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Tiny seashells show extent of climate change

Future climate change conditions lead to additional to stress marine creatures, and this provides a means for tracking the effects of climate change. The research further shows how changes can throw off the ocean carbon balance.

Canada proposes new regulations on methane gas emissions

On Thursday, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced proposed regulations to reduce methane emissions and air pollution from Canada's oil and gas industry. The public has until July 27, 2017, to comment on the rules.

Op-Ed: 84 percent of globe believes climate change is catastrophic risk

A newly released global catastrophic risk survey released on Wednesday found that the majority of people in eight countries see climate change as a bigger threat than weapons of mass destruction, artificial intelligence, and other issues.

Why the answer is not to plant more trees

Growing plants and trees is not sufficient to counteract emissions from burning fossil fuels, according to a new study. This is because the plantations would need to be so large they would not be economically viable.

Worst drought in over 100 years hits Western Cape in South Africa

Cape Town - Premier Helen Zille has declared the Western Cape province a disaster area on Monday due to the relentless drought. Zille asked residents to manage their water supplies more efficiently as the South African region tries to cope with the drought.

Plant disease patterns offer clues about climate change

General atmospheric models provide an indicator of climate change. More sensitive models are needed to understand what is happening on ground level, however. One way to do this, new research highlights, is by tacking the spread of plant pathogens.

Antarctica not only getting warmer, it's also getting greener

Our perception of Antarctica is beginning to change, especially as the climate continues to warm. The Antarctica we have always seen as a snowy, frigid, and inhospitable place is being transformed dramatically.

World's 'Doomsday' seed vault has been breached by climate change

The Svalbard seed storage facility was built to withstand the test of time - and the challenge of any natural or man-made disasters. However, the repository for the globe's diversity of crops has not been able to withstand climate change.

Science squashes red tape in newly signed Arctic Council pact

Fairbanks - Researchers will have less red tape to unravel while working in the Arctic under an agreement signed on Thursday in Fairbanks, Alaska by representatives of the eight member states belonging to the International Arctic Council.

Giant viruses unearthed in Arctic ice that's at risk of melting

Scientists working in the Arctic circle over the past few decades have unearthed several massive viruses that some say could be re-awakened if the permafrost that imprisons them dissolves.

NASA to measure greenhouse gases over Mid-Atlantic region in May

Beginning this month, scientists with NASA will be taking measurements of greenhouse gasses (GHG) over the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The airborne campaign is called the Carbon Airborne Flux Experiment, or CARAFE.

The world marched for climate change as millions face starvation

While the world marched to bring attention to the impacts of climate change on Saturday, in Africa, over 20 million people are starving because of a prolonged and devastating drought brought on by the very thing we want the world to acknowledge.

Report: Terrorists are using climate change as a 'weapon of war'

According to a report commissioned by the German Department for Foreign Affairs, climate change impacts and threats are being used as a weapon of war.

Over 13 million people will be affected by rising seas in U.S.

Climate change-induced sea level rise is usually thought of as a coastal problem. Many coastal cities in the U.S. are already studying where to build coastal defenses. However, sea level rise will impact cities far inland, according to a new study.

The U.S. solar power industry now employs over 260,000 workers

The solar power industry has done amazingly well in the United States over the past nine years, seeing a 30-fold increase in photovoltaic (PV) sales. Perhaps more significant is the number of people working in the solar industry - Over 260,000 to date.

Melting Canadian glacier caused river to disappear in four days

In the first known case of "river piracy" to be documented in modern times, scientists have actually seen the powerful and dramatic impact of climate change on glaciers and the watersheds their meltwaters feed.

Op-Ed: Paris Agreement — Trump plans to pull U.S. out next week

Despite the great strides being made in embracing renewable energy sources, and the further belief by the majority of Americans that climate change is a real threat to the Earth, our president may still pull us out of the Paris Agreement next week.

Buckle up — climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence

Imagine turbulence so severe that unbuckled passengers and crew are catapulted out of their seats and tossed about the airline cabin. Actually, climate change will make this twice or even three times more likely in the near future, say researchers.

EU energy companies pledge no new coal-fired plants after 2020

Brussels - In a surprise announcement made at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, energy companies from nearly every European Union nation, represented by Euroelectric, have committed to outlawing the construction of new coal-fired power plants by 2020.

Ancient green building technique taking hold in West Africa

In semi-arid regions of West Africa, circumstance has created a housing crisis, and for many rural families, money is in short supply. The Nubian Vault Association is now helping people to build homes using an ancient green technique - mud bricks.

U.S. Physicians — Health problems rising due to climate change

A group of physicians in medical societies representing over half of the nation’s doctors released a report this month warning that climate change is already having a negative impact on people's health.

Op-Ed: Climate science at center of House panel's hearing on March 29

Climate science has been pulled into the Trump Administration's topsy-turvy world of politics. It was announced today the House Science Committee will hold a hearing on March 29 that will challenge mainstream climate science conclusions.

New Trump order will reduce government's climate change action

President Trump is expected to sign an order this week that would drop climate change as a factor in any governmental decision making, ranging from appliance standards to pipeline approvals and more.

Mattis: Climate change is real, and a national security threat

Washington - In previously unpublished written testimony to senators following his January confirmation hearing, Defense Secretary James Mattis argued that climate change is real, and a threat to U.S. national security.

Shell CEO urges industry to switch to cleaner energy sources

Houston - Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, speaking at the 2017 CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, Texas on Thursday, said the oil and gas industry risks losing public support if progress is not made in the transition to cleaner energy.

Pruitt says CO2 not a 'primary contributor' to climate change

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt was asked by CNBC Thursday morning whether he thought carbon dioxide was the "primary control knob" for global warming. His answer was in line with climate-deniers in the White House.

Australia's 'Angry Summer' is climate change in action

On Wednesday, Australia's Climate Council released its report "Angry Summer." In it, scientists said the season was defined by intense heat and bushfires in the east but heavy rain and flooding in western Australia.

Trump budget cuts to NOAA Satellite Division will be drastic

President Trump's proposed budget is still causing a storm of criticism. Funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expected to be cut 17 percent or even more.

Study looks at a slower snowmelt in a warming world

It is generally believed that as the Earth warms, we will see earlier snowmelts. But how snowmelt rates will respond to climate change and the possible implications for soil, vegetation and stream flow changes has been little studied until now.

Winter with no snow in Chicago for first time in 146 years

For the first time in 146 years, the National Weather Service documented no snow on the ground in Chicago in January and February 2017. And while some people were happy about not having to break out the snow shovels, others are worried about the climate.
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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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Wheat harvest on the Palouse, Idaho, USA.
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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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John Smith statute looking over the James River Photo taken: March 24, 2006
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault, tunnel down to the vault.
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The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
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Notice the pink-colored bryozoans the sea slug is feeding on.
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Door County lakeshore on Lake Michigan, Wisconsin.
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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault
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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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As warmer springs melt more of the snow pack, flooding will become more of an issue every year.
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The U.K. brings more aid to the Philippines last week. Supplies and 600 tents being off-loaded at Cebu airport.
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The beach in Gambia is experiencing severe erosion
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Photo depicts a factory polluting the air.
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Two climate change activists disrupted highly publicized event as they sneaked up behind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a question and answer session at the Vancouver Board of Trade
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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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