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American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

Climate change only explains at least 20 percent of the movement.<p>As the consequences of climate change strike across the United States, ecologists have a guiding principle about how they think plants will respond. Cold-adapted plants will survive if they move “up”—that is, as they move further …

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Climate change spells dry times ahead for the West

<i>This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Picture a snowflake …

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New NOAA tool shows how climate change will affect your neighborhood

We’ve all seen the projections: Sea-level rises, hastened by a warming planet, will be nothing short of catastrophic for the world’s coastal …

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We just hit 410 ppm of CO2. Welcome to a whole new world.

This is not normal: We’re on track to witness a climate unseen in 50 million years by mid-century.<p>In pre-industrial times, the concentration of …

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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A powerful new tool reveals how climate change could transform your hometown

The climate is changing. Most people know that it's changing, and a sizeable majority even say they worry about those changes.<p>But at the same time, just 40% of Americans think it's going to harm them personally. And just 33% of Americans say they talk about climate change "even …

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Ice-spraying balloons are the latest climate idea because we are running out of climate ideas

It’s not a good situation<p>The idea of using technology to directly cool Earth’s climate — most often called geoengineering — has always been equal parts bold and crazy. But it’s getting slightly more plausible every day. At an event in Washington, DC today, Harvard professor David Keith announced …

Siberia permafrost: There are over 7,000 methane-filled bubbles 'ready to explode' in the Arctic

Huge craters have been appearing in Arctic regions over recent years due to thawing permafrost.<p>There are over 7,000 gas-filled bubbles in remote …

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Earth just had its second-warmest February on record

As the saying goes: Another month, another disconcerting report from top U.S. climate agencies.<p>Last month was Earth's second-hottest February on record since at least 1880, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently reported.<p>At the same time, the extent of sea ice …

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The White House doubts climate change. Here's why the Pentagon does not

WASHINGTON — The contentious debate over climate change is entering a new phase, with skeptics in the Trump administration poised to roll back …

California's Wild Climate Will Only Get More Volatile As Temperatures Rise

Wetter wets and drier dries are ahead.<p>To understand how climate change is creating a world of extremes, look to California, where the reality of severe drought coupled with intense precipitation threatens millions of residents, a rich ecosystem and the dated infrastructure designed to protect …

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These maps show how early spring is arriving in your state this year

Anyone living in the eastern United States has probably noticed how unusually warm it’s been this February. And it’s not just your imagination. There’s even a good way to visualize this.<p>The US Geological Survey has a neat set of maps, updated daily, showing how early spring has arrived in each …

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63.5º F: Antarctica's New Record High Temp

The World Meteorological Organization announced Wednesday that Antarctica hit a new record high recorded temperature of 63.5 degrees F.<p>The record, …

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Dramatic disintegration of Canada permafrost threatens huge carbon release

Permafrost, or frozen soil, is rapidly collapsing across a 52,000 square mile area in northwest Canada – about the size of the entire state of …

Chicago Records No Snow in January and February for the First Time in 146 Years

Chicago—a city well known for its windy and snowy winters—is experiencing some unusually warm weather. For the first time in 146 years, there was no …

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Australia’s new normal … as city temperatures hit 47C people shelter from the deadly heat

In Sydney’s baking suburbs, fans have sold out – and fears about the effects of climate change are mounting<p>Nahid is resting on a bench outside a Target clothing store, her groceries beside her. A cheery, middle-aged woman with a soft Egyptian accent, she is eating a cone of bubblegum ice-cream as …

Aerial footage captures the staggering crack in the Larsen C ice shelf

The massive Larsen C ice shelf may be vulnerable to disintegration if researchers' predictions are correct, leaving grounded ice beyond at great</i> …

Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise

<b>Migrating birds are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, a study has found.</b><p>Birds have reached their summer breeding grounds on average about one day earlier per degree of increasing global temperatures, according to the research by Edinburgh University.<p>The study …

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What a record-breaking year! Sigh.

This year was chock-full of superlatives — and not the good kind — thanks to a sweltering El Niño on top of decades of climate change:<p><b>1. The longest</b> …

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The Arctic is showing stunning winter warmth, and these scientists think they know why

Last month, temperatures in the high Arctic spiked dramatically, some 36 degrees Fahrenheit above normal — a move that corresponded with record low levels of Arctic sea ice during a time of year when this ice is supposed to be expanding during the freezing polar night.<p>And now this week, as you can …

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11 GIFs That Show the Undeniable Effects of Climate Change

Some of the effects of climate change are tough to spot. Higher sea levels, when viewed from the shore, are <i>pretty tough</i> to prove. And while …

Arctic heating up at twice as fast as rest of globe

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Arctic is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world -- triggering a "massive decline in sea ice and snow," according to a new federal report.<p>On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 11th annual Arctic Report Card, which compiles data from 61 …

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Svalbard above freezing? 'Shocking' temps have huge consequences

Once-frozen Svalbard may soon see liquid water where ice sheets reigned, as the average annual temperature for 2016 could be above 32 degrees …

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CO2 levels mark 'new era' in the world's changing climate

<b>Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have surged past an important threshold and may not dip below it for "many generations".</b><p>The 400 parts per million benchmark was broken globally for the first time in recorded history in 2015.<p>But according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), 2016 will …

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Australian seaweed found to eliminate more than 99% of cow burp methane

Australia's CSIRO has identified a strain of seaweed that can reduce bovine methane emissions by more than 99 percent if added to cow feed in small …

It’s official: Hurricane Matthew is a monster.

Colorado State meteorologist Phil Klotzbach has been tallying up a long list of records the storm has set — and that’s before even making U.S. …

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Earth smashes yet another heat record; 16th month in a row

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another month, another global heat record smashed.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday said August's temperature of 61.74 degrees (16.52 Celsius) was .09 degrees (.05 Celsius) warmer than the old August record set last year, and was the 16th consecutive …

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Something terrifying is happening at the North Pole

Writing about climate change presents an interesting challenge.<p>It's a slow, constant process. Global temperatures rise a little every year, bit by …

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