THERE'S A SECRET WORLD UNDER THE SNOW, AND IT'S IN TROUBLE...

The porcupine is among the animals that thrive beneath winter snows. (Doug Lindstrand/Design Pics/Corbis)


How do animals survive under the snow? We're only beginning to understand—just as climate change may rewrite everything...


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SOIL PRODUCTIVITY CUT BY CLIMATE CHANGE, MAKING SOCIETIES MORE MARGINAL: STUDIES...

Ethiopia, one fragile dryland nation, is in the grip of its worst drought in 50 years.

Ethiopia, one fragile dryland nation, is in the grip of its worst drought in 50 years. Photo: Jay Court

The health of the world's soils hinges on the abundance and diversity of the microbes and fungi they contain, and environmental changes including from global warming will undermine their ability to support humans and other species, according to two new studies...

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BY 2030, RENEWABLES WILL BE THE WORLD’S PRIMARY POWER SOURCE...

In November, the International Energy Agency quietly dropped this bombshell projection: “Driven by continued policy support, renewables account for half of additional global generation, overtaking coal around 2030 to become the largest power source.”

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COUNTING THE COST OF ENERGY SUBSIDIES...

A gas facility in Qatar: The Middle Eastern nation has the world’s highest energy subsidies per capita (photo: Olivier Polet/Corbis)

IMF Survey

July 17, 2015

  • Energy subsidies sizeable worldwide and projected to stay high
  • China top subsidizer in dollar terms, Ukraine in percent of GDP, and Qatar in per capita terms
  • Countries can reap fiscal and environment gains by reforming energy subsidies

Energy subsidies are projected at US$5.3 trillion in 2015, or 6.5 percent of global GDP, according to a recent IMF study. Most of this arises from countries setting energy taxes below levels that fully reflect the environmental damage associated with energy consumption...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MAKES BIBLICAL PLAGUES A MORE REGULAR THREAT TO FARMERS...

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Locust swarms can be devastating to farmers and, potentially, the food supply...

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JAPAN’S INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO ITS ENERGY AND SPACE CRISIS: THE WORLD’S LARGEST FLOATING SOLAR POWER PLANT...

Weirdly like Minecraft. (Kyocera/YouTube)

Space is a big problem in Japan. The small, mountainous island nation has limited flat ground for building, and what there is comes at a premium...

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OCEAN WARMING IS MAKING FLOODS WORSE, STUDY FINDS...

Floodwaters that washed icy brine into streets and homes along the eastern seaboard during Saturday’s blizzard reached heights in some places not experienced since Hurricane Sandy. “I just hope it isn’t a sign of things to come,” Pam Bross told a local newspaper as she mopped up the market she operates on a New Jersey street not normally reached by storm surges...

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THE U.S. COULD MAKE A FAST, CHEAP SWITCH TO CLEAN ENERGY...

Power lines run by wind turbines operating at a wind farm near Milford, Utah. (Photo: George Frey/Reuters)

A new study shows that the nation could shutter coal-fired power plants by 2030, maintain a steady power supply, and save billions of dollars...

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ACCUMULATING QUESTIONS: WHAT'S A BLIZZARD? IS THIS EL NINO?

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This image made available by NASA via Twitter posted on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, by space station commander Scott Kelly, shows a view from the International Space Station of a storm passing over the United States. A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping snow, stranding travelers and shutting down the nation's capital and its largest city. (Scott Kelly/NASA via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT (Uncredited)

Questions pile up with big snow, so here are some answers to questions people may have about the storm hitting the eastern U.S. Wind is the key difference between regular snowstorms and blizzards...

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WHAT'S POWERING THIS EPIC BLIZZARD ON THE EAST COAST?

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Cars make their way down Electric Road in southwest Roanoke County past Tanglewood Mall on Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2016, near Roanoke, Va.

What makes this blizzard to end all blizzards tick? The factors making it so formidable are also helping it to deliver upwards of two feet of snow on the nation's capital, where a big storm is usually defined in inches (not feet), yet nearly entirely miss southern New England, which has been a blizzard magnet in recent years...

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JUST HOW MUCH DOES KOCH INDUSTRIES POLLUTE?

The amount of toxic waste generated by U.S. companies, and what happens to it, is hiding in plain sight...

 

 

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ECOLOGY’S $434,000,000 TEST...

Chris Maddaloni/Nature Instruments on a 50-metre-tall tower in western Virginia will monitor the metabolism of the forest by measuring carbon dioxide and water vapour.

The United States has invested in a grand ecological observatory, but the project has been dogged by budget overruns and delays...

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FAST-ACTING METHANE FROM ALISO CANYON LEAK IS BOOSTING GLOBAL WARMING...

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Stephen Conley has flown pollution-detecting airplanes over some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation. But never before has the UC Davis scientist encountered as much methane in the air as in recent months over suburban Los Angeles...

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WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR AMERICA TO GO 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE?

In 2013, Greensburg, KS — a town of less than 800 residents about 100 miles from Wichita — became the first city in the United States to go 100 percent renewable, powering their homes, businesses, and municipal buildings via wind power...

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CANADA'S TRUDEAU TO DICAPRIO: YOUR CLIMATE REMARKS DON'T HELP...

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 22, 2016. Reuters/Ruben Sprich

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his "inflammatory rhetoric" on climate change saying it was not helping those who have lost their oil-industry jobs...

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SEE THE INNOVATIVE EARTH-SAVING IDEAS LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S FOUNDATION IS BRINGING TO LIFE.

When he's not fighting off bears or trying to win an Oscar, Leonardo DiCaprio is busy saving the environment.

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CLIMATE CHANGE RAISES A TROUBLING QUESTION: WHO GETS TO EAT?

 Poorer countries like many in Africa will have their food supply threatened most by climate change. Credit: Reuters

Global warming's threat to the global food supply gets worse the more the world warms, researchers tell federal regulators...

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IS 'DARK MONEY' BOOSTING BERNIE SANDERS? NAH...

Nonprofit that takes anonymous donations behind ads touting Democratic candidate

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THE HOTTEST YEAR... EVER!

2015 was hot.
2016 will likely be hotter.

It wasn't even close.

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Carbon dioxide causing 'intoxication' of ocean fish sooner than expected...

Not as funny as it sounds...

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SANDERS CAMPAIGN BADGERS CLINTON ON CLIMATE...

Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign blasted out a statement after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA reported that 2015 was the hottest year on record. | Getty

Bernie Sanders’ campaign wants Hillary Clinton to release her climate change plan, on the heels of news Wednesday that last year was the hottest on record...

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: PROCLAIMS A 3 YEAR MORATORIUM ON NEW COAL MINES...

Open cut hard rock mining (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia) author Stephen Codrington source Wikimedia

President Obama has just announced a 3 year moratorium on leasing federal land for new coal mines, pending a review of the impact of coal on the global climate...

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STUDY: MAN-MADE HEAT PUT IN OCEANS HAS DOUBLED SINCE 1997...

Two people paddleboard at sunset along the beach as a heatwave begins to subside in Cardiff, California August 17, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed.

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GLOBAL WARMING STRIKES DEEP INTO OCEANS: STUDY...

"We estimate that half of the total global ocean heat uptake since 1865 has accumulated since 1997," a team of scientists led by Peter Gleckler of the Laurence Livermore National Laboratory in California reported (AFP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)

Paris (AFP) - The oceans have soaked up as much heat from global warming over the last two decades as during the preceding 130 years, according to a study published Monday...

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MARINE LIFE CAN’T KEEP UP WITH CLIMATE CHANGE...

Marine Life Can’t Keep Up With Climate Change

If you want an idea of what oceans around the world may be like in the not-too-distant future, look to the Pacific Ocean off the West Coast of the United States....

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2015 WAS BY FAR HOTTEST IN MODERN TIMES...

Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change...

 

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THE OCEANS ARE HEATING UP MORE RAPIDLY THAN WE THOUGHT. WHY THAT MATTERS...

 

 

Vacationers cool off in the Pacific Ocean in Vina del Mar city, Chile, in this January 15. The world's oceans appear to be absorbing more heat from global warming than previously thought, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. But a new study that culled data from the 1870s British research ship Challenger's archives, and from modern Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters


The deep ocean has warmed as much in the past two decades as it did in the previous 100 years, researchers found...



 

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Congress Actually Dealt with Climate Change in the 2016 Budget Bill. Really!

Flooding, like the current Mississippi River overflow in places like St. Louis, creates the most damage of all natural disasters in the U.S. Credit: Reuters.

It flew under the radar, but the approval of a new flood standard for federal projects means the federal government took a big step...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE CALL TO DIRECT ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr. from a Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

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2015 A 'TIPPING POINT' FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: EXPERTS...

2015 was almost certainly the hottest on record for the planet as a whole (AFP Photo/Antony Dickson)

Paris (AFP) - When future generations write the history of humanity's faltering quest to repair Earth's climate system, 2015 will have its own chapter...

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WOMAN CYCLES ACROSS SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE TO COLLECT 1,001 CLIMATE CHANGE STORIES...

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With little more than an audio recorder, Devi Lockwood has been traveling on a green touring bike, covered in stickers with a jaunty yellow flag flying off the back, across the Southern Hemisphere for more than one year...

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WHY PSYCHOLOGY SHOULD BE A PART OF THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE...

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Up until now, psychology had been largely left out of the conversation about climate change, but researchers in the field of environmental psychology are seeking to change that...

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THE WORLD IS HEMORRHAGING METHANE, AND NOW WE CAN SEE WHERE...

The Aliso Canyon breach is accidental, but thousands of other sites are flaring off methane intentionally, as waste...

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COP21 REFLECTIONS... IT’S TIME TO LIGHT THE FLAME...

Closing Ceremony of COP21, Paris. Copyright United Nations Photo

“I look at the room. I see that the reaction is positive. I don’t hear any objections.”

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SCIENTISTS IN BELGIUM FIND A SURPRISING REASON WHY GREENLAND'S GLACIER IS MELTING SO FAST...

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A team of scientists in Belgium has discovered a somewhat counterintuitive reason the Greenland ice sheet is melting at night...

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DANGER AHEAD: MIGRATION, CLIMATE TOP RISKS FOR DAVOS LEADERS...

We live in an increasingly dangerous world, with political, economic and environmental threats piling up, according to experts polled by the World Economic Forum...

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IN CLIMATE MOVE, OBAMA HALTS NEW COAL MINING LEASES ON PUBLIC LANDS...

Full rail cars outside Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope Coal loading terminal in Rawlins, Wyo. About 40 percent of the nation’s coal is mined on public land in the state. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction...

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PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE, SO CHILDREN ARE DEMANDING ANSWERS...

Few issues have as much impact on the future as climate change. Sadly, the issue of climate change has taken a backseat to economic policy, divisive cultural issues, and the threat of terrorism. The main reason for this is the media coverage of these issues...

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"LOOKING OUT FOR THE AVERAGE GUY..." 8 TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP...

Pay special attention to #2...

There is a lot at stake with the TPP agreement.

It’s no wonder the Obama administration tried to keep this secret—the corporate-friendly trade agreement, decoded...

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CLIMATE CHANGE ON PACE TO OCCUR 10 TIMES FASTER THAN ANY CHANGE RECORDED IN PAST 65 MILLION YEARS, STANFORD SCIENTISTS SAY...

Not only is the planet undergoing one of the largest climate changes in the past 65 million years, Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field report that it's on pace to occur at a rate 10 times faster than any change in that period. Without intervention, this extreme pace could lead to a 5-6 degree Celsius spike in annual temperatures by the end of the century...

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THE LAST TIME CO2 WAS THIS HIGH, HUMANS DIDN’T EXIST...

The last time there was this much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere, modern humans didn't exist. Megatoothed sharks prowled the oceans, the world's seas were up to 100 feet higher than they are today, and the global average surface temperature was up to 11°F warmer than it is now.

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EARLY DATA SHOWS 2015 BLEW AWAY PREVIOUS RECORDS TO BECOME EARTH'S HOTTEST YEAR...

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Global temperature anomaly for 2015 compared to the 1951-1980 average. Image: Berkeley Earth

During the next week, the official climate agencies around the world that are responsible for tracking the planet's average temperatures will almost certainly come to the same conclusion: 2015 was the warmest year on record. This would mean that 2015 would beat the previous warmest year, which occurred in 2014 — remember that?

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OBAMA SAYS MUST CHANGE THE WAY NATION MANAGES FOSSIL FUEL RESOURCES...

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he would seek changes in the way U.S. oil and coal resources are managed, prompting a flood of reaction from environmental groups pushing him to do more to limit fossil fuel production - and producers anxious about regulatory changes...

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SOTU: OBAMA VOWS TO REVAMP FEDERAL COAL LEASING PROGRAM...

President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Evan Vuccil

President pushes for changes in how government manages public-land fossil fuels, but overall his address does not outline plans for bold action this year...

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O'S FINAL SOTU ADDRESS... OBAMA VOWS TO OVERHAUL COAL MINING ON PUBLIC LANDS TO 'INVEST IN THE FUTURE'

The White House said further details on the ‘transition to a low-carbon economy’ would come in the next few weeks. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Pledge comes amid collapse in coal price but president says management of oil and coal should ‘better reflect the costs they impose’ on taxpayers and planet...

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NEXT STOP FOR PARIS CLIMATE DEAL: THE COURTS...

 A picture taken on December 11, 2015 shows banners with messages related to global warming attached to an Eiffel Tower made of bistro chairs at the venue of the United Nations conference on climate change COP21 in Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris, on December 11, 2015. | Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

First came the agreement. Now comes the litigation...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS MORE FEAR, LESS FUN FOR GLOBAL MIDDLE CLASS: UBS...

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The erosion of wealth among the world's middle class due to climate change is a threat to economic and social stability which could spur its 1 billion members to push for action on global warming, Swiss bank UBS Group AG said.

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BILLIONAIRE ACTIVIST URGES OBAMA TO FOCUS STATE OF THE UNION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Barack Obama speaks to reporters in Seward, Alaska, in September 2015 where he used the state’s glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Tom Steyer calls on president to seize opportunity to explain his actions on the environment and convince Americans that they must be irrevocable...

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ANTARCTIC ICEBERGS HAVE SURPRISE ROLE IN SLOWING WARMING: STUDY...

OSLO (Reuters) - The biggest icebergs breaking off Antarctica unexpectedly help to slow global warming as they melt away into the chill Southern Ocean, scientists said on Monday...

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WHY ISN'T THIS MONITORED??? LACK OF METHANE EMISSION REPORTING POSES INVESTOR RISK: GREEN GROUP

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FRACKING SHAKES THE AMERICAN WEST: ‘A MILLENNIUM’S WORTH OF EARTHQUAKES’...

In 2015 the US Geological Survey linked earthquakes over seven years to toxic wastewater dumping and drilling programs in eight states, including Oklahoma and Colorado. Photograph: Linda Davidson/Getty Images

Seismologists’ warnings about hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal divide residents, politicians and companies in Colorado and Oklahoma, while temblors increase around the region...

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THE BIG MELT: THE LAST ANTARCTIC EXPLORERS ARE SEEKING ANSWERS INSIDE THE CONTINENT'S ICE...

Chinstrap penguins rest atop a blue iceberg near Candlemas Island.

In all mythic, transformational trips—acid, ayahuasca, Mars or across the river Styx—the voyagers must, at some point, face down their deepest fears. For expeditions into Antarctica, the most deeply strange place on Earth, the Drake Passage is where that happens...

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POPE INSPIRES CLERGY TO JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT...

Looking at panels installed at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol Springs are Father Ross Syracuse, left, Sister Sharon Goodremote and Carol Anne Cornelius.

A papal encyclical aimed at caring for the environment has given clergy a renewed imperative for responsible action...

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WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS AN ETHICAL PROBLEM...

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the ethics of global warming. Need a primer? Catch up here.

Stephen M. Gardiner is professor of philosophy, and Ben Rabinowitz is endowed professor of the human dimensions of the environment at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Climate change presents a severe ethical challenge, forcing us to confront difficult questions as individual moral agents, and even more so as members of larger political systems. It is genuinely global and seriously intergenerational, and crosses species boundaries. It also takes place in a setting where existing institutions and theories are weak, proving little ethical guidance...

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE RATE UNPRECEDENTED, STUDY SAYS...

The rapid pace of current climate change has already placed a great deal of stress on terrestrial ecosystems, including melting glaciers and irreversible damage to the habitats of Arctic and Antarctic animals...

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AMERICA HAS BEEN DUPED ON CLIMATE CHANGE...


Stacks and burn-off from the ExxonMobil refinery are seen at dusk last year in St. Bernard Parish, La. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the ethics of global warming. Need a primer? Catch up here.

Robert Brulle is a professor of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is co-editor of “Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives.

 

Future generations will look back on our tepid response to global climate disruption and wonder why we did not act sooner and more aggressively. Climate change will adversely impact present and future generations, as well as all species on Earth. Our moral obligation to protect life requires us to act...

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WHAT DOES THE PARIS AGREEMENT MEAN FOR THE WORLD'S OTHER 8 MILLION SPECIES?

A snorkeler encounters a whale shark. Photograph: Alamy

In December, the world’s nations agreed on an aggressive plan to combat climate change. But what, if anything, will the landmark Paris agreement do for thousands of species already under threat from global warming?

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SCIENTISTS SAY HUMANS HAVE NOW BROUGHT ON AN ENTIRELY NEW GEOLOGIC EPOCH...


In this Dec. 16, 2009, photo, steam and smoke rise from a coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Martin Meissner/AP)

A group of 24 geoscientists on Thursday released a bracing assessment, suggesting that humans have altered the Earth so extensively that the consequences will be detectable in current and future geological records. They therefore suggest that we should consider the Earth to have moved into a new geologic epoch, the “Anthropocene,” sometime circa 1945-1964...

 

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ERA OF CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL IS NOT OVER, STUDY FINDS...

Is the era of climate science denial over? A new study suggests not. Photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

Conservative thinktanks in the US engaging in climate change have increased their attacks on science in recent years, a study of 16,000 documents finds.

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AFTER AT LEAST 2,300 HOME EVACUATIONS, BIG METHANE LEAK CAUSES STATE OF EMERGENCY...

Crews from SoCalGas and outside experts work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 9. 2015.

The Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles is officially in a state of emergency, according to a declaration by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday...

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Climate Change Is Taking A Toll On Farmers’ Mental Health...

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The success or failure of a farming operation depends hugely on the vagaries of weather and climate. For a farmer, a single intense rain event or prolonged dry period can mean a year of lost crops and income...

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THE CALIFORNIA WAY: SUNNY, WITH A CHANCE OF APOCALYPSE...

California Gov. Jerry Brown has found a sweet spot in climate-change communication...

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FARMERS ARE KEY TO FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE...

The United Kingdom aims to cut its carbon emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, and scientists think farmers can play a key role in achieving that target...

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EARTH IS EXPERIENCING A GLOBAL WARMING SPURT...

High temperatures are bleaching corals, such as this bent sea rod off Florida.
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr

 

 

Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years.

 

 

 

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WHAT PEOPLE GET WRONG ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

It's not about saving the planet...

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WHAT SCIENTISTS JUST DISCOVERED IN GREENLAND COULD BE MAKING SEA-LEVEL RISE EVEN WORSE...

Heat flow from Earth's mantle contributes to Greenland ice melting...

Modeled basal ice temperatures of the present-day Greenland Ice Shield across the Summit region, GRIP and GISP2 indicate borehole locations. Credit: A. Petrunin/GFZ

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earth-mantle-contributes-greenland-ice.html#jCp
Modeled basal ice temperatures of the present-day Greenland Ice Shield across the Summit region, GRIP and GISP2 indicate borehole locations. Credit: A. Petrunin/GFZ

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earth-mantle-contributes-greenland-ice.html#jCp
Modeled basal ice temperatures of the present-day Greenland Ice Shield across the Summit region, GRIP and GISP2 indicate borehole locations. Credit: A. Petrunin/GFZ

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earth-mantle-contributes-greenland-ice.html#jCp
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2016: WHEN CLIMATE ACTIVISTS AIM TO HALT FEDERAL COAL LEASES...

Environmental activists, including one wearing a polar bear costume, protest the Obama administration's plans to allow new fossil fuel drilling on public lands and oceans, during a demonstration held by the 'Keep it in the Ground' coalition in front of the White House on September 15, 2015. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Environmentalists say that leasing public land for fossil fuel production is one of the Obama administration's biggest carbon-polluting programs...

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NEW REPORT ESTIMATES ENOUGH NATURAL GAS IS LEAKING TO NEGATE CLIMATE BENEFITS...

A natural gas drilling rig north of Parachute, Colorado. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters/Corbis

 

Natural gas drilling only has environmental benefits over other processes like coal and oil production if producers can keep a tight lid on leaks...

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2016: CALIFORNIA'S 'STAGGERING' LEAK COULD SPEW METHANE FOR MONTHS...

Protesters stand outside Los Angeles City Hall during a demonstration ahead of the testimony before the Los Angeles City Council on the natural gas leak in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, California December 1, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

A leaking natural gas storage field continues to belch thousands of tons of methane into the air every week, causing health and climate concerns...

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MILLENNIALS MUST KEEP UP THE PRESSURE FOLLOWING THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

World leaders and UN officials agree on a global climate deal in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

My generation has a responsibility to find practical solutions to the environmental problems we have inherited and ensure politicians honor their promises...

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BIG OIL BRACED FOR GLOBAL WARMING WHILE IT FOUGHT REGULATIONS...

A few weeks before seminal climate change talks in Kyoto back in 1997, Mobil Oil took out a bluntly worded advertisement in the New York Times and Washington Post.

“Let’s face it: The science of climate change is too uncertain to mandate a plan of action that could plunge economies into turmoil,” the ad said. “Scientists cannot predict with certainty if temperatures will increase, by how much and where changes will occur.”

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FREAK STORM PUSHES NORTH POLE 50 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL TO MELTING POINT...


This storm in the far North Atlantic is the same storm that caused two tornado outbreaks and widespread flooding in the United States. Now, it’s pushing temperatures at the North Pole well above average. (earth.nullschool.net)

This story has been updated to include buoy measurements that confirm the North Pole temperature climbed above 32 degrees on Wednesday.

A powerful winter cyclone — the same storm that led to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding — has driven the North Pole to the freezing point this week, 50 degrees above average for this time of year...

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SCIENTIST: BARRIER ISLANDS COULD BE UNLIVABLE IN 50 YEARS...

Barnegat Lighthouse on Long Beach Island, N.J., is at risk of inundation from rising sea levels associated with climate change.(Photo: Wayne Parry, AP)

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Much of this country's barrier islands will be under water in 50 years because of climate change, according to a University of Miami professor and expert on sea-level rise.

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HAPPY UNIVERSE DAY --- TODAY DECEMBER 31 NOON THROUGH NOON JANUARY 1ST!

The 7th annual Universe is here Today. How Will You Celebrate?

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A PREVIEW OF WHAT THE CLASSROOM MIGHT LOOK LIKE IN 2025 IS ALSO A LOOK INTO OUR PLANET'S FUTURE...

'The children are our future' takes on new meaning when you think about the world we're leaving for them to inherit...

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A YEAR OF EXTREME WEATHER, AND NO REPRIEVE IN SIGHT...

AFP/Getty Images: Spectators gather to watch waves stirred up by typhoon Soudelor in Wenling, China on Aug. 8. The storm was one of countless extreme weather events of 2015.

Wild weather conditions continued in 2015, leading some experts to make a definitive link to ongoing climate change. Meanwhile, record heat may continue into 2016...

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FROM SEA TO RISING SEA...

Sandy Garcia sits in her vehicle in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that was stuck in a flooded street on Sept. 30, 2015.

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Omar El Akkad in Oregon: Climate change is Americans’ most pressing existential threat, and no community will be immune from the transformations to come. Yet many don’t see the danger coming – and those that do have their work cut out for them...

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CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE IS IN THE HANDS OF ITS DYING TREES...

The past four years of punishing drought have badly hurt California’s forests. Rain was scarce, the days were too hot, and this year’s wildfire season was the worst anyone has seen in years, burning up nearly 10 million acres across the West...

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ONE U.S. ISLAND PEOPLE LIVED ON DISAPPEARED RIGHT INTO THE OCEAN. ANOTHER ONE IS ON ITS WAY...

Can Smith Island be saved?

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EXPERTS EXPLAIN WHY 2015 IS A WARM ONE FOR EARTH'S CLIMATE...

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FIRE, FLOODS, TORNADOES: FATAL WEATHER ROUNDS OUT A YEAR OF EXTREMES IN 2015...

9 Tornadoes Strike North Texas, Killing 11; Hundreds Of Homes Damaged In Rowlett, Garland...

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WHAT THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL REALLY MEANS FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR...

What's next for businesses such as Kellogg and L'Oreal after the landmark Paris climate talks?

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A FITTING END FOR THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD...

Tuesday was a warm and wet day in Manhattan. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

With some help from El Niño, 2015 will almost certainly finish out its run as the hottest year on record with temperatures on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day predicted to be well above average across much of the United States...

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WHY ENGINEERS CAN’T STOP LOS ANGELES' ENORMOUS METHANE LEAK...

Massive methane leak forces relocation of 2,500 California families...

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THE WARMEST CHRISTMAS EVE THE EAST COAST HAS EVER SEEN IS SHATTERING RECORDS...

 

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Temperature anomalies in degrees Celsius for Dec. 24, 2015, showing the large area of unusually mild weather across the U.S. and Canada.Image: Climate Reanalyzer

 

The world's hottest year is ending in the most fitting manner possible: with one of the most significant heat waves on record for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The heat extends more than 1,500 miles, from South Florida northward to eastern Canada, and is being described on social media — in non-technical terminology — as a "blowtorch" weather pattern...

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SAVOR THIS MOMENT, CLIMATE ACTIVISTS. NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO GET UGLY...

The Paris deal is the last moment of hope we'll see in a long time...

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PARIS CLIMATE GOALS MEAN EMISSIONS NEED TO DROP BELOW ZERO...

This image made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 shows warmer- or cooler-than-normal temperatures around the world for January through November 2015. If governments are serious about the global warming targets they adopted in Paris, scientists say they have two options: eliminating fossil fuels immediately or finding ways to undo their damage to the climate system in the future. The first is politically impossible _ the world is still hooked on using oil, coal and natural gas _ which leaves the option of a major cleanup of the atmosphere later this century. (NOAA via AP)

 

If governments are serious about the global warming targets they adopted in Paris, scientists say they have two options: eliminating fossil fuels immediately or finding ways to undo their damage to the climate system in the future...

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE: WORLD 'FACES FOOD SHORTAGES AND MASS MIGRATION' CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING...

1.6 billion people already live in areas that are classed as having “water scarcity Getty

World Meteorological Society chief warns dwindling water supplies is greatest of all dangers posed by climate change...

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UNUSUAL WINTER HAS MILLENNIALS CONCERNED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

NEW YORK- Unusual weather is dominating the conversation on social media for the holidays, especially among millennials, who are increasingly concerned about climate change...

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Exxon's Oil Industry Peers Knew About Climate Dangers in the 1970s, Too...

Members of an American Petroleum Institute task force on CO2 included scientists from nearly every major oil company, including Exxon, Texaco and Shell...

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HOPING FOR AN AVERAGE U.S. WINTER? FORGET IT...

As one of the warmest U.S. winters moves into the new year, nothing will change the pattern unless the polar vortex unexpectedly invades the country from the Arctic, meteorologists said...

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THE FIRST US CLIMAGEES (climate refugees)...

The State of Nuclear Power, Climate Refugees, and Bad News for Bananas...

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LAUDATO SI: A LOOK AT THE PAPAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT...

Chatting with Creighton Associate Professor Richard Miller, Ph.D., about climate change is not for the faint of heart. Director of Creighton’s M.A. in Theology program, Miller talks of four-foot rises in sea levels that will spell the end of Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Charleston and other coastal cities. He talks of permanent drought in the U.S. Southwest and of radical transformation to the economy. To him, there will be no return to an idyllic Eden. “We choose between catastrophes,” Miller says. “That’s our choice at this point.”

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COSTA RICA AT 99 PERCENT RENEWABLE ENERGY: ARE OTHERS ON THE SAME PATH?

An ornamental windmill spins in front of wind turbines near Steele City, Neb on Nov. 3, 2015. 99 percent of electricity in Costa Rica came from renewable energy in 2015.

 

The Central American nation is leading the world in cutting fossil-fuel pollution by relying on hydropower and other forms of renewable energy. Is this a model other countries could follow?

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STUDY FINDS METHANE LEAKS NEGATE BENEFITS OF NATURAL GAS AS A FUEL FOR VEHICLES...

A natural gas installation in Colorado. Drilling and production can cause leaks of methane, a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Credit Kevin Moloney for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.”

But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from traditional diesel fuel to natural gas could actually harm the planet’s climate...

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TO ACHIEVE PARIS CLIMATE GOALS, U.S. WILL NEED NEW LAWS WITH "TEETH"...

A coal-fired power plant in Winfield, W.Va. The E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to shift away from coal, has faced stiff opposition from politicians and corporations. Credit Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The climate agreement reached in Paris last weekend has been hailed as a landmark in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it could well turn out to be one...

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AGU 2015: SCIENTISTS REACT TO PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

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SANDERS SAYS CLIMATE "OUR GREATEST THREAT!" CLIMATE SNUBBED 3RD TIME AT DEBATES...

ABC Moderators Ignore Climate Change And Planned Parenthood, But Find Time For Presidential Spouse Questions...

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YOU THINK THIS YEAR IS HOT? 2016 TIPPED TO BREAK ANNUAL GLOBAL HEAT RECORDS AGAIN...

Heating up: Andrew Eljid tries to cool off during a recent heatwave in Sydney.

Heating up: Andrew Eljid tries to cool off during a recent heatwave in Sydney. Photo: Cole Bennetts

The remarkable global heat experienced in 2015 is not yet over and already forecasters are predicting next year will be hotter again - marking three years in a row of record annual warmth...

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THIS IS HOW MUCH WARMER 2015 HAS BEEN THAN ANY YEAR RECORDED...

Climate activists demonstrate in Paris, Saturday, Dec.12, 2015 during COP21. Image: Thibault Camus/Associated Press

This year will go down in history as the warmest year on record, beating out 2014 for the dubious distinction. That fact alone is striking, considering the sped-up pace of global warming in recent years. However, it's the margin by which this year is beating out all others that is most impressive...

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