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Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

SYDNEY, Australia — The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears.<p>But the reef, and the profusion of sea creatures living near it, are in profound trouble.<p>Huge …

Venice could be underwater by the end of the century – thanks to global warming

Venice could disappear beneath rising seas before the end of the century as sea levels rise up to four feet due to global warming.<p>What happens when …

China Air Pollution: With Heavy Smog In Beijing, Officials Vow To 'Make Skies Blue Again'

Amid growing unrest over the state of China’s air quality, officials pledged Sunday to do something about the nation’s smoggy skies. Chinese Premier …

Coal collapse drives down UK carbon emissions

<b>A collapse in the use of coal has driven UK carbon emissions down to levels barely seen since the Victorian era, new figures show.</b><p>Coal use fell by a record 52% in 2016 on the previous year in the face of cheap gas, higher domestic carbon prices, renewables and other factors.<p>The drop was partially …

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Antarctic: temperature records verified

Heat and cold records in the Antarctic have now been officially confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization. What do we gain from the news? Primarily, certainty for assessing climatic changes correctly.<p>Among others, one of the main functions of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is …

When will the Arctic be ice-free? 2C global warming would not prevent complete loss

Limiting climate change to 2C warming still would not stop the Arctic ice from melting away.<p>The Arctic will be ice-free by the middle of the century …

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How could baking a loaf of bread possibly be bad for the environment?

Print<p>Consider every step involved in producing your daily bread. From growing, harvesting and milling the wheat to baking the bread and readying the …

Free of coal by 2017? The 100-year-old prediction that didn't quite make it

<b>Looking ahead</b><p>In the course of a century, people made a lot of predictions about the future of technology.<p>Some were right—like H.G. Wells who, in …

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Companies remind Trump: What’s good for the planet can be good for business

Donald Trump has famously called climate change a hoax. That kind of talk doesn’t just worry scientists and environmentalists; it's also of concern …

Exxon says it will spend $20 billion on Gulf Coast projects

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it plans to spend $20 billion over 10 years on refineries and chemical and liquefied natural gas plants along the Gulf Coast.<p>Chairman and Chief Executive Darren Woods said the work would create 12,000 permanent jobs — Exxon currently has about 71,000 employees — and 35,000 …

What's the environmental footprint of a loaf of bread? Now we know

When it comes to climate change, we often think of the cars we drive and the energy we use in our homes and offices. They are, after all, some of the …

What Shell knew about climate change in 1991 – video explainer

In 1991, Shell produced a public documentary on global warming called Climate of Concern. It warned that trends in global temperatures raised serious risks of famines, floods and climate refugees. But in the quarter century since, Shell has continued to invest heavily in fossil fuels <br>• Shell’s 1991 …

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Shell's 1991 warning: climate changing ‘at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age’

Critics say public information film shows Shell ‘understood the threat was dire, potentially existential for civilisation, more than a quarter of a century ago’<p>• ‘Shell knew’: oil giant’s 1991 film warned of climate change danger<p>Climate change “at a rate faster than at any time since the end of the …

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Donald Trump will cut 'tens of billions' from fighting global warming and spend it on the military instead

Donald Trump will ask for sharp increases in budget for the military and drastic cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to senior …

Forests to play major role in meeting Paris climate targets

Forests are set to play a major role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement - however, accurately monitoring progress toward the …

Scientists sound the alarm on impending ‘major extinction event’

Biologists are gathering at the Vatican this week to discuss ways to stave off massive man-made extinction.<p>In June of 2016, a group of scientists …

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New Exxon Mobil CEO Echoes Rex Tillerson’s Skepticism On Climate Science

Darren Woods, who took over the oil giant after Tillerson became secretary of state, isn't likely to rock the boat.<p>Darren Woods, the new chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp., mirrored his predecessor’s skeptical view on climate change in his first interview since taking over at the oil and gas …

The oceans are churning towards a warm, fishless future

Seafood is a critical protein source for more than 2.5 billion people worldwide, but decades of overfishing have decimated fish populations, while …

Scientists Solve Ocean 'Carbon Sink' Puzzle

By Robert McSweeney <i></i> The oceans are a hugely important "carbon sink," helping absorb CO2 emissions from human activities. Without them, CO2 would …

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Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

Wind energy overtakes coal as the EU’s second largest form of power capacity but concerns remain over politicians’ enthusiasm for renewables<p>Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away …

Renewable Energy

The US is planning to sell 10 million barrels of crude oil from its reserves this month

Some 10 million barrels of crude from the US’s strategic reserve are scheduled to be sold later this month, the Department of Energy said.<p>The shipment is part of a total 25 million barrels, to be sold over a period of three years, as per the 21st Century Cures Act, signed in December last …

Greenland ice sheet melting can cool subtropics, alter climate

A new study finds evidence that the last time Earth was as warm as it is today, cold freshwater from a melting Greenland ice sheet circulated in the …

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No, the NOAA Didn't Fake Climate Change Data

Here's the real story.<p>Here's something that happens a lot in science: two researchers disagree about the best way to go about studying something. …

Whistleblower: ‘I knew people would misuse this.’ They did - to attack climate science

Fake news propagates through the conservative media to the halls of Congress where science is under attack<p>This weekend, conservative media outlets launched an attack on climate scientists with a manufactured scandal. The fake news originated from an accusation made by former NOAA scientist John …

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Researchers Say They've Figured Out What Makes People Reject Science, and It's Not Ignorance

Why some people believe Earth is flat.<p>A lot happened in 2016, but one of the biggest cultural shifts was the rise of fake news - where claims with no …

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Sea levels could rise by six to nine metres over time, new study warns

Evidence that continental ice sheets are sensitive to slight increases in ocean temperature suggests ocean levels will continue to rise for centuries<p>Sea surface temperatures today are strikingly similar to those during the last interglacial period, when sea levels were six to nine metres above …

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Writing about climate change: my professional detachment has finally turned to panic

I’ve maintained a wall between my job and my emotional response to it, but this month I’ve felt dread rising about looming disaster, and it’s an awakening<p>Until recently, like a sociopath might have little feelings when witnessing violence, I’ve managed to have relatively mild emotional responses to …

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The 10 species most at risk from climate change

From penguins in Antarctica, to butterflies in Spain, and rodents and coral in the Great Barrier Reef, as the world warms these species are disappearing<p>10 Hawaiian honeycreepers<p>Small island species, confined to limited terrain, are always vulnerable, particularly to invasive species, burgeoning …

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