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We are at 'Point of no Return' on global carbon dioxide levels

We are running like an out-of-control train down the track of no return toward an age when global concentrations of carbon dioxide will never again dip below 400 ppm, an important and worrisome milestone.

World Bank: Water scarcity is going to affect world economy

Based on a newly released report from the World Bank, bad water-management policies will exacerbate the impact of climate change, affecting the economies of some countries.

Human exodus expected as parts of Middle East and Africa heat up

Parts of the Middle East and North Africa, home to 500 million people, could become uninhabitable by the middle of this century, forcing one of the world's largest human migrations to take place.

Oxygen levels in some of the world's seas are dropping

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.
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President Obama delivers an address at Georgetown University
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The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
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Sea ice around Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey
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Fossil fuels create tons of greenhouse gases.
Fossil fuels create tons of greenhouse gases.
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Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
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"Stop Keystone" banner is carried on the march to the White House
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Template for a Cover page: Turning the Tide On Climate Change.
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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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Dolpa district of Nepal - the largest producer of Caterpillar mushrooms/Cordyceps in the country
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The panel at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa
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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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World map showing areas where researchers studied weather events.
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Carbon dioxide levels are increasing faster than at any time since the end of the dinosaurs.
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Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed.
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Activists at the day's event had various concerns, all relating to energy and environmental issues.
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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).
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US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, 1980-2012
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A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely, Illinois.
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