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Report: Terrorists are using climate change as a 'weapon of war'

According to a report commissioned by the German Department for Foreign Affairs, climate change impacts and threats are being used as a weapon of war.

Over 13 million people will be affected by rising seas in U.S.

Climate change-induced sea level rise is usually thought of as a coastal problem. Many coastal cities in the U.S. are already studying where to build coastal defenses. However, sea level rise will impact cities far inland, according to a new study.

The U.S. solar power industry now employs over 260,000 workers

The solar power industry has done amazingly well in the United States over the past nine years, seeing a 30-fold increase in photovoltaic (PV) sales. Perhaps more significant is the number of people working in the solar industry - Over 260,000 to date.

Melting Canadian glacier caused river to disappear in four days

In the first known case of "river piracy" to be documented in modern times, scientists have actually seen the powerful and dramatic impact of climate change on glaciers and the watersheds their meltwaters feed.

Op-Ed: Paris Agreement — Trump plans to pull U.S. out next week

Despite the great strides being made in embracing renewable energy sources, and the further belief by the majority of Americans that climate change is a real threat to the Earth, our president may still pull us out of the Paris Agreement next week.

Buckle up — climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence

Imagine turbulence so severe that unbuckled passengers and crew are catapulted out of their seats and tossed about the airline cabin. Actually, climate change will make this twice or even three times more likely in the near future, say researchers.

EU energy companies pledge no new coal-fired plants after 2020

Brussels - In a surprise announcement made at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, energy companies from nearly every European Union nation, represented by Euroelectric, have committed to outlawing the construction of new coal-fired power plants by 2020.

Ancient green building technique taking hold in West Africa

In semi-arid regions of West Africa, circumstance has created a housing crisis, and for many rural families, money is in short supply. The Nubian Vault Association is now helping people to build homes using an ancient green technique - mud bricks.

U.S. Physicians — Health problems rising due to climate change

A group of physicians in medical societies representing over half of the nation’s doctors released a report this month warning that climate change is already having a negative impact on people's health.

Op-Ed: Climate science at center of House panel's hearing on March 29

Climate science has been pulled into the Trump Administration's topsy-turvy world of politics. It was announced today the House Science Committee will hold a hearing on March 29 that will challenge mainstream climate science conclusions.

New Trump order will reduce government's climate change action

President Trump is expected to sign an order this week that would drop climate change as a factor in any governmental decision making, ranging from appliance standards to pipeline approvals and more.

Mattis: Climate change is real, and a national security threat

Washington - In previously unpublished written testimony to senators following his January confirmation hearing, Defense Secretary James Mattis argued that climate change is real, and a threat to U.S. national security.

Shell CEO urges industry to switch to cleaner energy sources

Houston - Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, speaking at the 2017 CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, Texas on Thursday, said the oil and gas industry risks losing public support if progress is not made in the transition to cleaner energy.

Pruitt says CO2 not a 'primary contributor' to climate change

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt was asked by CNBC Thursday morning whether he thought carbon dioxide was the "primary control knob" for global warming. His answer was in line with climate-deniers in the White House.

Australia's 'Angry Summer' is climate change in action

On Wednesday, Australia's Climate Council released its report "Angry Summer." In it, scientists said the season was defined by intense heat and bushfires in the east but heavy rain and flooding in western Australia.

Trump budget cuts to NOAA Satellite Division will be drastic

President Trump's proposed budget is still causing a storm of criticism. Funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expected to be cut 17 percent or even more.

Study looks at a slower snowmelt in a warming world

It is generally believed that as the Earth warms, we will see earlier snowmelts. But how snowmelt rates will respond to climate change and the possible implications for soil, vegetation and stream flow changes has been little studied until now.

Winter with no snow in Chicago for first time in 146 years

For the first time in 146 years, the National Weather Service documented no snow on the ground in Chicago in January and February 2017. And while some people were happy about not having to break out the snow shovels, others are worried about the climate.

Republican anti-science bills target schools in four states

Republican state lawmakers in four more states, many of them adherents of a theological worldview with no basis in science, are advancing legislation allowing educators to teach "alternative fact"-based pseudoscience if they believe it to be scientific.

1991 Shell film warned of catastrophic man-made climate change

Multinational fossil fuel giant Shell warned about the dangers of man-made climate change in a 1991 company film that concluded "the only safe insurance" against potential catastrophe was a reduction in fossil fuel use and an increase in clean energy.

Global warming is shrinking American river vital to 40 million

The Colorado River, the American Southwest's most important waterway, supplying water to over 40 million people. is shrinking due to the effects of global warming. The flow of the river could be reduced by more than a third by the end of the century.

B.C. forest recovery gets $150 million to combat climate change

Vancouver - In its latest climate action plan, British Columbia is spending $150 million for forest rehabilitation and tree planting, while creating 3,000 jobs in rural parts of the province.

Senate confirms 'climate change denier' Scott Pruitt to head EPA

Washington - The United States Senate has confirmed Scott Pruitt, whose skepticism about human-caused global warming and close ties to the fossil fuel industry have led critics to label him a "climate change denier," to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Solar power and electric cars could halt fossil fuels by 2020

Fossil fuels will soon be a thing of the past as renewable energy sources are being embraced globally and the technologies behind electric cars, solar and wind power make them less costly to consumers.

Advocacy groups announce 'People Climate March' in April

Advocacy groups familiar with the organization of the 2014 People's Climate March have announced a new climate march to be held in Washington D.C. and across the country on April 29, 2017.

Sea level rise already worsening damage from storms in California

Sacramento - Rising ocean levels are impacting low-lying coastal regions around the world, and along the West Coast of the United States this winter, we have seen the results of sea-level rise in the extreme high tides and flooding that hit California.

Science community fights back over Trump gag orders

Scientists and citizens who believe in science all across the country are fighting back against the Trump administration's attempts to keep public-funded scientific research from the public, and they are using bold tools — running for office and marchin

Prince Charles produces book on climate change

London - Prince Charles, heir to the British crown and head of the Commonwealth, has co-written a book for children and adults on climate change. The book is part of the revamped Ladybird series.

Global warming harms insect reproduction

Sheffield - Several studies have shown how climate change is affecting insect populations, results in death. A new study takes a different approach and shows how global warming is affecting the ability of some insects to reproduce.

Human exploitation of groundwater sources affects the climate

Over-exploitation of groundwater resources not only changes soil moisture and land-atmosphere and energy variability but essentially affects the ecohydrological processes of the climate system, according to a new study.
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A kayaker paddles by Gene & Jude's Restaurant, flooded in mid-April 2013 by the Des Plaines River in Illinois.
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President Obama delivers an address at Georgetown University
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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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Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
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As the permafrost continues to melt it gives a Swiss cheese-like appearance to the landscape in the Arctic.
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Commercial thinning in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, Maple Ridge BC.
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Historic atmospheric CO2 levels measured at Mauna Loa, Hawaii
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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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Banded cirrus clouds running perpendicular to the jet stream—a telltale feature photographed by an astronaut aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.
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Tasmania s ancient forests are in danger of being lost forever.
Tasmania's ancient forests are in danger of being lost forever.
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November 2013 Selected Climate Anomalies and Events Map
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The future outlook of developing nations looks bleak. Should developed nations be held accountable for the genocide?
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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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Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a record since surpassed.
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Sediment cores from beneath the ocean floor hold clues to Earth's carbon dioxide levels over time.
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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows yellow-cedar trees growing along Sheep Lake east of the Cascade crest in Washington State.
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Dolpa district of Nepal - the largest producer of Caterpillar mushrooms/Cordyceps in the country
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Poster for the People's Climate March on September, 21, 2014.
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The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
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Ryan Streatch has just launched Save Our Lawns, a nation wide campaign that is getting lots of interest.

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