RAPIDLY WARMING MEDITERRANEAN HEADED FOR DESERTIFICATION, STUDY WARNS...

People rush to the beach during heat waves in the Mediterranean region, which will get more extreme as the globe warms. Credit: Getty Images

 

Even with 2 degrees of global warming, the current global goal, desertification would overtake parts of this lush and vibrant region...

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WORLD HAS ENTERED NEW CLIMATE REALITY – UN WEATHER CHIEF...

Global average temperature in 2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, while CO2 concentrations breached 400ppm for the first time. Source: Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center

 

Global average CO2 concentrations breached symbolic milestone of 400ppm for the first time in 2015, while temperatures soared...

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AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION JUST CREATED THE WORLD’S LARGEST PROTECTED MARINE AREA...

One section covered in the new Marine Preserve Agreement is breeding ground for the chinstrap penguin. CREDIT: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

 

It took five years, but a plan to protect a broad swath of the Ross Sea from human activity is now reality...

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WORLD ON TRACK TO LOSE TWO-THIRDS OF WILD ANIMALS BY 2020, MAJOR REPORT WARNS...

A victim of poachers in Kenya: elephants are among the species most impacted by humans, the WWF report found. Photograph: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

 

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact...

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BEFORE THE FLOOD: A MUST-SEE FILM BY LEONARDO DICAPRIO EXPLORES CLIMATE CHANGE RISKS AND SOLUTIONS...

 

Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new feature length climate documentary, premieres on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th at 9pm EST...

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HOW FOSSIL FUEL USE THREATENS KIDS’ HEALTH...

Smokestacks spew emissions that can foster global warming and harm human health. Kids are at highest risk, a new report warns.Tonkovic/iStockPhoto

 

Pollution and climate impacts of burning coal, oil and gas take a high toll, globally, on child health...

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AUSTRALIA EXPERIENCING MORE EXTREME FIRE WEATHER, HOTTER DAYS AS CLIMATE CHANGES...

 

 

Australia is already experiencing an increase in extreme conditions from climate change and more sophisticated modelling is allowing scientists to pinpoint humans' contribution to the wilder weather, the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO said...

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WARMING TRIGGERS EARLY ALGAE BLOOMS, POTENTIAL RIPPLE EFFECTS TO COME...

Researchers studying phytoplankton off Martha's Vineyard. Credit: Sean Whelan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

 

A common type of photoplankton is reproducing earlier, research finds, pointing to wider impacts among marine life...

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10 YEARS ON FROM THE STERN REPORT: A LOW-CARBON FUTURE IS THE 'ONLY ONE AVAILABLE'...

Lord Nicholas Stern: ‘Any attempt to follow high-carbon growth will eventually be self destructive.’ Photograph: Jonathan Nicholson/Getty Images

 

Economist says green development is the only route to global economic growth and points to China leading the world on climate change action...

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'SATURATION POINT:' WILDLIFE POPULATIONS HAVE COLLAPSED SINCE 1970...

Liang Liang enjoys a snack in China. The giant panda is one of the rare species that is thriving and is not longer considered endangered.   (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

 

New report is 'a pretty shocking snapshot of where we are,' says WWF rep...

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TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: U.S. TO UNVEIL PATH TO DECARBONIZE BY 2050 IN MOROCCO...

(Analysis courtesy of Roger Pielke, Jr., based on data from BP Statistical Review.)

 

Oct. 25 — The U.S. will unveil a sweeping plan to decarbonize its economy by 2050 at the Nov. 7–18 climate summit in Morocco, giving other nations a template to draw up their own plans for quickly shifting away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources, the top U.S. climate negotiator said Oct. 25...

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THE CLINTON TEAM STUDIED AND REJECTED THE WRONG CARBON TAX...

Australian carbon tax supporters gather at a 2011 rally in Sydney. CREDIT: AP/Rick Rycroft

 

No, the right carbon tax would not be politically “lethal,” despite what hacked campaign emails say...

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AUSTRALIA'S COAL SEAM GAS EMISSIONS MAY BE VASTLY UNDERESTIMATED – REPORT...

Gas accidentally released directly to the air during extraction or transportation, in what are called ‘fugitive emissions’, could swamp the benefits of gas over coal. Photograph: Reuters

 

Report says industry’s true carbon emissions could easily amount to twice the emissions Australia promised to cut by 2030...

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THE SEAS WILL SAVE US: HOW AN ARMY OF OCEAN FARMERS ARE STARTING AN ECONOMIC REVOLUTION...

Bren Smith

 

I’m a fisherman who dropped out of high school in 1986 at the age of 14. Over my lifetime, I’ve spent many nights in jail. I’m an epileptic. I’m asthmatic. I don’t even know how to swim. This is my story. It’s a story of ecological redemption...

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NORTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF CORAL BLEACHING DAMAGE WORSE, SURVEYS SUGGEST...

Diver Margaux Hein surveys dead branching corals at Day Reef, near Lizard Island. Photo: Greg Torda, ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies

 

Fresh surveys of the Great Barrier Reef six months on from a mass coral bleaching have found large-scale damage north of Cairns, where a growing coral death rate due to heat stress is being exacerbated by disease and predators, scientists say...

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THE METHANE RIDDLE: WHAT IS CAUSING THE RISE IN EMISSIONS?

Methane emissions from rice fields, such as this one in India, have risen in recent years. Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

The cause of the rapid increase in methane emissions since 2007 has puzzled scientists. But new research finds some surprising culprits in the methane surge and shows that fossil-fuel sources have played a much larger role over time than previously estimated...

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SANDY'S LESSONS LOST: JERSEY SHORE REBUILDS IN SEA'S INEVITABLE PATH...

Mario Tama/Getty Images

 

Superstorm Sandy crushed N.J. communities like Toms River, but InsideClimate News and WNYC report that rebuilding has not accounted for rising seas...

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KEEP IT IN THE GROUND: RENEWABLE ENERGY BREAKS NEW RECORDS...

China is expected to build more than twice that global amount in the next five years, driven by its thirst for more electricity capacity, public anxiety over air pollution and the need to fulfil its climate change pledges. Photograph: AP

 

Last year renewable energy accounted for more than half of new power generation worldwide, for the first time...

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THERE ARE NO PEOPLE BACKING FLORIDA’S DECEPTIVE SOLAR AMENDMENT. ONLY CORPORATIONS!

 

Money and misinformation could give Florida utilities a big win in November...

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POPE FRANCIS'S EDICT ON CLIMATE CHANGE HAS FALLEN ON CLOSED EARS, STUDY FINDS...

Knowledge of the pope’s encyclical, called Laudato Si’, did not appear to be linked to higher levels of concern regarding climate change, the study found. Photograph: Bullit Marquez/AP

 

Hailed as a significant call for action, the pope’s encyclical has not had the anticipated rallying effect on public opinion, researchers have found...

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WOO HOO!!! COURT RULES FUTURE CLIMATE PROJECTIONS CAN BE USED TO PROTECT SPECIES NOW...

So cute, so precedent-setting. CREDIT: iStock/AG-ChapelHill

 

A federal court found that animals can be listed as endangered based on climate projections...

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CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENTISTS SEEK TO FIND THE 'TIPPING POINT' OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION AROUND NZ...

Waikato University microbiologist Professor Craig Cary is leading a million-dollar searching for a potential "tipping point" in acidification of coastal ecosystems. Photo / File

 

Kiwi scientists are simulating how New Zealand's coastal environment will respond to potentially disastrous effects of acidification caused by climate change...

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CLIMATE CHANGE WILL CHANGE HOW WE GROW FOOD...

credit: National Geographic

 

The world's leading agriculture organization sounds an urgent alarm as temperatures climb and water use is expected to rise...

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GOVERNMENTS AGREE U.N. STUDY OF TOUGH CLIMATE LIMIT, DESPITE DOUBTS...

A building under construction is seen amidst smog on a polluted day in Shenyang, Liaoning province November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jacky Chen

 

Governments gave the green light on Thursday for a U.N. scientific study on how to meet an ambitious global warming target, despite growing worries by some scientists that the goal may be unrealistic...

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“THE HOTTEST HOLE IN THE WORLD”: ICELAND’S BOLD IDEA FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY...

It’s sort of like this, except waaaaay deep beneath the Earth. (Shutterstock)

 

For Iceland, renewable energy is easy. Almost annoyingly so...

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WE JUST ENTERED AN ALARMING 'NEW ERA' OF GLOBAL WARMING...

The sun sets beyond visitors to Liberty Memorial as the temperature hovers around 100 degrees in Kansas City, Mo. in July, 2016. Image: Charlie Riedel/AP

 

The Earth permanently passed a global warming threshold last year that alarms climate scientists and has profound consequences for everyone alive today — particularly young people looking forward to the future...

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COMMENTARY: A PROMISING PICK FOR UN SECRETARY GENERAL...

António Guterres, credit United States Mission Geneva/flickr

 

The selection of António Guterres as the new United Nations Secretary General is encouraging news for those concerned about the global challenges brought on by climate change...

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IN PERU, THIS YOUNG ACTIVIST IS SPARKING A MOVEMENT FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE...

Credit: Global Greengrants

 

Majandra Rodriguez Acha was 19 when her country erupted in protests over Amazonian oil. The year was 2009, and Peru’s president had just opened the jungle to oil development, ensuring the displacement of thousands of indigenous people. Enraged by the violent clashes she saw on television, Acha attended a protest on her own. The police released tear gas on Acha and the other protesters as they shouted “La selva no se vende, la selva se defiende.” In other words: You don’t sell the jungles, you defend them...

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LEAKED CLINTON EMAILS REVEAL THORNY POLITICS OF CLIMATE ACTION...

Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta speaks to members of the media outside Mrs. Clinton's home in Washington on Oct. 5. The WikiLeaks organization has posted what it said were thousands of emails from Podesta involving the Clinton campaign.  Andrew Harnik/AP

Hillary Clinton's campaign developed a policy plan favoring a new tax on carbon emissions, but later called the idea politically 'lethal,' according to documents made public by WikiLeaks...

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RETRO-ELECTRIC: MAKING PETROL-GUZZLING CARS ECO-FRIENDLY...

A 1966 VW Beetle retrofitted and electrified by Zelectric Motors. Photograph: Zelectric Motors

 

An estimated 30,000 old petrol cars have been given a new lease of life by small businesses and amateurs around the world...

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CARBON DIOXIDE PASSED CRITICAL THRESHOLD IN 2015...

Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide all hit annual record highs in the atmosphere in 2015. It's the first year carbon dioxide reached an annual peak of 400 ppm.

 

 

On Monday, the World Meteorological Organization released another reminder of the planetary predicament we’re in: The earth’s atmosphere permanently passed the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold last year.It’s the first year in human history where carbon dioxide levels have reached the symbolic milestone for an entire year. But it certainly won’t be the last as humans continue to treat the atmosphere as a waste dump for carbon pollution...

 

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MISSED TARGETS: WHEN COMPANIES FAIL TO KEEP THEIR KEY SUSTAINABILITY PROMISES...

After setting very public goals, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water and cutting energy usage, many large corporations are falling behind or missing self-set benchmarks. Photograph: malavoda/flickr

 

Disney, Target, Walmart and 3M are among the companies that have fallen behind on their environmental commitments. But their stumbles haven't received much attention...

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U.S. SENATE COULD BLOCK LANDMARK HFC CLIMATE TREATY...

Negotiators cheered the outcome of Montreal Protocol negotiations dealing with climate-changing HFC pollution as a success.
Credit: Rwanda Ministry of Natural Resources/flickr

 

The jubilation and relief that flowed from United Nations climate talks in Rwanda over the weekend may be short-lived in the U.S., where legal experts say the agreement risks being blocked by Republican senators...

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GLOBAL BIOSPHERE COLLAPSE, THE END OF BEING, UPON US...

Earth is Dying

 

Miraculous nature is being murdered. Everywhere we look inequitable over-consumption is devastating the natural ecosystems that sustain a living Earth. Together we yield to ecological truth – personally embracing a global ecology ethic, and demanding others do so as well – or we all needlessly die at each others’ throats as the global ecological system collapses and being ends...

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INDIA’S SOLAR POWER IS SET TO OUTSHINE COAL...

The vast India One Solar Thermal Power Plant in Rajasthan may be a sign of the future. (Brahma Kumaris via Flickr)

 

BERLIN—India wants to provide its entire population with electricity and lift millions out of poverty, but in order to prevent the world overheating it also needs to switch away from fossil fuels...

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A CHANGING CLIMATE FOR CORAL REEFS...

 The photos show the Lizard Island section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, before and after the recent coral bleaching event. The image on the left shows a healthy, colorful, vibrant reef as of October 2014, while the right shows the same reef full of bleached corals overgrown by seaweeds, as of May 2016.  All images are courtesy of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey.  

 

Tropical coral reefs are magical places, yet if all the world’s reefs were placed together they would occupy a relatively small area—less than half the size of France...

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NEW CLIMATE-FRIENDLIER COOLANT HAS A CATCH: IT’S FLAMMABLE...

Tubes used for testing at Honeywell’s lab in Buffalo. Credit Brendan Bannon for The New York Times

 

LONDON — Rajiv Singh started thinking about how to do his part to fight global warming 15 years ago...

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RESEARCH: WHO’S LOBBYING CONGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

 

To many, political lobbying is seen as a way to advance special interests at the expense of the greater good. So when it comes to lobbying on climate change, the prevailing public view is that most firms lobby against climate regulations — such as those aiming to curb carbon emissions — because greater regulation threatens industry. It’s not hard to see why this might be...

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WHERE TRUMP AND CLINTON STAND ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Scott Olson/Getty; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images; Skye Gould/Business Insider

 

The third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Wednesday night in Las Vegas covered a wide range of issues from abortion to foreign policy to the national debt, but there was one glaring omission — climate change...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS FUELING AMERICA’S WILDFIRES, AND IT’LL ONLY GET WORSE...

Firefighters battling a forest fire near Morgan Hill, California in September. A new study finds climate change has significantly exacerbated wildfires in the Western U.S. since the 1980s. Other human activities, including fire suppression policies and land development, are also fuelling this problem, the researchers say. Associated Press

Climate change has at least doubled the area affected by forest fires in the Western U.S. since the 1980s, a new study finds...

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RENEWABLE ENERGY IS ABOUT TO GET SUPERSIZED...

(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

 

Investors are pouring money into supergrids, which can carry electricity generated by huge but remote wind and solar farms across national borders...

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SUPER TYPHOON WIPES OUT NEARLY EVERY HOME IN THIS PHILIPPINE CITY...

A man takes cover as strong winds and rain topple trees while Typhoon Haima lashes Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, northern Philippines on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016. Bullit Marquez/ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

This is a brutal reminder that global warming — which got next to no mention in the U.S. presidential debate — is very real...

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YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK? RISING SEAS COULD THREATEN $1 BILLION AIR FORCE RADAR SITE...

This Nov. 5, 2015, photo shows a heavy earth mover building a sea wall on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Rising seas are impacting many of the atolls in the group as more coastline disappears and vegetation is washed away. AP Photo/Rob Griffith

 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The U.S. Air Force is spending nearly $1 billion to build a radar installation that will help keep astronauts and satellites safe by tracking pieces of space junk as small as a baseball. That is, if global warming doesn’t get in the way...

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WEEKLY WRAP: OIL PRODUCERS GRAPPLE WITH CLIMATE REALITY...

Oil pump jacks, North Dakota (Pic: Flickr/Geof Wilson)

 

In London, Oslo and Bonn this week, oil producers have been facing the new climate politics...

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UN APPROVES PLANS FOR NEW IPCC GLOBAL WARMING REPORT...

Low-lying coral atolls like the Solomon Islands are vulnerable (Pic: UN Photos)

 

Top climate scientists have just under two years to deliver assessment of dangers and avoiding strategies for warming of 1.5C (but are their numbers to be trusted?)...

 

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DONALD TRUMP IS THE FIRST DEMAGOGUE OF THE ANTHROPOCENE...

Scott Olson / Getty / Iakov Filimonov / Mavrick / Shutterstock / Katie Martin / The Atlantic

 

He won’t be the last...

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Too little too late: UN aviation deal won’t bite till 2030s...

credit: Pixabay

 

Lack of global coverage means new pact to limit aviation pollution will do little to limit carbon growth in 2020s says sustainability chief of one of world’s top airline groups...

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ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF COLLAPSE PITS FISHING AGAINST SCIENCE...

The Larsen B ice shelf collapsed in 2002, exposing 3,250 sq km of new ocean. Photo: Discovering Antarctica

 

British scientists want a fishing moratorium while they study newly open waters, but Russia stands in their way...

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FACTORY FARMS GET BIGGER, POLLUTION GROWS, BUT REGULATORS DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEY ARE...

As massive animals farms continue to get bigger, the EPA has trouble collecting information about where they are, much less how much they pollute. Credit: Wikimedia

 

With the EPA struggling to collect data on these huge farms, understanding their pollution levels is almost impossible...

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FLORIDA BALLOT MEASURE COULD HALT ROOFTOP SOLAR, BUT DO VOTERS KNOW THAT?

Credit: David McNew/Getty Images

 

Amendment 1 is written in pro-solar language, but it is backed by the state's utilities and opponents say it will crush the growth of solar in the Sunshine State...

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CONSEQUENCES OF TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY POLICY FOR MULTI-MILLENNIAL CLIMATE AND SEA-LEVEL CHANGE...

a, Long-term global mean sea-level change for the past 20,000 years (black line) based on palaeo sea level records (black dots with depth uncertainties shown by blue vertical lines)60 and projections for the next 10,000 years for four e…

 

Almost no one seems to be able to place sea level rise, as a consequence of climate change, in its proper scientific context. But if you only learn to properly interpret this one Nature graph you’d be a shiny exception to that rule..!

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LOCAL BANS ON FRACKING HANG IN THE BALANCE IN COLORADO BALLOT FIGHT...

Colorado anti-fracking activists rally in Denver earlier this year, but now face an industry-backed ballot initiative they feel is aimed at stopping citizen drives to oppose fracking. Credit: Wild Earth Guardians, via Flickr

 

Funded largely by the oil and gas industry, Amendment 71 would put big hurdles in Colorado's relatively easy path to changing its state constitution...

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SCIENTISTS FIND 500 U.S. SEABED VENTS OF POWERFUL GREENHOUSE GAS...

A girl throws bread crumbs into the Pacific Ocean during the Tashlich prayer, a Rosh Hashanah ritual to symbolically cast away sins, during the Nashuva Spiritual Community Jewish New Year celebration on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, United States October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

 

Scientists have found 500 seabed vents bubbling methane into the Pacific Ocean off the United States, roughly doubling the number of known U.S. seeps of the powerful greenhouse gas, a study showed on Wednesday...

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HOW LONG HAS GLOBAL WARMING PUSHED BACK THE NEXT NATURAL ICE AGE?

Andrew C. Revkin In Greenland, a caribou skeleton lies before the snout of a glacier. Can humans prevent the ice sheets from advancing?

 

The Next Ice Age and the Anthropocene...

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COMMENTARY: DEBATES PITCH CLIMATE CHANGE SHUTOUT...

3rd Presidential debate. UNLV Las Vegas Nevada. AP/David Goldman

 

A few decades from now, when the realities of climate change have hushed even the loudest, densest deniers, we may look back on October 2016 as the month political journalism died...

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9 CITIES TO LIVE IN IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

A satellite image of the Arctic. Scientists say some cities will remain relatively safe places to live even as climate change causes sea levels to rise. NASA

 

It’s hard to imagine that any city in North America will escape the effects of climate change within the next 25 years. But some will be better positioned than others to escape the brunt of “drought, wildfire, extreme heat, extreme precipitation, extreme weather and hurricanes.”

 

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EXXON BOSS: CLIMATE CHANGE IS ‘REAL’ AND ‘SERIOUS’...

ExxonMobil Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson. CREDIT: AP/Evan Vucci

 

The company is accused of ignoring its own climate change science for years...

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TRUMP'S VIEWS ON SCIENCE ARE SHOCKINGLY IGNORANT...

Credit: Steve Brodner

 

His statements show a disregard for science that is alarming in a candidate for high office...

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THE WEST IS BURNING, AND CLIMATE CHANGE IS PARTLY TO BLAME...

Wildfires have been getting bigger and more intense in recent years, and climate change is a big part of the reason why.Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images

 

So far this year, wildfires have scorched nearly 5 million acres in the U.S. That sounds like a lot, but compared to 2015, the season has been downright tame. Last year at this time, more than 9 million acres had already burned, and by the end of the year, that number would rise to more than 10 million — the most on record...

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INDONESIA'S PARLIAMENT RATIFIES PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE DEAL...

Haze caused by vehicle emissions hangs over Jakarta's skyline. Bay Ismoyo, AFP/File

 

Indonesia's parliament ratified the Paris climate change agreement on Wednesday, obligating one of the world's biggest polluters to limit its carbon emissions...

 

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CAN HUMANS GO FROM UNINTENDED GLOBAL WARMING TO CLIMATE BY DESIGN?

 

Geoengineering is in the wind more and more these days, particularly the use of sun-blocking aerosols as a cheap, temporary counterweight to greenhouse-gas-driven global warming...

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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH PROFESSOR TIM GARRETT SAYS CONSERVATION IS FUTILE...

 

Although he continues to ride a bike or bus to work, line-dry family clothing and use a push lawn mower, University of Utah professor Tim Garrett believes humans can't really affect climate change...

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CLIMATE CLIPS FROM 1912...

Claim: A 14 August 1912 article from a New Zealand newspaper contains a brief story about how burning coal might produce future warming by adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

 

A newspaper clipping from 1912 that anticipates the global warming potential of burning coal is authentic and consistent with the history of climate science...

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WEALTHY COUNTRIES DOING ‘NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH’ TO HELP POOREST COPE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

A drought in southern Africa affecting 40 million people is just ‘a grim foretaste of just the kind of suffering and hunger we are going to see in the years ahead’ unless poor countries get more help...

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LETTER FROM GREENLAND: GREENLAND IS MELTING...

When water accumulates on the surface of an ice sheet, more sunlight gets absorbed, which results in more melt, in a cycle that builds on itself. This year’s melt season began so early that many scientists couldn’t believe the data they were seeing. Photograph by Daniel Beltrá

 

The shrinking of the country’s ice sheet is triggering feedback loops that accelerate the global crisis. The floodgates may already be open...

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IN A SHOCK TO NO ONE, SEPTEMBER WAS WARMEST SUCH MONTH ON RECORD...

Global average surface temperature anomalies for Sept. 2016. Image: NASA GISS

 

The planet's hot streak is crawling to a temporary end, but it's not over quite yet. September was the hottest such month on record, according to NASA, coming in at 0.91 degrees Celsius, or 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above average. This marks nearly a year straight of record heat, according to NASA, with 11 of the past 12 months ranking as the warmest on record...

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STOP WAITING FOR A BIG BREAKTHROUGH ON CLIMATE CHANGE. THIS IS WHAT WE’LL GET INSTEAD...

The balsa wood man approves. (Shutterstock)

 

Global warming can sometimes feel like this big, hopelessly intractable problem that no one’s doing much about. But the first two weeks of October have seen a genuinely impressive barrage of climate action around the world...

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SCIENTISTS ACCIDENTALLY DISCOVER EFFICIENT PROCESS TO TURN CO2 INTO ETHANOL...

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WHY WORLD'S CLIMATE RESPONSE 'WILL BE WON OR LOST IN CITIES'...

A Metrocable to transport residents of hillside slums is one project that has helped transform the city of in Medellin, Colombia. A core goal for the UN's Habitat III conference in Ecuador this week is for the world's cities to improve the environment together with improving lives of impoverished residents. Sara Miller Llana/The Christian Science Monitor/File

In Quito, Ecuador, a UN conference on cities reveals global momentum to seek lower-carbon urban living patterns. But blending emission cuts with economic growth is a daunting challenge, especially in the Global South...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE TRIGGERS EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS AND VOLCANOES...

A tsunami floods over a breakwater in the city of Miyako, Japan, following a powerful earthquake in March 2011. Photograph: Tomohiko Kano/AP

 

Global warming may not only be causing more destructive hurricanes, it could also be shaking the ground beneath our feet...

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CLIMATE CHANGE COULD PUSH 100M INTO EXTREME POVERTY...

Slumdwellers often tolerate flood risk in order to access jobs, schools and healthcare, the World Bank found (Flickr/Shabbir Siraj)

 

World Bank warns of human impact by 2030 if development doesn’t protect the most vulnerable from extreme weather...

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MOST FARMERS STILL DOUBT THEY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE...

Floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew surround homes in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Wednesday. The flooding has had a huge impact on the agriculture-heavy state. Credit: Chuck Burton/AP

Devastation from extreme weather events like Hurricane Matthew isn’t changing their minds, either...

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WHAT AN ANCIENT COMET COLLISION TEACHES US ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING...

This rock, heated by cosmic crash 56 million years ago that set off massive global warming, may hold clues for understanding present climate change. Rensselaer Polytechnic/AP

A comet impact 56 million years ago on Earth contributed to global warming, say scientists after studying tiny glass spheres, or microtektites, found in ancient sediment from a period of massive climate change...

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DEVASTATING HURRICANES COULD BE NEW YORK’S NEW NORM...

Damage in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York, where the historic boardwalk was washed away during Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 31, 2012. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

 

Researchers predict that Sandy-like superstorms could hit the region 17 times more often by 2100...

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WE CANNOT BREATHE:' A POOR ALABAMA TOWN HAS LIVED WITH THE ROTTEN EGG STENCH OF GAS FOR 8 YEARS...

Markell Williams, 11, has been hospitalized five times this year for seizures, which his mother believes are linked to a chemical spill near his hometown of Eight Mile, Ala. (Meggan Haller / For The Times)

 

When methane started leaking out of a well at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility outside Los Angeles last October, noxious fumes blanketed the nearby Porter Ranch neighborhood for months. Residents complained of nausea, nosebleeds and vomiting; more than 8,000 families were forced out of their homes by the stench of the chemical odorant added to natural gas to help detect leaks...

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ANTARCTICA: SCIENCE AT THE END OF THE EARTH...

Professor Craig Cary

 

With global models drawing an ever-clearer picture of unchecked warming, there has never been a more urgent time to answer the big questions about climate change's vast, frozen elephant in the room: Antarctica. As top Kiwi scientists fly south for New Zealand's 60th research season on the ice, science reporter Jamie Morton takes a look at some of the fascinating studies planned for this summer...

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FIVE OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS...

 

These five megatrends present major global threats for planet Earth - problems that must be solved if the world is to remain a supportive habitat for humans and other species. DW looks at causes and possible solutions...

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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF IS NOT ACTUALLY DEAD...

 

(CNN)There is a big difference between dead and dying...

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COUNTRIES REACH LANDMARK DEAL TO LIMIT GLOBAL WARMING FROM AIR CONDITIONERS...

Nations reach deal to reduce HFCs  credit: AP

 

The move on HFCs is a significant step in international efforts to fight global warming...

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THE WEST COAST’S LARGEST ESTUARY IS BEING STARVED OF WATER...

(Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

 

A report warns the decades-long diversion of rivers that feed San Francisco Bay has put the vital ecosystem on the verge of collapse...

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KIDS AND ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THESE 9 STATES SPEND A SCARY AMOUNT OF TIME NEAR FRACKING...

Fracking takes place too close to communities, activists and health reports say. CREDIT: AP Photo/David Zalubowski

 

New report shows that 650,000 children nationwide spend their days within a mile of an oil or gas fracking operation...

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GERMANY WANTS TO BAN FOSSIL-FUEL-POWERED CARS...

Cars drive in heavy traffic on the Autobahn A3 near Ratingen, Germany. (Photo: Patrik Stollarz/Getty Images)

 

The nation’s parliament is calling for the elimination of the internal combustion engine by 2030...

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WITHOUT HUMAN-MADE CLIMATE CHANGE, U.S. FOREST FIRES WOULD BE HALF THE SIZE...

A firefighter battles the Trinity Ridge Fire in the Boise National Forest near Featherville, Idaho, in this U.S. Forest Service handout photo dated August 19, 2012. A new study says man-made climate change has expanded forest fires in this state and across the western U.S. Photo by Kari Greer/REUTERS/US Forest Service/Handout

 

Human-made climate change is, by its nature, difficult for the average person to witness. Even if you lived for a century, you may not physically notice two extra degrees of warmth or have the capacity to monitor sea-level rise as it creeps, inch by inch, up a beach. The margins are too small...

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TELL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MODERATOR CHRIS WALLACE TO BREAK THE CLIMATE SILENCE...

 

The View from North Carolina...

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PLAN FOR EVERY HOUSE TO HAVE CAR CHARGING POINT...

Electric cars are considered a crucial component in strategies to reduce emissions and improve air quality. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

 

Plans for every new or refurbished house in Europe to be equipped with an electric vehicle recharging point have been announced under a draft EU directive expected to come into effect by 2019...

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HOSPITALS COPE WITH LOST POWER, CONTAMINATED WATER IN MATTHEW’S WAKE...

Many medical workers have lost homes in the flooding around Robeson County, according to Southeastern Health CEO Joann Anderson. Photo credit: Press office, Gov. Pat McCrory

 

Hospitals throughout the eastern part of North Carolina have been affected, but none more than Southeastern Regional in Lumberton...

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OBITUARY: GREAT BARRIER REEF (25 MILLION BC-2016)

For most of its life, the reef was the world’s largest living structure, and the only one visible from space.    Illustration: Andrew Holder

 

Climate change and ocean acidification have killed off one of the most spectacular features on the planet...

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A COLLAPSE IN ARCTIC SEA ICE VOLUME SPELLS DISASTER FOR THE REST OF THE PLANET...

A still from the newest version of a video explaining how much Arctic sea ice has been lost in the past decades.

 

Global warming drives a stunning collapse in sea ice volume...

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WE’RE PLACING FAR TOO MUCH HOPE IN PULLING CARBON DIOXIDE OUT OF THE AIR, SCIENTISTS WARN...

In this July 1, 2013 photo, smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal-burning power plant in Colstrip, Mont. (Matthew Brown/Associated Press)

 

In the past decade, an ambitious — but still mostly hypothetical — technological strategy for meeting our global climate goals has grown prominent in scientific discussions. Known as “negative emissions,” the idea is to remove carbon dioxide from the air using various technological means, a method that could theoretically buy the world more time when it comes to reducing our overall greenhouse-gas emissions...

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A DISAPPEARING HOME IN A WARMING WORLD...

Buildings on a snowy hill in Fort Good Hope. mattcatpurple

 

Arctic life in the time of globalization and climate change...

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HOW TO REDUCE RISKS FROM MEGA-STORMS?

 

Climate change is increasing storm frequency and intensity, while sea level rise has made storm surge more dangerous. What solutions exist for reducing the risk of disaster? Hurricane Matthew provides recent lessons...

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THIS IS HOW YOU CREATE A RECORD-BREAKING HURRICANE...

A satellite image from October 2015 shows Hurricane Patricia (L) as it approaches the coastline of Mexico from the Eastern Pacific.  (EPA/NOAA)

 

It may very well be the strongest hurricane, for wind speeds, that human beings have ever been able to measure...

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N.Y.'S QUEST TO TURN DAUNTING DATA INTO AN 'ENERGY INTERNET'...

Data-heavy smart meters have forced utilities to consider ways to better serve customers with such data. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

Two little boxes vex Andy Frank: "username" and "password"...

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HOW GOOGLE IS USING BIG DATA TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT...

Kate Brandt speaking at the 2016 SXSW Eco conference in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Diego Donamaria

 

Google’s sustainability officer Kate Brandt outlines the company’s wide-range interest in sustainable fishing, green buildings and renewable energy...

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NORTH CAROLINA FLOODING IS SO SEVERE THAT RESCUERS NEED SONAR TO LOCATE CARS, VICTIMS...

A man holds onto a yield sign after trying to swim out to help a truck driver who was stranded in floodwater from Hurricane Matthew in Hope Mills, N.C.,  Oct. 9, 2016. Image: Mike Spencer/AP

 

Flooding is worsening in parts of North Carolina, as water that fell in inland parts of the state and neighboring Virginia slowly pushes southeastward toward the Atlantic Ocean. More than 1,000 people still need rescuing as rivers crest at their highest recorded levels in multiple locations...

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GREENLAND IS MELTING FROM ABOVE AND FROM BELOW — AND SCIENTISTS SAY THEY’RE CONNECTED...

A crew sets out to retrieve a measurement device in a Greenland fjord and passes by a small hanging glacier on its side wall that is unleashing a stream of water into the ocean. (Dustin Carroll)

 

There were no scientists around circa 11,000 years ago, when the great Laurentide Ice Sheet, which once covered much of present day North America, began to collapse in numerous stages and eventually dwindled into a collection of much smaller ice caps across Alaska and Canada, raising seas by tens of feet. So no one could observe all of the processes that, as the Northern Hemisphere warmed, led to its undoing...

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CLINTON DEDICATES AN ENTIRE SPEECH TO CLIMATE CHANGE...

Attendees walk past a portrait of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as they arrive for a rally in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

 

After two debates miss the mark, Clinton takes talk on climate into her own hands...

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FOSSIL FUEL PRODUCTION EMITS MORE METHANE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT, NOAA SAYS...

An oil drilling rig is seen in North Dakota. Estimates of global emissions of methane, a global warming gas more potent than carbon dioxide, from fossil fuel industry activities have been underestimated by global databases, according to a new analysis. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

 

The exhaustive global study found emissions from oil, gas and coal sites are between 20 and 60 percent higher than many earlier estimates...

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EMERGING CLIMATE ACCORD COULD PUSH A/C OUT OF SWELTERING INDIA’S REACH...

Air-conditioning units in New Delhi. Credit Roberto Schmidt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

DELHI — A thrill goes down Lane 12, C Block, Kamalpur every time another working-class family brings home its first air-conditioner. Switched on for a few hours, usually to cool a room where the whole family sleeps, it transforms life in this suffocating concrete labyrinth where the heat reached 117 degrees in May...

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THE POLITICS OF US: CLIMATE CHANGE...

George Wallace stands on the 240-acre organic farm he has just outside of Fort Collins. Mr. Wallace is active on local water issues, and believes the addressing climate change is of utmost importance. He worries that too many people these days just "vote with their tribe" rather than really looking at an analyzing information. And Wallace thinks that, as the effects of climate change are more widely felt, irrigated-agriculture lands like Colorado's may be of particular importance, since they'll be less susceptible to drought, and that good management of the water in the area is key. credit: Amanda Paulson/The Christian Science Monitor

Understanding Others...

Sixth in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment examines why the partisan divide on climate change has widened in recent years.

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