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Half-a-million mussels cooked to death in waters off New Zealand

The climate crisis has given us another casualty. Nearly 500,000 dead green-lipped mussels washed up on a beach in New Zealand after being cooked alive by rising ocean temperatures.

Rapid permafrost thaw an unrecognized threat to landscape

A "sleeping giant" hidden in permafrost soils in Canada and other northern regions worldwide will have important consequences for global warming, says a new report by a Canadian scientist.

Guardian Media Group stops accepting ads from fossil fuel groups

Climate advocacy groups and campaigners celebrated after the Guardian Media Group announced Wednesday that it "will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies."

Ruling — Youth cannot sue federal government over climate crisis

The ninth circuit court of appeals ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the federal government over the climate crisis, citing concerns about separation of powers.

Fever chart: Earth just ended its hottest decade on record

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, according to three global agencies - NASA, NOAA and the UK's Met Office.

Russia unveils plan to 'use the advantages' of climate crisis

Moscow - Russia has published a plan to adapt its economy and population to climate change, aiming to mitigate damage but also “use the advantages” of warmer temperatures.

Australia PM is 'sorry for being on vacation' as country burned

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologized for going on vacation while wildfires spread across his country. Morrison was enjoying a trip in Hawaii, but received so much criticism he cut it short.

Amazon rainforest - 'The tipping point is here, it is now'

Leading rainforest scientists Thomas Lovejoy and Carlos Nobre warned in an editorial published Thursday that deforestation in the world's largest rainforest has led the Amazon to the brink of an irreversible process called "dieback."

Economic disaster awaits world if we don't tackle climate crisis

Madrid - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries and companies Thursday to tackle climate change, saying failure to do so would mean “economic disaster.”

Greenland's ice sheet - News goes from bad to worse

Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than it was in the 1990s. This is the latest assessment from an international team of polar scientists who've reviewed all the satellite observations of the ice sheet over a 26-year period.

Climate Crisis: Ocean oxygen levels falling at unprecedented rate

In a new report presented at COP25 in Madrid on Saturday, scientists warned that due to the climate crisis, our oceans are rapidly running out of oxygen - threatening fish species and disrupting marine ecosystems.

Climate Crisis: Alaska's glaciers are melting at accelerated rate

Juneau - Not only has Alaska experienced one of the hottest years on record due to the climate crisis, but the Frontier state's 616 named glaciers have also taken a hit - melting at record or near-record levels, adding tp the rise in sea level.

The climate crisis has pushed Earth to a critical 'tipping point'

The Earth is heading toward a "global tipping point" if the climate crisis continues on its current path, scientists have warned, as they called for urgent action to avoid "an existential threat to civilization."

Climate crisis threatens 60 percent of toxic Superfund sites

Washington - Hundreds of polluted Superfund sites face an increased risk of inundation from sea-level rise, flooding exacerbated by global warming or wildfires, Congress’s watchdog warns.

Yes, for a multitude of reasons, Venice is really sinking

Venice - Most of us already know that Venice is sinking - However, the city has now become the poster child of the problems facing all coastal cities. "Acqua alta" conditions, the term locals use for when the water gets high, has become all too frequent.

Climate crisis causes deadly virus to spread among marine mammals

A lethal virus that killed tens of thousands of harbor seals in the northern Atlantic in 2002 suddenly spread to sea lions, seals and otters in the northern Pacific Ocean two years later, confounding scientists - until now.

With bipartisan support, New Zealand passes zero-emissions bill

New Zealand has reached an agreement on climate change policy, passing the Zero Carbon Bill in Parliament, with opposition forces joining across the aisle to set a course for the country to radically reduce emissions by the year 2050.

Over 11,000 scientists sign letter declaring climate emergency

A global team of scientists has warned that "untold human suffering" is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

Are we prepared for impact of climate on mountain sourced water?

The world faces increased flooding, droughts and possible conflicts due to the effects of climate change on fresh water supplies drawn from mountains but is “woefully unprepared” to tackle these risks, experts said.

America's bridge infrastructure needs some serious work

America has over 600,000 bridges. Steel girder bridges, among the most common, could face serious infrastructure problems thanks to man-made climate change.

Rising emissions turning Arctic permafrost into carbon source

Arctic regions have captured and stored carbon for tens of thousands of years, but a new study shows winter carbon emissions from the Arctic may now be putting more carbon into the atmosphere than is taken up by plants each year.

Conservation group seeks protection for western Joshua trees

Joshua Tree - A conservation organization has petitioned for protection of the western Joshua tree under the California Endangered Species Act due to the effects of climate change and habitat destruction.

The frequency, duration and intensity of heatwaves to get worse

Scientists in the U.S. have added a new dimension to the growing hazard of extreme heat. As global average temperatures rise, so too will the frequency, duration and intensity of heatwaves.

Peruvian Andes is losing its glaciers due to climate crisis

It is common knowledge that glaciers are melting in many regions across the globe. However, the speed at which tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes are retreating is particularly alarming.

September 4th month in a row to break or tie global heat records

Last month was officially the hottest September on record, just slightly hotter (.04 degrees Fahrenheit) than the previous record-holder, September 2016, according to data released Friday by the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

First Nation people feed starving grizzlies in British Columbia

The impacts of the climate crisis on the food chain are already evident in British Columbia, Canada. With winter fast approaching, one family of starving grizzly bears are being fed farm-raised salmon by First Nation people.

Nearly half of UK companies targeting 'carbon neutrality' by 2030

The climate crisis may seem overwhelming - given the size of the challenge we are facing. However, carbon neutrality is proving to be the right business response for nearly half of UK businesses in a recent survey.

Australian towns prepare for the day when the water is gone

Guyra - The little town of Guyra - population 2,000 - in eastern Australia lies next to a freshwater lagoon just half a day’s drive from Sydney, but its drinking water is due to run dry in 400 days’ time.

WMO warns that urgent action needed as temperatures rise

The global average temperature is set to rise to at least 1.2 to 1.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) official said on Monday.

Fossil fuel's demise rests on a world awakened to climate crisis

While youth activists stormed the streets around the globe demanding action on the climate crisis - Republican lawmakers, including leadership, huddled with the fossil fuel industry, a major source of fundraising for U.S. policymakers.
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