TRUMP LOOKING AT FAST WAYS TO QUIT GLOBAL CLIMATE DEAL: SOURCE...

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

 

Donald Trump is seeking quick ways of withdrawing from a global agreement to limit climate change, a source on his transition team said, defying widening international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions...

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BILLIONAIRE RICHARD BRANSON ON DONALD TRUMP: FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

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‘I pray he surrounds himself with decent people...’

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: LOSING NOAH’S ARK, SURGING SOLAR POWER, AND MORE!

 

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

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PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP, THE U.S., CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT...

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Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency throws a wrench, and may even reverse the course, of U.S. environmental, climate change and energy policy, and that’s not the half of it...

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SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY LANDS IN ANTARCTICA, WITH CLIMATE LEGACY UNDER THREAT...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and members of his delegation hike towards the historic Shackleton hut near McMurdo Station, Antarctica November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston

 

MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry became the highest-ranking American official to visit Antarctica on Friday when he landed for a two-day trip during which he’ll hear from scientists about the impact of climate change on the frozen continent...(cont.)

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALREADY ALTERING THE WORLD’S GENE POOL...

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A new study finds that a warming world is interfering with genetics, body mass, and the sex ratios of the planet’s wildlife...

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PRIME BEACHFRONT PROPERTY: WASHED AWAY BY RISING TIDES...

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Rising sea levels continue to erode shorelines up and down Atlantic and Caribbean coasts, including in Cancun, the ¨first city¨ along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Watching their beachfront property – and livelihoods – vanish, Cancun hotel and resort owners are calling on the government to launch a multi-million dollar beach protection project. So much for Adam Smith’s ¨Invisible Hand¨...

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UN CLIMATE BOSS OFFERS TO WORK WITH TRUMP ON CARBON PLAN...

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Patricia Espinosa extends offer to New Yorker’s team as head of C40 city alliance says US mayors will push ahead with implementing climate plans...

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TRUMP COULD PULL OUT OF GLOBAL CLIMATE ACCORD IN A YEAR: LAWYERS...

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives for his election night rally at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

 

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could use legal short-cuts to pull out of a global agreement for fighting climate change within a year, keeping a campaign promise and by-passing a theoretical four-year wait, lawyers say...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS CHANGING NATURE SO MUCH IT MAY NEED ‘HUMAN-ASSISTED EVOLUTION’, SCIENTISTS SAY...

 Climate change: It's ‘game over’ for planet earth...

 

Life on Earth has already been fundamentally altered by global warming, affecting the genes of plants and animals and altering every ecosystem on the planet, according to a major review of the scientific literature...

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PLANET EARTH IS THE REAL LOSER OF THE US ELECTIONS...

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2015 in Washington, DC. February 27, 2015 by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

During the U.S. presidential debates, there was not one single question devoted to the topic of climate change. And it appears that the results from the election have only amplified the silence that Americans seem to have on the subject of the environment...

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U.S. SEEKS TO SPEED WIND, SOLAR DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS...

 

The Obama administration on Thursday took a major step toward encouraging development of renewable energy on federal lands in six Western states by establishing a competitive bidding process similar to how oil and gas leases are awarded...

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STATES MAY DRIVE U.S. CLIMATE POLICY UNDER TRUMP...

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Donald Trump could scrap the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change once he takes office, a move that could shift climate policy making to local lawmakers instead of national ones, experts say...

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RETHINKING ENERGY AND JUSTICE IN THE TRUMP ERA...

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Want to help coal miners? Get them some renewable energy...

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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: UN CLIMATE TALKS SWERVE US VOTE...

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Proposed landing ground for 2016 climate summit dodges Trump bullet, focusing on global steps to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in coming 5 years...

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CHINA'S LARGEST FRESHWATER LAKE TURNS INTO PRAIRIE...

Boats dock in the lake in Jiujiang, East China's Jiangxi province on Nov 3. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Shocking pictures have emerged showing that China's largest freshwater lake has partially dried up...

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CLIMATE CHANGE DOESN’T REALLY CARE WHO WAS ELECTED...

Climate change doesn't care who the president is. Credit: Carlo Allegri/REUTERS

 

Donald Trump has said climate change is a Chinese hoax. His presidency raises the prospect of a climate denier atop the Environmental Protection Agency and an oil and gas billionaire running the Energy Department. He could pull the U.S. — and its 15 percent of all global carbon emissions — out of the Paris Agreement.

This information has made his supporters happy and his detractors furious. This information also matters not one iota to the climate...

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IN TRUMP, U.S. PUTS A CLIMATE DENIER IN ITS HIGHEST OFFICE AND ALL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION IN LIMBO...

Donald Trump campaigned on a platform of maximum fossil fuel production in the U.S. while rolling back environmental protections. Credit: Getty Images

 

His anti-regulatory stances, support of unfettered fossil fuel production, and his threat to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, send ripple effects worldwide...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MAY BE ESCALATING SO FAST IT COULD BE 'GAME OVER', SCIENTISTS WARN...

 If the Earth's temperature rises seven degrees Celsius, it could trigger the kind of runaway global warming that may have turned Venus from a habitable planet into a 460C version of hell...

 

New research suggests the Earth's climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an 'apocalyptic side of bad' temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime...

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JANUARY 20, 2018: THE DAY US COULD LEAVE THE PARIS AGREEMENT...

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One year from his inauguration, Trump could take the US out of the Paris deal and into the climate wilderness...

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TRUMP CAN'T STOP THE ENERGY REVOLUTION...

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The planet is warming, dangerously so, and burning more coal will make it worse. President-elect Donald Trump thinks man-made climate change is a hoax and he's promised to revive the US coal industry by cutting regulation. So renewables are dead in the water, right? Maybe not...

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THE PARIS AGREEMENT WILL SURVIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP...

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Donald Trump is a disaster for the climate, but clever drafting of the UN pact will limit the damage, says Thomas Hale...

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TRUMP WIN RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT US PLEDGE IN CLIMATE DEAL...

Donald Trump (Pic: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

 

The election of a U.S. president who has called global warming a "hoax" alarmed environmentalists and climate scientists and raised questions Wednesday about whether America, once again, would pull out of an international climate deal...

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GLOBAL 'GREENING' HAS SLOWED RISE OF CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE, STUDY FINDS...

Natural vegetation absorbs about a quarter of the carbon emissions created by burning fossil fuels. Photograph: Kuni Takahashi/Getty Images

 

Increased growth of plants fertilized by higher CO2 levels is only partly offsetting emissions and will not halt dangerous warming, scientists conclude...

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COP22 HOST MOROCCO LAUNCHES ACTION PLAN TO FIGHT DEVASTATING CLIMATE CHANGE...

Solar panels at the site of COP22, the UN’s climate change conference, in Marrakech, Morocco. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

 

As UN climate talks start in Marrakech, Morocco calls on world leaders to put the focus on concrete plans for helping Africa’s small-scale farmers...

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WHY SCIENTISTS ARE SO WORRIED ABOUT SEA-LEVEL RISE IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS CENTURY...

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Even as negotiators meet in Marrakech, Morocco to take the next steps to avert dangerous human-caused climate change — and, even as the U.S. decides whether or not to elect a president who is skeptical it is happening — a new study has highlighted the sharp stakes involved, particularly when it comes to the ongoing rise in global sea level and the dramatic but uneven way in which it could affect the world’s coastlines...

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GLOBAL WARMING TO CAUSE FASTEST RATE OF SEA LEVEL RISE IN HUMAN HISTORY...

Heavy surf breaks over the seawall during a winter storm in New Hampshire in 2014. Image: Jim Cole/AP

 

With global climate talks kicking off in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday, a new study provides a sobering warning about what may happen to coastal mega-cities if decisive global emissions cuts are not made soon...

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CLIMATE SUMMIT'S URGENT GOAL: CUT MORE EMISSIONS, FASTER...

Morocco's foreign minister Salaheddine Mozouar and French environment minister Segolene Royal are full of smiles as the latest round of UN climate talks began on Monday in Marrakech.

 

A year after the landmark Paris climate agreement, negotiators gathering in Morocco for the next round agree pledges do not go far enough...

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5 YUGE WAYS TRUMP AND CLINTON DIFFER ON CLIMATE, ENERGY...

Voters have a stark choice on energy and climate change when they go to the polls tomorrow. Left photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr; right photo courtesy of AP Images.

 

The focus on bigotry and email secrecy in the presidential race is eclipsing distinct differences in the candidates' views on energy and climate change, two intertwined issues that affect everyone from families and the military to manufacturers and farmers...

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US ELECTION RESULT TO DOMINATE COP22 UN CLIMATE SUMMIT...

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The next round of talks aimed at weaning the world off coal, oil and gas start in Morocco next week, but will be overshadowed by the White House race...

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DONALD TRUMP FINALLY SAID SOMETHING CONCRETE ABOUT CLIMATE POLICY...

A demonstrator holds a sign in protest of Trump’s climate change policies ahead of early voting in Athens, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 29. Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images

 

And it was very bad...

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AT THIS YEAR'S GLOBAL CLIMATE TALKS, PATIENCE BLENDS WITH URGENCY...

Smoke is released into the sky at a refinery in Wilmington, Calif., in this 2012 file photo. Many climate scientists urge nations to reduce carbon emissions at faster pace than has already been pledged. Bret Hartman/Reuters/File

 

Emission cuts that countries have pledged in Paris aren't expected to hit the goal of holding Earth's temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius. This leaves a lot of work for a Morocco conference starting this week...

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OIL FIRMS ANNOUNCE $1BN CLIMATE FUND TO CLEAN UP GAS...

The new fund will focus on reducing leaks of natural gas and technology to capture and store carbon emissions when gas is burned to produce electricity, as well as increasing fuel efficiency of vehicles. Photograph: Jae C. Hong/AP

 

Analysts criticize fund – which focuses on cutting the impact of fossil fuels but will not support renewable energy - calling it a ‘drop in the ocean’...

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THE WORLD'S SUNNIEST COUNTRY IS KILLING ITS SOLAR POWER INDUSTRY...

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As the government cripples Egypt’s once promising renewable energy sector, factories are turning to coal...

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SAVE KIDS' LIVES BY CLEANING TOXIC AIR...

Air pollution in some parts of the world, most notably South Asia, can be as much as six times higher than internation standards. iStockphoto.com

 

Steps to mitigate air pollution can also help combat climate change...

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OPINION: CLINTON IS WEAK ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND TRUMP IS A DISASTER — BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN ALL HOPE IS LOST ON ELECTION DAY...

Drivers entering Sacramento on Highway 50 come to a near standstill. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

 

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who feel that man-made climate change will spiral out of control without immediate and overwhelming governmental action, this election has probably jump-started your plans to build an apocalypse bunker...

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STRATOSPHERE SHRINKS AS RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES CONTINUE BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

The Paris climate agreement, which came into force on November 4, is just the first step. Photo: AP

 

Those warning of climate change impacts have been likened to Chicken Littles, scuttling around, warning the sky is falling. That worry, it turns out, is based on fact too. Cooling in the stratosphere is causing it to shrink, lowering that layer by "a number of kilometres", NASA noted recently...

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CLIMATE CHANGE CAPTURED IN STUNNING ANTARCTIC ICE PHOTOS...

Ice is viewed near the coast of West Antarctica from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane on October 28, 2016. The cracks hint at how fragile the sheets really are. Photograph by Mario Tama, Getty

 

NASA's IceBridge missions provide visual evidence of melting ice...

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WHY REPUBLICANS STILL REJECT THE SCIENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING...

Republicans have increasingly not just alienated scientists, but have even worked to destroy their field.

 

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...

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NASA SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS UTAH'S GREAT SALT LAKE IS DRYING UP AT ALARMING RATE...

Before and after images taken in 2011 and 2016 reveal dramatic shrinkage of Farmington Basin in the Great Salt Lake. Joshua Stevens/Landsat/US Geological Survey

 

Five years of drought and over-use of water from feeder rivers has seen Utah's Great Salt Lake shrink by almost 40 percent. The changes were dramatically revealed in before-and-after photos taken by the Landsat 8 satellite, recently released by NASA...

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HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF BIRDS HAVE GONE MISSING...

All the earth & sky no longer loud with skylark’s voice. (Photo: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images)

 

You might think that what happened to the passenger pigeon couldn’t happen today. We know better than to allow a species with a population in the billions to dwindle away to nothing over the course of a few decades, don’t we?

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VAST MOROCCAN SOLAR POWER PLANT IS HARD ACT FOR AFRICA TO FOLLOW...

Workers build a thermosolar power plant at Noor II near the city of Ouarzazate, Morocco, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco is building one of the world's biggest solar power plants in a project largely funded by the European Union...
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NICHOLAS STERN: COST OF GLOBAL WARMING ‘IS WORSE THAN I FEARED’...

Nicholas Stern: ‘With hindsight, I now realize that I underestimated the risks. I should have been much stronger in what I said.’ Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

 

Ten years ago the leading economist warned about climate change in a landmark report – he says while there is cause for optimism, the picture is still grim...

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RENEWABLE ENERGY IS SMASHING RECORDS AND CRUSHING FOSSIL FUELS...

 

This is another record-breaking year for renewable energy.  In both the developed and developing world renewables are growing at a faster rate than ever before...

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DON’T MAKE A CHOICE THAT YOUR CHILDREN WILL REGRET...

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Dear US voters,

the world is holding its breath. The stakes are high in the upcoming US elections. At stake is a million times more than which email server one candidate used, or how another treated women. The future of humanity will be profoundly affected by your choice, for many generations to come...

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HISTORIC PARIS CLIMATE PACT TAKES EFFECT TODAY. NOW WHAT?

LONDON/WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - A landmark global accord to combat climate change officially entered into force on Friday, putting pressure on countries to start executing plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming...

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PARIS CLIMATE DEAL GOES INTO EFFECT SOONER THAN EXPECTED...

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STOCKHOLM — The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force Friday – faster than anyone had anticipated – after a year with remarkable success in international efforts to slash man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other global warming gases...

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UN: HUGE EMISSIONS CUTS NEEDED TO MEET PARIS CLIMATE GOALS...

FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the U.N. said Thursday Nov. 3, 2016, warning of a worldwide human tragedy unless governments step up efforts to fight global warming. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File) The Associated Press

 

The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the U.N. says, warning of a worldwide human tragedy unless governments step up efforts to fight global warming...

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THE US KEEPS SHUTTING DOWN NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AND REPLACING THEM WITH COAL OR GAS...

San Onofre nuclear power plant, which shuttered in 2013. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

 

America’s largest source of zero-carbon power is in serious trouble. And I’m not talking about wind or solar. They’re doing fine. The trouble is with nuclear power, which still provides about 19 percent of the nation’s electricity...

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YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MELTING THIS MUCH ARCTIC SEA ICE PER YEAR...

Arctic sea ice seen in 2016. Rex features via AP

 

The next roundtrip flight you take from New York to Europe means you will personally contribute to the melting of 32 square feet of Arctic sea ice by September in a given year, according to a groundbreaking new study published Thursday...

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IT’S OFFICIAL: THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL IS NOW INTERNATIONAL LAW...

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Diplomatic triumph but the science stinks: governments must regularly update their contributions towards efforts to hold global warming “well below 2C”...

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CARBON SEQUESTRATION: ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY THROUGH SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE...

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To meet the demands of a growing, increasingly urban global population (approximately 9 billion by 2050), the World Bank calculates that global food production must increase by 70% in the next 35 years. This is a great challenge not only because of the volume of food that must be produced, but because agricultural conditions will not remain constant or predicable in the years to come...

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RENEWABLES MADE UP HALF OF NET ELECTRICITY CAPACITY ADDED LAST YEAR...

A worker at Xinyi photovoltaic power station in Songxi, China. China will lead the world for growth in renewable power, the IEA has predicted. Photograph: Feature China / Barcroft Images

 

Experts hail rapid transformation that will see clean energy outgrow fossil fuels in the next five years - but warn UK is failing to exploit huge potential...

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IS HISTORICAL OIL DRILLING RESPONSIBLE FOR L.A.'S REPUTATION AS EARTHQUAKE PRONE?

Photograph of the first oil district in Los Angeles, Toluca Street, ca.1895-1901. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

 

A study by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey points to oil drilling operations as the likely culprit in some of the biggest earthquakes that hit Southern California in the early 20th century — which led to questions about whether or not the Los Angeles region is really as earthquake prone as it is known for...

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HUMAN-CAUSED GLOBAL WARMING CONTRIBUTED STRONGLY TO RECORD ‘SNOW DROUGHT’ ACROSS THE WESTERNMOST U.S. IN 2015...

Snowpack extent at winter’s end in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains was significantly more extensive in 2013 than in 2015, as seen in this animation of satellite images. The 2013 image was acquired by NASA’s Aqua satellite on April 9, 2013; the 2015 image was captured by its sibling, the Terra satellite, on April 4, 2015. (Images: NASA Worldview. Animation: Tom Yulsman)

 

In the Northwest, an infamous feature called “The Blob” also contributed to snow-shriveling temps, but not so much in California...

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CARBON-EATING BACTERIA COULD BE ONE ANSWER TO CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

The bacterium Clostridium thermocellum has garnered a lot of interest recently because of its ability to break down cellulose (a notoriously tough organic compound found in plants) into usable biofuels without added enzymes...

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UN PAINTS APOCALYPTIC PICTURE OF FAMINE, WAR AND DISEASE UNLESS WORLD WAKES UP TO DANGERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Continued global warming will have catastrophic effects on global food supplies. Reuters

 

'We will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy; the growing numbers of climate refugees hit by hunger, poverty, illness and conflict will be a constant reminder of our failure to deliver'

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EXCLUSIVE: OIL MAJORS JOIN FORCES IN CLIMATE PUSH WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY FUND...

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Top oil companies including Saudi Aramco and Shell are joining forces to create an investment fund to develop technologies to promote renewable energy, as they seek an active role in the fight against global warming, sources said...
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CHINA CLIMATE CHIEF TO TRUMP: KEEP THE U.S. PART OF PARIS AGREEMENT...

Xie Zhenhua, China's special representative for climate change Image: Kyodo

 

For years, those who fought action on climate change shared the same talking point: Why should the U.S. reduce its emissions when China is burning coal and growing its economy? 

 My, how the tables have turned.

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GHOST FORESTS: HOW RISING SEAS ARE KILLING SOUTHERN U.S. WOODLANDS...

Ecologist David Kaplan surveys dying coastal trees in the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in Yankeetown, Florida.

 

A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to rise by as much as six feet this century, the destruction of coastal forests is expected to become a worsening problem worldwide...

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AUSTRALIA FAILING CLIMATE TARGETS AS PARIS DEAL COMES INTO FORCE...

Malcolm Turnbull delivers a speech at Heads of States’ Statements ceremony of the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris.

 

A new assessment of the Coalition government’s climate change policies says Australia will fall well short of its “inadequate” Paris climate targets, and will likely increase emissions by nearly as much as it has promised to cut them...

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NIGERIA'S OWN "INCONVENIENT TRUTH" BRINGS HOME CLIMATE THREATS...

A still image from "Nowhere to Run", a film looking at climate change impacts in Nigeria. Credit: Jackie Farris

 

Changing weather patterns – which may contribute to Boko Haram extremism – are an issue “we cannot afford to ignore,” filmmaker says...

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POLAR VORTEX SHIFTING DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, EXTENDING WINTER, STUDY FINDS...

Visualization of polar vortex invasion in January 2014 (NASA)

 

Global warming could be making winters in eastern North America even longer, according to a new study...

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BUTTERFLIES COULD BE ABOUT TO BE WIPED OUT BY EXTREME WEATHER...

A female large blue butterfly at the Daneway Banks nature reserve in Gloucestershire PA

 

The effect is probably already happening...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALREADY FORCING AMERICANS TO MOVE...

Public housing residents in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images

 

Loraine Helber runs the public housing authority in Punta Gorda, Florida, a city of 18,000 just north of Fort Myers at the mouth of the Peace River. In March, she hopes to celebrate a milestone: the opening of new apartments for the elderly, replacing about 80 units destroyed by the hurricane...

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NEPAL DRAINS RISKY GLACIAL LAKE NEAR EVEREST...

Mount Everest (AFP)

 

Nepal has successfully drained part of a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest, averting risk of a disastrous flood that could have threatened thousands of lives, officials said on Monday...
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GEOENGINEERING TO ALTER CLIMATE MOVES CLOSER TO REALITY...

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A United Nations body is investigating controversial methods to avert runaway climate change by giving humans the go-ahead to re-engineer the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere...

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HOLLYWOOD TAKES ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

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The star of 'The Revenant' trains his spotlight on climate change. But can Leonardo DiCaprio move the needle?

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INDIA'S FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS FUELS A NIGHTMARE OF SMOG...

An Indian cyclist rides along a street as smog envelops a monument in New Delhi on October 31, 2016, the day after the Diwali festival. Getty

 

NEW DELHI -- A day after Indians marked the holiday of Diwali by setting off firecrackers in huge numbers, a toxic smog has covered the capital city. Pollution levels were at “hazardous” or “severe” in most parts of the city Monday morning....

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EXXON ENTERS NO MAN'S LAND...

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Slowly, in fits and starts, Exxon's investors are pushing it to take better account of climate-change risks...

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SCIENTIST GOES IT ALONE ON CLIMATE CHANGE TO SAVE HIS STATE...

Buxton on North Carolina's Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks is one of many coastal communities threatened by rising seas. Officials must weigh the short-term gains of seawalls with beach nourishment strategies and other options. Photograph by Bill Marr

 

Facing opposition from politicians, this North Carolina scientist is urging coastal communities to get ready for rising water...

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‘THE BLOB’ IS BACK: WHAT WARM OCEAN MASS MEANS FOR WEATHER, WILDLIFE...

This illustration of temperature in the northeast Pacific shows the status of the “Blob,” a warm-water phenomenon, as of September 2016.Image courtesy NOAA

 

Unusually warm waters along the Pacific Coast, dubbed “the Blob,” have severely disrupted weather and wildlife since 2014. Meteorologist Nicholas Bond explains the phenomenon...

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CHICAGO TEENS EXPLORE CLIMATE RESILIENCE...

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Chicago high school students will soon be projecting environmental data onto a large globe thanks to a half million dollar federal grant received by the city’s Museum of Science and Industry...

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WATCH: DICAPRIO’S "BEFORE THE FLOOD" FREE ONLINE...

 

Today, one of the most important climate documentaries of our time becomes freely available for anyone across the world to watch it at home...

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LANDFILLS HAVE A HUGE GREENHOUSE GAS PROBLEM. HERE’S WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT...

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Food and yard waste make trash a prolific producer of methane — but fixes exist...

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RED, RACE AND BLUE: A WORLD-WAR-II-SCALE EFFORT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

Bill McKibben and other activists are calling for a World War II-style mobilization to fight climate change. But would Americans trust the government to carry it out?

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RICH COUNTRIES ARE STILL PUSHING DIRTY ENERGY ON POOR ONES...

Railway workers take a break from shoveling coal onto train cars in a rail yard north of Kolkata, India. (Photo: Jeremy Horner/Corbis)

 

Even as the U.S. pledges to cut its emissions, it is helping to finance new coal-powered plants overseas...

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HOW OVERFISHING AND SHARK-FINNING COULD INCREASE THE PACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Sharks: playing their part in reducing climate change. Shutterstock

 

Our oceans are under serious threat. For years, many commercially important fish have been unsustainably caught, and today many of the world’s commercial fisheries are on the verge of collapse...

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MARRAKECH CLIMATE CONFERENCE - COP 22...

 

Following the rapid entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement, governments will take next steps at climate talks to be held November 7-18, 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco...

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AS EARTH WARMS, THE DISEASES THAT MAY LIE WITHIN PERMAFROST BECOME A BIGGER WORRY...

Veterinarians perform a health checkup on a young deer on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia after an anthrax outbreak there. Credit: RUSSIAN EMERGENCY MINISTRY AFP Photo

 

Scientists are witnessing the theoretical turning into reality: infectious microbes emerging from a deep freeze...

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YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY RETURNS TO TELEVISION SUNDAY...

 

The National Geographic documentary series deals with the political realities of climate change that our presidential election has largely ignored...

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GLOBAL WARMING COULD TURN SOUTHERN SPAIN INTO A DESERT...

Two men look at a wildfire from a swimming pool as it burns nearby Benitachel village, eastern Spain, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

 

BERLIN — Southern Spain will become desert and deciduous forests will vanish from much of the Mediterranean basin unless global warming is reined in sharply, according to a study released Thursday...

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A HANDY REFRESHER ON THE BASICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

This Alaskan glacier melts directly into the sea. Credit: Oregon State University

 

Climate change throws natural systems out of balance – to often devastating effect. Here’s a helpful 101-style refresher on how...

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ALABAMA’S ‘WORST DROUGHT IN MEMORY’ IS ABOUT TO GET EVEN WORSE...

This Oct. 11 photo shows Lake Purdy in Birmingham, Alabama. The lake has receded several feet due to drought, leaving dry, cracked ground where water used to be.  Associated Press

With 98 percent of the state affected, Alabama’s abysmal water management planning is under intense scrutiny...

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LORD STERN: WE NEED NEGATIVE EMISSIONS TO AVOID 2C WARMING...(long read)

(Pic: European University Institute/Flickr)

 

Speaking at the Royal Society, top climate economist reflects on challenges and opportunities a decade after his seminal review into implications of a warming world...

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SEVEN CLIMATE CHANGE RECORDS BROKEN IN 2016...

credit: Getty Images

 

2016 is well on its way to being the warmest year on record, so it’s no surprise that multiple climate change records have already been broken this year...

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CLIMATE DOOMSDAY – ANOTHER STEP CLOSER...

Credit: UNEP

 

ROME, Oct 27 2016 (IPS) - Almost inadvertently, humankind is getting closer everyday to the point of no-return towards what could be called the ‘climate doomsday’...

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WHAT CAN CELEBRITIES DO FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

David Letterman interviews Indian Prime Minister Narandra Modi in the second season of Years of Living Dangerously. (Photo: National Geographic Channel)

 

Quite a lot, according to the producer of Years of Living Dangerously, a show that sells hard science with the help of David Letterman, Cecily Strong, and Arnold Schwarzenegger...

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RAPIDLY WARMING MEDITERRANEAN HEADED FOR DESERTIFICATION, STUDY WARNS...

People rush to the beach during heat waves in the Mediterranean region, which will get more extreme as the globe warms. Credit: Getty Images

 

Even with 2 degrees of global warming, the current global goal, desertification would overtake parts of this lush and vibrant region...

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WORLD HAS ENTERED NEW CLIMATE REALITY – UN WEATHER CHIEF...

Global average temperature in 2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, while CO2 concentrations breached 400ppm for the first time. Source: Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center

 

Global average CO2 concentrations breached symbolic milestone of 400ppm for the first time in 2015, while temperatures soared...

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AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION JUST CREATED THE WORLD’S LARGEST PROTECTED MARINE AREA...

One section covered in the new Marine Preserve Agreement is breeding ground for the chinstrap penguin. CREDIT: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

 

It took five years, but a plan to protect a broad swath of the Ross Sea from human activity is now reality...

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WORLD ON TRACK TO LOSE TWO-THIRDS OF WILD ANIMALS BY 2020, MAJOR REPORT WARNS...

A victim of poachers in Kenya: elephants are among the species most impacted by humans, the WWF report found. Photograph: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

 

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact...

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BEFORE THE FLOOD: A MUST-SEE FILM BY LEONARDO DICAPRIO EXPLORES CLIMATE CHANGE RISKS AND SOLUTIONS...

 

Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new feature length climate documentary, premieres on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th at 9pm EST...

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HOW FOSSIL FUEL USE THREATENS KIDS’ HEALTH...

Smokestacks spew emissions that can foster global warming and harm human health. Kids are at highest risk, a new report warns.Tonkovic/iStockPhoto

 

Pollution and climate impacts of burning coal, oil and gas take a high toll, globally, on child health...

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AUSTRALIA EXPERIENCING MORE EXTREME FIRE WEATHER, HOTTER DAYS AS CLIMATE CHANGES...

 

 

Australia is already experiencing an increase in extreme conditions from climate change and more sophisticated modelling is allowing scientists to pinpoint humans' contribution to the wilder weather, the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO said...

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WARMING TRIGGERS EARLY ALGAE BLOOMS, POTENTIAL RIPPLE EFFECTS TO COME...

Researchers studying phytoplankton off Martha's Vineyard. Credit: Sean Whelan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

 

A common type of photoplankton is reproducing earlier, research finds, pointing to wider impacts among marine life...

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10 YEARS ON FROM THE STERN REPORT: A LOW-CARBON FUTURE IS THE 'ONLY ONE AVAILABLE'...

Lord Nicholas Stern: ‘Any attempt to follow high-carbon growth will eventually be self destructive.’ Photograph: Jonathan Nicholson/Getty Images

 

Economist says green development is the only route to global economic growth and points to China leading the world on climate change action...

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'SATURATION POINT:' WILDLIFE POPULATIONS HAVE COLLAPSED SINCE 1970...

Liang Liang enjoys a snack in China. The giant panda is one of the rare species that is thriving and is not longer considered endangered.   (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

 

New report is 'a pretty shocking snapshot of where we are,' says WWF rep...

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TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: U.S. TO UNVEIL PATH TO DECARBONIZE BY 2050 IN MOROCCO...

(Analysis courtesy of Roger Pielke, Jr., based on data from BP Statistical Review.)

 

Oct. 25 — The U.S. will unveil a sweeping plan to decarbonize its economy by 2050 at the Nov. 7–18 climate summit in Morocco, giving other nations a template to draw up their own plans for quickly shifting away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources, the top U.S. climate negotiator said Oct. 25...

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THE CLINTON TEAM STUDIED AND REJECTED THE WRONG CARBON TAX...

Australian carbon tax supporters gather at a 2011 rally in Sydney. CREDIT: AP/Rick Rycroft

 

No, the right carbon tax would not be politically “lethal,” despite what hacked campaign emails say...

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