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The World Is on the Brink of an Electric Car Revolution

The World Is on the Brink of an Electric Car Revolution

The internal combustion engine had a good run. It has helped propel cars — and thus humanity — forward for more than 100 years. But a sea change is afoot that is forecast to kick gas-powered vehicles to the curb, replacing them with cars that run on batteries. A flurry of news this week underscores just how rapidly that change could happen… Read More

Scientists Know How Big the Larsen C Iceberg Will Be

Scientists Know How Big the Larsen C Iceberg Will Be

It’s the final countdown. The European Space Agency said on Wednesday that just three miles separate the Larsen C crack — a rift slicing the front off a major Antarctic ice shelf — from open water. Like a tailor with a tape measure, scientists have been measuring the crack using ESA satellites. The next Sentinel-1 satellite pass will happen later … Read More

This Is How Climate Change Will Shift the World’s Cities

This Is How Climate Change Will Shift the World’s Cities

Summers around the world are already warmer than they used to be, and they’re going to get dramatically hotter by century’s end if carbon pollution continues to rise. That problem will be felt most acutely in cities. The world’s rapidly growing population coupled with the urban heat island effect — which can make cities up to 14°F (7.8°C) warmer … Read More

Antarctica’s Ice-Free Areas to Increase By 2100

Antarctica’s Ice-Free Areas to Increase By 2100

Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists there, according to projections from the first study examining the question in detail. If emissions of greenhouse gasses are not reduced, projected warming and changes … Read More

Climate Change Could Disrupt Food ‘Chokepoints’

Climate Change Could Disrupt Food ‘Chokepoints’

International trade in food relies on a small number of key ports, straits and roads, which face increasing risks of disruption due to climate change, a report said. Disruptions caused by weather, conflict or politics at one of those so-called "chokepoints" could limit food supplies and push up prices, the study by British think-tank Chatham House… Read More

Global Sea Level Rise Accelerates Since 1990

Global Sea Level Rise Accelerates Since 1990

The rise in global sea levels has accelerated since the 1990s amid rising temperatures, with a thaw of Greenland's ice sheet pouring ever more water into the oceans, scientists said this week. The annual rate of sea level rise increased to 3.3 millimeters (0.13 inch) in 2014 — a rate of 33 centimeters (13 inches) if kept unchanged for a century… Read More

Global Warming Tipped Scales in Europe’s Heat Wave

Global Warming Tipped Scales in Europe’s Heat Wave

Global warming gave a clear boost to the searing temperatures that blanketed Western Europe earlier this month — a heat wave that helped fuel deadly wildfires in Portugal. The greenhouse gas-driven warming of the atmosphere has made the intensity and frequency of such extreme heat up to 10 times as likely, according to a new analysis from research… Read More

Climate Change Will Hit the Poorest the Hardest in the U.S.

Climate Change Will Hit the Poorest the Hardest in the U.S.

Union County is tucked in northern Florida, half an hour north of Gainesville and an hour west of Jacksonville. It’s Florida’s smallest county, a mostly unremarkable landlocked stretch of pine forest interspersed with lakes. More than 15,000 people call it home, working largely in healthcare, transportation and public administration. The state … Read More