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Rising Seas Spark Tobacco-Style Lawsuits in California

Rising Seas Spark Tobacco-Style Lawsuits in California

Several flood-prone municipalities in California filed first-of-their-kind lawsuits against fossil fuel companies this week as they attempt to recoup the cost of coping with rising seas. The suits point to indisputable climate science and decades of industry efforts to mar that science. Experts likened the legal complaints to those brought against… Read More

The Larsen C Iceberg Finally Broke Away. Now There’s a Trillion-Ton Iceberg Adrift

The Larsen C Iceberg Finally Broke Away. Now There’s a Trillion-Ton Iceberg Adrift

The inevitable moment of reckoning for the Larsen C ice shelf arrived. The growing rift that carved across one of the Antarctica Peninsula’s largest ice shelves reached its end, sending a 2,240-square mile iceberg spiraling into the sea. Welcome to the world, iceberg A68. The massive slab of ice, equivalent to the size of Delaware and large enough … 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

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

Sunnier Skies Driving Greenland Surface Melt

Sunnier Skies Driving Greenland Surface Melt

In the past two decades, the Greenland Ice Sheet has become the biggest single contributor to rising sea levels, mostly from melt across its vast surface. That surface melt is, in turn, driven mostly by an uptick in clear, sunny summer skies, not just rising air temperatures, a new study finds. What’s causing the decline in cloud cover isn’t yet… Read More

Protecting Ocean Waters Will Aid Climate Adaptation

Protecting Ocean Waters Will Aid Climate Adaptation

Setting aside vast swathes of ocean and protecting them from industrial uses such as overfishing and other development is critically important to helping both the earth and countries adapt to climate change, a global team of marine biologists says. Large marine reserves can also help prevent some of the worst effects of climate change by helping … Read More

New York Boardwalk Shows Climate Adaptation Costs

New York Boardwalk Shows Climate Adaptation Costs

Beachgoers in this New York City oasis can now flip-flop along a fully rebuilt boardwalk, one that reflects a coastal reimagination underway along the Mid-Atlantic and that heralds the staggering costs ahead of adapting to a changing climate. Rockaway Beach, where a holiday getaway at the southern edge of Queens long ago transformed into a dense… Read More

How Rising Seas Drowned the Flood Insurance Program

How Rising Seas Drowned the Flood Insurance Program

ong Beach Island is the largest and richest barrier island in New Jersey, an oasis of sprawling oceanfront retreats and second homes located midway down the state’s heavily developed coast, a two-hour drive from the metropolitan centers of New York City and Philadelphia. On a clear day, visitors in the southern end can see the shiny facades of the … Read More

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Fewer Freezing Nights The average date of the last spring freeze is shifting earlier in the year, extending the pollen and growing season.

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