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U.S. military declares war on climate change

Speaking at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlined the challenges that climate change presents to the military and national security.

Report warns how climate change threatens U.S. economy

Washington - The U.S. economy could face major, systemic disruption due to climate change unless legislators and businesses alike take urgent action to reduce climate risk, says a new report released this week.

Norfolk Virginia: The poster child for climate change

Norfolk - When the cyclic movements of the ocean's waters bring especially high tides to Virginia's coastline, residents living in an inlet close by Norfolk's renowned Chrysler Museum of Art know what's coming. The 100 year old sea wall barely holds the ocean back.

‘Unstoppable' loss of Antarctic glaciers prompts sealevel warning

Irvine - The rapidly melting West Antarctic Ice Sheet is in an irreversible state of decline according to the latest NASA study. As a result, the "ice-dam" preventing glaciers in the area melting into the sea will ultimately disappear.

Decades of rising seas predicted as huge Antarctic glacier melts

Cambridge - Pine Island Glacier, part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the biggest single contributor to rises in global sea levels, continues to melt at record rates. The melt could continue for decades, according to new research.

South Florida counties working to find solution to rising seas

Florida is one of the most populous of our southern states and also the most vulnerable. With most of its 1,197 miles of coastline only a few feet above the rising seas, there is the very real danger of South Florida being lost in less than 100 years.

Huge population drift augurs as climate change alters ecosystems

Potsdam - Climate change is likely to transform landscapes worldwide, affecting most of Earth’s forests and agriculture — and it isn’t a far future scenario, says a new report. Profound changes in the world’s ecosystems could happen less than 90 years hence

Mega-canyon bigger than Grand Canyon found below Greenland's ice

Scientists have mapped a previously unknown canyon entombed below two kilometers of ice in Greenland. The discovery was made by a group of scientists from Bristol University’s School of Geographical Sciences in the UK.

New records for Arctic ice melt and CO2 emissions during 2012

Boulder - This week, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published its climatic report card for 2012, “State of the Climate in 2012.” The report makes gloomy reading, highlighting record Arctic ice melt and unprecedented CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

Greenland Ice Sheet melt 'unprecedented' in 2012

After 2012's unprecedented melting of Greenland's Ice Sheet, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) last week launched a new website dedicated to providing up to date satellite data and scientific analysis of what is happening in Greenland.

Rising global sea levels – upward trend resumes, reports NASA

In a study issued today, NASA has reported that global sea levels have resumed their long term upward trend after a blip in 2010/11. The study was based on multi-sourced data from NASA and European Topex/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2 satellites.

Gambia's historic slave fort is being lost to the rising tide Special

James Island’s grisly connections with the slave trade draw thousands of tourists to this shrinking patch of Gambia each year. But this heritage is now threatened by the rising tide.

Melting of West Antarctic Ice Sheet may affect Earth's rotation

A study in the journal Science has found that the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would change the focus of the planet's gravitational field and sea levels would rise disproportionately around North America and the Indian Ocean.
 

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Coastal flooding is often the greatest threat to life and property during storms.
Coastal flooding is often the greatest threat to life and property during storms.
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A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine...
A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica from the last time it underwent rapid retreat and thinning 8000 years ago
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