CALIFORNIA’S BIGGEST SECURITY THREAT? CLIMATE CHANGE, SAYS FORMER ADVISER...

A cyclist pedals on a flooded path in Marin during a king tide. (Sarah Craig)

 

Charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, cybersecurity and terrorism are topics that have recently dominated the national security conversation...

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FOSSIL FUELS FOE CALLS PROPOSED PIPELINES 'CLIMATE DISASTERS'...

This simulation shows what the view of the Mountain Valley Pipeline would look like from Giles High School in Pearisburg. Courtesy of Hill Studio for Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition

 

An organization that describes its mission as exposing the true costs of fossil fuels contends that the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and the separate but similar Atlantic Coast Pipeline would be “climate disasters”...

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EKLUTNA GLACIER, A SOURCE OF ANCHORAGE DRINKING WATER, IS DISAPPEARING DRIP BY DRIP...

Members of an APU glacier travel and glaciology field course traverse the upper basin of Eklutna Glacier. (Louis Sass)

 

The days are numbered for the glacier that provides most of the drinking water for Alaska's largest city. Fortunately for Anchorage's current generations, that number of days is high...

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HUNDREDS GATHER IN COPLEY TO ‘STAND UP FOR SCIENCE’...

Scientists, science advocates, and community members rallied in Copley Square in Boston on Sunday. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

 

“Without science, there’s no America,” said one attendee at the rally in Copley Square in Boston on Sunday...

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AS ARCTIC WARMS, CANADA'S GLACIERS PLAYING MAJOR ROLE IN SEA LEVEL RISE...

Canada's glaciers and ice caps are now a major contributor to sea level change, a new UCI study shows. Ten times more ice is melting annually due to warmer temperatures. Seen here is the edge of the Barnes Ice Cap in May 2015. (NASA/John Sonntag)

 

Since 2005, study finds that surface melt off glaciers in the North has risen by 900%...

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SEA ICE HITS RECORD LOWS AT BOTH POLES...

Prelim NSIDC (daily) data indicates sea ice has dropped below its previously all-time lowest extent on record (satellite)

Arctic temperatures have finally started to cool off after yet another winter heat wave stunted sea ice growth over the weekend. The repeated bouts of warm weather this season have stunned even seasoned polar researchers, and could push the Arctic to a record low winter peak for the third year in a row.

Meanwhile, Antarctic sea ice set an all-time record low on Monday in a dramatic reversal from the record highs of recent years....

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WHEN THEIR FOOD RAN OUT, THESE REINDEER KEPT DIGGING...

On one Alaskan island, reindeer have eaten the lichen faster than it could regrow. They're now digging up roots and grazing on grass. Courtesy of Paul Melovidov

 

Polar bears aren't the only beloved Arctic animal threatened by climate change. Scientists believe reindeer are at risk as a warming world makes their main winter food source disappear...

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CHILD’S PLAY: TEAM TRUMP REWRITES A DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WEBSITE FOR KIDS...

A boy after a rally on World Environment Day in Kathmandu, in 2012. Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

 

In recent weeks, “Energy Kids” has cut information about fossil fuels’ environmental impacts. Effort meant to inform younger generations about energy and the environment sees sentences reworked and pie charts eliminated...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS TRANSFORMING THE WORLD'S FOOD SUPPLY...

Credit: Jeremy Lips for Live Science

 

ATLANTA — Climate change is poised to affect the world's food supply in three key ways, experts say...

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URBAN BUTTERFLY DECLINES 69% COMPARED TO 45% DROP IN COUNTRYSIDE...

A small tortoiseshell butterfly near the M8 motorway, Glasgow. Photograph: Cath Scott

 

Pesticides, paving and higher temperatures have put huge strain on butterflies in cities over past two decades, finds study...

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CALIFORNIA, PARCHED FOR 5 YEARS, IS NOW BATTERED BY WATER...

Newport Beach in Southern California. A powerful storm swept through that region of the state on Saturday. Credit Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register, via Associated Press

 

A powerful storm with near hurricane-force winds swept through Southern California on Saturday, killing at least two people and causing widespread disruptions, but providing a definitive respite from five years of drought...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: THE FOSSIL FUEL ALZHEIMERS CONNECTION, TRUMP THREATENS FARMING, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this asian butterfly, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source hongkongkwildlifephotos.blogspot.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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PENGUINS QUICKLY DISAPPEARING FROM ANTARCTICA DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE...

In this installment of our “Climate Diaries” series, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips continues his reporting from Antarctica, one of the most remote places on earth. He shows us the dramatic shifts happening around a half-century-old research base. The icescape and the area’s penguin population reveal the impact of the rapid pace of climate change...

 

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“We’re counting the penguins every year,” said Shawn Farry. He is called the “bird man.” But lately, he’s had a lot fewer birds to study...

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THINK CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HOAX? VISIT NORWAY...

Gyldenlove Glacier, Greenland (Pic: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

 

Environment minister says warm temperatures and low levels of Arctic sea ice are an early warning to world that climate change is biting...

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DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE ARE FORCING YOUNG GUATEMALANS TO FLEE TO THE U.S.

Harvesting coffee cherries at a plantation on the slopes of the Agua volcano in Guatemala. Dec. 17, 2015. Bloomberg via Getty Images

 

What’s happening in Guatemala is, in many ways, a harbinger of what’s to come throughout the world...

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WEEKLY WRAP: REX TILLERSON DEBUTS AT THE G20...

Rex Tillerson (Pic: World Economic Forum/Michael Wuertenberg)

 

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

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DISAPPEARING SEAGRASS PROTECTS AGAINST PATHOGENS, EVEN CLIMATE CHANGE, SCIENTISTS FIND...

A unified scientific approach has been called for to help protect one of the most threatened little known ecosystems on earth.

 

Seagrass is an underappreciated marine organism. New research shows how important it is to the health of the oceans, and people, too...

 

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NASA IS DEFIANTLY COMMUNICATING CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE DESPITE TRUMP’S DOUBTS...

Via NASA Climate Change’s Facebook page: “Two of the three top January temperature anomalies have been during the past two years.”

 

If you peruse NASA’s social media feeds dedicated to climate change, you would have no clue a new administration has taken power that has expressed doubts about the reality or seriousness of the issue...

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MEXICO CITY, PARCHED AND SINKING, FACES A WATER CRISIS...

 

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WHY WON’T AMERICAN BUSINESS PUSH FOR ACTION ON CLIMATE?

Illustration by Luisa Rivera

 

Many U.S. corporations have adopted environmentally friendly practices and touted themselves as green companies. But when it comes to government climate policy, these businesses have been largely silent and support politicians who oppose taking any action...

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CHEMICAL PLANT BOOM SPURRED BY FRACKING WILL BRING SMOG, PLASTIC GLUT, AND RISKS TO WORKERS' HEALTH, NEW REPORT WARNS...

Petrochemical complex, La Porte, Texas Credit: Roy Luck, CC BY 2.0

 

On the heels of the shale gas rush that's swept the U.S. for the past decade, another wave of fossil fuel-based projects is coming — a plastic and petrochemical manufacturing rush that environmentalists warn could make smog worse in communities already breathing air pollution from fracking, sicken workers, and expand the plastic trash gyres in the world's oceans...

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CRITICAL CONDITION: HEALTH EXPERTS SOUND THE CLIMATE ALARM...

Al Gore. Climate Reality

 

Experts paint a dire portrait of climate change’s public health impacts, but leave a little room for hope...

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WATCH: THE CLIMATE & HEALTH MEETING...

Former Vice President Al Gore, the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, opens the Climate & Health Meeting at The Carter Center in Atlanta on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The conference, which was organized after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention canceled its own conference on climate change and health, brought together scientists, public health officials and health care providers. (Alex Sanz/Associated Press)

 

Hear from experts how the climate crisis effects public health...

Hroexperts how the climate crisis affects public health.

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JOB ONE FOR HUMANITY BLOG HITS MAJOR MILESTONE AT THE SAME TIME WE COME OUT WITH OUR EYE OPENING BOOK CLIMAGEDDON......

 

The frightening thing is that the amount of pertinent stories are frighteningly snowballing...

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WHEN CLIMATE CHANGE STARTS WARS...

COMING STORM A Kyrgyzstan shepherd stands in front of a yurt as a storm approaches in the upper reaches of the Chon-Kemin Valley. John Wendle

 

Rising temperatures are bringing ethnic tensions to a boil in Central Asia...

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CLIMATE INCREASING FUTURE RISK OF BIG WILDFIRES - RURAL FIRE EXPERT...

Photo: Supplied / Christchurch City Council

 

Fires like the huge one burning in the Port Hills are rare in New Zealand but are likely to become more common, a rural fire expert says...

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TECH AND CASH IS NOT ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE...

Things aren't looking great, but we can fix it according to a new book. Image: Stuart McEvoy/Newspix/REX/Shutterstock

 

We may think we're clever with our internet-connected fridges and such, but the reality is much of what sustains us depends on simple things...

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SCIENTISTS' GROUP LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO HELP FEDERAL WHISTLEBLOWERS...

Many scientists, led by those doing climate work, have expressed concern about the Trump administration's actions and the future of federal science. Credit: Wikimedia

 

Fearing an assault on science from the Trump administration, the Union of Concerned Scientists is creating a way for federal scientists to report abuses...

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TRUMP'S LIKELY SCIENCE ADVISER CALLS CLIMATE SCIENTISTS 'GLASSY-EYED CULT'...

Video: William Happer: who is Trump’s likely science adviser?

 

William Happer, of Princeton University, has described some climate science as ‘like Hare Krishna or something like that’. Photograph: Ralph Lee Hopkins/Alamy

 

William Happer, frontrunner for job of providing mainstream scientific opinion to officials, backs crackdown on federal scientists’ freedom to speak out...

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ANTARCTICA JUST SHED A MANHATTAN-SIZED CHUNK OF ICE...

Before and after satellite imagery show an iceberg breaking off the calving front of the Pine Island Glacier.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

The growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is the most dramatic example of change in Antarctica right now. But it isn’t the continent’s only frozen feature changing in a warming world...

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SEA ICE AROUND ANTARCTICA HITS RECORD LOW, PRELIMINARY U.S. DATA SHOW...

Cracks are seen on the Fourcade glacier near Argentina's Carlini Base in Antarctica, January 12, 2017. REUTERS/Nicolas Misculin

 

Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record after years of resisting a trend of man-made global warming, preliminary U.S. satellite data showed on Tuesday...

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CONGRESS PROTECTS COASTS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE WITH MUD...

Ocean Beach in San Francisco was hit hard by erosion last winter.
Credit: Nick/Flickr

 

As California reels from record-breaking erosion following punishing waves last winter, the federal government is turning to mud and sand from dredging projects to slow land losses and ease flooding nationwide as seas rise and storms intensify...

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OROVILLE IS A WARNING FOR CALIFORNIA DAMS, AS CLIMATE CHANGE ADDS STRESS...

The remains of the St. Francis Dam in California, which burst just before midnight on March 12, 1928, and killed more than 400 people. Credit Associated Press

 

LOS ANGELES — The St. Francis Dam was a proud symbol of California’s engineering might and elaborate water system — until just before midnight on March 12, 1928, when it collapsed, killing more than 400 people in a devastating wall of water. Ever since, the state has had a reputation of diligent inspections as it has built the largest network of major public dams in the nation...

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CLEAN ENERGY GROWS, BUT MANY OF THE POOREST REMAIN IN THE DARK...

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World Bank reports "a race" underway to secure sustainable energy, but a money gap leaves poorer nations—particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa—lagging...

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SENIOR REPUBLICAN STATESMEN PROPOSE REPLACING OBAMA’S CLIMATE POLICIES WITH A CARBON TAX...

Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker speaks about a plan to repeal and replace the Clean Power Plan at the National Press Club in Washington February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

Representatives from a coalition of veteran Republican officials — including five who have either served as treasury secretary or as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers — met Wednesday with White House officials to discuss the idea of imposing a national carbon tax, rather than using federal regulations, to address climate change...

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HEAT WAVES SCORCH THE ARCTIC, AUSTRALIA, PARTS OF UNITED STATES...

Melting sea ice is a troubling sign of record warmth in the Arctic. Credit: Getty Images

 

Record-high temperatures spike concerns about climate change's new normal in the melting Arctic and an already-hot Australia...

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ACT NOW BEFORE ENTIRE SPECIES ARE LOST TO GLOBAL WARMING, SAY SCIENTISTS...

An African elephant, Nxai Pan, Botswana, Africa. Elephants’ ability to adapt to climate change is curtailed by their slow reproductive rates. Photograph: Jami Tarris/Getty Images

 

Climate change is threatening about 700 endangered species and policymakers must act urgently to lessen impact...

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TRUDEAU, TRUMP MEETING SIDESTEPS THE COUNTRIES' CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENTS...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with President Trump on Monday, with no sign that they discussed climate change. Credit: Reuters

 

A year after Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama pledged cooperation on climate goals, Canadian PM's first meeting with President Trump produced no mention of them...

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HUMANS CAUSING CLIMATE TO CHANGE 170 TIMES FASTER THAN NATURAL FORCES...

Greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans over the past 45 years have increased the rate of temperature rise to 1.7 degrees celsius per century. Photograph: ISS/NASA

 

Researchers behind ‘Anthropocene equation’ say impact of people’s intense activity on Earth far exceeds that of natural events spread across millennia...

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AS OCEANS WARM, MARINE LIFE AND PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON IT, STRUGGLE TO ADAPT...

A pelagic red crab is seen here in San Diego, California. The crabs, also known as tuna crabs, normally live off Baja California, Mexico. As oceans warm, dozens of marine species off the coasts of the United States are shifting their ranges. Credit: David McNew/Getty Image

 

Q&A with Malin Pinsky, an ecologist studying how climate change is reshuffling marine species, and its ripple effects on society...

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IN SOMALIA, FAMINE IS LOOMING AND FAMILIES WITH NO FOOD OR WATER ARE LEAVING THEIR LAND...

A Somali woman trudges through the arid landscape in northeastern Somalia, amid warnings the country could confront famine later this year. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

 In Somalia, the farm animals are dying. The water holes have dried up. The crops have failed. With no food, water or money, people are trudging off their land, taking the long, dry walk to the nearest town to look for help...

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COULD A £400BN PLAN TO REFREEZE THE ARCTIC BEFORE THE ICE MELTS REALLY WORK?

Arctic sea ice under the midnight sun. Photograph: Solent News/Rex/Shutterstock

 

Temperatures are now so high at the north pole that scientists are contemplating radical schemes to avoid catastrophe...

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AUSTRALIA: FIRES, FLOODS, FLYING FOXES AND POLITICAL FARCE...

Flying foxes roost in trees during the day. On Monday, 700 were found dead after a heatwave struck the Australian state of New South Wales (Photo: James Niland)

 

On a weekend rural communities suffered dangerous climate events, the government doubled down on coal...

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THE WORLD COULD REACH PEAK COAL AND OIL IN THREE YEARS, THANKS TO CHEAP RENEWABLES...

Photo: olgalngs/iStock

 

We're not running out of fossil fuels, they're just not going to be worth it...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: COOL LANDSCAPES, HOT FUTURES, AND MORE!

The Bear Cub Club meets in the Tongass National Forest, which, with the Great Bear Rainforest is part of the Pacific temperate rainforest, the largest such ecosystem in existence. Source fluffyfeet at pinterest.

 

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

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IT’S ABOUT 50 DEGREES WARMER THAN NORMAL NEAR THE NORTH POLE, YET AGAIN...

Temperature difference from normal, Feb. 10, 2017. (University of Maine Climate Re-analyzer)

 

Peer at a map of the Arctic and it glows fluorescent red. The warmth, compared to normal, is again nearly off the charts. It’s crazy and perhaps unsettling, but we have seen it coming...

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MAYANS HAVE FARMED THE SAME WAY FOR MILLENNIA. CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS THEY CAN'T...

Farmers Gualberto Casanova (left) and Dionisio Yam Moo stand among young corn plants in Yam Moo's improved milpa plot. Gabriel Popkin

 

Dionisio Yam Moo stands about four-and-a-half-feet tall, and his skin is weathered from years in the tropical sun. A "proudly Mayan" farmer, he grows corn, beans and vegetables on a six-hectare farm in Mexico's Yucatán peninsula. The farm is surrounded by dense tropical forest, and crops grow amid fruit trees in thin soil, with the peninsula's limestone bedrock protruding in places...

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AUSTRALIA BATTLES 50 FIRES IN HEAT WAVE, SPARKING WARNING, BLACKOUT FEARS...

A man lays in a pool of sea water he dug into Sydney's North Cronulla Beach as Sydneysiders take refuge from sweltering conditions during a heatwave along Australia's east coast, February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian emergency services were bracing against "potentially catastrophic" fire conditions on Saturday, as firefighters battled nearly 50 blazes in the state of New South Wales, sweltering in a heat wave sweeping the country's east coast...
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CANADIAN SCIENTISTS KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TRUMP...

During Stephen Harper’s tenure as Prime Minister of Canada, scientific research on polar bears was politicized, the type of development American scientists fear under Donald Trump.PHOTOGRAPH BY JOE BUNNI / GETTY

 

The Canadian biologist Ian Stirling has spent much of his life with polar bears. Now seventy-five years old, he joined the Canadian Wildlife Service in the early nineteen-seventies, at a time when no one was doing much in the field beyond tagging the bears and waiting to see where they went...

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NASA LAUNCHED AN UNPRECEDENTED STUDY OF GREENLAND’S MELTING. NOW, THE DATA ARE COMING IN...

A research ship is on Greenland’s northwest coast during a NASA mission to survey the seafloor. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

 

In 2015, in a moment of science communication genius, NASA created a mission called “OMG.” The acronym basically ensured that a new scientific mission — measuring how quickly the Oceans are Melting Greenland — would get maximum press attention...

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WEEKLY WRAP: FAREWELL TO EDITOR ED KING...

Ed King making a solar panel

 

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

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WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE A CLIMATE JOURNALIST...

Solar Impulse soars above Egypt's pyramids on its historic flight earlier this year (Pic: Solar Impulse/Flickr)

 

As he hands the secret Climate Home editor codes and knackered laptop to Karl Mathiesen, Ed King reflects on the five years since he launched the site...

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REGIME SHIFT FOR PERMAFROST ARCTIC PERMAFROST THAWING...

Anthony Kendall, courtesy Flickr

 

Nowhere is the climate changing faster than in the Arctic. The region is warming at about twice the rate of the global average, with atmospheric temperature anomalies as much as 13 degrees Fahrenheit above normal reported in January...

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LATEST PROJECTIONS OF REGIONAL SEA LEVEL RISE EMPHASIZE NEED FOR ONGOING RESEARCH, ADAPTATION PLANNING...

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Our rapidly warming climate has profound geophysical, ecological and biological, as well as socioeconomic, impacts worldwide. Glacial melt, for instance, is changing the shape and raising the elevation of land masses, while rising sea levels threaten the sustainability of coastal cities and communities, reshape ocean basins and alter the Earth’s rotation and gravitational field...

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BEHOLD THE COLLAPSING BEAUTY OF ANTARCTICA'S LARSEN ICE SHELF...

This Landsat satellite image, acquired in January 2016, shows Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf. NASA

 

An expansive new image shows the changes in Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf since the mid-1980s...

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COASTAL CITIES COULD FLOOD THREE TIMES A WEEK BY 2045...

Lewes, Del., faces steeply rising flood risks as seas rise. Credit: Mike Mahaffie/Flickr

 

The lawns of homes purchased this year in vast swaths of coastal America could regularly be underwater before the mortgage has even been paid off, with new research showing high tide flooding could become nearly incessant in places within 30 years...

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DROUGHT IN PICTURES: A DECADE OF CHASING SCARCITY ACROSS CALIFORNIA...

Juan Gonzalez of MTD Farms in Firebaugh, Calif., despairingly holds a baby tomato that was planted the day before. But it had not been watered and is near death.Nathan Weyland

 

Drought is not an easy subject to record in pictures, and yet such images are vital to understanding water problems. Photographer Nathan Weyland describes why he devoted himself to documenting California’s drought...

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SEE HOW PACIFIC ISLANDERS ARE LIVING WITH CLIMATE CHANGE...

Children play on a rusty shipwreck in Betio on South Tarawa, Kiribati. The ship was lifted by king tides and crashed into a seawall in February 2015. Photograph by Vlad Sokhin, Panos

 

 

For indigenous communities in the Pacific, adapting to the impacts of rising seas, fierce storms, and other challenges has become a necessity...

 

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IN AN AGE OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS, BILL NYE’S NEW SHOW BRINGS REAL ONES...

Bill Nye, better known as the Science Guy, walking the runway during the Men’s New York Fashion Week last month. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times

As he prepares to launch a fact-filled show into a fact-challenged world, Bill Nye, a.k.a. the Science Guy, is looking on the bright side...

 

 

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WHISTLEBLOWER: ‘I KNEW PEOPLE WOULD MISUSE THIS.’ THEY DID - TO ATTACK CLIMATE SCIENCE...

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) dons a hat suggesting the hearing should be renamed ‘Keep the EPA Great’ Photograph: House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

 

Fake news propagates through the conservative media to the halls of Congress where science is under attack...

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CHILDREN'S CLIMATE LAWSUIT AGAINST U.S. ADDS TRUMP AS DEFENDANT...

The young plaintiffs in a climate change lawsuit against the U.S. government say they hope the suit prevents future damage to the planet by President Trump. Photo courtesy of Robin Loznak, ZUMAPRESS.com

 

Landmark suit against the U.S. government replaces Barack Obama as defendant with President Trump, argues that climate action is a constitutional right...

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SOMETHING IS VERY, VERY WRONG WITH THE ARCTIC CLIMATE...

Pancake ice in the open sea in the Arctic. Image: Shutterstock / Solodov Aleksey

 

This Arctic winter has startled even the most even-keeled scientists, with records set for low sea ice extent, high temperatures and other indicators of a climate gone awry...

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERING SHUTTING EPA’S ENFORCEMENT OFFICE: REPORT...

Critics say the move could imperil families across America...

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DROUGHT DRAMATICALLY WORSENS DEADLY WEST NILE VIRUS EPIDEMICS IN U.S. - SCIENTISTS...

A vector control team vehicle displays a sign warning before the early morning spraying of a neighborhood due to increasing numbers of mosquitoes having tested positive for West Nile virus in San Diego, California, U.S. May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

 

More severe drought in the United States in the next 30 years may double the size of future epidemics...

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CALCULATING THE DAY HUMANS BEGAN CHANGING THE EARTH FOREVER...

NASA

 

Nobody knows which day of the week a six mile-wide asteroid crashed into what would someday be the Yucatan Peninsula. What people do know is that day was around 65 million years ago, and that the days that came after were colder, darker, and filled with fewer and fewer dinosaurs...

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OIL COMPANIES, CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS TO BENEFIT AS CONGRESS GUTS TRANSPARENCY RULE...

As CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson met Russian President Vladimir Putin on several occasions. Credit: Kremlin.ruCC BY 4.0

 

On February 3, the Republican-led Senate used an obscure procedural tool to end a bipartisan provision meant to fight corruption and overseas oil bribery, a rule opposed by Rex Tillerson as head of ExxonMobil...

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FAKE NEWS, HACKED MAIL, ALTERNATIVE FACTS – THAT’S OLD HAT FOR CLIMATE SCIENTISTS...

 

Distortion? False information? Conspiracy theories? Hacked email? Climate scientists have known all this for decades. What can be learned from their rich experience with climate propaganda...

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RUSSIA STARTS WORK ON CLIMATE ADAPTATION STRATEGY...

(Pic: Flickr/Pavel Kazachkov)

 

Kremlin wants new plan by mid-2018, as brief sent to regions highlights focus on extreme weather events, permafrost thawing...

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FLOODS AND EROSION ARE RUINING BRITAIN’S MOST SIGNIFICANT SITES...

Cottages at Birling Gap were once one of seven properties. The fifth pebble-dash end-of-terrace was demolished in March 2014. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

 

From Wordsworth’s gardens to the south’s white cliffs and salmon rivers in Wales, climate change is wrecking historic sites, finds report...

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WHO'S STILL FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE? THE U.S. MILITARY...

Tests of the Orion spacecraft were made at Naval Station Norfolk in August 2013. The low-lying base is at risk from rising seas. Photograph by NASA, eyevine, Redux

 

Despite political gridlock over global warming, the Pentagon is pushing ahead with plans to protect its assets from sea-level rise and other impacts. Here's how...

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DUKE STUDY FINDS COAL-ASH BYPRODUCT IN FISH...

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DURHAM -- Duke University researchers say the fish they caught in three North Carolina lakes that’ve taken power plants’ coal-ash waste showed relatively high levels of selenium, an element left over from the combustion process...

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THERE ARE NOW TWICE AS MANY SOLAR JOBS AS COAL JOBS IN THE US...

Green workers install a residential grid-tied solar array on a hillside in Malibu, California, USA. (Citizen of the Planet/Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

 

Putting solar panels on rooftops and arrays is a labor-intensive process. You need people to design and manufacture the panels. Then people to market the panels to homes, businesses, and utilities. Then people to come and install them...

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THE WINTER OF BLAZING DISCONTENT CONTINUES IN THE ARCTIC...

Abnormally warm air is expected to reach the North Pole by Thursday.
Credit: Climate Reanalyzer

Weird. Strange. Extreme. Unprecedented...

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WARMER WORLD IS MAKING CHINA’S SMOG WOES EVEN WORSE...

Heavy smog on Saturday in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. Photo: Reuters

 

Changes to climate weaken the winds that can blow pollution away, meteorologists say...
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WHY DIRT WILL BE AS VALUABLE AS WATER IN A WARMING WORLD...

Folsom Reservoir near Sacramento, shown in a depleted state in August 2015, after the driest winter ever recorded. Dams like Folsom are trapping massive amounts of sediment that isn't available to rebuild eroding shorelines, a bill that will come due as sea level rise increases.Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee

 

Rivers are supposed to transport sediment. We need that sediment to combat sea level rise. But the dams we need for water are holding back the dirt, a problem that may become acute very soon...

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USING SCIENCE TO SEE WHICH COUNTRIES ARE FOLLOWING THROUGH ON PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE GOALS...

Smoke billows from smokestacks and a coal-fired generator at a steel factory in China. Scientists have developed a new method for tracking countries' compliance with the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement. (Kevin Frayer / Getty Images)

 

 If the United States and its fellow Paris Agreement signatories are to meet global climate targets, they’re going to have to make serious commitments that attack the problem on multiple fronts, including reducing coal use, raising renewable energy, accelerating carbon-capture technologies and electrifying more of our automotive fleet, a new analysis shows...

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RUSSIA AND THE U.S. COULD BE PARTNERS IN CLIMATE CHANGE INACTION...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, shaking hands with then-Exxon chief executive Rex Tillerson during a 2013 ceremony awarding oil company heads and employees, now finds himself aligned philosophically with the U.S. on a lack of enthusiasm for the Paris climate agreement. Credit: Sputnik/Michael Klimentyev/Kremlin/via REUTERS/File Photo

 

The only big emitter to not ratify the Paris climate agreement, Russia may find it easier to slough off climate action with the U.S. matching its oil-focused view...

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SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF WHY HUGE FLOCKS OF ROBINS ARE SPENDING WINTER IN MINNESOTA...

Fruit is a staple of the winter robins’ diet. Beth Siverhus
Warmer winters mean it's no longer so unusual to see these orange-chested thrushes...
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THE HOLOCENE CLIMATE EXPERIENCE...

Norway, Credit: Dean/flickr

 

The history of climate and human health gives us a glimpse of the dramatically amplified risks we face if present trends continue...

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IN AGE OF TRUMP, SCIENTISTS SHOW SIGNS OF A POLITICAL PULSE...

Michael Eisen in his lab at the University of California in Berkeley, Calif. Dr. Eisen registered the Twitter handle @SenatorPhD and declared his intention to run in the 2018 election for a seat in the United States Senate. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times

 

Michael Eisen, an evolutionary biologist, is among the elite of American scientists, with a tenured position at the University of California, Berkeley, and generous funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for his research on fruit flies...

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CLIMATE SCIENTISTS CHALLENGE CONSERVATIVES' NOAA SUIT, FEARING MORE TO COME UNDER TRUMP...

NOAA researchers have faced unprecedented requests for access to their unpublished research from conservative groups and politicians. Credit: Getty Images

 

As researchers strive to keep their unpublished work private, many brace for more anti-science government interference under Donald Trump...

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AS THE SNOWPACK PILES UP, IS CALIFORNIA'S DROUGHT OVER? NO, SAY EXPERTS...

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New measurements of the Sierra Nevada snowpack show California's snowiest winter in 20 years. But it may be too soon for sweeping policy changes...

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FEATURE-IN INDIA, ICE TOWERS COULD TURN DEADLY LAKE INTO WATER BANK...

Buddhist prayer flags drape an ice stupa in Ladakh, India. TRF/Athar Parvaiz

 

A glacial lake that threatens to burst needs to be drained to prevent disaster - but could its water be saved for future use?

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MAINE’S COASTAL WATERS ARE UNHEALTHY FROM CARBON, ACIDITY. ARE SEAWEED GARDENS THE ANSWER?

Tenants Harbor fisherman and seaweed harvester Hale Miller maneuvers his barge while harvesting rockweed off the Muscle Ridge Islands in July 2016. credit: Merritt Carey

 

BOOTHBAY, Maine — Seaweed cultivation has been promoted in recent years in Maine as a way to produce local nutritious food and to boost the coastal economy...

 

 

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VILLAGERS IN BOLIVIA REFUSE TO BE LEFT HIGH AND DRY BY DROUGHT – in pictures..

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Despite January rains heavy enough to cause flooding in some areas, the effects of severe drought continue to be felt keenly in many areas of Bolivia, affecting about 125,000 families. A resourceful village in Mizque province has come up with ways to eke out what little water is available...

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AN INDEPENDENT STUDY CONFIRMS NOAA'S CONCLUSION THAT THE EARTH IS GETTING WARMER...

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An Argo float being raised out of the Bellingshausen Sea is shown here. Argo floats are robotic instruments that measure ocean data and transmit it to satellites. Credit: fruchtzwerg's world/Flickr 

 

A new analysis of sea surface temperatures from an independent source corroborates updated global warming data released in 2015 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

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WISCONSIN LEADS ON CLIMATE RESEARCH, EVEN AS AGENCIES CUT SCIENCE FROM WEBSITES...

Climate change could seriously impact trout streams in Wisconsin. USFWSmidwest / Creative Commons

 

As President Donald Trump’s administration aggressively embraces climate change denial and shuts down government communication on the topic, Wisconsin agencies under Gov. Scott Walker are already ahead of the curve...

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“LET THE LEAKING BEGIN” — LONGTIME NASA WATCHDOG WELCOMES NEW ROGUE-AGENCY TWEETERS...

NASA Watch founder Keith Cowing sits in his home office in suburban Washington, D.C. in February 2016. Photo courtesy of Inverse.

 

Keith Cowing has a message to the “rogue” government employees publishing “alternative” news about their departments on Twitter and elsewhere: “Welcome! Welcome to the revolution. Let the leaking begin!”

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SCIENTISTS ARE ARGUING ABOUT WHETHER THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE WILL BE TOO POLITICAL...

A protest at the American Geophysical Union meeting in December. Peter Aldhous for BuzzFeed News

 

Viewing science as under attack, scientists are taking to the streets on Earth Day, April 22. But a heated argument has broken out about whether the march is making science too political — or whether it’s not making science political enough...

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IT'S OFFICIAL: 2016 DECLARED THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD...

 

According to NASA and NOAA, 2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record keeping – and the third year in a row to take the number one slot...

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IN PERU, DROUGHTS GIVE WAY TO FLOODS AS CLIMATE CHANGE LOOMS...

People walk on debris next to damaged houses after a landslide and flood in Lurigancho district in Chosica, Peru February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
Severe droughts gripping Peru have given way to some of the country's most devastating downpours in decades, catching authorities off guard as they scramble to contain the kind of floods that climate change is expected to make more frequent...
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PENTAGON: ARCTIC MELT REQUIRES UPDATED US STRATEGY...

US National Guard troops in Utiqiagvik, Alaska (Pic: Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel/US Army National Guard)

 

Falling sea ice levels due to climate change and spike in Russian activity require strategic response in US, says department of defense...

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WEEKLY WRAP: SWEDEN TROLLS TRUMP WITH CLIMATE LAW PIC...

A picture speaks a thousand words: Sweden shows Trump what leadership looks like (Pic: Facebook/Isabella Lovin)

 

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

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FIND MEANING FOR YOUR LIFE IN NATURE AND #TheResistance to Trump Fascism...

Resist American Fascism...

 

There is no left or right, only tyranny or freedom, nature or ecocide. Ascendant authoritarian fascists seeking to oppress others and obstruct responses to scientific truths with hate speech and alternative facts must be resisted and eliminated from public discourse and power...

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REPUBLICANS TRY A NEW TACK ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, answers questions from senators during a confirmation hearing in January. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

 

Not long ago, many Republican officeholders had a simple answer when asked about the changing climate: What changing climate?

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HOW POLITICS AND POLLUTION COULD PUSH CHINA INTO THE CLIMATE LEADER ROLE THE US IS GIVING UP...

Wind farm in Xinjiang, China Credit: 林 慕尧 / Chris LimCC BY-SA 2.0

 

Earlier this month China halted more than 100 coal-fired power projects. Scrapping these projects, with combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, may have more to do with China’s current overcapacity in coal production than its commitment to mitigating climate change. Nevertheless, Chinese leaders are likely happy that the move is framing their nation as a green energy leader, according to experts in Chinese and environmental policy...

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WORLD WAR III HIDEY-HOLE FOR THE SUPER-RICH REVEALED...

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel at the National Press Club in Washington in October 2016. He obtained New Zealand citizenship in 2011 and has bought a 173-hectare property in the South Pacific countryReuters

 

 

New Zealand has become the favored refuge from global disorder for tech billionaires and financial big-hitters...

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IN A DARK CLIMATE COMEDY, EXXON'S FORMER CEO IS NOW SECRETARY OF STATE...

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson on Jan. 17,  2017. Image: REX/Shutterstock

 

Rex Tillerson, the longtime head of ExxonMobil, won Senate confirmation on Wednesday to be secretary of state. In this new role, Tillerson will be in charge of U.S. international climate negotiations as well as international aid efforts on climate-related disasters...

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THINK STATES ALONE CAN’T HANDLE SEA LEVEL RISE? WATCH CALIFORNIA...(SMH)

An iceberg floats off the coast of West Antarctica as seen by NASA Operation IceBridge airplane on October 27, 2016.Mario Tama/Getty Images

 

Last March, a paper by a geoscientist named Rob DeConto came out in Nature. And as far as geology papers go, it was a big deal: It outlined a new paradigm for how Antarctic ice sheets are impacted by climate change. As the oceans and atmosphere warm, they don’t just melt the ice from below; they create honking cracks in glaciers that make it easier for large chunks of ice to break off, slip into the ocean, and disappear. The effects on sea level rise? They could be almost twice what scientists had predicted for the end of the century...

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FACED WITH U.S. RETREAT ON CLIMATE CHANGE, EU LOOKS TO CHINA...

Myron Ebell, who leads U.S. President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency's transition team, waits before holding a speech at the Solvay library in Brussels, Belgium February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman -

 

Faced with a U.S. retreat from international efforts to tackle climate change, European Union officials are looking to China, fearing a leadership vacuum will embolden those within the bloc seeking to slow the fight against global warming...
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