PENTAGON: ARCTIC MELT REQUIRES UPDATED US STRATEGY...

US National Guard troops in Utiqiagvik, Alaska (Pic: Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel/US Army National Guard)

 

Falling sea ice levels due to climate change and spike in Russian activity require strategic response in US, says department of defense...

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WEEKLY WRAP: SWEDEN TROLLS TRUMP WITH CLIMATE LAW PIC...

A picture speaks a thousand words: Sweden shows Trump what leadership looks like (Pic: Facebook/Isabella Lovin)

 

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

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FIND MEANING FOR YOUR LIFE IN NATURE AND #TheResistance to Trump Fascism...

Resist American Fascism...

 

There is no left or right, only tyranny or freedom, nature or ecocide. Ascendant authoritarian fascists seeking to oppress others and obstruct responses to scientific truths with hate speech and alternative facts must be resisted and eliminated from public discourse and power...

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REPUBLICANS TRY A NEW TACK ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, answers questions from senators during a confirmation hearing in January. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

 

Not long ago, many Republican officeholders had a simple answer when asked about the changing climate: What changing climate?

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HOW POLITICS AND POLLUTION COULD PUSH CHINA INTO THE CLIMATE LEADER ROLE THE US IS GIVING UP...

Wind farm in Xinjiang, China Credit: 林 慕尧 / Chris LimCC BY-SA 2.0

 

Earlier this month China halted more than 100 coal-fired power projects. Scrapping these projects, with combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, may have more to do with China’s current overcapacity in coal production than its commitment to mitigating climate change. Nevertheless, Chinese leaders are likely happy that the move is framing their nation as a green energy leader, according to experts in Chinese and environmental policy...

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WORLD WAR III HIDEY-HOLE FOR THE SUPER-RICH REVEALED...

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel at the National Press Club in Washington in October 2016. He obtained New Zealand citizenship in 2011 and has bought a 173-hectare property in the South Pacific countryReuters

 

 

New Zealand has become the favored refuge from global disorder for tech billionaires and financial big-hitters...

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IN A DARK CLIMATE COMEDY, EXXON'S FORMER CEO IS NOW SECRETARY OF STATE...

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson on Jan. 17,  2017. Image: REX/Shutterstock

 

Rex Tillerson, the longtime head of ExxonMobil, won Senate confirmation on Wednesday to be secretary of state. In this new role, Tillerson will be in charge of U.S. international climate negotiations as well as international aid efforts on climate-related disasters...

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THINK STATES ALONE CAN’T HANDLE SEA LEVEL RISE? WATCH CALIFORNIA...(SMH)

An iceberg floats off the coast of West Antarctica as seen by NASA Operation IceBridge airplane on October 27, 2016.Mario Tama/Getty Images

 

Last March, a paper by a geoscientist named Rob DeConto came out in Nature. And as far as geology papers go, it was a big deal: It outlined a new paradigm for how Antarctic ice sheets are impacted by climate change. As the oceans and atmosphere warm, they don’t just melt the ice from below; they create honking cracks in glaciers that make it easier for large chunks of ice to break off, slip into the ocean, and disappear. The effects on sea level rise? They could be almost twice what scientists had predicted for the end of the century...

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FACED WITH U.S. RETREAT ON CLIMATE CHANGE, EU LOOKS TO CHINA...

Myron Ebell, who leads U.S. President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency's transition team, waits before holding a speech at the Solvay library in Brussels, Belgium February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman -

 

Faced with a U.S. retreat from international efforts to tackle climate change, European Union officials are looking to China, fearing a leadership vacuum will embolden those within the bloc seeking to slow the fight against global warming...
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U.S. HOUSE AXES RULES TO PREVENT CORRUPTION, POLLUTION...

U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) as he arrives to speak at a congressional Republican retreat in Philadelphia, U.S. January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

Two major U.S. rules aimed at curbing corruption and pollution in the energy sector may be entirely wiped from the books by next week, after the Republican-led House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to repeal them...

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AFTER DECADES OF DECREASES, MERCURY RISES IN GREAT LAKES WILDLIFE...

Herring gulls fly over Lake Erie, Credit: Laszlo Ilyes/flickr

 

Scientists are seeing an uptick of the legacy toxic in Great Lakes fish and birds. Warming waters are the suspected culprit. More coal will make it worse...

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KENYANS TURN TO WILD FRUITS AND INSECTS AS DROUGHT LOOMS...

Once fertile agricultural land in Kenya is being degraded by encroachment and the effects of climate change. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS

NAIROBI, Jan 31 2017 (IPS) - Too hungry to play, hundreds of starving children in Tiaty Constituency of Baringo County instead sit by the fire, watching the pot boil, in the hope that it is only a matter of minutes before their next meal...

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JANUARY WAS HOTTEST MONTH ON RECORD IN SYDNEY AND BRISBANE, SAYS WEATHER BUREAU...

In January, Sydney had 11 days when the temperature topped 30C (86F) and five days above 35C (95F), smashing not only all previous records for the month but for any month since records began in 1858. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP

 

Sydney’s average maximum temperature was 29.6C (85.3F) and Brisbane’s was 27.2C (80.9F) with spell of hot weather continuing in February...

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A NEW BATTLE OVER POLITICS AND SCIENCE COULD BE BREWING. AND SCIENTISTS ARE READY FOR IT...

Donald Trump will enter the White House with an environmental policy agenda opposed to that of the Obama administration and many other nations that have pledged support to the Paris climate agreement. The Washington Post's Chris Mooney breaks down what a Donald Trump presidency will mean when it comes to climate change. (Daron Taylor/The Washington Post)

 

People hold signs as they listen to a group of scientists speak during a rally in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in San Francisco. The rally was to call attention to what scientist believe is unwarranted attacks by the incoming Trump administration against scientists advocating for the issue of climate change and its impact. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

 

Over a decade ago, George W. Bush’s presidency attracted plenty of attention for charges that it had all-too-often mistreated scientific information...

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RENEWABLES CAN'T DELIVER PARIS CLIMATE GOALS...

BioTherm wind farm at Dassiesklip. (Photo: Supplied)

 

Paris - Expansion of renewable energy cannot by itself stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists warned Monday...

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CHINA HAPPY TO BECOME WORLD'S CLIMATE-CHANGE LEADER IF U.S. LAGS...

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Under the administration of President Barack Obama, the U.S. joined the rest of the world and took a leading role in global efforts to avert irreversible climate change...

 

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#NoDAPL: WE FIGHT ON...

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Last week Donald Trump told the US Army Corps of Engineers to stop their comprehensive environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It's up to us to deny that request. Sorry, Donald...

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ASSESSING THE GLOBAL CLIMATE IN 2016...

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2016 is Earth's warmest year, culminating in a remarkable three-year streak of record warm years for the globe...

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RECORD HEAT AND DROUGHT SEEN IN AMAZON DURING 2015-16 EL NIÑO...

Looking up into the canopy. The Amazon rainforest experienced record-breaking high temperatures and severe drought during the 2015-16 El Niño. Photo by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay

 

The 2015-16 El Niño saw record-breaking negative impacts on the Amazon rainforest, with new extremes of heat and drought; that’s bad news for curbing climate change...

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INTENSE HEAT GRIPS EASTERN AUSTRALIA...

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Total fire bans issued as parts of Australia swelter in their hottest January on record...

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MOUNTING ANXIETY FOR CLIMATE RESEARCH AT NATIONAL LABS...

The Everest Powerwall at the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Photo by Lynn Freeny/DOE, courtesy of Flickr.

 

Scientists are concerned that climate change research may be in the crosshairs at the Department of Energy under the Trump administration...

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WARMING OCEAN WATERS OFF ALASKA BRING WIDESPREAD ECOLOGICAL CHANGES, WITH MORE EXPECTED...

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As the global climate heats up, so do the ocean waters off Alaska, meaning big changes for marine ecosystems and bad news for some species. Scientists gathered in Anchorage last week for the Alaska Marine Science Symposium at the Hotel Captain Cook reviewed new research probing those changes and what may be ongoing shifts in the marine ecosystem. Here are some of their findings...

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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER...

An Inconvenient Sequel, Al Gore is back. credit: Paramount

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power May Settle Climate Change Debate.

Premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2017 in Park City, Utah...

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TRUMP'S PROMISE TO PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE WITH FOSSIL FUEL REVENUE RINGS HOLLOW...

President Trump has proposed paying for his infrastructure plan with a fossil fuel boom, although the numbers don't easily add up. Credit: Getty Images

 

The president and his industry allies argue that a drilling boom will raise billions, but raising money through higher royalties and taxes is not a simple equation...

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TRUMP WILL LEAVE CLIMATE CHANGE INFO ON EPA WEBSITE – FOR NOW... (SEE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN MISSING AT THE EPA!!!)

Melting ice is just one of many indicators of anthropogenic climate change. Pixabay

 

So far, Donald Trump’s ban on EPA employees speaking to the media is off to a rocky start – two of the agency’s staffers have already anonymously spoken to Reuters news agency this week to sound the alarm about the incoming President’s continuing efforts to suppress climate science...

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LOOMING CYCLONE MAY BREAK A RECORD DROUGHT FOR AUSTRALIA'S REGION...

Man carries his son in his arms during a daily walk at his property in Queensland, Australia that suffered from the country's longest drought on record. Almost 80% of the region was affected. The government approved emergency drought relief to assist eligible farmers. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

 

An unusually quiet period for cyclones in the Australian region may come to an abrupt end within days as forecasters predict a major storm will develop off the Kimberley by Friday...

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HERE’S HOW WE KNOW TRUMP’S CABINET PICKS ARE WRONG ON HUMAN-CAUSED GLOBAL WARMING...

Steam rises from the brown coal-fired power plant in Bergheim, Germany, 13 January 2017. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

 

The research is clear – humans are responsible for all the global warming since 1950...

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CLIMATE MODELS MAY UNDERESTIMATE FUTURE WARMING ON TROPICAL MOUNTAINS...

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HOW TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN COULD HURT SCIENCE...

Protesters demonstrate against the new travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Jan. 28. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

 

Ubadah Sabbagh felt goose bumps rise on his skin Saturday morning as he scrolled through the reports that immigrants from the Middle East — people just like him — were no longer being allowed into the United States...

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TRUMP SPARKS FEARS OF WAR ON SCIENCE...

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Scientists fear President Trump's first week could preview an aggressive approach toward federal research, citing early orders on climate science and a clampdown on agencies' public communications...

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A VOLCANIC ERUPTION IN 1815 PROVED EVEN SMALL CHANGES IN CLIMATE HAVE DISASTROUS GLOBAL RESULTS...

The 7-mile-wide crater left on top of Mount Tambora in Indonesia after its volcanic eruption in 1815. (Iwan Setiyawan/AP Photo/KOMPAS)

 

This is not the first time in recent history that humanity has had to deal with a dramatic shift in the climate. To get a glimpse of the political and economic effects climate change might bring, we don’t need climate-modeling systems to look to the future—we need to go back 200 years in the past...

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ONE THING THAT WILL BREACH TRUMP'S WALL: CLIMATE CHANGE...

A fence along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego. Activists and architects say a wall will cause serious environmental damage. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

Architects have called the border wall a "pharaonic project" and a misplaced infrastructure priority. Environmentalists say it will continue to cut off the flow of water and wildlife in a changing climate but is little more than political grandstanding that won't keep out people...

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CDC’S CANCELED CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT RAISES SELF-CENSORSHIP CONCERNS...

CDC headquarters in Druid Hills, Georgia. Credit: Nrbelex Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.5)

 

Scheduled speakers cite political sensitivities, but the government’s disease-control agency has not offered a reason...

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IN AMERICA’S HEARTLAND, DISCUSSING CLIMATE CHANGE WITHOUT SAYING ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’...

Doug Palen, a fourth-generation grain farmer in Glen Elder, Kan., uses a no-till farming method that prevents erosion and keeps carbon in the soil. Credit Christopher Smith for The New York Times

 

LEN ELDER, Kan. — Doug Palen, a fourth-generation grain farmer on Kansas’ wind-swept plains, is in the business of understanding the climate. Since 2012, he has choked through the harshest drought to hit the Great Plains in a century, punctuated by freakish snowstorms and suffocating gales of dust. His planting season starts earlier in the spring and pushes deeper into winter...

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TRUMP AND THE OUTDOORS...

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Many conservationists are fearing the worst. Trump could be the most anti-environmental president ever to take office, and he will have the support of a Republican Congress...

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ET TU, OCEAN? (video)

Drifters: The polar bear cub snuggles against its mother as they drift 12 miles from land. Credit: Eric Lefranc/Solent

 

The role of the sea in melting the Arctic...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: TRUMP FICTION TAKES OVER, SO DOES CLIMATE REALITY, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this arboreal Arabian Veiled Chameleon, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

 

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly...

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GAGGED: US CLIMATE SCIENTISTS FACE UNCERTAIN FUTURE...

Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed the 400ppm level in 2016, according to data from the Mauna Loaa observatory (Pic: CucombreLibre/Flickr)

 

Scientists are opening rogue twitter accounts as new president seeks to limit ability of scientists to share findings openly...

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GLOBAL WARMING IS CHANGING HOW THE OCEAN CARRIES SOUND...

Melting ice in the Arctic Ocean is changing the acoustic properties of the water. Photo by Vicki Beaver/Alamy Stock Photo

 

Scientists are using an underwater drone to study a mysterious new sound channel in the Beaufort Sea...

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SRI LANKA IS SUFFERING ITS WORST DROUGHT IN 40 YEARS...

Sri Lanka is going through its worst drought in 40 years, officials say. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Reservoirs are shrinking, and rice paddies are parched and empty...

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CLIMATE CHANGE POSES INCREASINGLY SEVERE RISKS, EU AGENCY WARNS...

Steam rises from cooling towers at the Jaenschwalde coal-fired power plant in Germany, in this file photo from 2010. The Jaenschwalde power plant is one of the biggest single producers of CO2 gas in Europe. Sean Gallup, Getty Images

 

 The European Environment Agency says the continent is facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heat waves, flooding, droughts and storms because of climate change...

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WE MAY BE CLOSER THAN WE THOUGHT TO DANGEROUS CLIMATE THRESHOLDS...

The felling of commercial forests in the North Yorkshire Dales, National Park, UK. Land use change like deforestation was a significant early human contributor to global warming. Photograph: Mar Photographics/Alamy

 

A new study identifies an extra 0.1°C of human-caused warming...

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THE HISTORY OF THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK AS IT MOVES CLOSER TO ‘MIDNIGHT’...

Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist, chair of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Board of Sponsors, left, and Thomas Pickering, co-chair of the International Crisis Group, display the Doomsday Clock in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

The December 1991 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the journal behind the famed Doomsday Clock, was brimming with optimism. The Cold War had officially ended, and that fall the United States and the Soviet Union had struck a landmark agreement to slash their nuclear arsenals. After more than three decades, thousands of tactical weapons would be dismantled or withdrawn from alert...

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21 KIDS ARE FIGHTING TRUMP'S ATTEMPTS TO DELETE FEDERAL CLIMATE WEBSITES...

Fifth grade students from Edison Elementary School hold signs in front of the Lane County Courthouse in Eugene, Ore., Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Image: The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch/AP

 

Right now, anxiety is sweeping across the scientific community about the Trump administration's efforts to make climate data disappear...

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CLIMATE REALITY TO CO-HOST CLIMATE & HEALTH MEETING TO ADDRESS CONNECTION BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE AND PUBLIC HEALTH...

 

The event will provide a crucial platform for the diverse stakeholders in the public health and climate communities to come together around solutions...

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CHANGING CLIMATE, NOT HUMANS, KILLED AUSTRALIA’S MASSIVE MAMMALS...

An illustration of Australia's past megafauna. (Illustration by Peter Trusler © Australian Postal Corporation 2008)

But that mass extinction could help us predict what today’s human-wrought climate change may bring...
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REPORTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE HAVE DISAPPEARED FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE...

The Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, is seen in this March 9, 2009 file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

 

Multiple climate-related reports have disappeared from the State Department’s website within the past few days. It’s the latest news in a week marked by reports of increasing oversight of federal agencies, including their communication around scientific issues...

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HOW THE WORLD PASSED A CARBON THRESHOLD AND WHY IT MATTERS...

 

Last year marked the first time in several million years that atmospheric concentrations of CO2 passed 400 parts per million. By looking at what Earth’s climate was like in previous eras of high CO2 levels, scientists are getting a sobering picture of where we are headed...

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GREENLAND ICE MELT COULD PUSH ATLANTIC CIRCULATION TO COLLAPSE...

Scientists look down at a river of meltwater flowing from southern Greenland. Photo by Justine Evans/Alamy Stock Photo

 

New research gives a glimpse of the potential long-term consequences of anthropogenic warming...

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CLIMATE CHANGE POSES MULTI-FACETED THREAT TO OREGON, REPORT SAYS...

 

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The threat posed by climate change is real and the potential impacts if climate prediction models are correct will be acute in Oregon, a team of researchers said in a report to the state's lawmakers...

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BUILDING TO THE SKY, WITH A PLAN FOR RISING WATERS...

The American Copper Buildings, just right of the Empire State Building, were designed so that tenants could live in their apartments for at least a week if the area floods. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

 

There is a breathtaking view of the mid-Manhattan skyline, pierced by the Empire State Building, from the 48th floor of the taller of two new copper-clad apartment towers along the East River, just south of the United Nations...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH TO DESCEND ON WASHINGTON IN APRIL...

Organizers hope the next People's Climate March in Washington rivals the turnout of the one in New York in 2014, when more than 400,000 people rallied for climate action. Credit: Getty Images

 

The next People's Climate March is being organized to protest President Trump's agenda of attacking climate action and promoting fossil fuel development...

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BACKS OFF PLAN TO SCRUB CLIMATE PAGES FROM EPA WEBSITE...

 Video: Donald Trump will enter the White House with an environmental policy agenda opposed to that of the Obama administration and many other nations that have pledged support to the Paris climate agreement. The Washington Post's Chris Mooney breaks down what a Donald Trump presidency will mean when it comes to climate change. (Daron Taylor/The Washington Post)

 

President Donald Trump delivers remarks in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 25. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

 

The Trump administration on Wednesday backed away from plans to take down some climate-change information from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, which employees said had been planned for this week. But political appointees are exerting more oversight over the agency’s scientific communications...

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ESSAY: METEOROLOGISTS AND THE SACRED POSITION BETWEEN PEOPLE AND SCIENCE...

College of DuPage Meteorology Program, Credit: COD Newsroom/flickr

 

Whether doctor or meteorologist, when we fail to look at the systemic causes of the immediate problems in front of us, we are guilty of malpractice...

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THE SUNDAY SHOWS IGNORED THIS CALAMITOUS GLOBAL WARMING REPORT, BUT ‘SNL’ DIDN’T...

 

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Debates about inaugural crowd size drowned out more weighty matters...

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SEA LEVEL RISE ESTIMATE GROWS ALARMINGLY HIGHER IN LATEST FEDERAL REPORT...

Places like Robbins, Md., already struggling with sea level rise, could see even more flooding under new federal projections. Credit: Getty Images

 

NOAA's latest report arrives, predicting worst-case scenario of 8 feet of rise by century's end, just as Donald Trump takes office with pro-fossil fuel policies...

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EUROPE FACES DROUGHTS, FLOODS AND STORMS AS CLIMATE CHANGE ACCELERATES...

The dry Var riverbed in Carros, southern France, September 2016. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

 

Europe and northern hemisphere are warming at faster pace than the global average and ‘multiple climatic hazards’ are expected, says study...

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TRUMP NOMINEE PLEDGES TO SHIELD NOAA CLIMATE SCIENTISTS FROM INTIMIDATION, CENSORSHIP...

People hold signs as they listen to a group of scientists speak during a rally on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in San Francisco. Image: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

 

SEATTLE — Climate scientists throughout the federal government are fearing an onslaught of budget cuts and censorship policies from the President Donald Trump administration, with sweeping changes expected governing how climate science is funded and communicated to the public...

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TELLS EPA TO CUT CLIMATE PAGE FROM WEBSITE: SOURCES...

Children play amid icebergs on the beach in Nuuk, Greenland, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

 

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama's climate change initiatives...

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COMIN' IN HOT...

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NOTE: Last week, we said farewell from TakePart. Now we're saying hello from Participant Media. Though we look a little different, we still want to connect you to the news and information that's important to you.

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DOOMSDAY PREP FOR THE SUPER-RICH...

An armed guard stands at the entrance of the Survival Condo Project, a former missile silo north of Wichita, Kansas, that has been converted into luxury apartments for people worried about the crackup of civilization.Photograph by Dan Winters for The New Yorker

 

Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization...

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WE ARE DESTROYING RAINFORESTS SO QUICKLY THEY MAY BE GONE IN 100 YEARS...

Likouala-aux-Herbes river near in Congo-Brazzaville. The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest tropical forest. Photograph: Hope Productions/Yann Arthus Bertrand / Getty Images/Getty Images

 

At current rates of deforestation, rainforests will vanish altogether in a century. Stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them...

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POLITICAL SUPPRESSION OF SCIENCE: LESSONS FROM CANADA...

The politicization of science can involve funding cutbacks or restriction on research topics, but also the deliberate elimination of existing data. Photo by DWImages/Alamy Stock Photo

 

Canadian scientists are lending support to worried American peers...

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WE’RE NOW BREAKING GLOBAL TEMPERATURE RECORDS ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS...

February 2016 was the warmest February in 136 years of Nasa’s modern temperature records. Global temperature records were broken throughout 2016. Photograph: GISS/NASA

 

Denial and “alternative facts” haven’t stopped the Earth from warming to record-shattering levels...

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CDC QUIETLY CANCELS LONG-PLANNED CLIMATE SUMMIT...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has canceled a summit on climate change and public health. One former CDC director said the agency’s climate change work has reduced mortality rates in Philadelphia, which, as shown in this 2013 photograph, has been coping with unusual heat waves. Photo courtesy of AP Images.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly and abruptly canceled a major climate change summit scheduled for next month shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, according to emails sent to those scheduled to speak and obtained by E&E News...

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TELLS EPA TO FREEZE ALL GRANTS, CONTRACTS...

The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. (Matt McClain/ The Washington Post)

 

The Trump administration has instructed officials at the Environmental Protection Agency to freeze its grants and contracts, a move that could affect everything from state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities...

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CLIMATE REGULATIONS UNDER A WATCHFUL INTERNET EYE...

Any time President Trump changes a regulation involving climate or energy, a new website will track it. Credit: Getty Images

 

Bracing for a rollback, website run by Columbia Law School alerts any time President Trump or Congress change a rule involving climate change or energy...

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DONALD TRUMP PLANS TO 'REFORM' THE WAY ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY USES SCIENCE, REPORT CLAIMS...

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The leaked report is an extreme version of the kind of climate plans that the Trump camp has already put forward...

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ONE OF THE LAST OBAMA-ERA CLIMATE REPORTS HAD A TROUBLING UPDATE ABOUT THE RISING SEAS...

The Haulover Marine Center parking lot is flooded Nov. 14, 2016, in North Miami. According to a new report, a little more than a foot of sea-level rise could case a 25-fold increase in the frequency of damaging floods in coastal U.S. cities. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 

A new report, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the last day of Barack Obama’s presidency, presents a series of updated estimates for future sea-level rise, both in the United States and worldwide. It suggests that, under extreme future climate change, global sea levels could rise by more than eight feet by the end of the century — one of the highest estimates yet to be presented in a federal report... 

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GOVERNMENT 'TRIED TO BURY' ITS OWN ALARMING REPORT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

#1 Video: CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo refuses to accept Nasa's findings on climate change...

#2 Video: Climate change: It's "game over" for planet earth...

 

In the report, the Government said high-risk issues that needed to be addressed included the damage expected to be caused by flooding. credit: Getty

 

Exclusive: The five-yearly assessment of what will happen to the UK as the world warms says one of an array of potential threats is the ‘significant risk’ to supplies of food...

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FLOOD DISASTERS MORE THAN DOUBLE ACROSS EUROPE IN 35 YEARS...

Cars swept into a pile by torrential rain in Genoa, Italy Saturday. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP

 

Insurance firm research reveals steep increase in flash floods and says rise is in line with climate change...

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AS U.S. CEDES LEADERSHIP ON CLIMATE, OTHERS STEP UP AT DAVOS...

A coal-fired power plant on the outskirts of Beijing. China’s retreat from plans to build dozens of additional plants has raised hopes it is serious about clean energy. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

 

DAVOS, Switzerland — When the chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s national oil and gas company mapped out a glowing future for fossil fuels at a discussion in Davos this past week, dissent came from an unexpected corner of the room...

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FORKED TONGUE? WISCONSIN DISASTER AGENCY PLANS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE...

Highway 63 is washed out in the Town of Grand View in Bayfield County in July 2016 due to heavy rains. More flooding is predicited with climate change. State emergency planners posted information online last week on climate change planning.(Photo: Photo courtesy of Ready Wisconsin, Photo courtesy of Ready Wisconsin)

 

In a shift from the practice of two other state agencies, Wisconsin emergency management officials have released new information on climate change and its implications for the state...

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AS TRUMP ENTERS WHITE HOUSE, CALIFORNIA RENEWS CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT...

A truck engine is tested for pollution exiting its exhaust pipe as California Air Resources field representatives (unseen) work a checkpoint set up to inspect heavy-duty trucks traveling near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

 

California released new measures to fight climate change within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as U.S. president on Friday, signaling the state's commitment to be the nation's environmental steward under an administration that has questioned the reality of global warming...

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I TOLD THE NEW YORK TIMES: “IT’S TIME FOR A WHOLE NEW APPROACH TO CLIMATE JOURNALISM!”...

The New York Times wants to innovate its coverage of climate change

 

They’re going to hire someone else. I think I’m still right...

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CRIB NOTES: WILL THERESA MAY TACKLE TRUMP ON CLIMATE?

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

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DEAR MR PRESIDENT: EROSION...

High-carbon industries have no future (credit: Pixabay)

 

You can’t understand what Trump’s doing to America without understanding the “Carbon Bubble”...

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DONALD TRUMP SEES THE FUTURE IN COAL. CHINA SEES THE FUTURE IN RENEWABLES. WHO’S MAKING THE SAFER BET?

(above) In Donald Trump's vision of America, some parts of the country's future look a lot like its past. Exhibit A: his promise to revive the flagging coal industry...

 

China says it will invest another $361 billion in renewable energy over the next four years and create 13 million new jobs in the sector, building on already massive investments over the past decade. The country already has the largest capacity of solar power, including this array of photovoltaic panels in Jiangsu Province. Credit: Reuters

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TICKS, THRIVING IN WARM WEATHER, TAKE A GHASTLY TOLL ON NEW ENGLAND MOOSE...

Moose grazing in Franconia, N.H., in the summer of 2010. Researchers say that over the past few years, about 70 percent of the moose calves they tagged in certain regions of northern New England have been killed by ticks. Credit Jim Cole/Associated Press

 

Several times a year, Nathan Theriault will be walking deep in the Maine woods and make a gruesome discovery: a dead moose, thin and crawling with ticks...

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EARTH SETS A TEMPERATURE RECORD FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR...

Ice in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea region. “What’s going on in the Arctic is really very impressive; this year was ridiculously off the chart,” said Gavin A. Schmidt, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Credit Esther Horvath

 

Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row...

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GLOBAL WARMING NEVER 'PAUSED' AND COULD SOON ACCELERATE, WARNS NASA SCIENTIST...

A woman searches for dry land after a flood in Bangladesh, a country already affected by cyclones, floods and drought Probal Rashid

 

Dr Gavin Schmidt, director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, describes suggestions that climate change had slowed down or stopped as ‘delusional’ and ‘bunk’...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: NUCLEAR AND CONGENITAL CLIMATE CHANGE THREATS, CHINA LEADS ON CLEAN ENERGY, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Indonesian Owl Moth, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Pinterest

 

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly...

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CLIMATE SCIENTISTS HAVE AN URGENT MESSAGE FOR DONALD TRUMP...

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“A thermometer isn’t Democrat or Republican.”

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"NOBODY WANTS TO DO THIS": SCIENTISTS DEBATE EXTREME STEPS TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING...

People collect water in Mumbai, Maharashtra state, India, Saturday, April 30, 2016 during a heat wave that decimated crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs. Rajanish Kakade, AP

 

Potential large-scale solutions to combat the influence that humans have on Earth’s rising temperatures may directly affect astronomers...

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MINUTES AFTER TRUMP BECOMES PRESIDENT, WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE DELETES ALL MENTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

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WEEKLY WRAP: MORE HEAT THAN LIGHT AS TRUMP TEAM SPEAKS...

Donald Trump's nominees were grilled in the senate ahead of his inauguration in Washington on Friday (Pic: Pixabay)

 

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

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THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IS ACIDIFYING AT A RAPID RATE...

A fishing boat heads out of Gloucester Harbor in Massachusetts. (Photo: John Tlumacki/Getty Images)

A new study finds it’s absorbing 50 percent more carbon than it was a decade ago, and that could have dire consequences for dolphins, whales, and other marine life...

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CLIMATE CHANGE WILL HURT CROPS MORE THAN IT HELPS THEM, STUDY SUGGESTS...

A farmworker plants corn in Princeton, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

 

Out of the many consequences of climate change, from melting glaciers to changing weather patterns, its effect on agriculture has emerged as one of the most complex issues for scientists to investigate. It’s also among the most globally significant... 

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ARGENTINE SCIENTISTS IN ANTARCTICA TALLY TOLL OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Cracks are seen on the Fourcade glacier near Argentina's Carlini Base in Antarctica, January 12, 2017. Picture taken January 12, 2017. REUTERS/Nicolas Misculin

 

On King George Island in Antarctica, the thunderous sound of ice sliding off the Fourcade Glacier and crashing into the icy water bordering Argentina's Carlini research base serves as a daily reminder of a warming climate...

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BERNIE SANDERS TO SCOTT PRUITT: ‘WHY IS THE CLIMATE CHANGING?’

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One of President-elect Trump’s most controversial nominees is Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general tapped to head the Environmental Protection Agency — an agency he has sued repeatedly...

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ANCIENT WARM PERIOD HINTS AT BIGGER-THAN-EXPECTED SEA LEVEL RISE...

Small waves crash over rocks across the harbor from the Sydney city skyline May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

 

Sea levels could rise by a greater-than-expected six meters (20 ft) over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, scientists said on Thursday, based on clues from an ancient warm period...

 

 

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LARSEN ICE CRACK CONTINUES TO OPEN UP...

 

The crack that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg in the Antarctic has continued to spread...

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WISCONSIN STATE AGENCIES ARE DELETING TALK OF HUMAN-CAUSED CLIMATE CHANGE FROM THEIR WEBSITES...

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at a news conference Sept. 21, 2015, in Madison, Wis. (Morry Gash/Associated Press)

 

Information on the science of human-caused climate change has begun to disappear from Wisconsin state government websites...

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2016 TEMPERATURE RECORDS...

 

To nobody’s surprise, all of the surface datasets showed 2016 to be the warmest year on record...

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AS TRUMP PREPARES TO ENTER THE WHITE HOUSE, AMERICANS' CONCERN OVER CLIMATE CHANGE HITS RECORD LEVELS...

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Polls reveal clear majority of Americans back action to tackle climate change, despite new administration's promise to tear up climate policies...

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ROGUE SCIENTISTS RACE TO SAVE CLIMATE DATA FROM TRUMP...

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On the day that the Inside EPA report came out, an email from O’Brien popped up on my phone with “Red Fucking Alert” in the subject line. “We’re archiving everything we can,” he wrote...

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EPA NOMINEE SCOTT PRUITT GETS GRILLED ON FOSSIL FUEL TIES AT CONFIRMATION HEARING...

 

 

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sat down before the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee for his confirmation hearing as a nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Senator John Barrasso, the Wyoming Republican who newly chairs the committee, opened the hearing with a number of compliments for Pruitt. Just after, the ranking Democrat, Tom Carper of Delaware, used his introductory remarks to say that he's never opposed an EPA nominee before, from either party, and strongly indicated that Pruitt wouldn't get his vote...

 

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AL GORE'S INCONVENIENT SEQUEL TO OPEN SUNDANCE IN ACUTELY POLITICAL YEAR...

The politics of climate change … former US vice-president Al Gore in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Photograph: Courtesy of Sundance Institute

 

Politics looks set to overshadow Utah film festival’s 2017 edition, with a march by women film-makers, a documentary on Donald Trump’s presidential victory, and a slew of films on climate change. Then there’s Jack Black’s skit on polka...

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MEET THE MINDS: ROGER BALES ON CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND WATER SECURITY...

In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, boat slips sit on the dry lake bed at Brown's Marina at Folsom Lake, near Folsom Calif. Global warming worsened the record drought in California. Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press

 

Water will be central to how we, and the environment, adapt to climate change, says University of California professor Roger Bales, who studies climate adaptation and water security...

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2016 OFFICIALLY DECLARED HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD...

Weather stations in the U.S. that are having a warmer than normal, colder than normal and record hot year.

 

2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record keeping and the third year in a row to take the number one slot, a mark of how much the world has warmed over the last century because of human activities, U.S. government scientists announced Wednesday...

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