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Japan’s Biggest Coral Reef Devastated by Bleaching

Japan’s Biggest Coral Reef Devastated by Bleaching

Almost three-quarters of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died, according to a report that blames its demise on rising sea temperatures caused by global warming. The Japanese environment ministry said that 70% of the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa had been killed by a phenomenon known as bleaching. Bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral… Read More

Large Iceberg Poised to Break Off From Antarctica

Large Iceberg Poised to Break Off From Antarctica

A rift that has been wending its way across Antarctica’s massive Larsen C ice shelf just made another leap forward, growing by more than 10 miles, scientists monitoring it reported Thursday. Now, a chunk of ice bigger than New York's Long Island is hanging on by a relative thread. When it breaks off — possibly very soon — it could put the ice shelf… Read More

Potential for Collapse of Key Atlantic Current Rises

Potential for Collapse of Key Atlantic Current Rises

The large, looping Atlantic Ocean current that keeps northwestern Europe fairly warm and influences sea levels along the U.S. coast is a key component of the Earth’s climate system. But because of global warming, it may be more likely to substantially slow down — or even collapse — than previously thought, according to two new studies. If that… Read More

These Are the 10 Most Important Climate Stories of 2016

These Are the 10 Most Important Climate Stories of 2016

This year is likely to remembered as a turning point for climate change. It’s the year the impacts of rising carbon pollution became impossible to ignore. The world is overheating and vast swaths of the planet have suffered the consequences. At the same time, it’s also a year where world leaders crafted and agreed on a number of plans to try to … Read More

Google Earth Shows 30 Years of Climate Change

Google Earth Shows 30 Years of Climate Change

Satellites don’t just capture the causes and effects of climate change. They capture the solutions, too. Solar power is one of those solutions, and its energy-generating capacity has been growing exponentially over the past 15 years.… Read More

Warming is Sending Mountain Glaciers ‘Off a Cliff’

Warming is Sending Mountain Glaciers ‘Off a Cliff’

Photos showing the jarring, sometimes miles-long, retreat of mountain glaciers have long been emblems of the often stark changes wrought by Earth’s rising temperature. But while scientists could draw a line from human-caused warming to glacier loss on a global scale, attributing any one glacier’s retreat to climate change has been difficult because… Read More

Temperatures Are Soaring at the North Pole . . . Again

Temperatures Are Soaring at the North Pole . . . Again

For the second year in a row, the Arctic is facing a late December heat wave (at least by Arctic winter standards). Temperatures are forecast to soar about 50°F above normal, which would bring them near the freezing point at the North Pole. As isolated data points, the back-to-back winter warm-ups would be weird. But taken in the larger context … Read More

East Antarctica is Melting From Above and Below

East Antarctica is Melting From Above and Below

East Antarctica is remote even by Antarctic standards. Harsh winds and ocean currents have largely cut off the region from the rest of the world. That’s left its massive stores of ice largely intact, especially compared to West Antarctica where a massive meltdown is underway that could raise seas by 10 or more feet in the coming centuries. But as … Read More

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