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

Racing to save Florida’s coral from climate change, scientists turn to a once-unthinkable strategy: ‘assisted evolution’

In a hurricane-proof lab miles down the Florida Keys, scientists coddle, the way a parent might, tiny pieces of coral from the moment they are spawned until they are just hearty enough to be separated into specimens equipped to survive in the wild.<p>Then these dark-green fragments are put through …

Key Largo

Fires destroy homes and spark mass evacuations amid Southern California heat wave

Record heat sparked several destructive brush fires across Southern California that burned numerous homes in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties.<p>Powerful sundowner winds on the Santa Barbara County coast helped fuel the Holiday fire, which burned several homes Friday night in the hills above …

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Tiny Hurricane Beryl Intensifying, May Reach Lesser Antilles as a Hurricane Late Sunday or Monday | The Weather Channel

Hurricane Central<p>Tiny Hurricane Beryl Intensifying, May Reach Lesser Antilles as a Hurricane Late Sunday or Monday<p>less than an hour …

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Infographic: How to Predict If a Species Is At Risk

To calculate the likelihood that organisms will be harmed by climate change, researchers estimate their exposure, sensitivity, and ability to adapt …

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Arctic warming hotspot in the northern Barents Sea linked to declining sea-ice import

Article | Published: 25 June 2018<p>Sigrid Lind ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-8805-6652,<br>• Randi B. Ingvaldsen &<br>• Tore Furevik<p><i>Nature Climate Change</i><b>volume 8</b>, …

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Southern California's coastal communities could lose 130 feet of cliffs this century as sea levels rise

It’s not just beaches and sand that are disappearing as the ocean pushes inland. Sea level rise is also eating away at California’s coastal cliffs.<p>The question is by how much, as Californians have heavily developed and continue to build along the edge of the Pacific.<p>Scientists are now one step …

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Key science agency drops climate change from mission priorities

The change coincides with the gutting of three EPA advisory committees.<p>A crucial federal agency overseeing the National Weather Service and other key …

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Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?

June 4, 2018<p>In the face of climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss, creating a sustainable version of civilization is one of humanity’s …

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The Scientist Magazine - Life Sciences News and Articles

Covering the life sciences inside and out<p>In the largest-ever study of its kind, researchers combined genomic data from nearly 900,000 patients and …

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FERC Order Announces Policy Shift To Limit Environmental Review in Pipeline Certification Decisions

Announcing an unexpected policy shift, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order on May 18, 2018, limiting its analysis of…

LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA

The frantic phone calls to the Community Water Center began in the summer of 2014. In the 7,000-strong unincorporated community of East Porterville, …

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Ramp-up in Antarctic ice loss speeds sea level rise – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 0.12 inch (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone, according to a …

Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble.

Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.<p>The melt rate has tripled in the past decade, the study concluded. If …

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Africa's oldest baobab trees are dying at an unprecedented rate, and climate change may be to blame

Baobab trees — an icon of the African continent and the heart of many traditional African remedies and folklore — are dying across the continent, and scientists are trying to understand why.<p>A study published Monday found eight of the 13 oldest trees in Africa have died over the past decade, and the …

Category 3 Hurricane Bud threatens Mexico, Southwest U.S.

Hurricane Bud, now swirling off the west coast of Mexico as a Category 3 storm, is forecast to bring heavy rain to Mexico and possibly the Southwest U.S. over the next few days.<p>While rainfall from Bud or its remnants would be beneficial to the drought-stricken Southwest, it could also cause flash …

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Trump to skip climate portion of G7 after Twitter spat with Macron and Trudeau

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump plans to depart from this weekend's Group of 7 summit in Canada several hours early, the White House announced Thursday, punctuating an explosion of acrimony between Trump and his foreign counterparts on the eve of the talks.<p>The White House said Trump would depart …

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Blocked by Trump, Climate Change Activists Focus on Cities and States

For eight years, climate change activists lobbied President Obama to address global warming with everything from stronger regulations on greenhouse …

Many Republican mayors are advancing climate-friendly policies without saying so

Leadership in addressing climate change in the United States has shifted away from Washington, D.C. Cities across the country are organizing, …

Shell Knew About Climate Risks Since the 1980s, Will it Act Now?

Photo: David Nagy CC-BY-SA-2.0 (Flickr) The year is 1988. The Wonder Years debuts on TV, George Michael’s “Faith” tops the Billboard charts, gas …

Human race just 0.01% of all life but has destroyed over 80% of wild mammals – study

Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet.<p>The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study. Yet since the dawn of …

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Climate Change Will Force Hundreds of Marine Species to Move | The Scientist Magazine®

A study of 686 fish and invertebrates predicts that some animals will have to shift more than 1,000 kilometers to stay within tolerable temperatures.

'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

“We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting …

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The bizarre holes NASA found in the Arctic sea ice are actually a sign of a more worrying trend

On April 14, a group of NASA scientists were flying over the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska and the Canadian border, when they saw something puzzling: Three holes in the sea ice with what look like rings around them and some wavy ice to their left.<p>“I don’t recall seeing this sort of thing …

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Climate change: Hawking's greatest warning to humanity

Last week, Stephen Hawking died at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76. As one of science's brightest stars, he made his name from hypothesizing …

Climate Change

Scientists have some pretty outlandish ideas for cooling the planet down

Desperate times inspire desperate measures.<p>Climate change is a big, ugly, unwieldy problem, and it’s getting worse by the day. Emissions are rising. Ice is melting, and virtually no one is taking the carbon crisis as seriously as the issue demands. Countries need to radically overhaul their energy …

World's future climate change hotspots mapped

A new interactive online map highlights the places which could be hardest hit by climate change in the future. The map is accessible to anyone with …

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Buried, altered, silenced: 4 ways government climate information has changed since Trump took office

After Donald Trump won the presidential election, hundreds of volunteers around the U.S. came together to “rescue” federal data on climate change, …

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Weathering Trump's skepticism, U.S. officials still fighting global warming

WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.<p>But there is a disconnect between what Trump says at home and …

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