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Climate Change Is Making Cities Sick

<i>This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Urban Canadians are feeling the impact of climate change. …

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Hundreds of US mayors endorse switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035

Leaders from more than 250 cities unanimously back a resolution to reach clean energy goal at the US Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach<p>A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country has unanimously backed an ambitious commitment for US cities to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind …

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Allergies really are getting worse — it's not just you

Every spring, it begins.<p>Not the days in the park or the outdoor happy hours — though those both contribute — but the incessant sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, runny noses, and mental fog, all brought on by pollen.<p>Allergies are the worst. And for some reason, it often feels like they hit harder and …

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In a Montana town, a record-breaking 103-degree swing in 24 hours

Loma's weather in January 1972 is a fascinating exemplar of sudden temperature spikes and drops.<p><b>IN MANY PARTS OF THE U.S., IT'S NOT UNCOMMON</b> for a summery afternoon to transform into a below-zero night. But no place has felt a ­greater 24-hour change in the mercury than Loma, Montana. Between …

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This disturbing map reveals how climate change is already affecting your health, based on the state you live in

Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.<p>On a more local level, experts …

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A one-degree heat increase caused twice as many deaths in India

Researchers found that deaths caused by heat waves in India more than doubled after the country's temperature increased by nearly one degree …

American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

Climate change explains only 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 north (away …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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</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 …

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> …

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 Effects of Climate Change

Sometimes nothing's as good as just showing people the GIFs.<p>Some of the effects of climate change are tough to spot. Higher sea levels, when viewed …

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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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