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Kashmir: Melting glaciers threaten Ladakh's nature

Rise in temperature melts Himalayan glaciers in Kashmir's Ladakh region, threatening the lives of thousands of people.<p><b>Leh, Ladakh -</b> Tsering Jorgay, a 40-year-old from the village of Kuri in Indian-administered Kashmir's Ladakh region, was deep in conversation with Jigmet Norphel, a young engineer …

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April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs

Last month was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records.<p>The latest figures smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever recorded.<p>It makes three months in a row that the monthly record has been broken by the …

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Spring Has Sprung in the Arctic Ocean : Earth Matters : Blogs

With springtime comes sunlight and warmth that advance the melting and breakup of Arctic sea ice. Varied patterns and textures appear across the …

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Everglades under threat as Florida's mangroves face death by rising sea level

Florida’s mangroves have been forced into a hasty retreat by sea level rise and now face being drowned, imperiling coastal communities and the prized Everglades wetlands, researchers have found.<p>From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders<p>Read more<p>Mangroves in …

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The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary.

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>More than a thousand low-lying tropical islands risk becoming “uninhabitable” by the middle of the century — or possibly sooner — because of rising sea levels, upending the populations of some island nations and endangering key U.S. military assets, according to new …

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In 2017, the oceans were by far the hottest ever recorded

The second-hottest year recorded at Earth’s surface was the hottest in its oceans<p>Among scientists who work on climate change, perhaps the most anticipated information each year is how much the Earth has warmed. That information can only come from the oceans, because almost all heat is stored there. …

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2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost

2017 was the hottest year since global records began that was not given an additional boost by the natural climate cycle El Niño, according to new data. Even without an El Niño, the year was still exceptionally hot, being one of the top three ever recorded.<p>The three main global temperature records …

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The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming

When UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new figure on the table: 3C.<p>Until now, global efforts such as the Paris climate agreement have tried to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. However, with latest projections pointing to an increase of …

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Antarctica's ice-free areas to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, study says

Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists there, according to projections from the first study examining the question in detail.<p>If emissions of greenhouse …

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More people heading to court to spur action on climate change, study finds

Governments around the world are increasingly being challenged in court to do more to combat the threat of climate change, with litigation ranging from a group’s attempt to stop an airport runway in Austria to a Pakistani farmer suing his government over its failure to adapt to rising temperatures, …

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World Bank: let climate-threatened Pacific islanders migrate to Australia or NZ

World Bank argues structured migration program would prevent forced migration in future generations<p>Australia and New Zealand should allow open migration for citizens of Pacific nations threatened by climate change, to boost struggling island economies and prevent a later mass forced migration, a …

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Prolonged Drought Spurs Elephant Starvation : Image of the Day

For elephants roaming the savanna in Kenya, drought can be a matter of life and death. Prolonged periods with little to no rainfall can cause …

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Floods, droughts, wildfires, windstorms, water contamination and illnesses plague the 1.3 billion people who live in the watersheds directly supplied …

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Water streaming across Antarctica surprises, worries scientists

In a unique study spanning the entire continent, scientists have found that water is gushing across Antarctica — more than they ever realized.<p>The …

Weekly Warm-Up: Visualizing Climate Change

05/15/2016 · by Meghan Modafferi · in Classroom Ideas, Main, This Week in Geographic History. ·<p>Climate change is a difficult subject for adults as well as children to wrap their brains around. Of course, there are political, cultural, and even neurological reasons for that. But there may be a …

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New UN-backed report cites climate change among factors fuelling internal displacement

“Internal displacement is a reliable barometer of the scale of humanitarian needs around the globe and last year there were 27.8 million …

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La Nina May Replace Fading El Nino by Summer Storm Season

A La Nina, a weather pattern marked by a cooling of the Pacific Ocean’s surface, might begin as soon as summer in the Northern Hemisphere, …

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Can Melbourne Lower Its Temperature by 7 Degrees?

The Australian city is using trees and water to fight the urban heat island effect.<p>MELBOURNE, Australia — This city’s strategy to save its urban landscape — and protect itself from the perils of climate change — was borne of patience. Followed by despair. Followed by tragedy.<p>Patience, from waiting …

2014 Was the Warmest Year in the Modern Record : Image of the Day

acquired 2014 download large image (2 MB, TIFF, 6000x3827)<p>The year 2014 was Earth’s warmest in 134 years of records, according to an analysis of …

Climate Change Threatens Quechua and Their Crops in Peru’s Andes

In this town in Peru’s highlands over 3,000 metres above sea level, in the mountains surrounding the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Quechua Indians …

China Climate Deal Includes Provision on Water-Energy Research

<i>A joint energy research program will be extended and expanded to include water.</i><p>President Xi Jinping of China and U.S. President Barack Obama greet …

Almost 7,000 UK properties to be sacrificed to rising seas

Almost 7,000 homes and buildings will be sacrificed to the rising seas around England and Wales over the next century, according to an unpublished Environment Agency (EA) analysis seen by the Guardian. Over 800 of the properties will be lost to coastal erosion within the next 20 years.<p>The …

What Is This "Atmospheric River" That Is Flooding California?

<i>Editors' Note (2/22/17): The flooding across California, and the threat of breaches at the Oroville Dam and other reservoirs that have forced</i> …

The charts that show we're living through Earth's warmest year on record

This year is almost certain to become the warmest year the planet has had since instrument records began, and very likely for at least 4,000 years …

Geoengineering: Energy efficient method using salt water to cool planet identified

Rayleigh Jet technique could help offset the effects of carbon emissions<p>A study into reversible geoengineering method to offset rising global …

Climate Finance Flowing, But for Many, the Well Remains Dry

Communities like this one in Grenada, which depend on the sea for their survival, stand to suffer the most with the loss of the fishing industry due …

California’s 'Hot Drought' Ranks Worst in at Least 1,200 Years

Record rains fell in California this week. They’re not enough to change the course of what scientists are now calling the region’s worst drought in …

Coping without water in Peru | DW | 11.12.2014

Maria Maldonardo doesn’t have a good word left to say about the Peruvian government and the country's President Ollanta Humala. "The president …

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