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Arctic becoming unsuitable for migratory shorebird breeding

Global warming is on a course that could make much of the Arctic region unsuitable for the millions of migratory shorebirds that travel north each year to breed.

June marks 14 consecutive months of record heat for the Earth

Last month proved to be the hottest June in modern history, and was the continuation of an unprecedented streak of 14 months with above-average temperatures across the globe.

Millions in U.S. facing dangerous heat and humidity by 2050

The dog days of summer across the U.S. have brought us some of the hottest days we have seen so far this year. And when those high temperatures are combined with high levels of humidity, most people opt for a cool drink and the A/C.

Jakobsvahn glacier has been hiding a primeval river system

A huge network of rivers was found to be hiding beneath Greenland's Jakobsvahn Isbrae glacier recently. The discovery may help to explain the location, size and velocity of the country's fastest flowing outlet glacier.

How beavers are affecting the global climate

A new study has demonstrated the effect that the growing beaver population, in certain regions, is having on both habitat and methane gas emissions.

Op-Ed: UK's Brexit vote will undermine environmental regulations

Reverberations from the Brexit vote continue to be felt in just about every aspect of life in the UK, EU and for that matter, around the world. But the environment was low on the list of priorities for voters in their decision to leave the EU.

Gateway to the underworld' may be worse than we think

Massive craters or "slumps" are growing like a pox across the Northern Hemisphere. One of the largest, in a Siberian forest, has become a "megaslump," a mile long and 400 feet deep. Locals call it the "gateway to the underworld."

Scientists declare the first mammal extinction because of pollution

An Australian research team declared the first mammal to become extinct due to human-made climate change and pollution. However, there's still a very small chance that some undetected populations of the rodent still exist.

El Nino has driven the fastest increase on record of CO2 levels

Concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide have passed a "symbolic" threshold earlier than expected. The recently ended El Nino helped to push this year's CO2 levels to the fastest annual increase on record.

Op-Ed: Climate change puts B.C. at major risk of devastating flooding

Vancouver - A study of the lower mainland in British Columbia done by the Fraser Basin Council is the first of its kind to describe the damage estimates of a major flood event on the Fraser River or coastal flooding, putting the projected cost at $30 billion.

We are at 'Point of no Return' on global carbon dioxide levels

We are running like an out-of-control train down the track of no return toward an age when global concentrations of carbon dioxide will never again dip below 400 ppm, an important and worrisome milestone.

World Bank: Water scarcity is going to affect world economy

Based on a newly released report from the World Bank, bad water-management policies will exacerbate the impact of climate change, affecting the economies of some countries.

Human exodus expected as parts of Middle East and Africa heat up

Parts of the Middle East and North Africa, home to 500 million people, could become uninhabitable by the middle of this century, forcing one of the world's largest human migrations to take place.

Oxygen levels in some of the world's seas are dropping

Climate change is not only a major issue in the world today, but we are beginning to experience the results of the change at a seemingly alarming rate.

Volcanic activity and climate change — What's the connection?

The Earth has gone through a number of changes in climate, from hot to cold, throughout its long history. We know CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere play a role in temperature shifts and climate variations, but how does this relate to climate change?

NASA scientists: Climate change is moving the North Pole

Beginning around the year 2000, the North Pole abruptly changed its direction and started drifting east, and its all thanks to us, scientists have discovered. The geographic North Pole is located smack in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

History underwater — The threat of rising sea levels

Newport - The growing threats from climate change are becoming more visible to us as we weather stronger storms and droughts. But rising sea levels are also starting to threaten our coastlines, and we can already see the damage that will come.

Over 130 countries will sign climate agreement on April 22

On Thursday, the United Nations announced that 130 countries have agreed to sign the Paris climate change agreement at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City on April 22.

No rhyme, just reason: Poets taking on climate change Special

Toronto - Research, intricate planning and powerful words make some of today's most interesting poems about the race against climate change, reaching an audience that mightn't otherwise care.

Your maple syrup is being threatened by global warming

Maple syrup producers rely heavily on weather conditions. However, with our warmer winters and spring-like weather coming earlier every year, researchers want to know just how climate change is affecting the sap quality of maple trees.

Waters off North America's west coast affected by climate change

The ocean chemistry along North America's West Coast is changing rapidly because of global carbon dioxide emissions and action needs to be taken now to mitigate the effects of these changes.

ADB steps up drive to help nations vulnerable to climate change

Cebu City - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is stepping up efforts to help Asia-Pacific countries vulnerable to natural calamities.

Obama administration bans offshore oil drilling on Atlantic Coast

In a major reversal, the Obama administration said on Tuesday it will bar offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The move was cheered by environmentalists and is consistent with Obama's climate change policies.

Canada's weather extremes — But you ain't seen nothin' yet

Canada is a country of weather extremes, from bone-numbing cold to scorching heat and drenching rains to droughts. But as the old-timers say, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Op-Ed: GOP says NOAA manipulated data on climate change, demands emails

The GOP's fight with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over claims that the agency manipulated scientific data in favor of global warming has heated up, with Congressman Lamar Smith demanding NOAA's emails on the subject.

Sea levels rising faster than they have in past 27 centuries

In a new study, scientists say it is "extremely likely' that sea levels rose faster in the 20th century than any any time in the preceding 2,700 years, and the rise in sea levels has been even faster in the last two decades.

Severe droughts led to fall of the Maya — Can we learn from this?

One of history's most enduring mysteries has been the question of what caused the collapse of the Mayan empire. Between 600 and 800 AD, their society rose to its cultural zenith, only to disappear within the next 100 years.

Increased pollution levels can make fish intoxicated

We have already found out how plastics are harming the planet's oceans and seabirds, but plastic is only one danger to marine life. Pollution and climate change are on track to create havoc with sea creatures, making them drunk as skunks.

Guess which country is least concerned about climate change?

Climate change and global warming are part of the everyday lexicon, despite the causes and extent of the "change" being disputed. Across different countries concern varies. Perhaps surprisingly one leading nation is least concerned of all.

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).
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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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The instruments aboard the Aura satellite.
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This shows the changing direction of the North Pole.
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In Shagra, North Darfur, water is hard to come by.
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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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Arcata Plaza was the scene of Saturday's Climate Change action.
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November temperature anomalies, 1880-2013
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Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
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Selected CO2 emissions per capita
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Even birds that are seemingly common are very likely to be adversely affected by climate change.
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