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Powerful Storm Lashes Ireland, Killing at Least 3 People

BALLYFERRITER, Ireland — One of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the northeastern Atlantic bore down on Ireland on Monday, unleashing strong winds and rain that killed at least three people and visited destruction on an island with little experience of such powerful storms.<p>The national …

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Forget the Paris agreement. The real solution to climate change is in the U.S. tax code.

When President Trump made a speech a few weeks ago to kick off his push for an overhaul of the tax code, he chose a telling backdrop: An oil refinery in North Dakota, a state that over the past decade exploded from backwater to boom town thanks to a massive spike in oil production.<p>“I want all of …

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Big Oil must pay for climate change. Now we can calculate how much

It is possible for scientific evidence to help apportion responsibility for climate damages among fossil fuel producers. Our paper shows how<p>As communities in coastal Texas and Louisiana confront the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey, another hurricane, Irma, fueled by abnormally warm waters, is …

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Irma Won’t “Wake Up” Climate Change-Denying Republicans. Their Whole Ideology is on the Line.

As one of the most powerful storms ever recorded was bearing down on the continental United States, with much of Florida under evacuation order, …

You Fix It: Can You Stay Within the World’s Carbon Budget?

Staying within the earth’s carbon budget will be tough — especially since we’ve blown through more than half of it already.

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Boomtown, Flood Town: Unchecked development and the risks for Houston

Rapid development continues in Houston, creating some economic gains but also contributing to flood risks. This 2016 project, done in partnership …

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US federal department is censoring use of term 'climate change', emails reveal

Exclusive: series of emails show staff at Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service advised to reference ‘weather extremes’ instead<p>Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials …

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Nutrient pollution: Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms and dead zones

Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and …

Massive iceberg nearly the size of Delaware breaks off Antarctica

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded broke off from an ice shelf in Antarctica, British scientists announced Wednesday.<p>The 1 trillion ton iceberg, with twice of the volume of Lake Erie, broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf between Monday and Wednesday, according to Project MIDAS, which has …

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The Man Who Coined ‘Global Warming’ on the Worst-Case Scenario for Earth

<i>This week, to accompany our cover story on worst-case climate scenarios, we’re publishing a series of extended interviews with climatologists on the</i> …

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

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Risky Business — The bottom line on climate change

The U.S. economy faces significant risks from unabated climate change. Every year of inaction serves to broaden and deepen those risks. Founded by …

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Scientists say the rapid sinking of Louisiana’s coast already counts as a ‘worst case scenario’

It’s common knowledge that the coast of Louisiana is quietly sinking into the balmy Gulf waters. But new research suggests we may have been underestimating how quickly it’s happening.<p>A new paper, published Wednesday in the Geological Society of America’s bulletin GSA Today, includes an updated map …

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Islamic State claims responsibility for terror attack on London – as it happened

This live blog is closed. Click here for the latest on the London attack London attacks: what we know so far Have you been affected by the attacks?

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Massive crack in Antarctica ice shelf grows 11 miles in only 6 days

A massive crack in an Antarctic ice shelf grew by 11 miles in the past six days as one of the world's biggest icebergs ever is poised to break off.<p>The crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is now about 120 miles long, and only eight miles remain until the crack cuts all the way across, producing an …

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Large ice sheet 'very close' to breaking away from Antarctica

<b>(CNN) —</b> A rift in an Antarctic ice shelf will soon create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded, according to scientists.<p>In the last six days, the rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf has grown by 17 kilometers (10.5 miles). It is now 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the edge of the ice.<p>Until recently, …

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Climate change already forcing 17 U.S. communities to move, new analysis says | NOLA.com

Climate change could force tens of thousands of U.S. residents to move this century. But 17 communities already face that threat, and most of these …

The Planet Can’t Stand This Presidency

President Trump’s environmental onslaught will have immediate, dangerous effects. He has vowed to reopen coal mines and moved to keep the dirtiest power plants open for many years into the future. Dirty air, the kind you get around coal-fired power plants, kills people.<p>It’s much the same as his …

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Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

First ever observed case of ‘river piracy’ saw the Slims river disappear as intense glacier melt suddenly diverted its flow into another watercourse<p>An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an …

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From extreme drought to record rain: Why California's drought-to-deluge cycle is getting worse

California’s climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain and snow.<p>But never before in recorded history has the state seen such an extreme drought-to-deluge swing.<p>Experts and state water officials say California is seeing more of these intense weather …

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Release of Arctic Methane ''May Be Apocalyptic,'' Study Warns

On a lake, plumes of gas, most likely methane from the breakdown of carbon in sediments below the lake, keep the water from freezing in spots, …

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Methane Hydrate: Killer cause of Earth's greatest mass extinction

Present address: State Key Laboratory of Paleobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, …

Donald Trump’s Disastrous Plan To Derail U.S. Climate Action

A tale in two charts.<p>President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Tuesday aimed at reversing much of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to shrink the United States’ carbon footprint.<p>The long-awaited order instructs the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Clean Power …

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State Department Rewrites Climate Change Page

Is dealing with climate change too inconvenient for the Trump State Department?<p>The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), which has …

What the US Will Look Like When Your Poor Kids Get Old

When climate change is in the news, it’s usually because of a scary new temperature record or a mass coral die-off, or because an enormous chunk of …

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New York attorney general: Tillerson used 'Wayne Tracker' email at Exxon to discuss climate

The New York attorney general has accused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of using the pseudonym "Wayne Tracker" to send emails related to climate change while serving as CEO of Exxon Mobil.<p>The office of Eric Schneiderman revealed the unorthodox arrangement in a letter sent to a New York state …

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Both the Arctic and Antarctic keep smashing records for ice loss, providing more evidence we are headed for the worst-case scenario of sea level …

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Springing Forward Again - Implications of Proposed NOAA Budget Cuts

You may feel a little feverish later today and Monday as strong south winds pump an airmass into Minnesota and Wisconsin that would feel right at …

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Antarctica hits record high temperature of 63.5°F

An Argentine research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula has set a heat record at a balmy 63.5° Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius), the U.N. weather agency said on Wednesday.<p>The Experanza base set the high on March 24, 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said after …

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