EXXON CEO REX TILLERSON IS THE MOST PRO-CLIMATE TRUMP NOMINEE...

Speech of Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO Exxon Mobil during the World Gas Congres. Paris, in 2015. ROMUALD MEIGNEUX/SIPA

 

The nomination of ExxonMobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state is being roundly pilloried by environmentalists, who see him as the human embodiment of a barrel of crude oil...

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'THE ARCTIC IS UNRAVELING,' SCIENTISTS CONCLUDE AFTER LATEST SOBERING CLIMATE REPORT...

Secretary of State John Kerry, center, visited Norway this year, witnessing the impacts of a melting Arctic. Credit: Getty Images

 

Unprecedented warming has sent the Arctic into uncharted territory, says latest NOAA report, as its science faces potential hostility from the Trump administration...

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IN U-TURN, EPA SAYS FRACKING CAN POSE A THREAT TO DRINKING WATER...

Sunflower stalks punctuate the snow in a field near dormant oil drilling rigs, which have been stacked in Dickinson, N.D., in this Jan. 21, 2016 file photo. Top US shale producers are pushing fracking technology to new extremes to get more oil out of their wells. Andrew Cullen/Reuters

Last summer, in a draft report, the agency concluded hydraulic fracturing has no national 'widespread, systemic' impact on drinking water. In the final version released Tuesday, that sentence was removed...

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ON CLIMATE CHANGE, ANGELS AND DEMONS ARE BATTLING OVER TRUMP’S SOUL...

Businessman with Devil & Angel on Shoulders Photograph: Lisa Zador/Getty Images

 

Trump is filling his administration with fossil fuel industry puppets; only Ivanka has a chance to preserve the climate...

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SCIENTISTS WANT TO GIVE THE ATMOSPHERE AN ANTACID TO RELIEVE CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

It won't solve the underlying problem, but "geoengineering" may have just gotten a bit safer...

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SHRINKING MOUNTAIN GLACIERS ARE ‘CATEGORICAL EVIDENCE’ OF CLIMATE CHANGE, SCIENTISTS SAY...

Tarpaulins cover the Rhone glacier near the Furka mountain pass, Switzerland. The glacier is protected by tarpaulins to reduce the melting of the ice. (DOMINIC STEINMANN/EPA)

 

From the rapidly melting Greenland ice sheet to increasing instability of West Antarctica, the world’s glaciers have become the dramatic face of climate change...

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MYSTERY ANTARCTIC CIRCLE MEANS ICE IS MELTING FROM SURFACE DOWN...

Lakes lurk beneath Antarctic ice Stef Lhermitte
It is as mysterious as they come. A huge, 2-kilometre-wide circle spotted during a routine flight over an Antarctic ice shelf in 2014 has had scientists scratching their heads ever since. What could have caused it?
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NEW NASA IMAGERY SHOWS HOW FAST GLACIERS ARE MELTING...

The texture on the surface of flowing ice, such as Heimdal Glacier in southern Greenland, allows NASA to map nearly all the flowing ice in the world.

 

(CNN)They may appear frozen and immovable, but glaciers, which contain some 69% of the world's freshwater, are slowly slipping into the sea...

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WILL TRUMP SCRAP NASA’S CLIMATE RESEARCH MISSION?

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NASA does more than explore other planets; it studies our own. Agency scientists worry Donald Trump will abort the work...

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THE HISTORY OF THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT AND GLOBAL WARMING...

Svante Arrhenius. Republished under fair use.

 

Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927) was a Swedish scientist that was the first to claim in 1896 that fossil fuel combustion may eventually result in enhanced global warming...

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EXXON'S CHIEF AS SECRETARY OF STATE PUTS CLIMATE DIPLOMACY IN OIL MAGNATE'S HANDS...

Credit: Renoit Tessier/REUTERS

 

With Rex Tillerson as Donald Trump's reported choice to head the State Department, Exxon's history with Russia, as well as climate denial, become national issues...

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WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE FOR US?

 

Where would we be without science?

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SCIENTISTS ARE RALLYING IN THE STREETS TODAY...

 

Climate scientists have plenty of reasons to feel worried. For decades, fossil fuel interests have spread climate science disinformation and funded climate change denying politicians...

 

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BILL GATES IS HEADING A $1 BILLION CLEAN ENERGY VENTURE FUND...

He’s got several billionaire pals on board...

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TRUMP SAYS ‘NOBODY REALLY KNOWS’ IF CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL...

The Trump transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking officials there to identify which department employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the nation's carbon output. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)

 

 

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TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM FOR ENERGY DEPARTMENT SEEKS NAMES OF EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN CLIMATE MEETINGS...

The Trump transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking officials there to identify which department employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the nation's carbon output. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)

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SANTA IN TROUBLE? REINDEER SHRINK IN ARCTIC AS CLIMATE CHANGES...

A man dressed as Santa Claus rides his sleigh as he prepares for Christmas on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, northern Finland, December 19, 2007. REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL/File Photo
Reindeer are shrinking on an Arctic island near the North Pole in a side-effect of climate change that has curbed winter food for animals often depicted as pulling Father Christmas' sleigh, scientists said on Monday...
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THE GLOBAL ARC TOWARDS RENEWABLE ENERGY...

Photo by Penn State/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

 

Given the United States’ recent election results, America’s future on climate and energy policy is uncertain, but global progress on mitigating climate change will continue with or without us...

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ATMOSPHERIC LEVELS OF METHANE, A POWERFUL GREENHOUSE GAS, ARE SPIKING, SCIENTISTS REPORT...

Cows graze in a farm near Chascomus, Argentina, on Nov. 10. (Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)

 

The best news about climate change that we’ve heard lately is that for three years straight, the world’s energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas, have been flat. The gas has continued to accumulate in the atmosphere, but emissions haven’t gone up, even as economies have continued to grow...

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AGU 2016...

 

It’s that time of year again. Fall AGU is the biggest gathering of geophysical scientists in the world (~24,000 attendees) and while it includes planetary science, seismology and magnetophysics, it is swamped by earth scientists, whose work covers the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, climate, natural hazards and paleoclimate...

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VLADIMIR PUTIN ONCE GAVE HIM A MEDAL. NOW DONALD TRUMP MAY GIVE HIM THE STATE DEPARTMENT...

Rex Tillerson at an earlier meeting with Vladimir Putin. (Photo: DPA)

 

Such is the life of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, a man who earns over $30 million a year running Exxon-Mobil, the largest US oil company...

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GREAT BARRIER REEF NOT LIKELY TO SURVIVE IF WARMING TREND CONTINUES, SAYS REPORT...

Dead table corals killed by bleaching on Zenith reef, on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Photograph: Greg Torda/EPA

 

Report projects by 2050 more than 98% of coral reefs will be afflicted by ‘bleaching-level thermal stress’ each year...

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AL GORE’S NEW CLIMATE CHANGE MOVIE ARRIVES JUST IN TIME...

A sequel to the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” starring, once again, Al Gore, is coming to Sundance. (Associated Press)

 

The Sundance Film Festival will open in January with a new climate change movie from Al Gore — and the timing, unfortunately, could not be better...

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ANTI-INTELLECTUAL VOTERS IN AMERICA’S HEARTLAND ENSURE ABRUPT CLIMATE COLLAPSE...

The poorly educated electing a climate change denier (however justified their rage at elitist opulence) is sheer utter madness. That abrupt climate change is well underway is self-evident as the Arctic has shockingly recently been 36° F above normal and above freezing, and 98%+ of temperature extremes are record highs. It is unconscionable that America’s House Science Committee tweets climate science disinformation, as creepy Donald appoints climate change deniers to key environmental positions, and turns his jack booted thugs upon governmental climate scientists. Festering rural American anti-intellectualism may well kill us all. Being smart is cool. I very much hope this essay offends no one, other than the ones it was intended to...

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EXXON CEO REX TILLERSON, CLIMATE ARCHVILLAIN, TO BE NAMED SECRETARY OF STATE...

 

If it weren't real, it might read like a dark climate change comedy...

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CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: EXTINCTION, TAXING CLIMATE DENIAL, AND MORE!

 

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

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

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CLIMATE HOME'S WEEKLY WRAP...

 

 

This week he talked climate change with Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio, but when it came to the crunch Donald Trump chose a climate sceptic as his environment chief...

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TRUMP TABS ANOTHER CLIMATE DENIER, THIS TIME FOR INTERIOR...

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015.
Credit: Gage Skidmore/flickr

 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from Washington State who is a climate change denier and an ardent opponent of regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for Secretary of Interior...

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FOR MANY, COFFEE REALLY IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH...

The nomination of a climate change skeptic to run the Environmental Protection Agency may have renewed old arguments in Washington, but CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips says in Uganda, there’s no argument...

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JEFF SESSIONS, TRUMP'S ATTORNEY GENERAL PICK, INTRODUCED FIRST BILL TO EXEMPT FRACKING FROM DRINKING WATER RULES...

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions speaking at a Trump rally in Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0

 

 U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General, introduced the first so-called “Halliburton Loophole” bill back in 1999 before it was ever known as such...

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THE BEST CLIMATE MESSENGERS FOR TRUMP ARE CEO'S...

Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt arrives for meetings at Trump Tower on Dec. 7, 2016. Image: AP

 

In the past week, former vice president and prominent climate activist Al Gore, as well as actor and climate campaigner Leo DiCaprio, have met with President-elect Donald J. Trump to discuss global warming. 

Trump is not listening...

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DISMANTLING CLIMATE RULES ISN’T SO EASY...

 

Donald J. Trump has named Scott Pruitt, a leading opponent of President Obama’s signature environmental initiatives, as his nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, is closely linked to fossil fuel industries and is a climate change skeptic. He was most likely chosen to reverse these environmental initiatives, a deeply disturbing turn in the nation’s effort to slow climate change...

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CATCH 22: WHEN CLIMATE CHANGE *PREVENTS* MIGRATION...

 credit: Lou Del Bello

 

Research shows those hit hardest by climate change can’t afford to move, supporting the call for more and better adaptation...

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GREENLAND’S VAST ICE SHEET IS WAY LESS STABLE THAN WE THOUGHT, AND THAT’S BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD...

An iceberg detached from the Jakobshavn glacier in western Greenland. New research suggests the island’s enormous ice sheet is more unstable than scientists previously believed. M. Santini/Getty Images

Two new studies reveal just how dynamic — and potentially vulnerable to climate change — it actually is...

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THE BILLIONAIRE ENERGY INVESTOR WHO VETTED TRUMP'S EPA PICK HAS LONG LIST OF EPA VIOLATIONS...

credit: Pixabay

 

Asked for his take on President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), multi-billionaire investor and Trump business partner Carl Icahn told Bloomberg that Pruitt is “going to really be a breath of fresh air.” Given Icahn's business ties, that statement is steeped in accidental irony...

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TRUMP TALKS TO LEONARDO DICAPRIO IN LATEST PLOY TO MISDIRECT PUBLIC ON HIS CLIMATE AGENDA...

Leonardo DiCaprio apparently pitched Trump on how clean energy can create jobs. Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic via Getty Images

But did the president-elect actually listen to the climate advocate?

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HISTORY REVEALS GREENLAND ICE MIGHT MELT MUCH FASTER THAN BELIEVED...

Even Greenland's thickest ice melted in global warm periods, a warning sign for a climate-changed world to come. Credit: Getty Images

 

The huge ice sheet melted several times between ice ages, leading to belief it will melt faster with global warming, with dire implications for sea level rise...

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STUDY LINKS A WARMING CLIMATE TO CHANGES IN GREAT LAKES FOOD WEB...

The sun sets over the Mackinac Bridge, the dividing line between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, at Michigan's Mackinac Straits. Al Goldis/AP Photo

 

Rise In Algae Called Cyclotella May Warn Of Changes To Food Chain...

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GORE, DICAPRIO AND THE MEDIA: TOOLS IN TRUMP’S CLIMATE DECEPTION...

Photo: Michael Vadon/Flickr

 

Trump’s meetings with Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio acted as a smokescreen while he prepared to appoint an EPA chief who will tear up US climate policy...

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THE TEEN-AGERS SUING OVER CLIMATE CHANGE...

Young plaintiffs in a number of states have sued the federal government as part of a legal effort to force action to address climate change. PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBIN LOZNAK

 

In the spring of 2010, Julia Olson, an environmental attorney based in Oregon, was introduced to Alec Loorz, a teen-ager from Ventura, California, and the founder of an advocacy group called Kids vs. Global Warming...

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POLAR BEAR NUMBERS TO PLUNGE A THIRD AS SEA ICE MELTS...

A starved and exhausted polar bear, who became a victim of the global warming.

 

Paris: Polar bear numbers could drop a third by mid-century, according to the first systematic assessment, released on Wednesday, of how dwindling Arctic sea ice affects the world’s largest bear...

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SCIENTISTS CONFIRM: “THE BLOB” REALLY MESSED UP THE NORTHEAST PACIFIC...

The algae bloom contributed to marine mammal strandings along the Pacific coast. Photo by Richard Mittleman/Gon2Foto/Alamy Stock Photo

 

The Pacific warm water “Blob” contributed to a record toxic algae bloom...

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PROTESTERS' WIN 'A WAKEUP CALL' FOR OTHER PIPELINE PROJECTS...

The Lakota Nation's Yolonda Bluehorse, left, and attorney Eric Reed, a member of the Choctaw Nation, speak with reporters at an anti-pipeline press conference in Dallas. Photo by Mike Lee.

 

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe scored a temporary victory in its fight against the Dakota Access pipeline Sunday when the Obama administration said it was denying a permit. But the win could have bigger implications for pipelines nationwide, which face an increase in sophisticated campaigns to derail infrastructure development...

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THIS IS NOT NORMAL, PEOPLE: ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC HIT RECORD LOW SEA ICE...

Image: Rex features/AP

 

Things in the Arctic are just getting weirder and weirder. And not in a good way...

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MEET THE ARCTIC’S NEW TOP PREDATOR—KILLER WHALES...

Photo: Maggie Okituk/Reuters

 

Move over, polar bears. As sea ice melts, orcas are moving into the once-frozen Hudson Bay, preying on beluga whales and seals...

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MORE TERRIFYING THAN TRUMP? THE BOOMING CONSPIRACY CULTURE OF CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL...

Alex Jones credit Info Wars

 

Conspiracy websites and hyperpartisan media outlets are building huge online audiences who want to hear climate change is a hoax...

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HOW FAR WILL TRUMP GO TO GUT U.S. CLIMATE POLICIES?

Can the GOP roll back the endangerment finding on greenhouse gas pollution? Graphic by E&E News. Photo by Gage Skidmore, courtesy of Flickr.

 

President-elect Donald Trump would have to undertake a herculean political effort to reverse his administration's responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases, and he might not be able to count on Republicans in Congress for help...

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EXTREME STORMS WILL BE A LOT MORE FREQUENT AS CLIMATE WARMS...

Locals work to rescue up to 70 horses after a Houston-area stable was inundated by floodwaters on April 18. A new study says heavy downpours will be more common by the end of the century. Mark Mulligan / AP

 

The number of heavy downpours in much of the U.S. could increase five-fold by the end of the century, causing flash floods, mudslides and ruining crops, climate researchers predicted Monday...

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POLAR SEA ICE THE SIZE OF INDIA VANISHES IN RECORD HEAT...

Children play amid icebergs on the beach in Nuuk, Greenland, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Alister Doyle
Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by twice the size of Alaska in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say...
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AN UNUSUALLY WARM ARCTIC YEAR: SIGN OF FUTURE CLIMATE TURMOIL?

credit: RMSF (Stock Video # 950-899-030)

 

This year will almost certainly go down as the warmest on record in the Arctic, with autumn temperatures soaring 36 degrees F above normal. In a Yale e360 interview, climatologist Jennifer Francis explains why a swiftly warming Arctic may have profound effects on global weather...

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SIOUX CHIEF ASKS PROTESTERS TO DISBAND, TRUMP TO REVIEW PIPELINE DECISION...

Veterans gather for a briefing inside of the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as 'water protectors' continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A Native American leader asked thousands of protesters to return home after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline, despite the prospect of President-elect Donald Trump reversing the decision after he takes office...
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EXXON RECORD IN SPOTLIGHT AS TRUMP INTERVIEWS CEO...

Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment in 2010.(Photo: File photo by H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

 

The possible appointment of ExxonMobil's CEO as U.S. secretary of State would place a lifelong oil executive in charge of American diplomacy in an age when energy and climate change are fueling considerable geopolitical tension...

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SCIENTISTS STUDY DEADLY TIBET AVALANCHE, PREVENT SECOND DISASTER...

Glaciers in the Aru Basin, Tibetan Autonomous Region, Oct. 25, 2016. Courtesy of Tian Lide

 

After the largest glacier collapse in recorded history, a team of international researchers used data to avert further calamity...

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DONALD AND IVANKA TRUMP MEET WITH AL GORE...

Former Vice President Al Gore gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 9, 2015.AP Photo/Alex Sanz

 

Former Vice President Al Gore met with Donald and Ivanka Trump in two separate meetings at Trump Tower on Monday...

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LEONARDO DICAPRIO GIFTS IVANKA TRUMP DVD OF CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMENTARY...

U.S. actor and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio poses during arrivals for a screening of his documentary film "Before the Flood" at the United Nations in New York City, U.S. October 20, 2016. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

 

Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly met Ivanka Trump privately and gifted her copy of his latest documentary on climate change, "Before the Flood."

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OGONI KING: SHELL OIL IS KILLING MY PEOPLE...

Nigerian tribal king Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi with bottled water samples. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

 

King Emere was in a London court last week for the case that he hopes will allow him to sue Shell in the UK for polluting his tribal land...

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WHY CLIMATE SCIENTISTS ARE TAKING FACT-CHECKING INTO THEIR OWN HANDS...

A man sunbathes under a t-shirt on Brighton beach, Southern England July 19, 2013. Climate scientists are attempting to debunk a series of media reports that suggest record-high global average temperatures are unrelated to climate change.
Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Climate scientists and science writers debunked news reports in The Daily Mail and Breitbart News that suggested global temperature increases were unrelated to climate change, one of a number of challenges aimed at a Republican Congress and Trump administration...

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ARMY HALTS CONSTRUCTION OF DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE...

The “historic” decision comes as thousands of protesters gather on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation...

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OBAMA'S DIRTY SECRET: THE FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS THE US LITTERED AROUND THE WORLD...

 

 

Through the Export-Import Bank, the Obama administration has spent nearly $34bn on dirty energy plants in countries from India to Australia to South Africa...

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DESTRUCTION OF THE AMAZON IS SPEEDING UP — JUST WHEN THE PLANET CAN LEAST AFFORD IT.....

A tract of Amazon rainforest, cleared by loggers and farmers for agriculture, is seen near the city of Santarem, Para State in 2013. (Reuters/Nacho Doce)

 

Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, or INPE, released new data on the ongoing deforestation of the country’s portion of the Amazon rainforest this week, based on satellite measurements. And the news is very bad...

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GORE SAYS U.S. CLIMATE CURBS ON TRACK, HOPES TRUMP WILL SURPRISE...

Former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman Al Gore attends the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Picture Supplied by Action Images

 

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are likely to fall irrespective of the pro-coal policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who may still surprise the world by embracing global action to limit climate change, former vice president Al Gore said...

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FIRST US OFFSHORE WIND FARM TO BEGIN PRODUCTION WITHIN DAYS...

Photo: Deepwater Wind

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There has been a hiccup at the nation’s first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power...

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NASA PHOTO REVEALS A STARTLING 300-FOOT-WIDE RIFT IN ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF...

Rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf as seen from a NASA aircraft on Nov. 10, 2016. Image: nasa/John Sonntag

 

The breakup of the massive Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica is getting closer and will eventually produce an iceberg the size of Delaware prowling the Southern Ocean, according to new NASA data...

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STOP PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP AND U.S. FROM WITHDRAWING FROM COP21 PARIS AGREEMENT...

 

In December 2015, more than 190 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. In order for the agreement to take effect and enter into force, at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions needed to formally join the Agreement...

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WEEKLY WRAP: EU STEADY ON CLIMATE AS TRUMP TEAM TAKES SHAPE...

Donald Trump will have to engage with the climate issue when he visits Europe.  Flickr/Herman Van Rompuy

 

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

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THE TIDE IS TURNING FOR A NEW SOURCE OF GREEN ENERGY...

A tidal energy turbine is loaded onto a barge in Invergordon, Scotland. (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

 

The first underwater turbines are connected to Scotland’s power grid...

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NOVA SCOTIA JUST FULFILLED ITS LONGSTANDING DREAM TO HARNESS THE TIDES WITH AN UNDERWATER WINDMILL...

In this early November photo, the 1000 tonne turbine can be seen in the deployment barge Scotia Tide, just before being lowered to the seafloor. credit: Financial Post

 

Seven years after the Atlantic Ocean mercilessly chewed up its last attempt to harness the tides, on Tuesday Nova Scotia finally fulfilled its decades-long dream to put an underwater wind turbine on the floor of the Bay of Fundy...

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2,300 LEADING SCIENTISTS SEND TRUMP A CLEAR WARNING: WE’RE WATCHING YOU...

President-elect Donald Trump’s administration needs to “support and rely on science as a key input for crafting public policy,” the scientists wrote. Mike Segar / Reuters

An open letter signed by America’s top minds hopes to counter the influence of climate change deniers and oil execs...

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SHELL TIES IN BONUSES TO REINFORCED EMISSIONS STRATEGY...

The logo of Shell is pictured at the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris, France, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Royal Dutch Shell plans to link part of its executive bonuses to greenhouse gas emissions and conduct more active screening of future investments to further efforts to reduce the energy group's carbon footprint, its CEO told Reuters...

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HOW OBAMA'S CLIMATE CHANGE LEGACY IS WEAKENED BY US INVESTMENT IN DIRTY FUEL...

 

 

 

Exclusive: an agency inside the Obama administration poured billions into fossil fuel projects that will lead to global carbon emissions on a damaging scale...

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DROUGHT-FUELED WILDFIRE 'APOCALYPSE' HITS TENNESSEE...

Orange glow from the Chimney Top Fire seen in the Great Smokies National Park on Nov. 28, 2016. Image: great smokies national park via facebook

 

Strong winds fanned flames from a large wildfire in eastern Tennessee on Monday, damaging a large number of structures in picturesque Gatlinburg, and prompting widespread evacuations...

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INQUIRER EDITORIAL: TRUMP TALKING OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF HIS MOUTH ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

President-elect Trump, as he is prone to do, has again backed away somewhat from a previous position...

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SVALBARD SEES 'SHOCKING' TEMPERATURES NEAR FREEZING POINT...

In this Friday June 13, 2008 file photo, a polar bear stands on an ice floe near the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. Scientists said Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 that Svalbard has seen such extreme warmth this year that the average annual temperature could end up above freezing for the first time on record. AP Photo/Romas Dabrukas

 

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has seen such extreme warmth this year that the average annual temperature could end up above freezing for the first time on record, scientists said Friday...

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TRUMP COULD FACE THE ‘BIGGEST TRIAL OF THE CENTURY’ — OVER CLIMATE CHANGE...

Donald Trump will enter the White House with an environmental policy agenda opposed to that of the Obama administration and many other nations that have pledged support to the Paris climate agreement. The Washington Post's Chris Mooney breaks down what a Donald Trump presidency will mean when it comes to climate change. (Daron Taylor/The Washington Post)

 

A few weeks ago, a federal judge in Oregon made headlines when she ruled that a groundbreaking climate lawsuit will proceed to trial. And some experts say its outcome could rewrite the future of climate policy in the United States... 

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WEATHER GONE WILD! INCREDIBLE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PICTURES SHOW THE AWESOME POWER OF MOTHER NATURE ACROSS AMERICA...

The biggest dust storm in living memory rolls into Phoenix on July 5, 2011, reducing visibility to zero. Desert thunderstorms kicked up the mile-high wall of dust and sand. Photograph by Daniel Bryant

 

Breath-taking photographs of wild weather conditions plaguing areas across the United States in 2011 have showcased the untamed hand of Mother Nature...

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EXTREME TORNADO OUTBREAKS ARE BECOMING MORE EXTREME...

The remnants of a home destroyed by one of the many tornadoes that raked across Alabama during the April 2011 Super Outbreak. Credit: FEMA Photo by George Armstrong

 

Outbreaks of tornadoes — where multiple tornadoes form over an area in just a few hours or days — are responsible for most of the devastating destruction caused by severe weather, and a new analysis has reached a worrying conclusion about the worst of these outbreaks...

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WORLD CITIES SEEK $375 BN TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera speaks during a conference where mayors from the world's biggest cities plot their strategy for fighting climate change in the face of skepticism from US President-elect Donald Trump

 

The world's big cities will need $375 billion of investment to curb climate change, a large gathering of mayors heard in Mexico on Thursday...

Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera speaks during a conference where mayors from the world's biggest cities plot their strategy for fighting climate change in the face of skepticism from US President-elect Donald Trump

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Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera speaks during a conference where mayors from the world's biggest cities plot their strategy for fighting climate change in the face of skepticism from US President-elect Donald Trump

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-12-world-cities-bn-climate.html#jCp
Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera speaks during a conference where mayors from the world's biggest cities plot their strategy for fighting climate change in the face of skepticism from US President-elect Donald Trump

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-12-world-cities-bn-climate.html#jCp
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CLIMATE CHANGE WILL STIR 'UNIMAGINABLE' REFUGEE CRISIS, SAYS MILITARY...

People wait to receive aid at Guthail, Jamalpur, Bangladesh, where the river Yamuna’s water level is 118cm over the danger line. Photograph: Anik Rahman/NurPhoto/Getty Images

 

Unchecked global warming is greatest threat to 21st-century security where mass migration could be ‘new normal’, say senior military...

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BERNIE SANDERS CALLS OUT HOUSE SCIENCE COMMITTEE FOR TWEETING BREITBART’S GARBAGE CLIMATE REPORTING...

 

“Where’d you get your PhD? Trump University?” he tweeted...

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IVANKA TRUMP, CLIMATE CZAR?

Ivanka Trump wants to make climate change one of her signature issues, a source close to her told POLITICO | AP Photo

 

The first daughter aims to use the first lady’s lectern to champion liberal causes...

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SCIENTISTS HAVE LONG FEARED THIS ‘FEEDBACK’ TO THE CLIMATE SYSTEM. NOW THEY SAY IT’S HAPPENING...

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At a time when a huge pulse of uncertainty has been injected into the global project to stop the planet’s warming, scientists have just raised the stakes even further...

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ODD RIFTS IN ANTARCTIC ICE COULD MEAN ‘SAYONARA, GLACIER’...

 

In August of 2015, a large iceberg broke off from the floating section of Antarctica’s massive Pine Island Glacier. While such an event is part of the natural life cycle of glaciers, this one was precipitated by an unusual rift in the middle of the ice that could point to a new mechanism for the collapse of this and potentially other glaciers, accelerating their contributions to global sea level rise...

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REVEALED: MOST POPULAR CLIMATE STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA TOLD HALF A MILLION PEOPLE THE SCIENCE WAS A HOAX...

 

The most popular climate change story across social media in the past six months used a debunked survey from the late 1990s to claim that “tens of thousands of scientists” had declared global warming a “hoax”, a DeSmog analysis has found...

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HE CREATED A BELOVED BLOG ABOUT THE MELTING ARCTIC. BUT IT GOT HARDER AND HARDER TO WRITE...

NOAA scientists explore the Arctic during a 2005 mission. (NOAA)

 

In 2007, Neven Curlin, a Dutch citizen now living in Austria who works as a translator, was stunned by the state of the Arctic, and particularly the floating ice that covers its ocean...

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THE SOUTHEAST IS BURNING: WILDFIRES FEAST ON HOT, DRY REGION...

The Tennessee town of Gatlinburg was ordered to evacuate as a wildfire burned hundreds of homes. Credit: Tennessee Highway Patrol handout via Reuters

 

At least 15 major fires, including one threatening lives and property near Gatlinburg, Tenn., are scorching the drought-plagued region...

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EU UNVEILS POWER MARKET REFORM TO BOOST RENEWABLES...

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic and Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete hold a news conference on Clean Energy package in Brussels, Belgium November 30, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
EU regulators set a path on Wednesday for renewables to power half of Europe by 2030, with plans to cut energy use, phase out subsidies for coal and enforce greater cross-border trade...
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LOW-CARBON ECONOMIC IMPACTS: $1.2 TRILLION BOOST FOR GLOBAL GDP; 68 PERCENT MORE ENERGY JOBS...

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A new socioeconomic study released by the United Nations Development Foundation (UNDP) Nov. 16 explores the opportunities and benefits associated with achieving the Paris Climate Change Agreement goal of capping global mean temperature rise over the 21st century to 1.5ºC (2.7ºF)...

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THIS IS WHAT IT WOULD TAKE FOR TRUMP TO TRULY DAMAGE THE PLANET’S CLIMATE...

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

 

The election of global warming doubter Donald Trump came at a time when the planet was just poised to start collectively acting on the problem — leading to confusion and even defiance at a recent global climate change meeting in Marrakech, Morocco...

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DESPITE CLIMATE CHANGE VOW, CHINA PUSHES TO DIG MORE COAL...

Mine workers in Jincheng, in China’s coal country. China has scrambled to mine and burn more coal because of coal shortages and concerns about electricity supplies. Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

 

JINCHENG, China — America’s uncertain stance toward global warming under the coming administration of Donald J. Trump has given China a leading role in the fight against climate change. It has called on the United States to recognize established science and to work with other countries to reduce dependence on dirty fuels like coal and oil.

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‘PREPARED FOR THE WORST’: BOLIVIANS FACE HISTORIC DROUGHT, AND GLOBAL WARMING COULD INTENSIFY IT...

Bolivia's worst drought in 25 years is affecting large regions of the country. Some residents are only receiving water three days a week, while many collect rain water to offset their dwindling water rations. (Reuters)

 

For weeks, hundreds of thousands of Bolivians have been stricken with drought, with some neighborhoods receiving water for only three hours every three days...

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POPE FRANCIS: “NEVER BEEN SUCH A CLEAR NEED FOR SCIENCE” TO PROTECT THE PLANET...

Pope Francis this week implored world leaders not to postpone the implementation of global environmental pacts, an appeal that appeared aimed at President-elect Donald Trump’s vows to end the United States’ leading role in combating climate change...

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COAL KEEPS FIRM GRIP ON GERMANY EVEN AS RENEWABLES FLOURISH...

Excavators and wind turbines come face to face at the Garzweiler open-pit lignite mine in Germany. Photo by Umair Irfan.

 

GARZWEILER, Germany — The gaping brown pit is like open sore on the earth, and every day, it's getting bigger...

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TRUDEAU APPROVES KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE, REJECTS ONE OF TWO ENBRIDGE PROJECTS...

Justin Trudeau speaks at the Francophonie summit on Nov. 27 in Madagascar. File photo by the Canadian Press.

 

The federal government has officially given the stamp of approval to two major pipeline projects in Canada, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion and Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. It has rejected the highly-controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline...

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OUTCOMES OF THE U.N. CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN MARRAKECH...

22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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Despite looming uncertainties following the election of Donald Trump as the new U.S. president, governments meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, pushed forward with the freshly-minted Paris Agreement on climate change, setting 2018 as their deadline for completing the nuts-and-bolts decisions needed to fully implement the agreement...

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POPE URGES WORLD LEADERS NOT TO HOBBLE CLIMATE CHANGE PACT...

Pope Francis greets Stephen Hawking (R), theoretical physicist and cosmologist, during a meeting with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican, November 28, 2016. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump...
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LAST TREE STANDING...

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As millions of California’s trees die, what will become of the largest tree there is, the giant sequoia?

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SAHEL COUNTRIES IN RACE AGAINST TIME TO REGREEN AFRICA'S SPREADING DESERT...

Boys walk on desert sands in the town of Moghtar-Lajjar, Mauritania, in this 2012 archive photo. REUTERS/Joe Penney

 

To reverse the impact of decades of overgrazing and deforestation, around 10 million hectares will need to be restored each year...

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SOUTH PACIFIC ISLAND DITCHES FOSSIL FUELS TO RUN ENTIRELY ON SOLAR POWER...

Ta’u island, part of American Samoa, is now off the grid and sustainable with solar power Photograph: American Samoa Power Authority

 

Ta’u island in American Samoa will rely on solar panels and Tesla batteries as it does away with diesel generators...

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AUSTRALIA'S GREAT BARRIER REEF SUFFERED ITS WORST DIE-OFF ON RECORD...

Healthy Coral in the Capricorn Group of Islands, Southern Great Barrier Reef, Nov. 2016.  Image: Tory Chase, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

 

During the past two years, Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef suffered its largest die-off ever recorded — with an average of 67 percent of corals in one area declared dead, scientists said on Monday. The cause was unusually warm waters that pushed the intricate ecosystems past their limits of survival...

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