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Climate Scientist James Hansen: ‘The Planet Could Become Ungovernable’

<i>This week, to accompany</i> <i>our cover story</i> <i>on worst-case climate scenarios, we’re publishing a series of extended interviews with climatologists on the</i> …

Climate Change

It’s not just happening in Utah. Across the U.S., global warming is driving the spread of toxic algae in reservoirs, lakes and ponds, researchers say.

<b>Salem, Ore.</b> • The words blasted to cellphones around Oregon’s capital city were ominous: “Civil emergency . prepare for action.”<p>Within half an hour, …

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Antarctic ice is melting faster. Coastal cities need to prepare — now.

SCIENTISTS HAVE given Antarctica a thorough physical exam. The results are grim. The continent is shedding weight at an astonishing and accelerating rate, and that is alarming news for anyone living near a major body of water — in other words, much of humanity.<p>A landmark study published last week …

Climate Change

So Much of Antarctica’s Ice Has Melted in the Past Decade That Scientists Are Freaking Out

According to research published today in the journal <i>Nature</i>, the Antarctic’s ice sheets have been melting at a rate three times higher than ever before, pouring 200 billion tons of water into the world’s oceans and raising the sea level by a half-millimeter every year.<p>Although that number doesn’t …

Global Warming

Big Oil CEOs needed a climate change reality check. The pope delivered

It's odd to have the pope schooling energy executives on the math of carbon. But actually, no odder than NFL quarterbacks schooling politicians on …

Fossil Fuels

The Oceans, which protect us against climate change, teeter on verge of collapse.

<i>And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean,</i> …

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How we'll control the weather in 100 years

Climate change can cause dramatic shifts in global temperatures and weather patterns. And while scientists won't be able to reverse all of the …

Climate Change

A New Arctic Cyclone Could Be Among the Most Powerful On Record [Update: It Is]

Weather watchers may be more preoccupied of late with storms popping off in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific, but a very unusual cyclone …

Global Warming

Hurricane season officially starts today — and you're at risk even if you live far from the shore

BOULDER, Colorado - The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season kicks off today, and forecasters are predicting a slightly above-average number of storms this year.<p>But if you think that living away from the coast means you'll be safe and dry when hurricanes hit, think again.<p>Climate scientists agree: …

Weather

In a Single Generation, Alaska's Landscapes Have Transformed

As we continue to burn fossil fuels like there’s no tomorrow, an insidious transformation is taking place under our noses. Remote ecosystems in our …

Global Warming

"Die off, soft landing or full-blown collapse": Maths model reveals three possible fates facing humanity, and none are pretty

Mathematically modelling the fates of alien civilisations doesn’t bode well for humans<p>As we’ve written before, when writing about climate change and …

Climate Change

Pakistan’s 'shocking' spring heat drives up water use, health risks

"Temperatures we used to record in June and July are now being recorded in March," Pakistan's weather agency says<p>By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra …

Climate Change

Dyer: Arctic warming may hit sudden tipping point

Here are two interesting facts.<p>The winter temperatures in the Arctic this year were the highest ever recorded. On two days in February, it was warmer …

Sprinting to the finish line: Earth's climate to increase 4° Celsius by 2084.

A collaborative effort by Chinese researchers resulted in a new study that was recently published in the journal The Institute of Atmospheric Physics …

A building El Niño in 2018 signals more extreme weather for 2019

In case you couldn’t get enough extreme weather, the next 12 months or so could bring even more scorching temps, punishing droughts, and unstoppable …

Climate Change

An Extreme Climate Forces Extreme Measures as Worst-Case Predictions Are Realized

Mountaineering, which has become more of a balm and solace for me than ever before, is an increasingly bittersweet experience. While the internal …

A Deadly Heat Wave Is Sweeping Over Pakistan

For the past month, South Asia has been home to some of the most extreme weather on the planet. Pakistan set an all-time world heat record for April, …

Expert warns of irrevocable biodiversity damage with rising temperature

Cape Town, May 20 (IANS) A 3.2 degree Celsius increase in the Earth's temperature could see 47 per cent of insect species, 26 per cent of vertebrate …

Wildfires spewing CO2 in Siberia and Russia could impact the whole planet

Wildfires are raging in Russia and Siberia, and they could have drastic consequences for the entire planet. Blazes burning in the Amur region since …

Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn

Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis.<p>Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the scientists warn. Their research shows …

Ecology

Trump’s NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'

“I also know that we human beings are contributing to it in a major way,” Jim Bridenstine said, taking an unusual stance for his administration.<p>The new administrator of NASA held a town hall Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jim Bridenstine is about four weeks into the job, …

Climate Change

NASA Satellites Detect Seriously Weird Changes in Earth's Freshwater

A fascinating new study from NASA reveals how the amount of freshwater in certain regions changed over the years due to various factors, including …

Climate Change

Sun rises in the Arctic for the summer. Now, melting will kick into overdrive.

<i>“I really didn’t care about it (referring to oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), and then when I heard that everybody wanted it,</i> …

The Rise And Fall of The Roman Empire Is Being Rewritten by Ice Hidden Under Greenland

Wait, what has Greenland got to do with ancient Rome?<p>The frosty vastness of Greenland might have eluded the far-reaching grasp of the Roman Empire, …

The Sea Is Rising, but Not Because of Climate Change

There is nothing we can do about it, except to build dikes and sea walls a little bit higher.<p>Of all known and imagined consequences of climate change, many people fear sea-level rise most. But efforts to determine what causes seas to rise are marred by poor data and disagreements about methodology. …

Climate Change

The Great Climate Hoax Is Putting Fish in the Wrong Places

Surely, this will end well.<p>I don’t want to unduly alarm people, but there are lots of fish in the wrong places these days. This, of course, is connected to the effects of the Great Chinese Climate Hoax. Suitable environments are moving, and the fish are moving with them. Yale Environment 360 has …

Global Warming

Scientists Find Melting of Antarctic Ice Sheet Accelerating

Two new papers point to eventual complete loss of glaciers, but it will take centuries or more to occur.<p>Many news outlets have covered the two new …

Climate Change Ruining California’s Environment, Says Report

There is “unequivocal” evidence that man-made climate change is having a ruinous effect on California’s environment, according to a new report from …

Climate Change

The biggest hurricanes are gaining power faster than before

The Atlantic Ocean's biggest hurricanes are getting stronger more quickly than they were 30 years ago, according to new research. And they're now …