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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.

Temperatures in the Arctic Circle hits 90° Fahrenheit this week

The Arctic Circle — the realm of polar bears, caribou and dwindling sea ice at the top of the world — hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees Celsius, this week.

Essential Science: Ocean acidification poses new challenges

New concerns have been expressed about the extent of ocean acidification. A new paper finds ocean acidification is becoming a greater challenge for science, governments, and communities to tackle.

Why climate change is forcing coastal communities to retreat

Changes in beach shoreline due to sea level rise and waves, which are, according to scientific consensus, the result of climate change, are leading many coastal communities to consider the unpalatable option: retreat.

Record-breaking heat marches to the beat of climate change

The summer of temperature extremes just keeps going, with record heat waves this month on all four continents that occupy the non-tropical Northern Hemisphere where it is now summer.

Public finance for energy in Africa focuses on fossil fuels

A recent analysis shows the majority of public aid for energy projects in Africa has been channeled into fossil fuels, causing some to accuse governments of jeopardizing clean energy development to ensure their own financial gain.

Buried coastal Internet infrastructure at risk from rising seas

Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study.

Iceberg 4 miles long breaks off from Greenland glacier (Video)

Nuuk - An iceberg four miles (six kilometers) long has broken off from a glacier in eastern Greenland, and the calving event was filmed.

Ireland to become first country to divest from fossil fuels

The Republic of Ireland took a crucial step Thursday toward becoming the first country in the world to divest from all fossil fuels, a landmark moment for the global divestment campaign.

California reaches reduction in GHG emission levels early

Meeting the reduction in greenhouse gas emission goals as set forth in the Paris agreement signed in December 2015 has been hard for many countries, but one U.S. state has met its emission goals ahead of schedule.

Major wealth funds, Church of England get tough on climate change

With managed and invested funds totaling close to $3 trillion, six of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, as well as the Church of England, have made major commitments to fighting climate change.

Study shows how air-conditioners will make a warming world worse

With more frequent episodes of extreme heat around the globe - the cooling effects of air-conditioning are needed more than ever to relieve heat stress and exposure to worsening pollution. But this is making the problem even worse.

Hurricanes are slowing down, and that's bad news

Several hurricanes appear to be moving more slowly, according to new research. This means they are spending increased time over land. This means more local rainfall and dangerous flooding.

Climate change is 'up close and personal' for Australian farmers

Regional Australia has turned the corner when it comes to acknowledging the reality of climate change, says the woman now charged with safeguarding the interests of farmers in Canberra.

A 'climate tipping point' has been reached in the Barents Sea

Oslo - Climate change involves huge and complex processes and they can be cumbersome, sometimes taking many years before we even realize a change has occurred. However, when sudden shifts in these processes occur, we call it a "tipping point."
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The sun scorches an already cracked earth on a farm in the Australian agricultural town of Walgett, on February 11, 2015, during a drought
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Glacial lakes are growing in area in the Earth's Third Pole region. This is a photo of a glacier in Central Tien Shan in Kazakhstan.
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The instruments aboard the Aura satellite.
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Children cool off at a water park on June 27, 2016, east of downtown Los Angeles, California, where a hot dry heatwave continues to grip southern California
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The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
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The beach in Gambia is experiencing severe erosion
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The jet stream on March 5, 2014. This chart is updated daily.
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Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day of the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw, November 22, 2013
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A plate of raw oysters.
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Arcata Plaza was the scene of Saturday's Climate Change action.
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File photo: Coal power plant in Datteln, Germany at the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal
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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.
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Two climate change activists disrupted highly publicized event as they sneaked up behind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a question and answer session at the Vancouver Board of Trade
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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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