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Oh Great. Climate Change Will Make Flying Worse, Too

In addition to rising seas, longer droughts, and all manner of weather nightmares, global climate change promises to make flying just a bit more …

Climate Change

The Last Spot on Earth Just Passed a Historic Climate Milestone

On May 23rd, something extraordinary happened at the South Pole. For the first time in 4 million years, carbon dioxide concentrations cleared 400 …

Climate Change

Climate experts warn global warming breaking all previous records

Apart from the soaring heat recorded in February and March, alarm bells are ringing continuously in the form of extreme weather events.<p>Climate …

America is too damn hot: U.S. faces dramatic rise in extreme heat and humidity

Heat is the No.1 weather-related killer, and as carbon pollution continues, global temperatures will keep climbing<p><i>This article originally appeared on Climate Central.</i><p>Across the United States, we’ve hit the dog days of summer. Most regions are now seeing their hottest temperatures of the year, and …

Global warming hits close to home: Human-induced climate change is getting personal, even in America

Climate change feels like too big a situation for my behavior to impact, but too critical to ignore<p><i>This article originally appeared on Capital & Main.</i><p>Activists wanting to solve the crisis of human-caused climate change face a serious dilemma. The threat appears neither close enough to get our …

John Fasullo and colleagues predict that satellites will detect accelerating sea level rise within the next decade<p>One of the great things about science is that it allows you to make predictions. Three top climate scientists just made a very bold prediction regarding sea level rise; we should know …

Global Warming

An anthrax outbreak in Russia came from a 75-year-old caribou carcass thawing out. It’s a warning sign of worse to come<p>Earlier this month, an outbreak of anthrax in northern Russia caused the death of a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother and put 90 people in the hospital. These deadly spores – …

Global Warming

What historic megadroughts in the western US tell us about our climate future

Let’s start with some old news. Earth’s climate is warming, human activities are causing it, and as long as we continue to dump greenhouse gas …

Climate change means we should be having fewer children, for their sake and ours

Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children.<p>NPR correspondent Jennifer Ludden profiled some of my work in procreative ethics with an article entitled, “Should we be having kids in the age of climate …

The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything

Tackling climate change is a complicated undertaking, to say the least. But here’s a good rule of thumb for how to get started:<p>Electrify everything.<p>Replace technologies that still run on combustion, like gasoline vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling, with alternatives that run on …

Australian conservationists spent five months obtaining permissions and planning for a captive breeding programme for the Bramble Cay melomys. But when they arrived on the rodent’s tiny, low-lying island, they discovered they were too late.<p>The Bramble Cay melomys has become more famous in …

Wildlife

Local traders lament collapse in business from storm surge amid growing concern that city’s sea defences are ill-equipped to cope<p>Scientists in Rio de Janeiro have warned that the city’s sea defences may not be able to cope with the effects of climate change after a record storm surge swamped …

Climate Change

Climate change could render Sudan 'uninhabitable'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sudan's ecosystems and natural resources are deteriorating.<p>Temperatures are rising, water supplies are scarce, soil fertility is low and severe droughts are common. After years of desertification, its rich biodiversity is under threat and drought has hindered the fight against hunger.<p>This …

Climate change is going to be very bad for the global economy

That's why an increase in extremely hot days is one of the more worrisome prospects of climate change.<p>To predict just how various countries might suffer or benefit, a team of scientists at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, have turned to historical records of how temperature …

All the risks of climate change, in a single graph

There are a lot of them.<p>The risks of climate change are not easy to communicate clearly. Since the atmosphere affects everything, everything will be affected by its warming — there’s no single risk, but a wide and varied array of risks, of different severities and scales, affecting different …

Dramatic disintegration of Canada permafrost threatens huge carbon release

Permafrost, or frozen soil, is rapidly collapsing across a 52,000 square mile area in northwest Canada – about the size of the entire state of …

Global Warming

Global Warming Is Turning the Arctic Into the Atlantic

Hard to overstate the importance of healthy sea ice.<p>Climate change is melting the sea ice so rapidly that parts of the Arctic ocean are beginning to …

Global Warming