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Documenting climate change - with a drone

When Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson headed to Greenland in June, he traveled with a heavy, oversized rolling bag containing a crucial piece of equipment to document climate change.
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Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

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Global carbon prices too low to combat climate change: OECD

Carbon prices in major advanced economies are too low to cut greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of climate change, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Tuesday.
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This Month in Climate Science, August 2018: Runaway Warming, Marine Heat Waves and Foods Get Less Nutritious

This Month in Climate Science, August 2018: Runaway Warming, Marine Heat Waves and Foods Get Less Nutritious Comments|Add Comment|PrintClimate researchers report that summer is getting "stuck" and some grains could lose nutritional value. Flickr/Umberto Nicoletti Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face, and explores what's to come if we don't...

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Clashing with Trump, California governor says to launch climate satellite

California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday pledged to launch a satellite that will track and detect the sources of climate pollutants, his state's latest effort to challenge the Trump administration's skepticism about the science of climate change.
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Recent Scientific Advancements Show New Connections Between Climate Change and Hurricanes

Recent Scientific Advancements Show New Connections Between Climate Change and Hurricanes Comments|Add Comment|PrintHurricane Florence photographed from the International Space Station. Photo by NASA With Hurricane Florence making landfall in the Carolinas, Super Typhoon Mangkhut headed for the Philippines, and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria fresh in our minds, many are asking what role climate change is playing in these disasters. Scientists have known for years that global warming can...

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Canada environment minister: 'No apologies' for oil sector support

Canada's top climate change official on Thursday said she would make no apologies for the nation's support for its oil producers, saying environmental and economic policies must consider the needs of all Canadians.
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From Bangkok to Katowice: Success at COP24 Requires All Hands on Deck

From Bangkok to Katowice: Success at COP24 Requires All Hands on Deck Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe most recent climate negotiations in Bangkok, Thailand concluded on September 9, 2018. Photo by UNclimatechange/Flickr The clock is ticking down to COP24, the climate talks in Katowice, Poland this December that will be the most important moment in international climate change negotiations since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015. Success in Poland will be three-fold: adopt the guidelines for...

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Britain outlines post-Brexit farm policy in bill

Britain will introduce legislation on Wednesday for agricultural policy after it leaves the European Union that will link support for farmers to the provision of public benefits such as tackling climate change or preserving beautiful landscapes.
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Trump's EPA proposes weaker methane rules for oil and gas wells

The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed weakening requirements for testing and repairing methane leaks in drilling operations, among other measures, in a step toward rolling back an Obama-era policy to combat climate change.
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British pension schemes to disclose climate change strategy

British pension trustees will be required to show scheme members how they account for a range of financially material risks such as those related to climate change when investing, under new rules announced on Tuesday.
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Yellowstone hit by global warming, increased visitation: report

Hotter, drier conditions have led to more severe wildfires in Yellowstone National Park, while growing numbers of visitors have harmed everything from prized hydrothermal features to its famed grizzly bears, the park said in a report on Monday.
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California governor commits to 100 percent clean energy

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring the state to source electricity from exclusively carbon-free sources by 2045, a move aimed at combating climate change that clashes with U.S. President Donald Trump's pro-fossil fuel policies.
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STATEMENT: UN Secretary-General Guterres' Speech on Climate Change

STATEMENT: UN Secretary-General Guterres' Speech on Climate Change Today, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a major speech where he warned that climate impacts are spiraling out of control and stressed the moral duty to act, as well as highlighted the economic opportunities from accelerating action toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. The Secretary-General also shared that he will convene a major Climate Summit in 2019 to bring climate action to the top of...

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Governor Cuomo directs phase-out of climate change pollutants in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed the state's Department of Environmental Conservation to promote regulations to phase out the use of climate change pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
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'Good progress' at Bangkok climate talks on draft Paris accord rules: U.N. official

A United Nations climate change meeting in Bangkok made good progress on drafting a 'rule book' for the implementation of the 2015 Paris accord before a summit in Poland this December, a top U.N. official said on Sunday, the last day of the talks.
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Thousands march in French cities to demand action against climate change

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in France's main cities on Saturday to demand action against climate change and to show support for former environment minister Nicolas Hulot who quit in frustration over the government's approach.
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Extra day added to U.N. climate talks in Poland in December

An annual global climate change meeting due to be held in Poland in December will start a day earlier than planned to allow more work to be done, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said.
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Pacific leaders seek U.S. return to Paris climate pact

Pacific island nations declared climate change to be their "single greatest threat", urging Washington to return to the Paris Agreement on climate, just as Western powers seek to check China's rising influence in the region.
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Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030: study

Strong action to combat climate change could cumulatively add at least $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030, according to a study on Wednesday which seeks to dispel fears that a shift from fossil fuels will undermine growth.
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Governments 'not ready' for Poland climate change talks: Fiji PM

- Governments are unprepared for a crucial climate change meeting in Poland later this year aimed at ensuring the full implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama said on Tuesday at the opening of climate talks in Bangkok.
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Bangkok Climate Talks: Time to Deliver Real Progess on the Paris Agreement Rulebook

Bangkok Climate Talks: Time to Deliver Real Progess on the Paris Agreement Rulebook Comments|Add Comment|PrintBangkok will host a special session in September for climate negotiators. Photo by Miguel Lleixa/Flickr Since the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted in December 2015, negotiators have been grappling with how to set it in motion with a strong framework of rules and operating procedures, commonly known as the “implementing guidelines” or “the Paris Rulebook.”  These guidelines...

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Bangkok Climate Talks: Time to Deliver Real Progess on the Paris Agreement Rulebook

Bangkok Climate Talks: Time to Deliver Real Progess on the Paris Agreement Rulebook Comments|Add Comment|PrintBangkok will host a special session in September for climate negotiators. Photo by Miguel Lleixa/Flickr Since the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted in December 2015, negotiators have been grappling with how to set it in motion with a strong framework of rules and operating procedures, commonly known as the “implementing guidelines” or “the Paris Rulebook.”  These guidelines...

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Trump's EPA unveils weaker alternative to Obama power plant rule

The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed replacing a signature Obama-era policy to combat climate change with a weaker plan that would let states write their own rules on coal-fired power plants, prompting critics to warn of dire environmental and health consequences.
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Sucking carbon from air, Swiss firm wins new funds for climate fix

A small Swiss company won $31 million in new investment on Tuesday to suck carbon dioxide from thin air as part of a fledgling, costly technology that may gain wider acceptance from governments in 2018 as a way to slow climate change.
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Wanted: Team Coach for the Green Climate Fund

Wanted: Team Coach for the Green Climate Fund Comments|Add Comment|PrintLandscape restoration in Água Boa, Brazil. Photo by Yoly Guterrez/CIFOR/flickr The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a major source of finance for developing countries seeking to address climate change. The biggest of the climate funds, to date, the GCF has committed $3.5 billion for 74 projects around the world. From off-grid renewable energy solutions and ecosystems restoration to climate information services in vulnerable...

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Wanted: Team Coach for the Green Climate Fund

Wanted: Team Coach for the Green Climate Fund Comments|Add Comment|PrintLandscape restoration in Água Boa, Brazil. Photo by Yoly Guterrez/CIFOR/flickr The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a major source of finance for developing countries seeking to address climate change. The biggest of the climate funds, to date, the GCF has committed $3.5 billion for 74 projects around the world. From off-grid renewable energy solutions and ecosystems restoration to climate information services in vulnerable...

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Sizzling weather may help 2018 U.N. climate talks in Poland

Sizzling weather this summer will put pressure on almost 200 governments to reach a deal in Poland in December on the details of a global plan to limit climate change, the incoming president of the U.N. talks said.
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Merkel says EU should meet existing emissions aims, not set new ones

A proliferation of extreme weather events around the world provides ample evidence that climate change is a reality, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, but she rejected calls for more ambitious climate protection goals.
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Thanks to Climate Change, Oranges Are the New Coffee in Costa Rica

Thanks to Climate Change, Oranges Are the New Coffee in Costa Rica Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoffee farmer Don Luis explains incremental adaptation measures he’s undertaken, like planting new coffee varieties resistant to coffee leaf rust and introducing shade trees. Photo: Rebecca Carter/WRI Coffee is core to Costa Rica's economy and its national identity. Farmers have been growing it there since the 1800s. The beans are so important that the country's history, as portrayed in the National...

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Thanks to Climate Change, Oranges Are the New Coffee in Costa Rica

Thanks to Climate Change, Oranges Are the New Coffee in Costa Rica Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoffee farmer Don Luis explains incremental adaptation measures he’s undertaken, like planting new coffee varieties resistant to coffee leaf rust and introducing shade trees. Photo: Rebecca Carter/WRI Coffee is core to Costa Rica's economy and its national identity. Farmers have been growing it there since the 1800s. The beans are so important that the country's history, as portrayed in the National...

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STATEMENT: 17 U.S. Governors Pledge to Leverage Natural and Working Lands to Tackle Climate Change

STATEMENT: 17 U.S. Governors Pledge to Leverage Natural and Working Lands to Tackle Climate Change WASHINGTON (August 23, 2018) - Today a bipartisan coalition of 17 U.S. governors pledged to reduce GHG emissions by protecting and enhance carbon sequestration across all natural and working lands. These leaders also challenged businesses, subnational governments and countries to follow their lead by announcing new commitments during the Global Climate Action Summit and thereafter. Following is...

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Chile's 'monkey puzzle' trees dying amid changing climate: scientists

Scientists in Chile are studying the deaths of hundreds of the country's Araucaria, or "Monkey Puzzle," trees, which they believe may have been weakened by climate change and then killed off by disease.
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Trump's environment agency seeks to roll back Obama-era clean power plan

The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed replacing the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's regulatory efforts to combat climate change, in a move critics said would have dire environmental and health consequences.
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Why Positive Climate Feedbacks Are So Bad

Why Positive Climate Feedbacks Are So Bad Comments|Add Comment|PrintSardinas Canyon fire, New Mexico, June 26, 2018. Photo by Mike Lewinski/Flickr If your colleague or child does well and you give her or him positive feedback, that’s good. If climate change causes a cascade of impacts that result in additional climate change — which scientists call “positive feedback” — that’s bad, and maybe catastrophic. I started researching the bad kind of positive feedback in the 1980s and eventually...

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EPA replacement for Obama climate plan due late next week: source

The Trump administration's proposed replacement for the Obama-era's central regulation on climate change, the Clean Power Plan, is expected to be released by the Environmental Protection Agency late next week, an agency source said on Thursday.
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U.S. judge rules securities suit against Exxon, executives can proceed

A federal judge rejected Exxon Mobil Corp's motion to dismiss a securities suit alleging the company and top executives misled investors about the impact of climate change on its business.
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Brazil cuts deforestation emissions below 2020 targets

Brazil cut its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation in 2017 to levels below its internationally agreed 2020 climate change targets, the country's Environment Ministry said on Thursday.
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At 'America First Energy Conference', solar power is dumb, climate change is fake

Pumping carbon dioxide into the air makes the planet greener; the United Nations puts out fake science about climate change to control the global energy market; and wind and solar energy are simply "dumb".
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With Transportation Data, These Cities Became More Sustainable and Socially Inclusive

With Transportation Data, These Cities Became More Sustainable and Socially Inclusive Comments|Add Comment|PrintBus in Quito. Flickr/Malcolm K. Cities across the world have pledged to take action on climate change, including planning for more sustainable forms of transportation. But many cities, as we've previously noted, lack the data and information necessary to track and monitor their progress. This data provides valuable examples of transportation patterns and needs, allowing cities to plan...

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Dimming sunlight to slow global warming may harm crop yields: study

Spraying a veil of sun-dimming chemicals high above the Earth to slow global warming could harm crop yields in an unintended side-effect of turning down the heat, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday.
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By the Numbers: New Emissions Data Quantify India’s Climate Challenge

By the Numbers: New Emissions Data Quantify India’s Climate Challenge Comments|Add Comment|PrintFish market in Mumbai. Flickr/sandeepachetan.com India has ambitious climate change targets. However, existing inventories of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions don't cover recent years and lack clarity about methodologies and data sources, hampering the design of effective climate policies. The GHG Platform India, a collective civil-society initiative, documents GHG emissions at a more granular...

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Radio Helps Niger Farmers Bring Life Back to Their Land

Radio Helps Niger Farmers Bring Life Back to Their Land Comments|Add Comment|PrintRestored landscapes now thrive across Niger. Credit: Gray Tappan/USGS Land degradation adversely affects more than 1 billion people. Restoring land by increasing the number of trees, crops, and other plants can improve water availability, soil fertility, crop yields, resilience to climate change and more. The “Taking Root” series explores some of the many restoration successes happening in communities across the...

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This Month in Climate Science: Extreme Weather, Glaciers Losing Mass and Ecosystems Less Effective at Storing Carbon

This Month in Climate Science: Extreme Weather, Glaciers Losing Mass and Ecosystems Less Effective at Storing Carbon Comments|Add Comment|PrintJapan faces summer heat waves this year. Flickr/digicacy Every month, climate scientists make new scientific discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face, and explores what's to come if we don't reduce emissions at a quicker pace. Our new blog...

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Swiss Re CFO says multiple hurricanes an increasing threat

Swiss Re's finance chief expects multiple, powerful hurricanes to become more common as climate change warms the world's oceans, he said on Friday.
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PODCAST: Climate Change Is On The Agenda. WRI Helped Put It There.

PODCAST: Climate Change Is On The Agenda. WRI Helped Put It There. Comments|Add Comment|PrintIrving Mintzer and Rafe Pomerance of WRI. Rafe Pomerance was working at World Resources Institute in 1986 when he helped organize two days of hearings on Capitol Hill, suggesting witnesses for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. These hearings would change history. Pomerance’s charge from WRI founder Gus Speth: outreach on climate change. Those hearings, titled “Ozone...

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Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to halt climate change case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to put the brakes on a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the U.S. government of ignoring the perils of climate change.
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China Reaffirms Paris Commitments Ahead of Global Climate Action Summit

China Reaffirms Paris Commitments Ahead of Global Climate Action Summit Comments|Add Comment|PrintExperts at the China US High-Level Dialogue on Energy and Climate Change in San Francisco China will adhere to its commitments under the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is on track to exceed key targets early, despite the U.S. administration’s intention to withdraw from the historic climate pact, a senior Chinese climate expert said. Zhou Dadi, a member of China’s National...

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With 1.2 Billion Members, the Catholic Church Can Lead on Climate Action. Here Are 3 Ways How.

With 1.2 Billion Members, the Catholic Church Can Lead on Climate Action. Here Are 3 Ways How. Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe Church is uniquely positioned to influence global leadership on climate change. Flickr/Catholic Church England Earlier this month, Pope Francis invited to Rome a diverse group of scientists, economists, activists, diplomats, youth and indigenous representatives for a conference celebrating the third anniversary of his landmark encyclical letter Laudato Si. In the...

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Republican introduces bill calling for carbon tax

A Republican lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill on Monday calling for a carbon tax, saying he hoped the legislation would at the very least renew a U.S. debate on climate change that has languished for a decade.
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