A MODEST PROPOSAL FOR STOPPING SEA LEVEL RISE: FREEZE THE OCEAN...

A researcher deploys an instrument in meltwater on Greenland. (NASA/Jefferson Beck)

A prepared homeowner knows that when floodwaters start to enter the basement, you use a sump pump to force them back out. Could the same principle be applied to rising sea levels? As oceans threaten to flood coastal communities, could we just pump them down to reasonable heights?

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THE MYSTERY OF THE GLOBAL METHANE RISE: ASIAN AGRICULTURE OR U.S. FRACKING?

Rising populations in Asia, particularly India and China, has led to more farming and more methane emissions. Credit: Wikimedia

A new study points the finger at the growth in farming in China and India, but others believe natural gas is to blame...

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HERE'S WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE HAS DONE TO THE SEASON FORMERLY KNOWN AS WINTER...

David Fitzsimmons is the staff cartoonist for the Arizona Star, and his cartoons are syndicated worldwide by Cagle Cartoons

It's not just you — it really is hot in here...

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THIS MIND-BOGGLING STUDY SHOWS JUST HOW MASSIVE SEA LEVEL RISE REALLY IS...

A satellite view of Antarctica is seen in an undated NASA photo released on Feb. 6, 2012. (Reuters/NASA)

As our planet continues to warm, coastlines worldwide will retreat inland — in the long run, maybe by a lot. That means some coastal cities, in places like Florida — where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated precisely this topic on Wednesday night — stand to lose quite a lot of land where people currently live and own property...

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MILLENNIALS ARE UNAWARE THAT WE ARE IN A GLOBAL GLOBAL WARMING STATE OF EMERGENCY...

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ATMOSPHERIC CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS ARE SHOWING A STARTLING INCREASE...

(Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA)

Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have spiked more in the period from February 2015 to February 2016 than in any other comparable period dating back to 1959, according to a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory.

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21 KIDS ARE SUING PRESIDENT OBAMA OVER CLIMATE INACTION...

A tire rests on the dry bed of Lake Mendocino in Ukiah, California. (Noah Berger / Reuters)

The complaint accuses the government of infringing on “the fundamental right of citizens to be free from government actions that harm life, liberty, and property” by “approving and promoting fossil fuel development.”

 
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THE HIDDEN DRIVER OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAT WE TOO OFTEN IGNORE...

Cows gather in a field near wind turbines in Chauve, France, on June 19, 2015. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

Humans are making global warming worse, all right — but in more ways than you think...

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WHAT'S THE ANSWER TO CLIMATE CHANGE?

Momatiuk - Eastcott / Corbis / Zak Bickel / Kara Gordon / The Atlantic
It’s not enough to let the market handle it or depend on geo-engineering.
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BARACK OBAMA AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO JOIN FORCES ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau (left) with US president, Barack Obama. The visit is seen as an important moment for Trudeau to break with the record of his Conservative predecessor. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

US and Canadian leaders expected to announce a series of common measures including methane emissions cuts and protections for rapidly warming Arctic...

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UNITED STATES DELIVERS FIRST PAYMENT TO GLOBAL CLIMATE FUND...

Badwater, in Death Valley National Park, the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 280 feet below sea level, is seen at sunrise in California in this July 15, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has paid $500 million into the United Nations' Green Climate Fund, the first tranche of the $3 billion it pledged as part of the commitments it made in the December Paris Climate Agreement, the State Department confirmed Monday...

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GARY BRAASCH: OMNIVOROUS CHRONICLER OF OUR CHANGING PLANET...

The death of photojournalist Gary Braasch silences one of the strongest, creative and eclectic environmental journalists...

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THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE...

Exxon is a corporate devil but it is not alone in its demonic subterfuge. Exxon is being investigated for criminal wrongdoings and some other fossil fuel companies are also coming under legal scrutiny...

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REPORT: THE WORLD WILL RUN OUT OF BREATHABLE AIR UNLESS CARBON IS CUT...

Satellite view of swirling blue phytoplankton bloom in the Black Sea. (Photo: Stocktrek Images/Getty Images)

A new study finds that unabated greenhouse gas emissions will cripple ocean phytoplankton’s ability to produce oxygen.

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DELUGES INCREASING IN WORLD'S WETTEST AND DRIEST REGIONS: STUDY...

Tourists from Italy walk in the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park, California in this June 29, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/Files

OSLO (Reuters) - Extreme downpours are increasingly hitting both the wettest and driest regions of the world and global warming will raise the risks of bigger cloudbursts for the rest of the century, a study showed on Monday...

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PAKISTAN’S BIGGEST THREAT ISN’T TERRORISM, IT’S CLIMATE CHANGE...

Image Credit: Niño Jose Heredia/©Gulf News

As changes in the eco-system increase the intensity of natural disasters and threaten economic stability, water and food shortage will catalyze civil unrest and conflicts, thereby hindering the government’s ability to properly manage its resources...

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In the Arctic, Even Climate Change's Tiniest Victims Have Big Impacts...

Credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP/GettyImages

By studying beetles, researchers find they have a domino effect on much larger species as the Arctic warms.

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Editorial: A weak El Niño fails to end our water crisis...

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses water conservation after a meeting last year with city mayors. The state has since fallen behind on mandated savings, thanks to overconfidence in El Niño and warmer-than-expected weather this month. Hector Amezcua Sacramento Bee file

 

Water, water everywhere. Unfortunately, it’s not enough...


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THE ARCTIC JUST SET AN OMINOUS NEW RECORD...

Ice floes float in Baffin Bay above the Arctic Circle in 2008. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press via AP)

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how the warmth of the Arctic this year — featuring temperature departures many degrees Celsius above normal — had scientists floored...

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MANY OF WORLD’S LAKES ARE VANISHING AND SOME MAY BE GONE FOREVER...

Satellite images show Lake Poopó still held water in April 2013 (left), but was dry by January 2016 (right)Jesse Allen/NASA
Bolivia’s second largest lake has vanished into thin air. In December, Lake Poopó became a dry salt pan and its largest lake – Lake Titicaca – is heading towards trouble, too...
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US AGENCY REACHES 'HOLY GRAIL' OF BATTERY STORAGE SOUGHT BY ELON MUSK AND GATES...

Dr. Ellen Williams (right), Arpa-E director: ‘We want power to be easy.’ Photograph: ARPA-E

Breakthrough in next generation of storage batteries could transform the US electrical grid within five to 10 years, says research agency, Arpa-E

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Greenland’s melting is ‘feeding on itself,’ scientists say...

In this July 19, 2011, photo, pools of melted ice form atop Jakobshavn Glacier, near the edge of the vast Greenland ice sheet. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

A new scientific study released Thursday has delivered yet another burst of bad news about Greenland — the vast northern ice sheet that contains 20 feet of potential sea level rise...

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THE NEXT PRESIDENT COULD MAKE OR BREAK THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT...

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, in Palm Beach, Florida and Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Miami at their respective Super Tuesday primaries campaign events on March 1, 2016. Credit:Left: Scott Audette, Right: Javier Galeano/Reuters

The US helped lead nearly 200 countries to an international climate change agreement in Paris this past December...

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MOST RECENT MIDDLE EAST DROUGHT WAS WORST IN 900 YEARS: NASA...

 

Sheep graze next to a dried out gulley that's usually filled with natural spring water in the Palestinian village of al-Auja, near the West Bank city of Jericho in March 2014. The Middle East recently experienced its worst drought in 900 years, according to a new study from NASA. Ammar Awad/Reuters

A recent drought was the Middle East's worst in 900 years and may have been the result of climate change, according to a new study from NASA...

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COLGATE-PALMOLIVE, JOHNSON&JOHNSON, AND PEPSICO FAIL TO KEEP PALM OIL PROMISES...

The price of palm oil

Michael Bachelard journeys into the world of palm oil plantations in Aceh, where land is taken to grow the sought-after product, whatever the cost...

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THE CLIMATE IS NOT CHANGING. IT’S DESTABILIZING. WHAT EVERY MILLENNIAL MILLENNIUM MUST KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION...

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THE 'FAT TAIL' OF CLIMATE CHANGE RISK...

One of the most under-appreciated aspects of the climate change problem is the so-called "fat tail" of risk. In short, the likelihood of very large impacts is greater than we would expect under typical statistical assumptions.

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SATELLITE DATA SUGGESTS FOREST LOSS IS ACCELERATING...

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CLIMATE DENIERS LOSE KEY TALKING POINT AS SATELLITES SHOW TEMPERATURES HIT ALL-TIME HIGHS...

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during an election night watch party Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Stafford, Texas. Image: David J. Phillip/AP

February was the warmest month in the satellite record of atmospheric temperatures, according to new data. This is just the first domino to fall during what will likely prove to be the warmest, or one of the warmest, months on record as more data trickles in on conditions during February...

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FOOD SCARCITY CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE COULD CAUSE 500,000 DEATHS BY 2050, STUDY SUGGESTS...

Vegetables, including broccoli, white onions and carrots, are displayed for sale on a fruit and vegetable stall at a market in Guildford, U.K., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The effects of climate change on food production around the world could lead to more than 500,000 deaths by the year 2050, according to a grim new study.

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ARE THERE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN PREVENTING NUCLEAR WAR AND PREVENTING THE WORST CONSEQUENCES OF ESCALATING GLOBAL WARMING?

On the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we celebrate the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), which claimed that nuclear war was a suicide pact. Yet the scientists who argued this would happen faced plenty of criticism, and politicians sought to undermine the theory for gain, not unlike the debate we are having on climate change today...

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AL GORE ON CLIMATE CHANGE BATTLE: ‘WE ARE SOLVING THIS CRISIS’...

credit: Bret Hartman/TED

In fiery TED talk Al Gore says "Humanity will overcome..."

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THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT...

Illustration by Mark Weber

Climate Change, Climate Justice and Disability...

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BILL GATES 'DISCOVERS' 14-YEAR-OLD FORMULA ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

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ARCTIC SEA ICE GROWTH COULD BE LOWEST ON RECORD AGAIN...

CREDIT: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

 

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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.
Reuters/Beawiharta

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...

see video of his acceptance speech at end of story...

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...

Amit Dave / REUTERS

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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