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B.C. forest recovery gets $150 million to combat climate change

Vancouver - In its latest climate action plan, British Columbia is spending $150 million for forest rehabilitation and tree planting, while creating 3,000 jobs in rural parts of the province.

Senate confirms 'climate change denier' Scott Pruitt to head EPA

Washington - The United States Senate has confirmed Scott Pruitt, whose skepticism about human-caused global warming and close ties to the fossil fuel industry have led critics to label him a "climate change denier," to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Solar power and electric cars could halt fossil fuels by 2020

Fossil fuels will soon be a thing of the past as renewable energy sources are being embraced globally and the technologies behind electric cars, solar and wind power make them less costly to consumers.

Advocacy groups announce 'People Climate March' in April

Advocacy groups familiar with the organization of the 2014 People's Climate March have announced a new climate march to be held in Washington D.C. and across the country on April 29, 2017.

Sea level rise already worsening damage from storms in California

Sacramento - Rising ocean levels are impacting low-lying coastal regions around the world, and along the West Coast of the United States this winter, we have seen the results of sea-level rise in the extreme high tides and flooding that hit California.

Science community fights back over Trump gag orders

Scientists and citizens who believe in science all across the country are fighting back against the Trump administration's attempts to keep public-funded scientific research from the public, and they are using bold tools — running for office and marchin

Prince Charles produces book on climate change

London - Prince Charles, heir to the British crown and head of the Commonwealth, has co-written a book for children and adults on climate change. The book is part of the revamped Ladybird series.

Global warming harms insect reproduction

Sheffield - Several studies have shown how climate change is affecting insect populations, results in death. A new study takes a different approach and shows how global warming is affecting the ability of some insects to reproduce.

Human exploitation of groundwater sources affects the climate

Over-exploitation of groundwater resources not only changes soil moisture and land-atmosphere and energy variability but essentially affects the ecohydrological processes of the climate system, according to a new study.

Yellow cedar could become a noticeable casualty of climate change

Climate change is having an impact on many plant and animal species around the world, and some species are affected by the warming trend more than others. Such is the case for a tree that thrives in soggy soils from Alaska to Northern California.

Climate change could result in collapse of major ocean current

Researchers are suggesting that as a result of climate change, Atlantic Ocean current patterns may not be as stable as climate models suggest. This could raise the possibility of a collapse of the ocean's currents, causing a catastrophic change.

Warming temperatures cause early bird migration

Edinburgh - Changing temperatures and a warmer climate are causing birds to migrate earlier and to head for their breeding grounds, according to a new research study. This relates to information collated over the course of several summers.

Op-Ed: Pro-science California pledges to launch 'own damn satellite'

California Governor Jerry Brown had strong words against a potentially climate denying U.S. federal government on Wednesday, stating that if Trump intends to take down earth science satellites, then California will launch its “own damn satellite.”

The reason why some lakes are getting murkier

A study of some 5,000 lakes in Wisconsin has found over a quarter have become murkier over a twenty year period. The rate of murkiness is expected to increase with global warming.

An expanding army of insects is eating away at U.S. forests

Insects, both native and those brought into the country, are draining the life out of the nation's forests. Global trade, a warming climate, and drought-damaged trees have helped insects to become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S.

Logbooks reveal Antarctic sea ice barely changed in 100 years

Century-old logbooks from the ships of Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, key figures from the "Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration," have revealed that sea ice levels in the Antarctic have changed very little in the last 100 years.

Global Peatlands Initiative tackles climate change

Tackling peatlands is regarded by many environmentalists as a key part of any strategy to address climate change. The main impact comes from the draining of peatlands to make way for agriculture.

Green Thumbs Up: Giant redwoods coming home to Ireland

The Giants Grove project, organized by the seventh Earl of Rosse, Brendan Parsons, plans to create a grove of giant redwoods in Ireland. It will be the largest grove of the giant trees outside California.

Reindeer in Arctic dying of mass starvation due to climate change

Reindeer herds in the Yamal Peninsula have died by the thousands because of extreme weather events brought on by climate change, according to a new study.

Microsoft's Cheyenne data center to be powered by wind energy

Microsoft announced on Monday two new contracts for 237 megawatts of wind energy capacity, capable of running its Cheyenne, Wyoming data center entirely on wind power.

Trump presidency means billions of tons of CO2 could be released

There are plenty of numbers that differentiate President-elect Donald Trump from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. There's 270, the number of electoral votes it took for Trump to be declared the winner of presidential election.

Earth's vertebrates fall drastically over four decades

The Earth’s wildlife is facing something of a crisis. Earth's vertebrates have fallen 58 percent in past four decades, according to a new survey.

Elon Musk wants a 'popular uprising' against fossil fuel industry

"The fossil fuel industry is the biggest industry in the world," billionaire SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an interview for the National Geographic documentary "Before the Flood."

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions — can we meet our goals?

The annual UN Environment Report came out on Thursday, and the news is not good. The report says that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 will exceed what is required to keep global warming to an internationally agreed target.

Extreme cold weather — blame climate change effects on jet stream

Scientists from both sides of the aisle now agree for the first time that climate change may be intensifying the effects of the jet stream, bringing extremes of cold winter weather to the U.S. and U.K.

West Antarctic ice shelves melting rapidly as ocean waters warm

New research released on Tuesday found that hundreds of feet of bottom ice have been lost from ice shelves in West Antarctica due to increased circulation of warming ocean waters, increasing the risk of a major ice shelf collapse.

Several species of bee declared endangered in the U.S.

Further troubling news for bees, and with it worrying news for agriculture, with seven new species of bee being declared at risk in the U.S. The bees have been placed on the list of endangered species.

Rising sea levels? U.S. builds radar site on island anyway

The Marshall Islands became the "poster child" for climate change in 2013 when drought in the northern atolls, along with rising sea levels forced the island nation to declare a state of emergency.

Desert farm uses seawater and sunshine to grow vegetables

Port Augusta - Sundrop Farm, located in Southern Australia's arid Port Augusta region, is a huge hydroponic greenhouse that successfully grows 17,000 tons of tomatoes every year. It does this without using any soil or groundwater.

As walrus arrive by the thousands — Visitors asked to stay away

Point Lay - The annual Pacific walrus haulout that has been taking place on Point Lay, Alaska's shoreline over the past decade has started as thousands of the large marine mammals come ashore. But villagers are telling visitors to stay away, and with good reason.
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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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Global temperatures, November 2013
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Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon- powered planet.
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The doomed lake, which has no name and sits in the northern corner of the territory near the community of Fort McPherson, is a victim of the region’s geology and changing climate.
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Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
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Image is a comparison of 10 different published reconstructions of mean temperature changes during the last 2000 years
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Candles suffering the effects of Melbourne's hottest recorded temperature of 46.4 °C (115.5 °F) during the February 2009 heatwave
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The Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. It is the only glacier than has been growing while almost al...
The Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. It is the only glacier than has been growing while almost all others have been melting.
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Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar (L) holds a shovel as he plants a tree next to French ...
Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar (L) holds a shovel as he plants a tree next to French Environment minister Segolene Royal after the opening ceremony of the Bonn Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, on May 16, 2016
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Environmental activists hold placards as they protest during the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw, November 21, 2013.
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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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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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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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This was thought to be the exit of Yok Balum Cave in the Toledo district of Southern Belize.
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This detailed astronaut photograph illustrates the terminus of one the Patagonia Icefield’s many spectacular glaciers – Upsala Glacier, located on the eastern side of the icefield. Upsala is the third largest glacier in the icefield and like most other glaciers in the region, it has experienced significant retreat over the past century.
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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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The beach in front of two of Gambia's major hotels
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Remains of the 1639 Jamestown Church tower (with 20th century reconstruction on the original foundations)
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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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