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Weather will remain predictable despite climate change

Although the temperature of the Earth is becoming warmer and climate change is causing adverse effects worldwide, the act of forecasting the weather will remain consistent over the next thirty years, according to new research.

Coal continues its downward slide as more coal-fired plants close

More coal plant capacity was shuttered in the first 45 days of 2018 than in the entire first three years of the Obama administration, according to Sierra Club and Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

Thawing Arctic permafrost could release huge amounts of mercury

According to a new study published this month, there may be more than 15 million gallons of toxic mercury buried in the permafrost of the Northern Hemisphere. As the permafrost melts, all that mercury will be released.

Op-Ed: Natural gas is part of the climate problem, not the solution

The last 10 years have seen coal being replaced by cheaper and cleaner energy sources, like renewables and natural gas. And while coal use has dropped 44 percent, LNG use has risen by 45 percent.

Op-Ed: Can AI deal with climate change AND human stupidity?

Sydney - It’s official; predicting the weather is now very difficult, thanks to climate change. The weird jet streams, heat, floods and droughts are hitting hard, and knowing what happens next is crucial.

EPA - Government must prepare Superfund sites for climate change

An official with the Environmental Protection Agency program that directs cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed by climate change.

'Climate envelope' responsible for mass deaths of Saiga antelopes

Over the span of three weeks in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in central Kazakhstan from hemorrhagic septicemia caused by a normally harmless bacteria called Pasteurella multocida type B. Now, scientists know what happened.

World Economic Forum - Greatest risks facing the world in 2018

A global survey of experts and decision-makers shows they believe nuclear war, cyberattacks and environmental disasters are the likeliest threats to the world in 2018.

Dozens of historic sites in Scotland at risk from climate change

A climate change risk survey has just been completed for historic sites in Scotland, and the news is not good. Dozens of Scotland’s most famous historic sites are at very high risk of being badly damaged by climate change and need urgent protection.

Fluctuating jet stream may be causing extreme weather events

A new study suggests that the polar jet stream has been fluctuating more than normal as it passes over parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and that's affecting weather in Europe and North America.

California off to a dry start for winter rain and snow season

Sacramento - The vast meadow around Phillips, a remote spot near Echo Summit just off Highway 50, was an expanse of brown grass and dirt, with very small patches of snow when Frank Gehrke arrived to do the first official snow survey Wednesday.

Arctic freeze curtails New Years Eve events and freezes sharks

As climate change ushers in another year of extreme global temperatures, Canada and much of the United States has been hit with below freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. It has been so cold that even sharks have washed up on beaches in Cape Cod.

Connecting the dots between 2017's natural disasters and climate

From hurricanes to wildfires, heatwaves, and droughts, 2017 was a devastating year all across the planet, and while we tend to use the term "natural disaster," in most cases, they have been climate disasters.

Trump signs defense bill that warns of dangers of climate change

Washington - On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act, setting policy for the US military for the coming fiscal year. The bill also states that climate change is a major threat to U.S. national security.

Arctic sea ice loss could drive California droughts

Melting Arctic sea ice could make California more vulnerable to increasing occurrences of droughts of the magnitude seen in recent years, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists.

Alberta sets aside $1.4 billion to help reduce carbon emissions

Calgary - Alberta is setting aside close to $1.4 billion from climate levies to help industry reduce carbon emissions. The government said the funding, spread over seven years, will make it easier for industries to invest in new technologies.

A clever response to rising sea levels and increased urbanization

With 70 percent of the world's population forecast to be living in urbanized areas by 2050 and the added fact that 90 percent of the world's largest cities are located along coastlines, we are forced to reimagine our future.

260-million-year-old fossil forest discovered in Antarctica

Long ago, Antarctica was covered in forests. The ancient trees were able to withstand prolonged periods of pure sunlight or complete darkness, transitioning rapidly between the seasons. But they were victims of the world's greatest mass extinction event.

Half of U.S. spending power joins alliance to phase out coal

Bonn - Twenty countries and two more U.S. states have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030, environment ministers said on Thursday.

Science confirms Hurricane Harvey made worse by climate change

When Hurricane Harvey dumped 60 inches of rain in Houston, Texas in August, many people described the event as "biblical." And in a new study of this year's hurricane season, scientists conclude we need to be prepared for more of these extreme events.

Op-Ed: As climate talks open, federal report exposes US credibility gap

The COP23 climate talks began today in Bonn, Germany, and already, the U.S. has egg on its face after the official release of the federal government's Climate Science Special Report that states human activities are the cause of global warming.

HSBC commits $100 billion to combat climate change

London - London-based HSBC, which claims its home markets as Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, announced on Monday it was committing $100 billion toward financing low-carbon projects, as well as promising to get all its power from renewables by 2030.

U.S. to promote coal as a solution to climate change at COP23

Bonn - A major UN meeting, officially known as the COP23, begins on Monday in Bonn, Germany. However, plans by the Trump administration to promote coal as a solution to climate change has angered many who will be attending the climate meeting.

U.S. ambassador to Canada has questionable view on climate change

Ottawa - Kelly Craft, the new U.S. ambassador to Canada, said that when it comes to climate change she believes in "both sides of the science"

Architect addressing rising sea levels through urban design

Rising sea levels, coastal flooding, and biodiversity loss are now a reality for many cities across the U.S. and any more urbanization will result in more wetlands, trees and flora and fauna losses. One New York architect is doing something about this.

EPA's Pruitt accused of scientific censorship for blocking talks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has blocked three scheduled discussions of climate change by agency scientists at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed Workshop in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday.

Financial losses from climate change for businesses

Among the myriad of factors that businesses need to consider when performing future financial modeling is the impact of changing climate, especially hurricane-related financial loss. A new method to calculate this has been put forward.

Scientist — A sixth mass extinction of marine species is possible

If humans go on burning fossil fuels, a sixth mass marine extinction will be the inevitable result. By the year 2100, we will have added so much carbon to the world's oceans that the critical threshold will be reached.

The real cost of climate change in the U.S. in 2017 is staggering

Calculating the real costs of extreme weather events is a daunting task because most of us don't realize the type of data that is included in making an accurate assessment of total costs. But no one can deny the U.S. has been through a rough time in 2017.

The answer to rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid? — Renewables

San Juan - Not only is Puerto Rico in the midst of a humanitarian disaster, but with the Island's electrical grid basically destroyed by Hurricane Maria, now is the time to rebuild a new grid using renewable energy sources.
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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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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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On Jan.17, 2014, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee hearing that President Obama's claims on global warming were fabricated.
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The beach in Gambia is experiencing severe erosion
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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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Low-lying coastal floodplain wetlands are particularly vulnerable to saline inundation by rising sea-levels.
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Jet stream.
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The Crystal Serenity with 1,070 intrepid adventurers is on a remarkable voyage across the Northwest Passage.
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Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating Exxon Mobil over possible violation of SEC rules.
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Temperature data from four international science institutions. All show rapid warming in the past few decades and that the last decade has been the warmest on record. Data sources: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NOAA National Climatic Data Center, Met Office Hadley Centre/Climatic Research Unit and the Japanese Meteorological Agency.
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The doomed lake, which has no name and sits in the northern corner of the territory near the community of Fort McPherson, is a victim of the region’s geology and changing climate.
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This is what the White House website looks like now.
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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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The panel at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa
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Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed.
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File photo: Coal power plant in Datteln, Germany at the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal
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