SEA LEVEL RISE: RISK AND RESILIENCE IN COASTAL CITIES...

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Climate change is already causing sea levels worldwide to rise, and we can only expect this trend to continue...

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THERE’S NO OXYGEN LEFT IN THIS CAMPAIGN FOR A SERIOUS DEBATE ABOUT CARBON...

Audience member Ken Bone asked: “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs, while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?”

 

It’s becoming more and more clear what role climate and energy issues are going to play in this presidential campaign — a minor one at best...

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HILLARY AND AL'S CHANGE OF CLIMATE...

On Tuesday, Al Gore will break his silence and help his former rival achieve his onetime dream when he joins Hillary Clinton for a rally. credit: Getty Images

 

Two former rivals come together to defeat global warming and Donald Trump...

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CLIMATE CHANGE BEHIND SURGE IN WESTERN WILDFIRES...

The Erskine Fire spread so quickly in southern California earlier this year that some residents died before they could flee.
Credit: John Upton/Climate Central

 

Western firefighting veterans lamenting a “new normal” amid surging forest fires have received an explanation for the destructiveness they’ve been unable to quell. Rising temperatures are flatly to blame for recent fearsome fire seasons, leading scientists reported Monday...

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KATHARINE HAYHOE, A CLIMATE EXPLAINER WHO STAYS ABOVE THE STORM...

Katharine Hayhoe photographed at Bull Run Park in Centreville, Virginia. “Katharine Hayhoe is a national treasure,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Credit Lexey Swall for The New York Times

 

LUBBOCK, Tex. — A member of Katharine Hayhoe’s church asked her a question after services a couple of weeks ago: “Do you feel our weather is getting more extreme?”

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THREE BIG CLIMATE LIES IN JUST ONE DEBATE...

The second presidential debate was flooded with tension, insults and snide exchanges between Republican nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Published Monday, Oct. 10, 2016)

 

There were three big climate lies in last night's Presidential debate...

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HURRICANE MATTHEW’S DESTRUCTIVE STORM SURGES HINT AT NEW NORMAL...

Waves pound a pier on Pompano Beach, Florida, spurred by Hurricane Matthew. The state is ill-prepared for rising seas, experts warn.Photograph by GASTON DE CARDENAS, AFP, Getty

 

The coastal U.S. is highly vulnerable to rising seas, which are expected to surge in the coming years. Will this storm be a wake-up call?

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ATTENTION ALL FLORIDIAN VOTERS!!! KOCH BROTHERS AND FOSSIL FUEL UTILITIES POISED TO DESTROY ROOF-TOP SOLAR IN FLORIDA...

Endangered species in Florida.

 

For everyone who lives and votes in Florida, it is absolutely critical to understand the ballot initiative called

 Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative, also known as Amendment 1

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CLIMATE CHANGE TREATED AS AFTERTHOUGHT IN SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE...

Hillary Clinton mentioned climate change during the second presidential debate, as part of her answer to a question on the nation's production of energy. Donald Trump did not. The debate moderators did not ask about climate change. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

 

Following the devastation from Hurricane Matthew and a campaign urging moderators to ask a climate question, the issue was again ignored...

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WORLD LEADERS TRY TO BAN ANOTHER GREENHOUSE GAS...

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Eliminating refrigerants known as HFCs could prevent a leap in global warming...

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NEXT ‘RENEWABLE ENERGY’: BURNING FORESTS, IF SENATORS GET THEIR WAY...

Clear-cutting along Highway 30 in Oregon. A bipartisan group of senators wants the government to assume that burning forests to generate electricity does not add carbon dioxide to the air but is instead “carbon neutral.” Credit Leah Nash for The New York Times

 

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan — the central plank in his strategy to combat climate change — is in danger...

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SF BAY ECOSYSTEM COLLAPSING AS RIVERS DIVERTED, SCIENTISTS REPORT...

A barge is anchored at Rock Slough in Brentwood. A study shows a dramatic decrease in river water levels flowing into the bay. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

 

WASHINGTON — Evidence of what scientists are calling the planet’s Sixth Mass Extinction is appearing in San Francisco Bay and its estuary, the largest on the Pacific Coast of North and South America, according to a major new study...

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HURRICANE MATTHEW: HAITI BATTLES CHOLERA OUTBREAK...

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At least 13 people die in latest outbreak of disease as officials warn of a rising death toll after Hurricane Matthew...

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ASK A MACARTHUR ‘GENIUS’: COULD ELUSIVE DEEP-SEA MICROBES HELP FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE?

Victoria Orphan, 2016 MacArthur fellow, at the Kerckhoff Marine Laboratory in Corona Del Mar, Calif.. (John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

 

Victoria Orphan has a problem. The geobiologist wants to understand how tiny microorganisms interact with their physical environment. But the organisms she wants to study are not exactly easy to access: They live on the ocean floor...

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NOW THERE’S A SMOG-SUCKING TOWER THAT TURNS POLLUTION INTO ‘DIAMOND’ RINGS...

(Photo: Zhang Peng/Getty Images)

 

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde’s giant air purifier turns the carbon in particulate matter into luxurious bling...

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IT’S TIME TO BROADEN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE...

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World leaders are gathering this weekend in Kigali, Rwanda to make the biggest climate decision since December’s historic Paris Climate Agreement...

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WEEKLY WRAP: FLYING HIGH ON CARBON OFFSETS...

Aviation is counting on other sectors to deliver carbon cuts (Pic: Flickr/Eric Prado)

 

This week’s top climate politics and policy stories...

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IF YOU CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, YOU CAN’T VOTE FOR GARY JOHNSON...

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For anyone who cares about climate change, I have a simple message: If you’re thinking of casting a protest vote for Gary Johnson, fahgetabowtit...

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EUROPE MUST PREPARE FOR EXTREME WEATHER...

Flood waters sweep across Venice’s Piazza San Marco in 2014. Image: Yitpong via Flickr

 

Cities and towns across Europe are warned to adapt to the battering they face from intense storms as extreme weather events become more frequent...

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GLOBAL ECONOMY COULD 'SELF-DESTRUCT' IF WORLD CARRIES ON BURNING FOSSIL FUELS, LEADING ECONOMIST WARNS...

Despite emissions stalling, around 35 billion tonnes of CO2 from fossil fuels and industry are still being emitted each year PA

 

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern – author of the influential Stern Review on climate change in 2006 – says 'strong investment' in green technologies could finally revive growth in the world economy...

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THE PARIS AGREEMENT OF REFRIGERATION – A BLUFFER’S GUIDE...

HFCs are used in air conditioning (Credit: Flickr/Michael Ivanov)

 

Negotiators meet in Kigali next week to agree a global phase-out of HFCs, which could prevent up to 0.5C of global warming...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS CAUSING EARLIER SPRINGS IN NATIONAL PARKS...

Grinnell Glacier melts in Glacier National Park, Montana. A new report reveals that many national parks are experiencing earlier onsets of spring. Photograph by James Balog, National Geographic

 

Three-quarters of parks surveyed are experiencing warmer weather earlier in the year, which could hurt their ability to manage invasive species...

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BRITISH GOVERNMENT FORCES FRACKING ON SMALL NORTHERN COMMUNITY...

An anti-fracking protestor stands on the top of a vehicle attempting to enter an exploratory drill site in Manchester, England in 2014. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jon Super

 

Locals are outraged after a permit denial is overturned...

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WILL CLIMATE CHANGE SINK THE MEKONG DELTA?

A boat plies a waterway in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Photo by LisArt/Flickr

 

No delta region in the world is more threatened by climate change. Will Vietnam act in time to save it?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE-BASED EMISSION REDUCTION TARGETS...

Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

 

The importance of science-based emissions reduction targets cannot be overstated. Failure to adhere to these targets will augur a climate catastrophe...

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HURRICANE MATTHEW IS SUPER STRONG — BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Hurricane Matthew, October 4 (via NASA)

 

“Category 4 and 5 hurricanes could double or triple in the coming decades,” expert warns...

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HURRICANE MATTHEW’S STRENGTH IS YET ANOTHER CLIMATE CHANGE INDICATOR...

People try to cross the overflowing La Rouyonne river in the commune of Leogane, south of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 5. HECTOR RETAMAL via Getty Images

It’s unusual for a storm like this to hit in October...

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REPUBLICAN ATTORNEYS GENERAL MET SECRETLY WITH EXXON LOBBYISTS TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE INVESTIGATIONS...

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According to a new report by the watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), ExxonMobil sent teams of lobbyists to meet with industry-friendly Republican state attorneys general to help stave off a flurry of investigations about the company’s role in obscuring the link between carbon dioxide and climate change, a cover-up which extends as far back as the 1970’s...

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FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY'S METHANE EMISSIONS FAR HIGHER THAN THOUGHT...

Map showing global methane concentrations in January 2016 at a pressure of 400 hectopascals, or roughly 6km above the surface. Concentrations are higher in the northern hemisphere because both natural- and human-caused sources of methane are more abundant there. Photograph: AIRS/Aqua/Nasa

 

Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas from coal, oil and gas are up to 60% greater than previously estimated, meaning current climate prediction models should be revised, research shows...

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THE WORLD HAS PASSED A DANGEROUS CO2 POLLUTION THRESHOLD, BUT CLIMATE DENIERS STILL PUSH U.S. INACTION...

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011, by Gage Skidmore via Wiki Commons

 

The month of September 2016 marks the first time in human history that CO2 levels in the atmosphere topped 400ppm in all recorded areas. In fact, CO2 levels have not been that high since dinosaurs ruled the earth. And that’s not even the bad news...

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NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT RAINS, MEGADROUGHTS ARE 'VIRTUALLY CERTAIN' DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE...

A wildfire smolders over drought-stricken California, Aug. 18, 2016.

 

The U.S. Southwest is almost guaranteed to suffer scorching, decades-long "megadroughts" if the world continues producing greenhouse gas emissions at its current pace, a new study warns...

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AS CITIES GET WARMER, THEIR TREES LOSE SOME OF THEIR ABILITY TO TAKE CARBON OUT OF THE ATMOSPHERE...

New research finds that urban warming reduces growth and photosynthesis in city trees by 12% per year. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

 

All hail the urban tree!!!

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UN AVIATION PACT WILL NOT BE ALIGNED WITH PARIS CLIMATE GOALS...

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Mention of the 1.5C and 2C global warming thresholds has been stripped from the latest text at Montreal talks...

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BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR THE PARIS AGREEMENT...

 

On October 5, 2016, 11 major corporations based or operating in the United States voiced support for the Paris Agreement as an expression of the strong governmental leadership needed to smoothly transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future...

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CLIMATE SCIENTIST JAMES HANSEN: WE AREN’T DOING NEARLY ENOUGH TO SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE...

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Former NASA scientist James Hansen has another dire warning for the world...

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GLOBAL WARMING COULD KILL OFF ‘GOOD BACTERIA’, EXPOSING AN ‘ACHILLES’ HEEL’ IN THE ECOSYSTEM...

Global warming could stop southern green stinkbugs from reaching sexual maturity by affecting the 'friendly bacteria' in their gut Didier Descouens via Wikipedia

 

Rising temperatures may be too much for bacteria that form a mutually beneficial relationship with many animals...

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INVASIVE INSECTS CAUSE TENS OF BILLIONS IN DAMAGE: STUDY SAYS...

Damage in millions of dollars per year caused by the five most destructive invasive insect species.

 

PARIS - Invasive insects cause at least $77 billion (69 billion euros) in damage every year, according to a study released Tuesday that says this figure is "grossly underestimated" because it covers only a fraction of the globe...

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POLL FINDS VAST GAPS IN US CLIMATE VIEWS...

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Washington - The American public is sharply divided on the issue of climate change, with liberals far more likely than conservatives to trust scientists on the science of global warming, a poll said on Tuesday...

 

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THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT IS ENTERING INTO FORCE. NOW COMES THE HARD PART...

 

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify the Paris climate accord, a move that will make the sweeping international agreement a legal reality long before even those who negotiated it expected...

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DISAPPEARING YOSEMITE GLACIER BECOMES SYMBOL OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

When naturalist John Muir explored Lyell Glacier in Yosemite National Park about 150 years ago, the river of ice stretched as far as 10 football fields between the peaks of the Lyell Canyon, a glacier one might expect to see in Alaska, not California...


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ONCE-SUPER TYPHOON CHABA KILLS AT LEAST 5 AFTER LASHING SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN...

Satellite image showing Chaba near the Ryukyu Islands.

 

Once-Super Typhoon Chaba lashed South Korea and Japan early this week...

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THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HEAD INLAND TO ESCAPE HURRICANE MATTHEW...

 

 

Thousands of Americans headed for higher ground Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew barreled toward the Florida and South Carolina coast and the death toll from the monster storm climbed to at least 25...

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CLIMATE: CATHOLIC GROUPS DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS...

Global warming is driven mainly by the burning of fossil fuels, which has raised average global surface temperatures by one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) over the last century and a half (AFP Photo/Money Sharma)

 

Paris (AFP) - Seven Catholic organizations on four continents announced in a joint communique Tuesday their divestment from fossil fuel companies in order to help curb the threat of global warming...

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WHAT'S AT STAKE FOR THE CLIMATE IN THE 2016 ELECTION? EVERYTHING...

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The choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump holds U.S. climate policy, and the Paris agreement, in the balance...

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WARM OCEAN 'BLOB' TRIGGERED WORST-EVER TOXIC ALGAE BLOOMS...

The "warm blob," seen in April 2015, squished up against the West Coast. The scale bar is in degrees Celsius (each increment is 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit).Credit: NOAA National Climate Data Center
Blooms of algae along the West Coast of the U.S. in 2015 were bigger and more toxic than ever before, contaminating food webs and closing fisheries from southern California to as far north as British Columbia, in Canada...
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HOW THE EARTH WILL PAY US BACK FOR OUR CARBON EMISSIONS WITH … MORE CARBON EMISSIONS...

A fireman works to extinguish a wildfire on a peatland field in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia. (Tatan Syuflana/AP Photo)

 

The really scary thing about climate change is not that humans will fail to get their emissions under control. The really scary thing is that at some point, the Earth will take over and start adding even more emissions on its own...

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SCENES FROM NEW ENGLAND’S DROUGHT: DRY WELLS, DEAD FISH AND AILING FARMS...

A dead shellfish in the dried-out bed of the Ipswich River, in Ipswich, Mass., Sept. 21, 2016. New England is struggling to cope with a dry spell that climatologists say is not expected to abate before the end of the year.

 

CENTER CONWAY, N.H — The Saco River flows lazily here, from New Hampshire into Maine, ridged with sandy banks and lush forests, luring eager families in canoes and rowdy flotillas of young adults...

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EU GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO RATIFYING PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

Polish environment minister Jan Szyszko (R), European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete (C) and Luxembourg’s environment minister Carole Dieschbourg attend the environment summit in Brussels on 30 September. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

 

EU ministers are expected to ratify the agreement, along with India and Cananda, next week meaning enough countries will have signed up for the deal to come into legal force...

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CAT 4 IN ATLANTIC, CAT 5 IN PACIFIC. DEADLY HURRICANE MATTHEW WREAKS HAVOC IN HAITI, MAY MAKE DIRECT HIT IN U.S.

Cat 4 Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean. credit: NOAA

 

Hurricane Matthew sliced across the southwestern coast of Haiti, near Les Anglais, soon after sunrise on Monday. The eye of the powerful storm spun across the southwestern edge of one of the poorest nation in the Americas, and one of the world's most vulnerable countries to natural disasters...

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UPDATED: US SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS GLACIER NAT'L PARK INSECTS...

Western Glacier Stonefly

 

BILLINGS – U.S. wildlife officials proposed greater protections for two rare insects in Glacier National Park on Monday, saying warmer temperatures caused by climate change are drying up the mountain streams where they live...

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THE OLD SHELL GAME? SHELL’S RIO ROADSHOW: SPRINGBOARD FOR GREEN STARTUPS OR JUST A LOTT OF OILY SPIN?

Children play in Rio de Janeiro’s Santa Marta favela. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

 

Shell is not an obvious champion of sustainable business ideas but, beyond the glitz of an event staged in a Rio favela, and featuring pop stars like Pixie Lott, the oil firm has a chance to show it is serious about renewable energy investment...

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SCIENTISTS STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH MELTING ARCTIC...

Arctic temperatures are rising at twice the global average rate (Pic: Pixabay)

 

UN weather agency warns of rapid changes to the polar ice, at science ministerial summit in Washington DC...

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STUDY: EARTH NOW THE WARMEST IT'S BEEN IN 120,000 YEARS...

An iceberg melts in Kulusuk Bay, eastern Greenland Tuesday, July 17, 2007. The melting of the Greenland ice cap and its effect on the area around Greenland is one of the more immediate effects of climate change. AP

 

WASHINGTON  A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years...

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END CLIMATE SILENCE: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING...

 

Let’s learn from the LGBT movement...

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WORLD'S THIRD LARGEST EMITTER INDIA FORMALLY JOINS PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE, UN SAYS...

Traffic moves as smoke emits from the chimney of a factory on the outskirts of Gauhati, India. AP: Anupam Nath

 

India, the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has formally joined the Paris agreement on tackling climate change, the United Nations said, taking the global pact a step closer to its enactment...

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CLIMATE CHANGE; THE DEBATE WE NEED...

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In Monday’s debate, less than two minutes were spent discussing the biggest existential threat we face as a nation and globe: climate change. Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the Republican nominee doesn’t even believe it exists, even going so far as to call it a “hoax” created by the Chinese. If Donald Trump and the Republican Party won’t acknowledge climate change, then we must bring it to the forefront of the debate ourselves...

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SCIENTISTS “TOO FRIGHTENED” TO TELL TRUTH ON CLIMATE IMPACTS...

Scientists "know" dangerous levels of climate change is happening, but they do not want to alarm people, says Wadhams. "It is bordering on the dishonest" (Pic: Pixabay)

 

Professor Peter Wadhams says peers are failing in their duty, and warns China is planning huge land grabs as warming hits crop production...

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AFTER REVENANT … LEONARDO DICAPRIO STARS AS ECO-WARRIOR IN CLIMATE BATTLE...

Leonardo DiCaprio and President Obama in a scene from Before the Flood. Photograph: Zero Media

 

Obama and the pope feature in documentary, Before the Flood, that hopes to influence presidential election...

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THE PACIFIC BLOB CAUSED AN ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ TOXIC ALGAL BLOOM — AND THERE’S MORE TO COME...

The Pacific warm blob from July 1 to July 31, 2015. (NASA Earth Observatory)

 

Last year, a massive toxic algae bloom swept the West Coast, resulting in record-breaking levels of a potentially deadly brain-damaging chemical and closing fisheries from California to British Columbia. Since then, scientists have been investigating the causes of the event — and now, a group of researchers think they’ve figured out how the event, which they term “unprecedented,” happened...

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HOW THE WEST WAS LOST: RANCHERS DEVASTATED BY FOSSIL FUEL BOOM...

Cows graze on the Turnercrest Ranch near Wright, Wyoming. (Photo: Ed Glazar)

 

Wyoming has reaped billions of dollars from oil drilling and coal mining, but ranchers are losing their water, land, and livelihoods...

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THE BATTLE TO SAVE THE EARTH FROM SCALIA’S GHOST...

CREDIT: AP Photo/Manuel Baice Cenata

 

The Obama administration’s most ambitious effort to fight climate change hangs in the balance...

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PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ENERGY POLICY WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE...

"You are going to like Donald Trump," the Republican nominee told a roomful of fracking supporters last week. Evan Vucci/AP

 

Trump adviser and potential EPA head gives a glimpse into what one aspect of his administration would look like...

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FIVE REASONS WHY THE US AND CHINA JOINING THE PARIS AGREEMENT MATTERS...

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, shake hands as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stands during a climate event at the Ruyi Hall at West Lake State House in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (AP /Carolyn Kaster)

 

The US and China have joined the Paris Agreement. Here’s what it means for the climate...

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EXXON FACES A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND LAWSUIT OVER CLIMATE DECEPTION...

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/LM OTERO, FILE

 

The Conservation Law Foundation wants to take Exxon to court over water pollution in Massachusetts...

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FOUR DIRTY SECRETS OF SO-CALLED CLEAN COAL...

The Jaenschwalde brown coal-fired power plant in Lusatia, near Germany's border with Poland. credit: Lothar M Peter

 

You know what unicorns, the tooth fairy, and clean coal all have in common? They aren’t real...

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WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT REALLY IS ALL ABOUT? PARIS CLIMATE TALKS Q&A...

 

More than 190 nations meeting in Paris in December 2015 reached a landmark agreement to strengthen the global climate effort. The Paris Agreement commits countries to undertake “nationally determined contributions” and establishes mechanisms to hold them accountable and to strengthen ambition in the years ahead...

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CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIALIST MYRON EBELL NAMED AS TRUMP ADVISER AS DEBATE SKIRTS CLIMATE...

 Trump and Clinton face off in first debate Sept 26th 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s energy policy to dig, drill, and frack as much fossil fuel out of the ground as possible only really works by denying two realities...

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CAN RELIGION TRUMP THE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS? MEET THE INTER-FAITH ENVIRONMENTALISTS...

The first ever Faith for Climate meeting at St John's, Waterloo.

 

The role of faith in fighting intolerance, protecting the planet, and trumping Trump...

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NEW TYPE OF #EXXONKNEW LAWSUIT COULD OPEN FLOODGATES FOR MORE CASES...

Exxon sign at an Exxon gas station in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Image: Gene J. Puskar/AP

 

Exxon's climate change-related legal problems are growing by the day...

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AS TRUMP DENIES CLIMATE CHANGE, SCIENTISTS FEAR WE’RE ABOUT TO BLOW PAST THE 2-DEGREE RED LINE...

In this Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump answers a question during the presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

 

A new scientific statement released Thursday — underscoring the urgency of grappling with global warming — presented a sharp contrast with the state of public discussion of the subject in the United States...

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'TRUMP'S PROMISES ARE EMPTY': ENERGY EXPERTS LAY WASTE TO PROPOSALS...

One policy expert at Brookings characterized Trump’s assertion that he would put the coal industry back to work as ‘erroneous and fanciful’. Photograph: David Goldman/AP

 

From making coal great again to ‘cancelling’ the Paris accord, industry analysts say his ideas are farfetched and his talk of climate change as a ‘hoax’ is dangerous...

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MIKE PENCE’S KINDER, GENTLER CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL...

Mike Pence tried to explain around Donald Trump’s climate change denial in an appearance on CNN Tuesday. Mike Segar / Reuters

"Climate change isn’t a hoax! It’s just that we can’t and shouldn’t do anything about it..."

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CLIMATE DATA: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY?

 

A trove of climate data in Asheville, N.C. could drive both innovation and new jobs...

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OH GREAT — SCIENTISTS JUST CONFIRMED A KEY NEW SOURCE OF GREENHOUSE GASES. WATER RESERVOIRS!

This high-resolution animation shows carbon dioxide emitted from fires and megacities over a five day period in June 2006. The model is based on real emission data so that scientists can observe how the greenhouse gas behaves once it has been emitted. (Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

 

Countries around the world are trying to get their greenhouse gas emissions under control — to see them inch down, percentage point by percentage point, from where they stood earlier in the century...

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NASA WARNINGS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE HIT HOME: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER THREATENED BY RISING SEA LEVELS...

An artist's conception showing a possible layout of a commercial rocket and spacecraft positioned at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

 

NASA Is Sinking...

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THE ARCTIC IS MELTING, AND FAST. BUT MAYBE DATA CAN SAVE IT...

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

 

The melting Arctic has become this decade’s Amazon deforestation crisis. There’s no Sting album or fair trade coffee fundraiser, but the world’s attention turns north with each piece of distressing news of the catastrophic polar melt...

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GREENLAND'S RECEDING ICECAP TO EXPOSE TOP-SECRET US NUCLEAR PROJECT...

The lid of Camp Century’s unsealed nuclear fuel vessel, pictured in 1962. Photograph: W Robert Moore/National Geographic/Getty Images

 

Camp Century – part of Project Iceworm – is an underground cold war network that was thought to have been buried forever...

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GLOBAL WARMING TREND WARMS THE U.S. WEST, LEAVES EAST SHIVERING...

Boston's recent snowstorms have been part of a U.S. trend of cold winters in the East, record warm in the West. Credit: Getty Images

 

Weather dichotomy, which leaves two halves of the U.S. in opposite extremes, is a trend tied to climate change, new study says...

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MASSIVE 100 FOOT THICK GLACIER TONGUE COLLAPSES AND COVERS 4 SQUARE MILES WITH ROCK AND ICE...

Himalayan ice cap from space. credit: NASA

 

One of the worlds largest ice avalanches ever recorded has flummoxed glaciologists. The slide contained about 100 million cubic metres of ice and rocks as it roared down a narrow valley killing nine herders and hundreds of sheep and yaks...

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SEA LEVEL RISE IN COASTAL BANGLADESH...

Kukumoni Munda, a resident of Koyra number 6, a coastal hamlet bordering the Sundarbans in southwestern Bangladesh, walks more than half a mile each day to fetch saline drinking water from a pond. "Fresh water costs 10 taka a day. I cannot afford it," she says. Image by Nikita Sampath. Bangladesh, 2016

 

In Koyra number 6, a coastal hamlet bordering the Sundarbans in southwestern Bangladesh, a group of men unload barrels of water from their trawlers—50 drums holding 30 liters each. They announce their arrival by yelling. And word spreads. This is how this village gets their daily drink of water, from a town 15 kilometers (approx. 9 miles) away...

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THE EARTH JUST PASSED A MAJOR CLIMATE MILESTONE...

The Mauna Loa Observatory atmospheric research facility has been measuring atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide since the 1950s. CREDIT: AP Photo/Chris Stewart

 

There’s no going back from this one...

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WE JUST MIGHT HAVE A REAL CLIMATE DEBATE IN THIS ELECTION. THAT’S BAD NEWS FOR TRUMP...

During the first Clinton-Trump presidential debate on Sept. 26, Hillary Clinton accused Trump of believing that "climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese," and Trump interrupted to object. (The Washington Post)

 

Those who closely follow the problem of climate change are used to being disappointed by U.S. political campaigns and elections. After all, here is this massive global problem that, it seems, continually fails to gain major traction. Much of the country still denies it, non-science journalists seem afraid of it, and candidates have often not wanted to touch it. It notoriously did not come up in any of the 2012 presidential debates...

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U.S. ELECTIONS ARE A PIVOTAL MOMENT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY...

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Dean Scott, the senior climate change reporter for Bloomberg, moderated a panel discussion this weekend at the 2016 conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The topic at hand was the upcoming U.S. elections and what it means for climate change policy, particularly if Donald Trump wins the presidency...

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LONGEST HISTORIC TEMPERATURE RECORD STRETCHES BACK 2 MILLION YEARS...

Researchers use tools such as ocean sediment cores, seen here at a German storage facility, to help reconstruct past climates. Carmen Jaspersen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

 

Suggests greenhouse gases may warm planet more than previously thought...

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FEAR OF POLAR VORTEX REPEAT LIFTS U.S. NATGAS FROM DOLDRUMS...

A man is silhouetted against the arctic sea smoke rising off Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

 

Fears that the coming winter will be as brutal as the polar vortex of two years ago has started a scramble in markets for natural gas, driving the primary U.S. heating fuel's price to 16-month highs...

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TRUMP DENIED HE'S A CLIMATE DENIER AT THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, stands with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Image: Evan vucci/AP

 

After being totally ignored during the 2012 presidential debates, climate change was finally addressed on Monday night when Republican nominee Donald Trump squared off in his first debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton...

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TRUMP’S NEW HEAD OF EPA TRANSITION SAID GLOBAL WARMING IS ‘NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT’...

Myron Ebell CREDIT: CEI

 

Myron Ebell has long decried global warming “alarmism”...

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TERNS FOLLOW RECORD WARM TEMPERATURES IN 'SHOCK' MIGRATION TO NORTH OF ALASKA...

A Caspian tern flies over the Sonny Bono Salton Sea national wildlife refuge near Calipatria, California. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

 

Researchers on north-west coast of Alaska startled to discover Caspian terns 1,000 miles farther north than species had been previously recorded...

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A GIANT LAKE THAT SUSTAINS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IS IN DANGER...

A store on Tonle Sap in Cambodia. (Photo: Erica Gies)

 

Dams, overfishing, and pollution threaten Cambodia's Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the world's most productive fisheries...

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THE MADHOUSE EFFECT OF CLIMATE DENIAL...

The Madhouse Effect cover. Photograph: Columbia University Press

 

A new book by Mann and Toles explores climate science and denial with clarity and humor...

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PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL MEET WITH LEONARDO DICAPRIO TO TALK CLIMATE CHANGE...

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Their discussion will be followed by the debut screening of DiCaprio’s National Geographic documentary Before the Flood...

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TOXIC ALGAL BLOOM EXPLODES IN CHESAPEAKE BAY THIS SUMMER...

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WHITE HOUSE, GOOGLE, AMAZON, LAUNCH BIG DATA TOOL TO HELP COMPANIES’ CLIMATE RESILIENCE PLANNING...

 

Big data gives environmental and resource managers an invaluable tool to increase efficiencies and better manage risk...

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RECALCULATING THE CLIMATE MATH...

Illustration by Neil Webb

 

The numbers on global warming are even scarier than we thought...

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SCIENTISTS KNOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS A THREAT. POLITICIANS NEED TO REALIZE IT, TOO...

Scientists agree human activity like burning coal for power has changed the climate. (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File)

 

That's why we and 373 other scientists have written a letter about what's at risk...

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WE JUST LIVED THROUGH THE HOTTEST SUMMER IN RECORDED HISTORY...

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And possibly the hottest in “thousands of years”...

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MEMO TO DEBATE MODERATORS: ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE THIS TIME. A LOT IS RIDING ON IT...

Melina Mara/The Washington Post

 

Donald Trump believes climate science is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to rob America blind, and he vows to try to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord immediately upon being elected president...

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BJØRN LOMBORG CENTRE GOT $640,000 FOR REPORT SAYING LIMITING WARMING RISE TO 2C NOT WORTH IT...

Bjørn Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Centre was paid $640,000 before its Australian program was dropped. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

 

Exclusive: Revealed under freedom of information, cost came before Copenhagen Consensus Centre’s controversial $4m Australian program dropped...

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THE WORLD AGREED TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE, BUT WHAT COMES NEXT?

 

About nine months ago I was sitting in a conference room on the outskirts of Paris, watching more than two hundred countries vote to approve an international agreement to tackle climate change...

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AS DAKOTA ACCESS PROTESTS ESCALATED, OBAMA ADMIN OK’D SAME COMPANY FOR TWO PIPELINES TO MEXICO...

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On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline's owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters...

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