GLOBAL ATMOSPHERIC CO2 LEVELS HIT RECORD HIGH...

Smoke rises from a power plant in Bottrop, western Germany. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

 

UN warns that drastic action is needed to meet climate targets set in the Paris agreement...

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FEMA HAD A PLAN FOR RESPONDING TO A HURRICANE IN PUERTO RICO — BUT IT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE IT...

Army soldiers pass out food, provided by FEMA, to residents in a neighborhood without grid electricity or running water on Oct. 17, 2017, in San Isidro, Puerto Rico. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

 

The disaster-relief agency, under fire after Hurricane Maria, won’t release the plan, even as a comparable document for Hawaii remains public...

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THE GREAT NUTRIENT COLLAPSE...

Geoff Johnson for POLITICO

 

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention...

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SCIENTISTS SAY CLIMATE CHANGE MAKING WINTER START LATER AND LATER...

This Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo show fall colors beginning to show along Route 209 in Reilly Township, Schuylkill County, Pa. Across the United States, 2017’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. (David McKeown/Republican-Herald via AP) DAVID MCKEOWN

 

Winter is coming ... later. And it’s leaving ever earlier...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #43...

Warming waters are melting the Antarctic ice sheets from below. Photo: APT

 

Editor's Pick:

Coal use must 'pretty much' be gone by 2050 to curb sea-level rise, researchers say...

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WHY HOT WEATHER RECORDS CONTINUE TO TUMBLE WORLDWIDE...

Extreme temperatures in Cordoba, Spain in June 2017. EPA/SALAS

 

It sometimes feels like we get a lot of “record-breaking” weather. Whether it’s a heatwave in Europe or the “Angry Summer” in Australia, the past few years have seen temperature records tumble...

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THIS IS YOUR PLANET ON SEA LEVEL RISE. ANY QUESTIONS?

 

There are moments when your own data stops you dead in your tracks. I had one of those moments a few months ago as we were preparing to release our When Rising Seas Hit Home report...

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THE UNINHABITABLE VILLAGE...

Vikram Singh

 

Hotter temperatures are forcing families in southern India to decide: Try to survive here, or leave?

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RISING SEAS MAY BRING MORE SUPERSTORMS...

Superstorms sow havoc: Repair work on the New York metro in Sandy’s devastating wake. Image: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of NY via Wikimedia Commons

 

Superstorms as severe as Sandy, the monster which swamped New York City in 2012, could become more frequent because of rising sea levels...

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INTERPRETING THE PARIS AGREEMENT’S 1.5C TEMPERATURE LIMIT...

Rueters

 

Long-term temperature limits like 2C or 1.5C above pre-industrial levels have long been used as goalposts for climate change mitigation...

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US WINTER HAS SHRUNK BY MORE THAN ONE MONTH IN 100 YEARS...

Experts say the consequences of the contracting winter season are ‘really negative’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

 

Scientists find that climate change has helped push first frosts later across the country...

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION STUCK BETWEEN TWO GOP SIDES ON ETHANOL and much more news...

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in May. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

 

The Environmental Protection Agency, in its ambitious effort to roll back the previous administration's energy and environmental policies, has had a significant stumble with Republicans lawmakers. On both sides of the ethanol debate...

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IN ANTARCTICA, TWO CRUCIAL GLACIERS ACCELERATE TOWARD THE SEA...

 

Two of the frozen continent’s fastest-moving glaciers are shedding an increasing amount of ice into the Amundsen Sea each year...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE NEW RESEARCH, OCTOBER 16-22, 2017...

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. Each week there are new research papers from all over the world. To illustrate this, the figure above shows the rough study locations of this week's papers (those who express their study location clearly in the abstract or in the title).

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BP AND SHELL PLANNING FOR CATASTROPHIC 5°C GLOBAL WARMING DESPITE PUBLICLY BACKING PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT...

Neither company sets targets to reduce emissions and BP’s total investment in renewable and clean technologies has actually shrunk since 2005, the report said Getty Images

 

Companies are trying to 'have their oil and drink it' by committing to 2°C in public while planning for much higher temperature rises, says shareholder campaign group, ShareAction...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MIGHT BE WORSE THAN WE THINK AFTER SCIENTISTS FIND HUGE MISTAKE IN TEMPERATURE ESTIMATES OF EARTH'S ANCIENT OCEANS...

Climate change might be even worse than we think, according to a new study that is challenging the way we measure ocean temperatures. Pictured is Ceverville Island in Antarctica

 

Climate change might be even worse than we think, according to a new study that is challenging the way we measure ocean temperatures...

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SHIPPING EXECUTIVE: ‘WE HAVE DELIBERATELY MISLED PUBLIC ON CLIMATE’...

Ships wait off the harbour in Singapore (Photo: Deposit Photos)

 

Industry veteran said lobbyists at UN shipping talks were ‘prostitutes employed by our racket to try and put one over on the general public’...

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CLIMATE CHANGE 'CAN'T OVERWHELM US'...

More events such as the Edgecumbe floods are expected as the impacts of climate change hit. Photo: RNZ / Tom Furley

 

New research revealing people's mental and physical health is hit by the effects of climate change shows the need to get ahead of the issue, says the new Climate Change Minister...

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THESE U.S. CITIES ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING AND SEA LEVEL RISE...

Coastal flooding in the US capital, Washington D.C. Image: Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño

 

Research Report by Climate Central...

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SAMANTHA BEE’S HELL HOUSE SCARES A CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER INTO BELIEVING...

TERRIFYING!!! Variety.com

 

Climate change deniers got the fright of their lives during Wednesday’s broadcast of “Full Frontal,” thanks to host Samantha Bee...

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US GOVERNMENT AGENCY ISSUES CLIMATE CHANGE WARNING AS REPORT FINDS NATURAL DISASTERS COST AMERICA $350 BILLION...

At least 40 people are confirmed dead in northern California wildfires and the GAO estimates wildfires like this will cost the US more if climate change is not addressed. David McNew/Getty Images

 

'We simply cannot afford the billions of dollars in additional funding...if we do not take into account the consequences of climate change'...

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The 7 Best Rules for Real Estate and Business Investment in an Escalating Global Warming World

Rueters

In this age of global warming-aggravated extreme weather events, any rational individual or business will not want to invest in real estate in a location that will be regularly (or permanently) disabled by catastrophes like the hurricanes of Harvey, Irma, and Marie, or the wildfires of northern California that just burned over 6,000 structures. The shocking estimated recovery costs of these three hurricanes alone will run from one third to one half trillion dollars...

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GANGES UNDER THREAT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

The river Ganges holds deep religious and ritualistic significance for India's million of Hindus. But climate change is endangering the holy river, reports Jasvinder Sehgal...

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'WE WILL BE TOASTED, ROASTED AND GRILLED': IMF CHIEF SOUNDS CLIMATE CHANGE WARNING...

The ruins of houses destroyed by a wild fire in California. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

 

Christine Lagarde warns of ‘dark future’ if the world fails to take steps to address global warming...

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SCIENTISTS PREDICT NYC COULD SEE BAD FLOODING EVERY 5 YEARS DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING...

Rising sea levels could inundate NYC with destructive flooding similar to when Superstorm Sandy struck in 2012.(Mark Lennihan/AP)

 

NEW YORK — Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new scientific study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy...

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FOOD RUINED BY DROUGHT COULD FEED MORE THAN 80M A DAY, SAYS WORLD BANK...

Drought-damaged corn stalks at a farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, US. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

 

Bank calls for water to be treated as valuable resource as study into impact details lack of water’s devastating lifelong scars on children...

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SEA LEVEL RISE COULD FLOOD 1.9 MILLION U.S. HOMES BY 2100...

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An estimated 1.9 million U.S. homes could be flooded by 2100 if seas rise 6 feet in response to climate change, according to a new analysis by the real estate company Zillow. The affected properties are valued at $916 billion dollars and represent 1.8 percent of the country’s housing stock...

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SEEING GOD’S HAND IN THE DEADLY FLOODS, YET WONDERING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

 White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Credit: Meera Subramanian

 

An evangelical mountain town lost eight people to flooding from an extreme rain storm. Many residents see the Biblical prophecy of the apocalypse, and welcome it...

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OCEAN ACIDIFICATION IS DEADLY THREAT TO MARINE LIFE, FINDS EIGHT-YEAR STUDY...

Scientists haul in samples of seawater in Svalbard, Norway. Greenpeace is working with the German marine research institute to investigate ocean acidification. Photograph: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace

 

Plastic pollution, overfishing, global warming and increased acidification from burning fossil fuels means oceans are increasingly hostile to marine life...

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EPA KEEPS SCIENTISTS FROM SPEAKING ABOUT REPORT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Castle Hill lighthouse overlooking Narragansett Bay. EPA scientists has kept scientists from appearing at an event designed to draw attention to the health of the bay, which is New England's largest estuary. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Environmental Protection Agency has kept three scientists from appearing at an event in Rhode Island about a report that deals in part with climate change...

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PHOENIX'S HEAT IS RISING — AND SO IS THE DANGER...

 

Phoenix's notorious heat is getting worse, ticking upward and sticking around longer as global warming sears the Southwest...

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STILL WAITING FOR FEMA IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA AFTER HURRICANES...

Rachel Roberts with her sons, Troy and Harrison, at their home in Houston. After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, long delays for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have frustrated residents. Credit Scott Dalton for The New York Times

 

HOUSTON — Outside Rachel Roberts’s house, a skeleton sits on a chair next to the driveway, a skeleton child on its lap, an empty cup in its hand and a sign at its feet that reads “Waiting on FEMA”...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #42...

A firefighter holds a water hose while fighting a wildfire Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Image credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez.

 

Editor's Pick: New Fire Danger Threatens to Worsen Most Disastrous Wildfire Season in California History...

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TYPHOON KILLS AT LEAST TWO IN JAPAN, PROMPTS CALL FOR THOUSANDS TO EVACUATE...

 

TOKYO (Reuters) - A typhoon roared towards Japan’s main island on election day on Sunday, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights...

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OP ED: THE WHITE HOUSE SEES ONLY DOLLAR SIGNS IN THE ARCTIC...

A polar bear with her cub in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Credit National Geographic Creative

 

Alaska is “open for business!” With these words, delivered before an appreciative audience of oil producers in Anchorage in May, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reaffirmed the Trump administration’s determination to open Alaska’s fragile environment to commercial exploitation. Here are the particulars of that assault, at least so far:

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CHRISTIAN LEADERS DEMAND IMPLEMENTATION OF PARIS AGREEMENT AHEAD OF CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE...

Participants gather during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 4, 2015.(REUTERS / Stephane Mahe)

 

Christian leaders from various countries have signed a letter demanding action on the Parish Agreement in 2015 as the next phase of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, draws nearer...

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OPINION: SEE IT, SAY IT: CLIMATE CHANGE...


A firefighter works to defend homes from the approaching wildfire in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

 

“NOTHING MORE than ash and bones.” That grim description of how some victims were found underscores the horror of the wildfires that swept through and devastated Northern California...

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IS GLOBAL WARMING SPINNING US OUT OF CONTROL?

Sam Asano

 

I started to write about the Earth and its frequent earthquakes in the last and current century being somewhat related and caused by the “controversial” global warming. In the scientific world, it seems the phenomenon has been recognized as real, and even a global alliance such as Paris Accord had been established to deal with and prevent any further deepening of the trend by attempting to emit carbon dioxide as little as possible...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE ANALOGY 10 - BATHTUBS AND BUDGETS...

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Adding 101 gallons to a 100-gallon bathtub causes it to overflow, even if added slowly...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, OCTOBER 9-15, 2017...

The figure is from paper #79.

 

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

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E.P.A. SCRUBS A CLIMATE WEBSITE OF ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’...

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WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has removed dozens of online resources dedicated to helping local governments address climate change, part of an apparent effort by the agency to play down the threat of global warming...

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WEATHERWATCH: OPHELIA'S ARRIVAL HINTS AT A NEW VULNERABILITY FOR EUROPE...

Large trees toppled in Cork, Ireland, this week after Hurricane Ophelia - recorded as the most northerly hurricane since 1939 – blew through as a violent storm. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

 

An off-the-charts hurricane that tracked to Ireland points to climate change pushing ‘tropical oceans’ northward and putting the continent in the firing line...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING DIGEST #41

Firefighters from Compton put a scratch and wet line around a fire on Lovall Valley Road in Somona, Saturday, Oct 14, 2017. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat) 2017

 

Story of the Week...

Firefight in Sonoma County reaches second week as flames force thousands to evacuate...

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PUERTO RICANS ASK: WHEN WILL THE LIGHTS COME BACK ON?

One month after Hurricane Maria, experts say poor planning, logistical nightmares and dire financial straits are to blame for the slow response to Puerto Rico's major power outage.By DEBORAH ACOSTA, NATALIE RENEAU and ROBIN STEIN on Publish Date October 20, 2017. Photo by Deborah Acosta/The New York Times.

 

Javier Hernández Saurí, a lineman who works for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, is concerned about the lack of crews and materials on the island. Credit Deborah Acosta/The New York Times

 

CAGUAS, P.R. — Luis Rodríguez looked at the huge concrete power pole in his front yard, resting on his daughter’s Chevrolet and blocking the tow truck he drives to make a living, and wondered: When is help coming?

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RICH COUNTRIES MUST PROVIDE FUNDS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE VICTIMS...

Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

 

UN talks on loss and damage are failing to deliver for vulnerable communities. After a devastating hurricane season, the developed world must step up...

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HURRICANE IRMA’S OVERLOOKED VICTIMS: MIGRANT FARM WORKERS LIVING AT THE EDGE...

A line of residents of the rural migrant farm worker town of Immokalee, Florida, waited for emergency donations of food and supplies brought in by a volunteer group from Georgia. Hurricane Irma damaged homes, flooded their community and wiped out jobs they rely on. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

 

Jobs, homes and lives are at risk when extreme weather strikes the communities that grow America's food...

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PUERTO RICO: HURRICANE MARIA LAID BARE EXISTING 'INEQUALITIES AND INJUSTICES'...

People use a rope line to cross Puerto Rico's San Lorenzo de Morovis river to deliver food and supplies to relatives. Flooding from Hurricane Maria destroyed the bridge. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images

 

People in poor communities hit hard by the hurricane are rationing their food, water and propane, and hospitals are trying to operate on shaky power supplies.

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PUERTO RICO'S ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE...

The flooded exterior of the paper mill and proposed incinerator site in Arecibo, Puerto Rico Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic

 

Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences. Can it build a sustainable future?

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EL NIÑO’S WARNING: SATELLITE SHOWS HOW FOREST CO2 EMISSIONS CAN SKYROCKET...

The Amazon and the tropical forests of Africa and Indonesia each responded to 2015's high temperatures in a way that played a role in rising carbon dioxide emissions. Credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT

 

NASA data collected in 2015, an exceptionally warm year, raises more concerns about spiraling global warming feedback...

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WILL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SOON HAVE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S CLIMATE?

Firefighters work to control a blaze in Sonoma County, California, last week. Jim Urquhart / Reuters
The Napa Valley wildfires are eerily similar to those that often flare up near Los Angeles...
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FOREST FIRE CLIMATE REFUGEES? AS FIRES MOVE ON, WINE COUNTRY WONDERS WHETHER IMMIGRANTS WILL, TOO...

Cameron Mauritson, who supplies 60 wineries in Sonoma County, Calif., overseeing the harvest on Monday. Losing immigrant labor would be “catastrophic to our economy,” he said. Credit Bryan Meltz for The New York Times

 

Many of the foreign-born workers the region depends on are undocumented and do not qualify for most disaster aid. They may struggle to find affordable housing.

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AMERICA’S CLIMATE REFUGEES HAVE BEEN ABANDONED BY TRUMP...

President Donald Trump visits Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Evan Vucci/AP

 

The Obama administration was slowly working on a plan to deal with the problem. The Trump administration isn’t interested...

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NYT OPINION: THE TRUMP DOCTRINE...

President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

 

Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the “Trump Doctrine.” It’s very simple. And, as you’d expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, President Trump’s position is: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it”...

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PUBLIC INDIFFERENT TO CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS, SAYS SURVEY...

AFP/Getty Images

 

This report gives the background to this headline. I am inclined to agree with commenter, jeandemeung, who writes of the Paris agreement to limit CO2 emissions:

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RETURN OF 'OCEAN CHIMNEY' THE SIZE OF TASMANIA PUZZLES ANTARCTIC SCIENTISTS...

The polynya is located east of the Antarctic Peninsula, and even resembles an Orca. Photo: SCAR Atlas

 

A rare hole the size of Tasmania has opened up in the sea ice off Antarctica, enthralling scientists keen to understand its cause and the possible role of climate change in its formation...

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REGREENING THE PLANET COULD CUT AS MUCH CARBON AS HALTING OIL USE – REPORT...

Planting trees is one of the best ways to harness the power of nature to cut carbon emissions, says study. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

 

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study...

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NEED MORE EVIDENCE OF GLOBAL WEIRDING? THE TREES ARE HEADING WEST...

 

Crumb Cakes Deviant Art

Need more evidence that the world is getting really weird? Trees on the East Coast of the U.S. might be migrating west...

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AMAZON'S NEW HEADQUARTERS LOCATION SELECTION CRITERIA?

Inhabit.com

 

It is been all over the news lately that Amazon is looking for a new headquarters for as many as 50,000 of its new and old employees. In this effort, Jeff Bezos and the Amazon location selection team deserve the highest kudos for their farsightedness and brilliance...

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ARE WE IN FOR AN UNBREAKABLE CYCLE OF GLOBAL WARMING?

 

Soil heated by global warming could trigger the release of high levels of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. This feedback mechanism may increase global warming effects even more and in the process prompt massive new carbon releases in a cycle that could be hard, if not impossible to break...

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE DEATH TOLL RISES TO 40 AMID CLUSTER OF BLAZES 100 MILES WIDE...

The sun sets through smoke over the remains of homes in the Fountaingrove neighborhood in Santa Rosa. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

 

Three more deaths have been confirmed in the wildfires burning in northern California wine country, which were already the deadliest series of such fires in state history. By Saturday afternoon, the toll had reached 40...

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