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Rising seas could force a mass exodus from US shores within decades

A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists offers us the best look yet into how coastal communities will experience debilitating inundation this century.<p>Without sharp reductions in emissions, by 2100, parts of every coastal county in the continental United States will experience "chronic …

Climate Change

As companies relocate to big cities, suburban towns are left scrambling

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Visitors to the McDonald’s wooded corporate campus enter on a driveway named for the late chief executive Ray Kroc, then turn onto Ronald Lane before reaching Hamburger University, where more than 80,000 people have been trained as fast-food managers.<p>Surrounded by quiet …

Cities

Bunkering down: sales of nuclear shelters climb in Japan wary of North Korea tests

Fears of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis are giving way to concerns over atomic attack following multiple missile tests conducted by Pyongyang<p>A brief research trip to Japan’s north-east coast to witness the aftermath of the March 2011 tsunami was all that it took to persuade Yoshihiko Kurotori …

North Korea

Medicare costs to grow as population ages, Treasury report says

Medicare costs are projected to grow from about 3.6 percent to 5.6 percent of the economy from 2016 to 2041, according to the annual report released …

Medicare

The overpopulation doomsayers are at it again. And they’re still wrong.

Children are ruining the world, according to this week’s reporting at least. The overpopulation doomsayers are at it again.<p>On Monday, France’s bright-eyed new president, Emmanuel Macron, found himself in hot water after a Group of 20 news conference in which he soliloquized about Africa’s …

Climate

UK house prices: The high cost of getting on the property ladder is stopping people having kids

The high cost of buying a home in the UK is having unintended consequences on the population according to one think tank, dubbing the issue a …

Housing

Pacific coastline flooded with ‘sea pickles’

There’s lots of curious creatures in the world’s oceans — and we got a stunning glimpse at some of the most mysterious ones very recently — but most …

Oceans

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms.<p>Astronomers said Thursday that they had felt space-time vibrations known as gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of mammoth black holes resulting in a pit of infinitely deep darkness weighing as much as 49 suns, some 3 billion …

Astrophysics

The farthest star

This is incredible: Due to a quirk of cosmic geometry, astronomers have detected the light from the farthest individual star ever seen. How far away …

Universe

Will the sun put the brakes on global warming?

The sun is like a teenager that cycles through mood swings – from dramatic to chill and back again – roughly every eleven years. But this time it’s different. It now appears the sun is heading for a rare, super-chill period that threatens to add some unexpected drama to today’s climate change …

Climate Change

Scientists Compile Most Complete Climate Curve Of The Last 2,000 Years

To judge if recent, human-caused climate change is unusual or even extraordinary, it’s important to understand the past climate and its natural variability. Direct measurements of temperature cover only about the last 200 years. To get further back in time we need to study proxy-data. Proxy-data …

Climate Change

'Weedy' fish species to take over our future oceans

The researchers showed in surveys and underwater experiments over three years, that in high CO2 marine environments one or two species of the …

Ecology

When Will The Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<b>I. ‘Doomsday’</b><p><i>Peering beyond scientific reticence.</i><p>It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears …

Scientists Solve Climate Hiatus 'Puzzle of the Century': So Now What?

By Tim Radford<p>Two U.S. scientists have solved the hypothetical puzzle of the century: how to explain the reported climate "hiatus" and reconcile two …

Scientists say Miami could cease to exist within our children's lifetimes

Miami, a city of 430,000 people, could disappear within the century if the worst climate change predictions come true.<p>New York Magazine's David Wallace-Wells spoke with dozens of climatologists and researchers in related fields for an investigation on the outcomes of climate change if aggressive …

Global Warming

Polar Bears May Add More Delicious Humans to Their Diet Thanks to Climate Change

I'll stand for a lot of things, but polar bear slander is not one of them. So when I noticed this "story" about our beloved bears of the polar …

Global Warming

Rising sea temperatures will hit fisheries and communities in poor countries the hardest

Despite having some of the world’s smallest carbon footprints, small island developing states and the world’s least-developed countries will be among …

Climate Change

Get ready for the new abnormal on interest rates

by Nouriel Roubini<p>Financial markets are starting to get rattled by the winding down of unconventional monetary policies in many advanced economies. …

Nouriel Roubini

Three steps the EU has to take to show true global leadership

Angela Merkel has been the first person to dismiss suggestions that she is about to become the leader of the western world. It is hard to say whether …

Economics

Global Trade's Evolution May Check Trump's Protectionism

President Donald Trump has looked to make protectionism respectable again, citing Abraham Lincoln’s embrace of tariffs, pulling the U.S. out of a Pacific trade pact and preparing tariffs on steel imports. But changes in the international economy and the institutions governing trade are acting as …

United States

Germany’s Not Such a Great Candidate to Lead the Free World Either

Sure, Trump’s a disaster, but Germany--pacifist, self-dealing, and self-righteous--is hardly the candidate to fill the Trumpian vacuum.<p>Can German Chancellor Angela Merkel pick up the banner of the West, now that Donald Trump has dropped it to wave the America First one?<p>That’s certainly the hope of …

German Politics

In Chile, Many Regard Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat

Fernando Rojas is holding up a photograph of a pocket of countryside, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, that has been his home, his livelihood, and his passion for all of his 74 years.<p>His picture shows a lake, brimming with water, in front of a range of hills that are silhouetted …

Climate Change

Climate Change Could Make The Earth "Practically Ungovernable"

It's time to get serious.<p>Former NASA climate chief James Hansen believes climate change's most dangerous effect will be a continuous rise in sea …

Climate Change

Our system of global trade

From TPM, John Judis interviews Dani Rodrik on what’s wrong with our system of global trade and finance. Dani Rodrik on the G20’s misguided …

Globalization

Trump's Policies Are Provoking A Global Trade War, Here's How To Hedge Your Portfolio

Removing barriers to international trade has both upside and downside. Donald Trump is now president in part because he focused on the downside: lost US jobs, closed factories, blighted communities.<p>Even more important, he’s fundamentally changing the way government looks at trade policy.<p>Trade …

Economics

A return to world trade's glory days appears unlikely

One thing you can be sure of is that international trade grows much faster than the world economy. It's the classic proof of growing globalisation, …

Economics

As interest rates rise, beware the Great Doldrums ahead

Thanks in large part to seven years of rock-bottom interest rates, many investments around the world are shockingly expensive. From Canadian homes to U.S. stocks to European bonds, asset prices teeter at historic highs.<p>So what comes next? Most of the world’s major central bankers – including the …

Mortgages

Here's What You Should Know About China's New African Base

Chinese forces in Djibouti are just the latest sign that the country wants to expand its military presence abroad.<p>AP<p>It’s a truism that if a country’s …

War

Utterly unkillable tardigrades will live to see our Sun die

In about 5 billion years' time, our Sun will use up its reserves of hydrogen and begin to cool down and expand, cooking the Earth in a miasma of heat …

Universe