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Germany on brink of making decision on how to phase out coal

Berlin - Germany’s coal exit commission is holding what could be a decisive meeting today. In crucial last-minute talks, the commission must agree on a timetable to phase out the climate-damaging fossil fuel for electricity production within around two decades.

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.

Gas prices at the pump rise as Harvey comes ashore

Corpus Christi - Energy companies have been forced to shut down or temporarily evacuate oil and natural gas platforms and refining facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Texas coast as Hurricane Harvey barrels ashore, possibly as a Category 3 storm.

Health Crisis — Alcohol use disorders in U.S. jump 50 percent

Americans are drinking more, a lot more, according to a study sponsored by a federal agency for alcohol research. The prevalence of alcohol abuse disorders has risen nearly 50 percent, creating a public health crisis.

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.

Kickstarter has created 300,000 jobs, generated billions: study

Philadelphia - A recent study shows the platform Kickstarter has created tens of thousand of jobs and injected over $5 billion into the economy since its inception in 2009.

Cost of global warming's economic impact? $2 trillion+ by 2030

Rising temperatures brought on by climate change may end up costing the world's economy in excess of $2 trillion in lost productivity by the year 2030, according to a number of studies.

El Nino's impact is not over as its sibling looms — Part 2

After experiencing a record El Nino, signs are pointing to the formation of La Nina, the flip-side of El Nino, and the odds of La Nina forming have jumped to 70 percent. There is a lot of interest in how strong La Nina might be and how it will affect us.

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