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Late into Rex Tillerson’s marathon secretary of state confirmation hearing yesterday, it came time for Sen. Jeff Merkley’s second round of questioning. What followed was something rare in US politics: a substantive back and forth on the subject of climate change. It was a deft bit of work on Merkley...
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Scientists with the British Antarctic Survey now believe that the fracturing of the Larson C ice shelf from the polar cap is imminent, after a rift in the shelf grew vertiginously in the last month of 2016.   The thread connecting Larson C to the rest of Antarctica is now just more than 65,600...
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This story has been updated. Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic. It’s polar night there now — the sun isn’t rising in much of the Arctic. Tha...
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Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Addressing a group of scientists that included theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the pope gave his stro...
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by Ben Jervey The American people just elected an outspoken climate-change denier as president. So does that mean the climate conversation is closed for the next four years? Of course not. President-elect Donald “I’m not a big believer in climate change” Trump wasn’t elected for his anti-climate ac...
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From Yale 360 e360 Climate change has already impacted nearly every aspect of life on earth, according to a new study in the journal Science. Warming global temperatures have altered everything from entire ecosystems down to the individual genes of species. Some 80 percent of key eco...
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ExxonMobil released a statement earlier this week announcing its support of the Paris climate agreement, which went into effect on November 4th. The company’s release affirms that climate change poses serious risks, noting that "ExxonMobil supports the work of the Paris signatories, acknowledges th...
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Marrakech – a bustling city and the focus of the fight against climate change. It is the host of COP22 which began when the Paris Agreement came into force. It is being held in the city from November 7 to November 18. It is seen is the last opportunity to act because the impact of climate chang...
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By Todd Stern Todd Stern was the U.S. special envoy for climate change from 2009 until April 2016.  Trump is wrong about the Paris Climate Agreement. I know because I negotiated it. Donald Trump vows that once in office, he’s “going to cancel the Paris climate agreement,” wh...
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Although our electorate has succumbed to Donald Trump's siren song about immigrants threatening America, we cannot afford to give in to despair. The real existential threat continues to loom. We need to wean the economy off fossil fuel immediately, and this cannot happen without the c...
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According to Dept of Navy, climate change is increasing potential conflict including social instability and the need for disaster response. The Defense Dept approaches climate change as a serious threat. US Rep Ken Buck, Republican, Greeley, CO is out of touch when he says that climate change distra...
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Nearly 200 nations reached a deal to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons (HCF) the fastest growing climate pollutant used in air conditioners and refrigerators. Experts say this is the fastest way to reduce global warming. This agreement is legally binding and it caps and reduces the use of HCFs beginni...
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President Obama said "this news is a turning point for our planet." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the strong support for the agreement a"testimony for the urgency of action."  This agreement is a beginning in our work to curb green house gas emissions, necessary to reduce the impacts...
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The primary way climate effects fire seasons is by causing vegetation to dry and a recent study published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences suggests that Colorado, Wyoming, Mexico, Montana and west have become drier and easier to burn since the 1970's. The expectation is for the trend t...
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Oct 7, 2016 One day after the historic Paris Climate Agreement went into force, countries agreed to cut air line emissions for international flights, a big contributor to green house gas. These emissions were not covered in the Paris Agreement. UN  International Civil Aviation Organization, Mo...
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Searing summers, rising seas, devastating storms and deadly floods. These are just some of the current and anticipated impacts of climate change. The recent "Paris Agreement," signed by 191 governments under a United Nations convention, calls for curbing greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to keep...
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Earlier this month, the United States ratified the Paris climate accord. But new research shows that the US will likely fall short of the environmental pledges made in that agreement, unless new measures to cut greenhouse gases are passed. That’s bleak news ahead of a presidential election that coul...
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Dean Scott, the senior climate change reporter for Bloomberg, moderated a panel discussion this weekend at the 2016 conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The topic at hand was the upcoming U.S. elections and what it means for climate change policy, particularly if Donald ...
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The same hotspot in Earth's mantle that feeds Iceland's active volcanoes has been playing a trick on the scientists who are trying to measure how much ice is melting on nearby Greenland. According to a new study in the journal Science Advances, the hotspot softened the mantle rock beneath Gree...
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As Obama prepares to leave the White House, he leaves behind a strong, yet unfinished, climate change legacy. Recently, the US and China formally joined the Paris Agreement, a global carbon-reduction initiative adopted by 190 countries last December. It was a major joint announcement that show...
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