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Heavy downpours in U.S. bring flooding and sewage overflows

Record rainstorms and flooding the past year in the United States have continued to make the national news, causing billions of dollars in damage and the deaths of dozens of people. But the overflow of untreated sewage is usually ignored.

U.S. warned about electing a climate-change denier as president

An open letter published on Tuesday by 375 of the world's top climate scientists warned of the dangerous consequences ahead if the next U.S. president pulls the country out of the Paris Climate Agreements.

Op-Ed: Can Hillary Clinton win over millennial voters?

This November is the first election in which the millennial generation makes up an equal portion of the vote as the baby boomers. Such a shift in demographics has already radically reshaped the face of politics.

Bill Gates investment looks to keep biofuel company going strong

Billionaire and energy aficionado Bill Gates has announced his latest investment is in a biotechnology company that turns biomass into fuel and bioplastics.

Our Ocean Conference — Protecting the seas and fisheries (Part 2)

The two-day Our Ocean Conference is set to start in Washington, DC on Thursday, and today, we will look at two of the four areas of focus on the conference agenda - marine protected areas and global fisheries.

Melting ice is affecting ivory gulls

The depletion in Arctic sea ice, a consequence of global warming, is affecting populations of ivory gulls, sending them on longer journeys in the quest for food.

NASA scientists: A strange thing is happening in the stratosphere

Greenbelt - For 60 years, scientists have watched the wind circulation patterns in the stratosphere, that stretch of the atmosphere that extends about 10 to 30 miles above the Earth. And in all that time, they have remained the same, that is, until late in 2015.

Climate change creating 'A Brewing Storm' in coffee production

Climate change is going to have a dramatic impact on the quality, price and production of coffee, from consumers to the farmers growing the coffee beans.

Cruise ship with 1,070 on board attempts Northwest Passage route

The once pristine Arctic will soon be a thing of the past, now that climate change and melting ice is the new norm. Last week, the Crystal Serenity, a luxury cruise ship, began a month-long trip through the once-impassable Northwest Passage.

Study confirms the release of ancient carbon in Arctic permafrost

Researchers have confirmed that ancient greenhouse gasses locked away in Arctic permafrost are seeping free as the Arctic region warms up faster than any other place on Earth.

Bosnian pine is Europe's oldest living thing at 1.075 years old

It may not be the oldest tree in the world, but a Bosnian Pine found in the highlands of northern Greece can claim to be the oldest tree on the continent. Scientists who examined the elderly pine say it is 1,075 years of age.

Global Warming and rising seas — Alaska village votes to relocate

Shishmaref - The coastal village of Shishmaref, Alaska voted to relocate away from their ancestral home on Wednesday, although they won't be going anyplace anytime soon. Rising sea levels due to climate change have left the village at risk for flooding.

Middle East's epic and hellish heatwave a sign of things to come

From Morocco to Saudi Arabia and beyond, record-shattering temperatures have scorched and wreaked havoc across the Middle East, and climate scientists warn that the hellish weather is just a sign of things to come.

Increase in Vibrio illnesses directly linked to warming climate

College Park - Rising ocean surface temperatures have been directly linked to the rise in infections from water-borne pathogens. Of particular concern is the increase in cases of food poisoning caused by vibrio species, known to cause infections in humans and animals.

Melting Greenland ice sheet could release Pandora's box of toxins

With temperatures around the globe on the rise, the Earth's poles have been hit particularly hard, especially the North Pole. Melting Arctic ice will not only cause a rise in sea levels, but could reveal some long buried and hazardous problems.

Arctic becoming unsuitable for migratory shorebird breeding

Global warming is on a course that could make much of the Arctic region unsuitable for the millions of migratory shorebirds that travel north each year to breed.

June marks 14 consecutive months of record heat for the Earth

Last month proved to be the hottest June in modern history, and was the continuation of an unprecedented streak of 14 months with above-average temperatures across the globe.

Millions in U.S. facing dangerous heat and humidity by 2050

The dog days of summer across the U.S. have brought us some of the hottest days we have seen so far this year. And when those high temperatures are combined with high levels of humidity, most people opt for a cool drink and the A/C.

Jakobsvahn glacier has been hiding a primeval river system

A huge network of rivers was found to be hiding beneath Greenland's Jakobsvahn Isbrae glacier recently. The discovery may help to explain the location, size and velocity of the country's fastest flowing outlet glacier.

How beavers are affecting the global climate

A new study has demonstrated the effect that the growing beaver population, in certain regions, is having on both habitat and methane gas emissions.

Op-Ed: UK's Brexit vote will undermine environmental regulations

Reverberations from the Brexit vote continue to be felt in just about every aspect of life in the UK, EU and for that matter, around the world. But the environment was low on the list of priorities for voters in their decision to leave the EU.

Gateway to the underworld' may be worse than we think

Massive craters or "slumps" are growing like a pox across the Northern Hemisphere. One of the largest, in a Siberian forest, has become a "megaslump," a mile long and 400 feet deep. Locals call it the "gateway to the underworld."

Scientists declare the first mammal extinction because of pollution

An Australian research team declared the first mammal to become extinct due to human-made climate change and pollution. However, there's still a very small chance that some undetected populations of the rodent still exist.

El Nino has driven the fastest increase on record of CO2 levels

Concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide have passed a "symbolic" threshold earlier than expected. The recently ended El Nino helped to push this year's CO2 levels to the fastest annual increase on record.

Op-Ed: Climate change puts B.C. at major risk of devastating flooding

Vancouver - A study of the lower mainland in British Columbia done by the Fraser Basin Council is the first of its kind to describe the damage estimates of a major flood event on the Fraser River or coastal flooding, putting the projected cost at $30 billion.

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?
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The Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. It is the only glacier than has been growing while almost al...
The Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. It is the only glacier than has been growing while almost all others have been melting.
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The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
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Doha Climate Change Conference - 2012
Doha Climate Change Conference - 2012
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Maple sap collecting at Bowdoin Park in Dutchess County, New York.
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Temperatures hit new highs
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New York street at the start of the climate march.
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The Petermann Glacier grinds and slides toward the sea along the northwestern coast of Greenland, terminating in a giant floating ice tongue.
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U.S. temperature record from 1950 to 2009 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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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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Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar (L) holds a shovel as he plants a tree next to French Environment minister Segolene Royal after the opening ceremony of the Bonn Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, on May 16, 2016
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If this goes on the fritz, so does the world.
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An Inupiat Eskimo family. Inupiat people are becoming concerned in recent years that climate change is threatening their traditional lifestyle.
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The beach in Gambia is experiencing severe erosion
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Dolpa district of Nepal - the largest producer of Cordiceps in the country
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There has never been a greater need to educate the public about the impact of humans on the Earth systems than now.
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Kiribati is the first nation to begin feeling the affects of climate change as they face rising sea levels.
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In Shagra, North Darfur, water is hard to come by.
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The scientists conducted research on sediment cores retrieved by the drillship JOIDES Resolution.
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