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Global study shows the extent of permafrost warming

Large areas of permafrost around the world warmed significantly over the past decade, intensifying concerns about accelerated releases of heat-trapping methane and carbon dioxide as microbes decompose the thawing organic soils.

With climate change, we need to redefine an 'Act of God'

Climate change and all its devastating effects have challenged our understanding of the world today. Because we now know that humans are responsible for much of climate change, it's time we redefine what an "Act of God" really means.

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor will fall victim to climate change

By the middle of this century, climate change is likely to punch a hole through the busiest stretch of rail in North America - parts of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) route, which carries 12 million people each year between Boston and Washington.

Worm-like 'Dermophis donaldtrumpi' buries its head in the sand

In January, President Donald Trump had a moth named after him because its white and yellow scales resembled the president's distinctive hairdo. Now, an amphibian that buries its head in the sand has been named after Trump.

Lives are at stake unless we break our addiction to fossil fuels

Katowice - Human addiction to fossil fuels as the answer to our energy needs and economic growth is slowly killing the planet. After a few promising years of minimal carbon-emission growth, the world is on pace to burn a bunch more fossil fuels.

Xcel Energy becomes first major U.S. utility to go carbon-free

A utility serving 3.6 million electricity customers in eight states said Tuesday it has committed to eliminating all its carbon emissions from electrical generation by 2050, and becoming 80 percent carbon-free by 2030.

Greenland ice sheet melting at alarming rate of speed

The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster today than at any point in the last 350 years, according to a new study. The study found that the rate of melting is "off the charts."

Host of COP24 conference wins shameful Fossil of the Day Award

Katowice - The COP24 global climate conference in Katowice, in the heart of Poland's coal country, got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday. For whatever reason, the Polish government decked the halls of its exhibition center with piles of coal.

Potato shortage in Canada looms after unseasonable weather

Farmers across Canada left thousands of acres of potato crops unharvested after a slew of bad weather created challenging conditions, setting the stage for a possible shortage of the starchy dinner table staple.

Op-Ed: Trump's thin grasp of science shows in his ignorant tweets

Displaying a thin grasp of science, President Donald Trump questioned the reality of global warming because it was cold outside. His ignorance of the facts on climate change and its real impact in the U.S. is a tragedy in the making.

New report shows damaging climate change impact on U.S.

A U.S. government report assesses how climate change is wreaking havoc across the US. In terms of the future, this signals further damaging wildfires, more storms of intense rain, and more coastal flooding at high tides.

With climate change going unchecked, insurance costs will rise

Although there are some folks who remain skeptical of Climate Change, the folks who make a living providing us with insurance are not. Insurance companies are already being impacted by the significant amount of destruction a warming world is causing.

Trump prompts #RakeAmericaGreatAgain hashtag on Twitter

The leader of Finland denied on Sunday that he’d ever told President Donald Trump that the small Nordic nation relies upon “raking” its forests to prevent wildfires.

Why foundations are spending more to save the planet

Philanthropic foundations from across the United States and around the world plan to spend $4 billion over the next five years to fight climate change – the largest climate-related philanthropic commitment ever made.

The facts on the mass exodus of migrants from Central America

Thousands of Central American migrants are traveling in a so-called caravan through Mexico, enduring what is potentially a deadly journey in hopes of entering the United States and claiming asylum. Why are they hoping to reach the U.S.?

Earth's oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat

A new study has found that the world's oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat than any previously research has shown. This means the Earth is far more sensitive to fossil-fuel emissions than earlier research suggests.

Canada's glacial melting 'outside the scope of normal'

Scientists in Canada have warned that massive glaciers in the Yukon Territory are shrinking even faster than would be expected from climate change – and bringing dramatic changes to the region and a warning to the planet.

Impacts of climate change on today's Central American migrants

Violence and poverty have been cited as the reasons for the exodus of migrants from Central America, however, experts say the big picture is that changing climate is forcing farmers off their land – and it’s likely to get worse.

WWF report: Dramatic decline in world's wildlife seen since 1970

"Exploding human consumption" has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group reports in its bi-yearly "Living Planet Report."

We need a complete change in agriculture to feed the planet

Study results show that the global agriculture system currently overproduces grains, fats, and sugars, while production of fruits and vegetables and protein is not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of the future global population.

NASA to use nanosatellites to track storms

NASA has begun using nanosatellites to track global storms. The technology is housed in hardware no large than shoebox. However, the tiny instrumentation on-board is highly accurate.

Understanding the Arctic's 'ice-ocean governor'

Long-term melting of sea ice in the Arctic may lead to the release of huge volumes of cold, fresh water into the North Atlantic, impacting on global climate.

Climate driven crash in insect populations decimating food web

In the past 40 years, there has been a staggering decline, as much as 60 percent, in the biomass of arthropods – invertebrate animals such as insects, millipedes, and sowbugs in the tropical forests of northeastern Puerto Rico.

Op-Ed: It's time to kick politics out of the climate change discussion

The media is finally starting to ask questions about climate change. I noticed it, and so did quite a number of other journalists after the IPCC report came out last week. Now, it's time to "put politicians feet to the fire."

Q&A: What the U.S. midterm elections mean for the energy sector Special

With the midterm elections on the horizon, the outcome will help shape the future direction of the energy and climate sectors. LevelTen Energy CEO, Bryce Smith provides some expert analysis.

Farmers in Carolinas could take billions in losses from Florence

For farmers in North Carolina, Hurricane Florence is testing their resolve. Most are still reeling from the impacts of Hurricane Matthew two years ago, and now they are faced with billions of dollars in losses this year.

Op-Ed: Too stupid to save the world? You’re not alone

Washington - US administration agencies acknowledge disastrous human caused climate change. Judges say the law isn’t the way to control emissions. A plague of idiocy and total lack of interest in actually doing anything about climate change is now emerging.

Fate of Vogtle power plant expansion could be decided Monday

Atlanta - The federal government is warning the owners of the troubled Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia that any move to cancel a planned expansion would lead to demands for quick repayment of nearly $6 billion in federal loans.

Mineral weathering and permafrost carbon dioxide release

Alberta - The amount of carbon dioxide released from thawing permafrost might be greater than previously thought because of a process called mineral weathering, according to a new study by University of Alberta ecologists.

Governor Brown — 'We're launching our own damn satellite'

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans today to launch a satellite to monitor heat-trapping emissions, fulfilling a pledge he made immediately after the election of Donald Trump.
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