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EPA head Scott Pruitt denies that carbon dioxide causes global warming

Trump adviser shocks scientists and environmental advocates with statement that negates EPA policy and ‘overwhelmingly clear’ evidence on climate change<p>Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, has dismissed a basic scientific understanding of climate change by …

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Scientists Have Announced a Plan to 'Refreeze' The Arctic - And It's Wild

So crazy, it just might work.<p>Desperate times call for desperate measures, and with temperatures near the North Pole hitting an unheard-of 20°C (36°F) …

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Government scientists are caught between new gag order and their own ethics policies

Scientists working for the U.S. government found themselves facing a bit of a contradiction on Monday. It turns out that a gag order reportedly placed on scientists and employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violates the integrity …

Scientists have a new way to calculate what global warming costs. Trump’s team isn’t going to like it.

How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” — and its suggestions …

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Exxon must turn over decades of climate change research

A court in Massachusetts has ruled that Exxon Mobil must reveal how much it knew about our looming environmental apocalypse. The oil giant is under investigation by the state's attorney general, Maura Healey, who is looking at claims that the company mislead investors about climate change. The …

Fake news is old news to climate scientists

Think fake news is a recent plague, borne of the presidential election? It’s not.<p>“The notion of ‘fake news’ is hardly new to climate scientists like …

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Why climate change is an ethical problem

<b>Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the ethics of global warming. Need a primer? Catch up here.</b><p><i>Stephen M. Gardiner is professor of philosophy, and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of</i> …

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Exxon Goes After Climate NGOs, Warns Them Not To Destroy Communications

The oil giant says its request is "focused on groups or individuals directly involved in a campaign to discredit our company."<p>ExxonMobil appears to have hinted at possible subpoenas against numerous environmental groups investigating whether the oil giant covered up the risks of climate change.<p>An …

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This Republican Is On A Crusade To Investigate Anyone Who Investigates Exxon

Not even the feds are safe from this climate denier’s shenanigans.<p>Go digging into Exxon Mobil’s past and you’ll almost certainly hear from a particular House Republican with a long history of denying climate change.<p>In recent months, the actions of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who chairs the House …

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The Ethics of Having Kids in a Climate Crisis

Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children.<p><i>NPR</i> …

Without a longer-term view, the Paris Agreement will lock in warming for centuries

The Paris climate agreement set a “safe” global warming limit of below 2℃, aiming below 1.5℃ by 2100. The world has already warmed about a degree …

Climate Change Will Not Be Kind To Nations With Ethnic Divisions

Stopping climate change could stop wars.<p>Ethnic divides are a frequent cause for war all over the world, from Sri Lanka to Afghanistan to Iraq. But what causes existing differences to bubble over into tension and violence?<p>Often, climate-related natural disasters are playing out behind the scenes.<p>A …

Warren and Whitehouse: Exxon Climate Scandal a 'Master Class' in Corporate Rigging

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) have a thing or two to say to about efforts by Exxon, and their Republican …

America is too damn hot: U.S. faces dramatic rise in extreme heat and humidity

Heat is the No.1 weather-related killer, and as carbon pollution continues, global temperatures will keep climbing<p><i>This article originally appeared on Climate Central.</i><p>Across the United States, we’ve hit the dog days of summer. Most regions are now seeing their hottest temperatures of the year, and …

Déjà vu: as with tobacco, the climate wars are going to court

The fossil fuel industry copied Big Tobacco’s racketeering playbook. They’re following the same path to court, where tobacco lost<p>Investigative journalism has uncovered a “web of denial” in which polluting industries pay “independent” groups to disseminate misinformation to the public and …

Did Exxon Lie About Global Warming?

Oil giant knew dangers of climate change and did everything in its power to deny threat of a warming planet<p>At 9 a.m., ExxonMobil's shareholders start …

Earth-like planet that ‘could be habitable’ discovered

<b>Good news.</b><p>If we use up all the earth’s resources and predictions of a global warming Dooms Day type-scenario do come true, there might be a get out …

Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. So why isn't it getting more play in the election?

With the exception of a handful of quacks and deniers, the vast majority of scientists believe that human activity – primarily the burning of fossil fuels – is driving up temperatures around the world, and that the pace of global warming is accelerating faster than earlier believed. Warmer …

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Why today’s global warming has roots in Indonesia’s genocidal past

The mass killings in 1965 live on in global emissions from forced forest fires – and through human rights abuses in the palm oil fields<p>There has been tremendous concern over the ways climate change will affect human rights, but little attention to how human rights abuse affects our global …

Paris agreement is a strong signal that 'we will solve climate crisis', Al Gore says

Leading environmental activist says cheaper renewable energy provides an opportunity to create a sustainable world economy – but we must do more<p>Al Gore, former US vice-president, Nobel laureate and chairman of the Climate Reality Project, has led the global discussion about climate change for many …

Climate justice and its role in the Paris Agreement

Climate change is one of the principal threats to quality – and equality – of life on our planet. Beyond environmental problems, climate change …

What if the whole world went vegan? - Conservation

If every person on Earth adopted a vegan diet – without milk, meat, honey, or any other animal-sourced foods – the greenhouse gas emissions …

For the Silliest Academic Research Paper, the Oscar Goes to......

Professor Mark Carey of the University of Oregon! He easily wins for his paper — funded to the tune of $412K by the National Science Foundation — on …

Climate Deniers Mock 'Feminist Glaciology' Study

There’s a study that’s been floating around lately, causing condescending eye-<p>rolls among the climate deniers and raised eyebrows among even a couple …

House Science Chair takes his war on climate science one step further

Lamar Smith — a Texas congressman and climate change denier who, for some reason, is also the chair of the House Science Committee — has quite a …

Exxon Mobil’s insane argument against action on climate change

Exxon Mobil has devised a bizarre new argument to wriggle away from its shareholders’ demands: Humanity can’t fix the problem we created, so we …

The major cause of inequality that no one's talking about

Everyone knows that wealth feeds wealth and the rich are getting richer.<p>But now a new study has found that even what is seemingly the most universal …

Slashing beef intake by half key to meeting climate targets, say scientists

Reducing beef consumption by almost half can help the planet from warming up, suggests a new study by Swedish climate scientists. The study …