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Carbon dioxide reaches another record level in Earth's atmosphere

Carbon dioxide — the gas scientists say is most responsible for global warming — peaked again at record levels last month, federal scientists announced Thursday.<p>Levels at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory averaged more than 410 parts per million in April and May, surging past yet another climate …

Scientists race to find who is pumping an incredibly dangerous gas into the atmosphere

An unidentified nation is violating the Montreal Protocol and emitting one of the worst, most destructive aerosols on Earth.<p>When the research was …

Rising CO2 Is Reducing The Nutritional Value Of Our Food

Currently, around 815 million people are chronically food-insecure, many of whom are malnourished. This figure — up from 777 million in 2015 — is 815 million too many, particularly in light of the fact that there is enough food in the world to feed everyone.<p>Difficulties in food distribution and …

Climate Change

Plastic straws clog the ocean and hurt fish. Now there's a growing movement to ban them.

The humble plastic drinking straw has become the villain of the moment for environmental crusaders, with New York City joining a small but growing list of communities considering a straw ban to lighten the load on landfills and protect marine life.<p>The campaign is not advancing uniformly, though. It …

Pollution

Plant-Based ‘Meat’ and ‘Fish’ May Be the Future. But How Do They Taste?

Starting today, White Castle will serve the vegan Impossible Burger in 140 locations. Cookbook author Alison Roman tried it out, along with ‘shrimp’ made from fungi, ‘salmon’ made from algae and more<p>When I was in high school, I made the bold and noble choice to become a vegetarian for the rest of …

Food

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, hit by accounting change, reports net loss of $1.1 billion

Billionaire Warren Buffett's warning that a new accounting change would cause "truly wild swings" in his company's quarterly earnings is now a reality.<p>Berkshire Hathaway reported a rare net loss of $1.1 billion in the first quarter, but the decline was due largely to a new rule that requires it to …

Investing

The Surfrider Foundation 2017 Year In Review

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Over the years, storms, high tides, large swells and the ongoing impact of sea level rise resulted in erosion that reduced vehicle access to San …

Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life

Animals that live in the ocean communicate with sound — humpback whales, for example. But these voices could soon be drowned out by powerful sonic booms from vessels searching for oil and gas.<p>President Trump is opening up the Atlantic Coast to companies to explore for fresh reserves. And to …

Scotland-Sized "Dead Zone" in Arabian Sea Is a "Disaster Waiting to Happen"

Scientists say the situation is worse than they originally feared.<p>In the Gulf of Oman, the water is still. But tranquility isn’t always a positive …

'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

“We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting …

Climate Change

California’s next megaflood would be worse than eight Hurricane Katrinas

Worse than the 1906 earthquake. Worse than eight Hurricane Katrinas. Worse than every wildfire in California history, combined. The world’s first …

48 Environmental Victories Since the First Earth Day

As Earth Day turns 48, we take a look back at the biggest milestones in environmental protection.<p>The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a milestone event for the planet. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets across the U.S. to raise awareness about the impacts of human activities …

On Earth Day, here are the best tools for keeping tabs on our home planet

We have more information about the health of planet Earth than ever before, and lots of exciting new initiatives that will put data tools at your …

An invisible boundary that divides the US in half has started to shift — and it may be an ominous sign for the future

One of the fundamental climate constants that has helped define and divide the United States for centuries is shifting in response to global warming, according to new research.<p>The 100th meridian west— the invisible line of longitude that roughly bisects the continental US in half — was historically …

Killing renews concerns for homeless Native Americans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The morning a homeless man was shot and killed in Albuquerque, police say surveillance videos showed him running down a …

Boulder becomes first landlocked city to sue companies over climate change

Colorado cities and counties join together in a first-of-its-kind climate lawsuit.<p>On Tuesday, the city of Boulder, Colorado — along with the counties …

First global carbon dioxide maps produced by Chinese observation satellite

An Earth observation satellite called TanSat has produced its first global carbon dioxide maps. TanSat was launched by a collaborative team of …

What’s behind this endless winter? Scientists point to melting Arctic sea ice

Scientists are suspecting that not enough winter in the Arctic has led to too much of it across the rest of Canada.<p>From Toronto, where ice storms …

Greenland Ice Loss 2002-2016 – GRACE-FO

The mass of the Greenland ice sheet has rapidly declined in the last several years due to surface melting and iceberg calving. Research based on …

Greenland

NASA studies an unusual Arctic warming event

Winter temperatures are soaring in the Arctic for the fourth winter in a row. The heat, accompanied by moist air, is entering the Arctic not only …

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 …

Global Warming

Trump Weighs Return to Trans-Pacific Partnership. Not So Fast, Say Members.

BEIJING — As trade tensions with China escalate, President Trump has found new appeal in a regional trade pact he once called a “rape of our country.”<p>The pact’s members — including some of America’s most stalwart allies — might not make it so easy to come back.<p>Officials in Japan, Australia and New …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Avoid Gulf stream disruption at all costs, scientists warn

Serious disruption to the Gulf Stream ocean currents that are crucial in controlling global climate must be avoided “at all costs”, senior scientists have warned. The alert follows the revelation this week that the system is at its weakest ever recorded.<p>Past collapses of the giant network have seen …

Global Warming

SpaceX vindicated in failed Zuma mission - L.A. Biz

By Annlee Ellingson <br>– Staff Writer, L.A. Biz<p>Apr 9, 2018, 10:54am PDT<p>SpaceX is not responsible for the loss of a top-secret spy satellite that failed …

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Isn’t What You Think it Is

It’s not all bottles and straws—the patch is mostly abandoned fishing gear.<p>The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash—and the most famous. It lies between Hawaii and California and is often described as “larger than Texas,” even though it contains not a …

Pollution

SEC reveals 2016 hack that breached its filing system

NEW YORK (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that a cyber breach of a filing system it uses may have provided the basis for …