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Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing is finally going to kick what’s left of its coal power habit. China’s capital city recently announced plans to shut down the last of its remaining coal plants by 2016 - in favor of gas-fired

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Alaska’s glacial melt could create the world’s sixth largest coastal river

Alaska’s glacial melt could create the world’s sixth largest coastal river

The glaciers are melting. That's the old news. The update is that, in Alaska, there has also been a massive amount of rainfall. The combination of rain and glacial melt create a flow of freshwater that is

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California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California has been making headlines for the gravity of its drought. The Los Angeles Times reported that January was the driest month on record since 1895. Other sites including this one have explained

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UN committee announces support for fossil fuel divestment movement

UN committee announces support for fossil fuel divestment movement

The arm of the United Nations that deals with climate change negotiations announced recently it will be supporting the campaign for fossil fuel divestment. According to the Guardian, the United Nations

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Climate change identified as the root of California’s hot, dry winters

Climate change identified as the root of California’s hot, dry winters

As hot and dry weather continue to be the norm in California this winter, a recently published paper places the blame for the drought squarely on anthropogenic climate change. The study was

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The oceans stalled global warming, but they’re about to unleash the heat

The oceans stalled global warming, but they’re about to unleash the heat

Despite the recent floods, droughts and extreme winter weather, the effects of climate change have pretty much been on hiatus for the past few years. But according to Nafeez Ahmed at the Ecologist, about

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Infamous climate change denier Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon loses funding amid bribery scandal

Infamous climate change denier Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon loses funding amid bribery scandal

It looks like funders are abandoning Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, after the prominent U.S. climate change denier may have failed to disclose petroleum companies were paying him. The Guardian reports

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INFOGRAPHIC: Could we end our fossil fuel addiction by 2050?

INFOGRAPHIC: Could we end our fossil fuel addiction by 2050?

Scientists say that unless we change our ways quickly, we could be seriously screwed when it comes to climate change. But since we are reliant on fossil fuels, is it even possible to move away in time?

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

There's a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change - but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set

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Surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma puts fracking under fire

Surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma puts fracking under fire

Oklahoma used to have, on average, one or two perceptible earthquakes a year. Now the state is averaging two or three a day. There were more magnitude 3 or greater tremors here last year than anywhere

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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Melting polar ice reveals life forms frozen for thousands of years

Melting polar ice reveals life forms frozen for thousands of years

  As climate change continues to eat away at Earth’s glaciers and melt polar landscapes, things inside them frozen for millennia are starting to come alive again. Thawing permafrost in

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience

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Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming

Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming

As if global warming isn't bad enough, scientists have discovered that a new category of uncontrolled chemicals are depleting the ozone layer and affecting the Earth’s climate. Phys.org reports that a

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China needs to cut pollution by at least half to make any environmental improvements

China needs to cut pollution by at least half to make any environmental improvements

  China’s environment can’t improve to at least half of it’s pollution is cut. With an economy growing at a breakneck speed, China’s need for power and transportation can’t keep up. The

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China increases wind power by 23 percent in pursuit of clean energy goals

China increases wind power by 23 percent in pursuit of clean energy goals

pic Of all the nations on the planet, China is not the first place that comes to mind when the subject of green energy is on the table. Yet, China is trying. In 2014, wind farms created 23 percent more

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France will pay citizens $11,000 to upgrade to electric vehicles

France will pay citizens $11,000 to upgrade to electric vehicles

Getting a green vehicle in France could bank you some greenbacks, provided you have an old gas guzzler to exchange. France is implementing a new initiative to financially compensate car owners who trade

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U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years, says new study

U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years, says new study

Hang on to your water bottles; the United States is set to experience the worst droughts the country has seen in 1,000 years – all thanks to climate change. Projections by climate scientists at Columbia

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Hack the planet: U.S. scientists think we should artificially cool the Earth

Hack the planet: U.S. scientists think we should artificially cool the Earth

A cautious report from the National Academy of Scientists suggests that it is now time to look into purposely re-engineering Earth's climate in an effort to combat global warming. It's a pretty alarming

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Winter Loses its Cool: Climate Central shows us how winter nights will warm by 2100

Winter Loses its Cool: Climate Central shows us how winter nights will warm by 2100

In spite of last year's polar vortex, and the recent exceptionally heavy snow fall in the North East, winters are—on average—getting warmer. A new report from Climate Central looks at the number of

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No rain in San Francisco for first January in 165 years

No rain in San Francisco for first January in 165 years

  There are a lot of songs about California weather, but songwriters will have to come up with a new tune to mark the auspicious absence of rain in San Francisco this January. For the first time

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Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

  In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area.

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Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every year

Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every year

Your views on the historic snowstorm of 2015 likely depend largely on where you are; NYC: "wha, that's it?" vs. New England: "we'll dig ourselves out eventually"), and who you are: Donald Trump: "this

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US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

The first day of talks between President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seen the two leaders agree to some renewable energy policies in the developing nation, which is the

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Rising ocean temperatures burst through NOAA’s charts

Rising ocean temperatures burst through NOAA’s charts

Last year was not only the hottest year on record, but the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has just released a terrifying chart showing a sharp increase in the temperature of the world’s

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Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change

Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change

Forests will be less magnificent in the future, thanks to climate change, according to a new study. California has lost more than half of its largest trees -- considered to be over those trees over two

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President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations

second-to-last State of the Union address http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu (is there a direct link to the archived video?)   Obama confirmed prior news reports that he would use the speech to

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UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

A policy paper released by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that climate change is posing a very real threat to the diversity of food crops. Researchers are concerned that many of the

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Scientists unearth potential evidence of climate change 2,400 feet beneath Antarctic ice sheet

Scientists unearth potential evidence of climate change 2,400 feet beneath Antarctic ice sheet

A research team at work on the coast of West Antarctica has uncovered evidence that points to climate change deep beneath one of most isolated parts of the ocean. Earlier this month, a team of 40

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NASA images reveal just how much climate change is transforming the planet

NASA images reveal just how much climate change is transforming the planet

    The lawsuit argues that Harvard, by investing in companies that contribute to climate change, is going against its charter, which speaks of working toward “the

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