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Climate change alert: Ocean oxygen levels are starting to drop

Climate change is not only a major issue in the world today, but we are beginning to experience the results of the change at a seemingly alarming rate.

Volcanic activity and climate change — What's the connection?

The Earth has gone through a number of changes in climate, from hot to cold, throughout its long history. We know CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere play a role in temperature shifts and climate variations, but how does this relate to climate change?

NASA scientists: Climate change is moving the North Pole

Beginning around the year 2000, the North Pole abruptly changed its direction and started drifting east, and its all thanks to us, scientists have discovered. The geographic North Pole is located smack in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

History underwater — The threat of rising sea levels

Newport - The growing threats from climate change are becoming more visible to us as we weather stronger storms and droughts. But rising sea levels are also starting to threaten our coastlines, and we can already see the damage that will come.

Over 130 countries will sign climate agreement on April 22

On Thursday, the United Nations announced that 130 countries have agreed to sign the Paris climate change agreement at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City on April 22.

No rhyme, just reason: Poets taking on climate change Special

Toronto - Research, intricate planning and powerful words make some of today's most interesting poems about the race against climate change, reaching an audience that mightn't otherwise care.

Your maple syrup is being threatened by global warming

Maple syrup producers rely heavily on weather conditions. However, with our warmer winters and spring-like weather coming earlier every year, researchers want to know just how climate change is affecting the sap quality of maple trees.

Waters off North America's west coast affected by climate change

The ocean chemistry along North America's West Coast is changing rapidly because of global carbon dioxide emissions and action needs to be taken now to mitigate the effects of these changes.

ADB steps up drive to help nations vulnerable to climate change

Cebu City - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is stepping up efforts to help Asia-Pacific countries vulnerable to natural calamities.

Obama administration bans offshore oil drilling on Atlantic Coast

In a major reversal, the Obama administration said on Tuesday it will bar offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The move was cheered by environmentalists and is consistent with Obama's climate change policies.

Canada's weather extremes — But you ain't seen nothin' yet

Canada is a country of weather extremes, from bone-numbing cold to scorching heat and drenching rains to droughts. But as the old-timers say, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Op-Ed: GOP says NOAA manipulated data on climate change, demands emails

The GOP's fight with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over claims that the agency manipulated scientific data in favor of global warming has heated up, with Congressman Lamar Smith demanding NOAA's emails on the subject.

Sea levels rising faster than they have in past 27 centuries

In a new study, scientists say it is "extremely likely' that sea levels rose faster in the 20th century than any any time in the preceding 2,700 years, and the rise in sea levels has been even faster in the last two decades.

Severe droughts led to fall of the Maya — Can we learn from this?

One of history's most enduring mysteries has been the question of what caused the collapse of the Mayan empire. Between 600 and 800 AD, their society rose to its cultural zenith, only to disappear within the next 100 years.

Increased pollution levels can make fish intoxicated

We have already found out how plastics are harming the planet's oceans and seabirds, but plastic is only one danger to marine life. Pollution and climate change are on track to create havoc with sea creatures, making them drunk as skunks.

Guess which country is least concerned about climate change?

Climate change and global warming are part of the everyday lexicon, despite the causes and extent of the "change" being disputed. Across different countries concern varies. Perhaps surprisingly one leading nation is least concerned of all.

Green Thumbs Up: Key beer ingredient threatened by climate change

Beer-lovers will tell you the key ingredient in beer is hops. But climate change is becoming a threat to the production of this important ingredient, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Tasmania's world heritage forests in crisis from bushfires

A tragedy of unprecedented magnitude is taking place in Tasmania, Australia as over 80 bush fires, fanned by winds of up to 60 kilometers an hour eat away at world heritage forests, reducing 1,000 year old trees to charred wood.

Green Thumbs Up: Calif. investigates Exxon Mobil over SEC rules

Sacramento - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating Exxon Mobil over claims the company lied to its shareholders about climate change and the risks that global warming could pose to its business.

Chance of snow for Christmas? That depends on where you live

Christmas weather conditions around the world this year are as varied as the fishes in the sea. From western North America, to southern Australia, and from Brazil to London, El Nino has really been messing around with us.

Warming temperatures cause Canadian lake to fall off cliff

Yellowknife - Dramatic proof of climate change in the Arctic was caught on time-lapse video on July 15. Remote cameras documented the collapse of a small lake in the Northwest Territories (NWT) falling off a cliff, breaking through a melting earthen rampart.

Op-Ed: Trending environmental issues that will affect the world in 2016

The climate meeting in Paris this month ended with a pact agreed upon by nearly 200 countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But with climate change already impacting the world, what trending issues should we be watching in 2016?

Climate change making it harder for trees to recover from drought

San Francisco - Past studies of drought's impact on forests have always led to the assumption that trees recover almost immediately after a drought ends. But with droughts becoming more common, basic structures in trees will make recovery more difficult.

Science and tech join in tracking global warming with Suomi-NPP

In the last 650,000 years, the Earth has seen seven glacial events, with the last Ice Age occurring about 7,000 years ago, leading to the beginning of the modern climate era. Since then, humans have played a significant role in changes in our climate.

U.S. President Obama applauds climate pact reached in France

Washington - The United States lauded Saturday dozens of international negotiators who hammered out a global climate agreement to limit industrial releases of greenhouse gasses contributing to the gradual warming of the atmosphere.

'Holoscenes' — Art and climate change meet in unusual way

For over 40 years, Art Basel has brought the world the best in modern and contemporary art in three shows around the world. Besides the usual paintings and other mediums seen in Miami this year, one performance installation, called "Holoscenes" was a hit.

Flooding in southern India shows our 'disconnect' with nature

In the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Friday, tens of thousands of people have been left homeless as the worst flooding in over 100 years wrecks havoc and destruction in Chennai, the country's fourth-largest city.

Op-Ed: Cyber Monday sales figures, the Paris climate talks and more

The world recently passed a turning point and is adding more capacity for clean energy each year than for coal, natural gas, and oil combined.

Climate change activists converge in Northern California Special

Arcata - As world leaders gathered in Paris to reach an agreement over climate change, local activists took to the grassy central plaza of Arcata, California, home of Humboldt State University, to voice their own concerns.

'Green Thumbs Up' — The world marches for climate change

In over 2,000 marches and protests in 150 countries around the world this weekend, hundreds of thousands of people joined in demanding that world leaders take urgent action on climate change.
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US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions  1980-2012
US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, 1980-2012
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Dr. Frank Clemente  Professor Emeritus  Penn State University  discusses the Kemper County Energy Fa...
Dr. Frank Clemente, Professor Emeritus, Penn State University, discusses the Kemper County Energy Facility at the Governors Energy Summit in Jackson, MS on Dec. 5 2013.
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The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26  2012  the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest e...
The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, 2012, the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest extent before the release of the data for September 2012.The line on the image shows the average minimum extent from the period covering 1979-2010, as measured by satellites. Every summer the Arctic ice cap melts down to what scientists call its “minimum” before colder weather builds the ice cover back up.
Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
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Signs of solidarity
Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and govern...
Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
Oxfam International
Pocahontas coal plant in Eastgulf  West Virginia. Photo taken in 2014.
Pocahontas coal plant in Eastgulf, West Virginia. Photo taken in 2014.
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The Association la Voûte Nubienne was one of 12 recipients of the UN s 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awa...
The Association la Voûte Nubienne was one of 12 recipients of the UN's 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards.
United Nations
Warming permafrost softens coastlines  making it more vulnerable to wave action and promoting erosio...
Warming permafrost softens coastlines, making it more vulnerable to wave action and promoting erosion along the Arctic coast of Alaska. A large block of ice-rich permafrost has detached from the mainland and will quickly disintegrate (photo: Christopher Arp).
United Nations Environment Programme
This detailed astronaut photograph illustrates the terminus of one the Patagonia Icefield’s many s...
This detailed astronaut photograph illustrates the terminus of one the Patagonia Icefield’s many spectacular glaciers – Upsala Glacier, located on the eastern side of the icefield. Upsala is the third largest glacier in the icefield and like most other glaciers in the region, it has experienced significant retreat over the past century.
NASA
Plucking Tea in a tea garden of Assam  India.
July 21  2009.
Plucking Tea in a tea garden of Assam, India. July 21, 2009.
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Ground crumbles underfoot as apocalyptic floods sweep India in 2013.
Ground crumbles underfoot as apocalyptic floods sweep India in 2013.
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November temperature anomalies  1880-2013
November temperature anomalies, 1880-2013
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Athabasca glacier and Mount Andromeda in Jasper National Park  Alberta  Canada. The glacier has retr...
Athabasca glacier and Mount Andromeda in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. The glacier has retreated 1,500 meters in the last century.
Carlos Delgado
The effects of drought and acid rain can be seen on the periphery of this forest in the Jizera Mount...
The effects of drought and acid rain can be seen on the periphery of this forest in the Jizera Mountains, Czech Republic.
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Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the global atmosphere are surpassing 40...
Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the global atmosphere are surpassing 400 parts per million (ppm) and may stay above that level for the first time in human history.
Ralph Keeling - Scripps CO2 Program
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Scene from a video taken while activists were laying down the yellow letters at the Nazca site on Monday.
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The southern pine beetle  Dendroctonus frontalis.
The southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis.
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