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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.

UK's £11bn 'smart meter' rollout needs 'rethink,' say researchers

The UK's ambitious rollout of "smart" energy meters is a long way off achieving its targets, according to researchers studying the program. The aim to get a connected meter into every house has been held back by consumer resistance and device problems.

Businesses need to assess and disclose climate change risks

Extreme weather events not only disrupt the economy but have a major impact on the operating and financial performance of businesses worldwide. However, risk management and disclosure of climate risks can only take place when the risks are defined.

Los Angeles painting streets white to combat urban warming

Los Angeles - Labor Day weekend brought record-breaking heat to Los Angeles, California as firefighters battled the largest wildfire the city had seen in decades. The extreme heat bears all the marks of climate change and city officials are tackling the heat head on.

Op-Ed: Houston has a golden opportunity to come back as a 'smart city'

Houston - Before Hurricane Harvey hit the southeast coast of Texas, the U.S. had already been through nine weather and climate disaster events that saw losses exceeding $1 billion each, according to NOAA. The big question — Will Houston be smart when it rebuilds?

Op-Ed: Trump revoked flood regulations two weeks before Harvey hit

Houston - Just two days before Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, President Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking a set of Obama-era regulations that would have made federally funded infrastructure less vulnerable to flooding.

Only 15 percent of homeowners in Houston have flood insurance

Tens of thousands of people in the Houston area of Texas have been displaced, with the long-term damages from Hurricane Harvey expected to be as much as $100 billion, yet only 15 percent of homes in the area are covered by flood insurance.

Cool pavements for 'smart cities' — Do they really work?

Urban planners considering ways of reducing urban heat are looking at "cool pavements" to replace asphalt because it's black and absorbs heat. While this may be true, a new study suggests these pavements require more energy and carbon to manufacture.

How climate change is fueling 'gentrification' in many cities

Many cities along our coastlines particularly Miami Beach or Virginia Beach, have wealthier neighborhoods closest to the water while neighborhoods farthest from the beach, at higher elevations, are more affordable.

Unexpected discovery leads to new strategy for carbon fixation

Scientists in Japan and China announced last week they had discovered an "unexpected" approach to the capture and storage of carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere while working toward the elusive lithium-air battery.

Tech solutions to monitoring harmful algae blooms in US waters

Harmful algae blooms (HABs) that pose risks to human and environmental health are expected to increase because of climate change, according to researchers at Tuft's University. Science and Technology are now being used to mitigate the effects of HABs.

Chicago tackles urban flooding with the 'Array of Things'

Chicago - Because of the wide range of environmental factors impacting our lives, from air quality and traffic to urban flooding and noise, the use of sensors and cloud computing have become increasingly valuable tools for managing and planning urban environments.

Op-Ed: Government department bans the use of the term 'climate change'

Washington - The staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work. The terms "greenhouse gasses" and "carbon sequestration" have also been blacklisted.

Op-Ed: Nuclear power is losing ground but it still needs our support

Nearly a decade ago, planning began for two new nuclear power plants in eastern Georgia. But as of this week, the two plants have yet to be built, and another pair of utilities in South Carolina canceled construction on two nuclear reactors.

Deadly heatwave grips 10 European countries

In what appears to be a taste of the future, a relentless heat wave has gripped parts of Europe this week, sending temperatures soaring to record highs and causing two deaths.

Wildfires in U.S. are a growing national emergency

The U.S. wildfire season has gotten off to an early and intense start, scorching more than 5.2 million acres since the beginning of the year. There are 47 very large fires burning across nine states and they should be considered a national emergency.

'An Inconvenient Sequel' casts an inconvenient light on humanity

The sequel to the 2006 blockbuster Al Gore documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," is coming to theaters this weekend. Called "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," it updates us on developments in the climate crisis while showing us change is possible.

Sentinel-5P pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch

A new Earth-observing satellite is ready for launch later this year that will give scientists data on air quality, ozone, and climate change. The satellite is an integral part of the Copernicus global monitoring program.
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault, tunnel down to the vault.
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A schematic that illustrates geoengineering techniquest to counteract greenhouse gas warming  also k...
A schematic that illustrates geoengineering techniquest to counteract greenhouse gas warming, also known as climate change. Diaggram courtesy of Johann Feichter, Jan Kazil, Stefan Kinne and Johannes Quaas, from their presentation, "Perspectives of Solar Radiation Management."
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The beach in front of two of Gambia's major hotels
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Is climate change still an emergency?
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The July 19  2015 collapse of an Interstate 10 bridge in Riverside County  Calif. due to heavy rains...
The July 19, 2015 collapse of an Interstate 10 bridge in Riverside County, Calif. due to heavy rains is prompting questions among experts about weaknesses in transportation infrastructure and its capacity to withstand increasingly extreme weather events. (There were no fatalities).
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An Inupiat Eskimo family. Inupiat people are becoming concerned in recent years that climate change ...
An Inupiat Eskimo family. Inupiat people are becoming concerned in recent years that climate change is threatening their traditional lifestyle.
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Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating Exxon Mobil over possible violation of SEC ru...
Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating Exxon Mobil over possible violation of SEC rules.
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Lake Hartwell  from a rest area on I-85 north  near Anderson  South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Alan...
Lake Hartwell, from a rest area on I-85 north, near Anderson, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Alan Raflo, Virginia Water Resources Research Center.
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The Guardian has published an interactive guide to just how hot it will get in your lifetime if carb...
The Guardian has published an interactive guide to just how hot it will get in your lifetime if carbon emissions continue as they are.
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World map showing areas where researchers studied weather events.
World map showing areas where researchers studied weather events.
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Door County lakeshore on Lake Michigan, Wisconsin.
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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.
Arcata Plaza was the scene of Saturday s Climate Change action.
Arcata Plaza was the scene of Saturday's Climate Change action.
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Using Dendrochronology  or tree-ring dating  we can get a snapshot of climate change.
Using Dendrochronology, or tree-ring dating, we can get a snapshot of climate change.
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Surrounded by lush green hills lined with rows of Pine, Teenpiple village of Nepal is today like a picture postcard
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Flowering Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon sp.) in the foreground and one of the many yellow species and an Oak tree (Quercus sp.) behind. Located in San Luis Obispo County, central California.
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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.
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The graph above shows the daily extent of melt during 2012 on the Greenland Ice Sheet surface as a p...
The graph above shows the daily extent of melt during 2012 on the Greenland Ice Sheet surface as a percentage, compared to the average from 1981 to 2010.
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Pictured is the Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes).
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