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We’re Not Even Talking About Some of the Most Devastating Effects of Climate Change

Climate change isn’t just going to sink our cities, obscure our skylines and stars with pollution, melt glaciers and make our oceans more acidic. It …

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6 ways climate change and disease helped topple the Roman Empire

Americans have always loved to compare themselves to the ancient Romans. Our political language and ideology are suffused with Latin influences like “capitol,” “forum,” and “senate”; the neoclassical style is our federal architecture; our very model of a constitutional republic is deeply indebted …

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What We’ve Learned About Climate Change Since Hurricane Sandy

<i>This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>When hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria recently pounded …

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Africa: Changing Climate Is Already Changing Us - Are We Prepared?

[This is Africa] The tragedy that comes with the change in climate that caused landslides and flooding recently hit Sierra Leone, one of the jewels …

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Dirt, The Hidden Climate Hero?

In a string of recent research, studies have found dirt may be the hidden key to a climate solution. It’s not the most glamorous of topics for most people, but soils around the world both have the ability to capture and release carbon enough to significantly dampen the effects of climate …

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There’s a Climate Bomb Under Your Feet

Long before most people ever heard of climate change, scientists divided a patch of Harvard University-owned forest in central Massachusetts into 18 …

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That Giant Antarctic Iceberg Just Revealed an Ecosystem Hidden For Thousands of Years

"A fantastic, unknown area for scientific research."<p>When a vast trillion-tonne chunk of ice the size of Delaware broke free from Antarctica in July, …

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Analysts warn of increasing link between climate change, migration

Climate change is a “risk factor” for forced migration, like in the European refugee crisis, experts on health, migration, and disaster relief told a …

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Massive Iceberg Breaks Off From Antarctic Glacier

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September Is the Strongest Hurricane Month Ever Recorded—Probably

Why it’s so hard to compare contemporary tropical cyclones to those from the 19th century<p>Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, and Maria. Over the past 30 days, some of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean have prompted a diluvial flood, a mass migration, and an ongoing humanitarian …

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Climate change could shut down the major current that brings warm water to the Atlantic

Spewing too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere could shut down the major ocean current that ferries warm water to the North Atlantic, new climate simulations suggest.<p>While not as extreme as the doomsday scenario portrayed in the movie <i>The Day After Tomorrow</i>, such a shutdown could cause …

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Climate change could make earthquakes worse for a surprising reason

Shifting tectonic plates cause earthquakes, and several human activities cause shifting tectonic plates—however, the effect is indirect.<p>Not all …

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One of the most bizarre ideas about climate change just found more evidence in its favor

More and more, we are learning that climate change can lead to some pretty strange and counterintuitive effects, especially when it comes to the wintertime.<p>For instance, scientists have pointed out for a number of years that warmer seas, and a wetter atmosphere, can actually fuel more snowfall in …

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'Phenomenal': Sydney sweats through one of the hottest September nights on record

Much of NSW would have felt like they spooned a hot water bottle last night.<p>Sydneysiders especially would be forgiven for thinking they'd slept with …

How climate change is creating more delays and longer flight times across the Atlantic

Flights from London to New York could start to take longer due to climate change, according to Paul Williams, a Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading.<p>He spoke with Business Insider UK about how climate change is affecting the jet stream, …

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Arctic Warming Made Harvey A ‘Killer Storm,' Climate Researcher Says

“What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic,” says Charles H. Greene.<p>Soaring temperatures in the Arctic are causing record ice melt, animals to change ancient patterns, and Greenland to literally burn.<p>But the effects don’t stay in the northernmost latitudes. Melting sea ice and increased …

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We Finally Know Why The Caspian Sea Is Evaporating Off The Face of The Planet

It could disappear.<p>Like a puddle under hot sunshine, the world's largest inland body of water is shrinking in the face of heat – in this case, a …

Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change

A new study finds that a lecture from evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe successfully educates evangelical college students, validating the “trusted sources” approach<p>Approximately one-quarter of Americans identify as evangelical Christians, and that group also tends to be more resistant …

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The countries most likely to survive climate change in one infographic

Climate change is real, and it's coming.<p>The leaders of 150 nations, along with thousands of representatives of nearly 200 countries, meet today in …

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How farmers convinced scientists to take climate change seriously

The path of Harvey’s destruction cut through some of the rural communities least likely to believe in human-caused climate change. But not long ago, these very same rural communities contained the most fervent believers of the link between human activity and extreme weather. What …

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Why Alaska's vanishing permafrost worries researchers

Permafrost is losing in the battle against climate change. Even as we attempt to mitigate climate change by reducing fossil fuel use, researchers say …

How to Communicate the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

We are pleased to announce a newly published article: “How to Communicate the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change: Plain Facts, Pie Charts or …

I was a climate scientist at Exxon — here's what it's like to work there

ExxonMobil's deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long time, now.<p>Investigative reports in 2015 revealed that Exxon had its own …

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Is Hurricane Harvey Related to Climate Change? Scientists Have a Better Answer

As Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas, an old argument has again resurfaced about whether climate change is to blame.<p>In the past, scientists have had …

Los Angeles Tests Cooling Pavement Paint to Combat Climate Change

Can a splash of grey pavement paint help combat global warming?<p>In Los Angeles, where summer temperatures regularly surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 …

Los Angeles

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. …

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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