HOW FAR CAN TECHNOLOGY GO TO STAVE OFF CLIMATE CHANGE?

The Petra Nova facility in Texas will capture more than 1 million tons of CO2 annually. NRG Energy

 

With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to rise, an increasing number of experts believe major technological breakthroughs —such as CO2 air capture — will be necessary to slow global warming. But without the societal will to decarbonize, even the best technologies won’t be enough...

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U.S. WEATHER AND CLIMATE 2016: 15 $1 BILLION-PLUS DISASTERS...

credit: NOAA

 

2016 was the second-warmest year on record in the U.S., according to NOAA’s latest annual national weather and climate report. The average nationwide temperature came in at 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit – 2.9 degrees warmer than the long-term average...

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INDIGENOUS CANADIANS FACE A CRISIS AS CLIMATE CHANGE EATS AWAY ISLAND HOME...

An aerial view of Lennox Island, off the coast of Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada. ‘We’re losing our island,’ said one resident. Photograph: The government of Prince Edward Island

 

Rising sea levels mean that Lennox Island has lost more than 400 acres in just a few generations. Now its First Nations community wonders if it has a future...

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WHY THE EPA NOMINEE WANTS TO BE A POLITICAL WRECKING BALL...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, meets with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator-designate Scott Pruitt, right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday, Jan. 6. Zach Gibson/AP

Scott Pruitt has made a career of asserting states' rights against federal authority, primarily by suing the agency he may run. Now, he gets a chance to shift that balance...

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TIBETAN TREE RINGS TRACE CLIMATE CHANGE TO 1870S...

A worker holds onto an ancient tree while taking research samples on the Tibetan Plateau, June 23, 2015. Duan Jianping for Sixth Tone

 

A new study shows that temperatures have been rising since the industrial revolution...

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TOYOTA, SHELL AMONG GIANTS BETTING $10.7 BILLION ON HYDROGEN...

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

 

Toyota Motor Corp. and four of its biggest car-making peers are joining oil and gas giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA with plans to invest a combined 10 billion euros ($10.7 billion) in hydrogen-related products within five years...
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BARACK OBAMA TRANSFERS $500M TO GREEN CLIMATE FUND IN ATTEMPT TO PROTECT PARIS DEAL...

Barack Obama has transferred a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund just three days before he leaves office. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

 

New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments...

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EPIC ANTARCTIC VOYAGE MAPS SEAFLOOR TO PREDICT OCEAN RISE AS GLACIER THE SIZE OF CALIFORNIA MELTS...

The Totten glacier is under threat from warming ocean temperatures, scientists say, and a team has left for the Antarctic region on a research voyage. Photograph: Department of Environment/AAP

 

Global research group will trace Totten glacier’s history back to last ice age, in hope of predicting future melting patterns...

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THE HERMIT WHO INADVERTENTLY SHAPED CLIMATE-CHANGE SCIENCE...(video)

Billy Barr at his home below Gothic Mountain Morgan Heim / Day’s Edge Production

 

Billy Barr moved to the Rocky Mountains four decades ago, got bored one winter, and decided to keep a notebook that has become the stuff of legend...

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MAP REVEALS COUNTRIES AT RISK OF DANGEROUS AIRPOCALYPSE...

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COUNTRIES across the globe are burdened with disease and in the world’s death capitals, there could be 70,000 premature deaths a year by 2030...

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ILLEGAL OIL REFINERIES PRODUCE HIGH-RISK FUEL, DUMP ACID SLUDGE TO MAKE TOXIC LAKES...

A man looks at the acid lake discovered between Jiaocheng and Wenshui counties in North China's Shanxi Province. Photo: Courtesy of Cao Haidong

 

A recent drug crackdown exposed evidence that many illegal oil refineries still operate in China. These refineries sell home-processed diesel and oil to trucks and create safety hazards. Furthermore, leftover acid from the production process is illegally dumped, creating serious environmental issues...

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UK'S ANTARCTICA RESEARCH BASE TO RELOCATE AS 'PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE'...

Halley VI research station, situated on the Brunt ice shelf. Photograph: British Antarctica Station

 

Scientists to be removed from Halley VI Research Station amid fears facility could slide into encroaching ice fissure...

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SOUTHEAST ASIA’S COAL BOOM COULD CAUSE 70,000 DEATHS PER YEAR BY 2030, REPORT SAYS...

50 year-old Munjiah holds her chest X-Ray, showing specks in her lungs at her home near the Cilacap coal-fired power station in Central Java. Photo by Kemal Jufri/Indonesia.

 

Approximately 50,000 lives a year could saved by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan or Taiwan, a new study finds...

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CALL OF THE WILD: CAN AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS SURVIVE?

 

America’s national parks are facing multiple threats, despite being central to the frontier nation’s sense of itself...

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DAVOS ELITE FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, IGNORING TRUMP’S SKEPTICISM...

A woman walks past the entrance to the Congress Center, venue for the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos on Jan. 13, 2017. Photographer: Michele Limina/Bloomberg

 

Donald Trump has often ridiculed global warming and promised to withdraw the U.S. from the accord signed in Paris in 2015. Yet despite the shift in political weather in Washington, the captains of business and finance gathered in Davos this week will spend a lot of time talking about climate change -- and how to make money from it...

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CLIMATE CHANGE: 90% OF RURAL AUSTRALIANS SAY THEIR LIVES ARE ALREADY AFFECTED...

The Climate Institute says 82% of poll respondents in rural and regional Australia and 81% of those in capital cities were concerned about increased droughts as a result of climate change. Photograph: kristianbell/Getty Images/RooM RF

 

Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased out...

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IT CAN POWER A SMALL NATION. BUT THIS WIND FARM IN CHINA IS MOSTLY IDLE...

Construction in 2013 near a wind farm in the northwest province of Gansu. More than 92,000 wind turbines have been built across China, capable of generating 145 gigawatts of electricity. Credit Carlos Barria/Reuters

 

JIUQUAN, China — On the edge of the Gobi Desert, the Jiuquan Wind Power Base stands as a symbol of China’s quest to dominate the world’s renewable energy market. With more than 7,000 turbines arranged in rows that stretch along the sandy horizon, it is one of the world’s largest wind farms, capable of generating enough electricity to power a small country...

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USED TO WHIZZING BULLETS, KASHMIR BORDER FARMERS NOW HIT BY DROUGHT...

An Indian Border Security Force soldier patrols near the fenced border with Pakistan in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu in this January 14, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

 

“A farmer in our border village knows exactly what to do in the face of exploding shells and bullets – but one really doesn’t have any idea how to deal with this drought"...

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THE NASA DATA CONSPIRACY THEORY AND THE COLD SUN...

 

When climate deniers are desperate because the measurements don’t fit their claims, some of them take the final straw: they try to deny and discredit the data...

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DELIRIUM TREMENS: BRACE FOR THE OIL, FOOD AND FINANCIAL CRASH OF 2018...

 

New scientific research suggests that the world faces an imminent oil crunch, which will trigger another financial crisis...

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REX TILLERSON IS BIG OIL PERSONIFIED. THE DAMAGE HE CAN DO IS IMMENSE...

‘It’s like appointing Ronald McDonald to run the agriculture department.’ Photograph: Brian Harkin/Getty Images

 

Now a fossil fuel executive will run America’s foreign policy, right out in the open. Donald Trump gets credit for a kind of barbaric transparency...

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WHEN SCIENTISTS HATE SCIENCE...

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast

 

Climate denialists have been able to hide behind very misleading science. But this is far from the first time that science has been backstabbed by its own practitioners...

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WISCONSIN'S PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION ALSO CUT CLIMATE TOPICS FROM SITE...

The Public Service Commission has removed its global warming web page from its web site. The PSC regulates utilities, including We Energies and its power plant in Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha County. MICHAEL SEARS/[email protected](Photo: MICHAEL SEARS / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

 

In addition to the Department of Natural Resources, a second state agency has scrubbed information on global warming from its website...

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WITHOUT ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, SAY GOODBYE TO POLAR BEARS...

More than two-thirds of the world’s polar bears will be killed off by 2050 — the species completely gone from Alaska — because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast. (Subhankar Banerjee/Associated Press)

 

As the Arctic warms faster than any other place on the planet and sea ice declines, there is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction, the government announced Monday: decisive action on climate change...

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WYOMING BILL WOULD ALL BUT OUTLAW CLEAN ENERGY BY PREVENTING UTILITIES FROM USING IT...

A new bill would outlaw utilities from providing power from large-scale wind farms like the Foote Creek Rim Wind Project. Credit: Getty Images

 

Coal supporters are pushing a bill that would bar utilities from using the state's abundant wind power to provide electricity within the state...

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25 SIGNS OF HOPE FROM THE OBAMA ERA...

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As President Obama steps down, here are 25 signs of hope, change and environmental progress from the past eight years...

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ECUADOR HAS BEGUN DRILLING FOR OIL IN THE WORLD’S RICHEST RAINFOREST...

Even though Ecuador's National Assembly has passed the bill to begin drilling, hope remains that the destruction of Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, can be stopped.

 

The country is poised to cash in on one of its most valuable assets. But at what cost?

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: SOLAR SURGES, CLIMATE CHANGE GOT REAL, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this tiny mighty ant in Borneo, Indonesia, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Frenki Jung

 

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. And no, this isn’t photoshopped...

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BEWARE OF NICE WEATHER — IT MAY BE PLAYING TRICKS ON YOUR MIND...

CREDIT: Pixabay

 

“It is very tempting to rely on what you are experiencing.”

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'EXTRAORDINARILY HOT' ARCTIC TEMPERATURES ALARM SCIENTISTS...

A large pool of melt water over ice on top of the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Operation IceBridge/Nasa

 

Danish and US researchers say warmer air and sea surface could lead to record lows of sea ice at north pole next year...

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U.S. LISTS FIRST BUMBLE BEE SPECIES AS ENDANGERED!

A rusty patched bumble bee is pictured in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. Aug. 7, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Rich Hatfield/Handout via REUTERS

 

The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection...

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WEEKLY WRAP: US MAY KEEP SEAT AT CLIMATE TABLE...

State department nominee Rex Tillerson was grilled by the senate foreign relations committee this week (Flickr/0105686)

 

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

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST RISK, IN 3 CHARTS...

A matrix outlining the most likely and most impactful risks facing the world in 2017. 
Click image to enlarge. Credit: World Economic Forum

 

The rise of the machines isn’t the biggest threat to humanity. It’s climate change, extreme weather and other environmental factors...

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WATER AND CLIMATE DOMINATE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM RISK REPORT...

The Yamuna River flows through Delhi, the capital of India. The world’s second most populous country faces severe water and climate challenges. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue

 

Water crises and climate change worry business and political elite...

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SOUTH ASIA’S WOMEN SUFFER AS CLIMATE MIGRATION RISES...

75-year-old Afsa Begum's husband is dead and her son left for Mangalore to work for a construction contractor after the severe monsoon floods in 2016. He has sent money only once (Pic: Manipadma Jena)

 

Feminization of environmental migration is already underway in South Asia but governments have been slow to recognize the role of climate change...

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NORTHEAST WARMING MORE RAPIDLY THAN MOST OF US...

Sarah Coughlin from Dorchester practiced her yoga routine on a dock on the Charles River Esplanade on Thursday. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

 

New England is likely to experience significantly greater warming over the next decade, and beyond, than the rest of the planet, according to new findings by climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst...

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A CHEAPER WAY TO PULL CARBON DIOXIDE FROM THE AIR, TURN IT INTO CRYSTALS...

Seipp CA et al. CO2 Capture from Ambient Air by Crystallization with a Guanidine Sorbent. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016.

 

January 2017 is a big month for carbon capture in the US. The first large-scale clean coal facility became operational, pumping carbon dioxide from a Texas coal power plant to a nearby oilfield to extract oil. Another clean coal plant will become operational in Mississippi at the end of the month...

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FAITH LEADERS REFRAME CLIMATE CHANGE AS MORAL ISSUE...

Paula Sauer, who attends Gethsemane Lutheran Church, joined other faith-based protesters this week as they called on U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to reject any Cabinet nominees who deny climate change. FRED SQUILLANTE | Dispatch

 

Priests, pastors and ministers nationwide are spreading the gospel of climate change — as are imams and rabbis...

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AT STATE, TILLERSON COULD GET EXXON OFF HUMAN RIGHTS CHARGES...

Rex Tillerson faces a senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday as Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee (Pic: YouTube)

 

As secretary of state the former Exxon CEO could influence long-running case that alleges company is responsible for murder and torture committed by its employees...

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ON EVE OF TRUMP, OBAMA’S ENERGY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES NEW POLICY TO PROTECT SCIENTISTS...

The Department of Energy building is seen in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

 

Speaking at the National Press Club Wednesday, outgoing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a new “scientific integrity” policy for an agency recently wracked by concerns about how an administration led by President-elect Donald Trump will treat employees who worked on climate change and other sensitive energy-related issues...

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MASSACHUSETTS JUDGE REQUIRES EXXON TO HAND OVER CLIMATE DOCUMENTS...

FILE PHOTO - The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, New York, U.S. December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo
A Massachusetts judge has refused to excuse Exxon Mobil Corp from a request by the state's attorney general to hand over decades worth of documents on its views on climate change, state officials said on Wednesday...
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CAN A JOINT US-RUSSIAN RESEARCH TEAM PROTECT ALASKA'S POLAR BEARS?

Brian Battaile/AP

 

A 2000 treaty committed the two nations to study and conserve their polar bears. Even as political tensions rise, climate change and other pressures make their work more necessary than ever...

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IS THE GREAT CALIFORNIA DROUGHT FINALLY ENDING?

Water from the Sacramento River flows through some of the gates of the Sacramento Weir on Tuesday. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

 

The state’s biggest reservoirs are swelling. The Sierra Nevada have seen as much snow, sleet, hail and rain as during the wettest years on record. Rainy Los Angeles feels more like London than Southern California.

So is the great California drought finally calling it quits?

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HOW REINDEER AND CARIBOU HELP COOL THE ARCTIC...

Image: National Park Service

 

Just imagine: What if millions of people moved to the Arctic and devoted their lives to engineering a landscape that could help offset the global impacts of climate change?

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EXXON’S TILLERSON MURKY ON FUTURE OF PARIS CLIMATE PACT...

Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of ExxonMobil, testifies Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson downplayed global warming’s dangers during a hearing into his nomination for secretary of state on Wednesday, refusing to rule out an American withdrawal from a climate treaty even as he acknowledged that “the risk of climate change does exist.”

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IT'S NOT JUST AUSTRALIA! CORAL BLEACHING KILLS 70 PERCENT OF JAPAN’S BIGGEST CORAL REEF...

Brown seaweed covers coral killed by bleaching in the Sekiseishoko area of Okinawa Prefecture in this photo taken on Dec. 21. (Provided by the Environment Ministry)

 

Coral bleaching has killed 70.1 percent of the nation’s largest coral reef as of the end of 2016, up from 56.7 percent just a few months earlier, the Environment Ministry said...

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BIRD SPECIES VANISH FROM UK DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND HABITAT LOSS...

Meadow pipit have disappeared from sites in the south of England. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

 

Rising temperatures and crop farming mean birds are disappearing from parts of England, says study, while butterflies and dragonflies are faring better...

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IT’S OFFICIAL: 2016 WAS SECOND HOTTEST YEAR FOR U.S.

 

2016 was the second hottest year for the U.S. in more than 120 years of record keeping, government scientists announced on Monday, marking 20 above-average years in a row. Every state had a temperature ranking at least in the top seven, with two, Georgia and Alaska, recording their hottest year...

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MEXICO’S CLIMATE MIGRANTS ARE ALREADY COMING TO THE UNITED STATES...

credit: Russ Bowling

 

If one person is forced to leave home, that shift can feel world-changing.  When that upheaval happens on a global scale, it is...

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DESPERATE EXODUS OF THE CLIMATE REFUGEES...

Mongolian nomadic homes on the outskirts of the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Many such districts have sprung up as nomads are forced to abandon their traditional way of life by climate change. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

 

In the last six years, some 140 million people have been forced to move because of climate-related disasters (Mongolian herders fly steppe blighted by climate extremes and social change, 5 January). Climate change is driving long-term environmental damage and sudden catastrophes, presenting a global long-term threat to human security...

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OBAMA: DENYING SCIENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE BETRAYS SPIRIT OF AMERICA...

“Without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change — they’ll be busy dealing with its effects.”

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THIS WAS BEFORE THIS PAST HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD! 13 DEVASTATING PHOTOS TO SHOW YOUR FRIEND WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE...

Image via Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

 

Climate change: It's real, folks!!!

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GLOBAL WARMING COULD SEE RISE IN TOXIC SHELLFISH THAT CAN LEAD TO MEMORY LOSS AND POTENTIALLY KILL...

A satellite image of the US West Coast taken in 2016 shows dark green colours near the continental margin, indicating blooms of phytoplankton, some of which produced toxins Image courtesy of Nasa’s earth observatory

 

Giant blooms of micro-algae that can produce a potent neurotoxin which gets into shellfish are increasing as the water warms, study finds...

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ENDANGERED SPECIES POLAR BEARS UNLIKELY TO SURVIVE WITHOUT CLIMATE ACTION — FWS

The Fish and Wildlife Service warns that continued climate warming could doom already dwindling polar bear populations. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

The Fish and Wildlife Service today said "decisive" action is needed to slow climate change and stop sea ice melting that threatens to wipe out polar bears in the Arctic...

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CALIFORNIA FLOODS JANUARY 2017...

 

On January 3 and 4, the first of two back-to-back atmospheric river storms brought heavy rain, mountain snow, and localized flooding to central California. The second storm, fueled by a powerful, long-duration atmospheric river funneling warm and moist air from southeast of Hawaii, hit central and northern California beginning late on January 7 and pushed major rivers past flood stage levels and drove extreme gusts, leading to power outages as well as rock and mudslides...

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METHANE MAY NOT LAST LONG IN THE ATMOSPHERE — BUT IT DRIVES SEA LEVEL RISE FOR CENTURIES...

Buildings are seen near the ocean as reports indicate that Miami-Dade County in the future could be one of the most susceptible places when it comes to rising water levels due to global warming on March 14, 2012 in North Miami, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 

It seems like just about every week, there’s more news on the rapid melting of glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica and elsewhere — and scientists’ growing concern about their potentially dramatic contributions to global sea level rise. But there’s another major element affecting global sea levels, and research suggests that it could be a factor for centuries to come...

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SWITZERLAND JUST HAD THE WORST MONTH FOR SKIING IN 100 YEARS...

Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

 

The ski season is a month shorter than it was four decades ago because of changing snowfall patterns...

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ALL THE RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, IN A SINGLE GRAPH...

Looks p. risky. (Nature Climate Change)

 

There are a lot of them...

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COLLAPSE OF ATLANTIC OCEAN CURRENT COULD TRIGGER ICY APOCALYPSE, RESEARCHERS WARN...

Yale University scientist Wei Liu has calculated that the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation could collapse within 300 years. The graphic illustrates predicted responses on surface temperature and precipitation. Wei Liu et al

 

“Engine” of the sea could sputter to a halt due to climate change...

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ANTARCTIC PAST POINTS TO SEA LEVEL THREAT...

Global warming is causing land-based ice to melt in parts of Antarctica such as the Weddell Sea region. Image: NASA/Jeremy Harbeck via Flickr

 

Evidence of Antarctic ice sheet melting and sea level rise almost 15,000 years ago raises alarm over current climate change dangers...

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THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND AN ACTUAL DEBATE IN CLIMATE SCIENCE...

In 1769, Ben Franklin became the first person to map the Gulf Stream when he made the above chart. (NOAA)

 

Scientists have recently begun to re-examine a scary question: Will a crucial ocean current shut down?

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THE RATIONALE FOR ACCELERATING REGIONALLY FOCUSED CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH...

Image by NOAA shows projected surface air temperature change by the year 2050.

 

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Ten years ago, Paul Crutzen asked whether the time had come to consider undertaking research into intentionally intervening in the climate system so that it might be considered a policy option comparable to reducing emissions for limiting human-induced climate change...

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HERE’S THE BEST WAY TO EXPLAIN CLIMATE CHANGE TO YOUR INQUISITIVE KIDS...

 

How do I explain climate change to my teenager? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights...

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ONE YEAR FROM TODAY, WE'LL HAVE BLOWN THE WORLD'S ENTIRE CARBON BUDGET...

[Photo: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr]

 

By one calculation, we have 365 days left to do something drastic with our carbon emissions before we lock in a future of drastic climate change...

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OBAMA SAYS WORLD WILL MOVE FORWARD ON CLEAN ENERGY, WITH OR WITHOUT DONALD TRUMP...

President Barack Obama wrote about good news in the clean energy sector from recent years in an article published in a scientific journal Monday. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

“This should not be a partisan issue. It is good business and good economics to lead a technical revolution.”

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NOAA CHALLENGED THE GLOBAL WARMING ‘PAUSE.’ NOW NEW RESEARCH SAYS THE AGENCY WAS RIGHT...

This image obtained Nov. 16, 2015 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the satellite sea surface temperature departure for the month of October 2015, where orange-red colors are above normal temperatures and are indicative of El Niño. (AFP photo/Handout/NOAA)

 

It may have been the most controversial climate change study in years...

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ALASKA FACES UP TO $5.5 BILLION IN CLIMATE DAMAGE BY 2100...

As global temperatures rise Newtok village, which is being relocated to Nelson Island, is being threatened by the melting of permafrost, greater ice and snow melt and larger storms from the Bering Sea. Credit: Andrew Burton Getty Images

 

Spending money to adapt will likely be a good investment in Alaska and other states facing sea-level rise and shifting precipitation patterns...

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THE CRACK IN THIS ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF JUST GREW BY 11 MILES. A DRAMATIC BREAK COULD BE IMMINENT...

Video: Two scientists trek to remote Petermann glacier in northern Greenland to find out how quickly it is melting and what that means for global sea level rise. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)

 

A crack in the Larsen C ice shelf as photographed Nov. 10. (John Sonntag/NASA)

 

An enormous rift in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves grew dramatically over the past month, and a chunk nearly the size of Delaware could break away as soon as later this winter, British scientists reported this week...

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NEW ANALYSIS: GLOBAL SEA ICE SUFFERED MAJOR LOSSES IN 2016...

A visualization of Arctic sea ice during March of 2016. The red line marks the long-term average extent of ice. On this date, sea ice reached a record low wintertime maximum extent. It was the second straight year that a record low was set in winter — a highly unusual event. (Source: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio/C. Starr)

 

The extent of sea ice globally took major hits during 2016, according to an analysis released yesterday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center...

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THE WRETCHED STATE OF THE HUMAN FAMILY AND OUR SHARED ECOLOGICAL HABITAT...

We Are All In This Together, One Human Family...

 

Humanity’s one shared biosphere that makes Earth habitable is collapsing and dying as industrial growth overruns natural ecosystems and climate; as we have utterly failed to embrace our dependence upon each other and nature for our well-being and very survival. It is time to come together as one human family to resist injustice, inequity, violence, and non-sustainability as we create a rich and verdant life for all amidst resurgent natural ecosystems on a living Earth that can last essentially forever...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: NUCLEAR CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT, SOLAR PATHWAYS, AND MORE!

That’s Not A Photoshopped Sky, Folks - super cell clouds are a type of extreme weather seen in the US, increasingly likely under continued climate change. You don’t want to be under it when it breaks. Welcome to 2017...

 

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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IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD, THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE IS STILL WINNABLE...

The business community has a historic opportunity to lead on climate change in 2017, and beyond
Image: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
For anyone concerned about disruptive climate change, 2016 was a tumultuous year...
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ABRUPT SEA LEVEL RISE SEEN 15,000 YEARS AGO COULD HAPPEN AGAIN...

 

Global warming is replicating conditions that triggered an abrupt sea level rise of several meters in the ocean around Antarctica some 15,000 years ago, warns a study...

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BILL MOYERS: TOP CLIMATE STORIES TO WATCH IN 2017...

 

This year will be an important one for the Earth's future. Here are eight things to watch...

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GIANT ICEBERG POISED TO BREAK OFF FROM ANTARCTIC SHELF...

Am image of the crack in the Larsen C ice shelf, taken in November. Photograph: IceBridge/Nasa

 

Predicted to be one of the largest break-offs ever recorded, separation of iceberg could trigger breakup of most northern major ice shelf, Larsen C...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IN CENTRAL ASIA IS THREATENING TO SPARK REGIONAL CONFLICT...

A new study finds that global warming will probably cause droughts to set in quicker and be more intense. Photograph: David Gray/REUTERS

 

Lower water supplies, caused by rising temperatures, is increasing risk of political tensions, Chinese researchers warn...

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99% OF CORAL REEFS TO BE IMPACTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE, STUDY SAYS...

The world’s coral reefs are endangered by global warming. Greg Goebel/Creative Commons

 

Climate change is having a damaging and long-lasting impact on the health of the ocean’s coral reefs, a new study has found...


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THE DETECTIVE OF NORTHERN ODDITIES. THE ARCTIC'S "BONES"...

Burek at her home near Anchorage. Photo: Joshua Corbett

 

When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes for concern as climate change frees up new pathogens and other dangers in a vast, thawing north...

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THE UNDERESTIMATED DANGER OF A BREAKDOWN OF THE GULF STREAM SYSTEM...

 

A new model simulation of the Gulf Stream System shows a breakdown of the gigantic overturning circulating in the Atlantic after a CO2 doubling...

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NEW YEAR, NEW BALANCE OF GLOBAL POWER...

 

Ed King started 2017 by asking if China would flex its muscles on climate as US leadership waned. He didn’t have to wait long for a sign, as the country published its five-year plan for energy on Thursday...

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SCIENTISTS SAY THE GLOBAL OCEAN CIRCULATION MAY BE MORE VULNERABLE TO SHUTDOWN THAN WE THOUGHT...

In this visualization of the Earth's oceans, distinctive white lines trace the flow of surface currents around the world. (NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

 

Intense future climate change could have a far different impact on the world than current models predict, suggests a thought-provoking new study just out in the journal Science Advances...

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A NEW MAP OF EARTH’S ECOLOGY-SCRAMBLING CLIMATE PATTERNS...

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Want to know where climate fluctuations may already be producing new ecologies? Take a look at these maps...

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CONDITIONS THAT FORM MORE HURRICANES ALSO PROTECT U.S., STUDY FINDS...

When Hurricane Matthew hit the South Carolina coast on Oct. 8, the storm was weaker than when it struck Haiti a few days earlier. Credit Sean Rayford for The New York Times

 

In October, Hurricane Matthew roared through the Caribbean as a near-worst-case Category 4 storm, with high winds that devastated Haiti and other countries. But when it made landfall in the United States a few days later, Matthew limped into South Carolina as a Category 1, bringing torrential rains and flooding but little else...

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RECORD-BREAKING EXTREME WEATHER IN AUSTRALIA IN 2016 DEVASTATES ECOSYSTEMS...

Australia’s extreme weather in 2016 was driven by humankind’s burning of fossil fuels as well as a strong El Niño. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

 

Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement cites unprecedented bushfires in regions that don’t usually burn and worst coral bleaching on record...

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FLOODING IN DENMARK BECOMING THE NORM...

A more common scene in the future? (photo: Kystdirektoratet)

 

“Once-in-a-century” already becoming far more frequent...

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NEW STUDY CONFIRMS NOAA FINDING OF FASTER GLOBAL WARMING...

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Photograph: Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Im

 

Thomas Karl and colleagues were harassed by Republicans for publishing inconvenient science. A new study proves them right...

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ELECTRICAL POWER FROM HYDROGEN TO DARK MATTER...

Brilliant Light Power, Inc. (BrLP) announced today that it has continuously generated over a million watts of power from a new primary source until the cell vaporized from the intense heat...

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SIDE EFFECT OF CALIFORNIA'S DROUGHT: MORE CLIMATE POLLUTION...

Folsom Lake, just outside Sacramento, California, was 63 percent full on Dec. 16, 2016. But that was 130 percent of its historical average for that date, following strong rains in the area. Folsom Lake is California's ninth-largest reservoir.(Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

 

Droughts are already getting longer and more severe because of human-caused climate change in the American Southwest and around the world. But the drought-climate connection goes both ways: California's prolonged dry spell has also made climate change a little bit worse...

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U.S. HAD MORE FLOODS IN 2016 THAN ANY YEAR ON RECORD...

2016 really was the year of the flood in the U.S.: In total, 19 separate floods swamped the nation last year, the most in one single year since records began in 1980. USA TODAY

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THERE WERE A CRAZY NUMBER OF RECORD HIGHS IN 2016...

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2016 will be remembered for many things. One of them will be heat...

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LOUISIANA HISTORY WASHES AWAY AS SEA LEVELS RISE, LAND SINKS...

Richie Blink, born and raised in Plaquemines Parish, La., south of New Orleans, works for the National Wildlife Federation. He got in touch with an archaeologist to take a look at some shards of pottery that were eroding into the Gulf of Mexico. Blink holds a pottery shard that could be 300 to 500 years old, from the Plaquemine culture of what's called the Bayou Petre phase. (WWNO)

 

Louisiana is losing its coast at a rapid rate because of rising sea levels, development and sinking marshland. Officials are trying to rebuild those marshes and the wetlands, but much of the coast can't be saved. This makes Louisiana's history an unwitting victim. As land disappears and the water creeps inland, ancient archaeology sites are washing away, too...

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WYOMING'S GREAT DISCONNECT...SHORT SIGHTEDNESS OR DESPERATION?

Sign in downtown Gillette, Wyoming | Photo by Toby Brusseau

 

The state's political leadership doubles down on coal while the industry flounders...

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RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS SAY CLIMATE CHANGE TO BLAME FOR MYSTERIOUS SIBERIA CRATERS...

Seven giant craters have now been discovered in remote regions of Russia. Photograph: Vasily Bogoyavlensky/AFP/Getty Images

 

The seven holes discovered are not the work of aliens or meteorites, but rather explosions of methane accumulated as underground ice melts...

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STORM SURGE DAMAGE FALLS $8.3 BILLION A YEAR IN LOUISIANA'S NEW COASTAL PLAN...

What's currently left of the marsh along the East Pearl River and the Rigolets, where the 2017 Coastal Master Plan now includes a flood gate to combat storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) ((Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com |The Times-Picayune))

 

The ambitious 2017 rewrite of Louisiana's $50 billion, 50-year coastal protection and restoration master plan could reduce hurricane storm surge damage by $8.3 billion a year through 2067 and create 800 more square miles of coastal wetlands and dry land than if the plan is not implemented...

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A WITNESS TO IRAN’S INTENSIFYING STRUGGLE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE...

Fishermen in Kangan, Iran, near the South Pars field, 2016.
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“People are leaving their homes beside the lake because they have to find new jobs.”

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HIMALAYAN BLOOM BRINGS SPRING FORWARD...

The Annapurna range in Nepal provides the backdrop to a vibrant display of rhododendrons. Image: Andrew Miller via Flickr

 

The flowering season of the Himalayan rhododendron has moved forward by three months in response to climate change...


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COSTA RICA RAN ALMOST ENTIRELY ON RENEWABLE ENERGY IN 2016...

A worker cleans the panels in a solar power park run by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica ended 2016 on a particularly green note...
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WHERE TO FOLLOW THE CLIMATE ACTION IN 2017...

A clean energy project in China. Credit: Asian Development Bank/Flickr

 

The past year epitomized the toing-and-froing of planetary fortunes that have come to define global climate policy and debates...

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BIGGER STEPS...

Photo by Travis Warren/CC By-NC 2.0

 

America’s first comprehensive environmental legislation, the National Environmental Policy Act, was the result of escalating public demand for less pollution and less impact...

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A TRIGGER ACTION FROM SEA-LEVEL RISE?

 

Can a rising sea level can act as a boost for glaciers calving into the sea and trigger a surge of ice into the oceans? I finally got round to watch the documentary Chasing Ice over the Christmas and New Year’s break, and it made a big impression. I also was left with this question after watching it...

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