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Climate change blamed for floods overwhelming Venice

Venice’s mayor declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the lagoon city, flooding its historic basilica and inundating squares and centuries-old buildings.

Research: Workers are greener at home than at work

The company Instant Offices delves into how the workplaces can learn from some of the world's greenest cities including what the current top eco-friendly trends are. This is in the context of people being ‘greener’ at home than at work.

Three cases of native Zika virus disease confirmed in Europe

The first native cases of Zika in Europe have been confirmed after three people became infected with the virus in France. Experts warn that climate change could lead to more cases emerging across the continent.

Trump notifies UN of intention to withdraw from Paris agreement

World leaders and environmental groups have reacted with a mix of anger and dismay as Donald Trump has signalled the U.S.'s intention to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Sending red wine into space could help food sustainability

Red wine has been taken up to the International Space Station as part of the latest cargo delivery. The aim is to study the wine to help to develop new solutions for the future of food and agriculture production on Earth.

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg captures hearts in California

Even as wildfires blazed across the state, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made it to a Los Angeles Climate Rally Friday. But true to form, the young woman hit hard with her message - that the climate crisis is here and now.

Nations pledge $9.8 billion to finance Green Climate Fund

The U.S. did not participate in an international climate fund Friday in which wealthy countries pledged nearly $10 billion to assist poorer nations in combatting climate change.

Review: ‘#Throwback Time’ yields mixed results for Toronto Second City Special

Toronto - Nostalgia is a recurring theme in “If I Could #Throwback Time”, Second City’s new revue in Toronto. And while some scenes hit the mark, others may make you yearn for the glory days of Catherine O’Hara or Mike Myers, or even Marty Adams.

Carbon capture may go down in defeat as wind power takes hold

Fossil fuel stakeholders are leaning on carbon capture to keep coal and other fossil fuels relevant, but the technology has yet to prove itself commercially. However, renewable energy technologies are surging globally, and at competitive prices.

What is the cryosphere and why is it important?

There are places on Earth that are so cold that water is frozen solid. These areas of snow or ice, which are subject to temperatures below 32°F for at least part of the year, compose the cryosphere.

Essential Science: Changes to weather events 'could be lethal'

The world faces extreme weather events leading to environmental change. This is impacting on animals and plants. Predictive analytics has helped to map out the changes and shows if a certain species could be driven to extinction.

Canada and US lose 3 billion birds in fifty years

Bird populations in both U.S. and Canada are down by some 3 billion over a 50 year period, according to new research. Human activity appears to be the main reason for the population decline.

Slow-moving mega-storms are going to be our new normal

Moving at a pace of 1 mph, Hurricane Dorian was slower than an adult’s walking pace⁠—and because of scientific phenomena caused by these slow mega-storms, hurricanes that are economically devastating could over time become our new normal.

Major floods will happen more often, due to climate change

So-called '100 year floods' will have far more frequently due to climate change, according to new research in relation to the U.S. These means coastal communities need to be better prepared.

New ocean-centric approach for detecting climate change

Scientists have developed a roadmap for detecting changes in ocean as the result of climate change. Already climate change is impacting on sea temperature rises; however other effects are likely to occur this century.

Ontario First Nation sets milestone with renewable energy

Gull Bay First Nation and utility partner Ontario Power Generation (OPG) set a clean energy milestone for off-grid Canadian indigenous communities recently with the commissioning of a hybrid solar-plus-storage microgrid.

Op-Ed: Elections Canada — Don't discuss climate change during election

Some environment charities will remain silent during the upcoming election after Elections Canada warned them that discussing the dangers of climate change during the federal campaign could be deemed partisan activity.

Climate warrior Greta Thunberg coming to U.S. for UN Summit

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg set sail from Plymouth, England a few days ago, bound for UN climate summits in New York and Chile. The soft-spoken 16-year-old climate warrior refused to fly because of its environmental impact.

Australia offers $500 million to fight climate change in Pacific

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seeking to head off criticisms of Australia's climate change policies by offering $500 million to Pacific Islands for renewable energy projects and to help its neighbors prepare for the impact of climate change,

Startup measures the risk climate change poses to real estate

Investors are turning to a new breed of high-tech start-ups that can measure the risk climate change poses to real estate — from an hour to decades into the future.

The sea ice near Alaska's shores has all melted due to heatwave

July 2019 now stands as Alaska’s hottest month on record, the latest benchmark in a long-term warming trend with ominous repercussions ranging from rapidly vanishing summer sea ice and melting glaciers to raging wildfires.

The climate crisis: How long do we have to limit its impact?

Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of CO2 would have to be cut 45 percent by 2030. That's 12 years, so where did 18 months come from?

Key technologies identified to boost food production by 2050

Findings produced by the World Bank and United Nations to address climate change and excessive population growth center on the application of new technologies. One of the most important applications are measures to prevent agricultural emissions rising.

Expert panel identifies Canada's top climate change risks

Ottawa - An expert panel has identified Canada's top climate change risks and determined that many costs and damages could be avoided with prompt and thoughtful adaptation.

Wildfires are causing chronic smoke exposure, premature death

Climate change means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across North America to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

Drought leaves Indian city of 4.65 million people without water

It is becoming an increasingly common story - Another city is running out of drinking water. Chennai, India, the country's sixth-largest metropolis with 4.65 million people, is facing a dire water shortage.

Carbon dioxide use moves from research to industrial applications

Aachen - The 17th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization is meeting in Aachen, Germany with the goal of highlighting research projects on CO2 Utilization in all levels of maturity, including showcasing some profitable industrial applications.

The cost of climate change: US seawalls to cost $416 billion

Rising seas are a product of climate change and to safeguard communities the U.S. will need to invest $416 billion over the course of the next 20 years in building viable constructs. More concerning, other costly measures will needed.

Study looks at how much climate change will affect armed conflict

Intensifying climate change will increase the future risk of violent armed conflict within countries, according to a study published today in the journal Nature.

Op-Ed: Civilisation to end in 2050? You’re not that lucky

Melbourne - A report from an Australian think tank has predicted massive climate shifts will effectively crash “civilisation” (This mess is a civilisation?) by 2050. That prediction may be a bit underdone, in several ways
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Lake Hartwell, from a rest area on I-85 north, near Anderson, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Alan Raflo, Virginia Water Resources Research Center.
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John Smith statute looking over the James River Photo taken: March 24, 2006
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On Saturday, during Earth Hour festivities, thousands of Torontonians gathered at the city's Yonge-Dundas Square at the heart of downtown.
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Poster for the ongoing People's Climate March, September 2014.
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Secretary-General António Guterres at press encounter with Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, in Auckland.
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Arcata Plaza was the scene of Saturday's Climate Change action.
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault, tunnel down to the vault.
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The Diablo Canyon Power Plant and hills, north of Avila Beach (former Port San Luis), in San Luis Obispo County, California. Image dated January 18, 2009.
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault, tunnel down to the vault.
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On Saturday  during Earth Hour festivities  thousands of Torontonians gathered at the city s Yonge-D...
On Saturday, during Earth Hour festivities, thousands of Torontonians gathered at the city's Yonge-Dundas Square at the heart of downtown.
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Northern hemisphere temperature reconstructions for the past 2,000 years
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The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
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