NO MORE MASS DEATHS FROM DROUGHT IN NORTHEAST BRAZIL...

Water tanks to collect rainfall water behind a house in Buena Esperanza, a settlement of 45 families in the state of Pernambuco in Brazil’s semiarid Northeast region, where thanks to such initiatives the rural population manages to survive prolonged droughts, without the tragedies of the past. Credit: Mario Osava/ IPS

 

 The drought that has plagued Brazil’s semiarid Northeast region since 2012 is already more severe than the 1979-1983 drought, the longest in the 20th century. But prolonged dry spells no longer cause the tragedies of the past...

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WE'LL NEVER SEE THESE ANIMALS AGAIN...

 

And things look dicey for a few more species...

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AT BLACKWATER REFUGE, RISING SEA LEVELS DROWN HABITAT...

Dredge material is applied to the wetlands at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to help them keep up with rising sea levels. Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun

 

Conservationists have a plan to save marshland at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge from rising sea levels...

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ROBIN HOOD'S SHERWOOD FOREST FACES FRACKING THREAT...

Major Oak in Sherwood Forest country park, Nottinghamshire, was voted England’s tree of the year in 2014. According to folklore the tree sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men. Photograph: Phil Lockwood/Woodland Trust/PA

 

Ineos to conduct seismic survey for shale gas and could be working within 200m of the 1,000-year-old tree Major Oak, documents reveal...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS FAMED AMALFI COAST...

A farm laborer traverses steep steps as he carries lemons to the nearest road that a truck can reach, on Italy's Amalfi Coast. As more farmers abandon their terraced groves, stone walls are falling into disrepair and adding to landslide risks. credit: Nick Squires

 

More-intense rains increase mudslide risks in a region known for its steep terrain. Possible responses include preserving lemon groves and testing an early-warning system...

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WITH ENOUGH EVIDENCE, EVEN SKEPTICISM WILL THAW...

Hot water drilling, Petermann ice shelf, NW Greenland/ British Antarctic Survey

 

As one of Greenland’s largest ice shelves shrinks, a once-doubtful scientist has come around to the role of climate change in melting it.

With enough evidence, even skepticism will thaw...

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OUR BEST ENVIRONMENT STORIES FROM THIS PAST YEAR...

A chinstrap penguin surveys his domain near the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Some penguin species have already been displaced by the decline of ice in the region, and many populations will lose habitat in the decades ahead. (Photo: Bob Berwyn)

 

Stories not to miss from our environmental coverage over the past year...

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WHICH CITIES WILL CLIMATE CHANGE FLOOD FIRST?

Getty Images/ Joe Raedle

 

Now might not be the time to invest in beach-front property...

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CAN A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST IN CALIFORNIA CONVINCE TRUMP THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL?

 

 

Ben Santer credit: Getty

 

In the two decades since Ben Santer helped write a landmark international report linking global warming and human activity, he’s been criticized by politicians, accused of falsifying his data and rewarded with a dead rat on his doorstep...

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2016: THE YEAR CLIMATE CHANGE CAME INTO OUR LIVING ROOMS... JOB ONE FOR HUMANITY'S BLOGS TOP TEN STORIES FOR 2016

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#1 THE DIRTY SECRETS BEHIND THE NEW PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE (COP21) AGREEMENT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW…

Strong, smart adults do not want to be fed false hopes, false targets or false facts. They want to know the way things really are so that they can adapt to or effectively manage what actually is there. If you would like to quickly cut through the Paris Climate Conference media spin as well as other greenwashing from the poorly informed concerning the Paris agreement and results, keep reading…

(note: This ones on the cusp of the new year but it tells the story that is about to unfold...)

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THE YEAR IN CLIMATE CHANGE: 2016'S MOST DEPRESSING STORIES...

Credit: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies / Terry Hughes

 

The Most Depressing Global Warming Stories of the Year

On social media, 2016 has jokingly been called "the year on fire," and in terms of climate change, it was. Though there were some environmental successes this year, such as the Paris climate agreements becoming law, 2016 had some very depressing headlines regarding global warming and the planet's overall environmental health. Here is some of the most dismal news to come out of "the year on fire."

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2016: THE YEAR CLIMATE CHANGE CAME HOME...

"Standing amid the skeletons of cushion plants, I wept tears of frustration". Photo: Emma Doxiadi

 

During the hottest year on record, Karl Mathiesen travelled to Tasmania and found his home irreparably changed...

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THESE ARE THE 10 MOST IMPORTANT CLIMATE STORIES OF 2016...

Credit: SMETEK Science Photo Library Getty Images

 

This year is likely to remembered as a turning point for climate change...

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CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS THAT STUCK WITH US IN 2016...

Clockwise from top left: flooding in Alexandria, Va., in June; a house raised on temporary supports in Norfolk, Va.; flooding in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in May; drought conditions at Lake Purdy in Alabama in October. CreditClockwise from top left: Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times; Eliot Dudik for The New York Times; Eranga Jayawardena, via Associated Press; Brynn Anderson, via Associated Press

 

As the year ends, The New York Times asked reporters who have focused on climate change, global warming and the environment to choose the news they reported on that was the most memorable. These are their selections, ranging from sea level rise to the phenomenon of “rolling coal” to local actions to confront a warming planet...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE TRANSFORMED THE EARTH IN 2016...

Polar bears, increasingly land-bound due to vanishing ice sheets in the Arctic, are a poignant example of climate refugees. Dustin Stephens/CBS News

 

2016 was a milestone year in the continued warming of the planet. From unstable agriculture to the drought in California to melting ice sheets to extreme weather events and heat waves, climate change has disrupted virtually every corner of the world...

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2016 WAS A PIVOTAL YEAR IN THE WAR ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

US President Barack Obama attends a joint ratification ceremony of the Paris climate change agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hangzhou on September 3, 2016. HOW HWEE YOUNG/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

 

NO NATION CAN fight climate change alone...

 

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THESE GRAPHICS SHOW HOW TERRIBLE CLIMATE CHANGE WAS IN 2016...

Large chunks of ice melt in the sun near the Hornkees glacier in Austria on Aug. 26.
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Here are some of this year’s most extreme weather events caused, in part,

by climate change...

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2017: TRUMP PEDDLES CLIMATE DOUBT IN A WORLD SOLD ON ACTION...

When Donald Trump takes over the U.S. presidency from Barack Obama he will face a world already committed to climate change action, and his hostility to science and action could cause diplomatic ripple effects. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

 

The president-elect can surround himself with climate deniers, but he will govern in a world where climate change affects almost all international dealings...

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FOUR CRITICAL ENERGY ISSUES TO WATCH IN 2017...

The Block Island Offshore Wind Farm in Rhode Island. Credit: NREL/flickr

 

The U.S. may be on the cusp of a stark turning point in energy and climate policy with the election of Donald Trump, who has stocked his cabinet with a majority of people who doubt or reject established climate science...

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'OUTRAGEOUS': COAL MINE GETS EXPANSION NOD DESPITE SECRET, INCOMPLETE STUDIES...

The Mount Thorley Warkworth mine in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales produces coal for both electricity and steel-making. Lock the Gate Alliance/Flickr, CC BY

 

The Baird government has approved the expansion of the most aggressive coal mine in the Special Areas of Greater Sydney's catchment despite not knowing the compounding impact it will have on water supplies...

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THE U.S. ISN’T THE ONLY BIG COUNTRY AT RISK OF FALLING BEHIND ON CLIMATE CHANGE. MEET BRAZIL...

A tract of Amazon rain forest, which has been cleared by loggers and farmers for agriculture, near the city of Santarem, Para State, Brazil. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

 

Environmental advocates are worried that President-elect Donald Trump will try to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement — and a recent scientific analysis says that if he does and other major countries follow suit, the consequence could be dire, tipping the world toward a dangerous level of global warming...

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THERE'S ONE LAST THING OBAMA CAN DO TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING...

President Barack Obama met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office following the election.

 

And Trump wouldn't be able to stop it!

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FACTBOX-FIVE U.S. CITIES AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

NEW YORK, Dec 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From coast to coast, U.S. cities have multiplied their efforts to emit fewer greenhouse gases and brace for climate change-driven natural disasters, scientists and environmentalists say...

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THE SCARY, UNIMPEACHABLE EVIDENCE THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALREADY HERE...

What a year this was. (Reuters/Stringer)

 

When Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump about his thoughts on climate change, the president-elect responded, “Nobody really knows. Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.” He’s not alone; according to Pew Research less than half (48%) of all American adults believe that the Earth is warming mostly due to human activity. They are wrong, though, and 2016 was the year that news from around the world made climate change undeniable to anyone paying attention...

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2016’S SUPER WARM ARCTIC WINTER ‘EXTREMELY UNLIKELY’ WITHOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, SCIENTISTS SAY...

Reindeers graze on the tundra at sunset in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

 

The Arctic continues to amaze. Hit by a second bout of extremely warm winter temperatures in recent days, the seasonal growth of floating sea ice has flattened out, just as it did when hit by similarly dramatic heat in November...

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STUDY: SEA LEVEL RISE MAY SEVERELY IMPACT TAMPA BY 2040...

A view of Bayshore Blvd flooding from the Bank of Tampa building. (Photo: Ashley Singletary)

 

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- A study released by the City of Tampa and the county's Planning Commission said that many low-lying areas could be flooded permanently by 2040 due to rising sea levels...

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WISCONSIN DNR PURGES CLIMATE CHANGE FROM WEB PAGE...

Algae blooms fueled by runoff and warmer summer temperatures have created a dead zone in Green Bay, threatening wildlife and potentially tourism.(Photo: Val Klump / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

 

Officials replaced this wording:

“Earth’s climate is changing. Human activities that increase heat-trapping ('greenhouse') gases are the main cause.”

The old text goes on to say “scientists agree” that the Great Lakes region will see longer summers and shorter winters, decreased ice cover and changes in rain and snow patterns “if climate change patterns continue.”

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CLIMATE CHANGE DRIVING BIRDS TO MIGRATE EARLY, RESEARCH REVEALS...

Birds with long migrations are expected to suffer most, as other species reach breeding grounds before them. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

 

A University of Edinburgh study finds birds are arriving at breeding grounds too soon, causing some to miss out on food...

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GREEK INVENTION PROMISES INEXHAUSTIBLE ENERGY FROM WATER!

Greek inventor and electronic engineer Petros Zografos presents here an application of his patented method for oscillatory pulse catalytic hydrogen (HHO) extraction from seawater to be used as fuel.

(editors note: this could be huge! A world changing/saving invention...)

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SOLAR ENERGY AND RETHINKING GEOTHERMAL: ARENA'S HITS AND MISSES...

Improving the efficiency of solar photovoltaic cells has been one of Arena’s most successful projects. Photograph: Colin Anderson/Getty Images

 

As demand for sustainable energy increases, Australia’s independent renewable energy agency has to choose to fund some projects over others – to varying degrees of success...

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SCIENTISTS JUST RAN THE NUMBERS ON HOW MUCH TRUMP COULD DAMAGE THE PLANET...

President-elect Donald Trump during the first stop of his post-election “thank you” tour, at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. (Mark Lyons/European Pressphoto Agency)

 

There has been a lot of speculation since climate change doubter Donald Trump’s election about what the consequences could be for global climate action. Some analysts cite very dire implications, and others suggest that clean energy growth will continue apace...

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2016 THE YEAR IN CLIMATE CHANGE...

President-elect Donald Trump, shown here at a campaign event in Dallas in September, has filled his prospective Cabinet with opponents of carbon regulations as well as a number of officials who question established climate science. Photo courtesy of AP Images.

 

It was just one year ago, and from the White House on down, everyone who worked to make the Paris climate agreement a success was dizzy from victory laps...

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PHOTOGRAPHING CLIMATE CHANGE REFUGEES, BY DRONE AND ON FOOT...

Migrants listened on Aug. 11 as the manager of a transit center in Agadez, Niger, read the names of those who would be boarding buses back to their homes.Credit: Josh Haner/The New York Times

 

Josh Haner has photographed eight stories across five countries this year about the effects of climate change, often employing drones to get unique vantage points. Mr. Haner is a staff photographer and a senior editor for photo technology at The New York Times. He talked with James Estrin about finding new ways to visualize climate change. The conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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CALIFORNIA WANTS TO GO ITS OWN WAY ON CLIMATE POLICY. WILL THE GOP LET IT?

Governor Jerry Brown and other political and business leaders in California spit defiance at the Trump administration over climate change and other environmental issues.Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Berggruen Institute

 

One of the ongoing news stories we are likely to hear about in 2017 is the state of California’s defiance of a climate-science-denying Trump administration. With fossil-fuel enthusiast Scott Pruitt slated to execute a hostile takeover of the Environmental Protection Agency, and given a Trump economic strategy that may depend on a massive expansion of oil, gas, and even coal production, everything blue states — and especially California — have been planning on for years in the way of carbon-emissions reduction and clean-energy promotion is in peril...

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KASICH BREAKS WITH GOP, KEEPS RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARDS...

Wind power, old and new, west of Bowling Green. A new bill would freeze at current levels the amount of wind energy Ohio utilities must use.(Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS )

 

But the Environmental Defense Fund said the veto will allow Ohio to become a leader in the clean energy economy, "clearing the way for well-paying jobs, millions in investment, and healthier air for all."

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MAJOR FLOODING IN UK NOW LIKELY EVERY YEAR, WARNS LEAD CLIMATE ADVISER...

The flooded high street in Cockermouth in the Lake District, days after Storm Desmond on 6 December 2015. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

 

A year after severe floods in wake of Storm Desmond, John Krebs says ministers still have no coherent long-term plan to deal with it...

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5 UNDER-REPORTED CLIMATE CHANGE STORIES OF 2016...

  • This map shows the reduction of Arctic sea ice since 1981. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

This is the time of year when some people talk about the news stories that didn't receive the attention they merited over the past year...

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'THIS IS POSSIBLE. WE DID IT': THE WEEK PORTUGAL RAN ON RENEWABLES...

Renewables kept the lights on in Lisbon for four and a half days in May. Photograph: ImageBroker/Rex/Shutterstock

 

Campaigners say the 107 hours when the country was powered by wind, sun and water show they can replace fossil fuels...

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GREEN ENERGY CAN INCREASINGLY MATCH – OR BEAT – FOSSIL FUEL PRICES, REPORT SAYS...

Rick Bowmer/AP

 

For the first time, the costs of wind and solar power have dropped to match those of fossil fuels. Environmental advocates hope that could make businesses more likely to opt for renewable energy sources when calculating their costs...

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HOW MUCH WILL REALLY CHANGE FOR THE WEST'S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY UNDER TRUMP?

The oil fields of the Uintah Basin, southeast of Vernal, Utah. (Trent Nelson / Salt Lake Tribune)

 

The election of Donald Trump has thrilled many people across the West’s oil and gas industry who say his promises to roll back regulations will free it from unfair and unnecessary obstacles imposed by President Obama...

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HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FACE STARVATION AND DEATH IN AFRICA IN THE GROWING CRISIS NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT...

A farmer in Zimbabwe examines a field where crops once grew AP

 

'As we enter 2017, over 37 million people across Africa are without food,' warns International Development Secretary Priti Patel...

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DONALD TRUMP AND THE TRIUMPH OF CLIMATE-CHANGE DENIAL...

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

 

The science of man-made global warming has only grown more conclusive. So why have Republicans become less convinced it’s real over the past decade and a half?

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GOVERNMENT TO OUTLINE CLIMATE CHANGE RISKS FACING UNITED KINGDOM IN NEW REPORT...

Rescue workers in Carlisle after Storm Desmond in December 2015. Flooding has been particularly costly for the UK in recent years. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

 

First climate change risk assessment since 2012 will have considerable implications for future green policy...

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CLIMATE CHANGE TRIGGERS NEW DISEASES IN VIETNAM...

Scientists have found connections between climate change and the appearance of new diseases, especially vector borne diseases, including dengue fever and malaria. credit: VietNamNet Bridge

 

Vietnam is among five countries in the world to suffer the most from climate change...

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CHINA PASSES LAWS TO TAX POLLUTERS; CO2 DOESN'T MAKE THE CUT...

A man wearing a respiratory protection mask walks toward an office building during the smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing's central business district, China, December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

 

BEIJING: China has passed a law that levies taxes on pollution, but ignores carbon dioxide, one of the major contributors to global warming, according to the web site of the country's highest legislative body...

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WILL WE MISS OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM CLIMATE CHANGE?

Only one major political party in the world denies climate change, and it's in charge of the most important political body in the world...

 

"The energy system and the tax system have got to be simplified in a way that everybody understands and doesn’t allow the wealthy few to completely rig the system," says Hansen. Benedict Evans/Redux

 

"We have not hit the disastrous level," says leading climate scientist James Hansen. "But we are close."

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HOW TO CONVINCE SOMEONE WHEN FACTS FAIL...

Credit: Izhar Cohen

 

Why worldview threats undermine evidence...

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SUPER TYPHOON NOCK-TEN (NINA) MAKES LANDFALL ON THE PHILIPPINES ON CHRISTMAS DAY...

Super Typhoon Makes Landfall in the Philippines.
Super Typhoon Nock-Ten moving over the Philippines, with winds of 150 mph...
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IN THE AGE OF TRUMP, A CLIMATE CHANGE LIBEL SUIT HEADS TO TRIAL...

Michael Mann in Iceland, in 2016. (Courtesy of Michael Mann)

 

A defamation lawsuit filed by a high-profile climate scientist will be allowed to proceed, an appeals court ruled on Thursday...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: ARCTIC FRYING DISASTER, TEENAGERS SUE FOR THEIR FUTURE, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this African forest kissing lips plant, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Species of this group are becoming endangered due to African deforestation. Photo Source www.wonderslist.com

 

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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MAJOR CITIES THREATENED BY RAPID SEA LEVEL RISE, NEW REPORTS FIND...

credit: Flickr

 

Faster than ever sea level rise puts densely populated coastal regions increasingly at risk by 2100, as two studies reveal past and future sea level projections...

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SHE WENT TO ALASKA TO PHOTOGRAPH POLAR BEARS IN SNOW, BUT FOUND NO SNOW...

Patty Waymire says she shot “No Snow, No Ice” after being struck by how “contemplative” the bear appeared to her. credit: Patty Waymire

 

“The shot struck me immediately...”

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2016 MAPPED: AROUND THE WORLD IN TOP CLIMATE STORIES...

credit:NASA

 

Look back on a year of weird weather and clean energy breakthroughs around the world...

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NORTH POLE TEMPERATURES CLIMB NEAR MELTING POINT THIS CHRISTMAS WEEK...

Temperatures around the North Pole will almost certainly pass the melting point, 32 degrees Fahrenheit, in the days leading up to Christmas, as global warming wreaks havoc on some of the world’s coldest and iciest areas, scientists say...

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REX TILLERSON'S RECORD ON CLIMATE CHANGE: RHETORIC VS. REALITY...

As Exxon's chief executive, Rex Tillerson has acknowledged the reality of climate change, but has opposed climate action. Credit: Getty Images

 

As Exxon's chief executive, Trump's secretary of state choice walked a fine line between Exxon's support of denial and accepting mainstream science...

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SETH MEYERS SLAMS TRUMP'S CLIMATE DENIAL IN 'LATE NIGHT' SEGMENT...

 

NBC's Seth Meyers has been transforming his show into a home for substantive, and hilarious, critiques of the incoming Trump administration. On Wednesday's Late Night, Meyers devoted nearly 10 minutes to a discussion of the president-elect's views on climate change — and it wasn't pretty...

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THE NAVY ADAPTS TO RISING SEA LEVELS...

A beach within Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu has eroded 400 feet since the 1940's, placing critical infrastructure closer to the ocean. - Jed Kim/Marketplace

 

Many environmentalists have expressed concern about the incoming Trump Administration, since several of the President-elect’s picks for cabinet appointments are people who question the human impact on climate. Many fear a government pullback from efforts to combat climate change. The Department of Defense, however, is continuing work to adapt its bases to deal with possible threats associated with a warmer planet...

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NORTH POLE HITS MELTING POINT IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, SO SANTA CAN JUST SWIM TO YOU NOW...

Arctic sea ice shrunk to its second-lowest level on record on Sept. 10, 2016. Image: national snow and ice data center/ap

 

Today is an extremely unusual December day at the North Pole, with temperatures getting very close to the melting point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 degrees Celsius...

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CLIMATE CHANGE COULD HAVE DEVASTATING IMPACT ON GLOBAL FISHERIES...

With a warming climate, fish may end up migrating northward to cooler waters, a new study has found. The change would deeply impact countries around the world. (Luis Galdamez/Reuters)

 

But if countries abide by Paris agreement, fisheries could see increase of 6 million tons of fish annually...

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TRUMP’S PICK FOR INTERIOR SECRETARY CAN’T SEEM TO MAKE UP HIS MIND ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke (C) is seen in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 12. (EPA/Albin Lohr-Jones/pool)

 

Donald Trump’s transition team and growing cabinet have hardly been winning choices for climate activists, so far...

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WOMEN ARE BREAKING THE CLIMATE TABOO AND QUESTIONING WHETHER TO HAVE KIDS IN SUCH A WORLD...

Elena Scotti/FUSION

 

Climate change has caused a reproductive justice crisis, activists say, as its projected impacts lead some to question how they could have a baby with such an uncertain future...

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WARMING IS SENDING MOUNTAIN GLACIERS ‘OFF A CLIFF’...

Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand, one of the glaciers whose retreat is almost certainly linked to global warming.
Credit: Christopher Chan/flickr

 

Photos showing the jarring, sometimes miles-long, retreat of mountain glaciers have long been emblems of the often stark changes wrought by Earth’s rising temperature...

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MANHATTAN PROJECT-SIZED EFFORT IS NEEDED TO CREATE ARTIFICIAL ARCTIC ICE 'TO PREVENT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE'...

Polar bears are struggling because they use sea ice to hunt seals and other prey U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Handout

 

The loss of sea ice ‘represents one of the most severe positive feedbacks in the climate system’...

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SPIKING TEMPERATURES IN THE ARCTIC STARTLE SCIENTISTS...

 

The cruise ship Crystal Serenity, anchored outside Nome, Alaska, in August, before its inaugural voyage through the Northwest Passage. The trip would not have been possible before climate change led to diminished sea ice coverage. Mark Thiessen/Associated Press

 

A spate of extreme warmth in the Arctic over the past two months has startled scientists, who warn that the high temperatures may lead to record-low ice coverage next summer and even more warming in a region that is already among the hardest hit by climate change...

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NORTH POLE TO WARM TO NEAR MELTING POINT THIS WEEK: 50 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...

Joan Gardener, with the Naval Research Laboratory, scans the Arctic ice for a location to conduct research and collect data during Ice Exercise 2016. Image: U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler N. Thompson/AP

 

It's happening again: The temperature at the North Pole is projected to spike to around the melting point, or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, on Wednesday into Thursday, despite the complete lack of sunshine that far north in December...

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BATTERED BY CLIMATE CHANGE, NILE FARMERS FORGE NEW COURSE...

Farmed fields like these on the banks of the Rasheed River, an offshoot of the Nile, rely heavily on the river for agriculture. Photograph by Gianluigi Guercia, AFP/Getty

 

Egypt's farmers are going back to school to learn how to adapt to a drying land...

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'THE TIME HAS NEVER BEEN MORE URGENT': AT THE WORLD'S LARGEST EARTH SCIENCE EVENT...

Scientists hold signs during a rally in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting. Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

 

With Trump set to have a ‘chilling effect’ on environmental policy, 20,000 Earth and space scientists met in California to face up to a new responsibility...

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WHAT ARE YOUR CHANCES OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS? PROBABLY LESS THAN THEY USED TO BE...

Santa doesn't need to dress quite as warmly as he used to for his big day, climate scientists say. Credit: Getty Images

 

Climate change's impact on winter is uneven, with some parts of the world getting snowier, despite the rise in overall temperatures...

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THIS IS THE POLAR BEAR CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, BUT THE SNOW HAS GONE...

A polar bear outside Churchill, Hudson Bay, Canada in November 2016. Without the ice, the bears cannot hunt for seals. Photograph: Lars Ostenfeld

 

Canada’s Hudson Bay is as ice-free in November as on a summer’s day and polar bears could be extinct here by mid-century. If the bears are in trouble, so are we...

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WARMING US COULD SEE EXTREME RAINS INCREASE FIVEFOLD...

A car lies submerged in the Tall Timbers subdivision after flooding near Shreveport, La., on March 9, 2016, caused by torrential rains. Credit: REUTERS/Deputy Josh Cagle/Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office via Reuters

 

Rising temperatures could make extreme rainfall events occur up to five times more often across the US and drop up to 70 percent more rain...

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EVEN IF TRUMP'S EPA GOES AWOL, CORPORATE AMERICA CAN ENABLE US TO REACH PARIS GOALS...

President-elect Donald Trump speaks at rally in Baton Rouge, La. When it comes to climate change, Trump is sending mixed signals on whether or how he will try to slow the Earth’s warming temperatures and rising sea levels. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

 

With Inauguration Day a month away, business leaders are trying to grasp what the Trump Era will mean for them. Some, like the prominent tech executives who traveled to Trump Tower December 14, are doing their best to charm, and be charmed by, the President-elect. Others, like the Boeing executives who fell victim to a Trump Twitter storm after making some public comments in support of free trade, are learning that speaking out can be risky...

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ALASKA INDIGENOUS PEOPLE SEE CULTURE SLIPPING AWAY AS SEA ICE VANISHES...

Yupik women prepare freshly caught salmon for curing. Yupik culture is threatened as sea ice melts. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

 

In a year almost certain to be history’s hottest, drastic environmental changes are taking a toll on food supply and even language in Arctic communities...

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ARCTIC ICE MELT 'ALREADY AFFECTING WEATHER PATTERNS WHERE YOU LIVE RIGHT NOW'...

Global warming has driven the loss of about three-quarters of the northern ice cap so far. Photograph: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace

 

Soaring Arctic temperatures ‘strongly linked’ to recent extreme weather events, say scientists at cutting edge of climate change research...

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CAN WE SAVE THE WORLD? PART II...

Snowy-owl by Bert de Tilly | Wikimedia | CC BY-SA 3.0

 

This article is the second in a two-part series by Tormod V. Burkey.
Part One: Can We Save the World? can be read here.

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CLIMATOLOGY AND METEOROLOGY ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

 

The Norwegian Meteorological institute has celebrated its 150th anniversary this year...

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ACTOR DICAPRIO SAYS CLIMATE ACTION IS U.S.'S 'BIGGEST ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY'...

U.S. actor and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio poses during arrivals for a screening of his documentary film ''Before the Flood'' at the United Nations in New York City, U.S. October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

 

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tackling climate change is the "biggest economic opportunity" in the history of the United States, no matter who holds political office, said Hollywood star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio...

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WHY BRITAIN'S COAST IS DOOMED...

Waves crash over coastal roads at Cleveleys near Blackpool in 2014. Photograph: John Giles/PA

 

A study of recent data suggests that only good fortune has so far saved coastal communities from a major flood...

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AFRICA AT HIGHEST RISK OF MAJOR ECONOMIC BLOW FROM FUTURE CLIMATE THREATS: GLOBAL INDEX...

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ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries most dependent on agriculture are also at high risk of experiencing changes in climate over the next 30 years and face the biggest costs in dealing with the effects of extreme weather, according to a global climate index published on Monday...

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POLAR BEARS FACE YET ANOTHER THREAT TO THEIR SURVIVAL: SHARKS...

Polar bears depend on Arctic sea ice for almost all aspects of their lives.Alan D. Wilson / WikimediaCommons

 

Killer whales and Greenland sharks could attack polar bears as well as eat their prey - seals...

 

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CHINA’S NEW PLANS DEEPEN ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

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Plans released in November show commitment to transitioning from coal to clean energy to address air pollution and climate emissions...

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BRAZIL SET FOR ‘ENVIRONMENTAL CIVIL WAR’, WARNS MINISTER...

Environment minister Jose Sarney Filho is opposing a bonfire of licensing laws (Pic: Marcos Oliveira/Agência Senado)

 

Jose Sarney Filho is at loggerheads with the rural lobby in Congress over a bill to tear up environmental protections...

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FOSSIL FUELS, YES. BUT TRUMP ENERGY TEAM ISN'T A ONE-NOTE BAND...

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson speaks in Washington in 2015. As CEO of ExxonMobil, he supported the Paris climate change agreement. Evan Vucci/AP/File

The team includes an Energy nominee who knows wind power can work, a State Department nominee who has supported the Paris climate deal, and an Interior nominee who's not big on selling off federal lands...

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ATMOSPHERIC RIVERS FUELED BY CLIMATE CHANGE COULD DECIMATE WILD OYSTERS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY...

Oysters cling to the shoreline at China Camp State Park in San Francisco Bay before a 2011 mass die-off. (Brian Cheng / UC Davis)

 

Climate change could supercharge the powerful storms often hailed for bringing drought-busting rains to California...

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I’M A SCIENTIST WHO HAS GOTTEN DEATH THREATS. I FEAR WHAT MAY HAPPEN UNDER TRUMP...

President-elect Donald Trump is nominating Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Here's what you need to know about him. (Video: Sarah Parnass, Osman Malik, Danielle Kunitz, Deirdra O'Regan, Adriana Usero/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

 

My Penn State colleagues looked with horror at the police tape across my office door...

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THIS PROPOSED PIPELINE WOULD CUT RIGHT THROUGH THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL...

McAfee Knob is one lookout point that environmental groups say would be ruined by the pipeline cutting across the landscape. Brett Maurer via Getty Images

Conservation groups are rallying against the Mountain Valley Pipeline...

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TRUMP’S CABINET CHOICES REFLECT DEEP KOCH INFLUENCE...

Donald Trump. AP Photo/Jim Cole

 

A rundown of the people with ties to ALEC, the Koch brothers and federal land transfer legislation...

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CANARIES IN A COAL MINE: BLACK COMMUNITIES COULD SUFFER UNDER TRUMP’S ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICIES...

Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station on May 29, 2014, in Newburg, Md. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

 

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Trump: The president-elect’s plan to bring back coal-industry jobs and his denial of climate change could hurt low-income communities already suffering from environmental threats...

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FIVE WAYS TRUMP COULD UNWIND OBAMA'S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES...

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Many of President Obama’s climate and environmental policies are unlikely to survive under President-elect Donald Trump...

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POLAR BEARS’ PATH TO DECLINE RUNS THROUGH ALASKAN VILLAGE...

A bear near whale bones outside Kaktovik, Alaska. Whale remains have become an alternative food source. Josh Haner/The New York Times

 

The bears that come here are climate refugees, on land because the sea ice they rely on for hunting seals is receding...

 

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IF TRUMP CUTS FUNDING FOR CLIMATE SCIENCE, WEALTHY DONORS WILL SPEND BILLIONS, SAYS US SCIENCE ACADEMY CHIEF...

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Marcia McNutt, president of the nation’s leading scientific body, says wealthy philanthropists will step in, if the Trump administration and Congress pulls research funding...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: AN EXXON US GOVERNMENT, STANDING UP FOR SCIENCE, AND MORE!

 

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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DEMOCRATS CALL FOR SPECIAL COUNSEL TO PROBE TRUMP TEAM’S FOCUS ON CLIMATE SCIENTISTS...

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) questions a witness during a hearing this month. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg)

 

Nine Senate Democrats, led by Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, called Friday for an investigation into a questionnaire sent by the Trump transition team to the Energy Department, asking for names of “employees or contractors” who attended United Nations climate change meetings under President Obama...

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SCIENTISTS CONFIRM THAT WARM OCEAN WATER IS MELTING THE BIGGEST GLACIER IN EAST ANTARCTICA...

Scientists at institutions in the United States and Australia on Friday published a set of unprecedented ocean observations near the largest glacier of the largest ice sheet in the world: Totten glacier, East Antarctica. And the result was a troubling confirmation of what scientists already feared — Totten is melting from below...

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WEEKLY WRAP: BLOOMBERG SETS THE CLEAN BUSINESS AGENDA...

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is leading the charge for climate-proof investment (Pic: US Navy)

 

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

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COALITION OF 24 STATES URGES TRUMP TO KILL OBAMA'S CARBON EMISSION PLAN..

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak during a USA Thank You Tour event at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

 

Officials in 24 states have urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to kill the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat climate change and shut down coal-fired power plants...

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'AN EPIC MISTAKE': ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS FUME OVER REX TILLERSON NOMINATION...

Outgoing ExxonMobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks at a press conference in Dallas, Texas. Photograph: Brian Harkin/Getty Images

 

One non-profit leader compared Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state to choosing the CEO of a tobacco company for surgeon general...

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NASA JUST CREATED A STUNNING NEW 3-D VIEW OF CO2...

 

It’s been clear that carbon dioxide is changing the climate. Now how it moves through the atmosphere is clearer than ever thanks to NASA scientists, satellites and supercomputers.

NASA released a mesmerizing new visualization of a year in the life of carbon dioxide this week. It shows how carbon dioxide twists and turns around the globe like a river (fun nerd fact: scientists model the atmosphere using similar techniques they use with fluid dynamics)...

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CLIMATE SCIENTISTS ADJUST AS TRUMP BUILDS TEAM OF OIL ALLIES...

A man wearing a mask depicting U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump protests during a demonstration against climate change outside of the U.S. Embassy in London, Britain on November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

 

Climate scientists worried that President-elect Donald Trump will slash their budgets and sideline their research are entering survival mode, trimming the words "climate change" from study proposals, emphasizing business applications of their work, and safeguarding data that shows global warming is real...

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EVERGLADES' WATER AT RISK FROM SEA-LEVEL RISE, SCIENTISTS SAY...

 

 

Climate change and other hurdles mean it will take more water — and potentially more taxpayer money — to save the Everglades, according to new scientific findings released Thursday...

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GLOBAL WARMING'S FINGERPRINTS SEEN IN 24 WEIRD WEATHER CASES...

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2015 file photo, a hotel guest carries his shoes as he is escorted to his car along in Miami Beach, Fla. The street flooding was in part caused by high tides due to the lunar cycle, according to the National Weather Service. A new scientific report finds man-made climate change played some kind of role in two dozen extreme weather events around the world in 2015. But it also detected no global warming fingerprints in a handful of other weird weather instances. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new scientific report finds man-made climate change played some role in two dozen extreme weather events last year but not in a few other weird weather instances around the world...

 

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