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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.

A unique ecosystem-scale study will decide fate of boreal forests

A recent study found that large swaths of Canada's environmentally important boreal forest are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century as a result of climate change.

Calif. Assembly votes for 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045

Sacramento - California state legislators voted Tuesday to transition the state to a carbon-free energy grid by 2045, making it the second state - behind Hawaii - to set such an objective.

Dire message left on stones in Czech river: 'If you see me, weep'

Ancient ominous warnings carved on usually submerged boulders along the Elbe River had for centuries driven fear into the hearts of Czechs, but their reappearance during this year’s drought is just a reminder of how tough people had it.

Texas oil companies want feds to pay for climate protection

Houston - The burning of fossil fuels is the driving force behind climate change, and now the companies responsible want the federal government to help pay to protect them from the consequences to the tune of about $12 billion.

Container ship to tackle the Arctic sea route north of Russia

The first container ship to tackle an Arctic route along Russia's north coast has left the Russian port of Vladivostok as it trials a journey made easier by global warming.

Melting permafrost below Arctic lakes becoming very dangerous

The Arctic's permafrost is supposed to stay frozen, but with climate change warming the Earth, we have been witnessing some gradual thawing. However, a new study shows a dramatic increase in the thawing that poses some real dangers to our planet.

Economic damages from climate change have been underestimated

Melbourne - Economists have largely underestimated the economic damages from ignoring climate change and pursuing a "business-as-usual" course of action. However, economic modeling gives us a clearer picture of what we can expect if we ignore climate change.

HSBC: Earth is running out of the resources to sustain life

We all know everything we use has a limited lifetime. And this includes the Earth's resources, like air, water and the multitude of other things we take for granted. But how fast we are using these resources has become a serious problem.

Op-Ed: The world is seeing global warming 'up close and personal'

Catastrophic heat, wildfires, crop failures and deaths are just a very few of the events going on right now around the world - and climate scientists are warning if we do nothing - it is only going to get worse. Climate Change is no longer a debate.

New environmental warning for the tropics: biodiversity collapse

A new study into the impact of climate change upon the animal world sends out a warning. This is that time is running out in the tropics, with scientists warning of a global biodiversity collapse.

Op-Ed: Trump administration announces roll-back of vehicle standards

The EPA is starting to roll back one of the most important policies for limiting climate change we have. The agency is also picking a fight with states that want tougher car emission rules, setting itself up for a knock-down, drag-out legal fight.

California wildfires — A 'new normal' into uncharted territory

At a news conference Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said the wildfires raging across Northern California represent a "new normal" and the state must be prepared to spend billions of dollars dousing, containing and trying to curb them in the future.

Poll shows climate change should be NASA's top priority

NASA’s focus should not be on the cosmos but on Earth, according to a wide-ranging Bloomberg poll of Americans’ views on space.
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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
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again  reaching a recor...
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes -- according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia.
Gregory Heath, CSIRO via EurekAlert
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Demonstrators gather under the statue of President McKinley.
Demonstrators gather under the statue of President McKinley.
Rural tea grower in the hills around Hangzhou  China.
December  15  2008
Rural tea grower in the hills around Hangzhou, China. December, 15, 2008
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Climate conditions and weather events associated with extreme phases of the North Atlantic Oscillati...
Climate conditions and weather events associated with extreme phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation.
Ned Gardiner and David Herring, NOAA
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
Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
Map courtesy NOAA
This is what the White House website looks like now.
This is what the White House website looks like now.
White House website
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A plate of raw oysters.
David Monniaux
This Aug. 8  2015 photo supplied by U.S. Army show an aerial view of Kwajalein Atoll  where a Space ...
This Aug. 8, 2015 photo supplied by U.S. Army show an aerial view of Kwajalein Atoll, where a Space Fence complex is being built in the Marshall Islands. The US military ignored warnings about rising seas to build a space radar costing nearly a billion dollars on a tiny atoll in the Marshall Islands.
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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.
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Selected CO2 emissions per capita
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Poster for the ongoing People s Climate March  September 2014.
Poster for the ongoing People's Climate March, September 2014.
People's Climate March
Is climate change still an emergency?
Is climate change still an emergency?
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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.
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Estimated precipitation amounts
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People s Climate March  Edmonton.
People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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Dyurgerov, Mark B. and Mark F. Meier (2005).
A kayaker paddles by Gene & Jude s Restaurant  flooded in mid-April 2013 by the Des Plaines River in...
A kayaker paddles by Gene & Jude's Restaurant, flooded in mid-April 2013 by the Des Plaines River in Illinois.
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