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Trump signs defense bill that warns of dangers of climate change

Washington - On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act, setting policy for the US military for the coming fiscal year. The bill also states that climate change is a major threat to U.S. national security.

Arctic sea ice loss could drive California droughts

Melting Arctic sea ice could make California more vulnerable to increasing occurrences of droughts of the magnitude seen in recent years, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists.

Alberta sets aside $1.4 billion to help reduce carbon emissions

Calgary - Alberta is setting aside close to $1.4 billion from climate levies to help industry reduce carbon emissions. The government said the funding, spread over seven years, will make it easier for industries to invest in new technologies.

A clever response to rising sea levels and increased urbanization

With 70 percent of the world's population forecast to be living in urbanized areas by 2050 and the added fact that 90 percent of the world's largest cities are located along coastlines, we are forced to reimagine our future.

260-million-year-old fossil forest discovered in Antarctica

Long ago, Antarctica was covered in forests. The ancient trees were able to withstand prolonged periods of pure sunlight or complete darkness, transitioning rapidly between the seasons. But they were victims of the world's greatest mass extinction event.

Half of U.S. spending power joins alliance to phase out coal

Bonn - Twenty countries and two more U.S. states have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030, environment ministers said on Thursday.

Science confirms Hurricane Harvey made worse by climate change

When Hurricane Harvey dumped 60 inches of rain in Houston, Texas in August, many people described the event as "biblical." And in a new study of this year's hurricane season, scientists conclude we need to be prepared for more of these extreme events.

Op-Ed: As climate talks open, federal report exposes US credibility gap

The COP23 climate talks began today in Bonn, Germany, and already, the U.S. has egg on its face after the official release of the federal government's Climate Science Special Report that states human activities are the cause of global warming.

HSBC commits $100 billion to combat climate change

London - London-based HSBC, which claims its home markets as Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, announced on Monday it was committing $100 billion toward financing low-carbon projects, as well as promising to get all its power from renewables by 2030.

U.S. to promote coal as a solution to climate change at COP23

Bonn - A major UN meeting, officially known as the COP23, begins on Monday in Bonn, Germany. However, plans by the Trump administration to promote coal as a solution to climate change has angered many who will be attending the climate meeting.

U.S. ambassador to Canada has questionable view on climate change

Ottawa - Kelly Craft, the new U.S. ambassador to Canada, said that when it comes to climate change she believes in "both sides of the science"

Architect addressing rising sea levels through urban design

Rising sea levels, coastal flooding, and biodiversity loss are now a reality for many cities across the U.S. and any more urbanization will result in more wetlands, trees and flora and fauna losses. One New York architect is doing something about this.

EPA's Pruitt accused of scientific censorship for blocking talks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has blocked three scheduled discussions of climate change by agency scientists at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed Workshop in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday.

Financial losses from climate change for businesses

Among the myriad of factors that businesses need to consider when performing future financial modeling is the impact of changing climate, especially hurricane-related financial loss. A new method to calculate this has been put forward.

Scientist — A sixth mass extinction of marine species is possible

If humans go on burning fossil fuels, a sixth mass marine extinction will be the inevitable result. By the year 2100, we will have added so much carbon to the world's oceans that the critical threshold will be reached.

The real cost of climate change in the U.S. in 2017 is staggering

Calculating the real costs of extreme weather events is a daunting task because most of us don't realize the type of data that is included in making an accurate assessment of total costs. But no one can deny the U.S. has been through a rough time in 2017.

The answer to rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid? — Renewables

San Juan - Not only is Puerto Rico in the midst of a humanitarian disaster, but with the Island's electrical grid basically destroyed by Hurricane Maria, now is the time to rebuild a new grid using renewable energy sources.

UK's £11bn 'smart meter' rollout needs 'rethink,' say researchers

The UK's ambitious rollout of "smart" energy meters is a long way off achieving its targets, according to researchers studying the program. The aim to get a connected meter into every house has been held back by consumer resistance and device problems.

Businesses need to assess and disclose climate change risks

Extreme weather events not only disrupt the economy but have a major impact on the operating and financial performance of businesses worldwide. However, risk management and disclosure of climate risks can only take place when the risks are defined.

Los Angeles painting streets white to combat urban warming

Los Angeles - Labor Day weekend brought record-breaking heat to Los Angeles, California as firefighters battled the largest wildfire the city had seen in decades. The extreme heat bears all the marks of climate change and city officials are tackling the heat head on.

Op-Ed: Houston has a golden opportunity to come back as a 'smart city'

Houston - Before Hurricane Harvey hit the southeast coast of Texas, the U.S. had already been through nine weather and climate disaster events that saw losses exceeding $1 billion each, according to NOAA. The big question — Will Houston be smart when it rebuilds?

Op-Ed: Trump revoked flood regulations two weeks before Harvey hit

Houston - Just two days before Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, President Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking a set of Obama-era regulations that would have made federally funded infrastructure less vulnerable to flooding.

Only 15 percent of homeowners in Houston have flood insurance

Tens of thousands of people in the Houston area of Texas have been displaced, with the long-term damages from Hurricane Harvey expected to be as much as $100 billion, yet only 15 percent of homes in the area are covered by flood insurance.

Cool pavements for 'smart cities' — Do they really work?

Urban planners considering ways of reducing urban heat are looking at "cool pavements" to replace asphalt because it's black and absorbs heat. While this may be true, a new study suggests these pavements require more energy and carbon to manufacture.

How climate change is fueling 'gentrification' in many cities

Many cities along our coastlines particularly Miami Beach or Virginia Beach, have wealthier neighborhoods closest to the water while neighborhoods farthest from the beach, at higher elevations, are more affordable.

Unexpected discovery leads to new strategy for carbon fixation

Scientists in Japan and China announced last week they had discovered an "unexpected" approach to the capture and storage of carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere while working toward the elusive lithium-air battery.

Tech solutions to monitoring harmful algae blooms in US waters

Harmful algae blooms (HABs) that pose risks to human and environmental health are expected to increase because of climate change, according to researchers at Tuft's University. Science and Technology are now being used to mitigate the effects of HABs.

Chicago tackles urban flooding with the 'Array of Things'

Chicago - Because of the wide range of environmental factors impacting our lives, from air quality and traffic to urban flooding and noise, the use of sensors and cloud computing have become increasingly valuable tools for managing and planning urban environments.

Op-Ed: Government department bans the use of the term 'climate change'

Washington - The staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work. The terms "greenhouse gasses" and "carbon sequestration" have also been blacklisted.

Op-Ed: Nuclear power is losing ground but it still needs our support

Nearly a decade ago, planning began for two new nuclear power plants in eastern Georgia. But as of this week, the two plants have yet to be built, and another pair of utilities in South Carolina canceled construction on two nuclear reactors.
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A participant beats the drum at an Idle No More rally.
A participant beats the drum at an Idle No More rally.
A lake  which has no name and sits in the Northwest Territory s northern corner near the community o...
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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Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
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Remains of the 1639 Jamestown Church tower (with 20th century reconstruction on the original foundat...
Remains of the 1639 Jamestown Church tower (with 20th century reconstruction on the original foundations)
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrated coal gasification in large-scale field experimen...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrated coal gasification in large-scale field experiments at the Rocky Mountain Test Facility (above) near Hanna, Wyoming.
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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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Suomi-NPP  is a civilian weather forecasting replacement for the NOAA Polar Operational Environmenta...
Suomi-NPP is a civilian weather forecasting replacement for the NOAA Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) series, and ensured continuity of climate measurements begun by NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS).
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Shell's Deer Park refinery, Texas
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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.
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The beach in Gambia is experiencing severe erosion
The beach in Gambia is experiencing severe erosion
a–d  Four decadal mean maps of sea-ice concentration (%) for 1900–1909 (a)  1930–1939 (b)  196...
a–d, Four decadal mean maps of sea-ice concentration (%) for 1900–1909 (a), 1930–1939 (b), 1960–1969 (c) and 2000–2009 (d).
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Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car
Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car
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Sudanese youth scavenge for food and clothing in a municipal garbage dump.
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Sudanese youth scavenge for food and clothing in a municipal garbage dump. 04 September 2008 Juba, Sudan
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Under the microscope: a circle of diatoms on a slide.
Under the microscope: a circle of diatoms on a slide.
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) activists light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate UN Clim...
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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Climate change in impacting food production and food safety.
Climate change in impacting food production and food safety.
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Sediment cores from beneath the ocean floor hold clues to Earth s carbon dioxide levels over time.
Sediment cores from beneath the ocean floor hold clues to Earth's carbon dioxide levels over time.
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