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Global warming harms insect reproduction

Sheffield - Several studies have shown how climate change is affecting insect populations, results in death. A new study takes a different approach and shows how global warming is affecting the ability of some insects to reproduce.

Human exploitation of groundwater sources affects the climate

Over-exploitation of groundwater resources not only changes soil moisture and land-atmosphere and energy variability but essentially affects the ecohydrological processes of the climate system, according to a new study.

Yellow cedar could become a noticeable casualty of climate change

Climate change is having an impact on many plant and animal species around the world, and some species are affected by the warming trend more than others. Such is the case for a tree that thrives in soggy soils from Alaska to Northern California.

Climate change could result in collapse of major ocean current

Researchers are suggesting that as a result of climate change, Atlantic Ocean current patterns may not be as stable as climate models suggest. This could raise the possibility of a collapse of the ocean's currents, causing a catastrophic change.

Warming temperatures cause early bird migration

Edinburgh - Changing temperatures and a warmer climate are causing birds to migrate earlier and to head for their breeding grounds, according to a new research study. This relates to information collated over the course of several summers.

Op-Ed: Pro-science California pledges to launch 'own damn satellite'

California Governor Jerry Brown had strong words against a potentially climate denying U.S. federal government on Wednesday, stating that if Trump intends to take down earth science satellites, then California will launch its “own damn satellite.”

The reason why some lakes are getting murkier

A study of some 5,000 lakes in Wisconsin has found over a quarter have become murkier over a twenty year period. The rate of murkiness is expected to increase with global warming.

An expanding army of insects is eating away at U.S. forests

Insects, both native and those brought into the country, are draining the life out of the nation's forests. Global trade, a warming climate, and drought-damaged trees have helped insects to become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S.

Logbooks reveal Antarctic sea ice barely changed in 100 years

Century-old logbooks from the ships of Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, key figures from the "Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration," have revealed that sea ice levels in the Antarctic have changed very little in the last 100 years.

Global Peatlands Initiative tackles climate change

Tackling peatlands is regarded by many environmentalists as a key part of any strategy to address climate change. The main impact comes from the draining of peatlands to make way for agriculture.

Green Thumbs Up: Giant redwoods coming home to Ireland

The Giants Grove project, organized by the seventh Earl of Rosse, Brendan Parsons, plans to create a grove of giant redwoods in Ireland. It will be the largest grove of the giant trees outside California.

Reindeer in Arctic dying of mass starvation due to climate change

Reindeer herds in the Yamal Peninsula have died by the thousands because of extreme weather events brought on by climate change, according to a new study.

Microsoft's Cheyenne data center to be powered by wind energy

Microsoft announced on Monday two new contracts for 237 megawatts of wind energy capacity, capable of running its Cheyenne, Wyoming data center entirely on wind power.

Trump presidency means billions of tons of CO2 could be released

There are plenty of numbers that differentiate President-elect Donald Trump from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. There's 270, the number of electoral votes it took for Trump to be declared the winner of presidential election.

Earth's vertebrates fall drastically over four decades

The Earth’s wildlife is facing something of a crisis. Earth's vertebrates have fallen 58 percent in past four decades, according to a new survey.

Elon Musk wants a 'popular uprising' against fossil fuel industry

"The fossil fuel industry is the biggest industry in the world," billionaire SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an interview for the National Geographic documentary "Before the Flood."

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions — can we meet our goals?

The annual UN Environment Report came out on Thursday, and the news is not good. The report says that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 will exceed what is required to keep global warming to an internationally agreed target.

Extreme cold weather — blame climate change effects on jet stream

Scientists from both sides of the aisle now agree for the first time that climate change may be intensifying the effects of the jet stream, bringing extremes of cold winter weather to the U.S. and U.K.

West Antarctic ice shelves melting rapidly as ocean waters warm

New research released on Tuesday found that hundreds of feet of bottom ice have been lost from ice shelves in West Antarctica due to increased circulation of warming ocean waters, increasing the risk of a major ice shelf collapse.

Several species of bee declared endangered in the U.S.

Further troubling news for bees, and with it worrying news for agriculture, with seven new species of bee being declared at risk in the U.S. The bees have been placed on the list of endangered species.

Rising sea levels? U.S. builds radar site on island anyway

The Marshall Islands became the "poster child" for climate change in 2013 when drought in the northern atolls, along with rising sea levels forced the island nation to declare a state of emergency.

Desert farm uses seawater and sunshine to grow vegetables

Port Augusta - Sundrop Farm, located in Southern Australia's arid Port Augusta region, is a huge hydroponic greenhouse that successfully grows 17,000 tons of tomatoes every year. It does this without using any soil or groundwater.

As walrus arrive by the thousands — Visitors asked to stay away

Point Lay - The annual Pacific walrus haulout that has been taking place on Point Lay, Alaska's shoreline over the past decade has started as thousands of the large marine mammals come ashore. But villagers are telling visitors to stay away, and with good reason.

Web-based tool to give B.C. orchardists edge on climate and pests

Okanagan - How do you grow apples using a computer-based web tool? It's easy if you an orchardist in Okanagan BC, and especially if you're dealing with a new wave of orchard pests brought in with the changing climate.

Heavy downpours in U.S. bring flooding and sewage overflows

Record rainstorms and flooding the past year in the United States have continued to make the national news, causing billions of dollars in damage and the deaths of dozens of people. But the overflow of untreated sewage is usually ignored.

U.S. warned about electing a climate-change denier as president

An open letter published on Tuesday by 375 of the world's top climate scientists warned of the dangerous consequences ahead if the next U.S. president pulls the country out of the Paris Climate Agreements.

Op-Ed: Can Hillary Clinton win over millennial voters?

This November is the first election in which the millennial generation makes up an equal portion of the vote as the baby boomers. Such a shift in demographics has already radically reshaped the face of politics.

Bill Gates investment looks to keep biofuel company going strong

Billionaire and energy aficionado Bill Gates has announced his latest investment is in a biotechnology company that turns biomass into fuel and bioplastics.

Our Ocean Conference — Protecting the seas and fisheries (Part 2)

The two-day Our Ocean Conference is set to start in Washington, DC on Thursday, and today, we will look at two of the four areas of focus on the conference agenda - marine protected areas and global fisheries.

Melting ice is affecting ivory gulls

The depletion in Arctic sea ice, a consequence of global warming, is affecting populations of ivory gulls, sending them on longer journeys in the quest for food.
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Coastal flooding is also an issue as the ocean levels rise.
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Fhyre Phoenix holds his flags in the sun.
US Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Paris climate deal holding his granddaughter.
US Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Paris climate deal holding his granddaughter.
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Remains of the 1639 Jamestown Church tower (with 20th century reconstruction on the original foundations)
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The panel at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa
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John Smith statute looking over the James River Photo taken: March 24, 2006
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Low-lying coastal floodplain wetlands are particularly vulnerable to saline inundation by rising sea-levels.
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The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
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Pictured is the Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes).
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Surrounded by lush green hills lined with rows of Pine, Teenpiple village of Nepal is today like a picture postcard
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Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
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