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Here’s what global warming looks like month by month for 137 years

The Earth is warmer now than at any time since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, and we're continuing to warm at an accelerated rate. In fact, …

Climate Change

How Much It Really Cost Me to Publish a Kindle Book

Amazon lets you upload a book to the Kindle store for free, so I guess that means there’s no costs involved in self-publishing a book anymore, …

Writing

Climate Change Report Describes How Screwed Miami Will Be In 30 Years

The sunshine state is about to get a whole lot wetter.<p>While hurricanes or volcanic eruptions inflict an immediate blow, the Earth’s rising sea levels …

Climate Change

Rapid ice melt in the Antarctic could doom Louisiana | Opinion | NOLA.com

Anyone truly concerned about the future of Louisiana's bottom third should know how to read national headlines using a Bayou Country translation. …

Climate Change

Separating Families at the Border Was Always Part of the Plan

President Trump is still trying to avoid responsibility for his administration’s brutal policy of separating migrant children from their parents at …

Immigration

Where have all our insects gone?

We appear to be making tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life. If we lose insects, it all collapses<p>When Simon Leather was a student in the 1970s, he took a summer job as a postman and delivered mail to the villages of Kirk Hammerton and Green Hammerton in North Yorkshire. He recalls his …

Insects

After Decades of Losing Ice, Antarctica Is Now Hemorrhaging It

Global warming has already cost the continent 2.7 trillion tons of mass.<p>Climate change has not been kind to Antarctica. According to a comprehensive new study, global warming has already bled the frigid continent, which is larger than Europe, of about 2.7 trillion tons of ice. This enormous amount …

Antarctica

Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

The world is on track to exceed 1.5C of warming unless countries rapidly implement “far-reaching” actions to reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters.<p>The final draft report from the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) was due for publication in …

Climate Change

Antarctica Has Lost 3 Trillion Tons of Ice in 25 Years, and Time Is Running Out For the Frozen Continent

As the world prevaricates over climate action, Antarctica’s future is shrouded in uncertainty. Image: Hamish Pritchard/British Antarctic …

Climate Change

Scientists to America: Embrace climate action or lose your coastal cities

Antarctica lost a trillion tons of ice just since 2012. Avoiding total collapse requires embrace of Paris Climate Accord now.<p>Either we reverse …

Climate Change

The Development of the Vampire in Fiction

There is absolutely no doubt at all that the vampire – as we know it today, at least – would not exist without one particular book. That title is …

You'll Need a $22/Hour Wage to Afford a Two-Bedroom Rental in the U.S.

There is nowhere in the U.S. where a full-time worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 could afford a two-bedroom rental apartment working …

Housing

'Utterly Terrifying': Study Affirms Feedback Loop Fears as Surging Antarctica Ice Loss Tripled in Last Five Years

Scientists are expressing alarm over "utterly terrifying" new findings from NASA and the European Space Agency that Antarctica has lost about 3 …

Global Warming

Climate Change to Affect Poor By Making Rice Less Nutritious

Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that …

Fossil Fuels

Seeing Is Believing: Satellites Show Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled In 6 Years

Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, according to a comprehensive survey by scientists from all over the world.<p>The Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE) is a major climate assessment by 84 scientists from 44 international organisations combining data from 24 …

Antarctica

There Is No Affordable Housing in America

A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition confirms something that anyone who lives in a city and is not a millionaire should know …

Housing

A global Dust Bowl is coming

Dust is known to cause premature deaths, but climate change’s effect on how bad our dust problems will get remains notoriously understudied.<p>More than …

Climate Change

Scientists wanted to understand how baobab trees live for thousands of years. Then the ancient trees started dying.

The culprit is still unknown—and at large.<p>Baobabs are an iconic part of the sub-Saharan landscape in Africa. Wielding gnarled branches that can spiral up to nearly 100 feet into the air, and with bloated trunks that send out branches spanning an average of 65 feet all together, the baobab is a …

Ecology

Ocean oxygen levels are dropping and taking marine life with them

According to new research, existing measurements show ocean “dead zones” are even worse than we thought.<p>When there’s not enough oxygen in the water, …

Global Warming

Mediterranean at Risk of Becoming a ‘Sea of Plastic,’ WWF Warns

The Mediterranean Sea is turning into a dangerous plastic trap, with record levels of pollution from microplastics threatening marine species and …

Pollution

Earth's dismal water future, mapped

Satellite data and images are provocative, even disturbing. They confront us with a global view that can be at once breathtaking, like a piece of art, and yet, in this era of rapidly changing climate, they paint a picture of the demise of the environment. How and if we will respond to what we see …

Climate Change

Kindle Publishing for Beginners: How to Make Your First $1,000 on Amazon

What if I said you could have your book up on Amazon and making money within 72 hours?(Assuming you’ve already written the book, of course.)Sounds a …

Writing

The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

Your <i>Weekly</i> guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.<br>Music Celebrating the Spectrum 2018.…

Cover Art

The U.S. just had its warmest May in history, blowing past 1934 Dust Bowl record

Almost every tract of land in the contiguous United States was warmer than normal in May, helping to break a Dust Bowl-era record.<p>The month’s average temperature 0f 65.4 degrees swept by the previous high mark of 64.7 degrees set in 1934. Temperatures were more than 5 degrees above normal, …

Global Warming

Hurricanes are slowing down, and that's very bad news for everyone

Hurricanes and typhoons — the monstrous, destructive storms that bring extreme wind and rain to coasts around the world — are slowing their pace as …

Climate Change

Southeast Asia's plastic 'addiction' blights world's oceans

BANGKOK (Reuters) - On her lunch break, Bangkok office worker Chinapa Payakha emerges from a 7-Eleven store with two plastic bags.<p>One holds a Big Gulp soft drink. The other carries her lunch, with a banana in its own plastic wrapper.<p>"For office life, plastic bags are necessary," said Chinapa, 34, …

Pollution

Tracking climate change: Scientists confirm massive retreat of Pindari glacier in the Himalayas

The scientists assessed the decrease in the size of the glacier from 1976 to 2014, using visual interpretation of remote sensing data.<p>The snout of …

Global Warming

Sea level rise is pushing coastal property owners to move to higher ground

<b>(CNN) —</b> Despite the apocalyptic drumbeat from climate scientists, most Americans remain skeptical that climate change is the "most urgent threat facing our entire species," as actor Leonardo DiCaprio argues. According to a 2017 Yale poll, only 20% of Americans were "very worried" about global …

Climate Change

Enjoy Those Avocados, Pistachios and Oranges While You Can, Because They Are Going Away

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Grist <i>and appears here as part of the</i> Climate Desk<i> collaboration.</i> Chris Sayer pushed his way through avocado …

Time Travel

This Has Got to Be One of The Most Beautiful And Powerful Climate Change Visuals We've Ever Seen

We are headed into the red.<p>For the average person, climate change is an abstract concept, an intangible truth, based on complex scientific data that …

Climate Change