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Toxic Red Tide Leaves Florida Beachgoers Sick, Kills Thousands of Sea Animals

A toxic red tide is plaguing a hundred miles of Florida’s beaches.<p>The phenomenon, which occurs when a profusion of algae emits dangerous toxins into …

Florida

Greenhouse-gas levels near milestone: Highest in millions of years

Any day now, the concentration of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide sampled from the air wafting above a barren lava field in Hawaii could be above 400 parts per million (ppm), a level not seen since the Pliocene, between 3.2 and 5 million years ago.<p>Carbon dioxide levels were around 280 ppm when …

Climate Change

Skin poaching of Asian elephants, a crisis unfolding in Myanmar, could crush the species

<i>Editor’s note: This story contains some graphic photos of elephant poaching.</i><p>Ecologists in Myanmar spend hours and hours fighting through thick vines, …

Elephants

We're dangerously unprepared for the heat crisis from climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hot enough for you?<p>Well, if you live in one of the many US cities where official heat emergencies have been declared, or if you live in California, suffering the worst wildfires in the state's history, the answer is obvious. Extreme heat creates terrible conditions. And for many vulnerable …

Public Health

Steve Lopez: Ignore the climate change deniers. California's hellish summer really is a grave warning

Wind-swept wildfires raging. Homes incinerated. Families displaced. Lives lost.<p>In the long, hot, smoky California summer of 2018, as we camp under ash-hued sunset skies, the scariest thought is that the future has arrived, and more intense weather extremes will continue to wreak havoc in years to …

Climate Change

According to the scientific journal Current Biology, only 13 percent of the world’s oceans are still considered wild places with little human influence or interference. That means that 87 percent of the ocean’s ecosystems don’t function the way they should due to the effects of pollution, shipping, overfishing, etc. For more information, head to our site. Photo: @chachfiles #SURFERmagazine

Die-off of Alaska seabirds may be tied to warming water in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska

ADVERTISING<p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska >> Federal wildlife officials are documenting a die-off of Alaska seabirds stretching from north of the Bering Strait to …

Global Warming

The EPA's own staff are aghast that Trump is bringing back asbestos

The Trump administration's plan to bring back asbestos is right in line with Trumpist ideology that any science that interferes with profits is a …

Asbestos

New South Wales drought now affects entire state

<b>Australia's most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed.</b><p>A dry winter has intensified what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia.<p>NSW produces about a quarter of Australia's agricultural output. It was …

Australia

The warmest ocean temperature in a century was just recorded in California

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have recorded the warmest sea surface temperature in more than a hundred years near a pier in …

Global Warming

The Loss of Arctic Sea Ice Is Having a Strange Effect on Tornadoes in The US

Scientists aren't sure what is going on.<p>The US mainland is thousands of miles away from the Arctic circle, but that does not mean the nation is …

Global Warming

#Regram #RG @amazonfrontlines: The Waorani people have a message for the world:⠀ ⠀ “We are a rainforest people, who live far away from roads. We hunt, fish and grow our food, and we heal ourselves with plant medicines. In the coming months, the Ecuadorian Government plans to sell our land to the oil companies. If we don’t act now, our rainforest homeland - where we have lived for thousands of years - will be put on auction and sold to the highest-bidder.”⠀ ⠀ Amazon Frontlines is supporting the Waorani in the defense of their lands and lives. Join us by donating to #WaoraniResistance today: link in bio.⠀ ⠀ #amazon #amazonlife#AmazonRainforest #indigenousrights #indigenousresilience#indigenousrising#forestguardians #resistance#indigenousresistance#climatechange#climatejustice #humanrights

Ocean temperature off San Diego coast is warmest in 102 years of measurements

Last week, the water off the San Diego coast was the warmest it has been since measurements began. On Thursday, the temperature of the Pacific Ocean at Scripps Pier was 78.6 degrees. That, in itself, was a record. Then it broke the record again Friday when it climbed to 78.8 degrees.<p>Scripps …

Global Warming

Florida’s algae crisis draws fire from activists and lawmakers

The "red tide" is dangerous to humans as well as marine life.<p>Florida’s toxic algae bloom is wreaking havoc on marine life and jeopardizing the …

Florida

These Tiny Animals Are Changing The Ocean Carbon Cycle In A Large Way

Little light permeates 100 meters below sea level where the ocean’s twilight zone begins. Although this section of the ocean is relatively food-depleted, the twilight zone is teeming with sea life that subsists on gradually sinking bits of organic matter, including waste products and decomposing …

Climate Change

America spends over $20bn per year on fossil fuel subsidies. Abolish them | Dana Nuccitelli

Imagine that instead of taxing cigarettes, America subsidized the tobacco industry in order to make each pack of smokes cheaper.<p>A report from Oil Change International (OCI) investigated American energy industry subsidies and found that in 2015–2016, the federal government provided $14.7bn per year …

Fossil Fuels

Fish Will Start Losing Sense of Smell as Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Study Finds

Just as humans rely on their sense of smell to detect suitable food and habitats, avoid danger, and find potential mates, so do fish — only instead of sniffing scent molecules floating through the air, they use their nostrils to sense chemicals suspended in water.<p>But fish will start losing their …

Climate Change

Waves of Garbage Are Covering the Dominican Republic's Beaches in Trash

Waves of garbage have transformed the Dominican Republic’s golden sand beaches, blanketing the shoreline with vast heaps of refuse, the New York <i>Times</i> …

Dominican Republic

New Study Finds Ocean Acidification Will Soon Hit Levels We Haven’t Seen in 14 Million Years

By 2100 the ocean will see level of acidification not seen in 14 million years—unless we drastically change how we’re living. Photo: Kenji Croman<p><b>A</b> …

Climate Change

Our planet is one big fireball

The Earth’s climate is changing before our eyes.<p>With record-breaking temperatures around the globe, satellite images reveal our planet to be a …

Climate Change

The Trump administration is prioritizing money over endangered species

The Trump administration proposed sweeping to the Endangered Species Act this week that could make ignoring the impacts of climate change on dwindling plant and animal populations easier for the federal government.<p>Since Donald Trump took office in 2017, his officials have already rolled back dozens …

Endangered Species

Humans Have Changed Earth's Seasons For The First Time, Study Shows

"This is the kind of stuff you don't want to be right about."<p>Poring over four decades of satellite data, climate scientists have concluded for the …

Climate Change

Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes

Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.<p>As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which …

Climate Change

#Regram #RG @algore: Most of us are feeling extreme heat this summer. I’m worried that 2018 will add to the concerning trend where 17 of the 18 hottest years on record have occurred since 2001. Nearly every continent has experienced multiple record breaking heat events this year. This cannot become a new normal. We must use our voice and our votes to solve the climate crisis.

'Disaster': half a million hectares of forest bulldozed in Great Barrier Reef catchment

More than half a million hectares of forest was cleared in the Great Barrier Reef catchments over four years – an area more than twice the size of the Australian Capital Territory.<p>Official environment and energy department data shows that 596,000 hectares of forest was cleared between 1 July 2012 …

Fingerprint of ancient abrupt climate change found in Arctic

A research team led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the fingerprint of a massive flood of fresh water in the western Arctic, …

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

SEATTLE — For the last three years, not one calf has been born to the dwindling pods of black-and-white killer whales spouting geysers of mist off the coast in the Pacific Northwest.<p>Normally four or five calves would be born each year among this fairly unique urban population of whales — pods named …

Whales