FLOOD DAMAGE COSTS WILL RISE FASTER THAN SEA LEVELS, STUDY SAYS...

Major floods, like the ones that hit in 2010, plague Copenhagen and other coastal cities as climate change intensifies. Credit: Getty Images

Research begins to show that damage will increase exponentially and aims to give coastal cities a way to prepare for them...

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PREPARING FOR THE INEVITABLE SEA-LEVEL RISE...

Houses are partially submerged in Asuncion, Paraguay, following the flooding of the country's two main rivers in December 2015. Jorge Adomo / Reuters

Scientists are struggling to figure out the timeline for how climate change will affect vulnerable waterfront communities...

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STUDY SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE PUSHES FISH TOWARD POLES, THREATENING FOOD SOURCE FOR POOR...

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WHAT EVERY MILLENNIAL MUST KNOW ABOUT THE GLOBAL WARMING TIPPING POINTS — THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE FINANCIAL AND POLITICAL INFORMATION!

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The Climate Generation

As France cracks down on protests at the Paris climate change talks, activists find new ways to get their message out...

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AS SEA LEVELS RISE, ECONOMIC DAMAGE PILES UP EVEN FASTER: STUDY

A villager walks on a stone barrier as sea water reaches her house in Mayangan village in Subang, Indonesia's West Java province, in this July 16, 2010 file photo.
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As sea levels rise, threatening cities from New York to Shanghai, the economic damage will increase even faster, scientists said on Monday...

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LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S OSCAR ACCEPTANCE SPEECH REMINDS US OF 5 REASONS WE LOVE THE GUY...

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Since he sailed onto millions of middle school bedroom walls in "Titanic," Leonardo DiCaprio has been winning the Oscar of our hearts on a daily basis. Now, at long last, he's finally won an Oscar IRL.

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LOUISIANA TRIBE OFFICIALLY BECOMES AMERICA'S FIRST CLIMATE REFUGEES...

Trees void of leaves and life hang on to tiny strips of land surrounding Isle de Jean Charles. (Image by Kathleen Flynn) 

French-speaking Indians who live deep in Louisiana bayou, some 50 miles south of New Orleans, became the United States' first official climate refugees last week when the federal government awarded them $48 million to relocate...

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THE SUDDENLY URGENT QUEST TO REMOVE CARBON DIOXIDE FROM THE AIR...

Dr. Klaus Lackner with his team’s rooftop prototype on Feb. 9 at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in Tempe, Ariz. (Caitlin O’Hara for the Washington Post.)

Tempe, AZ — From the rooftop of Klaus Lackner’s seven-story building on the Arizona State University campus, photovoltaic panels seem to glisten in every direction. The school claims to have more solar installed than any other university in America – part of a plan to offset the carbon emissions of this institution of more than 80,000 students...

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THESE EXPERTS SAY CONGRESS IS ‘LEGISLATING SCIENTIFIC FACTS’ — AND WRONG ONES, TOO!

(Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

A group of forest scientists, ecologists and climate researchers has sent a strongly worded letter to the U.S. Senate, arguing that pending bipartisan energy legislation incorrectly claims that burning trees for energy is carbon neutral...

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EXCLUSIVE-DEMOCRATIC PARTY SLAMS GOP CANDIDATES ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Republican U.S. Presidential candidates (L-R) Senator Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz applaud before the start of the debate sponsored by CNN for the 2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidates in Houston, Texas, February 25, 2016. © Mike Stone/REUTERS

The Democratic Party released a video on Sunday slamming Republican presidential hopefuls for their opposition to action on climate change, suggesting the views clash with the reality of rising sea levels and shifting weather patterns...

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EARTH'S BEES AND OTHER POLLINATORS NEED HUMAN HELP: WHAT CAN WE DO?

A wasp lands on a flower in a garden in Srinagar, India, Sept. 8, 2009. Bees and other pollinators face increasing risks to their survival, threatening foods such as apples, blueberries and coffee worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year, the first global assessment of pollinators showed on Friday. Fayaz Kabl/Reuters/File

Pollinator populations around the world are declining, threatening hundreds of billions of dollars worth of agriculture. Humans are part of the problem, say scientists, but they can also be part of the solution.

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GAS FROM THAWING PERMAFROST COULD ADD FURTHER TO GLOBAL WARMING, STUDY SAYS...

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Arctic permafrost that is thawing due to global warming is releasing greenhouse gases, further compounding the problem of climate change, according to a study released on Thursday...

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IF CLIMATE CHANGE DOESN’T SINK ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT’S OFFICIAL INCOMPETENCE WILL...

Concrete blocks intended to break waves are all that's left to protect the 15th-century Qaitbey Citadel from rising seas. (Photo: Sima Diab)

It's not alone among World Heritage Sites facing encroaching seas....

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CALIFORNIA GAS LEAK WAS THE WORST MAN-MADE GREENHOUSE-GAS DISASTER IN U.S. HISTORY, STUDY SAYS...

In this Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, Tera Lecuona, resident of the heavily impacted Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, holds a protest sign during a hearing in Granada Hills over a gas leak at Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. Richard Vogel/Associated Press

The massive leak that vented millions of pounds of natural gas from a Los Angeles storage facility now appears to have been the worst accidental discharge of greenhouse gases in U.S. history, scientists concluded in an analysis released Thursday...

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ARCTIC WARMING: RAPIDLY INCREASING TEMPERATURES ARE 'POSSIBLY CATASTROPHIC' FOR PLANET, CLIMATE SCIENTIST WARNS...

The area covered by sea ice has been noticeably below any of the last 30 years -Getty

Dr Peter Gleick said there is a growing body of 'pretty scary' evidence that higher temperatures are driving the creation of dangerous storms in parts of the northern hemisphere...

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EXXON’S CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY...

Image credit: Seppo Leinonen, Mike Mozart, courtesy flickr

It is now public knowledge that Exxon has known for decades that their core business is directly responsible for climate change. Even more damning is the fact that they covered up this knowledge. To make matters even worse, they actively participated and funded a sophisticated campaign to fuel climate denial and delay climate action as long as they could...

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THE US IS DUMPING AN INSANE AMOUNT OF METHANE INTO THE AIR...

Porter Ranch, Calif., site of a massive methane leak that was finally plugged this month.

The problem is way worse than we thought...

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FOSSIL FUELS SUBSIDIZED BY $10M A MINUTE, SAYS IMF...

Why we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground...

‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments...

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ARE YOU AWARE OF THE GLOBAL WARMING TIPPING POINTS — THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE FINANCIAL AND POLITICAL INFORMATION?

It is not an exaggeration to say that those who know the global warming tipping points and use that information wisely will become the ultimate winners of the future—and those individuals, businesses, or nations that do not will become the ultimate losers...

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WHY WE DON’T CARE ABOUT SAVING OUR GRANDCHILDREN FROM CLIMATE CHANGE...

Attila Kisbenedek / AFP / Getty Images Some 30,000 people demonstrate in the center of Copenhagen on Dec. 12, 2009 to turn up the heat on world leaders debating global warming at the U.N. climate conference...

A new study shows that human beings are too selfish to endure present pain to avert future climate change. That's why we need win-win solutions now...

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WTO SWATS DOWN INDIA’S MASSIVE SOLAR INITIATIVE...

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The World Trade Organization delivered a blow to India’s ambitious solar power program on Wednesday at the behest of the United States. So much for all that nice chatter about international climate cooperation back in December...

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NO BILL GATES, WE DON’T NEED ‘ENERGY MIRACLES’ TO SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE!

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For six years, Bill Gates has been arguing that we need “energy miracles” to avoid catastrophic climate change. For six years, he has been wrong!

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WE CAN’T SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE WITHOUT TEACHING IT—WHY MORE CLASSES ARE HEADING OUTSIDE...

Common Ground High School students study water quality in the river that flows near their campus as a part of Green Jobs Corps, an environmental employment and leadership training program. Photo courtesy of Common Ground

In response to climate change, a growing number of schools are taking kids outside to show them how a warming planet affects their local environment...

 

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WHAT DO RISING SEA LEVELS MEAN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS?

source: John Heath – InsuranceNewsAustralia.com

According to a trio of new studies, sea levels rose faster over the past century than at any other point over the last 2800 years. Scientists say this is definitive proof that human actions are directly contributing to rising water levels. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Benjamin Strauss of Climate Central for more on the emerging environmental crisis and what it might mean for future generations...

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SEARING HEAT WAVES COULD BECOME ANNUAL THREAT...

People cool off from the heat at the Miroir d'Eau (Mirror of Water), a public art piece on the quay of the Garonne River, during a warm summer day in Bordeaux, southwestern France, June 30, 2015.
Credit: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The scorching, deadly heat waves that today strike only about once every 20 years could become an annual occurrence for more than half the world if nothing is done to curb emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, a new study reported Tuesday...

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THE METHANE MONSTER! WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE CONCERNED ABOUT FRACKING AND OTHER LARGE METHANE RELEASES...

 

Unfortunately, CO2 is not the only human emission forcing global temperatures rapidly higher...

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SEA LEVEL IS NOW RISING AT FASTEST RATE IN NEARLY 3,000 YEARS...

Brackish sea water washes over the center line of a street in Charleston, S.C. on Oct. 1, 2015. Image: Stephen B. Morton/AP

Sea level rise is one of the most worrisome and visible ramifications of global warming. New research published on Monday shows the startling present-day impacts of global warming-related sea level rise. It also demonstrates the potential for the situation to get much, much worse if emissions of global warming pollutants are not curtailed...

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THOSE BUBBLES IN YOUR COKE MAY SOMEDAY HELP SAVE THE PLANET!

In talks with 'one of the largest fizzy-drinks companies', Swiss company likely to be first profitable carbon remover...

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REPUBLICANS' FAVORITE CLIMATE CHART HAS SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS...

Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee at which John Christy’s misleading chart was recently presented. Photograph: Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Image

As usual, cherry picking and misrepresentations are used to oppose climate policies...

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FOSSIL FUEL FUNDED REPORT DENIES THE EXPERT GLOBAL WARMING CONSENSUS...

The Heartland Institute has received funding from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers, Donors Trust, the American Petroleum Institute, and other fossil fuel sources. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The infamous Heartland Institute has distributed to elected officials a nonsense, non-science report full of denial..

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The climate is not changing. It’s destabilizing! Do you know what a destabilizing climate means?

pin by: Joseph Robertson

Most of us have heard the benign-sounding words of “climate change” in the media associated with the idea of global warming. Climate change does not upset us as much because these words were intentionally selected and designed to hide an unbearable truth...

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OPINION: DONALD & TED’S EXCELLENT CLIMATE ADVENTURE...

The kind of paranoia and delusion that once resided on the fringe is winning presidential primaries and caucuses...

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THE TIMES’S CLASSIC WEATHER CHART: NOW ONLINE WITH 3,000 CITIES...

Today, The New York Times publishes an interactive chart showing detailed temperature and precipitation patterns for 1,801 American cities and 1,334 other locations around the globe for 2015. More than 90 percent of the cities had a warmer-than-average year – local evidence of the fact that 2015 was the hottest year on record.

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CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS MISLEAD STUDENTS ON CLIMATE, STUDY SAYS...

Textbooks used to teach science in California middle schools that mislead students on climate change. Composite: Guardian Design for the Guardian

Books voice doubt over whether climate change is real and suggest global warming could be beneficial, researchers say in analysis of four science texts...

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CLIMATE CHANGE GETS SHORT SHRIFT IN US CLASSROOMS...

Climate Change Gets Short Shrift in US Classrooms

A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite returned this view of the sunlit side of Earth from 1 million miles away.

Middle- and high-school students spend very little time learning about climate change in the classroom, and many students hear misinformation about the cause of rising global temperatures, new research finds...

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HOW CLEAN ENERGY BECAME A CODE WORD IN WASHINGTON...

CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos/THINK PROGRESS

If you are a Republican who cares about climate change, you’re probably pretty sick of the presidential election...

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GLOBAL WATER SHORTAGE RISK IS WORSE THAN SCIENTISTS THOUGHT...

Foto24 via Getty Images Sheep seen on Manie van Rooys farm on November 6, 2015 near Frankfort, South Africa. Free State farmers have been severely affected by what is considered as the worst drought since 1992.

The growing risk of worldwide water shortages is worse than scientists previously thought, according to a new study...

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OBAMA'S CLIMATE ENVOY WARNS OF ‘DIPLOMATIC CONSEQUENCES’ IF US RENEGES ON PARIS ACCORD...

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People hike on the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, on Nov. 30, 2015 in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama’s top climate negotiator Todd Stern on Thursday warned of “diplomatic consequences” if a new president tried to back out on commitments under the Paris climate accord signed in December. The comments were made just days after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily froze Obama’s ambitious Clean Power Plan, which seeks to cut pollution from power plants...

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THE KOCHS ARE PLOTTING A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR ASSAULT ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES...

DonkeyHotey/Flickr Billionaires Charles and David Koch, prominent donors to conservative causes, are now looking to put their money behind an advocacy group that would promote petroleum-based transportation fuel and fight government subsidies for electric cars, sources say. 

 

A new group could spend $10 million a year on the campaign...

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SWITCHING FROM BIBLICAL END TIMES TO THE DOOMSDAY SCENARIOS OF CLIMATE SCIENCE...

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The early Republican Presidential caucuses and primaries have put a spotlight on evangelical religious voters, reminding the secular (scientifically literate) community of the differences between their worldview and the one held by the Religious Right...

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WHY THE U.S. IS CUTTING CARBON EMISSIONS NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE SUPREME COURT...

Last week, the Supreme Court threw U.S. and international climate policy into turmoil by freezing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan while it is being challenged before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. But matters took a turn over the weekend with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose absence from the high court could mean that the plan will ultimately survive.

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IMPACT OF SUPREME COURT STAY ON CLEAN POWER PLAN...

SCOTUS stay only a bump in the road for the Clean Power Plan as the trend away from dirty energy continues

Image credit: underclassriging.net, courtesy flickr

Earlier this week the Supreme Court issued a stay in a 5-4 vote along idealogical lines halting progress on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a mainstay of president Obama’s national climate action plan designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants...

 

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WHY OUR INTUITION ABOUT SEA-LEVEL RISE IS WRONG...

harvard staff photographer professor of geophysics jerry mitrovica  news.harvard.edu

 

A geologist explains that climate change is not just about a global average sea rise...

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DO YOU KNOW WHY WE ARE NOW IN A GLOBAL WARMING STATE OF EMERGENCY?

    

    http://www.climateemergencyinstitute.com/

 Climate change mitigation and adaptation failure is the top global risk
​World Economic Forum’s Global Risks (to business) Report 14  January 2016

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THIS COULD EXPLAIN ALL THOSE STRANGE HAPPENINGS IN ALASKA’S WATERS...

Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay, Alaska. Photo: NOAA

New research is shedding light on how far toxic algae blooms have spread in Alaska, and surprised scientists are saying this is just the beginning...

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GLOBAL WARMING IN OVERDRIVE: WE JUST HAD THE HOTTEST JANUARY EVER RECORDED...

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Global average temperature anomalies for Jan. 2016. Image: NASA GISS

Global warming went into overdrive in January, leading to astounding temperature records...

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THE KOCH BROTHERS' DIRTY WAR ON SOLAR POWER...

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No place is the problem clearer than in Florida, where the Sunshine State's vast solar potential has gone to waste. Illustration by Victor Juhasz

All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida...


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CALIFORNIA'S OLD TIRES CROSS THE OCEAN AND COME BACK AS SMOG...

Tires like these are recycled for construction projects, rubber mats, artificial turf, or tire-derived fuel, which is burned in power plants and cement factories. (Photo: Leah Nash)

Sometimes global economic forces are stronger than good intentions...

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‘UNDERCOVER BILLIONAIRES’ NOW IN THE POLITICAL SPOTLIGHT...

Ronald W. Erdrich/Reporter-News U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks during a rally Tuesday night Dec. 29, 2015 in Cisco. The "Reigniting the Promise Community Rally" was sponsored by the Keep the Promise Super PAC and held at the Myrtle Wilks Community Center.

 

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WHEN WILL OUR MEAT-FILLED DIETS GO POST-ANIMAL? (long read)

We can't sustain the number of animals it takes to feed the planet. But soon we will be able to grow as much meat as we want—without the animals involved at all...

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WHAT SCALIA’S DEATH MEANS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE...

Antonin Scalia. Credit: Shawn/Flickr

Just days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling clouded the future of a new United Nations climate pact, the passing of one of its justices has boosted the pact's chances of succeeding...

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WARMER SEAS SPEED UP ANTARCTIC ICE MELT...

An iceberg floating in warming seas off the coast of Antarctica.
Image: Christopher Michel via Wikimedia Commons

New scientific studies provide a further warning of the increasing vulnerability of Antarctic glaciers to faster melting as temperatures rise in the Southern Ocean...

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WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN...

This unaired Doritos “ad” calls out the company’s role in deforestation.

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CLIMATE CHANGE DRIVING SPECIES TO THE EARTH'S POLES FASTER THAN PREDICTED, SCIENTISTS SAY...

The conference heard warming water was reducing the coverage of giant kelp forests. (Flickr: fiveinchpixie)

Warming temperatures are pushing land and sea creatures closer to the north and south poles and to cooler altitudes at rates faster than first predicted, scientists say...

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HOW CHANGING CLIMATES SHAPE THE FATE OF EMPIRES...

An early morning mist veils the view from the Bavarian Forest onto the Alps near the town of Lalling, Bavaria, Germany, on Dec. 12, 2015. (Armin Weigel/EPA)

Time and again, scholars have pointed out the frightening potential impacts of climate change on human civilizations, linking global warming to everything from forced migration to outbreaks of war. And while such effects are a growing concern in today’s warming world, research now increasingly suggests that previous civilizations were likely molded by a shifting climate as well...

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ARE YOU WORRIED, NERVOUS, OR ANXIOUS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

ARE YOU WORRIED, NERVOUS, OR ANXIOUS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

If you are, you are in very good company with some of the world’s brightest minds in science. You would be very wise not to ignore this nervousness and anxiety.

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GIANT ICEBERG KILLS 150,000 ADÉLIE PENGUINS IN ANTARCTICA...

Adelie Penguins diving into the water at Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

An entire colony of Adélie penguins is heading for extinction after an iceberg larger than the country of Luxembourg grounded at Commonwealth Bay, blocking access to the sea and forcing the penguins to travel considerably longer distances to feed...

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THE CLIMATE GENERATION TAKES TO THE STREETS: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH...

Yellow paint is poured on the street during a protest by activists from environmental group Greenpeace on the Champs-Elysee in Paris, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 . The protest is one of many activist actions linked to the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

As France cracks down on protests at the Paris climate change talks, activists find new ways to get their message out...

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NEW REPORT IDENTIFIES THE FOSSIL FUELS WE MUST KEEP IN THE GROUND TO AVERT CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE

Image Credit: Wildearth Guardians

As the US Senate haggles over a comprehensive energy bill, climate activist groups have identified the global fossil fuel reserves that must be kept in the ground if we’re to limit global warming to the critical 2-degree-Celsius threshold...

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OIL INDUSTRY CAUSED 2005 SWARM OF CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKES: SAYS NEWLY PUBLISHED STUDY

Oil and gas wastewater disposal has been tied to a series of earthquakes in California for the first time, in a peer-reviewed study published last Thursday...

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THE SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CARS OR COAL...

Amazon rainforest at dawn on Dec. 29, 2015. (Photo by Harvey Locke)

AMAZONAS, Brazil – At the base of a towering, 150-foot-high angelim tree, the scattered sloth claws and clumps of fur are a dead giveaway...

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WHAT THESE CHRISTIANS ARE GIVING UP FOR LENT: FOSSIL FUELS...

Solar panels sit in an array at the Southwick Estate Solar Farm, operated by Primrose Solar Ltd., near Fareham, U.K., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The plant, situated in 200 acres (81 hectares) of farmland, consists of 175,000 monocrystalline PV modules and has a capacity of 48 megawatts. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A new initiative in the United Kingdom is not only calling for Christian communities to band together in support of clean energy, but actually helping them get their own electricity that way. The Big Church Switch, which launched Wednesday, aims to inspire both individuals and churches to make the switch to renewable energy sources — and they’re already gaining support from church leaders in the country...

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THE COUNTRY’S TOP SCIENTISTS HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR TONIGHT’S DEBATE...

One important issue has been almost totally ignored in the debates so far...

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OBAMA'S $4.1T PLAN AIMS FOR 'CLIMATE SMART' ECONOMY...

President Obama is doubling down on his push for clean energy policies in his $4.1 trillion fiscal 2017 budget, but his final spending blueprint is expected to be largely ignored by the Republican-controlled Congress...

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WILL AUSTRALIA'S RETREAT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH BE A GLOBAL TREND?

Cracks are seen in a dried-up dam near the western New South Wales town of Parkes, located over 400 kilometres west of Sydney March 7, 2007. Australia's longest river has lost half its natural water and it is predicted to dry up by a further 20 percent due to climate change by 2030. David Gray/Reuters/File

The Australian federal science agency responsible for climate change research is shifting its focus, asserting that climate change is proven and so needs no more research. Does this make sense, and is it a sign of things to come?

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THE NEW 10 COMMANDMENTS, A VIDEO TO END THE GLOBAL WARMING EMERGENCY AND SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT...

If you are of a passionate spiritual nature from any religious denomination, love the environment, and want to see the escalating global warming emergency end quickly, then take time to review the following New 10 Commandments video.
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Is global warming behind D.C.’s new era of great snowstorms?


Sign partially covered by snow Jan. 23 in D.C. during the storm named Snowzilla. (Rebekha Halseth)

Evidence is piling up that D.C. and other major northeastern cities have entered a new era of great snowstorms and that climate change may well play an important role...

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GLOBAL WARMING POLICIES WE SET TODAY WILL DETERMINE THE NEXT 10,000 YEARS...

A child goes to school in Satkhira, Bangladesh, on Jan. 21, 2016. Bangladesh is a country that could lose much of its highly populated land to sea sea level rise. Image: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The decisions made in the next couple of decades about reducing greenhouse gas emissions will determine the severity of global warming — including potentially catastrophic sea level rise — for the next 10,000 years, according to a provocative statement by prominent climate scientists...

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CALIFORNIA’S WATER SUPPLY AT RISK FROM WARMER WINTERS...

Last winter, the coldest temperatures in the Sierra were above freezing on average for the first time ever recorded. (Olivia Allen-Price/KQED)

Any sign of precipitation in the forecast is a welcome sight for Californians these days. But with temperatures expected to be above normal this winter, California’s snowpack may not reach the heights it could...

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SEA-LEVEL RISE 'COULD LAST TWICE AS LONG AS HUMAN HISTORY'...

Waste plastics are strewn on the Bao beach near Dakar, on September 2, 2015. About 4.5 million Senegalese (66.6% of the national population) live in the Dakar coastal area and most of the economic activity in the country are concentrated in the coastal zone. A preliminary study of Senegal has demonstrated that sea-level rise due to global warming could have major impacts causing inundation in the delta and estuaries and erosion along the sandy coastlines. Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images

Huge sea-level rises caused by climate change will last far longer than the entire history of human civilization to date, according to new research, unless the brief window of opportunity of the next few decades is used to cut carbon emissions drastically...

 

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IS CLIMATE CHANGE MAKING EL NIÑOS WORSE? THAT REMAINS A SCIENTIFIC MYSTERY...

A satellite image shows clouds over the Pacific, west of Mexico and Central America

Texas has been wetter than normal of late, harking back to massive floods in May and October. Is it El Niño, climate change or other factors?

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GOP CANDIDATES AGREE TO DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE WITH FLORIDA MAYORS...

CREDIT: AP photos/Dylan Petrohilos

Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush should be getting an education in climate change soon...

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ARE DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE US SOUTHWEST HERE TO STAY?

Irrigation pipes sit along a dried irrigation canal on a field farmed by Gino Celli near Stockton, Calif. last spring amid some of the broadest water cuts on record. Rich Pedroncelli/AP/File

A new study suggests that extremely dry conditions may now be standard in the central and western US, as precipitation and storms there have seen a marked decrease through the past decades.

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US SEAFOOD SPECIES HIGHLY VULNERABLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, STUDY SAYS...

 Man showing a lobster, Portland, Maine, USA. © Aurora/Aurora Photo/Corbis

The celebrated seafood of the northeast US, such Maine lobster and New England clams, is under threat from warming temperatures and ocean acidification, a new study warns...

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UNUSUALLY WARM ARCTIC WINTER STUNS SCIENTISTS WITH RECORD LOW ICE EXTENT FOR JANUARY...

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Computer model visualization of total precipitable water across the Arctic region. Image: Earth Simulator

Right about now, Arctic sea ice should be building up toward its annual maximum, making most of the region impenetrable to all but the most hardened icebreakers. Instead, January and indeed much of the winter so far has been unusually mild throughout large parts of the Arctic...

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IN PARTS OF THE WEST, GRAZING CATTLE ARE MAKING THE DROUGHT WORSE...

California rancher Nathan Carver’s herd of beef cattle feed on hay at his ranch on the outskirts of Delano, in California’s Central Valley. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)

Federal land managers are considering moving cattle off public lands...

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HER DAD THOUGHT HER CLEAN ENERGY IDEA WAS JUST A 'KID'S PROJECT.' HE WAS WRONG...

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Cassandra Lin, left, and her team launched the Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF) recycling program in 2008.
PHOTO: Cassandra Lin

Cassandra is fighting climate change, and she's bringing her whole town with her...

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WINTER THAW TRIGGERS SAP RUN IN MAPLE COUNTRY...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 photo, Wendell Downing works on a tank to hold sap to be boiled into maple syrup at Limlaw Family Maple Farm in West Topsham, Vt. A winter warmup has triggered sap to flow, launching an early start to the maple syrup season for some New England producers who tap trees early. Larger producers, like Limlaw, start tapping trees early so they can install tens of thousands of taps by the time the 4-6 week season is underway. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

WEST TOPSHAM, Vt. (AP) — A winter thaw in the Northeast has triggered sap to flow in maple trees, launching an early start to the syrup season for some producers in parts of New England who have already decided to tap their trees...

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EUROPE'S SHIFT TO DARK GREEN FORESTS STOKES GLOBAL WARMING-STUDY...

People walk along a forest as the sun shines over fog near Albis Pass mountain pass, Switzerland in this November 12, 2015 file picture. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

Is the Christmas tree to blame for global warming?


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THE MYSTERY OF THE EXPANDING TROPICS...

 Severe droughts over the past 20 years in Australia have taken a toll on farmers, who struggle to keep livestock and crops healthy. Amy Toensing/National Geographic Creative

As Earth's dry zones shift rapidly polewards, researchers are scrambling to figure out the cause — and consequences...

 

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L.A.'S SLOW-MOVING OIL AND GAS DISASTER...

An oil pump-jack runs near homes in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Wilmington. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

In affluent Porter Ranch, the worst gas leak in U.S. history continues to pose health concerns. But in lower-income neighborhoods across Los Angeles, drilling has been making people sick for years...

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Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment...

FILE - This Dec. 10, 2015 file photo shows the nuclear fusion research center at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics where the first plasma has been produced at the "Wendelstein 7-X" in Greifswald, Germany. Scientists are poised to flip the switch on an experiment that could take them a step closer to the goal of generating clean and cheap nuclear power. Researchers at the institute plan to inject hydrogen into a doughnut-shaped device to produce a super-hot gas known as plasma. A test on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, will show whether the 400-million-euro (US $ 435-million) device can handle hydrogen, which would be the fuel in future fusion reactors. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP, File) GERMANY OUT, AUSTRIA OUT, SWITZERLAND OUT

GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power...

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CLIMATE COMMENTS FROM COP21: YOUTH...

Climate Comments from COP21: Youth

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 12:30 PM PST

I was pleasantly surprised by the youth presence at COP21.  There is a new generation eager and ready to address the climate problem.

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POOR, MINORITIES CARRY THE BURDEN OF FRACK WASTE IN SOUTH TEXAS...

Poor, heavily Hispanic neighborhoods shoulder a disproportionate fracking wastewater burden in Texas' booming Eagle Ford...

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DID THE CLIMATE SPIN OUT OF CONTROL ON ITS OWN?

The Earth's thin atmosphere as viewed from space. A new study from NASA and Duke University finds natural cycles alone aren't sufficient to explain warming trends observed over the last century. Courtesy of NASA

Scientists dig into the data to see if the world's climate could change dramatically without external drivers and how the system stays stable...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IN CHARTS: FROM RECORD GLOBAL TEMPERATURES TO SCIENCE DENIAL...

The year 2015 was the hottest on the modern record. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The world’s hottest year on record has prompted much media coverage. But there haven’t been enough charts and graphs...

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WHY THE U.S. EAST COAST COULD BE A MAJOR ‘HOTSPOT’ FOR RISING SEAS...

New research published Monday adds to a body of evidence suggesting that a warming climate may have particularly marked effects for some citizens of the country most responsible for global warming in the first place — namely, U.S. East Coasters...

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HERE IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS: EVEN HOTTER...

A sunny January day at Mudeford Sandbanks in Dorset. Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex/Shutterstock

Long-range forecast predicts generally upward temperature trend, possibly interrupted by La Niña event in 2017...

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BERNIE SANDERS’S RADICAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROPOSAL...

Hillary Clinton keeps adopting his positions, but not this one...

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REPUBLICANS REJECT CLIMATE CHANGE FEARS DESPITE REBUKES FROM SCIENTISTS...

A woman walks through a flooded street that was caused by the combination of the lunar orbit which caused seasonal high tides and what many believe is the rising sea levels due to climate change, in September in Miami Beach, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

 

Ted Cruz has presented ‘misleading’ information in the Senate, scientists say, while Marco Rubio rejects ‘destroying our economy’ – despite pleas for action coming from officials in his own state...

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'IF THE WORLD ENDS IN 2100, WE’RE PROBABLY OK' ?

This file photo taken on December 12, 2015 shows French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal (L), French President Francois Hollande (2ndL), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (2ndR) applauding after a statement at the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris. Some scientists worry that the agreement focused on short-term climate change. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Two scientists take the long view on climate change...

There’s a myopia in the climate discourse today.

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EL NIÑO IS HERE, SO WHY IS CALIFORNIA STILL IN DROUGHT?

A parade of El Niño-fueled storms has marched over California in the last few weeks, bringing bouts of much needed rain and snow to the parched state. But maps of drought conditions there have barely budged, with nearly two-thirds of the state still in the worst two categories of drought.

So what gives?

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OUR OIL ADDICTION, BY THE NUMBERS...

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 Jan. 30, 2016

In 2006, then-President George Bush told the nation "we have a serious problem ... America is addicted to oil." Here's what's happened since:

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AS THE ‘BLUE ARCTIC’ EXPANDS THANKS TO GLOBAL WARMING, AN ICEBREAKER FINDS NO ICE TO BREAK...

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The KV Svalbard, a Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker. (Source: L. Karsten via Wikimedia Commons )

 

Shrinking Arctic sea ice — now at record-low levels — has implications for ecosystems, climate, weather, and people...

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AMERICA'S CLIMATE REFUGEE CRISIS HAS ALREADY BEGUN...

Drier times in Newtok, Alaska

In the small town of Newtok, Alaska, a Yupik village of about 350 people, children once played on endless fields of frozen permafrost. Now, they splash in salt water pools and teeter on boardwalks as the permafrost below thaws and the Ninglick River chips away at the community. Soon even the boards will be swallowed by the rising tides...

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REPUBLICANS=BIG OIL? REPUBLICANS' LEADING CLIMATE DENIER TELLS THE POPE TO BUTT OUT OF CLIMATE DEBATE...

James Inhofe, infamous for tossing a snowball across the Senate floor to demonstrate ‘the greatest hoax ever perpetrated against the American people’, says Pope Francis should ‘stay with his job’ during a pitch to fellow unbelievers...

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EUROPEAN SUMMERS ARE THE WARMEST THEY’VE BEEN IN TWO MILLENNIA, STUDY SAYS...

CREDIT: (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) Children play as they cool down in a fountain beside the Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain.

Since the turn of the century, most of Europe has experienced record-hot summer months that at times were deadly.

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DRINKING WATER: AN IMPERILED RESOURCE...

First in a three-part series, parts 2&3 at end of part 1

WILMINGTON – There’s an old saying, “You don’t miss your water until the well runs dry.”

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HAUNTING PHOTOS SHOW EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN BANGLADESH...

Probal Rashid- Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, with millions expected to be displaced in the next 40 years.

The number of climate change refugees in Bangladesh is expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades...

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