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By Carl Southwell | Current topics related to climate change and its impacts

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

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 …

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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 …

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

An impending release of methane hydrate across the Arctic could potentially doom life on Earth, according to a new study in a prestigious journal. …

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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 …

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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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Trump’s policies will wreck coastal property values before sea level rise does

The trillion-dollar coastal property bubble is very close to bursting.<p>Both the Arctic and Antarctic keep smashing records for ice loss, providing …

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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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Siberia's 'Doorway to The Underworld' Is Getting So Big It's Uncovering Ancient Forests

A doorway to 200,000 years ago.<p>It's no secret that Siberia's permafrost has been on thin ice lately. Conditions are varying so much that huge holes …

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We may live in a post-truth era, but nature does not

In the 1870s, spectacular rains began to fall on the Western Plains, turning a dry region then named “the Great American Desert” to gorgeous green. Thousands of young homesteaders rushed west to raise crops and families, convinced by a humdinger alternative fact: “Rain Follows the Plow.” The more …

Humans are changing Earth's climate '170 times faster than nature'

Human activity is changing Earth's climate 170 times faster than natural forces, according to scientists who claim they have devised an equation that …

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

Here are some surprising facts about humans’ effect on planet Earth. We have made enough concrete to create an exact replica of Earth 2mm thick. We …

America may not have the power to deal with future hot days | Anthropocene

A warming climate is likely to place much greater stress on the US electrical grid than has been recognized in the past, according to a study …

More terrifying than Trump? The booming conspiracy culture of climate science denial

Conspiracy websites and hyperpartisan media outlets are building huge online audiences who want to hear climate change is a hoax<p>Back in December 2015, Donald Trump gave a 30-minute live interview to the website Infowars.com and its combustible leader, Alex Jones.<p>“Your reputation is amazing and I …

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Introduction: Nuclear power and the urgent threat of climate change

With the election of Donald Trump as president, the United States confronts a new era of climate change discussion. As I write this introduction, …

Here’s What a Defunded EPA Means for America

We’re two weeks into the Trump administration and already it’s clear that on the campaign trail our new president was not overstating his antipathy …

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The Earth Is Losing 10 Billion Trees Every Year

According to a new study, there are more than 3 trillion living trees on earth, and the fascinating, <i>Nature</i>-produced animation above shows where—and …

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Five Pacific islands lost to rising seas as climate change hits

Six more islands have large swaths of land, and villages, washed into sea as coastline of Solomon Islands eroded and overwhelmed<p>Headlines ‘exaggerated’ climate link to sinking of Pacific islands<p>Five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared due to rising seas and erosion, a discovery thought to be the …

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The last time the oceans got this warm, sea levels were 20 to 30 feet higher than they are today

Ocean temperatures today are about the same as they were more than 100,000 years ago — at a time when sea levels were 20 to 30 feet higher.<p>The findings, published in the journal Science, highlight the key role that human activity has played in global warming and underscore concerns about the future …