SEA LEVEL IS NOW RISING AT FASTEST RATE IN NEARLY 3,000 YEARS...

Brackish sea water washes over the center line of a street in Charleston, S.C. on Oct. 1, 2015. Image: Stephen B. Morton/AP

Sea level rise is one of the most worrisome and visible ramifications of global warming. New research published on Monday shows the startling present-day impacts of global warming-related sea level rise. It also demonstrates the potential for the situation to get much, much worse if emissions of global warming pollutants are not curtailed...

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THOSE BUBBLES IN YOUR COKE MAY SOMEDAY HELP SAVE THE PLANET!

In talks with 'one of the largest fizzy-drinks companies', Swiss company likely to be first profitable carbon remover...

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REPUBLICANS' FAVORITE CLIMATE CHART HAS SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS...

Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee at which John Christy’s misleading chart was recently presented. Photograph: Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Image

As usual, cherry picking and misrepresentations are used to oppose climate policies...

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FOSSIL FUEL FUNDED REPORT DENIES THE EXPERT GLOBAL WARMING CONSENSUS...

The Heartland Institute has received funding from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers, Donors Trust, the American Petroleum Institute, and other fossil fuel sources. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The infamous Heartland Institute has distributed to elected officials a nonsense, non-science report full of denial..

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The climate is not changing. It’s destabilizing! Do you know what a destabilizing climate means?

pin by: Joseph Robertson

Most of us have heard the benign-sounding words of “climate change” in the media associated with the idea of global warming. Climate change does not upset us as much because these words were intentionally selected and designed to hide an unbearable truth...

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OPINION: DONALD & TED’S EXCELLENT CLIMATE ADVENTURE...

The kind of paranoia and delusion that once resided on the fringe is winning presidential primaries and caucuses...

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THE TIMES’S CLASSIC WEATHER CHART: NOW ONLINE WITH 3,000 CITIES...

Today, The New York Times publishes an interactive chart showing detailed temperature and precipitation patterns for 1,801 American cities and 1,334 other locations around the globe for 2015. More than 90 percent of the cities had a warmer-than-average year – local evidence of the fact that 2015 was the hottest year on record.

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CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS MISLEAD STUDENTS ON CLIMATE, STUDY SAYS...

Textbooks used to teach science in California middle schools that mislead students on climate change. Composite: Guardian Design for the Guardian

Books voice doubt over whether climate change is real and suggest global warming could be beneficial, researchers say in analysis of four science texts...

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CLIMATE CHANGE GETS SHORT SHRIFT IN US CLASSROOMS...

Climate Change Gets Short Shrift in US Classrooms

A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite returned this view of the sunlit side of Earth from 1 million miles away.

Middle- and high-school students spend very little time learning about climate change in the classroom, and many students hear misinformation about the cause of rising global temperatures, new research finds...

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HOW CLEAN ENERGY BECAME A CODE WORD IN WASHINGTON...

CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos/THINK PROGRESS

If you are a Republican who cares about climate change, you’re probably pretty sick of the presidential election...

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GLOBAL WATER SHORTAGE RISK IS WORSE THAN SCIENTISTS THOUGHT...

Foto24 via Getty Images Sheep seen on Manie van Rooys farm on November 6, 2015 near Frankfort, South Africa. Free State farmers have been severely affected by what is considered as the worst drought since 1992.

The growing risk of worldwide water shortages is worse than scientists previously thought, according to a new study...

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OBAMA'S CLIMATE ENVOY WARNS OF ‘DIPLOMATIC CONSEQUENCES’ IF US RENEGES ON PARIS ACCORD...

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People hike on the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, on Nov. 30, 2015 in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama’s top climate negotiator Todd Stern on Thursday warned of “diplomatic consequences” if a new president tried to back out on commitments under the Paris climate accord signed in December. The comments were made just days after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily froze Obama’s ambitious Clean Power Plan, which seeks to cut pollution from power plants...

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THE KOCHS ARE PLOTTING A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR ASSAULT ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES...

DonkeyHotey/Flickr Billionaires Charles and David Koch, prominent donors to conservative causes, are now looking to put their money behind an advocacy group that would promote petroleum-based transportation fuel and fight government subsidies for electric cars, sources say. 

 

A new group could spend $10 million a year on the campaign...

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SWITCHING FROM BIBLICAL END TIMES TO THE DOOMSDAY SCENARIOS OF CLIMATE SCIENCE...

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The early Republican Presidential caucuses and primaries have put a spotlight on evangelical religious voters, reminding the secular (scientifically literate) community of the differences between their worldview and the one held by the Religious Right...

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WHY THE U.S. IS CUTTING CARBON EMISSIONS NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE SUPREME COURT...

Last week, the Supreme Court threw U.S. and international climate policy into turmoil by freezing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan while it is being challenged before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. But matters took a turn over the weekend with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose absence from the high court could mean that the plan will ultimately survive.

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IMPACT OF SUPREME COURT STAY ON CLEAN POWER PLAN...

SCOTUS stay only a bump in the road for the Clean Power Plan as the trend away from dirty energy continues

Image credit: underclassriging.net, courtesy flickr

Earlier this week the Supreme Court issued a stay in a 5-4 vote along idealogical lines halting progress on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a mainstay of president Obama’s national climate action plan designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants...

 

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WHY OUR INTUITION ABOUT SEA-LEVEL RISE IS WRONG...

harvard staff photographer professor of geophysics jerry mitrovica  news.harvard.edu

 

A geologist explains that climate change is not just about a global average sea rise...

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DO YOU KNOW WHY WE ARE NOW IN A GLOBAL WARMING STATE OF EMERGENCY?

    

    http://www.climateemergencyinstitute.com/

 Climate change mitigation and adaptation failure is the top global risk
​World Economic Forum’s Global Risks (to business) Report 14  January 2016

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THIS COULD EXPLAIN ALL THOSE STRANGE HAPPENINGS IN ALASKA’S WATERS...

Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay, Alaska. Photo: NOAA

New research is shedding light on how far toxic algae blooms have spread in Alaska, and surprised scientists are saying this is just the beginning...

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GLOBAL WARMING IN OVERDRIVE: WE JUST HAD THE HOTTEST JANUARY EVER RECORDED...

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Global average temperature anomalies for Jan. 2016. Image: NASA GISS

Global warming went into overdrive in January, leading to astounding temperature records...

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THE KOCH BROTHERS' DIRTY WAR ON SOLAR POWER...

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No place is the problem clearer than in Florida, where the Sunshine State's vast solar potential has gone to waste. Illustration by Victor Juhasz

All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida...


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CALIFORNIA'S OLD TIRES CROSS THE OCEAN AND COME BACK AS SMOG...

Tires like these are recycled for construction projects, rubber mats, artificial turf, or tire-derived fuel, which is burned in power plants and cement factories. (Photo: Leah Nash)

Sometimes global economic forces are stronger than good intentions...

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‘UNDERCOVER BILLIONAIRES’ NOW IN THE POLITICAL SPOTLIGHT...

Ronald W. Erdrich/Reporter-News U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks during a rally Tuesday night Dec. 29, 2015 in Cisco. The "Reigniting the Promise Community Rally" was sponsored by the Keep the Promise Super PAC and held at the Myrtle Wilks Community Center.

 

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WHEN WILL OUR MEAT-FILLED DIETS GO POST-ANIMAL? (long read)

We can't sustain the number of animals it takes to feed the planet. But soon we will be able to grow as much meat as we want—without the animals involved at all...

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WHAT SCALIA’S DEATH MEANS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE...

Antonin Scalia. Credit: Shawn/Flickr

Just days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling clouded the future of a new United Nations climate pact, the passing of one of its justices has boosted the pact's chances of succeeding...

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WARMER SEAS SPEED UP ANTARCTIC ICE MELT...

An iceberg floating in warming seas off the coast of Antarctica.
Image: Christopher Michel via Wikimedia Commons

New scientific studies provide a further warning of the increasing vulnerability of Antarctic glaciers to faster melting as temperatures rise in the Southern Ocean...

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WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN...

This unaired Doritos “ad” calls out the company’s role in deforestation.

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CLIMATE CHANGE DRIVING SPECIES TO THE EARTH'S POLES FASTER THAN PREDICTED, SCIENTISTS SAY...

The conference heard warming water was reducing the coverage of giant kelp forests. (Flickr: fiveinchpixie)

Warming temperatures are pushing land and sea creatures closer to the north and south poles and to cooler altitudes at rates faster than first predicted, scientists say...

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HOW CHANGING CLIMATES SHAPE THE FATE OF EMPIRES...

An early morning mist veils the view from the Bavarian Forest onto the Alps near the town of Lalling, Bavaria, Germany, on Dec. 12, 2015. (Armin Weigel/EPA)

Time and again, scholars have pointed out the frightening potential impacts of climate change on human civilizations, linking global warming to everything from forced migration to outbreaks of war. And while such effects are a growing concern in today’s warming world, research now increasingly suggests that previous civilizations were likely molded by a shifting climate as well...

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ARE YOU WORRIED, NERVOUS, OR ANXIOUS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

ARE YOU WORRIED, NERVOUS, OR ANXIOUS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

If you are, you are in very good company with some of the world’s brightest minds in science. You would be very wise not to ignore this nervousness and anxiety.

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GIANT ICEBERG KILLS 150,000 ADÉLIE PENGUINS IN ANTARCTICA...

Adelie Penguins diving into the water at Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

An entire colony of Adélie penguins is heading for extinction after an iceberg larger than the country of Luxembourg grounded at Commonwealth Bay, blocking access to the sea and forcing the penguins to travel considerably longer distances to feed...

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THE CLIMATE GENERATION TAKES TO THE STREETS: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH...

Yellow paint is poured on the street during a protest by activists from environmental group Greenpeace on the Champs-Elysee in Paris, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 . The protest is one of many activist actions linked to the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

As France cracks down on protests at the Paris climate change talks, activists find new ways to get their message out...

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NEW REPORT IDENTIFIES THE FOSSIL FUELS WE MUST KEEP IN THE GROUND TO AVERT CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE

Image Credit: Wildearth Guardians

As the US Senate haggles over a comprehensive energy bill, climate activist groups have identified the global fossil fuel reserves that must be kept in the ground if we’re to limit global warming to the critical 2-degree-Celsius threshold...

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OIL INDUSTRY CAUSED 2005 SWARM OF CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKES: SAYS NEWLY PUBLISHED STUDY

Oil and gas wastewater disposal has been tied to a series of earthquakes in California for the first time, in a peer-reviewed study published last Thursday...

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THE SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CARS OR COAL...

Amazon rainforest at dawn on Dec. 29, 2015. (Photo by Harvey Locke)

AMAZONAS, Brazil – At the base of a towering, 150-foot-high angelim tree, the scattered sloth claws and clumps of fur are a dead giveaway...

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WHAT THESE CHRISTIANS ARE GIVING UP FOR LENT: FOSSIL FUELS...

Solar panels sit in an array at the Southwick Estate Solar Farm, operated by Primrose Solar Ltd., near Fareham, U.K., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The plant, situated in 200 acres (81 hectares) of farmland, consists of 175,000 monocrystalline PV modules and has a capacity of 48 megawatts. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A new initiative in the United Kingdom is not only calling for Christian communities to band together in support of clean energy, but actually helping them get their own electricity that way. The Big Church Switch, which launched Wednesday, aims to inspire both individuals and churches to make the switch to renewable energy sources — and they’re already gaining support from church leaders in the country...

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THE COUNTRY’S TOP SCIENTISTS HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR TONIGHT’S DEBATE...

One important issue has been almost totally ignored in the debates so far...

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OBAMA'S $4.1T PLAN AIMS FOR 'CLIMATE SMART' ECONOMY...

President Obama is doubling down on his push for clean energy policies in his $4.1 trillion fiscal 2017 budget, but his final spending blueprint is expected to be largely ignored by the Republican-controlled Congress...

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WILL AUSTRALIA'S RETREAT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH BE A GLOBAL TREND?

Cracks are seen in a dried-up dam near the western New South Wales town of Parkes, located over 400 kilometres west of Sydney March 7, 2007. Australia's longest river has lost half its natural water and it is predicted to dry up by a further 20 percent due to climate change by 2030. David Gray/Reuters/File

The Australian federal science agency responsible for climate change research is shifting its focus, asserting that climate change is proven and so needs no more research. Does this make sense, and is it a sign of things to come?

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THE NEW 10 COMMANDMENTS, A VIDEO TO END THE GLOBAL WARMING EMERGENCY AND SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT...

If you are of a passionate spiritual nature from any religious denomination, love the environment, and want to see the escalating global warming emergency end quickly, then take time to review the following New 10 Commandments video.
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Is global warming behind D.C.’s new era of great snowstorms?


Sign partially covered by snow Jan. 23 in D.C. during the storm named Snowzilla. (Rebekha Halseth)

Evidence is piling up that D.C. and other major northeastern cities have entered a new era of great snowstorms and that climate change may well play an important role...

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GLOBAL WARMING POLICIES WE SET TODAY WILL DETERMINE THE NEXT 10,000 YEARS...

A child goes to school in Satkhira, Bangladesh, on Jan. 21, 2016. Bangladesh is a country that could lose much of its highly populated land to sea sea level rise. Image: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The decisions made in the next couple of decades about reducing greenhouse gas emissions will determine the severity of global warming — including potentially catastrophic sea level rise — for the next 10,000 years, according to a provocative statement by prominent climate scientists...

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CALIFORNIA’S WATER SUPPLY AT RISK FROM WARMER WINTERS...

Last winter, the coldest temperatures in the Sierra were above freezing on average for the first time ever recorded. (Olivia Allen-Price/KQED)

Any sign of precipitation in the forecast is a welcome sight for Californians these days. But with temperatures expected to be above normal this winter, California’s snowpack may not reach the heights it could...

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SEA-LEVEL RISE 'COULD LAST TWICE AS LONG AS HUMAN HISTORY'...

Waste plastics are strewn on the Bao beach near Dakar, on September 2, 2015. About 4.5 million Senegalese (66.6% of the national population) live in the Dakar coastal area and most of the economic activity in the country are concentrated in the coastal zone. A preliminary study of Senegal has demonstrated that sea-level rise due to global warming could have major impacts causing inundation in the delta and estuaries and erosion along the sandy coastlines. Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images

Huge sea-level rises caused by climate change will last far longer than the entire history of human civilization to date, according to new research, unless the brief window of opportunity of the next few decades is used to cut carbon emissions drastically...

 

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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...

Climate Comments from COP21: Youth

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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