FLORIDA'S REAL ESTATE RECKONING COULD BE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK...

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OUR LAST APPRECIATION, OPPORTUNITY & UPDATE FOR 2017, AND…

Most of our posts to our website members and subscribers at Job One, Factnet and Universe Spirit are long and science detailed.

This one is refreshingly short and simple...

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NEW YEAR’S FREEZE-OUT: IT CAN STILL GET COLD, EVEN IN A WARMING CLIMATE...

Departure of surface temperature from average for December 28, 2017. Areas in red and orange are not necessarily warm, but they are above the average for this time of year at that location. While the Northeast U.S. was experiencing near-record cold, the globe as a whole was 0.5 °C above average, thanks to global warming. Image credit: ClimateReanalyzer.org, University of Maine Climate Change Institute.

 

Are we safe to ignore global warming because it’s cold outside?

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2017 IN PHOTOS: CAPTURING THE CAUSES AND IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

A dance troop marches by Shell’s Norco refinery during Norco, Louisiana’s Christmas Parade. All images © Julie Dermansky

The year 2017 was, in many ways, stormy. It brought more storms super-sized due to global warming and more people, including scientists, taking to the streets in response to the political climate...

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THE 2017 PACIFIC TYPHOON SEASON SAVES ITS WORST FOR LAST: 240 KILLED IN THE PHILIPPINES...

Typhoon Tembin at peak intensity over the South China Sea at 0550 UTC December 24, 2017. At the time, Tembin was a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.

 

The relatively inactive 2017 Northwest Pacific typhoon season saved its worst for last, as the final storm of the year, Typhoon Tembin, was also the deadliest...

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24 HOURS LEFT TO CAPTURE AN IMPORTANT TAX DEDUCTION THAT MAY SOON BE GONE FOREVER!

With any charitable organization that serves an important mission, please take advantage of the US tax deductible charitable giving deduction before midnight this December 31st.

It may not be around much longer because of current US political power holders...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #52...

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Editor's Pick

Vive la résistance: 10 ways people stood up for the planet in 2017...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, DECEMBER 18-24, 2017...

The figure is from paper #62.

 

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS RISE TO THE TOP IN GOOGLE SEARCHES...

A recent search for information on global warming returned a prominent ad for a site that rejects established climate science.

 

Groups that reject established climate science can use the search engine’s advertising business to their advantage, gaming the system to find a mass platform for false or misleading claims...

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HOW WE KNOW IT WAS CLIMATE CHANGE...

Flooding south of Houston in September in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Credit: Barbara Davidson for The New York Times

 

STANFORD, Calif. — This was a year of devastating weather, including historic hurricanes and wildfires here in the United States. Did climate change play a role? Increasingly, scientists are able to answer that question — and increasingly, the answer is yes...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE COULD DRIVE IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES FROM MEXICO...

The Mexican side of the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge, a border bridge that crosses the Rio Grande River linking Hidalgo, Texas, with Reynosa, Mexico, seen on August 18, 201)4.(Photo: MICHAEL REYNOLDS, EPA

 

"It's never any one thing that causes people to move," said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University climate scientist who's researched climate-driven migration. "But we have a lot of evidence from many different countries that relatively modest variations in the climate, that could be short-term or long-term, do cause people to move."

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MEGADISASTERS DEVASTATED AMERICA THIS YEAR. THEY’RE GOING TO GET WORSE...

A man watches his house burn down during the Thomas Fire in the hills above Carpinteria, California, December 11, 2017AFP/Getty Images

Storms, fires, floods, and heat caused unprecedented destruction in 2017. Why?

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IT’S COLD OUTSIDE. CUE THE TRUMP GLOBAL WARMING TWEET...

After a snowfall this week in Erie, Pa. Parts of the East Coast are bracing for record-breaking New Year’s Eve temperatures. Cr@theworldaroundnikki on Instagram, via Reuters

With unusually frigid weather gripping much of the Eastern United States this week, President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to cast doubt on the reality of climate change, but he appeared unaware of the distinction between weather and climate...

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DOES RECORD SNOWFALL DISPROVE GLOBAL WARMING? 'EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE,' SCIENTIST SAYS...

Erie residents shovel snow on East 24th Street (Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-News via AP)

The lakefront city of Erie, Pa. has been inundated by several feet of snow this week, “shattering many records," the National Weather Service said...

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A RESPONSE FOR PEOPLE USING RECORD COLD U.S. WEATHER TO REFUTE CLIMATE CHANGE...

If you are reading or watching the news, winter weather is the current headline. Negative wind chills, feet of lake effect snow in the Great Lakes region, and possibly the coldest New Year's Eve ball drop in almost a half century are on tap...

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INSIDE PUERTO RICO’S POWER STRUGGLE...

Amid a confusing tangle of overlapping authorities, shady contracts, and a push for privatization, nobody knows what the end of the island’s electricity and humanitarian crises will look like, or when it will come...

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SUBMERGING PARADISE: CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE PACIFIC ISLANDS...

Tavarua Island, Fiji. Photo by Tavyland / CC BY-SA 3.0

Climate change is impacting regions worldwide, but the Pacific Islands have been hit particularly hard. From rising sea levels, record storms, and extended droughts to the contamination of crops and freshwater resources, local environments are being fundamentally altered...

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ICE WILL RETURN BUT EXTINCTIONS CAN'T BE REVERSED. WE MUST ACT NOW...

Mild temperatures of mid-20C transform the American pika’s alpine coat into a hairy death suit. Photograph: Arndt Sven-Erik/BBC

 

We have to develop digital forecasts of species’ responses to climate change, design robust strategies to protect as many as possible, and help nature to adapt...

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2017: THE YEAR CLIMATE CHANGE HIT...

2017: Devastating effects of climate change

Sweltering heat

Unprecedented heat waves swept across the globe in 2017, leading to droughts, wildfires and even deaths. Australia started the year with temperatures near 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit), the "Lucifer" heat wave brought the mercury above 40 degrees Celsius throughout Southern Europe in July and August and scorching heat hit India's most vulnerable people. Get ready for next summer...

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POLAR ICE IS DISAPPEARING, SETTING OFF CLIMATE ALARMS...

The Arctic's greatest sea ice extent this year was the smallest it's been in nearly 40 years of satellite records, and the spring melt began a month earlier than normal. Credit: Jeremy Potter/NOAA

 

The short-term consequences of Arctic (and Antarctic) warming may already be felt in other latitudes. The long-term threat to coastlines is becoming even more dire...

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THE AMAZON TOWN, A CORAL REEF, BIG OIL, AND A CATASTROPHE WAITING TO HAPPEN...

A river reaches the Atlantic near Oiapoque, in northern Brazil. Bucolic peace is threatened by BP’s and Total’s plans to start drilling a hundred miles or so out to sea. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

 

Oiapoque, surrounded by mangroves and close to a recently discovered 600-mile reef, is divided over what BP and Total might bring and what they might destroy...

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WEATHERWATCH: NO SIGNPOSTS IN THE SEA – BUT CLEAR TRACKS OVERHEAD...

Ship tracks in the northern Pacific in March 2009. Photograph: Nasa

 

Ship condensation trails are wider and fainter than those left by aircraft, but are visible in satellite images...

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HOW DID HALF OF THE GREAT FLORIDA CORAL REEF SYSTEM DISAPPEAR?

Key Largo, Florida. If the oceans continue to absorb CO2, the increased acidity will be fatal and coral bleaching will worsen. Photograph: Jeff Hunter/Getty Images

 

Overfishing, development and pollution have all contributed to the reef’s decline, but climate change is its biggest threat. UN targets must be met to stop ocean acidification...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING IN THE U.S. NOW, FEDERAL REPORT SAYS — IN CHARTS...

The Climate Science Special Report, part of the National Climate Assessment, was extensively reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences. It was released Nov. 3, 2017, by 13 federal agencies.

 

The National Climate Assessment shows rising global temperatures are having ripple effects across the environment our economy was built on...

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US GOVERNMENT CLIMATE REPORT LOOKS AT HOW THE OCEANS ARE BUFFERING CLIMATE CHANGE...

Bleaching damage on the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Photograph: GREG TORDA/ARC CENTRE CORAL REEF STUDIES HANDOUT/EPA

 

A key chapter of the US Global Change Research Program Report deals with how the oceans are being impacted by human carbon pollution...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING FASTER THAN EXPECTED, AND IT’S MORE EXTREME...

Scientists warned in 2017 that not enough has been done to protect millions of people from an expected increase in dangerous heat waves. Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

 

New research suggests human-caused emissions will lead to bigger impacts on heat and extreme weather, and sooner than the IPCC warned just three years ago...

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THE YEAR'S TOP DEVELOPMENT STORIES: 2017 IN REVIEW...

A health official in the Nigerian town of Dikwa measures the arm circumference of a child as part of a drive to control malnutrition. Photograph: Florian Plaucheur/AFP/Getty Images

 

As Donald Trump cut funding for family planning and people from east Africa to Yemen went hungry, peace finally gained a foothold in Colombia...

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AS SNOW DISAPPEARS, A FAMILY OF DOGSLED RACERS IN WISCONSIN CAN'T AGREE WHY...

Mel Omernick races dogsleds in Wisconsin, but lately the winter races have shifted to dirt tracks as the winter snow becomes less reliable. Credit: Meera Subramanian

 

A father and daughter have been running sled dogs for more than 25 years. It’s easier for them to talk dogs than politics, weather than climate...

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THE MOST IMPORTANT NEW THINGS YOU NOW NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING ON ONE PAGE, AND...

On this single page is the most critical new information you need to know about our escalating global warming...

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CALIFORNIA'S THOMAS FIRE TORCHES RECORD BOOKS, AS 'NORMAL' CLIMATE BURNS AWAY...

The Thomas December 2017 fire is now the largest one in California's record books. Image courtesy of the Ventura County Fire Department

The freakish, "rainy-season" Thomas Fire in California has just burned itself into the record books. On Dec. 22, 2017 it officially became the state's largest recorded wildfire, having already burned 273,400 acres...

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IT’S NOT THE HEAT. IT’S THE HUMIDITY...

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As climate change progresses, it’s not just warmth that will hurt us. It's the humid heat...

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GLOBAL WARMING MAY INCREASE VOLCANIC ACTIVITY, STUDY SAYS...

‘Ring of fire’ (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

 

Increased volcanic activity is likely to occur as the planet continues to warm from human-induced climate change, a recent study revealed...

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2017: CARBON BRIEF’S END-OF-YEAR REVIEW...

Hurricane Maria and Jose. Elements of this image furnished by NASA. Credit: Irina Dmitrienko / Alamy Stock Photo.

As the year draws to a close, Carbon Brief takes a look at 2017’s top climate and energy stories through the medium of numbers…

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ALGAE GROWTH SPEEDS UP GREENLAND'S MELTING...

Credit: Maria-José Viñas NASA

Warm temperatures help algae proliferate, darkening the ice sheets...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #51...

Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir meets people at a stand of her party set up at the Kringlan shopping mall in Reykjavik on Oct. 25, 2017. Credit: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images

 

Editor's Pick

Iceland's most trusted politician is a feminist environmentalist who is the 'antiTrump'...

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HOW BIG OIL LOST CONTROL OF ITS CLIMATE MISINFORMATION MACHINE...

 

One of the longest and most consequential campaigns against science in modern history is becoming more extreme—and turning against its originators...

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A PROVOCATIVE NEW STUDY SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE WILL MAKE EUROPE’S MIGRANT CRISIS EVEN WORSE...

European Union flags flutter outside the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Dec. 14. (Ralph Orlowski/Reuters)

 

A new scientific study published Thursday reawakened a fraught debate over one of the more contested, and potentially devastating, consequences of a warming climate: changing patterns of human migration...

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THE BIGGEST CLIMATE FINDINGS IN 2017...

A massive iceberg calved from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica in July. NASA

As the potential effects of climate change are seen around the world — from starving polar bears to record-breaking storms — interest in climate science is soaring. Scientists are digging into the "how," "why" and "what's next" of global temperatures, melting ice, emission sources and sinks, changing weather patterns, and rising seas...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS DRIVING PEOPLE FROM HOME. SO WHY DON’T THEY COUNT AS REFUGEES?

A shipwrecked migrant in the Mediterranean in November. New research suggests that weather shocks are spurring people to seek asylum in Europe. Credit Alessio Paduano/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

UNITED NATIONS — More than 65 million people are displaced from their homes, the largest number since the Second World War, and nearly 25 million of them are refugees and asylum seekers living outside their own country.

But that number doesn’t include people displaced by climate change...

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THE ENERGY 202: THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY STORIES OF 2017...

Ice floes surround the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean on July 29, 2017. The cutter is the largest icebreaker in the Coast Guard and serves as a platform for scientific research. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

 

In 2017, tens of thousands of people descended upon Washington to protest an administration skeptical of climate change...

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CALIFORNIA CITIES ARE SUING OIL, GAS AND COAL COMPANIES OVER CLIMATE CHANGE...

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SANTA CRUZ (KPIX 5) — The city of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County announced Wednesday the filing of separate lawsuits in state court against 29 oil, gas and coal companies seeking damages related to the companies’ impact on global climate change...

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JAKARTA IS SINKING SO FAST, IT COULD END UP UNDERWATER...

 

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SCIENTISTS JUST PRESENTED A SWEEPING NEW ESTIMATE OF HOW MUCH HUMANS HAVE TRANSFORMED THE PLANET...

A tractor works on a wheat plantation on what had been virgin Amazon rain forest near the Brazilian city of Uruara. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

 

In this age of climate change, we naturally train our attention on all the fossil fuels being combusted for human use — but scientists have long known that what’s happening is also all about the land...

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CLIMATE CHANGE WILL DISPLACE MILLIONS IN COMING DECADES. NATIONS SHOULD PREPARE NOW TO HELP THEM...

Pakistani commuters travel on a flooded street following a heavy rainfall in Karachi, Aug. 31, 2017. AP Photo/Shakil Adil

Wildfires tearing across Southern California have forced thousands of residents to evacuate from their homes. Even more people fled ahead of the hurricanes that slammed into Texas and Florida earlier this year, jamming highways and filling hotels...

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AS PERMAFROST THAWS, WESTERN ALASKA VILLAGE CEMETERIES SINK INTO SWAMPLAND...

As the permafrost thaws, Kongiganak’s cemetery is turning into swampland. (Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK)

 

KONGIGANAK — On a crisp day in September, the village of Kongiganak, or Kong, filed into a little white church and laid Maggie Mary Otto to rest...

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2017 WILL RANK AMONG EARTH'S TOP 5 WARMEST YEARS...

Global average surface temperature anomalies during Nov. 2017. Image: nasa gisstemp

This year will almost certainly rank as one of the planet's top five warmest years on record, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. In fact, the top NASA climate scientist reported Monday that 2017 is likely to be the second-warmest year on record, behind 2016, which in turn displaced 2015 from the top spot...

 

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A YEAR OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN PHOTOS...

An elevated home stands in Pointe a La Hache, Louisiana, on Jan.19, 2017. The state's 7,700-mile shoreline is disappearing at the fastest rate in the U.S. Photographer: Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg

 

From record-breaking wildfires, floods and hurricanes to innovations in energy, transport and agriculture, Bloomberg presents our climate photos of the year...

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OUR SELECTIVE BLINDNESS IS LETHAL TO THE LIVING WORLD...

A hawkmoth collecting nectar. Photograph: Armin Hinterwirth/PA

 

Each generation is normalising the erosion of our environment, and the devastating losses to fragile ecosystems mount up...

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EXTREME WEATHER EXPLICITLY BLAMED ON HUMANS FOR THE FIRST TIME...

 

Vehicles destroyed by California’s wildfires, caused by unusually dry and hot conditions. Scientists now say that some extreme weather would be impossible without climate change.Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty

 

Scientists take the bold step of saying phenomena wouldn’t have happened without global warming...

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CALIFORNIA'S CLIMATE EMERGENCY...

California resident waters a roof as the Thomas Fire approaches the town of La Conchita early Thursday morning. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Getty

 

Fires continue to burn Southern California, and climate scientists have warned us for years that the region was entering a year-round fire regime...

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THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE ISN'T A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT. THE MILITARY SAYS IT IS...

Aircraft carriers berthed at Naval Station Norfolk, a military facility threatened by sea level rise. MC2 Ernest R. Scott/Navy Media Content Service/Corbis/Getty Images

 

The administration’s new National Security Strategy document omits climate risks...

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THE ENERGY 202: NASA AND NOAA ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. THAT'S NOTABLE...

This enhanced infrared satellite image made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Nate in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (NOAA via AP)

 

NASA and NOAA are still talking about climate change. That's notable...

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DISAPPEARING SEA ICE COULD LEAD TO COLLAPSE OF VITAL POLAR FOOD CHAIN...

The Arctic is melting faster than at any time in at least the last 1,500 years

 

Algae on the underside of the ice makes a chemical that has been found throughout the food chain - and it's under threat...

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AP EXCLUSIVE: CLIMATE CHANGE HITS WINTER OLYMPIC PREPARATION...

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SAAS-FEE, Switzerland (AP) — The athletes’ half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world’s highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global warming is threatening their line of work...

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SOME FORESTS AREN'T GROWING BACK AFTER WILDFIRES, RESEARCH FINDS...

The Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire burns in Glacier National Park, Montana in this photo taken July 21, 2015. The new U.S. study counted seedlings at 1,500 forest sites in the Rocky Mountains affected by 52 wildfires in five states in the U.S. Rockies between 1985 and 2015. (Erin Conwell/Reuters)

 

Climate change, frequent fires mean some forests may never be the same...

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SCIENTISTS HAVE BEATEN DOWN THE BEST CLIMATE DENIAL ARGUMENT...

A cloud created by cloud-seeding. Photograph: Hydro Tasmania

 

Clouds don’t act as a climate thermostat, and they’re not going to save us from global warming...

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CALIFORNIA FIRE: RESIDENT SAYS NEIGHBORHOOD LOOKS LIKE 'WAR ZONE'...

 

GENE BLEVINS / Reuters

 

(CNN) Jeannette Frescas was not concerned about the Thomas Fire until the massive blaze reached her neighborhood in Ventura, California...

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ARCTIC REPORT CARD: LOWEST SEA ICE ON RECORD, 2ND WARMEST YEAR...

Older Arctic sea ice is being replaced by thinner, younger ice. NOAA reports that multiyear ice accounts for just 21 percent of the ice cover in 2017. Credit: Thomas Newman/CICS-MD/NOAA

 

Climate scientists say the magnitude and rate of sea ice loss this century is unprecedented in 1,500 years and issue a warning on the impacts of a changing climate...

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THE YEAR IS 2037. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE HURRICANE HITS MIAMI...

Illustration by Joe Magee

 

The climate is warming and the water is rising. In his new book, argues that sea-level rise will reshape our world in ways we can only begin to imagine...

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AUSTRALIA'S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS HIGHEST ON RECORD...

Emissions from transport are at record levels. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

 

Exclusive: Renewable energy and proper climate policy are key to dropping emissions, carbon consultancy chief says...

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