CLIMATE CONFERENCE, PARIS 2015... REPEATING HISTORY?

21st Conference of the Parties on Climate

UNFCCC COP 21/ CMP 11.  30 Nov – 11 Dec, 2015
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA REJECTS THE PROPOSED KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE...

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, ending the political fight over the Canada-to-Texas project that has gone on for much of his presidency.

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GLOBAL WARMING'S FINGERPRINTS ARE ALL OVER RECENT EXTREME WEATHER, RESEARCH SHOWS...

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A man sunbathes in the midday sun during a heat wave at Glenelg beach on January 13, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.

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Extreme weather events, from droughts to floods and heat waves, are some of the most tangible present day impacts of global warming, and they will take center stage in speeches at the upcoming Paris Climate Summit. Now a new report gives leaders pushing to reduce emissions of global warming pollution, including President Obama, additional ammunition.

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WHY A PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT COULD ACTUALLY BE VERY GOOD FOR THE U.S.

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OBAMA REJECTS KEYSTONE XL OIL PIPELINE, IN HUGE WIN FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS...

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Miles of pipe for the stalled Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Oklahoma.

The Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Friday, handing a major victory to environmentalists after a seven-year review process that gave rise to a grassroots climate activist movement. President Barack Obama announced his decision at a morning news conference in the White House Roosevelt Room, alongside Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden.

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50 YEARS AFTER WARNING, NO DEBATE IN PARIS ON THE SCIENCE...

U.N. climate negotiations begin in Paris in less than a month.
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Diplomats steeling themselves for a historic round of United Nations climate negotiations remain divided by a handful of stubborn disputes. Discord persists over financial and procedural issues, for example, and over how pollution from farming and deforestation should be addressed alongside energy generation.

The fundamentals of climate science, however, are not among the issues being debated...

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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY: "THEY'RE NOT SCIENTISTS!"

The Republican Party could be the single greatest impediment to global efforts to slow climate change. But cracks are forming in the conservative wall of denial.

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AS SCIENTISTS WORRY ABOUT WARMING WORLD, US PUBLIC DOESN'T...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2014 file photo, demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York City...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are hot but not too bothered by global warming...

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THIS FASCINATING SOCIAL EXPERIMENT SHINES A LIGHT ON THE ABSURDITY OF CLIMATE DISRUPTION DENIERS...

The world is getting hotter. But a lot of important people aren't "buying in."

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US YOUTHS SUES US GOVERNMENT OVER CLIMATE INACTION...

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An unprecedented massive legal campaign led by young Americans is playing out in courtrooms across the nation...

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IMPORTANT VIDEOS...

The following are highly recommended global warming educational videos. Some of them include humor to help make their points. Please watch as many as you can to quickly become educated about the escalating global warming crisis.

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WHY THE PARIS DECEMBER UN CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE (COP21) IS DOOMED TO FAIL BEFORE IT BEGINS...

The December 2015 Paris Climate Conference initiated by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) will be attended by leaders of most of the nations of the world. It is being widely touted by scientists, environmental groups as well as progressive global media as our last hope for saving the world from irreversible global warming and the cataclysmic damage caused by the greenhouse effect of carbon and methane pollution of the atmosphere. To achieve this goal at Paris the IPCC has set the target of keeping global warming below 2°Celsius (about 3.7 degrees F.)

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WHY 'CLIMATE JUSTICE' HAS INDIA AND THE WEST AT EACH OTHER'S THROATS...

You wouldn't know it from the happy spin emanating from the Oval Office, but a Third World revolt in Bonn, Germany, this week almost derailed the Paris climate change negotiations in November. Although peace has been restored for now, it only happened by papering over this fundamental conundrum: The world can either avert climate catastrophe or seek "climate justice," not both.

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THE 11 MOST EFFECTIVE ACTIONS TO REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING AND REDUCE YOUR PERSONAL CARBON FOOTPRINT

The 11 Most Effective Actions to Reduce Global Warming and Reduce Your Personal Carbon Footprint 
 
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PARIS CLIMATE DEAL TO IGNITE A $90 TRILLION ENERGY REVOLUTION...

   
'One of the most ridiculous schemes ever dreamed up', said Lord Marland, an energy minister, about the solar panel subsidies - Solar power incentives lose their shine
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WILL THE "INTELLIGENT ELITE" ACT IN TIME TO RESOLE CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION AND CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION?

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But let us return to James Lovelock for a moment; early on in The Vanishing Face of Gaia he does recognize his pessimism and the fact that the the grim message in his last book, The Revenge of Gaia, gave us nothing to hope for.

 

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TO HOPE OR NOT TO HOPE: HOW FEARFUL SHOULD WE BE OF CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION AND CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION?

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(harnessing the power of waves could help our climate, according to Lomborg.)

Catastrophic climate destabilization. Sounds scary, right? Well, quite frankly, most of the projected impacts of our changing climate are, in fact, very scary. But is fear useful to us in this situation?

To be honest, when Lovelock says in The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning that “it is too late for us to try to save our familiar world,” the effect for me is that hope and optimism quickly dissipate. It’s hard to act when failure is guaranteed.

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OCTOBER TO BE THE HOTTEST ON RECORD – AND GLOBAL WARMING IS LIKELY TO BLAME...

Global warming has significantly increased the likelihood that the record for average October maximum temperatures is set this year, scientists say.

Global warming has significantly increased the likelihood that the record for average October maximum temperatures is set this year, scientists say. Photo: Leigh Henningham

 

Barring a freak weather event, this month will set a new record for the average daily maximum temperature in October across Australia. I am sure the USA will follow...

 

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WARNINGS OF CATASTROPHE: CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION

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So, on the advice of Greg Craven, we ask the question: what’s the worst that could happen? Looking to sources we believe are highly credible, we find James Lovelock, fellow of the Royal Society, former NASA consultant and author of The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning, who tells us that “we do have to take seriously the possibility that global heating may all but eliminate people from the Earth.” A solemn response to our question.

 

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GREENLAND IS MELTING AWAY...

If the Greenland ice sheet melts completely, will drive up sea levels in the coming decades by about 20 feet. Photo: AFP

If the Greenland ice sheet melts completely, will drive up sea levels in the coming decades by about 20 feet. Photo: AFP

 

Researchers gather empirical data from the bone chilling glaciers in Greenland to assess the impact of climate change amid the looming threat of suspension of government funds for these projects...

 

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WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN AS THE CLIMATE DESTABILIZES?

Greg Craven, the high school science teacher who created The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See 2, also wrote a book called What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate. A quick, easy, and fun read, this little book explains the platforms of the "warmers" and the "skeptics," or those who support the idea that we should take significant action to cut carbon emissions and those who oppose this idea, respectively.

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JOIN JOB ONE FOR HUMANITY: RESOLVING CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION AND CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION...

As is evident from our previous call to action, Universe Spirit believes that Job One for Humanity is to reduce the impact of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate destabilization--a real threat to humanity with potentially catastrophic consequences--and that we must act quickly in order to mitigate and adapt to these consequences.

 

 

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NASA SATELLITES REVEAL SOMETHING STARTLING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FOOD...

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Sometimes all it takes is a little perspective to see how our actions are affecting the planet.

And what better perspective than from space?

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A CLIMATE DEASTABILIZATION CALL TO ACTION: JOB ONE FOR HUMANITY...

Our world is at a turning point; revolutions are happening everywhere, and the push for change is in the air.

 

Yes, change is literally in the air. Human activity is causing carbon in the atmosphere to increase about 2 ppm per year. As of this writing, we are at 393 ppm, so if we continue with business as usual, it won’t be too long until we’ve reached 450 ppm. According to Jeremy Rifkin (referencing James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies), 450 ppm would correspond to a temperature increase of six degrees Celsius in this century, and “the end of human civilization as we’ve come to know it.” So now’s the time to harness the revolutionary energy that is sweeping the world in order to save this planet and all of its beauty, to save all the glory of humanity’s existence.

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QUICK FACTS ON AGRIBUSINESS AND THE POLLUTANTS IT CONTRIBUTES TO CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION. IS AGRIBUSINESS THE SINGLE BIGGEST CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING? YOU BE THE JUDGE!

Changing our diets may be the single most powerful individual action we can do to slow global warming and climate destabilization --- BY FAR!

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THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO PERSONALLY REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION: WHY AREN'T THE BIG ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS TAKLING IT UP AND PUSHING IT WITH THEIR MEMBERS?

To maximally reduce your eco-footprint to reduce carbon pollution, global warming and climate destabilization:

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CLIMATE CHANGE DEAL WILL NOT INCLUDE GLOBAL CARBON PRICE SAYS UN CLIMATE CHIEF...

 

A climate change deal to be agreed in Paris in December will not be able to come up with a global carbon price, the United Nations' climate chief, Christiana Figueres, said on Tuesday.

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EATING RED MEAT AND PROCESSED MEATS IS NOT ONLY BAD FOR GLOBAL WARMING IT'S NOW A DANGEROUS CARCINOGEN ACCORDING TO THE WHO (WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION)

Hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats cause cancer, World Health Organization declares

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IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD — HOW DO YOU FEEL?

 

Why you should care...

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EXXON KNEW EVERYTHING THERE WAS TO KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE BY THE MID-1980S—AND DENIED IT.

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Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil CEO and Chairman. (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)  

And thanks to their willingness to sucker the world, the world is now a chaotic mess...

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STUDY FINDS THE WARMER IT GETS, THE MORE WORLD ECONOMY HURTS..

FILE - In this June 3, 2013 file photo, Pakistani laborers bathe at a leaked water hydrant at the end of a day on the outskirts of Islamabad. With each degree, unrestrained global warming will singe the overall economies of three quarters of the nations in the world and widen the north-south gap between rich and poor countries, a new economic and science study found. Compared to what it would be without more global warming, the average income globally will shrivel 23 percent at the end of the century if heat-trapping carbon dioxide pollution continues to grow at current trajectories, according to a study published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

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With each degree, unrestrained global warming will singe the overall economies of three quarters of the nations in the world and widen the north-south gap between rich and poor countries, a new economic and science study found... Compared to what it would be without more global warming, the average income globally will shrivel 23 percent at the end of the century if heat-trapping carbon dioxide pollution continues to grow at current trajectories, according to a study published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

 

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A STORY OF HOPE: THE GUARDIAN LAUNCHES PHASE II OF ITS CLIMATE CHANGE CAMPAIGN...

The next phase of our campaign will champion solar power and its potential to transform the global energy supply. Photograph: Tom Payne/Alamy

 

With crucial climate talks on the horizon, Keep it in the ground turns its focus to hope for the future – the power to change and the solar revolution. Join us and help make that change happen...

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SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION OF ‘POTENTIAL CORPORATE FRAUD’ BY EXXON..

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders urges Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate potential fraud by ExxonMobil over conflicts in what the energy company knew internally and what it said publicly about the causes of climate change.

After revelations that the company pivoted from researching climate change to funding denial, Sen. Bernie Sanders joins calls for a federal probe.

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CLIMATE TALKS TEETER AS DEVELOPING NATIONS CRY FOUL...

Developing nations are balking at the latest draft of a global climate agreement to be inked in Paris in December, negotiators and experts say
 

Bonn (AFP) - Developing nations accused rich ones Monday of sidelining their interests at crunch climate talks, as the UN chief and France's president beat the drum for an ambitious global deal.

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NASA SATELLITES REVEAL SOMETHING STARTLING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FOOD ON EARTH...


Sometimes all it takes is a little perspective to see how our actions are affecting the planet.

And what better perspective than from space?

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TENSION AHEAD OF LAST ROUND OF UN CLIMATE TALKS BEFORE PARIS...

STOCKHOLM (AP) - African countries on Sunday dismissed an early draft of a U.N. climate accord as "unbalanced" and demanded amendments to even consider it at the final negotiating session before a landmark conference in Paris.

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81 COMPANIES SIGN WHITE HOUSE CLIMATE CHANGE PLEDGE...

Through the American Business Act on Climate pledge, companies are supporting an agreement from the U.N. Conference on Climate Change and agree to limit their emissions, increase low-carbon investments, deploy more clean energy and take other actions, said Brian Deese, senior adviser to President Obama. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, file)

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EARTH JUST HAD ITS WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD — BY A LONG SHOT...

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It's virtually certain that in January 2016, the planet will set a new record for the warmest calendar year on record. A key data set that tracks global average surface temperatures, which comes from the Japan Meteorological Agency, shows a huge jump in temperatures in September as compared to average.

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WHY YOU DIDN’T SEE IT COMING... CLIMATE CHANGE. (video)


Why You Didn’t See It Coming

When scale confounds our perceptions, stories can clarify them.

 

 

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ATTENTION, CANDIDATES: EVEN A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS NOW BELIEVE CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL...

People's Climate March in New York on Sept. 21, 2014. (Photo: Flickr)

 

A new survey shows that seven out of 10 Americans accept the science behind global warming.

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NASA SCIENTISTS SPEAK OUT ON CLIMATE CHANGE, THEN SOME VITAL SIGNS OF THE PLANET YOU SHOULD KNOW...

 

The global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – the primary driver of recent climate change – has reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in recorded history, according to data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.

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BERNIE SANDERS: CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE BIGGEST NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT...

"CLIMATE CHANGE IS OUR BIGGEST NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT..."

"That is a major crisis..."

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HOW DOES HILLARY MATCH UP WITH OTHER DEMS ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

CREDIT: AP Photo/Dave Martin,  A worker mops the floor of the stage prior to the first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by the South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC., Thursday, April 26, 2007.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce her decision to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. While the crowded Republican field has led to questions of how to fit all serious candidates on a debate stage, Democrats have the opposite problem. It’s possible there will be no debates at all.

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PARIS CLIMATE SUMMIT: UN NEGOTIATIONS 'NEED REDESIGN'...

 

Image copyright Thinkstock, Image caption: Scientists say the climate summit in Paris is too focused on self interest
 
The UN climate negotiations are heading for failure and need a major redesign if they are to succeed, scientists say.
The pledges that individual countries are offering ahead of the Paris climate summit in December are too entrenched in self interest instead of being focused on a common goal.
The researchers say the science of cooperation is being ignored...
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GREEN CHINA: WHY BEIJING FEARS A NASCENT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTEST MOVEMENT...

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Worried about the health effects of China’s out-of-control pollution, citizens are starting to take action.

 
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PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE 2015: TRACKING WORLD WIDE COUNTRY CLIMATE PLEDGES...

Updated 8 October. Carbon Brief is maintaining a separate tracker of requests for  climate finance.

Countries around the world have been submitting their pledges to the UN, setting out how far they intend to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

These promises, known as "intended nationally determined contributions", or INDCs, will determine the success of the deal that the UN hopes to sign off in Paris in December this year.

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FEDS DECIDE THAT SUSTAINABILITY AND NUTRITION DON'T MIX...

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The heads of the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services say the guidelines shouldn't include environmental concerns.

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USDA AND DHHS DECIDE NOT TO INCLUDE SUSTAINABILITY IN THE 2015 DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS...

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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY STANDS ALONE IN CLIMATE DENIAL...

Amid internal calls for climate action, a study finds that Republicans are the only climate-denying conservative party in the world...

 

 

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POPE TO CONGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE: 'I AM CONVINCED WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.'

Pope Francis, addressing climate change before a Congress dominated by Republicans -- more than half of whom deny its reality -- and Democrats who despair of doing anything about it, was a prophet of hope rather than doom.

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MORGAN FREEMANS SHORT CLIMATE CHANGE VIDEO IS WORTHY OF IT'S OWN STORY... A MUST WATCH VIDEO...

Morgan Freeman narrates this hopeful, must-watch short film about the need to solve the climate change problem.

 

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WHAT THE HISTORIC SOUTH CAROLINA FLOODS CAN — AND CAN’T — TELL US ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

In 2013, after some controversy, South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources released a report on risks the state could face due to climate change. One of those risks? “A predicted result of climate change is the increase in intense storm events causing greater water inputs in shorter periods of time, affecting flood frequency and duration,” the report noted.

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ALASKA SEEKS FEDERAL MONEY TO MOVE A VILLAGE THREATENED BY CLIMATE CHANGE... COUNTLESS VILLAGES IN THE WORLD TO COME...

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ANCHORAGE — One of the most eroded Native Alaskan villages on the state’s coast is being considered as a possible national model for moving entire communities whose futures are threatened by natural disasters escalated by climate change.

 

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IT’S GETTING HOTTER...

At climate talks in Paris later this year, negotiators should ponder the damage already done...

 

 

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MEF ( MAJOR ECONOMIES FORUM ON ENERGY AND CLIMATE) DISCUSSES EXPECTATIONS FOR THE 2015 PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE...

MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference

 

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THE "ROAD TO PARIS": PREPARING FOR THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CONFERENCE...

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Road to Paris Logo – World Climate Ltd

The Road to Paris is a strategic campaign and process to help set a Solutions Agenda with business, financiers and governments that will support and complement the historic United Nations climate change conference (COP21).

 

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NEW FLOOD PROJECTIONS FOR NEW YORK: CAN THE CITY PREPARE FOR RISING SEAS? HERE COMES JOAQUIN!!!

A New York Air National Guard helicopter flies above the George Washington Bridge towards Manhattan, Oct. 31, 2012. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York, Sen. Charles Schumer (D) of New York, and local officials took the flight over the city, Nassau, and Westchester counties to get an assessment of damages from superstorm Sandy. Mark Lennihan/AP/File
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THIS IS WHAT OUR HELLISH WORLD WILL LOOK LIKE AFTER WE HIT THE GLOBAL WARMING TIPPING POINT...

The de facto assumption of climate change policy is that the world must limit the increase in global temperatures to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above pre-Industrial levels, or risk hitting a tipping point where the impact becomes irreversible.

 

 

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WHY THE EARTH’S PAST HAS SCIENTISTS SO WORRIED ABOUT SEA LEVEL RISE...


This undated handout photo provided by NASA shows the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctic. (AP Photo/NASA)

It’s one of the most important questions on the planet: How much are the seas ultimately going to rise, thanks to what we’re doing to the atmosphere with all our cars and power plants? Scientists are still struggling to find a clear answer to it...

 

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EIGHT EXAMPLES OF WHERE THE IPCC HAS MISSED THE MARK ON ITS PREDICTIONS AND PROJECTIONS...

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A "king tide" leaves parts of Sausalito, Calif., flooded in 2010. Disagreement over the impact of ice-sheet melting on sea-level rise has led the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to omit their influence - and thus underestimate sea-level rise - in recent reports, a pattern the panel repeats with other key findings. Photo by Yanna B./flickr. Dec. 6, 2012

IPCC predictions: Then versus now

 

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POPE FRANCIS DROPPED THE HAMMER ON CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. HERE ARE HIS 3 BEST QUOTES...

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House.

Pope Francis went to the White House this week and got really real about the future of planet Earth.

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XI JINPING IN US VISIT: CHINA TO LAUNCH 'NATIONAL SYSTEM TO LIMIT GREENHOUSE GASES'...

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) is greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama as he arrives at the White House in Washington D.C. Photo: Rex

China plans to implement a cap-and-trade system in 2017 as part of measures aimed to address climate change working with US and others

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EMISSIONS FROM MELTING PERMAFROST COULD COST $43 TRILLION...

New analysis of the effects of melting permafrost in the Arctic points to $43 trillion in extra economic damage by the end of the next century, on top of the more than the $300 trillion economic damage already predicted.

 

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POPE FRANCIS AT WHITE HOUSE: CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION CAN’T WAIT...

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Pope Francis during an official welcoming ceremony at the White House Wednesday. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

WASHINGTON — Jumping into the issues of the day, Pope Francis opened his visit to the United States with a strong call Wednesday for action to combat climate change, calling it a problem that “can no longer be left to a future generation.” President Barack Obama, in turn, hailed the pontiff as a moral force who is “shaking us out of our complacency” with reminders to care for the poor and the planet.

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ACTIVISTS HARNESS THE ‘FRANCIS EFFECT’ TO DEMAND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Pope Francis. (Photo: Tony Gentile/Reuters)
Organizers hope the pope’s moral stance on global warming will galvanize Americans during his visit to the U.S.

 

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The Climate Change ‘Pause’ Skeptics Love to Cite Never Happened...

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Researchers find no evidence of a hiatus in global warming between 1998 and 2013.

 

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GLOBAL WARMING 'PAUSE' THEORY IS DEAD BUT STILL TWITCHING...

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People stand next to the Rhone Glacier on July 14, 2015 which was wrapped with blankets as a protection from the sun near Gletsch

A study released Thursday is the second this year seeking to debunk a 1998-2013 "pause" in global warming, but other climate scientists insist the slowdown was real, even if not a game-changer.

 

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5 ANIMALS AT RISK OF EXTINCTION BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE (BESIDES POLAR BEARS

5 Animals at Risk of Extinction Because of Climate Change (Besides Polar Bears)

 

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STUDY: AIR POLLUTION KILLS 3.3 MILLION WORLDWIDE, MAY KILL 6.6 MILLION BY 2050...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide, according to a new study that includes this surprise: Farming plays a large role in smog and soot deaths in industrial nations.

 

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THE GATES FOUNDATION IS STAYING PRETTY QUIET ABOUT MIKE MCGINN'S FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGN...

The Gates Foundation says that an outside entity manages its endowment, but local activists are pointing out that Bill and Melinda Gates advise those investment managers. The Gates Foundation says that an outside entity manages its endowment, which has $1.4 billion invested in fossil fuel companies. But local activists are pointing out that Bill and Melinda Gates advise those investment managers. lembi / Shutterstock.com

Underfunded public schools aren't the only reason Bill Gates may be feeling the heat from his Seattle neighbors this week. On Wednesday, former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn, along with a coalition of 24 local activists and organizations, launched a campaign to pressure the Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels.

 

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SIERRA NEVADA SNOWPACK IS MUCH WORSE THAN THOUGHT: A 500-YEAR LOW...

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CALIFORNIA GOV. JERRY BROWN SENDS BEN CARSON THE CLIMATE EVIDENCE HE COULDN'T FIND...

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"Climate change is much bigger than partisan politics."

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SCUTTLING THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS...

Because it worked so well to scuttle the global agreement to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon (not), Republicans are trying the same techniques to undermine the Paris talks to combat climate change.

 

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FOR GOP CANDIDATES, BETTER TO BE WITH POPE THAN AGAINST HIM...

WASHINGTON (AP) — To some Republican presidential candidates, it's better to be with the popular pope than against him.

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SEE HOW MUCH THE WORLD HAS PHYSICALLY CHANGED SINCE YOU WERE BORN. HINT: IT'S MORE THAN YOU...

 

Sometimes it's hard to see change as it's happening around us.

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SEATTLE CALLS ON BILL GATES TO DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS...

Bill and Melinda Gates at an event in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this year. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Former city mayor launches campaign of daily protests outside Gates’ Foundation visitor centre till it commits to divestment

 

 

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WHY NASA’S SO WORRIED THAT GREENLAND’S MELTING COULD SPEED UP...

 
In this July 19, 2011 photo, rows of pressure ridges stack up, foreground, before tumbling over the ever-collapsing calving 6-kilometer- (4-mile-) wide front of Jakobshavn Glacier and into the Ilulissat ice fjord, background, in Greenland. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) This story has been updated.

On Wednesday, NASA briefed the press on its “intensive research effort” into the rate and causes of sea level rise, releasing a suite of new graphics and visualizations showing how precisely the agency is measuring the upward creep of the oceans, currently at a rate of 3.21 millimeters per year.

 

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PARIS CLIMATE TALKS OUR LAST CHANCE, PACIFIC LEADERS SAY...

A community in Kiribati building a stone seawall at a coral atoll to protect its shore against a sea level rise

Pacific leaders said Monday that upcoming climate talks in Paris are the last chance for the world to reach an agreement that can save their vulnerable island nations.

 
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EARTH LOST HALF ITS TREES TO HUMANS...

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A global map of tree density. Credit: Crowther, et al
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A new global census of all the trees on Earth estimates that more than 3 trillion call this "pale blue dot" home. But the total number of trees on the planet has dropped by almost 50 percent since human civilization began.

 

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SARAH PALIN: WHAT OBAMA MISSED ON HIS ALASKA TRIP...

 

Washington (CNN)Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took issue with President Barack Obama's visit to her state, saying he missed some key points while in the region.

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HERE’S WHY THE NORTHEAST’S NEXT WINTER IS GOING TO BE FREAKISHLY COLD...

The eastern U.S. may see winter extremes—such as these human-size icebergs on Massachusetts' Cape Cod National Seashore in 2015—for the next few decades. (Photo: Dapixara/Twitter)

New research shows that vanishing Arctic summer sea ice—a consequence of global warming—may drive extreme winters in lower latitudes for decades to come.

 

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JULY 2015 IS OFFICIALLY HOTTEST MONTH ON RECORD. EVER!

 

Raging wildfires and apocalyptic smoke. Huge algal blooms visible from space turn seafood on the Pacific Northwest toxic. California’s drought. Alberta’s drought. Alberta’s floods.

There’s no doubt: it’s hot and weird out.

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THE COMING ERA OF UNLIMITED — AND FREE — CLEAN ENERGY...


Solar energy is ready for primetime. (Nicky Loh/Bloomberg)

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones.  McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant.  It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out.  McKinsey was wrong, of course.  There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use in 2000; there are billions now.  Costs have fallen so far that even the poor — all over world — can afford a cellular phone.

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