A HUGE PLUME OF MAGMA IS BULGING AGAINST ANTARCTICA...

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The frozen continent may hide a column of red-hot magma straining toward the surface...

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WE’RE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING PREPARED FOR THE RISING WATERS...(book review)

The shoreline in Miami, a low-lying city threatened by rising sea levels. (Joseph Michael Lopez/For The Washington Post)

 

Some of humanity’s most primordial stories involve flooding: The tales of Noah, and before that Gilgamesh, tell what happens when the water starts to rise and doesn’t stop...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #45...

 

Editor's Pick:

Conservatives probably can’t be persuaded on climate change. So now what?

One more round of “messaging” won’t do it...

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27 WAYS A HEAT WAVE CAN KILL YOU — A DIRE WARNING FOR A WARMING PLANET...

“What we’re understanding is that the human body is actually very sensitive to heat, and that suggests pretty much everybody’s at risk,” said Camilo Mora, who led new research into the health risks from hot weather. Credit: Michael Brown/Getty Images

 

New research in health and climate change suggests people are more susceptible to heat-related death than once thought. ‘It’s not just the elderly. It’s everybody...

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WE CAN BRIGHTEN CLOUDS TO REFLECT HEAT AND REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING. BUT SHOULD WE?

Fog blankets the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Some scientists want to pursue research into whether marine clouds could be seeded with salt water or other particles, to counter impacts of climate change. Known as “marine cloud brightening,” this technique aims to increase the ability of clouds to reflect solar energy away from the Earth’s surface, reducing temperatures caused by global warming. Eric Risberg AP

Ever-higher temperatures are melting the ice sheets faster than projected. Sea level is rising. International efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are taking longer than expected. It’s a nightmare scenario that could soon demand an emergency response. What to do???

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 5, 2017...

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A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below...

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LESSONS FROM HURRICANE HARVEY: HOUSTON’S STRUGGLE IS AMERICA’S TALE...

 

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ONE NATION, TWO TRIBES: OPPOSING VISIONS OF US CLIMATE ROLE ON SHOW IN BONN...

The alternative US dome – which is marked with the hashtag #wearestillin – is the biggest pavilion at the climate talks. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

 

Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris accord – but other Americans are standing with the world to help fight the ‘existential crisis’ of global warming...

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THERE WILL SOON BE FLOODS OF CLIMATE REFUGEES: WILL THEY GET ASYLUM?

“This notion of humanitarian visas, legal pathways, and temporary protection are policy options that we are encouraging states to use.” [Photo: andrej67/iStock]

 

New Zealand is considering creating a new visa for people fleeing environmental disasters brought on by climate change...

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MAPPING HOW TO FEED 9 BILLION HUMANS, WHILE AVOIDING ENVIRONMENTAL CALAMITY...

 

Yesterday The Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation unveiled an ambitious plan to protect and connect 50 percent of the world’s land area as part of a broader effort to curb global warming, stave off the global extinction crisis, and ensure food availability for the planet’s growing human population...

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REPORTING ON DEVASTATION: A PUERTO RICAN JOURNALIST DETAILS LIFE AFTER MARIA...

Blue tarps cover roof after roof in some neighborhoods, and more than half the residents of Puerto Rico remain without power seven weeks after the storm. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images

 

The aftermath of the hurricane went from unreal to surreal as 3.4 million people tried to cope without power or water amid a slow government response...

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THE CLIMATE HAS CHANGED BEFORE. BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT – LOOK AT THE ARCHEOLOGICAL RECORD...

Sandstorm at the lighthouse Rubjerg Knude in North Jutland, Denmark Photograph: Redphotographer/Getty Images/iStockphoto

 

A major new report states unequivocally that humans are changing the planet. Archaeology puts those changes into context – and explains why action is crucial...

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THIS HYPNOTIZING ANIMATION SHOWS THE INCREDIBLE TREND OF GLOBAL WARMING...

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A cool — and frightening — illustration of rising temperatures and CO2 levels...

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THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD DIDN’T GO NEARLY FAR ENOUGH—CAN BONN DO BETTER?

Children are seen during a climate march prior to the opening session of the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference 2017 in Bonn, Germany. (Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay)

 

If negotiators are going to meaningfully combat the climate crisis this week, they’ll need to forget about pleasing fossil-fuel corporations...

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COP23 TO SHOW BUSINESS IS IMPLEMENTING THE PARIS AGREEMENT...

 

This year has been tumultuous for those grappling with climate change. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Nate have devastated North America and the Caribbean. Parts of South America and South Asia has faced flooding chaos, while parts of Europe faced sweltering heat waves. Antarctic sea ice hit a record low while temperature records were set in Australia. The costs of unchecked climate change are once again clear to all...

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BIG MEAT AND BIG DAIRY'S CLIMATE EMISSIONS PUT EXXON MOBIL TO SHAME...

‘Solutions exist; they just need to be urgently implemented.’ Photograph: Alamy

 

It is time to stop the dairy and meat giants from destroying the climate and shift our support to making our small farmers, herders and ranchers resilient...

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O SAY CAN YOU SEE ICE…

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Some concerns about continued monitoring of sea ice by remote sensing were raised this week in Nature News an article in the (UK) Observer: Donald Trump accused of obstructing satellite research into climate change. The last headline is not really correct, but the underlying issues are real...

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BREATHING FIRE...

Views of San Francisco's skyline are smoke-filled on the morning of Oct. 9 as multiple wildfires burn in Mendocino and Sonoma counties. Credit: Amy Graff/SF Gate

 

As climate change fuels large wildfires, the pollution they're releasing is making Americans sick and undermining decades of progress in cleaning the air...

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CHURCH OF ENGLAND SHOULD LEAD ON CLIMATE CHANGE BY DIVESTING FROM EXXONMOBIL...

ExxonMobil knew about the risks of climate change in the 1970s, yet misled the public for decades, say Anglican clergy asking the church to stop investing in the oil and gas company. Photograph: Matt Brown/AP

 

Anglican clergy, including five bishops, broadcaster Richard Coles and Olivia Graham, call on the church to support the aims of the Paris climate agreement by divesting from fossil fuel companies...

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THE ZOMBIE DISEASES OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

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What lurks in the Arctic’s thawing permafrost?

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SYRIA SIGNS PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT AND LEAVES US ISOLATED...

Syria’s surprise decision to sign the Paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

 

Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave...

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HOW TRUMP WHITE HOUSE WOUND UP RELEASING DIRE CLIMATE REPORT...

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  • Government scientists issue 477-page report on climate change
  • Calls this the warmest period in modern civilization’s history
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THE CLIMATE RISKS WE FACE...

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Since the dawn of the industrial age, humans have been pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by burning coal, oil and gas...

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DONALD TRUMP ACCUSED OF OBSTRUCTING SATELLITE RESEARCH INTO CLIMATE CHANGE...

Earth’s sea ice has shrunk dramatically in recent years. Photograph: David Goldman/AP

 

Republican-controlled Congress ordered destruction of vital sea-ice probe...

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A CLIMATE SCIENCE REPORT THAT CHANGES MINDS? DON’T BET ON IT...

The La Tuna Canyon brush fire burned above Burbank, Calif., this year. The Trump administration on Friday released a report on climate change that left no doubt about its causes. Credit Robyn Beck/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration published a report Friday on climate change from its own scientists that left no doubt about its grim reality and its causes.

So now what?

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AT VATICAN, ‘TENETS OF FAITH’ SEEN AS CRUCIAL IN CLIMATE CHANGE EFFORT...

Jerry Brown, the governor of California, underlined the importance of religious leaders’ involvement in climate change efforts. Credit Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press

 

VATICAN CITY — Religious leaders need to tell congregations that global warming can affect not just the environment, but also the spread of diseases and other threats to human health, participants said at a Vatican conference on Saturday on climate change, an issue that has been a priority of Pope Francis...

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HARRISON FORD SLAMS GLOBAL WARMING SKEPTICS FOR FAILING TO BELIEVE IN SCIENCE...

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‘If we don’t stop the destruction of nature, nothing else will matter’...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #44...

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Editor's Pick: There’s a huge gap between the Paris climate change goals and reality.

Current pledges are about a third of what’s needed...

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IS IT TOO LATE TO SAVE THE WORLD? JONATHAN FRANZEN ON ONE YEAR OF TRUMP'S AMERICA...

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‘As the ice shelves crumble and the Twitter president threatens to pull out of the Paris accord’, Franzen reflects on the role of the writer in times of crisis...

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ARE ANTARCTICA'S ICE SHEETS NEAR A CLIMATE TIPPING POINT?

“Parts of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appear to already be in substantial decline. If that continues, it’s not a matter of how much, but how fast sea level will rise,” climate physicist Carl-Friedrich Schleussner said. Credit: Jeremy Harbeck/NASA

 

Nearly all coal emissions need to stop by 2050 to avoid accelerating ice loss that could lead to 4 feet of sea level rise this century, scientists say...

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THE MOST POWERFUL EVIDENCE CLIMATE SCIENTISTS HAVE OF GLOBAL WARMING...

Hurricane forecasters look closely at ocean temperatures. Sea surface temperatures above 78 degrees, shown here in yellow, orange and red, are sufficiently warm to fuel hurricanes. Credit: NOAA

 

The oceans hold the story of a planet warming as fossil fuels are burned. Here is what scientists have discovered, in four charts...

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WE HAVE NOW ENTERED THE STATE OF out of control and now OUT OF CONTROL AND NOW IRREVERSIBLE GLOBAL WARMING!

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You most likely have seen the news about the global warming aggravated weather like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Marie or the horrible wildfires in northern California and the west coast. In this blog we have repeatedly provided good science informing that you that until we reverse our suicidal fossil fuel burning habits, global warming aggravated climate consequences (like what you are seeing almost everyday in the news,) will continue to increase in frequency, severity and scale...

 

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ANTARCTICA'S WINDS INCREASING RISK OF SEA LEVEL RISE FROM MASSIVE TOTTEN GLACIER...

Along the coast of East Antarctica, surface winds are projected to intensify this century due to warming caused by increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Credit: NASA

 

The little-studied glacier in East Antarctica holds enough ice to raise global sea level by more than 11 feet...

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CLIMATE CHANGE TO AFFECT 10 MILLION AMERICANS BY 2075, CBO WARNS...

Mobile homes in a flooded neighborhood in Bonita Springs, Florida, on Sept. 12, 2017. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

 

Ten million Americans will be "substantially affected" by climate change by 2075, causing government disaster spending to jump, the Congressional Budget Office projected Thursday. But, instead of trying to cut carbon emissions, the federal government could make coastal residents bear more of the financial risks for living there, the office said...

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GET SET FOR THE UN CLIMATE TALKS IN BONN...

 

Throughout the year, the global community has projected a sense of calm determination in response to the US president’s contempt...

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MASSIVE GOVERNMENT REPORT SAYS CLIMATE IS WARMING AND HUMANS ARE THE CAUSE...

Hurricane Harvey delivered record rainfall to East Texas. Many scientists believe that climate change helped to make the storm wetter. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

 

It is "extremely likely" that human activities are the "dominant cause" of global warming, according to the most comprehensive study ever of climate science by U.S. government researchers...

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FROM MIAMI TO SHANGHAI: 3C OF WARMING WILL LEAVE WORLD CITIES BELOW SEA LEVEL...

How Shanghai would look with a rise of just 2C: the UN warned this week of a potential 3C scenario. Photograph: Nickolay Lamm/Courtesy Climate Central

 

An elevated level of climate change would lock in irreversible sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people, Guardian data analysis shows...

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HAVE PSYCHOLOGISTS FOUND A BETTER WAY TO PERSUADE PEOPLE TO SAVE THE PLANET?

‘Worth protecting?’ Scientists recently published the first large-scale study of the association between social dominance and people’s environmental attitudes. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

 

Recent studies linking people’s views on social inequality to how they think and act on environmental issues could prove crucial to changing their behavior...

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WHAT IS THE NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT? THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE UNITED STATES...

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE 'WILL CREATE WORLD'S BIGGEST REFUGEE CRISIS'...

Successive droughts, like those seen in sub-Saharan Africa, could cause millions to migrate to Europe. Photograph: Peter Caton/Tearfund

 

Experts warn refugees could number tens of millions in the next decade, and call for a new legal framework to protect the most vulnerable...

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NEW ENVIRONMENTAL DATA SEND CLIMATE SCIENTISTS INTO TAILSPIN...

 

A series of new studies on everything from errors in calculating sea temperatures to the Earth’s ability to adapt in assimilating carbon dioxide has sent climate scientists scrambling to readjust their predictions concerning climate change...

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BRITISH ANTARCTIC RESEARCH STATION TO SHUT FOR SECOND WINTER AS CRACKS IN ICE GROW...

The Halley VI research centre, run by the British Antarctic Survey, will shut down between March and November 2018. Photograph: British Antarctic Survey/PA

 

Having changed location earlier this year to avoid being cut off, the Halley VI station will close again over fears that the ice shelf it stands on may break...

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THERE’S A SHADY PUERTO RICO CONTRACT YOU DIDN’T HEAR ABOUT...

 A car passes among dark homes as people wait for electricity to be restored after Hurricane Maria passed through on Oct. 6, 2017 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage, including to most of the electrical, gas, and water grid, as well as agriculture. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

 

National outrage has led to the cancellation of a suspicious $300 million contract doled out to a tiny Montana company that was oddly tasked with rebuilding large parts of Puerto Rico’s electric grid. A separate $200 million contract has faced little scrutiny, but may ultimately be even more scandalous for what it says about the effort to rebuild the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria...

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TRUMP SUED, LAWYERS CLAIM DENYING CHILDREN A HEALTHY FUTURE...

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A group of children and young adults is suing President Donald Trump’s administration for denying their right to a livable environment, claiming that by not properly addressing climate concerns, the United States is taking away their right to a healthy future...

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IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON HEALTH IS ‘THE MAJOR THREAT OF 21ST CENTURY’...

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The health of millions of people across the world is already being significantly harmed by climate change, a major new report finds...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH...

A victim of a heat wave in Pakistan, in 2015. Credit Asianet-Pakistan/Barcroft Media, via Getty Images

 

Climate change has largely been defined as an environmental issue, with the worst effects decades or centuries away. But a sobering new report from a commission convened by the medical journal The Lancet, released Monday evening, could change that assessment...

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CLIMATE CHANGE ALREADY BRINGING DISEASE, AIR POLLUTION AND HEATWAVES...

Pakistani heatstroke victims at a government hospital in Karachi, June 2015. The report found a huge increase in the number of people over 65 who are exposed to extreme heat. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

 

Heatwaves, pollution and disease are the main health issues linked to global warming but action to halt emissions would deliver huge benefits...

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FIVE YEARS AFTER SANDY, ARE WE BETTER PREPARED?

Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in the New York City region on Oct. 29, 2012, plunged Manhattan, from Midtown south to the Financial District, into darkness for several days. While much of the region’s inundated infrastructure has been repaired, many of the plans to stormproof the city are still just that — plans. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

 

While much of New York City’s battered infrastructure has been repaired and even improved, most long-term resiliency measures are still years away...

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5 YEARS AFTER SANDY: VULNERABLE RED HOOK IS BOOMING, RIGHT AT THE WATER'S EDGE...

Much of Red Hook flooded during Superstorm Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012. Nearly six feet of water submerged cars and the electricity went out. Credit: Alan Chin via The Bridge.

 

This growing Brooklyn neighborhood, flooded during Superstorm Sandy, is now confronting the threat of future storms and sea level rise...

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THE ENERGY 202: WHAT WHITEFISH REALLY REVEALS ABOUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION...

Donald Trump speaking during a Cabinet meeting at the White House as Ryan Zinke, left, listens. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 

So much of the news coverage about restoring power to Puerto Rico concerns a tiny town more than 3,000 miles away from the hurricane-hit island...

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GLOBAL ATMOSPHERIC CO2 LEVELS HIT RECORD HIGH...

Smoke rises from a power plant in Bottrop, western Germany. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

 

UN warns that drastic action is needed to meet climate targets set in the Paris agreement...

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FEMA HAD A PLAN FOR RESPONDING TO A HURRICANE IN PUERTO RICO — BUT IT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE IT...

Army soldiers pass out food, provided by FEMA, to residents in a neighborhood without grid electricity or running water on Oct. 17, 2017, in San Isidro, Puerto Rico. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

 

The disaster-relief agency, under fire after Hurricane Maria, won’t release the plan, even as a comparable document for Hawaii remains public...

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THE GREAT NUTRIENT COLLAPSE...

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The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention...

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SCIENTISTS SAY CLIMATE CHANGE MAKING WINTER START LATER AND LATER...

This Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo show fall colors beginning to show along Route 209 in Reilly Township, Schuylkill County, Pa. Across the United States, 2017’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. (David McKeown/Republican-Herald via AP) DAVID MCKEOWN

 

Winter is coming ... later. And it’s leaving ever earlier...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #43...

Warming waters are melting the Antarctic ice sheets from below. Photo: APT

 

Editor's Pick:

Coal use must 'pretty much' be gone by 2050 to curb sea-level rise, researchers say...

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WHY HOT WEATHER RECORDS CONTINUE TO TUMBLE WORLDWIDE...

Extreme temperatures in Cordoba, Spain in June 2017. EPA/SALAS

 

It sometimes feels like we get a lot of “record-breaking” weather. Whether it’s a heatwave in Europe or the “Angry Summer” in Australia, the past few years have seen temperature records tumble...

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THIS IS YOUR PLANET ON SEA LEVEL RISE. ANY QUESTIONS?

 

There are moments when your own data stops you dead in your tracks. I had one of those moments a few months ago as we were preparing to release our When Rising Seas Hit Home report...

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THE UNINHABITABLE VILLAGE...

Vikram Singh

 

Hotter temperatures are forcing families in southern India to decide: Try to survive here, or leave?

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RISING SEAS MAY BRING MORE SUPERSTORMS...

Superstorms sow havoc: Repair work on the New York metro in Sandy’s devastating wake. Image: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of NY via Wikimedia Commons

 

Superstorms as severe as Sandy, the monster which swamped New York City in 2012, could become more frequent because of rising sea levels...

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INTERPRETING THE PARIS AGREEMENT’S 1.5C TEMPERATURE LIMIT...

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Long-term temperature limits like 2C or 1.5C above pre-industrial levels have long been used as goalposts for climate change mitigation...

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