Tag Archives: climate change

Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet Nears Tipping Point

National Geographic reports: A new study warns that Greenland’s ice is melting faster than scientists previously thought. But perhaps the biggest surprise is that most of this ice loss is from the land-fast ice sheet itself, not Greenland’s glaciers. The new study, published January 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the largest sustained ice …

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Pentagon: Bases Under Threat From Climate Change

The Hill reports: A Pentagon report reveals that more than two-thirds of operationally critical military installations are threatened by the effects of climate change over the next 20 years, including repeated flooding and wildfires. The 22-page report released this week, titled the “Effects of a Changing Climate to the Department of Defense,” took a look at 79 “mission assurance priority …

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FLORIDA: Gov-Elect Ron DeSantis Appoints Evolution, Climate Change Deniers To Education Transition Team

Education Week reports: Newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed the members of his transition team for education—and on it are two people linked to efforts to weaken the teaching of evolution and climate change, among other topics. One of them, Keith Flaugh, is the managing director of the Florida Citizens Alliance, a local advocacy organization which supports “individual …

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64% Of Republicans Now Say Climate Change Is Real

Courthouse News reports: A new poll released Thursday shows that a majority of Americans, as well as almost two out of three Republicans, believe in the threat of climate change, a position at odds with President Donald Trump’s belief on the subject. The Monmouth University poll revealed that nearly 8 in 10 Americans more extreme weather patterns due to global …

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White House Denies Federal Government’s Climate Change Report: “It’s Just Not Based On Facts” [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that the federal government’s latest climate change report, which outlined how global warming will cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, is “not based on facts.” “The president is certainly leading on what matters most in this process and that’s on having clean air and clean water. In fact, the …

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Trump On His Own Climate Report: “I Don’t Believe It”

CNN reports: Last Friday — 48 hours after Trump’s how-can-the-world’s-climate-be-changing-if-it’s-cold-in-half-the-country-on-one-day tweet — came the moved-up release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a study involving 13 federal agencies and more than 300 leading climate scientists. If you missed the study’s release, well, that was the point. It was originally slated to be made public next month but was suddenly released …

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13 Federal Agencies Issue Dire Climate Change Warning

The New York Times reports: A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American …

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Researchers: The Ozone Hole Is Slowly Healing [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientists raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased out worldwide. As a result, the upper ozone layer above the Northern Hemisphere should be completely …

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Trump: “I Have A Natural Instinct For Science”

Axios reports: President Donald Trump touted his “natural instinct” for science, while claiming that the cause of global warming is in dispute, in an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday. The transcript of this interview was released Wednesday. When asked about scientists’ views that climate change is nearing a point where it can’t be effectively reversed, as the UN …

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Landmark Climate Change Study Warns Planet Has Until 2030 Before Irreversible Consequences Start To Occur

The New York Times reports: A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.” The report, issued on Monday …

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Trump Administration Emissions Report Predicts Seven Degree Rise In Global Temperatures By The Year 2100

The Washington Post reports: Last month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous 7 degrees by the end of this century. A rise of 7 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 4 degrees Celsius, compared with pre-industrial levels would be catastrophic, according to scientists. Many …

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Bloomberg Draws 70 Heads Of State To Climate Event

Axios reports: Bloomberg showed his power on the world stage yesterday with his second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum and a companion One Planet Summit, which drew an astonishing roster that included 70 heads of state, in town for the UN General Assembly, and 200 CEOs. Spotted: Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, French President Emmanuel Macron, U.K. Prime Minister …

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California To Launch Its Own Climate Satellite [VIDEO]

TechCrunch reports: California plans to launch a satellite to monitor pollution in the state and contribute to climate science, Governor Jerry Brown announced today. The state is partnering with satellite imagery purveyor Planet to create a custom craft to “pinpoint – and stop – destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that’s never been done before.” Governor Brown made …

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California Commits To 100% Clean Energy By 2045

Reuters reports: 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. The law makes California the largest global economy to commit to 100 percent clean energy. Hawaii is the only other …

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Al Gore To Trump: My Only Message Is Resign [VIDEO]

Los Angeles’ Fox affiliate reports: “My only message would be resign,” Gore, now an environmental activist, told Fox 11 during an interview about climate change. Gore’s remarks came in response to a question about what he would say to the president. “I think everyone knows to discount what this current Administration is doing and saying. They’ve made the EPA the …

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Hurricane Pummels Hawaii With 30+ Inches Of Rain

ABC News reports: As Hurricane Lane lurches north, the Category 2 storm has already dumped more than 31 inches of rain on Hawaii’s Big Island, bringing catastrophic flooding. The dangerous storm could even lead to landslides or mudslides. Rainfall rates in the outer bands of the hurricane may reach 1 to 3 inches per hour, meaning flash flood watches will …

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Category 4 Hurricane Barrels Towards Hawaii [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Hawaii residents rushed to stores to stock up on bottled water, ramen, toilet paper and other supplies as they faced the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf as a hurricane churned toward the state. The National Weather Service said Wednesday that Hurricane Lane had weakened to a Category 4 hurricane, but those hurricanes …

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Thickest Arctic Sea Ice Breaks Up For First Known Time

The Guardian reports: The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere. One meteorologist described …

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Zinke Blames “Environmental Terrorist Groups” For California’s Wildfires (Also Climate Change, Maybe)

NBC News reports: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s claim that “environmental terrorist groups” created the conditions that enabled California’s wildfires triggered substantial blowback from environmental groups, who chastised the Trump administration official for downplaying the role of climate change in the blazes. Zinke said in a radio interview with Breitbart News that environmental extremists were preventing the government from properly managing …

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GOP Senators Demand Probe Into Federal Grants That “Propagandize” Climate Change To TV Weathermen

NBC News reports: Four Republican senators called Wednesday for an investigation of National Science Foundation grants, saying the federal agency had ventured beyond science and into political advocacy, particularly with its support of a program to encourage TV weathercasters to report on global warming. The four senators called for a probe by the foundation’s inspector general, saying the $4 million …

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