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New Oil Discoveries Largely Unaffected by Paris Pact

New Oil Discoveries Largely Unaffected by Paris Pact

Large crude oil discoveries in 2016 face uncertain prospects of development for many reasons, but climate change isn’t one of them, at least for the moment. Climate policies that help countries meet their obligations under the Paris Agreement are likely to have little effect on newly discovered oil fields because the Paris pact all but ignores … Read More

The World’s Poorest Most at Risk From Drought, Conflict

The World’s Poorest Most at Risk From Drought, Conflict

Agriculture is the key source — and in many cases, the only source — of income for many living in the developing world. When drought hits, it has the potential to take away everything and unravel the threads that stitch together society. New findings published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science are part of a burgeoning … Read More

191 Countries Strike Deal to Cut Aircraft Emissions

191 Countries Strike Deal to Cut Aircraft Emissions

A climate agreement struck Thursday among 191 countries would allow airlines to grow in the coming decades without also growing their impact on the climate. The International Civil Aviation Organization has agreed to encourage airlines to purchase credits through global carbon markets to offset their emissions for many flights beginning in 2021… Read More

Images Show Hurricane Matthew’s Storm Surge Potential

Images Show Hurricane Matthew’s Storm Surge Potential

Hurricane Matthew has a chance to break the decade-long major hurricane drought in the U.S. The storm could bring punishing winds, heavy rains and storm surge to Florida as early as Thursday. The potential risks that storm surge poses are particularly worrisome for parts of Florida as the center of Matthew is likely to approach the coast on Friday… Read More

Greenhouse Gases From Reservoirs Fuel Climate Change

Greenhouse Gases From Reservoirs Fuel Climate Change

Hydropower reservoirs are considered to be major sources of low-carbon electricity that can be used to cut greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. But those same reservoirs emit global warming gases, and a team of researchers has now tallied just how much those gases impact the climate. Globally, reservoirs are responsible for about 1.3… Read More

When it Rains it Pours, and Sewage Hits the Fan

When it Rains it Pours, and Sewage Hits the Fan

Record rainstorms across the U.S. in the past year have continued to make national news, causing billions of dollars of flood damage and killing dozens. But what has barely made headlines are that these floods often cause massive overflows of untreated sewage into streams, rivers, bays, canals, and even streets and homes. Climate Central has… Read More

‘Ghost Forests’ Appear As Rising Seas Kill Trees

‘Ghost Forests’ Appear As Rising Seas Kill Trees

Bare trunks of dead coastal forests are being discovered up and down the mid-Atlantic coastline, killed by the advance of rising seas. The “ghost forests,” as scientists call them, offer eerie evidence of some of the world’s fastest rates of sea level rise. Forests provide habitat and protect against global warming, but they’re declining worldwide … Read More

Soaring Ocean Temperature ‘Greatest Hidden Challenge’

Soaring Ocean Temperature ‘Greatest Hidden Challenge’

The soaring temperature of the oceans is the “greatest hidden challenge of our generation” that is altering the make-up of marine species, shrinking fishing areas and starting to spread disease to humans, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of ocean warming. The oceans have already sucked up an enormous amount of heat due to … Read More

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Skating on Thin Arctic Ice: Fall Submarine and satellite data since 1980 show steady shrinking

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