WHY AN E.U. WITHOUT BRITAIN IS BAD NEWS FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE...

British Prime Minister David Cameron announces his plan to step down in the fall, following a referendum in which voters decided the country should leave the European Union. (Ben Stansallben/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

It’s not just the upheaval in global financial markets...

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'CATASTROPHIC' CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES COULD ERUPT IN ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ 66 MILLION DEAD TREES...

This June 6, 2016 photo shows patches of dead and dying trees near Cressman, Calif. The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday, June 22, 2016, that the number of trees in California's Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought and a bark beetle epidemic has dramatically increased since last year. Photo: Scott Smith, AP

An estimated 66 million dead trees in a six-county region of Southern California are a tinder box just waiting to be ignited, US officials say...

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OPINION: THE CASE FOR A CHILD-CENTERED ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICY...

Frederica Perera (Credit: Columbia.edu)

Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning...

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BREAKING: AMAZON OIL SPILL PUTS PERUVIAN COMMUNITIES AT RISK...

Children walk along a spur of Peru’s main oil pipeline near the village of Mayuriaga, where a spill in February affected more than 20 communities along the Morona River. Photo by Barbara Fraser.

A new oil spill from the pipeline that carries crude oil from the northern Peruvian Amazon across the Andes Mountains to the Pacific coast has raised fears of yet more pollution of the water and fish on which indigenous villages and riverside communities depend...

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DNC PLATFORM CALLS FOR JUSTICE DEPT. TO INVESTIGATE FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES...

In a drafting session of the Democratic Party's policy platform, supporters of Hillary Clinton brushed off calls by environmental activists for several strong actions to move away from fossil fuels. Credit: REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Platform's authors request federal climate probe into 'allegations of corporate fraud,' while brushing off calls for carbon tax and other strong climate policies...

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THE WORLD’S FIRST SOLAR ROAD IS PRODUCING MORE ENERGY THAN EXPECTED...

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In its first six months of existence, the world’s first solar road is performing even better than developers thought...

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WEST VIRGINIA FLOODING, WORST IN '100 YEARS,' LEAVES AT LEAST 23 DEAD, INCLUDING TWO CHILDREN...

FLOOD EMERGENCY IN RICHWOOD, WV Photo Credit: Jeremy Rose

Some of the worst flooding in West Virginia "in 100 years" has left at least 23 people dead, including two children...

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THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL HAVE SPILLED FROM A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PIPELINE

CREDIT: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

According to the Ventura County fire department, up to 700 barrels of crude oil — some 29,000 gallons — have spilled from a pipeline in southern California...

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PROGRESSIVE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS DISCUSS TREATING EXXON AND BIG OIL LIKE THE 'NEW TOBACCO'...

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Will the liars pay for their sins? More people will die from climate change then tobacco...

 

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FOREST FIRES CAN HEAT UP THE WHOLE PLANET...

The Suomi-NPP satellite captured this image of active fires near Fort McMurray, Canada, in May 2016. Photograph by NASA Earth Observatory

A new NASA study aims to unravel the ways changes in boreal forests affect climate...

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CLIMATE CHANGE COULD BE EVEN WORSE FOR BOSTON THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT...

The consequences of climate change on Boston are expected to be far more calamitous than previous studies have suggested, a new report commissioned by the city says...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS FUELING A RISE IN SHARK ATTACKS...

  Oceanic white-tip sharks, Bahamas, May 2012 Norbert Wu—Getty Images/Minden Pictures RM

It's not because sharks are getting fiercer...

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The Arctic’s pretty but alarming strawberry-pink snow...

(Liane G. Benning/GFZ)

Pink snow was a high-latitude curiosity described by Arctic explorers such as Britain’s John Ross...

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THOUSANDS OF CITIES FROM SIX CONTINENTS JUST AGREED TO WORK ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

CREDIT: Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP

Thousands of cities from six continents united Wednesday to create the largest global coalition committed to battling human-caused climate change and pushing the world into a low-carbon economy...

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26 MILLION TREES DIED IN CALIFORNIA FORESTS IN JUST ONE YEAR...

Sequoia National Park. (Photo: USFS Region 5/Flickr)

The mortality rate is unprecedented and will fuel the state’s fire season...

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THIS IS JUST WRONG! JUDGE RULES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN’T REGULATE FRACKING ON PUBLIC LAND

In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. oil well near Mead, Colo. In the background is a tall canvas wall around the perimeter of the extraction site, which mitigates noise, light and dust coming from the operation during the drilling and completion phase, which generally takes a few weeks. CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Obama administration’s proposed regulations on fracking, on the grounds that the Department of Interior does not have the authority to regulate fracking on federal lands...

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WE ARE POISONING OUR WATER SUPPLIES. FEDERAL COURT KILLS BLM FRACKING RULE...

The Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rule is dead...

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WHY EUROPE’S ENVIRONMENT MIGHT BE BETTER OFF IF BRITAIN LEAVES...

A European, right, and Union flags are displayed outside Europe House, the European Parliament's British offices, in London, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Britain votes whether to stay in the European Union in a referendum on Thursday. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

As Britons head to the voting booth Thursday to consider whether or not to stay in the European Union, some environmentalists are saying that a so-called Brexit vote could pave the way for more fracking in the United Kingdom...

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THIS FAMOUS PIANIST PERFORMED WHILE FLOATING IN THE ARCTIC, AND IT’S HAUNTING...

Ludovico Einaudi, an Italian pianist, composed an arrangement to raise awareness for Arctic preservation for Greenpeace. Watch him play on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean in Norway. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)

Ludovico Einaudi orchestrates floating performance in the Arctic Ocean for Greenpeace...
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IT WILL TAKE YEARS OF WET WEATHER BEFORE CALIFORNIA RECOVERS FROM DROUGHT, STUDY FINDS...

An aerial view of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park in January. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

When forecasters last year warned of a massive El Niño, some Californians held out hope that a single extremely wet year could bust the state’s severe drought...

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GERMAN GOVERNMENT AGREES TO BAN FRACKING INDEFINITELY...

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Germany's coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely on Tuesday, after years of fractious talks over the issue, but environmental groups said the ban did not go far enough and vowed to fight the deal...

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THEY WANT TO USE ARCTIC DRONES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING...

Patrick Edwards-Daugherty, the founder of drone company, Pleiades. Photo from Facebook.

this is #90 of 90 articles from the Special Report: Race Against Climate Change

  A technology more closely associated with geeky hobbyists and the military may be the next weapon in the fight against climate change....

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CALIFORNIA IS ON THE VERGE OF CLOSING ITS LAST NUCLEAR PLANT. IS THAT REALLY A GOOD IDEA?

Aerial view of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant which sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean at Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County, California, on March 17, 2011. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

California’s half-century dalliance with atomic energy could soon be over. On Tuesday, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced its proposal to close Diablo Canyon, the state’s last remaining nuclear power plant, by 2025...

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WITHOUT EMISSIONS CUTS, SUMMER HEAT WILL GET EVEN DEADLIER...

Heat waves, like the one that baked India this year, will become the new normal without emissions cuts, a new study says. Credit: Reuters

New study shows dangerously hot summers will become the norm across much of the globe unless greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced...

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GLOBAL CORAL BLEACHING EVENT TO HIT U.S. HARD, WITH NO END IN SIGHT, SCIENTISTS WARN...

Documenting the dead coral after the bleaching event at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, captured by the XL Catlin Seaview Survey in May 2016. Image: XL Catlin Seaview Survey

The ongoing coral bleaching event that has killed or severely injured reefs from the Great Barrier Reef to Hawaii and the Indian Ocean has set its sights on the U.S. during the rest of 2016 and into next year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)...

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SCIENTIST: FOSSIL FUELS’ TWO-WAY ASSAULT ON CHILDREN’S HEALTH NEEDS TO STOP...

   A CHILDREN'S HEALTH EXPERT, SEEING OUR KIDS IMPERILED BY FOSSIL FUELS AND climate change, calls for a kids-first revamp of energy policies. Credit: World Bank

Fossil fuels represent a two-pronged attack on the health of children, a leading health scientist has warned. To foster health and well-being in future generations, society needs to dramatically decrease dependence on dirty energy...

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95% OF GLACIERS ON TIBETAN PLATEAU RECEDED...

David Breashears/Royal Geographic Society

The Tibetan plateau has seen a rise of 0.3 degrees Celsius in temperature with each passing decade...

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VIETNAM DROUGHT LEAVES ONE MILLION IN URGENT NEED OF FOOD AID - EU...

A farmer burns his dried-up rice on a paddy field stricken by drought in Soc Trang province in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kham

Worst drought in 90 years and seawater intrusion in Mekong River delta destroy fruit, rice and sugar crops...

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PERMAFROST SOIL UNDER NORTH SLOPE LAKES IS ABOUT TO THAW...

Permafrost block of coastal tundra collapsed on Alaska’s Arctic Coast. Courtesy USGS Alaska Science Center.

In northernmost Alaska, permafrost is steadily warming and large amounts of thaw are expected by the end of the century. But for some spots, the thaw is about 70 years ahead of that predicted pace, new research shows...

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TEMPERATURES SET TO TOP 120 DEGREES AS MONSTER HEAT WAVE HITS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA...

Jeremy Albucher, 28, of Los Feliz cools off after playing in a pickup basketball game at North Hollywood Park on Thursday. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

The most severe heat wave so far this year is bearing down in Southern California, with temperatures likely to top 120 degrees...

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PLANET'S RECORD HOT STREAK EXTENDS ANOTHER MONTH AS MAY SETS NEW BENCHMARK...

Global temperature anomalies during May 2016. Image: NASA

Another month, another shattered global temperature record...

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THAT'S RIGHT! NORDIC DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM LEADING THE PACK ONCE AGAIN...

Statoil gas processing and CO2 removal offshore platform near Stavanger, Norway. Photograph: Reuters Staff/Reuters

Norway pledges to become climate neutral by 2030. Parliament approves radical proposal of accelerated emissions cuts and carbon offsetting to achieve climate goal 20 years earlier than planned...

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CONSERVATIVE FUNDERS OF CLIMATE DENIAL ARE QUIETLY SPENDING MILLIONS TO GENERATE MORE PARTISAN JOURNALISM...

Millions of dollars have been pouring into conservative media outlets and student journalism projects from the same groups funding climate science denial, a DeSmog analysis has found...

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ZIKA VIRUS SPREADING RAPIDLY ACROSS PUERTO RICO...

A health worker prepares insecticide before fumigating a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 27, 2016. Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis. Photo by Alvin Baez/Files/Reuters

There are alarming signs the Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday...

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SCIENCE COMMITTEE SEEKS TO SQUASH EXXON INVESTIGATION...

A Republican-led congressional committee sought on Friday to assert oversight over inquiries that about 20 states are making into Exxon Mobil and climate change, reiterating demands to know more about state attorneys general’s consultations with environmental groups...

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WHAT WOULD A GLOBAL WARMING INCREASE OF 1.5 DEGREES BE LIKE?

An Indian woman surveys a dried lake bed following an intense heat wave in Bangalore. Indranil Mukherjee/AF/GettyImages

The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target?

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I WROTE A BOOK THE FRACKING INDUSTRY DOESN'T WANT YOU TO READ...

Fracking protest; photo credit: © Jacques-Jean Tiziou

Wenonah Hauter reflects on her new book, Frackopoly.

 

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EXXON SUES A SECOND ATTORNEY GENERAL TO FIGHT OFF CLIMATE FRAUD PROBE...

"The First Amendment does not protect false and misleading statements in the marketplace," the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (pictured here) said in response to Exxon's June 15 lawsuit. Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

The company asks a federal court in Texas to block the investigation by Massachusetts prosecutors, citing its constitutional rights...

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GREENLAND WAS HOTTER THAN NEW YORK CITY LAST WEEK...

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Greenland, the Arctic nation that is basically one huge ice cube, is feeling rather balmy lately...

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CATHOLIC ORDERS TAKE THEIR LEAD FROM THE POPE AND DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS...

A nun reads Pope Francis’s encyclical, a collection of principles to guide Catholic teaching, entitled Laudato Si’, at its official presentation, on 18 June, 2015 at the Vatican. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Four Australian Catholic orders are jointly and publicly divesting from coal, oil and gas: ‘We believe the Gospel asks no less of us’...

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THIS GAS LEAK WAS SO MASSIVE THAT NASA SAW IT FROM SPACE...

Crews work on stopping a gas leak at a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles in December 2015. (Pool photo by Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

The massive Aliso Canyon methane gas leak of late last year was already one for the record books...

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CONGRESS WADES DEEPER INTO THE BATTLE OVER WHETHER EXXON KNEW...

California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris takes questions from the media after being briefed on the Santa Barbara oil spill at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Thursday, June 4, 2015. CREDIT: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Congress is joining the battle over state investigations into whether ExxonMobil lied to the public about climate change...

 

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CO2 levels in atmosphere surpass limit. What now?

A plant in Wyoming burns coal for power. This week, scientists announced that our atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have surpassed the milestone mark of 400ppm. Jim Urquhart/Reuters/File

Carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere have reached 400 parts per million, and there's no going back in our lifetimes, say scientists...

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DISASTERS ARE GETTING WORSE. HOW MUCH ARE WE TO BLAME?

Scientists began searching for human fingerprints on natural disasters in 2003. Our understanding is improving but is still limited. Seen here is damage from record rains over Colorado in 2013. Photo by Army Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault, courtesy of Flickr.

On the one hand, we live in a changing world, and all extreme events are caused by both climate change and nature. On the other, scientists cannot find a human fingerprint in many extreme weather events with great confidence using the techniques they have at hand...

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CLIMATE IMPACTS FROM FARMING ARE GETTING WORSE...

Dairy cows are a major source of methane pollution, which heats the atmosphere faster than carbon dioxide. Credit: John Upton

As signs emerge that the global energy sector is beginning to rein in what once had been unbridled levels of climate-changing pollution, new United Nations figures show pollution from farming is continuing to get worse...

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THE TERRIFYING TRUTH ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

An apocalyptic future is materializing that threatens human civilization and all life on the planet...

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THE ATMOSPHERE HAS HIT A GRIM MILESTONE — AND SCIENTISTS SAY WE’LL NEVER GO BACK ‘WITHIN OUR LIFETIMES’...

NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. (NOAA via AP)

Scientists who measure and forecast the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere said Monday that we may have passed a key turning point...

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CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS IN ATMOSPHERE FORECAST TO SHATTER MILESTONE...

The Met Office forecasts 2016 will see annual CO2 concentrations breach 400 parts per million. To keep below global warming of 2C - the ‘safe’ level - concentrations must be kept below 450ppm. Photograph: OCO-2 /JPL-Caltech/NASA

Scientists warn that global warming target will be overshot within two decades, as annual concentrations of CO2 set to pass 400 parts per million in 2016...

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'ARCTIC AMPLIFICATION' TO BLAME FOR GREENLAND'S ICE MELT, SCIENTISTS SAY...

The fjord of Violin Glacier, with Nord Glacier at the upper left corner, in the east-central region of Greenland, is seen in a photo taken during NASA's IceBridge campaign May 19, 2016. Maria-Jose Vinas/NASA/Handout via Reuters/File

A new study suggests persistent atmospheric conditions as one possible cause behind the ice melt runoff and rising surface temperatures near the northern pole.

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GOVERNMENT PLEDGES $1 BILLION TO SAVE GREAT BARRIER REEF...

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Malcolm Turnbull doubles Labor's previously announced policy.

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GUESS WHAT ELSE CLIMATE CHANGE HURTS? GLOBALIZATION...

Supply chains now crisscross the globe, and most start where it's hottest...

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EU SAYS SEEKS SWIFT RATIFICATION OF PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD...

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SCIENCE, CLIMATE CHANGE AND CONTROVERSY...

The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy, Highland Region, Scotland, highlighted by recent snowfall. (Credit: Richard Crowest/CC BY-SA 3.0)

It’s inevitable: as science progresses, controversy happens. But sometimes, the public sees controversy where none exists. How to remedy that?

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30 YEARS AGO SCIENTISTS WARNED CONGRESS ON GLOBAL WARMING. WHAT THEY SAID SOUNDS EERILY FAMILIAR...

John H. Chafee, the late Republican senator from Rhode Island. He died in 1999. (Ray Lustig/The Washington Post)

It was such a different time — and yet, the message was so similar...

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THE MISTRUST OF SCIENCE...

Photograph by Erik Jacobs/The New York Times/Redux

Bad science has a pattern, and helping people recognize the pattern arms them to come to more scientific beliefs themselves...

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WHODAH THOUGHT? 11 AWE-INSPIRING AFRICAN CITIES THAT ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF URBAN LIVING IN THE FUTURE...

Imagine a futuristic landscape where gleaming silver spires lined with effervescent lights rise like fabricated flowers from a green, expansive plain, stretching up toward the sun...

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A NEW TOOL REVEALS WHERE TROPICAL FORESTS MOST NEED SAVING...

A WORKER AT A PALM OIL PLANTATION HANDLES NEWLY HARVESTED FRUITS, IN AGUSAN DEL SUR PROVINCE, SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES (PHOTO: ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS)

An online map app could help companies, conservation groups, and communities save forests before they are razed or burned for palm oil plantations...

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HOW ONE COUNTRY IS MAKING ROCKS OUT OF AIR POLLUTION...

Iceland's Hellisheidi geothermal plant is the site of groundbreaking work on capturing carbon.  photograph by jonas bendiksen, national geographic creative

Iceland's volcanic formations offer a new possibility for trapping carbon emissions...

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CLIMATE CHANGE COULD FORCE HUGE MIGRATIONS FOR PEOPLE AND ANIMALS LIVING NEAR THE EQUATOR...

Herds of wildebeest after crossing a river in Kenya on Sept. 4, 2015. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s no surprise that populations living in the Arctic — whether human, animal or otherwise — have become the poster children for global warming’s terrible consequences...

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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP ALLEGES SCIENTIFIC FRAUD IN DISPUTED METHANE STUDIES...

How much methane is emitted from oil and gas sites like this one in Williston, N.D., is a matter of fierce scientific debate. Credit: Reuters

Advocacy group claims a former EPA science adviser failed to acknowledge technical flaws in his industry-funded studies of methane emissions from oil and gas sites...

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RECORD GREENLAND MELTING CAUSED BY SURPRISING FEEDBACK LOOP...

Large chunks of melting sea ice float in the waters off Greenland, in this July 2015 picture from NASA’s Aqua satellite.Photograph by Jeff Schmaltz, NASA

As Arctic sea ice extent hits a record May low, a new study shows how melting changes Greenland's weather, with far-reaching consequences...

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These elephant seals just taught scientists why Antarctica is melting so fast...

A colony of king penguins and an elephant seal are pictured in 2007 on Possession Island in the Crozet archipelago in the Austral seas. (Marcel Mochet/AFP/Getty Images)

Scientists know Antarctica is melting, and they’re pretty confident that for the most part, the heat isn’t coming from above — but rather, from below...

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NORWAY AGAIN! BECOMES FIRST NATION TO BAN DEFORESTATION: HOW WILL THAT WORK?

A tract of Amazon jungle cleared by loggers and farmers in 2012 in Brazil. Norway has pledged to ban products that contribute to deforestation. Stian Bergeland/Rainforest Foundation Norway/Reuters

Norway announced a zero deforestation policy in its procurement of goods, two years after making a pledge with Germany and Britain to 'promote national commitments that encourage deforestation free supply chains.'

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AS CORAL BLEACHING GOES GLOBAL, SCIENTISTS FEAR WORST IS YET TO COME...

Bleached coral, like this in New Caledonia, has become a global phenomenon and a stark indicator of the impact of unabated climate change. Corals are crucial ocean nurseries, nurturing up to 25 percent of all marine species. Credit: XL Catlin Seaview Survey/March 2016

Warm ocean temperatures are taking an unprecedented toll on reefs in all the world's tropical oceans, including in areas not affected by previous bleaching events...

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WARMING CLIMATE CAUSING EXTENSIVE GREENING IN CANADA, ALASKA: STUDY...

The view from a plane that is carrying instruments to measure the health of vegetation in the Arctic tundra of the Northwest Territories of Canada. NASA/Peter Griffith

A new study by NASA has found that parts of Canada and Alaska are greening as a result of climate change...

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‘WE’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS': ARCTIC SEA ICE HIT A STUNNING NEW LOW IN MAY...

(National Snow and Ice Data Center.)

The 2016 race downward in Arctic sea ice continued in May with a dramatic new record...

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BOOMERANGS VERSUS JAVELINS: THE IMPACT OF POLARIZATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION...

For advocates of climate change action, communication on the issue has often meant “finding the right message” that will spur their audience to action and convince skeptics to change their minds...

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NORWAY LEADS THE CHARGE AGAIN! BRINGS FORWARD CARBON NEUTRALITY GOAL TO 2030...

Norway's parliament has agreed on a goal to cut the country's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, moving the target forward by 20 years, an official at the national assembly said on Tuesday...

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OBAMA AND INDIA’S MODI PROMISE DEALS ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY...

President Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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UNABATED GLOBAL WARMING THREATENS WEST'S SNOWPACK, WATER SUPPLY...

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, as well as mountains across the West, has been shrinking and threatening water supply as the globe warms. Credit: Getty Images

New study shows a snowline creeping higher in the Rockies, Sierra Nevada and Cascades and the resulting decrease in spring runoff endangers those below...

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SCIENTISTS SAY THAT ‘NATURE,’ UNTOUCHED BY HUMANS, IS NOW ALMOST ENTIRELY GONE...

Corn grows in a field in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Thursday, May 23, 2013. (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Implicit in much, if not all, modern environmental sentiment is the idea that the natural world has been despoiled by humans — and if we could just leave it alone, things would get better...

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FOR-PROFIT PIPELINES ARE GROWING AND SO ARE EMINENT DOMAIN BATTLES...

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Krupa

When an oil pipeline now poised to cut through four Midwestern states was first proposed in 2014, the project quickly got pushback from environmentalists and some landowners on the pipeline’s route...

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HOW A NORTH DAKOTA OIL BILLIONAIRE IS HELPING SHAPE TRUMP’S VIEWS ON ENERGY...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks into a a news conference before a rally on May 26, 2016 in Bismarck, N.D. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The difficulty of deconstructing Donald Trump’s views on energy can be boiled down to the case of the dead ducks...

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US AND CHINESE MAYORS ARE LEADING THE WORLD IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE AND BOSTON IS OUT IN FRONT...

Representatives from Wuhan, C40, Boston, Zhenjiang, Guangzhou

Seventy percent of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions originate in cities. Moreover, by 2050, more than one billion people will live in cities that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including flooding and extreme weather events...

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GOVERNOR SENDS ‘THREATENING’ LETTER TO ENVIRONMENTAL DONORS...

Gov. Paul LePage this week wrote a letter to donors to the Natural Resources Council of Maine, suggesting they were complicit in ruining the state's economy. CREDIT: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Gov. Paul LePage (R) stepped up his attacks on the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) in dramatic fashion this week by sending personal letters to the environmental group’s donors...

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GROUPS URGE U.S. CONGRESS TO REJECT TPP OVER ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS...

People protest against fracking and neighborhood oil drilling in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Activists say trade deal would allow fossil fuel firms to contest US environmental rules in extrajudicial tribunals...

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NORWAY TO 'COMPLETELY BAN ALL PETROL POWERED CARS BY 2025'...

Almost a quarter of all of Norway's cars already run off electricity rather than fossil fuel. credit: Rex Features

'What an amazingly awesome country', Elon Musk tweeted in response to the plan...

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THERE'S A SOLAR FARM IN MOROCCO THAT'S SO BIG YOU CAN SEE IT FROM SPACE...

Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images.

"Maybe one day every desert in the world will have a gigantic oasis of mirrors soaking up sunlight and pumping out delicious clean energy. I certainly hope so..."

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FOR OIL INDUSTRY, CLEAN AIR FIGHT WAS DRESS REHEARSAL FOR CLIMATE DENIAL...

Caltech scientist Arie Haagen-Smit (pictured) discovered in the early 1950s that oil was the cause of the dangerous smog shrouding L.A. Industry then conducted its own research to discredit Haagen-Smit's findings and manufacture doubt around the link between oil and smog. It continues to fight attempts to tighten smog regulation. Photo courtesy of the California Institute of Technology

Through the Smoke and Fumes Committee, industry blurred the science surrounding air pollution and worked to forestall unwanted regulation...

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SHOULD LAWYERS BE ETHICALLY OBLIGATED TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT?

The "time has come to remedy the conspicuous omission of environmental protection from the list of lawyers' ethical duties." -Tom Lininger, University of Oregon School of Law Credit - University of Oregon School of Law

As states and corporations increasingly head to court over climate change, a lawyer lays out an ethical roadmap to give the environment a louder legal voice...

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THE SHEER TERROR OF LOOMING BIOSPHERE COLLAPSE...

Ecosystem loss is biosphere collapse

The global ecological system is collapsing and dying as humanity overruns natural ecosystems and the climate. We are entering an age of unrelenting violence and suffering, prior to biosphere collapse and the end of being, unless dramatic social change based upon a global ecology ethic arises quickly...

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WORLD’S SPACE AGENCIES UNITE TO FACE CLIMATE CHALLENGE...

For the first time, under the impetus of ISRO and the French Space Agency (CNES), space agencies of over 60 countries have agreed to engage their satellites, to coordinate their methods and their data to monitor human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. (PTI)

For the first time, under the impetus of ISRO and the French Space Agency (CNES), space agencies of over 60 countries have agreed to engage their satellites, to coordinate their methods and their data to monitor human-induced greenhouse gas emissions...

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ALASKA’S HUGE CLIMATE MYSTERY — AND ITS GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES...

In this June 2015 photo, smoke rises from the Bogus Creek Fire, one of two fires then burning in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska. (Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry via Associated Press)

In recent years, climate scientists have grown increasingly concerned about a carbon problem in the far north...

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TRUMP’S CONTRADICTORY PROMISE: BRING BACK COAL AND BOOST NATURAL GAS...

Donald Trump on the campaign trail. Michael Vadon/CC Flickr

Experts say low natural gas prices are the biggest cause of coal’s downturn...

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SYDNEY HIT BY WILD WEATHER FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, EAST TO WEST...

Surfers brave the dangerous surf in Bondi. Photo: Edwina Pickles

A severe weather warning remains in place for much of NSW, with parts of the city receiving more than 200mm of rain in the previous 48 hours. Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said that Sydney has experienced its "most intense" wind, rain and surf since April last year...

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FRANCE FLOODS CLAIM THREE MORE LIVES AS MASSIVE MOP-UP BEGINS...

Crates with pieces of artworks from the collections of the Louvre Museum are seen near statues after it was closed to the public due to the rising Seine River in Paris. REUTERS/John Schults

Paris (CNN)Parisians let out a cautious sigh of relief Saturday as they watched water levels in the Seine River finally begin to drop following days of miserable flooding. But the rest of the country was not so lucky, with three new deaths reported...

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HERE'S A LOOK INSIDE BIG OIL'S "GROUND WAR" TO CHANGE HOW YOU THINK...

Adam Harmes presented his findings at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at the University of Calgary. Photo courtesy of Western University.

Canadian oil and gas companies are becoming more sophisticated in their approach to winning public support...

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LONG OVERLOOKED AREA OF ANTARCTICA SEES MAJOR ICE LOSS...

The Bellingshausen Coast in West Antarctica. Credit: Robert Bingham

Over the past few years, the evidence has piled up that glaciers in parts of Antarctica have been melting and retreating at an increasingly worrying — and potentially unstoppable — pace...

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WHY THE WORLD NEEDS MORE CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY...

Image credit: FUMIGRAPHIK-Photography, courtesy flickr

There are powerful social, environmental and economic implications associated with transparency. Corporations are not the only ones that should be concerned about transparency; governments, employees, consumers and the whole of civil society all have a stake. Transparency is about open access to an organization’s activities and this has implications for everything from climate change to the bottom line...

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DONALD TRUMP LAYS OUT DISASTROUS ENERGY PLAN, DENIES CLIMATE SCIENCE AGAIN...

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News flash: Donald Trump has proven again that he would be a disastrous President who would let our planet fry. Today, he added further insult to existing injury, launching a jaw-dropping energy speech that defies reality...

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BUSINESS-DRIVEN SUSTAINABILITY WILL CHANGE THE WORLD...

With all the global challenges today, we need more companies to rethink tomorrow...

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EXXON SCIENTIST GRANDDAUGHTER CONFRONTS CEO ON CLIMATE LIES...

Last week I watched a brave 23-year old woman stand up to the leader of the largest oil company in the United States. At a shareholders meeting in Dallas, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was forced to confront the equally formidable Anna Kalinsky — who brought a warning from Exxon’s own past.


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CLIMATE CHANGE IS PINCHING OUR POCKETBOOKS...

"An increase in more severe hurricanes will cost the federal government billions, and that doesn’t even include the costs states, localities, and households will have to pay..."

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OILSANDS GROWTH MAKES IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR CANADA TO MEET PARIS AGREEMENT TARGETS: REPORT...

The cover image from the report from the Parkland Institute depicts a pipeline under construction. Author David Hughes says Canada has enough capacity already to handle a 45% increase in oil sands production and doesn't need new pipelines. (Parkland Institute)

Petroleum industry disputes assumptions in report, which also says no new pipeline capacity is needed...

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RESEARCHERS FIND 39 UNREPORTED SOURCES OF MAJOR POLLUTION: NASA...

Grey plumes of toxic dust from giant nickel smelters in the Siberian city of Norilsk are carried by Arctic winds as far away as Canada and Scandinavia, September 27, 2003. Reuters

Researchers in the United States and Canada have located 39 unreported sources of major pollution using a new satellite-based method, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said...

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INTRODUCING AMERICA RISING SQUARED, U.S. REPUBLICANS' "CREEPY" NEW ASSAULT ON CLIMATE ACTION...

Bill McKibben. Flickr/University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment

"AR2 has its origins in the spring 2013 launch of America Rising PAC — the political action committee created by Republicans to carry out so-called “opposition research” into Democrat opponents."

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U.S. CONGRESS AIMS TO CUT CLIMATE SCIENCE...

An artist’s rendering of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Proposed cuts to NOAA and NASA target climate change research in particular...

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NEW YORK ASSEMBLY APPROVES CLIMATE BILL THAT WOULD CUT EMISSIONS TO ZERO BY 2050...

People take part in a climate march at City Hall in New York City. Credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

The bill, endorsed by a broad coalition, is also notable for its emphasis on environmental and economic justice, advocates say...

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SPIKE IN ALASKA WILDFIRES IS WORSENING GLOBAL WARMING, US SAYS...

A �Bambi Bucket� hanging from a helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water on to the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, last year. Photograph: Sgt Balinda O'Neal/AP

Report from US Geological Survey says northern wildfires must now be seen as significant driver of climate change, not just a side-effect...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL DESTROY OUR GLOBAL HERITAGE...

Hoi An, Vietnam. Credit: photograph by Jeremy Horner / Lightrocket / Getty
"UNESCO report’s concerns: the threat of climate change to the multibillion-dollar tourism industry, which, as the report notes, sustains economies in many parts of the world..."
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