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Taxpayer spending on disaster relief soars with global warming

In a typical year, taxpayer spending on the federal disaster relief fund is almost 10 times higher than it was three decades ago, even after adjusting for inflation, based on an analysis of federal data.

Electric vehicle adoption leads to better air quality

The main argument in favour of electric vehicles comes from the need to reduce our emissions to lessen the impact of climate change. But a new study presents evidence that EV adoption also improves air quality.

Thunberg condemns slow climate change progress at U.K. parliament

London - Greta Thunberg, who helped inspire the school climate change strikes and who has been pivotal in inspiring young people with environmental issues, has condemned the U.K.'s slow progress over climate change at an address to parliament.

Studying the Earth's gravity reveals clues about climate change

By studying satellite measurements scientists are piecing together information about climate change based on the terrestrial water cycle, the mass balance of ice sheets and changes in sea levels.

Op-Ed: U.S. nuclear power plants unprepared for climate change

The nuclear power industry is pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cut back on inspections at nuclear power plants and throttle back what it tells the public about plant problems. This does not bode well for public safety.

David Attenborough issues starkest warning yet on climate change

Veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has issued a stark warning over the threat faced by the planet from climate change, ahead of his new BBC television series about the environmental changes affecting our planet.

Climate change behind dangerous air turbulence for airlines

Sara Nelson, the president of the 50,000 members strong Association of Flight Attendants union, has spoken out on the dangers of climate change and its impact on airlines, airline employees, and travelers.

Climate change is now a fact of life in Atlantic Canada fishery

A new report by Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans says warming sea temperatures off Nova Scotia have led to declines in northern shrimp and snow crab.

'Mosaic Expedition' to study Arctic sea ice begins this year

In September 2019 the German research icebreaker Polarstern will depart from Tromsø, Norway and, once it has reached its destination, will spend the next year drifting through the Arctic Ocean, trapped in the ice.

Can water-based cities help to fight climate change?

As part of the efforts to address climate change, the United Nations has put forward a novel idea to promote sustainable development: water-based cities. The global body has called for further investigation into the idea.

Climate change is fueling the US-Mexico border crisis

Severe weather and wildfires are dramatic events connected to global warming but immigration will soon rise to the top of the list of trends that world leaders will be forced to address by finding more sustainable solutions.

Shell pulls out of US refining lobby over climate disagreement

Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday became the first major oil and gas company to announce plans to leave a leading U.S. refining lobby due to disagreement on climate policies.

Older power plants could be hit hard by impacts of drought

Older power plants with once-through cooling systems generate about a third of all U.S. electricity, but their future generating capacity will be undercut by droughts and rising water temperatures linked to climate change.

Denial of climate change is 'evil,' says head of Elders group

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former UN special envoy for climate change says that denial of climate change is not just ignorant, but a “malign and evil," as it denies human rights to the most vulnerable.

Environment Agency — UK could run out of fresh water in 25 years

London - England faces an "existential threat" if it does not change how it manages its water, the head of the country's Environment Agency warned Tuesday.

Arctic winter sea ice extent is seventh lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year, peaking at 14.78 million square kilometers on March 13. It is the joint seventh smallest winter maximum in the 40-year satellite record – tied with 2007.

Op-Ed: Kids worldwide skip school to call attention to climate change

Young people are fed up with the lack of progress on tackling climate change, so across the world today, they’re taking a stand and walking out of school to call for action. And if you think they're not serious, you are so very wrong.

Report: Time to prevent severe effects of climate change is now

Human activities are degrading the global environment at a pace that could endanger the "ecological foundations of society" and human health, according to a landmark United Nations report released Wednesday.

Jay Inslee to focus on climate change in presidential bid

Soon after announcing his bid to become the Democrat Party presidential nominee, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has decided to make the primary focus of his campaign all about climate change.

Climatic Change or Global Warming? - It's not an either/or answer

Whether referred to as "global warming" or "climate change," the consequences of the wide-scale changes currently being observed in Earth's climate system could be considerable. But which term should we be using?

Australia's summer was hottest on record, with more to come

Australia has endured its hottest summer ever, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), breaking the previous record set six years ago. Forecasts show the southern autumn will continue to be drier and warmer than normal.

Evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard'

Evidence that humans cause global warming has hit the "gold standard" level of confidence, a U.S.-led team of scientists reportedly wrote in a journal article published Monday.

Can we recognize signs of climate change before it's too late?

The extreme weather that comes with climate change is becoming the new normal, so normal that people aren't talking about it as much - and that could make them less motivated to take steps to fight global warming, according to new research.

High-tide flooding already impacting coastal communities

Impacts from climate change are not always easy to see. But for many local businesses in coastal communities across the United States, the evidence is right outside their doors—or in their parking lots, and it's going to get worse.

UK report claims environment in five different crises

The report by the UK-based Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said that the multiple environmental crises have reached a critical stage due to human impacts and now threaten to destabilize society and the global economy as well.

The DNA of ancient giant trees could possibly save our forests

What if we could revive giant creatures that once roamed the Earth? Well, that’s what arborists are doing today, only they’re cloning saplings from the stumps of the world’s largest, strongest, and longest-lived trees, the giant redwoods.

Decline in insect numbers may have catastrophic effect on planet

A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40 percent of species are undergoing dramatic rates of decline around the world, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems."

UK's Drax Power Station begins carbon capture project

For the first time, carbon dioxide is being captured at a biomass power plant in the UK. Britain's Drax announced that its pilot bioenergy carbon capture and storage project is expected to capture a ton of CO2 a day.

British pupils set to joining global climate change strike

Around the world students have walked-out of lessons in a bid to demand that governments and companies take climate change more seriously and start putting into place stronger measures. The campaign is set to reach the U.K.

Ocasio-Cortez offers outline of 'Green New Deal' plan

Washington - The Green New Deal is now a green new plan, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., set to roll out a resolution calling for a complete transition to renewable energy by 2030.
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The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
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Jet stream.
Jet stream.
Beyond Landscheit.org
This detailed astronaut photograph illustrates the terminus of one the Patagonia Icefield’s many s...
This detailed astronaut photograph illustrates the terminus of one the Patagonia Icefield’s many spectacular glaciers – Upsala Glacier, located on the eastern side of the icefield. Upsala is the third largest glacier in the icefield and like most other glaciers in the region, it has experienced significant retreat over the past century.
NASA
Aspens were mapped in this climate profile for the contemporary climate in 2009 using the climate mo...
Aspens were mapped in this climate profile for the contemporary climate in 2009 using the climate model extension.
U.S. Forest Service
Dr. Frank Clemente  Professor Emeritus  Penn State University  discusses the Kemper County Energy Fa...
Dr. Frank Clemente, Professor Emeritus, Penn State University, discusses the Kemper County Energy Facility at the Governors Energy Summit in Jackson, MS on Dec. 5 2013.
Energy South
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.
a–d  Four decadal mean maps of sea-ice concentration (%) for 1900–1909 (a)  1930–1939 (b)  196...
a–d, Four decadal mean maps of sea-ice concentration (%) for 1900–1909 (a), 1930–1939 (b), 1960–1969 (c) and 2000–2009 (d).
G.W.K. Moore et. al.
Wheat harvest on the Palouse  Idaho  USA.
Wheat harvest on the Palouse, Idaho, USA.
USDA
Image is a comparison of 10 different published reconstructions of mean temperature changes during t...
Image is a comparison of 10 different published reconstructions of mean temperature changes during the last 2000 years
Saperaud
The Petermann Glacier grinds and slides toward the sea along the northwestern coast of Greenland  te...
The Petermann Glacier grinds and slides toward the sea along the northwestern coast of Greenland, terminating in a giant floating ice tongue.
NASA Images
A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely  Illinois.
A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely, Illinois.
Risky Business
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrated coal gasification in large-scale field experimen...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrated coal gasification in large-scale field experiments at the Rocky Mountain Test Facility (above) near Hanna, Wyoming.
U.S. Department of Energy
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Andrew J.Pershing, et. al.
A tufted puffin in flight. (Taken by NOAA). Alaska Pribilof Islands  St. Paul Island..
A tufted puffin in flight. (Taken by NOAA). Alaska Pribilof Islands, St. Paul Island..
NOAA (CC BY 2.0)
The I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapse in Washington state caused three people to be injured.
The I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapse in Washington state caused three people to be injured.
John Lloyd from Washington
Batagaika Crater from the air
Batagaika Crater from the air
Juiian Murton/Cambridge University
Environmental activists hold placards as they protest during the 19th conference of the United Natio...
Environmental activists hold placards as they protest during the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw, November 21, 2013.
With permission by Reuters / Kacper Pempel
Potential global wind power in coming years. Top images represent the next 40 years  bottom images r...
Potential global wind power in coming years. Top images represent the next 40 years, bottom images represent the next 80 years. Left images represent lower emissions, right images represent higher emissions scenario. Red areas are wind power hotspots, blue areas are reductions. White areas are uncertain.
Nature Geoscience/Kris Karnauskas/CIRES
Demonstrators gather under the statue of President McKinley.
Demonstrators gather under the statue of President McKinley.
File photo: Coal power plant in Datteln  Germany at the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal
File photo: Coal power plant in Datteln, Germany at the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal
Arnold Paul

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