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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.

Five year period from 2019 to 2023 to be warmest on record

The forecast for the global average surface temperature for the five-year period to 2023 is predicted to be near or above 1.0 °C above pre-industrial levels, says the Met Office.

The Earth's 'Third Pole' is thawing fast due to climate change

At least a third of the ice in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush will thaw in this century as temperatures rise, disrupting river flows vital for growing crops from China to India, scientists said on Monday.

Essential science: Link between heart disease and climate change

It may not seem the most immediate connection, but new medical research has drawn a connection between climate change and an increase in the proportion of babies born with heart defects.

New study into the politics of climate change

Scientists from Northwestern University have studied the political divide behind climate change beliefs. The findings are different from the ‘left v right’ divide often presented in the media.

Investors urge fast-food giants to root out climate risks

More than 80 investors with $6.4 trillion (£5trn) in assets under management have told six of the world’s largest fast-food companies to urgently tackle climate and water risks in their supply chains.

Administration boosts research funding to save coal-fired plants

In the administration’s latest effort to help the coal industry, the Department of Energy (DOE) is providing up to $38 million in funding for research into improving the performance and reliability of the nation’s existing coal-fired power plants.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will see biggest rise in 2019

In 2019, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will make one of their highest leaps in the past 62 years of measurement, the UK's Met Office predicted Friday.

German Coal Commission agrees to 2038 deadline to end coal use

Berlin - A government commission has agreed that Germany should phase out all coal-fired power plants by the end of 2038. The government is already planning to shut down nuclear power plants over the next three years.

Global warming is creating a groundwater 'time bomb'

Over two billion people worldwide are dependent on groundwater for their source of fresh water. A new study shows we could be facing a groundwater "time bomb" because of climate change.

David Attenborough warns of impact of human activity on world

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday, renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough warned that human activity has forced the Earth into a "new geological age."

Global study shows the extent of permafrost warming

Large areas of permafrost around the world warmed significantly over the past decade, intensifying concerns about accelerated releases of heat-trapping methane and carbon dioxide as microbes decompose the thawing organic soils.

With climate change, we need to redefine an 'Act of God'

Climate change and all its devastating effects have challenged our understanding of the world today. Because we now know that humans are responsible for much of climate change, it's time we redefine what an "Act of God" really means.

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor will fall victim to climate change

By the middle of this century, climate change is likely to punch a hole through the busiest stretch of rail in North America - parts of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) route, which carries 12 million people each year between Boston and Washington.

Worm-like 'Dermophis donaldtrumpi' buries its head in the sand

In January, President Donald Trump had a moth named after him because its white and yellow scales resembled the president's distinctive hairdo. Now, an amphibian that buries its head in the sand has been named after Trump.

Lives are at stake unless we break our addiction to fossil fuels

Katowice - Human addiction to fossil fuels as the answer to our energy needs and economic growth is slowly killing the planet. After a few promising years of minimal carbon-emission growth, the world is on pace to burn a bunch more fossil fuels.

Xcel Energy becomes first major U.S. utility to go carbon-free

A utility serving 3.6 million electricity customers in eight states said Tuesday it has committed to eliminating all its carbon emissions from electrical generation by 2050, and becoming 80 percent carbon-free by 2030.

Greenland ice sheet melting at alarming rate of speed

The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster today than at any point in the last 350 years, according to a new study. The study found that the rate of melting is "off the charts."

Host of COP24 conference wins shameful Fossil of the Day Award

Katowice - The COP24 global climate conference in Katowice, in the heart of Poland's coal country, got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday. For whatever reason, the Polish government decked the halls of its exhibition center with piles of coal.

Potato shortage in Canada looms after unseasonable weather

Farmers across Canada left thousands of acres of potato crops unharvested after a slew of bad weather created challenging conditions, setting the stage for a possible shortage of the starchy dinner table staple.

Op-Ed: Trump's thin grasp of science shows in his ignorant tweets

Displaying a thin grasp of science, President Donald Trump questioned the reality of global warming because it was cold outside. His ignorance of the facts on climate change and its real impact in the U.S. is a tragedy in the making.

New report shows damaging climate change impact on U.S.

A U.S. government report assesses how climate change is wreaking havoc across the US. In terms of the future, this signals further damaging wildfires, more storms of intense rain, and more coastal flooding at high tides.

With climate change going unchecked, insurance costs will rise

Although there are some folks who remain skeptical of Climate Change, the folks who make a living providing us with insurance are not. Insurance companies are already being impacted by the significant amount of destruction a warming world is causing.

Trump prompts #RakeAmericaGreatAgain hashtag on Twitter

The leader of Finland denied on Sunday that he’d ever told President Donald Trump that the small Nordic nation relies upon “raking” its forests to prevent wildfires.
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As warmer springs melt more of the snow pack  flooding will become more of an issue every year.
As warmer springs melt more of the snow pack, flooding will become more of an issue every year.
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Thanks to the community initiative to dig a pond  this year  villagers in Teenpiple  Nepal have rece...
Thanks to the community initiative to dig a pond, this year, villagers in Teenpiple, Nepal have received a good harvest of corn
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The WEF asks - "Are we sleepwalking into a new global crisis?"
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Villagers of Teenpiple have taken to rainwater harvesting to meet their drinking water needs
Villagers of Teenpiple have taken to rainwater harvesting to meet their drinking water needs
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Norfolk, Virginia was hit by a nor'easter on Jan. 27-28, 1998. Gale force winds pushed the tides 7.0 feet above Mean Low Water at Norfolk and resulted in moderate to severe flooding.
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Batagaika Crater from the air
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Poster for the People's Climate March on September, 21, 2014.
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The effects of drought and acid rain can be seen on the periphery of this forest in the Jizera Mountains, Czech Republic.
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Under the microscope: a circle of diatoms on a slide.
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Fhyre Phoenix holds his flags in the sun.
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault
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New York street at the start of the climate march.
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Climate change in impacting food production and food safety.
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Tuning a guitar.
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From white to green: plant life is booming in Antarctica as the climate warms.
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Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day of the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw, November 22, 2013
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The Petermann Glacier grinds and slides toward the sea along the northwestern coast of Greenland, terminating in a giant floating ice tongue.
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A kayaker paddles by Gene & Jude's Restaurant, flooded in mid-April 2013 by the Des Plaines River in Illinois.
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Rising sea levels will eventually wipe islands like Kiribati off the maps.
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