IS CLIMATE CHANGE MAKING EL NIÑOS WORSE? THAT REMAINS A SCIENTIFIC MYSTERY...

A satellite image shows clouds over the Pacific, west of Mexico and Central America

Texas has been wetter than normal of late, harking back to massive floods in May and October. Is it El Niño, climate change or other factors?

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GOP CANDIDATES AGREE TO DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE WITH FLORIDA MAYORS...

CREDIT: AP photos/Dylan Petrohilos

Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush should be getting an education in climate change soon...

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ARE DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE US SOUTHWEST HERE TO STAY?

Irrigation pipes sit along a dried irrigation canal on a field farmed by Gino Celli near Stockton, Calif. last spring amid some of the broadest water cuts on record. Rich Pedroncelli/AP/File

A new study suggests that extremely dry conditions may now be standard in the central and western US, as precipitation and storms there have seen a marked decrease through the past decades.

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US SEAFOOD SPECIES HIGHLY VULNERABLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, STUDY SAYS...

 Man showing a lobster, Portland, Maine, USA. © Aurora/Aurora Photo/Corbis

The celebrated seafood of the northeast US, such Maine lobster and New England clams, is under threat from warming temperatures and ocean acidification, a new study warns...

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UNUSUALLY WARM ARCTIC WINTER STUNS SCIENTISTS WITH RECORD LOW ICE EXTENT FOR JANUARY...

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Computer model visualization of total precipitable water across the Arctic region. Image: Earth Simulator

Right about now, Arctic sea ice should be building up toward its annual maximum, making most of the region impenetrable to all but the most hardened icebreakers. Instead, January and indeed much of the winter so far has been unusually mild throughout large parts of the Arctic...

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IN PARTS OF THE WEST, GRAZING CATTLE ARE MAKING THE DROUGHT WORSE...

California rancher Nathan Carver’s herd of beef cattle feed on hay at his ranch on the outskirts of Delano, in California’s Central Valley. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)

Federal land managers are considering moving cattle off public lands...

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HER DAD THOUGHT HER CLEAN ENERGY IDEA WAS JUST A 'KID'S PROJECT.' HE WAS WRONG...

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Cassandra Lin, left, and her team launched the Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF) recycling program in 2008.
PHOTO: Cassandra Lin

Cassandra is fighting climate change, and she's bringing her whole town with her...

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WINTER THAW TRIGGERS SAP RUN IN MAPLE COUNTRY...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 photo, Wendell Downing works on a tank to hold sap to be boiled into maple syrup at Limlaw Family Maple Farm in West Topsham, Vt. A winter warmup has triggered sap to flow, launching an early start to the maple syrup season for some New England producers who tap trees early. Larger producers, like Limlaw, start tapping trees early so they can install tens of thousands of taps by the time the 4-6 week season is underway. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

WEST TOPSHAM, Vt. (AP) — A winter thaw in the Northeast has triggered sap to flow in maple trees, launching an early start to the syrup season for some producers in parts of New England who have already decided to tap their trees...

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EUROPE'S SHIFT TO DARK GREEN FORESTS STOKES GLOBAL WARMING-STUDY...

People walk along a forest as the sun shines over fog near Albis Pass mountain pass, Switzerland in this November 12, 2015 file picture. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

Is the Christmas tree to blame for global warming?


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THE MYSTERY OF THE EXPANDING TROPICS...

 Severe droughts over the past 20 years in Australia have taken a toll on farmers, who struggle to keep livestock and crops healthy. Amy Toensing/National Geographic Creative

As Earth's dry zones shift rapidly polewards, researchers are scrambling to figure out the cause — and consequences...

 

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L.A.'S SLOW-MOVING OIL AND GAS DISASTER...

An oil pump-jack runs near homes in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Wilmington. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

In affluent Porter Ranch, the worst gas leak in U.S. history continues to pose health concerns. But in lower-income neighborhoods across Los Angeles, drilling has been making people sick for years...

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Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment...

FILE - This Dec. 10, 2015 file photo shows the nuclear fusion research center at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics where the first plasma has been produced at the "Wendelstein 7-X" in Greifswald, Germany. Scientists are poised to flip the switch on an experiment that could take them a step closer to the goal of generating clean and cheap nuclear power. Researchers at the institute plan to inject hydrogen into a doughnut-shaped device to produce a super-hot gas known as plasma. A test on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, will show whether the 400-million-euro (US $ 435-million) device can handle hydrogen, which would be the fuel in future fusion reactors. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP, File) GERMANY OUT, AUSTRIA OUT, SWITZERLAND OUT

GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power...

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CLIMATE COMMENTS FROM COP21: YOUTH...

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Posted: 02 Feb 2016 12:30 PM PST

I was pleasantly surprised by the youth presence at COP21.  There is a new generation eager and ready to address the climate problem.

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POOR, MINORITIES CARRY THE BURDEN OF FRACK WASTE IN SOUTH TEXAS...

Poor, heavily Hispanic neighborhoods shoulder a disproportionate fracking wastewater burden in Texas' booming Eagle Ford...

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DID THE CLIMATE SPIN OUT OF CONTROL ON ITS OWN?

The Earth's thin atmosphere as viewed from space. A new study from NASA and Duke University finds natural cycles alone aren't sufficient to explain warming trends observed over the last century. Courtesy of NASA

Scientists dig into the data to see if the world's climate could change dramatically without external drivers and how the system stays stable...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IN CHARTS: FROM RECORD GLOBAL TEMPERATURES TO SCIENCE DENIAL...

The year 2015 was the hottest on the modern record. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The world’s hottest year on record has prompted much media coverage. But there haven’t been enough charts and graphs...

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WHY THE U.S. EAST COAST COULD BE A MAJOR ‘HOTSPOT’ FOR RISING SEAS...

New research published Monday adds to a body of evidence suggesting that a warming climate may have particularly marked effects for some citizens of the country most responsible for global warming in the first place — namely, U.S. East Coasters...

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HERE IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS: EVEN HOTTER...

A sunny January day at Mudeford Sandbanks in Dorset. Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex/Shutterstock

Long-range forecast predicts generally upward temperature trend, possibly interrupted by La Niña event in 2017...

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BERNIE SANDERS’S RADICAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROPOSAL...

Hillary Clinton keeps adopting his positions, but not this one...

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REPUBLICANS REJECT CLIMATE CHANGE FEARS DESPITE REBUKES FROM SCIENTISTS...

A woman walks through a flooded street that was caused by the combination of the lunar orbit which caused seasonal high tides and what many believe is the rising sea levels due to climate change, in September in Miami Beach, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

 

Ted Cruz has presented ‘misleading’ information in the Senate, scientists say, while Marco Rubio rejects ‘destroying our economy’ – despite pleas for action coming from officials in his own state...

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'IF THE WORLD ENDS IN 2100, WE’RE PROBABLY OK' ?

This file photo taken on December 12, 2015 shows French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal (L), French President Francois Hollande (2ndL), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (2ndR) applauding after a statement at the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris. Some scientists worry that the agreement focused on short-term climate change. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Two scientists take the long view on climate change...

There’s a myopia in the climate discourse today.

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EL NIÑO IS HERE, SO WHY IS CALIFORNIA STILL IN DROUGHT?

A parade of El Niño-fueled storms has marched over California in the last few weeks, bringing bouts of much needed rain and snow to the parched state. But maps of drought conditions there have barely budged, with nearly two-thirds of the state still in the worst two categories of drought.

So what gives?

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OUR OIL ADDICTION, BY THE NUMBERS...

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In 2006, then-President George Bush told the nation "we have a serious problem ... America is addicted to oil." Here's what's happened since:

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AS THE ‘BLUE ARCTIC’ EXPANDS THANKS TO GLOBAL WARMING, AN ICEBREAKER FINDS NO ICE TO BREAK...

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The KV Svalbard, a Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker. (Source: L. Karsten via Wikimedia Commons )

 

Shrinking Arctic sea ice — now at record-low levels — has implications for ecosystems, climate, weather, and people...

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AMERICA'S CLIMATE REFUGEE CRISIS HAS ALREADY BEGUN...

Drier times in Newtok, Alaska

In the small town of Newtok, Alaska, a Yupik village of about 350 people, children once played on endless fields of frozen permafrost. Now, they splash in salt water pools and teeter on boardwalks as the permafrost below thaws and the Ninglick River chips away at the community. Soon even the boards will be swallowed by the rising tides...

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REPUBLICANS=BIG OIL? REPUBLICANS' LEADING CLIMATE DENIER TELLS THE POPE TO BUTT OUT OF CLIMATE DEBATE...

James Inhofe, infamous for tossing a snowball across the Senate floor to demonstrate ‘the greatest hoax ever perpetrated against the American people’, says Pope Francis should ‘stay with his job’ during a pitch to fellow unbelievers...

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EUROPEAN SUMMERS ARE THE WARMEST THEY’VE BEEN IN TWO MILLENNIA, STUDY SAYS...

CREDIT: (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) Children play as they cool down in a fountain beside the Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain.

Since the turn of the century, most of Europe has experienced record-hot summer months that at times were deadly.

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DRINKING WATER: AN IMPERILED RESOURCE...

First in a three-part series, parts 2&3 at end of part 1

WILMINGTON – There’s an old saying, “You don’t miss your water until the well runs dry.”

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HAUNTING PHOTOS SHOW EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN BANGLADESH...

Probal Rashid- Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, with millions expected to be displaced in the next 40 years.

The number of climate change refugees in Bangladesh is expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades...

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THERE'S A SECRET WORLD UNDER THE SNOW, AND IT'S IN TROUBLE...

The porcupine is among the animals that thrive beneath winter snows. (Doug Lindstrand/Design Pics/Corbis)


How do animals survive under the snow? We're only beginning to understand—just as climate change may rewrite everything...


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SOIL PRODUCTIVITY CUT BY CLIMATE CHANGE, MAKING SOCIETIES MORE MARGINAL: STUDIES...

Ethiopia, one fragile dryland nation, is in the grip of its worst drought in 50 years.

Ethiopia, one fragile dryland nation, is in the grip of its worst drought in 50 years. Photo: Jay Court

The health of the world's soils hinges on the abundance and diversity of the microbes and fungi they contain, and environmental changes including from global warming will undermine their ability to support humans and other species, according to two new studies...

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BY 2030, RENEWABLES WILL BE THE WORLD’S PRIMARY POWER SOURCE...

In November, the International Energy Agency quietly dropped this bombshell projection: “Driven by continued policy support, renewables account for half of additional global generation, overtaking coal around 2030 to become the largest power source.”

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COUNTING THE COST OF ENERGY SUBSIDIES...

A gas facility in Qatar: The Middle Eastern nation has the world’s highest energy subsidies per capita (photo: Olivier Polet/Corbis)

IMF Survey

July 17, 2015

  • Energy subsidies sizeable worldwide and projected to stay high
  • China top subsidizer in dollar terms, Ukraine in percent of GDP, and Qatar in per capita terms
  • Countries can reap fiscal and environment gains by reforming energy subsidies

Energy subsidies are projected at US$5.3 trillion in 2015, or 6.5 percent of global GDP, according to a recent IMF study. Most of this arises from countries setting energy taxes below levels that fully reflect the environmental damage associated with energy consumption...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MAKES BIBLICAL PLAGUES A MORE REGULAR THREAT TO FARMERS...

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Locust swarms can be devastating to farmers and, potentially, the food supply...

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JAPAN’S INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO ITS ENERGY AND SPACE CRISIS: THE WORLD’S LARGEST FLOATING SOLAR POWER PLANT...

Weirdly like Minecraft. (Kyocera/YouTube)

Space is a big problem in Japan. The small, mountainous island nation has limited flat ground for building, and what there is comes at a premium...

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OCEAN WARMING IS MAKING FLOODS WORSE, STUDY FINDS...

Floodwaters that washed icy brine into streets and homes along the eastern seaboard during Saturday’s blizzard reached heights in some places not experienced since Hurricane Sandy. “I just hope it isn’t a sign of things to come,” Pam Bross told a local newspaper as she mopped up the market she operates on a New Jersey street not normally reached by storm surges...

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THE U.S. COULD MAKE A FAST, CHEAP SWITCH TO CLEAN ENERGY...

Power lines run by wind turbines operating at a wind farm near Milford, Utah. (Photo: George Frey/Reuters)

A new study shows that the nation could shutter coal-fired power plants by 2030, maintain a steady power supply, and save billions of dollars...

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ACCUMULATING QUESTIONS: WHAT'S A BLIZZARD? IS THIS EL NINO?

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This image made available by NASA via Twitter posted on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, by space station commander Scott Kelly, shows a view from the International Space Station of a storm passing over the United States. A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping snow, stranding travelers and shutting down the nation's capital and its largest city. (Scott Kelly/NASA via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT (Uncredited)

Questions pile up with big snow, so here are some answers to questions people may have about the storm hitting the eastern U.S. Wind is the key difference between regular snowstorms and blizzards...

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WHAT'S POWERING THIS EPIC BLIZZARD ON THE EAST COAST?

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Cars make their way down Electric Road in southwest Roanoke County past Tanglewood Mall on Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2016, near Roanoke, Va.

What makes this blizzard to end all blizzards tick? The factors making it so formidable are also helping it to deliver upwards of two feet of snow on the nation's capital, where a big storm is usually defined in inches (not feet), yet nearly entirely miss southern New England, which has been a blizzard magnet in recent years...

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JUST HOW MUCH DOES KOCH INDUSTRIES POLLUTE?

The amount of toxic waste generated by U.S. companies, and what happens to it, is hiding in plain sight...

 

 

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ECOLOGY’S $434,000,000 TEST...

Chris Maddaloni/Nature Instruments on a 50-metre-tall tower in western Virginia will monitor the metabolism of the forest by measuring carbon dioxide and water vapour.

The United States has invested in a grand ecological observatory, but the project has been dogged by budget overruns and delays...

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FAST-ACTING METHANE FROM ALISO CANYON LEAK IS BOOSTING GLOBAL WARMING...

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Stephen Conley has flown pollution-detecting airplanes over some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation. But never before has the UC Davis scientist encountered as much methane in the air as in recent months over suburban Los Angeles...

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WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR AMERICA TO GO 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE?

In 2013, Greensburg, KS — a town of less than 800 residents about 100 miles from Wichita — became the first city in the United States to go 100 percent renewable, powering their homes, businesses, and municipal buildings via wind power...

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CANADA'S TRUDEAU TO DICAPRIO: YOUR CLIMATE REMARKS DON'T HELP...

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 22, 2016. Reuters/Ruben Sprich

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his "inflammatory rhetoric" on climate change saying it was not helping those who have lost their oil-industry jobs...

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SEE THE INNOVATIVE EARTH-SAVING IDEAS LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S FOUNDATION IS BRINGING TO LIFE.

When he's not fighting off bears or trying to win an Oscar, Leonardo DiCaprio is busy saving the environment.

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CLIMATE CHANGE RAISES A TROUBLING QUESTION: WHO GETS TO EAT?

 Poorer countries like many in Africa will have their food supply threatened most by climate change. Credit: Reuters

Global warming's threat to the global food supply gets worse the more the world warms, researchers tell federal regulators...

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IS 'DARK MONEY' BOOSTING BERNIE SANDERS? NAH...

Nonprofit that takes anonymous donations behind ads touting Democratic candidate

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THE HOTTEST YEAR... EVER!

2015 was hot.
2016 will likely be hotter.

It wasn't even close.

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Carbon dioxide causing 'intoxication' of ocean fish sooner than expected...

Not as funny as it sounds...

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SANDERS CAMPAIGN BADGERS CLINTON ON CLIMATE...

Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign blasted out a statement after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA reported that 2015 was the hottest year on record. | Getty

Bernie Sanders’ campaign wants Hillary Clinton to release her climate change plan, on the heels of news Wednesday that last year was the hottest on record...

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: PROCLAIMS A 3 YEAR MORATORIUM ON NEW COAL MINES...

Open cut hard rock mining (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia) author Stephen Codrington source Wikimedia

President Obama has just announced a 3 year moratorium on leasing federal land for new coal mines, pending a review of the impact of coal on the global climate...

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STUDY: MAN-MADE HEAT PUT IN OCEANS HAS DOUBLED SINCE 1997...

Two people paddleboard at sunset along the beach as a heatwave begins to subside in Cardiff, California August 17, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed.

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GLOBAL WARMING STRIKES DEEP INTO OCEANS: STUDY...

"We estimate that half of the total global ocean heat uptake since 1865 has accumulated since 1997," a team of scientists led by Peter Gleckler of the Laurence Livermore National Laboratory in California reported (AFP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)

Paris (AFP) - The oceans have soaked up as much heat from global warming over the last two decades as during the preceding 130 years, according to a study published Monday...

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MARINE LIFE CAN’T KEEP UP WITH CLIMATE CHANGE...

Marine Life Can’t Keep Up With Climate Change

If you want an idea of what oceans around the world may be like in the not-too-distant future, look to the Pacific Ocean off the West Coast of the United States....

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2015 WAS BY FAR HOTTEST IN MODERN TIMES...

Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change...

 

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THE OCEANS ARE HEATING UP MORE RAPIDLY THAN WE THOUGHT. WHY THAT MATTERS...

 

 

Vacationers cool off in the Pacific Ocean in Vina del Mar city, Chile, in this January 15. The world's oceans appear to be absorbing more heat from global warming than previously thought, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. But a new study that culled data from the 1870s British research ship Challenger's archives, and from modern Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters


The deep ocean has warmed as much in the past two decades as it did in the previous 100 years, researchers found...



 

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Congress Actually Dealt with Climate Change in the 2016 Budget Bill. Really!

Flooding, like the current Mississippi River overflow in places like St. Louis, creates the most damage of all natural disasters in the U.S. Credit: Reuters.

It flew under the radar, but the approval of a new flood standard for federal projects means the federal government took a big step...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE CALL TO DIRECT ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr. from a Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

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2015 A 'TIPPING POINT' FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: EXPERTS...

2015 was almost certainly the hottest on record for the planet as a whole (AFP Photo/Antony Dickson)

Paris (AFP) - When future generations write the history of humanity's faltering quest to repair Earth's climate system, 2015 will have its own chapter...

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WOMAN CYCLES ACROSS SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE TO COLLECT 1,001 CLIMATE CHANGE STORIES...

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With little more than an audio recorder, Devi Lockwood has been traveling on a green touring bike, covered in stickers with a jaunty yellow flag flying off the back, across the Southern Hemisphere for more than one year...

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WHY PSYCHOLOGY SHOULD BE A PART OF THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE...

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Up until now, psychology had been largely left out of the conversation about climate change, but researchers in the field of environmental psychology are seeking to change that...

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THE WORLD IS HEMORRHAGING METHANE, AND NOW WE CAN SEE WHERE...

The Aliso Canyon breach is accidental, but thousands of other sites are flaring off methane intentionally, as waste...

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COP21 REFLECTIONS... IT’S TIME TO LIGHT THE FLAME...

Closing Ceremony of COP21, Paris. Copyright United Nations Photo

“I look at the room. I see that the reaction is positive. I don’t hear any objections.”

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SCIENTISTS IN BELGIUM FIND A SURPRISING REASON WHY GREENLAND'S GLACIER IS MELTING SO FAST...

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A team of scientists in Belgium has discovered a somewhat counterintuitive reason the Greenland ice sheet is melting at night...

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DANGER AHEAD: MIGRATION, CLIMATE TOP RISKS FOR DAVOS LEADERS...

We live in an increasingly dangerous world, with political, economic and environmental threats piling up, according to experts polled by the World Economic Forum...

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IN CLIMATE MOVE, OBAMA HALTS NEW COAL MINING LEASES ON PUBLIC LANDS...

Full rail cars outside Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope Coal loading terminal in Rawlins, Wyo. About 40 percent of the nation’s coal is mined on public land in the state. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction...

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PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE, SO CHILDREN ARE DEMANDING ANSWERS...

Few issues have as much impact on the future as climate change. Sadly, the issue of climate change has taken a backseat to economic policy, divisive cultural issues, and the threat of terrorism. The main reason for this is the media coverage of these issues...

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"LOOKING OUT FOR THE AVERAGE GUY..." 8 TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP...

Pay special attention to #2...

There is a lot at stake with the TPP agreement.

It’s no wonder the Obama administration tried to keep this secret—the corporate-friendly trade agreement, decoded...

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CLIMATE CHANGE ON PACE TO OCCUR 10 TIMES FASTER THAN ANY CHANGE RECORDED IN PAST 65 MILLION YEARS, STANFORD SCIENTISTS SAY...

Not only is the planet undergoing one of the largest climate changes in the past 65 million years, Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field report that it's on pace to occur at a rate 10 times faster than any change in that period. Without intervention, this extreme pace could lead to a 5-6 degree Celsius spike in annual temperatures by the end of the century...

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THE LAST TIME CO2 WAS THIS HIGH, HUMANS DIDN’T EXIST...

The last time there was this much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere, modern humans didn't exist. Megatoothed sharks prowled the oceans, the world's seas were up to 100 feet higher than they are today, and the global average surface temperature was up to 11°F warmer than it is now.

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EARLY DATA SHOWS 2015 BLEW AWAY PREVIOUS RECORDS TO BECOME EARTH'S HOTTEST YEAR...

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Global temperature anomaly for 2015 compared to the 1951-1980 average. Image: Berkeley Earth

During the next week, the official climate agencies around the world that are responsible for tracking the planet's average temperatures will almost certainly come to the same conclusion: 2015 was the warmest year on record. This would mean that 2015 would beat the previous warmest year, which occurred in 2014 — remember that?

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OBAMA SAYS MUST CHANGE THE WAY NATION MANAGES FOSSIL FUEL RESOURCES...

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he would seek changes in the way U.S. oil and coal resources are managed, prompting a flood of reaction from environmental groups pushing him to do more to limit fossil fuel production - and producers anxious about regulatory changes...

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SOTU: OBAMA VOWS TO REVAMP FEDERAL COAL LEASING PROGRAM...

President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Evan Vuccil

President pushes for changes in how government manages public-land fossil fuels, but overall his address does not outline plans for bold action this year...

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O'S FINAL SOTU ADDRESS... OBAMA VOWS TO OVERHAUL COAL MINING ON PUBLIC LANDS TO 'INVEST IN THE FUTURE'

The White House said further details on the ‘transition to a low-carbon economy’ would come in the next few weeks. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Pledge comes amid collapse in coal price but president says management of oil and coal should ‘better reflect the costs they impose’ on taxpayers and planet...

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NEXT STOP FOR PARIS CLIMATE DEAL: THE COURTS...

 A picture taken on December 11, 2015 shows banners with messages related to global warming attached to an Eiffel Tower made of bistro chairs at the venue of the United Nations conference on climate change COP21 in Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris, on December 11, 2015. | Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

First came the agreement. Now comes the litigation...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS MORE FEAR, LESS FUN FOR GLOBAL MIDDLE CLASS: UBS...

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The erosion of wealth among the world's middle class due to climate change is a threat to economic and social stability which could spur its 1 billion members to push for action on global warming, Swiss bank UBS Group AG said.

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BILLIONAIRE ACTIVIST URGES OBAMA TO FOCUS STATE OF THE UNION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Barack Obama speaks to reporters in Seward, Alaska, in September 2015 where he used the state’s glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Tom Steyer calls on president to seize opportunity to explain his actions on the environment and convince Americans that they must be irrevocable...

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ANTARCTIC ICEBERGS HAVE SURPRISE ROLE IN SLOWING WARMING: STUDY...

OSLO (Reuters) - The biggest icebergs breaking off Antarctica unexpectedly help to slow global warming as they melt away into the chill Southern Ocean, scientists said on Monday...

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WHY ISN'T THIS MONITORED??? LACK OF METHANE EMISSION REPORTING POSES INVESTOR RISK: GREEN GROUP

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FRACKING SHAKES THE AMERICAN WEST: ‘A MILLENNIUM’S WORTH OF EARTHQUAKES’...

In 2015 the US Geological Survey linked earthquakes over seven years to toxic wastewater dumping and drilling programs in eight states, including Oklahoma and Colorado. Photograph: Linda Davidson/Getty Images

Seismologists’ warnings about hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal divide residents, politicians and companies in Colorado and Oklahoma, while temblors increase around the region...

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THE BIG MELT: THE LAST ANTARCTIC EXPLORERS ARE SEEKING ANSWERS INSIDE THE CONTINENT'S ICE...

Chinstrap penguins rest atop a blue iceberg near Candlemas Island.

In all mythic, transformational trips—acid, ayahuasca, Mars or across the river Styx—the voyagers must, at some point, face down their deepest fears. For expeditions into Antarctica, the most deeply strange place on Earth, the Drake Passage is where that happens...

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POPE INSPIRES CLERGY TO JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT...

Looking at panels installed at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol Springs are Father Ross Syracuse, left, Sister Sharon Goodremote and Carol Anne Cornelius.

A papal encyclical aimed at caring for the environment has given clergy a renewed imperative for responsible action...

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WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS AN ETHICAL PROBLEM...

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the ethics of global warming. Need a primer? Catch up here.

Stephen M. Gardiner is professor of philosophy, and Ben Rabinowitz is endowed professor of the human dimensions of the environment at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Climate change presents a severe ethical challenge, forcing us to confront difficult questions as individual moral agents, and even more so as members of larger political systems. It is genuinely global and seriously intergenerational, and crosses species boundaries. It also takes place in a setting where existing institutions and theories are weak, proving little ethical guidance...

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE RATE UNPRECEDENTED, STUDY SAYS...

The rapid pace of current climate change has already placed a great deal of stress on terrestrial ecosystems, including melting glaciers and irreversible damage to the habitats of Arctic and Antarctic animals...

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AMERICA HAS BEEN DUPED ON CLIMATE CHANGE...


Stacks and burn-off from the ExxonMobil refinery are seen at dusk last year in St. Bernard Parish, La. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the ethics of global warming. Need a primer? Catch up here.

Robert Brulle is a professor of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is co-editor of “Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives.

 

Future generations will look back on our tepid response to global climate disruption and wonder why we did not act sooner and more aggressively. Climate change will adversely impact present and future generations, as well as all species on Earth. Our moral obligation to protect life requires us to act...

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WHAT DOES THE PARIS AGREEMENT MEAN FOR THE WORLD'S OTHER 8 MILLION SPECIES?

A snorkeler encounters a whale shark. Photograph: Alamy

In December, the world’s nations agreed on an aggressive plan to combat climate change. But what, if anything, will the landmark Paris agreement do for thousands of species already under threat from global warming?

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SCIENTISTS SAY HUMANS HAVE NOW BROUGHT ON AN ENTIRELY NEW GEOLOGIC EPOCH...


In this Dec. 16, 2009, photo, steam and smoke rise from a coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Martin Meissner/AP)

A group of 24 geoscientists on Thursday released a bracing assessment, suggesting that humans have altered the Earth so extensively that the consequences will be detectable in current and future geological records. They therefore suggest that we should consider the Earth to have moved into a new geologic epoch, the “Anthropocene,” sometime circa 1945-1964...

 

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ERA OF CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL IS NOT OVER, STUDY FINDS...

Is the era of climate science denial over? A new study suggests not. Photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

Conservative thinktanks in the US engaging in climate change have increased their attacks on science in recent years, a study of 16,000 documents finds.

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AFTER AT LEAST 2,300 HOME EVACUATIONS, BIG METHANE LEAK CAUSES STATE OF EMERGENCY...

Crews from SoCalGas and outside experts work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 9. 2015.

The Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles is officially in a state of emergency, according to a declaration by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday...

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Climate Change Is Taking A Toll On Farmers’ Mental Health...

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The success or failure of a farming operation depends hugely on the vagaries of weather and climate. For a farmer, a single intense rain event or prolonged dry period can mean a year of lost crops and income...

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THE CALIFORNIA WAY: SUNNY, WITH A CHANCE OF APOCALYPSE...

California Gov. Jerry Brown has found a sweet spot in climate-change communication...

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FARMERS ARE KEY TO FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE...

The United Kingdom aims to cut its carbon emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, and scientists think farmers can play a key role in achieving that target...

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EARTH IS EXPERIENCING A GLOBAL WARMING SPURT...

High temperatures are bleaching corals, such as this bent sea rod off Florida.
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr

 

 

Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years.

 

 

 

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WHAT PEOPLE GET WRONG ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

It's not about saving the planet...

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WHAT SCIENTISTS JUST DISCOVERED IN GREENLAND COULD BE MAKING SEA-LEVEL RISE EVEN WORSE...

Heat flow from Earth's mantle contributes to Greenland ice melting...

Modeled basal ice temperatures of the present-day Greenland Ice Shield across the Summit region, GRIP and GISP2 indicate borehole locations. Credit: A. Petrunin/GFZ

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earth-mantle-contributes-greenland-ice.html#jCp
Modeled basal ice temperatures of the present-day Greenland Ice Shield across the Summit region, GRIP and GISP2 indicate borehole locations. Credit: A. Petrunin/GFZ

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earth-mantle-contributes-greenland-ice.html#jCp
Modeled basal ice temperatures of the present-day Greenland Ice Shield across the Summit region, GRIP and GISP2 indicate borehole locations. Credit: A. Petrunin/GFZ

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earth-mantle-contributes-greenland-ice.html#jCp
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2016: WHEN CLIMATE ACTIVISTS AIM TO HALT FEDERAL COAL LEASES...

Environmental activists, including one wearing a polar bear costume, protest the Obama administration's plans to allow new fossil fuel drilling on public lands and oceans, during a demonstration held by the 'Keep it in the Ground' coalition in front of the White House on September 15, 2015. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Environmentalists say that leasing public land for fossil fuel production is one of the Obama administration's biggest carbon-polluting programs...

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NEW REPORT ESTIMATES ENOUGH NATURAL GAS IS LEAKING TO NEGATE CLIMATE BENEFITS...

A natural gas drilling rig north of Parachute, Colorado. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters/Corbis

 

Natural gas drilling only has environmental benefits over other processes like coal and oil production if producers can keep a tight lid on leaks...

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2016: CALIFORNIA'S 'STAGGERING' LEAK COULD SPEW METHANE FOR MONTHS...

Protesters stand outside Los Angeles City Hall during a demonstration ahead of the testimony before the Los Angeles City Council on the natural gas leak in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, California December 1, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

A leaking natural gas storage field continues to belch thousands of tons of methane into the air every week, causing health and climate concerns...

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MILLENNIALS MUST KEEP UP THE PRESSURE FOLLOWING THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

World leaders and UN officials agree on a global climate deal in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

My generation has a responsibility to find practical solutions to the environmental problems we have inherited and ensure politicians honor their promises...

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BIG OIL BRACED FOR GLOBAL WARMING WHILE IT FOUGHT REGULATIONS...

A few weeks before seminal climate change talks in Kyoto back in 1997, Mobil Oil took out a bluntly worded advertisement in the New York Times and Washington Post.

“Let’s face it: The science of climate change is too uncertain to mandate a plan of action that could plunge economies into turmoil,” the ad said. “Scientists cannot predict with certainty if temperatures will increase, by how much and where changes will occur.”

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