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When You Argue With a Fundamentalist You Don't Know What You're Asking For

How do we talk to people who see the world as collateral damage in the pursuit of the Heavenly Kingdom? Is it even worth trying to nudge people out …

Faith

These former intel professionals are running for office to check Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former intelligence professionals angered by what they view as attacks on the intelligence community by President Donald Trump are channeling their grievances by running for office in 2018.<p>Running as Democrats, these former intelligence officers are touting their experience as part of their …

Donald Trump

We're on The Verge of a Major Climate Tipping Point, Sooner Than Anyone Expected

It's later than you think.<p>The Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere's high latitudes is slowing down because of …

Global Warming

Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than we thought. Here’s why that’s scary.

Greenland’s ice could raise seas by 20 feet.<p>Our planet is warming and its cryosphere — Earth’s frozen regions — is melting. This we know.<p>The Arctic, in particular, is warming at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the planet. And this winter, the sheet of Arctic sea ice that grows and shrinks in an …

Global Warming

California’s snow drought is a recipe for danger

Scant snowfall is fueling drought, floods, wildfires and mudslides.<p>California is likely facing another year of water woes. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which supplies up to a third of California’s water, is exceptionally meager this year. Experts found around half as much snow on the mountains as …

Weather

Antarctic Ice Loss 2002-2016

The mass of the Antarctic ice sheet has changed over the last several years. Research based on observations from NASA’s twin NASA/German Aerospace …

Antarctica

Understanding ocean currents: the giant conveyor belts of Earth

Much happens in the waters of this world that affects our lives on land. Beyond natural disasters like tsunamis and cyclones, there is some pretty …

Global Warming

Ice cores show Greenland’s melting is unprecedented in at least four centuries

Scientists who crossed western Greenland with a fleet of snowmobiles, pulling up long cylinders of ice at camps a little more than a mile above sea level, have found evidence that the vast sheet of ice is melting faster than at any time in the past 450 years at least — and possibly much longer than …

Global Warming

Destruction of nature as dangerous as climate change, scientists warn

Unsustainable exploitation of the natural world threatens food and water security of billions of people, major UN-backed biodiversity study reveals<p>Human destruction of nature is rapidly eroding the world’s capacity to provide food, water and security to billions of people, according to the most …

Ecology

The Arctic Is Breaking Climate Records, Altering Weather Worldwide

The Arctic climate is shattering record after record, altering weather worldwide

Climate Change

A Runaway Chain Reaction Under The Greenland Ice Sheet Is Threatening Its Collapse

It's losing one billion tonnes of ice every day.<p>We know that Greenland's ice sheets are melting as the world gets warmer, but new research shows this …

Far Northern Permafrost May Unleash Carbon Within Decades

Permafrost in the coldest northern Arctic -- formerly thought to be at least temporarily shielded from global warming by its extreme environment -- …

Climate Change

Ancient carbon is coming from Arctic soil. It might be fine, but it might be terrible.

Scientists on Tuesday published new evidence that old or even ancient carbon, pulled out of the atmosphere and stored in the bodies of plants …

Storms pummel Bering Sea islands after ‘crazy’ ice melt-off

A swath of sea ice the size of Minnesota vanished from the northern Bering Sea as warm storms pummeled the region this month, causing ice coverage to …

Global Warming

The Arctic Permafrost Holds a Crazy Amount of Mercury--and That's Bad News

As Arctic permafrost thaws, it unleashes a vicious cycle—the unfrozen soil releases its carbon reserves that intensify climate change, in turn …

Global Warming

Humans need to become smarter thinkers to beat climate denial

A new paper shows that climate myths consistently fail critical thinking tests<p>Climate myths are often contradictory – it’s not warming, though it’s warming because of the sun, and really it’s all just an ocean cycle – but they all seem to share one thing in common: logical fallacies and reasoning …

Critical Thinking

Put down “Hillbilly Elegy” and read this book instead

Salon talks to historian Elizabeth Catte about her new book “What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia”<p>As Donald Trump is fond of pointing out, he won 306 Electoral College votes, claiming states as different from each other as Wisconsin is from Texas, Idaho from Florida. But one red region of …

Society

How democracies die, explained

The problems in American democracy run far deeper than Trump.<p>There are images that come to mind when we imagine a democracy’s end. Democracies fall in coups and revolutions, burn in fires and riots, collapse amid war and plague. When they die, they die screaming.<p>Not anymore, argue Steven Levitsky …

Political Science

This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warming will be way worse than 1.5

Your terrifying climate graphic of the day.<p>Signatories to the Paris climate agreement — every country in the world, unless and until the US drops out in 2020 — agreed to what is by now a familiar goal: “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial …

Climate Change

Alaska crushes record for hottest December as Arctic sea ice hits record low

"We are the U.S.'s canary in that coal mine."<p>In its hottest December ever recorded, Alaska was a stunning 15.7°F above the 20th century average. And …

Global Waters, Including Canada's, Are Losing Oxygen: Scientists

Climate change and pollution are threatening marine life.<p>Almost two dozen marine scientists from around the world have issued a warning about an …

Oxygen Is Disappearing From the World's Oceans at an Alarmingly Rapid Pace

Tech & Science Ocean Oxygen Climate Change<p><i>Updated |</i> The ocean is running out of oxygen at a rapid speed—and the depletion could choke to death much …

16 environmental protections that the Trump administration dismantled in 2017.

President Donald Trump has spent the past year steadily undoing Obama-era environmental protections, especially rules designed to fight climate …

Fossil Fuels

Robert Reich: Trump is Nixon, Buchanan and George W. All In One

<i>This article first appeared on RobertReich.org.</i><p>Last week, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch stood on the White House lawn, opining that Donald Trump’s …

Fake news is a threat to humanity, but scientists may have a solution

“Technocognition” proposes that we use technology and psychology to break through the mental barriers that make people deny threats like climate change<p>People are very good at finding ways to believe what we want to believe. Climate change is the perfect example – acceptance of climate science among …

Fake News

Climate change in Lapland: The impact of global warming in the land of Santa Claus

Lapland occupies a happy space in the popular imagination as a winter wonderland, occupied by reindeer, elves and Father Christmas.<p>The real life …

Climate Change

The Dutch East India Company was richer than Apple, Google and Facebook combined

<b>So how rich was the Dutch East India Company?</b><p>If you’re wondering what paid for all those nice canals and houses in Amsterdam, Leiden and Utrecht. …

The Arctic is melting — and it shows no sign of returning to being reliably frozen

There's a "new normal" in the Arctic — and it isn't a frozen one.<p>That's according to the 2017 Arctic Report Card released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).<p>Even though 2017 didn't shatter as many warming records as 2016 did, "the Arctic shows no sign of returning …

Global Warming

A New Normal

The vast ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica may seem impenetrable and forever cold; however, according to alarming statistics detailed in the US …

Are Democrats suckers for holding their own to high standards?

How the right seeks to make respecting norms into a liability.<p>The sheer scale and sustained ferocity of the reckoning with sexual harassment since the Harvey Weinstein revelations have taken almost everyone by surprise. Events have unfolded with such disorienting speed that it’s difficult to find …

Donald Trump