environmental Protection Agency

Historical records reveal early industry concern with air pollutants, including smog and CO2, and unwanted regulation...

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EARTH’S POLES ARE SHIFTING BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

 (Image: Andrew C. Revkin/eyevine)
Tugged by our greenhouse gases...
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Dear World Leaders: Sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day!

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Dear World Leaders: Sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day!

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SHADES OF EXXON: AUSTRALIAN OIL AND GAS LOBBY SPENT MILLIONS ADVOCATING AGAINST CLIMATE ACTION...

Woodside's Pluto LNG plant in Western Australia. Photo: Supplied


Australia's peak oil and gas industry lobby group spent almost $4 million last year trying to "obstruct" more ambitious climate change policy, according to British research group InfluenceMap.
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WHY DEAD CORAL REEFS COULD MARK THE BEGINNING OF ‘DANGEROUS’ CLIMATE CHANGE...

A dead reef covered in turf algae. The mass mortality event at Christmas Island is believed to be one of the worst casualties of the ongoing global bleaching event. (Image credit: Kristina Tietjen)

"It was a horror show. Rationally I know what’s happened, but emotionally it’s very hard to accept it..."

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SCIENTISTS ARE WATCHING IN HORROR AS ICE COLLAPSES...

Emperor penguins on ice in the Ross Sea in 2011 Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Creative

Everything we learn about ice shows that it is disturbingly fragile, even in Antarctica...

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GREENPEACE: HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD REJECT FOSSIL FUEL MONEY...

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Hillary Clinton told Greenpeace she was going to reject fossil fuel donations yet her campaign has received over US$4.5 million from the industry...

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THIS IS WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS FOR YOU...

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Climate change is a big, broad, crazy topic that often seems far removed from our daily lives...

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THIS IS HOW FAR SEAS COULD RISE THANKS TO CLIMATE CHANGE...

If climate change continues, we can expect a large rise in sea level this century, and it will only get worse in the centuries to come...

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FAITH GROUPS CALL FOR MORE INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE FUNDING...

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More than 120 religious groups are encouraging lawmakers to approve President Obama’s proposed $750 million contribution to an international climate change fund...

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CAN A BOTTLE MADE FROM ALGAE END THE WORLD'S PLASTIC ADDICTION?

(Photo: Ragna M. Gudmundsdottir)

The all-natural container is biodegradable!

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NATIONS SEEK RAPID RATIFICATION OF PARIS CLIMATE DEAL, FOUR-YEAR LOCK...

People walk along a street during a smoggy day in Jilin, Jilin province, October 22, 2013. Reuters/Stringer
Many nations are pushing for swift ratification of a Paris agreement to slow climate change and lock it in place for four years before a change in the White House next year that might bring a weakening of Washington's long-term commitment...
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Is the IOGCC, Created by Congress in 1935, Now a Secret Oil and Gas Lobby? (long read)

 

In 1978, the DOJ told Congress IOGCC should be disbanded. It wasn't. In 2005, the group claimed credit for Halliburton loophole after ‘years of hard work'...

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Researchers fly over 8,000 well pads and find hundreds of methane leaks...

Photo by WCN 24/7 / Flickr.

As Pennsylvania’s natural gas production continues to expand, so does the possibility of potentially harmful methane emissions...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH WORSE THAN POLIO, WHITE HOUSE WARNS...

The US surgeon general, Vivek Murthy: ‘By the end of the century we are looking at increase of tens of thousands of illnesses and death episodes because of climate change,’ Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Obama administration report details the diversity of risks and claims global warming is a far more challenging danger than polio virus in some cases...

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PASSING DOWN A HEALTHY CLIMATE TO MY DAUGHTER...

Staff photo: Anna Aurilio and her daughter at Maryland’s Patapsco Valley State Park

Spring in the Mid-Atlantic region is a glorious season. Here in Washington, D.C. my 11-year old and her friends shed heavy winter coats to enjoy the gorgeous cherry blossoms, run around, and muck about in the dirt...

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FEDERAL JUDGE IN EUGENE SAYS COURT SHOULD NOT DISMISS YOUTHS’ CLIMATE CHANGE LAWSUIT...

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THE VOLCANO GAMBIT...

Explosive eruption of Mt. Redoubt in Alaska, 1989. This huge mushroom cloud reached 45,000 feet and caught a Boeing 747 in its plume. Credit: Wikipedia

Anyone reading pundits and politicians pontificating profusely about climate or environmental science will, at some point, have come across the “volcano gambit”...

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CLIMATE-RELATED DEATH OF CORAL AROUND WORLD ALARMS SCIENTISTS...

A turtle swimming over bleached coral near Heron Island, in the southern Great Barrier Reef. Credit XL Catlin Seaview Survey

SYDNEY, Australia — Kim Cobb, a marine scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, expected the coral to be damaged when she plunged into the deep blue waters off Kiritimati Island, a remote atoll near the center of the Pacific Ocean. Still, she was stunned by what she saw as she descended some 30 feet to the rim of a coral outcropping...

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OIL DRILLING, MINING, AND MORE THREATEN UNIQUE ECOSYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD...

Muntjacs, also known as barking deer and Mastreani deer, in Khao Yai, Thailand. They are a small deer of the genus Muntiacus and are the oldest known deer, appearing 15 million to 35 million years ago. (Photo: John S Lander/Getty Images)

Industrial development and infrastructure are encroaching on dozens of World Heritage sites, a new study has found...
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OIL LEAK FROM KEYSTONE PIPELINE 89 TIMES WORSE THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT...THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA!

CREDIT: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

Nearly a week after pipeline operator TransCanada shut down a section of its Keystone line over an oil leak, the company reported Thursday thousands of gallons of oil were spilled, not less than 200 as it first said...

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World Bank to spend 28% of investments on climate change projects...

Pedestrians pass by a banner announcing the 2016 spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank on Wednesday in Washington DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s biggest provider of public finance to developing countries will refocus its financing efforts towards tackling climate change, group said...

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TO HELP CURB CLIMATE CHANGE, STOP WASTING FOOD: SCIENTISTS...

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BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Reducing food waste around the world would help curb emissions of planet-warming gases, lessening some of the impacts of climate change such as more extreme weather and rising seas, scientists said on Thursday...

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AGRICULTURE ON THE BRINK...

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When it comes to farming, global temperature increases spurred by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) are bad news...

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A SURPRISING ALLY IN THE BATTLE AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE: DIRT!

A farmer harvests broccoli in the town of al-Ansariyeh south of Sidon, Lebanon in March. Ali Hashisho/Reuters

By changing farming practices, an extra 9 billion tons of greenhouse gases could be locked away in the soil, according to an international team of scientists...

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IT’S NOT JUST ANTARCTICA — WHY GREENLAND COULD ALSO MELT FASTER THAN EXPECTED...

A large iceberg floats in the ocean near the town of Uummannaq in western Greenland March 17, 2010. Dutch artist Ap Verheggen plans to erect two giant sculptures on a piece of Greenland’s sea ice and monitor them drifting away after the glacier breaks off. REUTERS/Svebor Kranjc

Last Wednesday, a blockbuster new study in the journal Nature changed our understanding of the forces affecting ice melt in Antarctica and significantly increased expectations of the ice sheet’s future contributions to sea-level rise. But the news may not stop there...

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WIND AND SOLAR ARE CRUSHING FOSSIL FUELS...

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Record clean energy investment outpaces gas and coal 2 to 1....

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HEY, BILL GATES, OUR 'ENERGY MIRACLES' ARE ALREADY HERE!

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The transformation from a fossil fuel-based global economy, to one that is powered by a decentralized mix of renewables is happening far faster than anyone anticipated, according to Michael Liebreich, the founder and chairman of the advisory board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). 
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AS THE CLIMATE CHANGES, RISKS TO HUMAN HEALTH WILL ACCELERATE, WHITE HOUSE WARNS...

Smoke billows from stacks of a coal-fired power plant in China’s Shanxi province. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

More deaths from extreme heat. Longer allergy seasons. Increasingly polluted air and water. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks spreading farther and faster...

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NASA IS FACING A CLIMATE CHANGE COUNTDOWN...

The refurbished Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center, which is on the ocean and surrounded by marshland, in 2013. Credit Kim Shiflett/NASA

Kennedy Space Center and other NASA facilities near coastlines are facing the prospect of continually rising waters...

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CLIMATE CHANGE PUTS TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF FINANCIAL ASSETS AT RISK: STUDY...

A shopkeeper tries to save belongings as residents use a bridge covered with floodwater after heavy rain in Nowshera District on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan April 4, 2016. Reuters/Fayaz Aziz
Trillions of dollars of non-bank financial assets around the world are vulnerable to the effects of global warming, according to a study on Monday that says tougher action to curb greenhouse gas emissions makes sense for investors...
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POLL: 75% OF AMERICANS CONCERNED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Climate change big issue for Floridians...

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WAITING FOR A ROCKEFELLER: MEET THE NEXT `SUPERMAJORS' OF ENERGY...

More than a decade after the birth of the modern renewable energy industry, solar and wind await their John D. Rockefeller...

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BIOLOGY: CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING NATURE'S SPRING BALLET...

ERIC ALBRECHT- The cerulean warbler builds nests high in old-growth forests, which are disappearing across the United States.
Biology erupts in spring. Nature comes to life, and life comes to nature...
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THE INVISIBLE CATASTROPHE... (long read)

A view of the neighborhood, Aliso Canyon and the methane wells (on the ridge). Credit Ewan Telford for The New York Times

Over the course of four months, 97,100 metric tons of methane quietly leaked out of a single well into California’s sky. Scientists and residents are still trying to figure out just how much damage was done...

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THESE ICE CAP IMAGES SHOW THE ARCTIC’S RAPID CHANGE...

The St. Patrick’s Bay ice caps sit on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada. Satellite images show their extent in 2004 and 2015. The yellow outline shows their extent in 1959. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

This has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for ice around the world. First came news that Arctic sea ice set a record low extent this winter (topping the old record set last year). Then came news that the West Antarctic ice sheet is facing the threat of runaway melt...

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ANTARCTIC MODEL RAISES PROSPECT OF UNSTOPPABLE ICE COLLAPSE...

Recent studies suggest that the Antarctic ice sheet is much less stable than scientists once thought. Paul Nicklen/National Geographic Creative

Sea levels could rise by more than 50' feet by 2500 if greenhouse-gas emissions continue to grow...

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STUDY: FRACKING, NOT JUST FRACKING WASTEWATER INJECTION, CAUSING EARTHQUAKES IN WESTERN CANADA...

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A groundbreaking study published today in Seismological Research Letters has demonstrated a link, for the first time, between hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for oil and gas and earthquakes...

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ATTRIBUTION OF EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

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A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes it is now possible to estimate the influence of climate change on some types of extreme events...

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1 BILLION ASIANS WILL FACE SEVERE WATER SHORTAGES BY 2050...

Boy drinks water from a tap stand at the school, NEWAH WASH water project in Puware Shikhar, Udayapur District, Nepal. Photo by Jim Holmes for AusAID. (13/2529)

Countries in Asia will face severe water shortages by 2050 if current environmental, demographic and economic trends remain unchanged...

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