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#115742
2018-01-19

There Is A Less Than 1 In 40 Chance Global Warming Will Exceed 4 Degrees Celsius

Most estimates predict climate change will increase average global surface temperatures by 1.5 to 4.5°C (or 2.7 to 8.1°F) by the end of the century, but new research, published this week in the journal Nature, suggests there is a less than one in 40 chance global warming will exceed 4°C. While i ...

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#115743
2018-01-19

Climate change and weather extremes: Both heat and cold can kill

Climate change is increasing the frequency and strength of some types of extreme weather in the United States, particularly heat waves. Last summer the U.S. Southwest experienced life-threatening heat waves, which are especially dangerous for elderly people and other vulnerable populations.

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#115744
2018-01-19

With Climate Change, This Island Is Swallowed by the Sea

KUTUBDIA, Bangladesh — Anyone who doubts climate change should come to this lovely low-lying island, lapped by gentle waves and home to about 100,000 people.

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#115745
2018-01-19

Dueling Climate Change Studies and the Doubt That Surrounds Both of Them

A new study published in the journal Nature decreases the variability range of temperature increase predicted by climatologists. The new study predicts only a 2.7 C increase in global average temperature by the year 2100. If correct, the study vastly downgrades the “worst case scenarios” peddled ...

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#115746
2018-01-19

Rising seas from warming climate threaten major cities in Africa

An inlet curling up the Liesbeeck River valley as far as Pinelands, with Cape Town harbour entirely submerged. Large parts of Muizenberg and Retreat underwater, with flooding along the peninsula.

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#115747
2018-01-19

Global warming: 2017 was second-warmest, last three years are record hot

Data from leading international weather agencies shows the record-breaking trend toward a warmer planet is continuing. The findings uphold scientists' understanding of human-caused climate change.

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#115714
2018-01-18

Extreme weather behind sudden die off of rare antelope?

Scientists have determined that unusually warm temperatures and high humidity may have played a role in the mysterious die off two years ago of half of the world's population of saiga antelope in Kazakhstan, BBC News reports.

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#115717
2018-01-18

The oceans are gasping for air

The planet’s proverbial canary in the coal mine could very well be its oceans: If they lose dissolved oxygen because of climate change, the impact will be felt all the way up the food chain to people.

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#115722
2018-01-18

Climate change is actually good for something: Alberta barley

A new study from the University of Alberta shows climate change could benefit Alberta barley crops.The study shows climate change is likely to lead to an increase in barley yields. The key is a reduced need for water. And for that, the researchers point to more CO2 in the atmosphere, more northe ...

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#115723
2018-01-18

Animals Are Shrinking and Freezing to Death in a Changing Arctic

Muskoxen, the plant-chomping, long-haired mammals that huddle on the Arctic tundra, are being born smaller in parts of the far north, as pregnant mothers struggle to find food.

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#115724
2018-01-18

Climate sensitivity study suggests narrower range of potential outcomes

Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions.

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#115706
2018-01-17

Fighting climate change, one laundry load at a time

A Danish biotechnology company is trying to fight climate change — one laundry load at a time. Its secret weapon: mushrooms like those in a dormant forest outside Copenhagen.

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#115708
2018-01-17

Is Global Warming Making Us Hungrier?

After achieving dramatic gains against hunger and famine, the world runs the risk of backsliding, owing to poorly considered choices. But if we accept the claim that climate change is to blame for a recent uptick in global hunger and malnutrition, we also risk embracing the costliest and least e ...

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#115709
2018-01-17

Is Climate Change Impacting Your Mental Health?

We already know that climate change comes with major public health implications, like the spread of disease as climate refugees flee their homelands and live in close-packed conditions with inadequate sanitation. What we’re now growing to understand is that this includes not just physical, but a ...

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#115687
2018-01-16

Warming Signs: How Diminished Snow Cover Puts Species in Peril

The wolverine is highly adapted to life in a snowy world. It has thick fur and snowshoe-like feet, and it dens high in the mountains as a way to avoid predators that aren’t as nimble in deep snow and to provide its kits with insulation from the bitter high-elevation cold.

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#115689
2018-01-16

Human Emissions Made Ocean Heat Wave 53 Times More Likely

Three 2016 marine heat waves that killed whales, birds, corals, and shellfish from Australia to Alaska were many times more likely thanks to climate change.

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#115690
2018-01-16

Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice

In the winter of 2015/16, something happened that had never before been seen on this scale: at the end of December, temperatures rose above zero degrees Celsius for several days in parts of the Arctic. Temperatures of up to eight degrees were registered north of Svalbard. Temperatures this high ...

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#115666
2018-01-15

Climate change leading to extinction of male green turtle at Great Barrier Reef

Global warming has been an alarming concern in the recent years but hardly anyone seems to be concerned. Now, the harsh effects of global warming have started impacting the green turtles of Great Barrier Reef present in the Australian continent.

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#115667
2018-01-15

What do cold snaps have to do with climate change?

A record-shattering cold gripped the Northeastern United States during late December and early January. Meanwhile, a so-called bomb-cyclone brought in Winter Storm Grayson with its blizzard winds and heavy snowfall. Is all of this extreme weather normal, a product of global warming, or perhaps b ...

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#115668
2018-01-15

A vision on climate change, inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a world where everyone lived in harmony – he and others called it a “Beloved Community”. Patterson: “It is a community where we have racial justice, where we don’t have discrimination and where we’re living together as brothers and sisters sitting at common tab ...

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#115669
2018-01-15

How climate change alters plant growth

Global warming affects more than just plant biodiversity—it even alters the way plants grow. A team of researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) joined forces with the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB) to discover which molecular processes are involved in plant ...

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#115670
2018-01-15

Study finds that global warming exacerbates refugee crises

The refugee crisis – particularly in the Mediterranean area – has received large amounts of new attention in the past few years, with people fleeing from Syria and entering the European Union emblematic of the problem. There has been some research connecting this refugee problem with changes to ...

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#115671
2018-01-15

Can Nepali coffee survive impacts of climate change?

Climate change has delivered a double whammy to coffee growers in Nepal, as areas where the crop flourished are turning unsuitable for future plantations, and pests are destroying existing ones.

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#115674
2018-01-15

Climate Change Will Displace Millions of People. Where Will They Go?

Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua, is a small, low-lying Caribbean island. Most of its 1,700 residents lived in Codrington, the central location for stores and schools. The town is also the location for the Barbuda Research Complex, where I attended sustainability field school in 2014.

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#115679
2018-01-15

UN experts urge Kenya to respect indigenous rights in climate change project

Three United Nations independent experts on Monday called on the Kenyan government to respect the rights of indigenous Sengwer peoples while implementing a climate change project in northwestern Kenya.

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#115656
2018-01-12

Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather

Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding, reports a University of Arizona-led team.

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#115661
2018-01-12

Global warming to put millions more at risk from floods in two decades: study

Global warming will put millions more people at the risk of severe river flooding in the next 20 years, particularly in the US and parts of India, Africa and central Europe, a study has warned.

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#115662
2018-01-12

It’s time to go nuclear in the fight against climate change

After holding steady for the past three years, global carbon emissions rose in 2017 by an estimated 2 percent. That increase comes amid the largest renewable energy boom in world history.

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#115663
2018-01-12

Climate Change Will Make Hosting The Winter Olympics Harder: Study

Climate change could turn out to be the Winter Olympics' biggest spoil sport. An updated research study led by geography professor Daniel Scott at the University of Waterloo says the number of places that will be cold enough to host the Winter Olympics is dropping.

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#115646
2018-01-11

Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system

Failure to rein in global temperature rises could cause the marine food web to collapse, devastating the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who rely on fisheries for food and income, scientists have warned.

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#115647
2018-01-11

Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest

When studying the effect of climate change on biodiversity, it is important to consider the climate near the ground (microclimate) which a plant or an animal actually experiences. Deep shady depressions, dense old forests or places close to water for example are always considerably cooler than t ...

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#115650
2018-01-11

This Sea Turtle Population Is Almost All Female, Thanks To Climate Change

One population of green sea turtles in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is nearly entirely female thanks to climate change, according to a new scientific paper published this week.

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#115652
2018-01-11

As climate is warming up, more bird nests are destroyed in Finnish farmland

Finnish farmers are adapting to the warming climate by anticipating the time when they sow their fields in the spring. At the same time, birds have also advanced the time of breeding as the spring temperatures are becoming milder in response to climate change.

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#115623
2017-12-21

Study finds reduced feeding activity of soil detritivores under warmer and drier conditions

When the soil warms up, it releases more carbon dioxide (CO2)—an effect that fuels climate change. Until now, it had been assumed that this was mainly due to the presence of small soil-dwelling animals and microorganisms that would eat and breathe more in warmer temperatures. However, a new stud ...

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#115627
2017-12-21

Jakarta Is Sinking So Fast, It Could End Up Underwater

A tsunami of human-made troubles in the Indonesian capital poses an imminent threat to the city’s survival. And it has to deal with mounting threats from climate change.

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#115633
2017-12-21

Global disasters in 2017 cost $306 billion—nearly double the cost of 2016

Hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires ravaged the world in 2017, as they do each year. But the economic loss from this year’s global disasters cost us more than usual. Insurance firm Swiss Re, which makes this calculation every six months, estimates the economic loss in 2017 to be $306 billion, ...

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#115609
2017-12-20

How climate change makes trees vulnerable to pests

Beetles no bigger than a grain of rice are destroying conifer forests, and their greatest weapon is invisible.Six: “Bark beetles are tiny little insects. They kill trees by actually releasing these odors, these pheromones that attract other beetles to the tree, and if they’re lucky enough to att ...

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#115612
2017-12-20

Yearender: Fiji plays leading role in fighting climate change

Fiji, a small developing island state in the South Pacific region, is now playing a leading role in fighting climate change widely considered to be one of the biggest threats facing mankind.

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#115613
2017-12-20

Fish's rapid response to climate change

When a chemical alarm cue is released into one of two flumes, the normal response for a fish is to swim down the flume without the chemical. But when the water is more acidic, some fish do not behave normally: instead they swim down the flume that contains the chemical alarm and so toward "danger."

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#115614
2017-12-20

The Vatican backs competition for climate change start-ups

The Vatican has announced the first round of finalists of its competition calling for climate change focused start-ups from around the world to submit innovative ideas that contribute to the mitigation of global warming.

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#115615
2017-12-20

N.W.T. gov't calls for input on new climate change strategy

The territorial government is asking for public input on a draft of its strategy for dealing with climate change. The report lists three main goals: adapting to the changing climate, using fewer fossil fuels and improving knowledge of climate change impacts.

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#115616
2017-12-20

Africa: The Meaty Side of Climate Change

BERLIN - Last year, three of the world's largest meat companies - JBS, Cargill, and Tyson Foods - emitted more greenhouse gases than France, and nearly as much as some big oil companies.

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#115594
2017-12-19

Climate Change And Global Poverty Can Only Be Solved Together

China has achieved a feat unparalleled in modern history: In 30 years, the nation has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty; developed extensive infrastructure, commerce, and industry; and entered the ranks of middle-income countries. China now has the second-largest economy in t ...

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#115595
2017-12-19

Households can play a role in mitigating climate change

Individual consumers can make conscious choices that are climate friendly and that will help with achieving the Paris Climate goals. But a secondary benefit of adopting a greener lifestyle—extra money from efficiency savings—has to be handled wisely to avoid undermining the carbon savings gained ...

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#115596
2017-12-19

Exploding Stars: How Atmospheric Ions Cloud Climate Change Studies

Cosmic rays from supernovae can influence Earth´s cloud cover and how that influences climate could be useful for making better models.

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#115597
2017-12-19

Climate change driving record snows in Alaskan mountains: study

Snowfalls atop an Alaskan mountain range have doubled since the start of the industrial age, evidence that climate change can trigger major increases in regional precipitation, according to research published in the journal Scientific Reports on Tuesday.

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#115579
2017-12-18

President Trump to Reverse Obama's Recognition of Climate Change as a National Security Threat

President Trump will remove former President Obama’s declaration of climate change as a national security threat, according to a report on Trump’s new national security strategy plan.

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#115580
2017-12-18

Why your smartphone is contributing to climate change

Everything that we do affects the world around us. Updates to a study show that within the coming years, the energy consumed globally by our smart devices could be seriously impeding our efforts against climate change.

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#115581
2017-12-18

Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

The athletes’ half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world’s highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global warming is threatening their line of work.

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#115526
2017-12-08

Fire is raging in Ventura County – and climate change has its latest victims

An unbearable amount of Ventura county in southern California, where I was born and raised, is simply gone. And as I hear about site after site from my childhood simply disappearing into scorched earth, I am realizing that climate change is not only erasing the present, it is also destroying the ...

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