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

If greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, ice-free areas are expected to surge by as much as 17,000 square kilometres<p>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 …

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

Study by UN and Columbia finds ‘proliferation’ of cases instigated by citizens Lion’s share of court cases are in US but number also growing around the world<p>Governments around the world are increasingly being challenged in court to do more to combat the threat of climate change, with litigation …

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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 …

Water streaming across Antarctica surprises scientists

Melting of Antarctica's ice sheets could trigger devastating consequences for coastal communities across the planet

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Weekly Warm-Up: Visualizing Climate Change

05/15/2016 · by Meghan Modafferi · in Classroom Ideas, Main, Weekly Warm-Up. ·<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 simpler explanation, …

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

12 May 2016 – Disasters associated with slow processes of environmental change – drought, sea level rise and desertification – demonstrate again the …

La Nina May Replace Fading El Nino by Summer Storm Season - Bloomberg

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, …

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 …

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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

Some of the “potato guardians” of the five Quechua communities helping to safeguard native varieties in a 9,200-hectare “potato park” in the Sacred …

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

Properties worth over £1bn will be lost to coastal erosion in England and Wales over the next century, with no compensation for homeowners, as it becomes too costly to protect them<p>• After the floods: one year on, memories continue to haunt residents<p>Almost 7,000 homes and buildings will be …

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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 before that.<p>Even though November was tied with 2008 as only the seventh-warmest such month on record, global average surface temperatures are 1.17 …

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 …

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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 …

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

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 Environment | DW.COM | 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 …

Russia's Rate of Global Warming Twice as High as World Average

Russia is heating up 2.5 times faster than the rest of the world, but may yet stand to benefit from it, the country's chief meteorologist said in …

In Climate Talks, Spotlight Turns to India

U.S.-China deal on carbon emissions ramps up pressure on New Delhi to get more aggressive in moving away from coal.<p>India's new prime minister, a Hindu nationalist and former tea seller, recently urged his country's schoolchildren to help save the planet by relishing the delight of a full moon.<p>"On a …

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Stunning NASA Visualization Reveals Secret Swirlings of Carbon Dioxide

The new simulation tracks the invisible gas that's warming the planet.<p>NASA has released a striking visualization of how carbon dioxide flows around the world. In the simulation, plumes of the greenhouse gas gush into the atmosphere from major industrial centers, swirling from continent to continent …

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Climate change is not just about science – it’s about the future we want to create

Climate scientist Chris Rapley and his co-author of the acclaimed play 2071 explain why the 2015 Paris climate summit cannot be allowed to fail – for all our sakes<p>• Graphic: consequences of climate change<p>• Six steps world leaders must agree to take to protect Earth<p>Next December, 196 nations will …

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Our Disappearing Snows: Climate Change and Water Resources

As the Earth has warmed over the past 30 years, the global water cycle has begun to change. In particular, our snows have begun to disappear. The implications for the water systems we've built and operate are vast and pervasive. And despite decades of research, observations, and outreach to water …

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Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy

The past few years have been California's driest on record. Forecasters predict that punishing droughts like the current one could become the new norm.<p>The state uses water rationing and a 90-year-old water distribution system to cope until the rains come. The system is a huge network of dams, …

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Sustaining Africa’s Development by Leveraging on Climate Change

By leveraging knowledge on climate change, like adopting improved agriculture technologies and using water and energy more effectively, Africa can …

June through August 2014 hottest ever recorded globally

June through August 2014 is the warmest period recorded since record keeping began in 1880, NOAA says. Also, the warmest August since 1880.<p>The …