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Climate change is adversely affecting sea turtles

Swansea - Sea turtles are endangered animals, with the global population in decline. Risks include hunting, for turtle eggs and skin, and now, based on new research, from climate change.

Op-Ed: DOE — 'CO2 not main cause of climate change, it's something else'

U.S. Department of Energy Chief, Rick Perry said on Monday that he does not believe carbon dioxide is contributing to climate change, a statement that is in line with the belief of Environmental Protection Agency's head honcho, Scott Pruitt.

China begins first of eight large-scale carbon capture projects

Beijing - China has definitely taken the lead globally in its effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, just recently beginning construction of the first of eight large-scale carbon capture and storage projects.

Widespread melting of West Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf documented

Large-scale melting of snow and ice on Antarctica's massive Ross Ice Shelf, brought on by an unusually warm stretch of weather in the austral summer of 2015-2016, has been documented for the very first time, according to a new study.

Trump tells mayor of sinking island not to worry over sea-level

Tangier - After a story about disappearing Tangier Island aired on television June 9, President Trump made it a point to telephone the island's mayor, assuring him that sea level rise was nothing to worry about. Hmm, does Trump know something we don't know?

Climate change research mission canceled — Due to climate change

Climate change in action was responsible for the cancellation of the much-anticipated Hudson Bay System Study (BaySys) this week. The Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen had to be diverted to deal with extreme ice off the coast of Newfoundland

One Canadian Arctic community is running out of water

Iqaluit - Iqaluit, the capital of the northern territory of Nunavut, with a population of around 7,500. It is a fast-growing community. However, unless action is taken now, the city's water supply will run out due to climate change.

Towing an iceberg to the U.A.E. for fresh water met with ridicule

Abu Dhabi - While the idea of towing a massive iceberg from Antarctica to supply drinking water to millions of people in the United Arab Emirates may sound ludicrous, it is in the planning stages. But, does this "stopgap measure" actually address the real problem?

G7 Environmental Summit kicks off on Sunday but U.S. leaves early

The Group of Seven (G7) Environmental Summit opened today in Bologna, Italy, but President Trump's top environmental official didn't stay for the two-day meeting, citing "another commitment."

Carbon dioxide peaked at an all-time monthly high in May

With the month of May behind us, we can now say it's official — Global carbon dioxide concentration has set an historic all-time record high for the year, adding to the climate records continually being broken as the Earth warms.

Seacoast roads under new threat as sea levels continue to rise

Durham - A new study by the University of New Hampshire has found that coastal roads, some as far as two miles inland are at facing a new hazard that currently can't be seen by drivers - rising levels of groundwater caused by rising sea levels

Exxon shareholders vote for historic 'climate change' clause

It's not been the best week for environment news, with President Donald Trump poised to pull out of the Paris climate accord. However, one positive is with shareholders in Exxon Mobil backing a motion for the company to assess the climate change risk.

GOP congressman says God will fix climate change, if it's real

A Republican U.S. congressman told a town hall meeting of his Michigan constituents on Friday that he believes God will "take care of" climate change "if there's a real problem."

Tiny seashells show extent of climate change

Future climate change conditions lead to additional to stress marine creatures, and this provides a means for tracking the effects of climate change. The research further shows how changes can throw off the ocean carbon balance.

Canada proposes new regulations on methane gas emissions

On Thursday, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced proposed regulations to reduce methane emissions and air pollution from Canada's oil and gas industry. The public has until July 27, 2017, to comment on the rules.

Op-Ed: 84 percent of globe believes climate change is catastrophic risk

A newly released global catastrophic risk survey released on Wednesday found that the majority of people in eight countries see climate change as a bigger threat than weapons of mass destruction, artificial intelligence, and other issues.

Why the answer is not to plant more trees

Growing plants and trees is not sufficient to counteract emissions from burning fossil fuels, according to a new study. This is because the plantations would need to be so large they would not be economically viable.

Worst drought in over 100 years hits Western Cape in South Africa

Cape Town - Premier Helen Zille has declared the Western Cape province a disaster area on Monday due to the relentless drought. Zille asked residents to manage their water supplies more efficiently as the South African region tries to cope with the drought.

Plant disease patterns offer clues about climate change

General atmospheric models provide an indicator of climate change. More sensitive models are needed to understand what is happening on ground level, however. One way to do this, new research highlights, is by tacking the spread of plant pathogens.

Antarctica not only getting warmer, it's also getting greener

Our perception of Antarctica is beginning to change, especially as the climate continues to warm. The Antarctica we have always seen as a snowy, frigid, and inhospitable place is being transformed dramatically.

World's 'Doomsday' seed vault has been breached by climate change

The Svalbard seed storage facility was built to withstand the test of time - and the challenge of any natural or man-made disasters. However, the repository for the globe's diversity of crops has not been able to withstand climate change.

Science squashes red tape in newly signed Arctic Council pact

Fairbanks - Researchers will have less red tape to unravel while working in the Arctic under an agreement signed on Thursday in Fairbanks, Alaska by representatives of the eight member states belonging to the International Arctic Council.

Giant viruses unearthed in Arctic ice that's at risk of melting

Scientists working in the Arctic circle over the past few decades have unearthed several massive viruses that some say could be re-awakened if the permafrost that imprisons them dissolves.

NASA to measure greenhouse gases over Mid-Atlantic region in May

Beginning this month, scientists with NASA will be taking measurements of greenhouse gasses (GHG) over the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The airborne campaign is called the Carbon Airborne Flux Experiment, or CARAFE.

The world marched for climate change as millions face starvation

While the world marched to bring attention to the impacts of climate change on Saturday, in Africa, over 20 million people are starving because of a prolonged and devastating drought brought on by the very thing we want the world to acknowledge.

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.
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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.
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Pancakes without maple syrup is like a day without sunshine.
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The instruments aboard the Aura satellite.
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Pocahontas coal plant in Eastgulf, West Virginia. Photo taken in 2014.
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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.
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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U.S. temperature record from 1950 to 2009 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault  tunnel down to the vault.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, tunnel down to the vault.
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Prospect, Nova Scotia after Hurricane Juan. Photo by Doug Mercer.
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The U.K. brings more aid to the Philippines last week. Supplies and 600 tents being off-loaded at Cebu airport.
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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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Coastal erosion of permafrost resulted in the complete destruction of this house in Shishmaref  Alas...
Coastal erosion of permafrost resulted in the complete destruction of this house in Shishmaref, Alaska.
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Commercial thinning in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, Maple Ridge BC.
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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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Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
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Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon- powered planet.
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On Saturday  during Earth Hour festivities  thousands of Torontonians gathered at the city s Yonge-D...
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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Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.