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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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A 5,000 sq km glacier is about to break off Antarctica

The massive Larsen C ice shelf may be vulnerable to disintegration if researchers' predictions are correct, leaving grounded ice beyond at great risk<p>An iceberg estimated to be 5,000 sq km in size is about to break free from Antarctica after a deep rift rapidly developed last month.<p>A team of …

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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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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 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 scientific …

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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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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. …

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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We just broke the record for hottest year, 9 straight times

Earth’s record hottest 12 consecutive months were set in each month ending in September 2015 through May 2016<p>2014 and 2015 each set the record for hottest calendar year since we began measuring surface temperatures over 150 years ago, and 2016 is almost certain to break the record once again. It …

Climate change is already killing people: European heatwave caused by global warming in 2003 led to hundreds of deaths

• <b>From June to August 2003 a heatwave in Europe led to hundreds of deaths</b>• <b><br>New study shown a fifth of these were due to man-made climate change</b>• <b><br>First</b> …

Global Warming's Devastating Effect On World's Largest Cities Visualised With These Before And After Pictures

Long term sea level rise as a result of global warming could affect the lives and homes of over 130 million people globally according to a study carried out by Climate Central.<p>The worrying thing is that this figure is actually a best case scenario based on the terms laid out by the Cancun Agreement …

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Climate Change Is Doing Something Horrifying To Wine

How good a tipple of wine tastes depends on a number of different factors, from the level of tannins to how long it’s been aged, but it is also …

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Pink Snow Looks Awesome, But Is Another Climate Change Indicator

It's caused by a red algae, and it's bad news for the Arctic.<p>Some call it pink snow, some call it watermelon snow -- and now, a new study is calling it yet another symbol of the drastic melting in the Arctic.<p>The appearance of the so-called pink snow, which Arctic explorers have observed for …

How Climate Change Is Fueling a Rise in Shark Attacks

Shark attacks are on the rise in the U.S.—but it’s not because sharks are getting fiercer.<p>The increase in attacks—59 last year, up from 31 in 2011—is …

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Eastern US isn't ready for creatures fleeing heat

Only 2 percent of the eastern US provides the kind of "climate connectivity" that migrating species will need, compared to 51 percent of the western …

Arctic sea ice blows away record low for May as levels plunge toward uncharted territory

Arctic sea ice plunged to a record low for the month of May, and now lies in a more brittle, fragile state than normal for this time of year, just as the height of the summer melt season gets underway.<p>According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, sea ice extent …

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