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How Trump’s Monuments Review Could Impact Climate

How Trump’s Monuments Review Could Impact Climate

President Trump has directed the Interior Department to “review” all large national monuments created since 1996 to recommend ways for Congress to shrink or abolish them. The directive came in the form of an executive order signed by the president Wednesday morning. It requires the department to make preliminary recommendations within 45 days and … Read More

100 Days of Climate: Week 14

100 Days of Climate: Week 14

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

Scientists: Get Used to Wildfires in a Warming World

Scientists: Get Used to Wildfires in a Warming World

Communities across the Western U.S. and Canada may have to adapt to living with the ever-increasing threat of catastrophic wildfires as global warming heats up and dries out forests across the West, according to a University of Colorado study published Monday. Residents living in neighborhoods adjacent to forests — known as “wildland-urban … Read More

Warming-Driven Glacier Melt Leads to ‘River Piracy’

Warming-Driven Glacier Melt Leads to ‘River Piracy’

In the summer of 2016, the global warming-induced retreat of Kaskawulsh Glacier — one of the largest glaciers in Canada — altered the flow of its meltwater so substantially that it killed off one river and shunted its waters over to another, an abrupt geological act known as river piracy. A team of researchers were serendipitously on hand to… Read More

Loss of Coral Reefs Could Cost $1 Trillion Globally

Loss of Coral Reefs Could Cost $1 Trillion Globally

The loss of coral reefs caused by rising sea temperatures could cost $1 trillion globally, a report from Australia’s Climate Council has projected, with the loss of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef alone costing that region 1 million visitors a year, imperilling 10,000 jobs and draining $1 billion from the economy. The longest global coral … Read More

Calif. Snowpack Healthy Again, but Warming Looms Large

Calif. Snowpack Healthy Again, but Warming Looms Large

When Gov. Jerry Brown of California walked out onto the Phillips Station snow course near Lake Tahoe on April 1, 2015, for the annual end-of-winter snow survey, he stepped only on bare ground. This year, surveyors were greeted with a much more welcome sight: a sizable snowpack that accumulated over the winter thanks to a spate of storms that nearly… Read More

Climate Change Pushes World Into ‘Uncharted Territory’

Climate Change Pushes World Into ‘Uncharted Territory’

The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory", according to the World Meteorological Organization. The WMO’s assessment of the climate in 2016 reports unprecedented heat across the globe, exceptionally low ice at both poles and surging sea-level … Read More

Peru’s Deadly Floods Ring Alarm Bell for Latin America

Peru’s Deadly Floods Ring Alarm Bell for Latin America

Peru's deadly floods are a wake-up call for cities across Latin America to prepare better for extreme weather as climate change and poor urban planning, alongside rapid population growth, worsen the problem of flooding, experts say. In Peru, the worst downpours in decades have triggered floods and landslides, killing at least 78 people and making … Read More

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Water, Water, Everywhere: 2011’s Floods Images from the major floods that struck three countries this week: Australia, Brazil, and Sri Lanka

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