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Harsher winters and rising seas: Study finds slowing ocean could mean climate extremes

In the 2004 blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow," the world faced a doomsday scenario: Global warming was causing the Earth's mighty ocean currents to shut down, bringing about a new ice age.<p>The apocalyptic plot was something cooked up by Hollywood, but its origins are steeped in reality — and it's …

Greece vs Turkey (feat. Cyprus)

Cyprus

Highway to nowhere: 11 of the loneliest roads in the world

A frozen 1,000-mile highway that transports supplies to the South Pole, and Nevada's Route 50, which cuts through the desert and is dubbed “The Loneliest Road in America” - two paths that could hardly be more different, but both among the most desolate drives in the world.<p>If you're looking for an …

You Need to See This NASA Video of Nearly 140 Years of Temperature Rises

Watch global warming in action.<p>When you're one tiny person living amongst 7.6 billion people on a small planet in just one Solar System in just one …

How To Purge Everything You Don't Need From Your Home

Out with the old, in with the new — that’s what ringing in the new year is about, right? And, while that is a good motto for many areas of your life, …

Geologists now have evidence Africa is physically splitting into two continents

A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.<p>The Earth is an ever-changing planet, even though in …

Earth Science

Antarctica is melting from below and that's bad news

So far, the Antarctic was seen as relatively stable. But a new study suggests that climate change is affecting the polar region on a much larger …

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Senate, House committees

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees as well and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 10 and 11 respectively, the committees announced Wednesday.<p>The public testimony will be Zuckerberg's first before the U.S. government and comes …

Donald Trump

Cape Town’s Controversial Plan to Solve Its Water Crisis for Good

<b>CAPE TOWN—</b>In the midst of a historic drought, Cape Town is looking for solutions both immediate and long-term to its water supply problems. Although …

Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

In 2017 Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions also fell 3% as coal use dropped and renewables climbed<p>Windfarms and solar panels produced more electricity than the UK’s eight nuclear power stations for the first time at the end of last year, official figures show.<p>Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions also …

Renewable Energy

Astronomers are baffled by a newly-discovered galaxy that lacks dark matter

For the first time ever, scientists have identified a galaxy, NGC1052-DF2, that seems to lack the presence of dark matter. For decades, scientists …

About half of Americans don’t think climate change will affect them — here’s why

It’s a mixture of politics and psychology<p>More than half of Americans seem to think that climate change won’t affect them personally, a new poll shows. Only 45 percent think that global warming will pose a serious threat in their lifetime, and just 43 percent say they worry a great deal about …

Bottle and can deposit return scheme gets green light in England

Consumers to receive small cash sum for returning plastic, glass and metal drinks containers<p>All drinks containers in England, whether plastic, glass or metal, will be covered by a deposit return scheme, the government has announced.<p>The forthcoming scheme is intended to cut the litter polluting the …

Pollution

Weird New Theory Presents Unexpected Reason Huge Mammals Live in the Sea

"It’s not that water allows you to be a big mammal."<p>Fifty million years ago, whales were four-footed, tailed land mammals about the size of wolves. …

This ancient climate catastrophe is our best clue about Earth’s future

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>Scott Wing had spent more than a decade in the badlands of Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, most of it thirsty, sunburned, and down on his hands and knees, digging endlessly through the dirt. But he had never found anything like the fossil he now held in his hand — an exquisitely …

Climate Change

Alarming NASA Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing at a Record-Breaking Rate

2017 and 2018 were record low years for ice coverage.<p>On March 17, the Arctic Ocean reached its peak level of ice coverage for the rest of the year, …

That massive garbage patch in the ocean is bigger and grosser than ever

The Great Pacific garbage patch is now bigger than it’s ever been, covering an area that spans 1.6 million square kilometers. That’s up to 16 times …

Earth Hour: Cities around the world turn off lights for nature

Millions of people around the world are observing the annual Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change. Dubai and Australia's Sydney Opera …

Central Europe

Astronomers confirm source of galaxy-sized stream of gas

The Magellanic Stream – 300,000 light-years long – arches around our Milky Way. It’s too faint and tenuous to study directly, so astronomers probed …

From wildfires to floods, climate change keeps coming for Montecito, California

<i>This</i> <i>story</i> <i>was originally published by</i> <i>Wired</i> <i>and is reproduced here as part of the</i> <i>Climate Desk</i> <i>collaboration.</i><p>Montecito came back to life on Friday. The …

The giant garbage vortex in the Pacific Ocean is over twice the size of Texas — here's what it looks like

There's far too much plastic in the world's oceans, and the problem continues to build up.<p>Every little bit of plastic that gets tossed into the ocean or swept downstream out to sea either sinks or is picked up by currents. Much of it is eventually carried into one of five massive ocean regions, …

Pollution

Congress Defies Trump And Gives Federal Science Agencies Huge Spending Increase

<i>Update: The Senate, as was widely expected, passed the FY 2018 omnibus too, by a margin of 65-32, last night. It will now be sent to the President,</i> …

Trump picks hardliner Bolton to replace McMaster as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump shook up his foreign policy team again on Thursday, replacing H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against North Korea and Iran.<p>The move, announced in a tweet and a White House …

National Security

Last Three Years Hottest On Record, Severe Weather Hits 2018: UN

Atlantic hurricanes and monsoon floods in India contributed to make 2017 the most costly year on record for severe weather and climate events, the …

Two-billion-year-old salt rock reveals rise of oxygen in ancient atmosphere

A 2-billion-year-old chunk of sea salt provides new evidence for the transformation of Earth's atmosphere into an oxygenated environment capable of …

Princeton University

Carbon emissions hit record high in 2017 due to rising energy demand

Carbon emissions reached a historic high in 2017 according to a new report by a major intergovernmental organisation.<p>Figures released by the …

Greenland is literally cracking apart and flooding the world

Visit Greenland on the right summer day, and you could see a 12-billion-gallon lake disappear before your very eyes.<p>Glaciologists saw this happen for the first time in 2006, when a 2.2-square-mile (5.6 square kilometers) lake of melted ice drained away into nothing in less than 2 hours. Researchers …

'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way<p>Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as …

Cambridge Analytica

Federal Government's Silence on Climate Could Stymie Disaster Planning

As hurricanes slammed into Texas, then Florida, then Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands last summer, the White House said it wasn’t the right …

Thawing chunks of Arctic sea ice trapped and sunk boats in the Atlantic Ocean

In the spring of 2017, a thick-hulled icebreaking research vessel, the Amundsen, had left its Quebec port en route to a research cruise in Hudson …