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Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Way Faster Than Expected, Scientists Warn

The planet’s largest ice sheet is losing more than 240 billion tons of ice every year -- a threefold increase from what it was less than a decade ago.<p>The Antarctic ice sheet is melting at a faster rate than at any previously recorded time, according to a comprehensive new study.<p>The planet’s largest …

Global Warming

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 …

Global Warming

The U.S. Is In The Midst Of A Suicide Crisis

The rate of people dying by suicide has increased in nearly every state since 1999. Some regions have been hit significantly harder than others.<p>The recent deaths of internationally renowned chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have renewed public focus on suicide. But the …

Mental Health

Africa’s most famous trees are dying, and scientists suspect a changing climate

The baobab tree, sometimes called the “Tree of Life,” has an unforgettable appearance. Found in savanna regions of Africa, Madagascar and Australia, the trees form a very thick and wide trunk and mainly branch high above the ground. They can grow to be thousands of years old, and develop hollows …

Ecology

Hurricanes are slowing, which could be a big problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hurricanes and tropical storms, known as tropical cyclones, are moving slower around the planet, according to a new study from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist James Kossin.<p>The study, released Wednesday in the scientific journalNature,showed a 10% decrease in …

Extreme Weather

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unaware of the powerful opioid painkiller’s growing abuse until years after it went on the market.<p>But a copy of a confidential Justice Department report …

Medicine

Rice, the staple food of billions, could become less nutritious because of climate change

Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions threaten to make rice less nutritious, scientists said in a study released Wednesday, raising a worrying possibility about the staple food item for billions of humans.<p>Rice, the scientists found, contains lower levels of key vitamins when grown amid high …

Climate Change

The Cybersecurity 202: These hackers warned Congress the internet was not secure. 20 years later, their message is the same.

Cybersecurity

The earth has had warmer-than-average temperatures for 400 straight months now

<b>(CNN) —</b> For 400 consecutive months -- that's more than 33 years -- the earth's temperature has been above average, and climatologists aren't mincing words as to why.<p>The dubious milestone was reported in the April edition of NOAA's monthly global climate report. The report also states that this …

Global Warming

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold

For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the planet ever closer to warming beyond levels that scientists and the international community have deemed …

Climate Change

‘Fallen off a cliff’: Scientists have never observed so little ice in the Bering Sea in spring

In the middle of February, one-third of the ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska’s West Coast vanished within a week when an enormous pulse of heat swept over the Arctic. Scientists were stunned.<p>This rapid meltdown precipitated a record-shattering decline in Bering Sea ice through the winter and …

Global Warming

Greenhouse gas reaches alarming new record

<b>(CNN) —</b> Carbon dioxide (CO2), the No. 1 greenhouse gas leading to man-made global warming, has reached a dubious new milestone.<p>The level of the gas in the atmosphere, which is measured by instruments on top of Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory, topped 410 parts per million (ppm) for the month of April.<p>…

Climate Change

MED Researchers: Youth Football Linked to Earlier Brain Problems

A new study by researchers at the BU School of Medicine suggests that playing youth tackle football may lead to earlier onset of cognitive, behavior, …

The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary.

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>More than a thousand low-lying tropical islands risk becoming “uninhabitable” by the middle of the century — or possibly sooner — because of rising sea levels, upending the populations of some island nations and endangering key U.S. military assets, according to new …

Climate Change

Global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Marine heat waves caused by global warming are killing off the corals of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.<p>The Great Barrier Reef experienced an extended marine heat wave in 2016 that caused …

Atlantic Ocean Current Slows Down To 1,000-Year Low, Studies Show

An Atlantic Ocean current that helps regulate the global climate has reached an 1,000-year low, according to two new studies in the journal Nature.<p>While scientists disagree about what's behind the sluggish ocean current, the shift could mean bad news for the climate. The Atlantic Meridional …

Global Warming

The oceans’ circulation hasn’t been this sluggish in 1,000 years. That’s bad news.

The Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere’s high latitudes is slowing down because of climate change, a team of scientists asserted Wednesday, suggesting one of the most feared consequences is already coming to pass.<p>The Atlantic meridional overturning …

Global Warming

‘It is like we have regressed 100 years’: Report warns of resurgent global anti-Semitism

BERLIN — Jewish life around the world is under attack once again by “classic traditional antisemitism,” according to a report by an Israeli university released Wednesday.<p>While acts of violent anti-Semitism dropped by 9 percent between 2016 and 2017, other incidents such as abuse and harassment are …

Israel

Pilots had safety concerns months before NYC helicopter crash, lawyer says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Months before a helicopter crashed in New York's East River, killing five people, pilots at Liberty Helicopters warned management of safety issues, an attorney representing several pilots said.<p>"Safety has been a concern amongst my clients for a while now," attorney Debra Katz said. "They …

FAA

Scientists say the Mississippi is flooding more than it has in 500 years — and we caused it

A new scientific study stoked a long-standing controversy Wednesday with the claim that human interventions, in the form of levees and other engineered structures, have made the Lower Mississippi River more likely to flood, as it has to damaging effect several times in the past decade.<p>The research …

Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections

The Trump administration openly threatened one of the cornerstones of California's environmental protections Monday, saying that it may revoke the state's ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards than the federal government sets for vehicle emissions.<p>The announcement came as the …

For Months, Panera Bread Website Reportedly Exposed Millions Of Customer Records

It started with a warning email last summer, from a security researcher who told Panera Bread that its website was exposing sensitive customer data. But after the problem went unfixed for months, the researcher went public with proof of the flaw. Another analyst said Panera's response was …

Panera Bread

An alarming 10 percent of Antarctica’s coastal glaciers are now in retreat, scientists find

Antarctica’s ocean-front glaciers are retreating, according a new satellite survey that raises additional concerns about the massive continent’s potential contribution to rising sea levels.<p>Antarctica, which contains enough ice to raise the oceans by about 200 feet, is a continent of ice that flows …

Antarctica

The Sahara is growing, thanks in part to climate change

Earth’s largest hot desert, the Sahara, is getting bigger, a new study finds. It is advancing south into more tropical terrain in Sudan and Chad, turning green vegetation dry and soil once used for farming into barren ground in areas that can least afford to lose it.<p>Yet it is not just the spread of …

Climate Change

Ice cores show Greenland’s melting is unprecedented in at least four centuries

Scientists who crossed western Greenland with a fleet of snowmobiles, pulling up long cylinders of ice at camps a little more than a mile above sea level, have found evidence that the vast sheet of ice is melting faster than at any time in the past 450 years at least — and possibly much longer than …

Global Warming

A boy was decapitated on a waterslide. The park knew the ride could kill people, officials say.

In a quest to be the record holder for the world’s tallest waterslide, investigators say, Schlitterbahn Waterpark of Kansas City rushed to build a dangerous and structurally complicated ride, ignored glaring safety red flags and replaced mathematical calculations with “crude trial-and-error …

Crime

Last year dashed hopes for a climate change turnaround

After three flat years that had hinted at a possible environmental breakthrough, carbon dioxide emissions from the use of energy rose again by 1.4 percent in 2017, according to new data released by the International Energy Agency on Wednesday.<p>The increase in emissions of the all-important …

Fossil Fuels

The Arctic’s carbon bomb might be even more potent than we thought

For some time, scientists fearing the mass release of greenhouse gases from the carbon-rich, frozen soils of the Arctic have had at least one morsel of good news in their forecasts: They predicted most of the gas released would be carbon dioxide, which, though a greenhouse gas, drives warming more …

Climate Change

Bridge Design Team Had Meeting On Crack Hours Before Deadly Florida Collapse

An engineer reportedly reassured the team that the crack didn't pose any safety concerns during that meeting.<p>Florida International University’s bridge design team met hours before the school’s deadly bridge collapse to discuss a crack in the structure, but an engineer present concluded that there …

The fast-melting Arctic is already messing with the ocean’s circulation, scientists say

Scientists studying a remote and icy stretch of the North Atlantic have found new evidence that fresh water, likely melted from Greenland or Arctic sea ice, may already be altering a key process that helps drives the global circulation of the oceans.<p>In chilly waters on either side of Greenland, the …

Global Warming