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Australia: CSIRO dismantles 'integrated' climate science group as pressure mounts

Sydney Morning Herald: CSIRO's deep cuts to its science programs have come under fresh criticism with the head of a global network of monitoring stations warning Australia will lose key researchers that will dent the country's ability to manage future climate change. Almost all the staff at CSIRO's Yarralumla, ACT site researching how vegetation is responding to rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns – information that feeds into the world's main climate models – have been told their jobs are "surplus to...
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Climate damage threatens heritage sites

Climate News Network: A world that faces the loss of the Statue of Liberty, where the ancient Italian city of Venice has been overwhelmed by flooding and a Ugandan forest that shelters mountain gorillas is at risk is all too real a possibility, says a new report. Its authors say 31 natural and cultural world heritage sites in 29 countries have been identified as affected by climate change. The impacts include rising temperatures, higher sea levels, more extreme weather, and fiercer droughts. The report by the UN...
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The EU's Hard Choice: Climate Change or National Politics

Huffington Post: Last year’s Paris Climate Agreement at COP21 marked a paradigm shift in the international response to climate change. Skeptics argue the targets aren’t ambitious enough, but few can deny that COP21, thanks in part to Europe’s leadership, achieved the first multilateral climate agreement since the Kyoto Protocol. In April 2016, with Earth Day as a backdrop, 175 parties accounting for 94% of global emissions reconvened to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. But only 15 countries—mainly small island...
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Global Warming Threatens the World’s Special Places

Climate Central: The most precious places on the planet are under siege by climate change. From Venice being slowly consumed by the sea to rising temperatures stressing out Uganda's famous gorillas, history and the natural world are facing a threat unlike anything they've ever experienced before. On the eve of Memorial Day and the unofficial start to summer tourism season, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the United Nations have put out a report chronicling the risks climate change poses to cultural...
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Fossil fuel darling Ted Cruz demands the feds stop investigating Exxon

Grist: He`s baaaack! Just a few weeks after Ted Cruz tucked his three-pronged tail between his legs and headed back to D.C., the Texas senator and one-time presidential hopeful has gone right back to advocating for his real constituents in Congress: Big Oil. The Guardian reports that Cruz, along with four other senators, has demanded that the Department of Justice cease any investigation into whether oil companies lied to the public about climate change. Exxon, which wasn`t specifically mentioned...
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Here's what Donald Trump had to say about climate change

Christian Science Monitor: In an address on energy Thursday, Donald Trump laid out a new breed of climate skepticism taking hold among conservatives. He pledged to deregulate the American fossil-fuel industry, he decried the cost of renewable energy, and he promised American energy independence to an enthusiastic crowd of oil executives. But he steered clear of climate change entirely. It is not that Republicans have changed their position on climate change. Some 56 percent of Republicans in the 114th Congress denied...
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The real rich v poor battle over climate change has just started

Climate Home: The Paris Agreement on climate change was hailed as the moment when 195 countries set aside their differences to tackle a common challenge. Five months on, was it all too good to be true? The outlook is mixed, say envoys and analysts who followed the last two weeks of UN climate talks in Bonn. On the surface, the atmosphere was positive. “We are moving beyond previous disagreements from the past few years,” said Elina Bardram, the EU’s chief negotiator. “We’ve had a positive tone over the...
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Climate Change Could Make Crops Toxic

ThinkProgress: By now, it`s fairly well-established that climate change is going to be a major challenge for food production. Rising temperatures are set to severely damage crop yields, lessen the nutritional value of important crops, and make large portions of the planet inhospitable to crop production. And some studies argue that it won`t be easy to innovate our way out of these problems, with data suggesting that developed countries have a more difficult time maintaining yields during droughts and heat waves...
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Donald Trump would 'cancel' Paris climate deal

BBC: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he would "cancel" the Paris climate deal in his first major speech on energy policy. More than 195 countries pledged to reduce carbon emissions in a landmark agreement last year. The billionaire businessman has said before there is no evidence that humans are responsible for climate change. He called for more drilling, fewer regulations and the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. "Any regulation that's outdated, unnecessary,...
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Trump: America First on Fossil Fuels, Last on Climate Change

Inside Climate: Donald Trump vowed Thursday that if elected president he would dismantle the landmark global treaty to tackle climate change endorsed by the whole world in Paris last year. Instead, he promised the domestic fossil fuel industry a no-holds-barred, America-first development policy aimed at maximizing production of coal, oil and natural gas. Speaking on the day he clinched the delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination, Trump delivered his first substantive speech on energy and climate...
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Africa’s most vulnerable face an even hotter future

Climate Central: Already home to some of the most environmentally vulnerable populations on the planet, Africa looks to increasingly feel the sting of climate change through more frequent, widespread and intense heat waves. Extreme heat that would be considered unusual today could become a yearly occurrence there by mid-century, one new study suggests, and the trend will emerge earlier there -- and in the rest of the tropics -- before it does in more temperate areas, another finds. The studies, both detailed...
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Rift emerges over Exxon: Engage or divest?

ClimateWire: Stockholders at Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest private-sector oil company, passed a proposal yesterday to nominate outside candidates to the board, a move that could affect the company's decisions on climate change. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, the fiduciary for New York city's five public pension funds, which invests about $150 billion, filed the proxy access resolution, which received 62 percent support. The nonbinding resolution is the first measure opposed by Exxon's board...
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Coral vs. coal

New York Times: Tim Flannery, a scientist and environmentalist who was named Australian of the Year in 2007, lost his job in 2013. The right-wing government of then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott shut down the Climate Commission that Flannery headed in a peremptory move designed to demonstrate its contempt for climate change. The commission had been established two years earlier to provide “authoritative information” to the Australian public. Abbott, of the conservative Liberal Party, had no time for such information....
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Australia Pressed UN To Ignore Great Barrier Reef In Key Climate Report

Huffington Post: A key paper about the threats of climate change to World Heritage sites intentionally left off any mention of the Great Barrier Reef after the Australian government raised an objection, according to a report from the Guardian. The reef, which is experiencing the worst coral bleaching event on record, was removed after officials from the Australian Environment Department said inclusion would have had a negative impact on tourism. "Recent experience in Australia had shown that negative commentary...
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ExxonMobil is in its climate change bunker and won’t let reality in

Guardian: When one of the world’s largest pension funds tells the biggest oil company on the planet that it faces an existential threat, there are stormy times ahead. The Guardian wanted to give you the latest weather report from inside ExxonMobil’s annual general meeting in Dallas on Wednesday, but the newspaper’s reporter was banned. Battening down the hatches and whistling as the winds of climate change threaten its business has been the oil giant’s strategy for decades. The problem for ExxonMobil is,...
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Australia removed from UN world heritage climate report

BBC: All references to climate change's impact on World Heritage sites in Australia have been removed from a United Nations report. A draft of the report contained a chapter on the Great Barrier Reef and references to Kakadu and Tasmania. But Australia's Department of the Environment requested that Unesco scrub these sections from the final version. A statement from the department said the report could have had an impact on tourism to Australian. It also said the report's title, Destinations at Risk,...
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Brazil’s impeachment crisis is bad news for climate change

Grist: It may be hard to recall amid all the bad news coming from Brazil these days -- the country`s worst recession in 30 years, its unprecedented corruption crisis, and above all the May 12 Senate vote to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and begin an impeachment trial against her -- but this country has in recent years occupied a position of critical global leadership on climate change. Brazil is the world’s biggest reducer of greenhouse gas emissions, having slashed Amazon deforestation about 80 percent...
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On Climate, Trump Promises To Let The World Burn

ThinkProgress: President Obama`s climate change policies would be undone. Regulations on greenhouse gas emissions would be eliminated. The Keystone XL pipeline would be built. There would be no international agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change. That is what Donald Trump`s energy policy would look like should he be elected president, the presumptive Republican nominee promised on Thursday before a pro-fossil fuel development crowd in Bismark, North Dakota. In a speech laying out his energy agenda...
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Climate change threatens existence of World Heritage icons

Deutsche-Welle: Iconic monuments, glorious national parks and colorful coral reefs are all in danger of being wiped off the map as rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and intensive storms take hold due to climate change. Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, Chile The moai statues of Easter Island attract than 60,000 visitors every year. But coastal erosion and rising sea levels mean the iconic structures could be in danger of falling into the sea. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda A little...
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G7 leaders set 2025 deadline to phase out fossil fuel subsidies

Climate Home: Subsidies for oil, gas and coal should be history in under a decade, leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) nations declared in a statement on Friday after two days of talks in Japan. An estimated US$5.3 trillion a year is spent by governments worldwide supporting the fossil fuel sector, according to the International Monetary Fund. That runs against the spirit of the UN’s new Paris Agreement on climate change, say environmental groups, which specifically calls for funds to be redirected towards...
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What the World Humanitarian Summit means for Climate Change

Huffington Post: I joined about 6000 other delegates from around the world this week for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. While 350.org doesn't provide humanitarian aid, we're increasingly concerned with just how hard climate change is biting, and committed to supporting people-oriented responses to the impacts of climate change. With 2016 already carrying a 99 percent chance that it will be the hottest year on record and is close to breaching 1.5 degrees C of warming, we've now moved beyond the early...
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Think Trump dismisses climate change? Think again

CNBC: Donald Trump's golf resort in Ireland is seeking approval for a sea-wall to prevent erosion caused by global warming. Donald Trump might have angered campaigners with his latest comments on the energy industry, but a little-known planning application in Ireland highlights the concerns the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has on the effects of climate change. Trump pledged on Thursday to reverse actions instigated by President Barack Obama designed to tackle climate change and called...
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Cloud seeding challenges our understanding of global warming

Christian Science Monitor: Global warming is a contentious subject, and the climate models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to predict future changes are, by their very nature, based on the best estimates according to current scientific understanding. One of the essential factors considered by these models is the role of clouds, as the cloudier our skies – or the whiter the clouds – the more sunlight is reflected back into space, which has a cooling effect on our planet. Up until now, scientists...
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Few Britons have ever heard of ocean acidification

Guardian: If you’ve heard of ocean acidification, you’re in the minority. If you know that ocean acidification is caused by carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels and cutting down rainforests, you’re practically a scholar. A new poll published in Nature Climate Change finds that around 80% of the British public has never heard of ocean acidification. “It is sobering to think that few people are aware of this process given its widespread risks for the natural environment, and the potential knock-on effects...
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Australia pulls Great Barrier Reef damage from UNESCO tourism report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Department of the Environment said on Friday it had omitted its contribution to a U.N. report examining the impact of climate change on world heritage sites over concern it could create "confusion" and have a negative impact on tourism.
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Russia at odds with Chinese, U.S. push for fast approval of climate pact

Reuters: A general view of the surrounding cityscape from the top of the Ostankino television tower in Moscow February 7, 2012. Reuters/Anton Golubev left1 of 2right A plane flies in the polluted air above the airport fences in Beijing February 22, 2012. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic left2 of 2right Russia set itself at odds with a drive by China and the United States for rapid ratification of a global agreement to slow climate change when a senior official said on Wednesday that Moscow first wanted a clear set...
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Livestock and sustainable development do mix

SciDevNet: Livestock insurance can help herders cope with climate change Collective action allows tiny mixed farms to access markets Mix of universal and tailored support for farmers can help meet SDGs Shares A focus on emissions ignores the huge diversity in animal farming that can help meet the SDGs, says François Le Gall. You would be forgiven for thinking that livestock and sustainable development don't mix. Reducing meat consumption has sometimes been cited as a great way to combat climate...
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'Honeymoon over', rules for U.N. climate pact may take two years

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - A first United Nations meeting on implementing a 2015 global agreement to combat climate change showed it could take two years to work out a detailed rule book for a sweeping shift from fossil fuels, delegates said.
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Shell spills again: Pipeline leaks 20,000 gallons of oil in northern California

For the second time in two weeks, Shell has spilled thousands of gallons of oil, this time in California’s Central Valley.

Less than two weeks after dumping nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil is at it again. The company’s San Pablo Bay Pipeline, which transports crude oil from California’s Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area, leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons into the soil near in San Joaquin County this week.

Responders are on the scene to clear oil that’s reached the surface, which county officials say covered roughly 10,000 square feet of land. As of today, Shell representatives claim the pipeline has been repaired, but have not resumed operations.

Local government officials and Shell responders are investigating the cause of the leak, and currently report that no oil has entered drinking water sources or populated areas.

While two large oil spills in two weeks may seem like a pretty epic failure — particularly for a company that just said “no release [of oil] is acceptable“ — in reality this is what business as usual looks like for an industry built on polluting our environment and driving climate disaster.

In fact, this same pipeline sprung a leak just eight months ago in almost the same location, spilling roughly the same amount of oil into the ground.

Adding irony to injury, the spill occurred on the site of one the state’s largest wind energy developments, the Altamont Pass Wind Farm. Wind energy, it should be clarified, does not release toxic chemicals into the soil or contribute to runaway climate change. Perhaps Shell responders on the scene will take note.

Interestingly, Shell officials decided to wait three days before releasing a statement to the public about the spill — after shareholders convened at the company’s Annual General Meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. The spill was first detected early Friday morning, but not publicly reported until Monday evening Pacific time.

Environmental watchdog groups are still monitoring the impacts of Shell’s spill in the Gulf, some pointing to the oil industry’s history of under-reporting the extent and impact of spills as reason to stay vigilant.

What’s increasingly clear is that companies like Shell aren’t going to stop polluting in pursuit of fossil fuels we can’t afford to burn on their own — we’re going to have to rise up to stop them.

History shows us that the more fossil fuel infrastructure we have (and we have a lot in this country) the more spills like this we’ll see. So let’s not build more — business as usual for the fossil fuel industry cannot continue.

Help put an end to leaks, spills and fossil fuel pollution while fighting for the climate at the same time. Tell President Obama to end all new offshore drilling today!

Ryan Schleeter is an online content producer at Greenpeace USA.

A version of this blog was originally posted on Greenpeace USA.


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'Honeymoon over', rules for UN climate pact may take two years

Reuters: A first United Nations meeting on implementing a 2015 global agreement to combat climate change showed it could take two years to work out a detailed rule book for a sweeping shift from fossil fuels, delegates said. The May 16-26 talks marked a return to technical work and the end of a "honeymoon period" since the Paris Agreement was worked out by almost 200 nations in December to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit rising temperatures. "My bet is 2018, everything will be done (in) a maximum...
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Senators to Lynch: End climate change investigations

Washington Examiner: Attorney General Loretta Lynch must drop all efforts to prosecute climate change skeptics or risk engaging in "prosecutorial misconduct," a group of Senate Judiciary Committee members warned. "As you well know, initiating criminal prosecution for a private entity's opinions on climate change is a blatant violation of the First Amendment and an abuse of power that rises to the level of prosecutorial misconduct," five lawmakers wrote to Lynch on Wednesday. Signatories were Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah,...
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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Grants $650k to Accelerate Climate Change Solutions

EcoWatch: Following the April signing of the Paris agreement, R20 Regions of Climate Action (R20) and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) announced the formation of a new partnership to rapidly identify and fund projects that address the urgency of climate change. Financially supported by LDF under a new $650,000 grant, this partnership allows R20 to rapidly identify renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste management initiatives that have the potential to bring positive environmental and social benefits...
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World Heritage Sites at Risk from Climate Change

Environment News Service: Climate change is quickly becoming one of the most challenging risks for World Heritage sites and the tourists who want to visit them, finds the report "World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate," released today by UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. "Globally, we need to understand, monitor and address climate change threats to World Heritage sites better," said Mechtild Rössler, director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre. "As...
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French minister warns of mass climate change migration if world doesn't act

Guardian: Global warming will create hundreds of millions of climate change migrants by the end of the century if governments do not act, France’s environment minister has warned. Ségolène Royal told ministers from 170 countries at the UN environment assembly in Nairobi that climate change was linked to conflicts, which in turned caused migration. “Climate change issues lead to conflict, and when we analyse wars and conflicts that have taken place over the last few years we see some are linked to an...
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LA Times Criticizes Lack Of Climate Change Questions In Presidential Debates

Los Angeles Times: The Los Angeles Times editorial board lamented that climate change has been largely overlooked in presidential election coverage so far, despite it being “the most pressing issue of our time.” The Times pointed to a Media Matters analysis, which found that through the first 20 presidential primary debates, moderators only asked 22 questions about climate change, making up just 1.5 percent of the 1,477 questions asked during the debates. Instead, debate moderators have focused on the political...
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Statue of Liberty and Venice under climate change threat, UN report

Guardian: Climate change now poses the single biggest threat to the world’s most famous heritage sites – including the Galápagos islands, the Statue of Liberty, Easter Island and Venice – according to a UN sponsored report. The researchers looked at 31 natural and cultural world heritage sites in 29 countries that are vulnerable to increasing temperatures, melting glaciers, rising seas, more intense weather, worsening droughts and longer wildfire seasons. They believe this number is the tip of the iceberg....
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Most Iconic Places Are Under Dire Threat From Climate Change

Huffington Post: Dozens of the Earth's most cherished World Heritage sites are under dire threat from climate change -- and some may be damaged beyond saving, warns a report UNESCO released Thursday. The agency, alongside the Union of Concerned Scientists and the United Nations Environment Program, analyzed 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries on six continent. The areas range from America's celebrated Yellowstone National Park and Venice's iconic Lagoon to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador...
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Clouds, Aerosols Could Understanding Predicting Climate Change

Headlines & Global News: Understanding aerosols and the process of cloud formation could help us better understand and predict the effects of climate change, according to a new study. (Photo : Getty Images) An in-depth examination of cloud formations has led a team of researchers from the CERN Cloud experiment to reveal the processes that drive the formation and evolution of small atmospheric particles that exist free of the effects of pollution. Using this information will help scientists move forward on the path towards...
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Exxon face shareholder showdown today on climate change

ClimateWire: For years, Exxon Mobil Corp. has held its annual meeting here in a cavernous symphony hall downtown, where shareholders today will discuss the company's future and cast their ballots on more than a dozen proposals. But while the location hasn't changed, the mood outside Exxon has shifted dramatically -- particularly on global warming. The company is grappling with low oil prices and investigations from attorneys general into allegations that it downplayed the economic threat of climate change...
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Climate resolutions fall short at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting

Washington Post: ExxonMobil beat back shareholder resolutions about climate change that would have reoriented the oil and gas giant toward renewable energy, forced it to disclose lobbying details and installed a board member with expertise in the area of climate change. But at its annual meeting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the company badly lost a vote over a resolution that will make it easier for large shareholders to nominate their own board members and have them included in proxy materials...
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Exxon shareholders pass measure that may put climate expert on board

Reuters: Voters at Exxon Mobil Corp's (XOM.N) annual meeting on Wednesday approved a measure to let minority shareholders nominate outsiders for seats on the board, meaning a climate activist could eventually become a director at the world's largest publicly traded oil company. The so-called proxy access measure was the first Exxon shareholder proposal since 2006 to be approved, and it was the only one of 11 proposals related to climate change to pass at meetings held on Wednesday by Exxon and fellow U.S....
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As climate risks expand, diplomats start to overshadow green experts

Reuters: Diplomats are gradually crowding out environment experts in global efforts to tackle climate change, a shift signaling a higher profile for the issue and improved chances for more coordination to fight it. Foreign ministries usually wield more clout in national governments than their environment colleagues and have more experience in coordinating issues as varied as politics, pollution, health, finance and diplomacy. The change is in the air these days at a May 16-26 United Nations meeting...
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As climate risks expand, diplomats start to overshadow green experts

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Diplomats are gradually crowding out environment experts in global efforts to tackle climate change, a shift signaling a higher profile for the issue and improved chances for more coordination to fight it.
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Donald Trump wants to build a wall – save his golf course from global warming

Guardian: Donald Trump has consistently expressed his conspiratorial and misinformed beliefs that global warming is a hoax. Trump is also the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president in 2016, and were he elected, would be the leader of the country with the second-highest net carbon pollution in the world. These are frightening thoughts. However, as reported by Politico, Trump acknowledges the reality and threats posed by human-caused global warming when it comes to protecting his own assets,...
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Here’s Why Octopus and Squid Populations Are Booming

New Republic: Squid, octopus, and cuttlefish populations are booming across the world. These fast-growing, adaptable creatures are perfectly equipped to exploit the gaps left by extreme climate changes and overfishing, according to a study colleagues and I published in the journal Current Biology. Humans have reached and in many cases surpassed sustainable fishing limits, as our growing population demands more food. In terms of the food web, we tend to start from the top and fish “downwards.” Fishermen fish...
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How satellites are helping to fight climate change

CNBC: Tackling climate change from outer space They may be many, many miles up in the air, but satellites have a vital role to play when it comes to analysing our planet and its climate. In the U.S., for example, NASA says it has over a dozen "Earth science" spacecraft and instruments in orbit, and is conducting research on everything from solar activity to rising sea levels, air pollution and "changes in sea ice and land ice." The European Space Agency (ESA), based in Paris, is also keen to stress...
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What burning all remaining fossil fuels would do to the planet

Independent: Burning all fossil fuels on earth over the next 300 years would increase temperatures in some areas of the globe by up to 20C, resulting in catastrophic impacts to life on our planet, a new study warns. The paper, published in Nature Climate Change, examines the effects if we continue to burn coal, oil and gas with no effort to limit emissions. Global average temperatures would soar by 10C (50F), while the arctic, where temperatures in February year were already 16C above average, could see...
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Cloud discovery could soften forecasts for global warming

Associated Press: A discovery about how clouds form may scale back some of the more dire predictions about temperature increases caused by man-made global warming. That is because it implies that a key assumption for making such predictions is a bit off. "What this will do is slightly reduce and sharpen the projections for temperature during the 21st century," said researcher Jasper Kirkby. Nonetheless, he added, "We are definitely warming the planet." Kirkby works at the European Organization for Nuclear...
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Did climate change kill over 200000 Kazakh antelopes?

Al Jazeera: Nearly half of the world's population of the saiga - a species of antelope older than the mammoth - were wiped out by a freak pathogen last year, in an event scientists are blaming on rapid temperature fluctuations caused by climate change. Over 200,000 of the saiga, a small antelope native to central Asia, died over the course of two weeks in Kazakhstan's Betpak-Dala region in May, pushing the critically endangered species to the brink of extinction. In the run-up to this year's breeding season,...
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The Climate Change Solution to Disasters

Huffington Post: This year is already on track to be the hottest on record, beating out 2015 for this unfortunate distinction. Every year, if it's not the mercury rising it's the tangible impacts of climate change. More and more people are living in harm's way. Some of the most powerful hurricanes and cyclones ever recorded have made landfall in recent years, powered by rising and warming seas. Age-old sources of drinking water are dwindling away because of erratic rainfall patterns. Glacial melt and aquifer depletion...
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