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Green Thumbs Up: Key beer ingredient threatened by climate change

Beer-lovers will tell you the key ingredient in beer is hops. But climate change is becoming a threat to the production of this important ingredient says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Tasmania's world heritage forests in crisis from bushfires

A tragedy of unprecedented magnitude is taking place in Tasmania, Australia as over 80 bush fires, fanned by winds of up to 60 kilometers an hour eat away at world heritage forests, reducing 1,000 year old trees to charred wood.

Green Thumbs Up: Calif. investigates Exxon Mobil over SEC rules

Sacramento - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating Exxon Mobil over claims the company lied to its shareholders about climate change and the risks that global warming could pose to its business.

Chance of snow for Christmas? That depends on where you live

Christmas weather conditions around the world this year are as varied as the fishes in the sea. From western North America, to southern Australia, and from Brazil to London, El Nino has really been messing around with us.

Warming temperatures cause Canadian lake to fall off cliff

Yellowknife - Dramatic proof of climate change in the Arctic was caught on time-lapse video on July 15. Remote cameras documented the collapse of a small lake in the Northwest Territories (NWT) falling off a cliff, breaking through a melting earthen rampart.

Op-Ed: Trending environmental issues that will affect the world in 2016

The climate meeting in Paris this month ended with a pact agreed upon by nearly 200 countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But with climate change already impacting the world, what trending issues should we be watching in 2016?

Climate change making it harder for trees to recover from drought

San Francisco - Past studies of drought's impact on forests have always led to the assumption that trees recover almost immediately after a drought ends. But with droughts becoming more common, basic structures in trees will make recovery more difficult.

Science and tech join in tracking global warming with Suomi-NPP

In the last 650,000 years, the Earth has seen seven glacial events, with the last Ice Age occurring about 7,000 years ago, leading to the beginning of the modern climate era. Since then, humans have played a significant role in changes in our climate.

U.S. President Obama applauds climate pact reached in France

Washington - The United States lauded Saturday dozens of international negotiators who hammered out a global climate agreement to limit industrial releases of greenhouse gasses contributing to the gradual warming of the atmosphere.

'Holoscenes' — Art and climate change meet in unusual way

For over 40 years, Art Basel has brought the world the best in modern and contemporary art in three shows around the world. Besides the usual paintings and other mediums seen in Miami this year, one performance installation, called "Holoscenes" was a hit.

Flooding in southern India shows our 'disconnect' with nature

In the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Friday, tens of thousands of people have been left homeless as the worst flooding in over 100 years wrecks havoc and destruction in Chennai, the country's fourth-largest city.

Op-Ed: Cyber Monday sales figures, the Paris climate talks and more

The world recently passed a turning point and is adding more capacity for clean energy each year than for coal, natural gas, and oil combined.

Climate change activists converge in Northern California Special

Arcata - As world leaders gathered in Paris to reach an agreement over climate change, local activists took to the grassy central plaza of Arcata, California, home of Humboldt State University, to voice their own concerns.

'Green Thumbs Up' — The world marches for climate change

In over 2,000 marches and protests in 150 countries around the world this weekend, hundreds of thousands of people joined in demanding that world leaders take urgent action on climate change.

More coal-fired power plants being built in Philippines

The Philippines is one of a number of developing countries most vulnerable to climate change. Yet despite calls from local environmental groups and politicians, the country is going ahead with plans to add more coal-fired power plants.

Op-Ed: Green Thumbs Up — Paris attacks will not stop climate marches

With the world still reeling from the multiple terrorist attacks affecting not just France, but a number of other countries as well, the global climate conference, to be held in Paris on November 30, must still go on.

Green Thumbs Up: Ecological design principles for cities

For centuries, we have chosen to alter the environment to conform with our wants and needs when building our cities. But a changing climate is forcing us to look at new approaches in design that strive for harmony instead of controlling the environment.

Op-Ed: NOAA 2014 study — Humans definitely influencing climate

Sydney - A new study called “Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective” has definitely added some heat to the climate debate. This is going to be another highly controversial report. Pity of it is nothing new will be said about it.

TransCanada suspends Keystone XL pipeline permit request

Washington - TransCanada, the company seeking to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, has asked the US government to suspend its permit application, a move that may delay a final decision on the controversial project until after President Barack Obama leaves office.

Atlantic cod collapse linked to warming ocean waters

The Atlantic cod has been the backbone of New England's fisheries for centuries. Yet for the past few years, cod stocks have been decreasing at an alarming rate. Now, because of warming ocean waters, Atlantic cod populations are on the verge of collapse.

Killer heat could devastate the Persian Gulf by end of century

Within this century, heat waves across the Arabian Peninsula and Iran could become far worse than we have ever experienced, unless we start curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska's main sites, vanishing Special

Juneau - Located a short drive from downtown Juneau in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska, the Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 glaciers flowing from the almost 4,000 square kilometers Juneau Icefield.

Exxon has known about fossil fuels and climate change since 1970s

An eight-month long investigation into ExxonMobil by InsideClimateNews has resulted in renewed legal challenges that claim the company had prior knowledge of the climate impact of fossil fuels, and chose to not make the information public.

Op-Ed: French president says this is our 'last chance to save planet'

Speaking before the U.N. General Assembly in New York, French President Francois Hollande told the members that reaching a climate deal in November in Paris may be the last chance we have to save our world.

World leaders dine on food waste at the United Nations

World leaders attending a luncheon at the United Nations on Sunday had a surprise on their plates. The entire meal was made from food that would have ended up in garbage bins.

Toxic algae bloom blamed for whale deaths in B.C. and Alaska

Vancouver - Since May 2015, the bodies of 30 whales have washed up on the shores of B.C. and Alaska, prompting marine biologists to unravel the mysterious die-offs. One B.C. scientist says climate change may be the link.

California's Sierra Nevada snowpack at 500-year low

While California's record drought may be severe, new research suggests it may be even worse than previously thought. Researchers have found that the exceptionally low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada's is an ominous sign of things to come.

Students in Alabama will be required to learn about evolution

Alabama is updating its science standards to require students to learn about climate change and to understand evolution.

Op-Ed: Theories abound on the reason for rise in Legionnaires' cases

Public health officials have done an about-face in talking about the prevalence of Legionnaires' disease this year. Two days ago, officials said the number of cases seen this year wasn't unusual. Now they say there has been a dramatic increase in cases.

Op-Ed: Are you ready to choose the last generation?

All parents love their children. And every grandparent falls in love with their grandkids. Which generation are you willing to kill?
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Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
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Poster for the People s Climate March on September  21  2014.
Poster for the People's Climate March on September, 21, 2014.
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Northern hemisphere temperature reconstructions for the past 2 000 years
Northern hemisphere temperature reconstructions for the past 2,000 years
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Poster for the ongoing People s Climate March  September 2014.
Poster for the ongoing People's Climate March, September 2014.
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The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
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Environmental activists listen to speakers
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Loss of the polar ice, the Earth's shield in protecting the planet from excessive warming is happening now.
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Canadian Cabinet Minister Leona Aglukkaq  representing Canada at the 2013 meeting of the Arctic Coun...
Canadian Cabinet Minister Leona Aglukkaq, representing Canada at the 2013 meeting of the Arctic Council, signs the Kiruna Declaration with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the background.
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Group marching down Constitution Avenue
Demonstrators gather under the statue of President McKinley.
Demonstrators gather under the statue of President McKinley.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) activists light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate UN Clim...
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) activists light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate UN Climate Change policies, which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels
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Notice the pink-colored bryozoans the sea slug is feeding on.
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Climate conditions and weather events associated with extreme phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation.
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Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a record since surpassed.
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People s Climate March  Edmonton.
People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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Cordyceps: mushrooms that are actually mummified bodies of caterpillars
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Selected CO2 emissions per capita
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 Stop Keystone  banner is carried on the march to the White House
"Stop Keystone" banner is carried on the march to the White House