CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: LARGEST UNDERSEA CATHEDRAL OF LIFE IS DYING, POPE PUSHES SUSTAINABLE GROWTH, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this 45 lb Titan Mushroom found in Chiapas, Mexico, also home to the Lacandon rainforest (see below), is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

 

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

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

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ON ECOLOGY AND CLIMATE, SAD TO SAY, SCIENTISTS TOLD YOU SO...

Choose your fate, embrace an ecology ethic, or die...

 

Given long-predicted and self-evident abrupt climate change and ecosystem collapse, and resultant perma-war and rise of fascism, despite decades of scientific warnings which went unheeded; will you now listen to science, embrace an ecology ethic, and act to avoid biosphere collapse and the end of being before it is too late?

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OUR CATACLYSMIC PLANET...

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano spews lava during an eruption in January 2016. Rony Muharrman /Antara Foto / Reuters

 

How mass extinctions inform our understanding of human-caused climate change...

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‘THIS … FOLLOWS FROM THE BASIC LAWS OF PHYSICS’: SCIENTISTS REBUKE SCOTT PRUITT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

 Video: President Trump and many of his top aides have expressed skepticism about climate change, while others say human activity is to blame for global warming. So what's the administration's real position? (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

 

Scott Pruitt testifies during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on Jan. 18. (Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The controversy continues over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s statement Thursday questioning the most important scientific conclusion about climate change — namely, that it is driven by human beings...

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PREDICTABLE AND UNPREDICTABLE BEHAVIOUR...

 

Terms such as “gas skeptics” and “climate skeptics” aren’t really very descriptive, but they refer to sentiments that have something in common: unpredictable behaviour...

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CALL IT WHAT IT IS: CLIMATE COVER-UP, NOT CLIMATE DENIAL...

 

Today’s remarks by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt that human activity is not “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see” should effectively bring an end to the term formerly known as “climate denial.”

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EUROPE LAUNCHES FOURTH EARTH MONITORING SATELLITE AS US CONGRESS READIES AXE FOR NASA EARTH SCIENCE RESEARCH...

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The European Space Agency (ESA) launched a fourth European Commission (EC) Copernicus Earth Systems Monitoring project satellite from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou in French Guiana March 7 evening...

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GREAT BARRIER REEF BLEACHED FOR UNPRECEDENTED SECOND YEAR RUNNING...

Photos taken by marine biologist Brett Monroe Garner on the Great Barrier Reef between Port Douglas and Cairns show bleaching of corals he said were ‘full of colour’ just months ago. Photograph: Brett Monroe Garner/Greenpeace

 

Reef authority says findings of aerial surveys show enough to confirm another mass coral bleaching event, after last year’s dramatic death rate...

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ALASKA’S BIG PROBLEM WITH WARMER WINTERS...

Rick Abboud, city planner for Homer, Alaska. Photographer: Joshua Corbett for Bloomberg Businessweek

 

Juneau has no plan, little money for erosion or thawing permafrost...

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FEBRUARY’S WARMTH, BROUGHT TO YOU BY CLIMATE CHANGE...

February temperature anomalies over North America. ECMWF analysis compared to ERA-interim 1981-2010

 

A bonanza of heat records fell throughout February in almost all quarters of the U.S. and research released on Wednesday shows that this pervasive spring-like warmth was made possible by climate change...

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SCIENTISTS COULD END UP FLYING BLIND ABOUT ARCTIC SEA ICE AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME...

Fish-eye lens view of sea ice off the coast of Spitsbergen (Svalbard Islands) in the High Arctic. Image: Steve Allen/Shutterstock

 

All is not well in the Arctic, where sea ice is in a long-term precipitous decline due to human-caused global warming. In February, for example, Arctic sea ice set a monthly record low, with sea ice extent coming in 455,600 square miles below the February 1981 to 2010 average...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MAY DRIVE MORE MIGRATION IN FUTURE, EUROPEANS SAY...

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Climate change is not a driving force behind migration today – but it could be in the future, residents in four European countries believe...

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IGNORING THE WORST CASE SCENARIO COMES WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG...

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By 2100, economic losses from climate change-related sea level rise and coastal flooding in European port cities could top a trillion US dollars every year, according to researchers from the Basque Centre for Climate Change...

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CLIMATE, FRIENDLY BUSINESSES MAKE DELAWARE BEACHES A YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION...

The Rehoboth Beach boardwalk Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.(Photo: Staff photo by Megan Raymond)

 

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — It's 62 degrees and the sun is shining bright. Parking spots are impossible to find on Rehoboth Avenue or side streets...

 

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(WHO'S LUBRICATING WHO?) THE WHITE HOUSE WAS ON THE SAME PAGE AS EXXONMOBIL ON MONDAY. LITERALLY...

Darren Woods, chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, speaks during the 2017 IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston on March 6 (Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg News)

 

The White House and ExxonMobil were in sync Monday. Some might even call it a mind meld...

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STEVE BANNON USED TO BELIEVE IN SCIENCE. NOW HE’S AMERICA’S TOP CLIMATE VILLAIN...

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From Biosphere 2 to Breitbart: the mysterious conversion of Donald Trump's chief strategist...

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GRIM STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT WARNS CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS COULD BE IRREVERSIBLE...

Record high water temperatures caused widespread coral bleaching in 2011-16, the report found. Photo: Jason South

 

The impact of climate change on the Australian environment and its ecosystems is increasing and some aspects may be irreversible, the latest State of the Environment report has warned...

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STUDY: CLIMATE CHANGE MAY HURT NATION'S AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY...

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Farming in the Midwest could suffer under future climatic conditions. A new study says if the threats aren't addressed, future US food production could be lower than necessary to meet global demand. Harvest Public Media file photo
The agriculture sector needs to ramp up its response to climate change, especially in the Midwest, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...
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7 SPECIES OF BEES ADDED TO ENDANGERED LIST...

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For the first time in history, several American bee species have been classified as endangered. There are many factors that have contributed to the decline in bee populations in recent years, with climate change being at the root of many of these issues. In order to save the dwindling number of bees, we must implement the mitigation and management plans that are in place, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Assessment Guide, the United States Government’s Pollinator Research Action Plan, and the Canadian Governments Pollinator Health Action Plan. The implementation of these practices could mean life of death for some species...

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20 YEARS AGO, BRITISH COLUMBIA'S SCIENTISTS WARNED OF PROVINCIAL IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Video: Scientists in B.C. warn of global warming impact 20 years ago 4:14

 

Twenty years ago this week scientists predicted extreme weather events like flooding in B.C. caused by global warming. (Ministry of Transportation/Twitter)

 

'Being able to talk about climate change outside of the science world, that continues to be a real challenge...'

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INSURANCE VITAL, BUT NO MAGIC BULLET TO FIGHT DROUGHT IN AFRICA...

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"People think sometimes that insurance is the solution for everything. It is not correct"

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FLOATING HOSPITALS TREAT THOSE IMPACTED BY RISING SEAS...

Video: Inside the Floating Hospital Helping Flood Victims in Bangladesh

 

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In parts of Bangladesh, flooding makes it impossible to build permanent hospitals. But that doesn’t mean people can’t get healthcare...

 

 

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CALIFORNIA WON'T MEET ITS CLIMATE CHANGE GOALS WITHOUT A LOT MORE HOUSING DENSITY IN ITS CITIES...

The installation of the spire atop L.A.'s 73-story Wilshire Grand, the tallest skyscraper in the West, in September 2016. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

 

To meet the bold new climate change goals put in place last year, California will work to put millions of electric cars on the road, revolutionize its dairy industry and generate half of all power from solar panels and other renewable sources...

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POPE HAS URGED HAVING FEWER CHILDREN IF “YOU CANNOT BRING THEM UP PROPERLY,” CLAIMS VATICAN ACADEMY MEMBER...

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ROME,  March 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- "We need at some point to have a limited number of people which is why Pope Francis and his three most recent predecessors have always argued that you should not have more children than you can bring up properly," a panelist at a Vatican-run workshop on “how to save the natural world” claimed on Thursday...

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BILL NYE HAS A WAKEUP CALL FOR FOX NEWS VIEWERS, WHETHER THEY WANT TO HEAR IT OR NOT...

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“The evidence for climate change is overwhelming."

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WATCH BILL MCKIBBEN TALK CLIMATE CHANGE BATTLE ON 'REAL TIME'...

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"The level of complete corruption from the fossil fuel industry that marks this administration is like nothing we've ever seen," environmentalist says...
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HOW DISAPPEARING SEA ICE HAS PUT ARCTIC ECOSYSTEM UNDER THREAT...

An adult polar bear hunting for seals on the melting pack ice in the Arctic. Photograph: Alamy

 

From algae to fish and polar bears, the loss of habitat caused by global warming is affecting the food chain...

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SOMALIA SAYS 110 DEAD IN LAST 48 HOURS DUE TO DROUGHT...

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Some 110 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhea resulting from a drought, the prime minister said on Saturday, as the area braces itself for widespread shortages of food...

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EXTREME HEATWAVE DAYS ALREADY HITTING POORER NATIONS MORE THAN RICH...

Dehydration: extreme heat in mid-2015 killed at least 800 people in PakistanPhoto: AP

 

When Nicholas Herold was hunting for data on how much climate change was affecting the world's poorest nations, he was surprised when he couldn't find answers in the published research...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: THE EXTINCTION CONNECTION, MAJOR INVESTORS URGE ACTION, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Palawan Hornbill, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Ramon Quisumbing

 

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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THE TRUE MEANING OF NUMBERS...

 

Gavin has already discussed John Christy’s misleading graph earlier in 2016, however, since the end of 2016, there has been a surge in interest in this graph in Norway amongst people who try to diminish the role of anthropogenic global warming...

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CLIMATE SCOREBOARD UPDATE: NATIONAL PLANS LEAD TO 3.4°C...

 

Updated Result for National Plans Scenario

We have updated the Climate Scoreboard to reflect the impact of the latest plans countries have communicated to the United Nations to address climate change...

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AFTER EPIC DROUGHT, PARTS OF CALIFORNIA NOW HAVE TOO MUCH SNOW...

Now that's a lot of snow. Image: squaw valley alpine meadows resort

 

Finally. California, which has endured more than five years of epic drought that forced officials to institute unprecedented water use restrictions, now may have too much of a good thing...

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IT’S FINALLY HERE! CLIMAGEDDON THE BOOK EARLY READER DEAL $1.99...

It took seven years of research, but it's finally here! As a subscriber to Job One for Humanity, we want to have a special first release opportunity to obtain the new book before its full public release and at an unbelievable price!

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SIBERIA'S GROWING 'DOORWAY TO HELL' OFFERS CLUES ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Video: A close-up view of the Batagaika crater in eastern Siberia. Video courtesy Julian Murton/University of Sussex via Storyful

 

An aerial photograph of the Batagaika crater in Siberia.
Photograph by Alexander Gabyshev, Research Institute of Applied Ecology of the North

A new study suggests that the expanding hole might provide fresh insight into a warming world...

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TRUMP WANTS TO ‘ZERO OUT’ EPA PROGRAMS...

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.
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The Trump administration wants to “zero out” many climate-related programs and grants that help state and local governments enforce environmental laws, according to a memo sent this week to state governments by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies...

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TOP TRUMP ADVISERS ARE SPLIT ON PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

A bulldozer moving coal at a processing facility in Price, Utah. President Trump campaigned with a promise to “cancel” the Paris agreement, which binds countries to combat global warming. Credit George Frey/Bloomberg

 

WASHINGTON — The White House is fiercely divided over President Trump’s campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris agreement, the 2015 accord that binds nearly every country to curb global warming, with more moderate voices maintaining that he should stick with the agreement despite his campaign pledge...

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IT’S 1 MARCH, BUT SPRING GOT STARTED WEEKS AGO...

Arctic harebell in East Greenland (Photo: Alexandre Lavrov)

 

As warmer days wake parts of nature from their winter slumber earlier and earlier, ancient cycles are being broken...

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WEEKLY WRAP: WILL CHINA TURN IT'S BACK ON COAL?

Smoke billows from smokestacks and a coal fired generator at a steel factory on November 19, 2015 in the industrial province of Hebei, China.Getty Images/Kevin Frayer

 

News that China's coal consumption fell for the third consecutive year has inflamed the hearts of the hopeful with the thought that the decline may become permanent...

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PHOTOS REVEAL HOW CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS THE HIGH ANDES...

On expedition with the American Climber Science Program, the team of researchers made high camp at just over 16,000 feet above the foot of the Maparaju glacier (right). Here some of the student volunteers take in the view of Cayesh across the valley, and settle into the evening to prepare for the 4 a.m. alpine start.
Photograph by Courtney Cecale, National Geographic Your Shot

A photographer and environmental anthropologist explores melting glaciers in Peru...

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70%! WORSE THEN PREDICTED... TRUMP'S EPA BUDGET PROPOSAL TARGETS CLIMATE, CLEAN WATER PROGRAMS...

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), speaks to employees of the Agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

 

The White House is proposing to slash a quarter of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's budget, targeting climate-change programs and those designed to prevent air and water pollution like lead contamination, a source with direct knowledge of the proposal said on Thursday...

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"A SENSE OF DESPAIR": THE MENTAL HEALTH COST OF UNCHECKED CLIMATE CHANGE...

Lisa Carruth hugs her granddaughter Juayonna Carruth after a tornado tore through the New Orleans East neighborhood in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Climate change has led to a dramatic uptick in extreme weather events, worrying mental health professionals worldwide. Gerald Herbert, AP

 

Climate change is taking an obvious physical toll on earth: from depleted farmland to the rise of toxic pollution to the degradation of long-stable ecosystems to the disappearance of biodiversity and endangered species...

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OKLAHOMA FACES CONTINUED RISK OF QUAKES LINKED TO DRILLING: USGS...

An oil pumpjack is seen in Velma, Oklahoma U.S. April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Luc Cohen

 

Parts of Oklahoma and Kansas are likely to experience damaging earthquakes as a result of oil and gas industry activity in 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in its second annual forecast of natural and human-caused seismic risk...

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CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIER RICHARD LINDZEN'S LIST OF 300 "SCIENTISTS" SENT TO TRUMP IS THE USUAL PARADE OF NON-EXPERTS...

From left, Willie Soon, Christopher Monckton, Richard Lindzen and Fred Singer. All appear on Richard Lindzen's list of “eminent scientists.” Credit: Greenpeace USA

 

Beware climate science deniers bearing gifts or, in the case before us right now, bearing open letters claiming to have hundreds of signatures from “eminent” scientists...

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GLOBAL WARMING MADE AUSTRALIA'S RECORD-BREAKING, SIZZLING SUMMER 50 TIMES MORE LIKELY...

Children cool off from the heat during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 16,  2017. Image: R. CRISTINO/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

 

Millions of Australians just endured a sizzlingly hot summer, with three blistering heat waves enveloping much of southeastern Australia during January and February sending temperatures soaring as high as 48.2 degrees Celsius, or 118.7 degrees Fahrenheit...

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ANTARCTIC ICE HAS SET AN UNEXPECTED RECORD, AND SCIENTISTS ARE STRUGGLING TO FIGURE OUT WHY...

Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont d�Urville in Antarctica on Jan. 22, 2010. (Pauline Askin/Reuters)

 

There’s no mistaking it now. Even though we don’t have the final numbers, it is abundantly clear that the sea ice ringing the Antarctic continent has fallen precipitously — reaching a record low just a few short years after it reached a record high...

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CHILDREN'S CLIMATE LAWSUIT AIMS TO UNEARTH DOCUMENTS FROM OIL GROUP API...

Young plaintiffs suing the U.S. over its responsibility for climate change are seeking documents from an oil industry group that could reveal its involvement in working with the government on climate policy. Photo courtesy of Robin Loznak/ZUMAPRESS.com

 

Young plaintiffs hope to uncover how the fossil fuel industry influenced government policies that accelerated climate change...

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ANTARCTICA HITS RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE AT BALMY 63.5°F...

Base Esperanza Argentina / Antarctica by refito71

 

OSLO (Reuters) - An Argentine research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula has set a heat record at a balmy 63.5° Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius), the U.N. weather agency said on Wednesday...

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WHITE HOUSE EYES PLAN TO CUT EPA STAFF BY ONE-FIFTH, ELIMINATING KEY PROGRAMS...

Environmental Protection Agency headquarters (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

 

The Office of Management and Budget has suggested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce its staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate dozens of programs, according to details of a document reviewed by The Washington Post...

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THESE MAPS SHOW HOW EARLY SPRING IS ARRIVING IN YOUR STATE THIS YEAR...

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Anyone living in the eastern United States has probably noticed how unusually warm it’s been this February. And it’s not just your imagination! In fact, there’s a good way to visualize this...

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CHINA'S CARBON EMISSIONS FALLING, WHILE TRUMP POINTS U.S. IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION...

China has leveled off its coal consumption to reduce pollution and climate impacts, according to a new report. Credit: Getty Images

 

Forecasting a fourth straight year of stable or reduced emissions, China shows huge growth in clean energy as President Trump vows to promote fossil fuels...

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CHICAGO SETS IMPRESSIVE 146-YEAR-OLD WEATHER RECORD...

Mild temperatures extend across the U.S. on Feb. 28, 2017. Image: http://earth.nullschool.net

 

Chicago isn't exactly known for having mild, snowless winters. The city is prone to frequent Arctic outbreaks with temperatures plunging below zero Fahrenheit, along with frequent light snowfalls and occasional blizzards...

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MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MET TO DISCUSS THE COSTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THEY ENDED UP DEBATING ITS EXISTENCE...

The American Electric Power coal burning plant in Conesville, Ohio, had a scrubber (a filtering system to limit emissions into the air) added to the unit seen emitting smoke in photo. (Michael Williamson/The Washington Post)

 

A hearing held Tuesday by several House subcommittees was meant to be an examination of the methods used to calculate an oft-contested metric known as the social cost of carbon, a way of quantifying the costs — environmental, health-related or otherwise — of emitting on additional ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Yet by its close, the conversation had disintegrated into yet another debate about the extent to which man-made climate change exists...

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MASSIVE PERMAFROST THAW DOCUMENTED IN CANADA, PORTENDS HUGE CARBON RELEASE...

Melting permafrost is altering the landscape in northern Canada on a grand scale. Credit: Wikimedia

 

Study shows 52,000 square miles in rapid decline, with sediment and carbon threatening the surrounding environment and potentially accelerating global warming...

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SHELL'S 1991 VIDEO WARNING: CLIMATE CHANGING ‘AT FASTER RATE THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE END OF ICE AGE’...

Street-level sign and landscaping at base of 50-story at One Shell Plaza skyscraper - 910 Louisiana Houston Texas 77002. credit: Wolfgang Houston

 

Critics say public information film shows Shell ‘understood the threat was dire, potentially existential for civilization, more than a quarter of a century ago’

‘Shell knew’: oil giant’s 1991 film warned of climate change danger

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CLIMATE CHANGE BLAMED FOR DEADLY LANDSLIDES IN CHILE...

A man shovels mud from a home brought by the overflow of the Estero San Jose River in San Alfonso, Chile, on Feb. 26, 2017. Photographer: Esteban Felix/AP Photo

 

Landslides close to the Chilean capital Santiago killed three people over the weekend, while cutting off water supplies to millions of homes, the National Emergency Office said...

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FOR SOME ARCTIC PLANTS, SPRING ARRIVES ALMOST A MONTH EARLIER...

A caribou and her calf in Greenland. Shifting timing for the blooming of plants may affect the availability of nutritious food for herbivores in the Arctic, a study found. Credit Eric Post/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

Every spring, Arctic plants rely on cues from the environment — like warmer weather, longer days and shrinking ice sheets — to tell them when they should awaken from winter’s slumber. But as the climate warms, these plants are getting mixed signals about when to rouse...

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INEQUALITIES FUEL HUMAN IMPACTS ON CLIMATE...

Refugees forced from their homes by serious floods in Bihar state, northeast India. Image: Balazs Gardi via Flickr

 

Scientists seek precision research tools to measure how human impacts and inequalities will feed back into future climate change...

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AT THE VATICAN, A CALL TO AVOID 'BIOLOGICAL EXTINCTION'...

Excerpt from "The Fall of the Rebel Angels," by Pieter Bruegel the Elder/Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

 

'Nothing less than a reordering of our priorities based on a moral revolution can succeed.'

Download Partha Dasgupta's and Paul Ehrlich's working paper on the sixth great extinction here.

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HEALTH INDUSTRY MAKES PLEA TO GAS DRILLING LOBBY TO EMBRACE METHANE CONTROLS...


Monday’s letter is not the first time health care workers have sought to influence state policy on shale gas drilling.
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A group representing thousands of Pennsylvania doctors, nurses and other health care professionals has sent a letter to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, requesting that it stop legal challenges and lobbying against regulations aimed at controlling drilling air emissions and safeguarding public health...

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE PREDICTED TO TRANSFORM VANCOUVER INTO SAN DIEGO, BUT AT A HEAVY COST...

FILE PHOTO Vancouver under a cloud as the city records its most number of rainy days for October, 2016. A major climate-change study predicts temperatures in Metro Vancouver will exceed those of present-day Southern California in the coming decades, while heavier fall rain will lead to flooding and erosion problems. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG

 

Goodbye Vancouver, hello San Diego.

A major climate-change study predicts temperatures in Metro Vancouver will exceed those of present-day Southern California in the coming decades...

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HALF OF THE WORLD'S SPECIES COULD BECOME EXTINCT, BIOLOGISTS SAY...

The Dodo bird is about to gain a lot of extinct friends. Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

 

Here's the sobering truth: Around half the species on Earth today could disappear by middle of the century, unless we humans can tackle climate change and slow our population growth...

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COLLAPSE OF GULF STREAM POSES THREAT TO LIFE AS WE KNOW IT...

 

New research suggests the Gulf Stream system that grants Europe and parts of North America its temperate climate cannot weather global warming. Should we be worried?

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OMG! MEASUREMENTS OF GREENLAND GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF FUTURE SEA RISE...

This NASA Earth Observatory file photo taken on September 22, 2016 and observed from the HU-25A Guardian aircraft shows the Bruckner and Heim glaciers where they flow into Johan Petersen Fjord in southeastern Greenland. Photograph: Jeremy Harbeck/AFP/Getty Images

 

The Oceans Melting Greenland project is taking important measurements to determine how fast sea levels will rise...

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FOREWARNED...

New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina – Photo © Alamy.com / EPA/Vincent Laforet

 

Environmental reporters are often the Town Criers of looming disaster's. Sometimes we listen, often we don't...

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SOUTH FLORIDA CONTINUES PREP FOR SEA LEVEL RISE...

Flooding from seasonal king tides has worsened in Fort Lauderdale as a result of sea-level rise. (Joe Cavaretta/Sun-Sentinel)

 

South Florida is taking more steps to protect against climate change and the rising seas that already are spilling over into neighborhoods...

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HERE’S WHY IT'S SO FRICKIN’ HOT RIGHT NOW...

Daily high temperature departures from average for February so far. Notice a dominant color? Image: weatherbell analytics

 

There's something about a warm February day that reminds you that something just isn't right. It gives you that nagging feeling that maybe global warming is real after all...

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A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN...

 

Wind and solar energy are disrupting a century-old model of providing electricity. What will replace it?

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SOMEONE C.A.R.E.S....

 

Do we need a new venue for post-publication comments and replications?

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: RACING BEYOND THE CLIMATE COMFORT ZONE, WIND POWER, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this newly discovered Madagascar fish scaled gecko, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. This fascinating creature has a bizarre way of eluding predators – it sheds its scales, and even some of its flesh to slip out of the predator’s jaws! Credit Frank Glaw

 

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

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

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CLIMATE GURU JAMES HANSEN WARNS OF MUCH WORSE THAN EXPECTED SEA LEVEL RISE...

Arizona Avenue is seen underwater following coastal flooding in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in January. More than 13 million Americans are at risk with a 6ft (1.8-meter) rise in sea level. Photograph: Tom Mihalek/Reuters

 

Former NASA researcher and father of climate change awareness says melting of ice sheets could cause ‘several meters’ rise in a century, swamping coastal cities...

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EXTREME WEATHER ON THE RISE IN EUROPE...

 

An increased risk of floods and droughts, easier spread for infectious diseases, lower crop yields: Europe must better prepare for the consequences of climate change, says the European Environment Agency (EEA)...

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AMAZON DEFORESTATION, ONCE TAMED, COMES ROARING BACK...

A fire smolders on land cleared for soy farming in Propiedad Valle Verde, near Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Credit Jim Wickens/Ecostorm

 

A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: THE POPULATION CONNECTION, PROTECTIONS GONE, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this montage of Amazonian wildlife, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source www.peruforless.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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RISING WALLS, FALLING BRIDGES...

San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday after a major storm. Credit Noah Berger/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

Even more than politics, all weather is local. So, while most of the nation basked in record warmth this week, the West Coast was battered again by a system carrying enough water vapor to equal the flow of about 10 Mississippi Rivers...

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REALITY NOW! : THE EPA WEBSITE IS MISSING CLIMATE INFORMATION...

 

 
 
 
 

February 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of Reality Now! Here, you'll get the latest updates on what's happening with the global movement for climate solutions – delivered monthly right to your inbox.

In this edition, we share updates on the Climate & Health Meeting held by Climate Reality in partnership with American Public Health Association, the Harvard Global Health Institute, and other leading organizations, as well as recent developments with the new administration in the US and with our climate.

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US TO STAY IN PARIS AGREEMENT???

credit: Rueters

 

A dump of Scott Pruitt’s emails this week left little doubt about whose interests the incoming US environment chief represents. He put his Oklahoma attorney general letterhead on messages drafted by oil and gas lobbyists...

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STUDY: GLOBAL WARMING IS SHRINKING RIVER VITAL TO 40M PEOPLE. THE COLORADO...

In this April 16, 2013 file photo, a "bathtub ring" marks the high water mark as a recreational boat approaches Hoover Dam along Black Canyon on Lake Mead, the largest Colorado River reservoir, near Boulder City, Nev. Scientists say global warming may already be shrinking the Colorado River and could reduce its flow by more than a third by the end of the century. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

 

Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say...

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DEEP SEA LIFE FACES DARK FUTURE DUE TO WARMING AND FOOD SHORTAGE...

A jellyfish at a depth of 3,700 metres. ‘The only way the ecosystem is going to respond is by some animals dying off.’ Photograph: 2016 deepwater exploration of the Marianas/NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

 

New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures...

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CLIMATE CHANGE INDUCED HABITAT FLOODING THREATENS VULNERABLE WOOD BISON: STUDY...

A wood bison grazing along the edge of NWT Hwy 3.
Photo Credit: Peter deMontigny

 

Climate change is causing extensive lake expansion and is flooding key habitat for the threatened Mackenzie wood bison herd in the southern Northwest Territories, according to a new study...

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IS IT OKAY TO ENJOY THE WARM WINTERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE?

A couple takes a picture of themselves in Ueno Park in Tokyo during cherry-blossom season in March 2015. credit: Rueters

 

The weather is nice, but it reminds us of the problems to come...

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IN A FUTURE OF EXTREMES, SOUTHEASTERN STATES MUST HAVE WATER MANAGEMENT POLICIES...

Rough Ridge Fire burning in the Cohutta Wilderness. credit: National Wildfire Coordinating Group

 

Climate change is expected to have an impact on every type of weather phenomenon that occurs on Earth...

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RIVERS IN THE SKY: WHY CALIFORNIA IS FLOODING...

Melissa Martinez and her son, Fernando Martinez wade away from the flooded area in Gridley, California. Image: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

 

It's hard to believe that after five years of record drought, many Californians are hoping that this winter's weekly deluges will come to a swift conclusion...

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CAN AUSTRALIA'S WICKED HEAT WAVE CONVINCE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS?

Rueters/J. Reed

 

Sydney's sweltering recent record high of 47 degrees Celsius has brought the reality of climate change into sharp focus for many Australians. Skepticism in the country is waning - quickly enough?

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EARLY FLOWERING OF RHODODENDRONS SIGNALS CLIMATE CHANGE IN UTTARAKHAND...

Rhododendron arboreum is the first of the rhododendron species to flower in the Himalayas. Getty Images

 

Spring has just begun, but red rhododendrons are in full bloom up in the hills of Uttarakhand. It's almost a month ahead of its usual blossoming time. The early bloom of rhododendron or Burash as it is known locally, has drawn attention to climate change...

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THE EU’S RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY IS MAKING GLOBAL WARMING WORSE...

Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty

 

Countries in the EU, including the UK, are throwing away money by subsidising the burning of wood for energy, according to an independent report...

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CLIMATE SCIENTISTS FACE HARASSMENT, THREATS AND FEARS OF 'MCCARTHYIST ATTACKS'...

Michael E Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State University. ‘Michael has most certainly become a lightning rod,’ said MIT climate scientist Kerry Emanuel. Photograph: Supplied

 

Researchers will have to deal with attacks from a range of powerful foes in the coming years – and for many, it has already started...

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WATCH THE EVER-GROWING RIFT IN ANTARCTICA’S FOURTH BIGGEST ICE SHELF...

British Antarctic Survey

 

It’s summer in Antarctica, which has scientists scurrying around the seventh continent carrying out various research experiments. That includes monitoring the massive crack that has spread across the Larsen C ice shelf, located on the Antarctic Peninsula...

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SOMALIA FACES UNPRECEDENTED DROUGHT...

Goats with ribs showing crowd around a a trough of well water in Somaliland region of Somalia, which is experiencing a devastating drought, on Feb. 9, 2017. (VOA/Jason Patinkin)

 

Even the hyenas won't eat the carcasses of Mohamed Aden Guleid's sheep, goats and camels, which litter the landscape in Somalia's northwest Somaliland region...

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AEROSOL STUDY TO LOOK AT GREAT UNKNOWN IN CLIMATE SCIENCE...

An iceberg in the East Antarctic basin, seen from a drone launched from the RV Investigator. Instruments on the vessel are taking taken continuous readings of atmospheric conditions. Photograph: CSIRO

 

Australian scientists seek to understand how non-carbon aerosolised particles affect global temperatures...

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CLIMATE CHANGE, DEVELOPMENT LOOM ON NANTICOKE’S HORIZON...

wens Branch, a small tributary of the Nanticoke River, was part of a Nature Conservancy property near Riverton before it was transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Dave Harp)

 

Subtle changes in nutrient levels, vegetation lurking beneath river’s sublime beauty...

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I SPENT A WEEK EXPLORING HOW WE'LL HAVE TO LIVE IN POST-WATER AMERICA...

The author, in the act of saving water. credit: Matt Nager

 

Cutting water consumption requires more consideration than you'd think...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NORTH SEA: OYSTERS IN, COD OUT...

 

The temperature of the North Sea is increasing with climate change. Good news for immigrant species - bad news for cold-loving residents...

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TASMANIAN KELP FORESTS DYING AS WATER WARMS, DIVE OPERATOR MICK BARON SAYS...

The kelp is not getting enough cold, nutrient-rich water. credit: Mick Baron

 

There are fears Tasmania's giant kelp forests are almost extinct...

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SMALL PONDS HAVE BIG IMPACT ON GLOBAL WARMING: STUDY...

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PARIS — Tiny natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming, according to a study published on Monday (Feb 20) in the journal Nature Climate Change...

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LA PAZ ADAPTS TO A WORLD WITHOUT WATER...

When the glaciers that fed La Paz, Bolivia, its water vanished, citizens woke to dry taps, civil unrest—and a Water General’s reign. Photograph by Christina Holmes

 

The city is high and dry after losing its glaciers...

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TRUMP'S REPEAL OF STREAM RULE HELPS COAL AT THE EXPENSE OF CLIMATE AND SPECIES...

An Obama administration regulation aimed to reduce the environmental and climate impact of mountaintop removal coal mining and Donald Trump's reversal could threaten some rare species. Credit: Getty Images

 

The stream protection rule finalized under President Obama would have reduced emissions and the harmful effects of coal mining on thousands of waterways...

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RESEARCHER'S 1979 ARCTIC MODEL PREDICTED CURRENT SEA ICE DEMISE, HOLDS LESSONS FOR FUTURE...

Arctic sea ice has reached record lows this winter around Greenland and elsewhere, following the predictions of remarkably accurate models based on global warming. Credit: Getty Images

 

Study from decades ago proved remarkably accurate in showing how global warming would affect the Arctic's sea ice, currently in steep decline...

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BRAZIL RACES AGAINST TIME TO SAVE DROUGHT-HIT CITY, DYING CROPS...

Natan Cabral, 5, stands on the cracked ground of the Boqueirao reservoir in the Metropolitan Region of Campina Grande, Paraiba state, Brazil, February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

 

The shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town...
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IMAGES OF NEW BLEACHING ON GREAT BARRIER REEF HEIGHTEN FEARS OF CORAL DEATH...

Newly bleached corals discovered near Palm Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Australian Marine Conservation Society

 

Exclusive: Coral bleaching found near Palm Island as unusually warm waters are expected off eastern Australia, with areas hit in last year’s event in mortal danger...

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