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By A.J. Blair | foolhardy notions on climate change

Trump, Limbaugh, Scott and Pruitt deny climate change, America pays the price

The frequency, intensity and duration of weather-related events is in fact rising. To deny what's already occurred is the highest form of ignorance.<p>Let’s check in with two of America’s foremost experts on climate change.<p>It’s a hoax, President Trump has said, invented by the Chinese.<p>It’s a plot by …

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The Plastic Fantasy That's Propping Up the Oil Market - Bloomberg Gadfly

Kenya's mountains of plastic bags might not seem central to oil's grand narrative, but they are. Last week, the East African country banned almost …

Oil

In Texas, Distrust of Washington Collides With Need for Federal Aid

Few places need the federal government right now more than Texas does, as it begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey. Yet there are few states where the federal government is viewed with more resentment, suspicion and scorn.<p>For Republicans, who dominate Texas government, anti-Washington sentiment …

Government

China's Xi slams unwillingness to combat climate change

XIAMEN, China (AP) — China's president has warned that the world economy faces growing risks and uncertainties from countries turning inward on trade and resisting combating climate change.<p>Xi Jinping didn't refer to the United States, although President Donald Trump has said trade pacts are a …

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The first American settlers cut down millions of trees to deliberately engineer climate change

Long term, it worked, but not how they intended<p>European settlers expected paradise — plump fruits, lush grasses, and clean, crisp waters. It seemed …

Climate Change

Study: knowing more doesn't change disbeliefs about science

If someone is already pre-disposed to disbelieve scientific conclusions around issues like human evolution, climate change, stem cell research or the …

Stem-Cell Research

Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data

Though 97 percent of leading scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat that needs to be addressed immediately, certain factions …

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Germany's Angela Merkel slams car makers for emissions fraud in Dortmund

German car makers "gambled away" public trust by manipulating emissions values in their diesel cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a Dortmund …

Germany

US scientists contradict Trump's climate claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists warn that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods — even as President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive the nation's struggling coal mines.<p>A draft report …

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Bill Maher mocks Al Gore over losing Florida in 2000 — then Gore utters a mind-boggling response

HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher interviewed former Vice President and climate change crusader Al Gore on his show Friday night, where they discussed Gore’s new documentary on climate change.<p>“An Inconvenient Sequel” is Gore’s follow-up to his world-famous “An Inconvenient Truth” that hit theaters in …

Bill Maher

Gulf of Mexico sets a new record for the world's largest 'dead zone'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There's an unwanted record in the Gulf of Mexico: This year's "dead zone ," a largely human-caused phenomenon where there's too little oxygen to support marine life, is the biggest ever measured.<p>The low-oxygen, or hypoxic , zone covers 8,776 square miles (22,720 square …

Oceans

Stop Right Now And Watch “Chasing Coral” To Understand What We’ve Done To The Ocean

If you think devastating effects of climate change aren’t here yet, the new film from the makers of “Chasing Ice” will make it very clear how wrong you are.<p>Underwater in the Great Barrier Reef, after weeks of filming coral to manually build time-lapses–helping gather 50 or 60 shots a day, and …

Oceans

Six irrefutable pieces of evidence that prove climate change is real

Here's everything you need to know<p>Climate change is often treated as a political issue, but it shouldn't be.<p>The facts are these: The climate of our planet is changing at a pace unlike anything seen in the natural fluctuations traced across geological records, and scientists have overwhelmingly …

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New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly<p>As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much …

Global Warming

Emails reiterate EPA chief's ties to fossil fuel interests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma's state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued to block federal efforts to curb planet-warming …

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Climate Idiots Podcast - Episode 3 - "Trump Pulled Out" (Excerpt)

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Animations Show the Melting Arctic Sea Ice, and What the Earth Would Look Like When All of the Ice Melts

It's no secret that climate change has been taking a toll on the Arctic. But it's one thing to read about it, another thing to see it in action. …

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John McCain May Have Killed An Anti-Environment Bill Out Of Spite Over The Comey Firing

Something very unusual happened in the U.S. Senate today: a vote scheduled by the Majority Leader failed. The legislation would have repealed an Obama-era rule designed to prevent methane emissions from leaking out of drilling operations on public lands. Brought up under the Congressional Review …

U.S. Congress

The big melt: Glacier National Park is losing its glaciers

<b>(CNN) —</b> The 37 glaciers remaining at Glacier National Park are vanishing.<p>In the past half century, some of the ice formations in Montana have lost 85% of their size, and the average shrinkage is 39%, a study released by the U.S. Geological Survey and Portland State University says.<p>One day, they …

National Parks

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The Republicans who care about climate change: 'They are done with the denial'

As despair intensifies over Trump’s agenda, the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus brings Democrats and Republicans together to break the deadlock<p>The failure of American politics to deal with, or even coherently discuss, climate change was perhaps best illustrated when James Inhofe, a Republican …

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Four big reasons why deniers started believing in climate change

It began, like many things on Reddit, with a simple question: “Former climate change deniers, what changed your mind?” More than 600 posts later, AskReddit was able to not only offer insights into that question, but also shed some light on why people initially rejected the consensus view held by …

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Governor of Louisiana Declares State of Emergency as State's Coastline Disappears

Losing Ground<p>Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on April 18 based on the continuous, rapid erosion of the state’s …

We just hit 410 ppm of CO2. Welcome to a whole new world.

This is not normal: We’re on track to witness a climate unseen in 50 million years by mid-century.<p>In pre-industrial times, the concentration of …

Climate Change Effects: 10 Ways Global Warming Is Hurting The Environment

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Michael Barnard, low-carbon innovation analyst.</i><p>Climate change is already being felt in …

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Four climate change myths, debunked

Some people are skeptical that human activity is driving global warming. We take a look at the most common arguments used by climate deniers, and set …

Climate Change

Doomsday’s approaching: The climate could hit a state unseen in 50 million years

If carbon emissions continue on their current trajectory, the atmosphere could reach an unseen level<p>No, the headline is not a typo. Current carbon dioxide levels are unprecedented in human history and are on track to climb to even more ominous heights in just a few decades.<p>If carbon emissions …

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New EPA documents reveal even deeper proposed cuts to staff and programs

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new, more detailed plan for laying off 25 percent of its employees and scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control, and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement.<p>At a …

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