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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.

NASA scientists: A strange thing is happening in the stratosphere

Greenbelt - For 60 years, scientists have watched the wind circulation patterns in the stratosphere, that stretch of the atmosphere that extends about 10 to 30 miles above the Earth. And in all that time, they have remained the same, that is, until late in 2015.

Climate change creating 'A Brewing Storm' in coffee production

Climate change is going to have a dramatic impact on the quality, price and production of coffee, from consumers to the farmers growing the coffee beans.

Cruise ship with 1,070 on board attempts Northwest Passage route

The once pristine Arctic will soon be a thing of the past, now that climate change and melting ice is the new norm. Last week, the Crystal Serenity, a luxury cruise ship, began a month-long trip through the once-impassable Northwest Passage.

Study confirms the release of ancient carbon in Arctic permafrost

Researchers have confirmed that ancient greenhouse gasses locked away in Arctic permafrost are seeping free as the Arctic region warms up faster than any other place on Earth.

Bosnian pine is Europe's oldest living thing at 1.075 years old

It may not be the oldest tree in the world, but a Bosnian Pine found in the highlands of northern Greece can claim to be the oldest tree on the continent. Scientists who examined the elderly pine say it is 1,075 years of age.

Global Warming and rising seas — Alaska village votes to relocate

Shishmaref - The coastal village of Shishmaref, Alaska voted to relocate away from their ancestral home on Wednesday, although they won't be going anyplace anytime soon. Rising sea levels due to climate change have left the village at risk for flooding.

Middle East's epic and hellish heatwave a sign of things to come

From Morocco to Saudi Arabia and beyond, record-shattering temperatures have scorched and wreaked havoc across the Middle East, and climate scientists warn that the hellish weather is just a sign of things to come.
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Norfolk, Virginia was hit by a nor'easter on Jan. 27-28, 1998. Gale force winds pushed the tides 7.0 feet above Mean Low Water at Norfolk and resulted in moderate to severe flooding.
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Template for a Cover page: Turning the Tide On Climate Change.
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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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Climate conditions and weather events associated with extreme phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation.
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An Inupiat Eskimo family. Inupiat people are becoming concerned in recent years that climate change is threatening their traditional lifestyle.
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Every one of us has a great responsibility to protect the environment – and climate change is a global issue that is going to require a global solution. This globe illustrated some of the ways our climate could change in the future. July 19, 2010.
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) activists light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate UN Climate Change policies, which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels
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Tufted Puffins Fratercula cirrhata, Tangik Island, Alaska Maritime Refuge.
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If this goes on the fritz, so does the world.
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Historic atmospheric CO2 levels measured at Mauna Loa, Hawaii
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The future outlook of developing nations looks bleak. Should developed nations be held accountable for the genocide?
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U.S. temperature record from 1950 to 2009 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating Exxon Mobil over possible violation of SEC rules.
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The Thwaites Glacier part of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet is undergoing accelerated melt along with...
The Thwaites Glacier part of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet is undergoing accelerated melt along with a number of other glaciers that could see sea levels rise by between 10 and 13 feet.
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Schematic of Arctic ice thickness in 2013 presented at the Living Planet Symposium 2013
Schematic of Arctic ice thickness in 2013 presented at the Living Planet Symposium 2013
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A lake, which has no name and sits in the Northwest Territory's northern corner near the community of Fort McPherson, is a victim of the region's geology and changing climate. In a dramatic example of how climate change is altering the Arctic landscape, the small northern lake has fallen off a cliff after bursting through the melting earthen rampart that restrained it.
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