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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 …

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

There are over 7,000 gas-filled bubbles in remote parts of Siberia that are set to explode, scientists have discovered. Following extensive field …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 risk<p><i>Update 23/2/17:</i> New aerial footage taken over Antarctica reveals the staggering size of the crack that's threatening to destroy the Larsen C ice …

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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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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 …

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Arctic heating up at twice as fast as rest of globe

(CNN)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 …

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 …

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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. …

Gulf Stream Slows: Eastern North America & Western Europe Gets Colder

The ocean circulation that is responsible for England's mild climate appears to be slowing down. The shift is not sudden or dramatic, as in the 2004 …

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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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NASA Releases Data Visualization of the Hottest August in 136 Years of Recorded History

NASA’s Earth Observatory has released data visualization of the hottest August in 136 years of recorded history. August 2016 was tied with July 2016 …

We just had five 1,000-year floods in less than a year. What's going on?

<i>Editor’s note: This post was updated on Sept. 8, 2016, with results from a NOAA study on the Baton Rouge flood.</i><p>A 1,000-year flood is supposed to be …

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Zebra finches sing to eggs to prepare babies for global warming

This could be one way birds learn to survive the heat<p>Zebra finches program their offspring to prepare for global warming by singing to eggs before they hatch. In especially hot areas, finch parents make a special call to incubating eggs, basically telling them it’s really hot outside and they …

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One of the planet's deadliest ancient diseases could be about to return

Smallpox – a deadly disease eradicated from the world in 1977 – could return as the frozen tundra of Siberia melts and releases the virus from the …

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We just lived through the hottest month in recorded history, and that’s even more terrifying than you think

The Earth just had the hottest month in recorded history, and it’s even worse than normal.<p>The record comes in a run of unprecedentedly hot months. …

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Scorching Temperatures Just Set the Middle East's Heat Records on Fire - Motherboard

Unless you've been catatonic for the past seven months, you know that temperatures in 2016 have continuously skyrocketed. And now, I'm terrified to report that our planet is well on its way to becoming an actual inferno, as record-breaking heat records seem to indicate.<p>Yesterday, temperatures in …

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