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Antarctica is losing billions of tons of ice each year, sharply boosting sea levels

Earth-orbiting satellites are watching Antarctica thaw.  Eighty scientists from over 40 earth sciences agencies, including NASA and the European Space Agency, used satellite data from between 1992 to 2017 to find that Antarctica has lost three trillion tons of ice to the oceans over this 25-year period. Their research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature,...CONTINUE READING
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These trees have lived for 2,500 years. Now they’re suddenly dying

Baobab trees are among the oldest trees on the planet. Some are as old as 2,500 years. But now, some of the oldest and largest among them are dead and a group of researchers think “this is associated with increased temperature and drought.” Read more…More about Mashable Video, Global Warming, Drought, Climate Change, and Baobab...CONTINUE READING
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You just lived through the hottest May on record in the contiguous U.S.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that the lower 48 U.S. states recently experienced their warmest May on record.  Records have now been kept for 124 years. “Last month, the U.S. sizzled with record warmth,” the government agency said in a statement. NOAA reports that temperature records in more than 8,590 locations...CONTINUE READING
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Extreme flooding in Maryland is a glimpse into our disaster-filled future

Last weekend, Ellicott City’s quaint Main Street, with red, white, and blue decorations draped from storefronts, became a churning brown river.  While several factors resulted in this Maryland town’s second “1,000-year storm” occurring in just the last 22 months, one increasingly significant contribution to the flooding is the amount of water vapor accumulating in Earth’s...CONTINUE READING
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Fighting climate change could save the world trillions of dollars

On the White House lawn in June 2017, President Donald Trump announced that “we’re getting out,” referring to his plan to pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate agreement — a deal he considers bad for the American economy.  But new research suggests that Trump is sorely mistaken.  The climate agreement, which is...CONTINUE READING
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Air conditioner use will triple by 2050. That’s bad news for a warming planet.

During sweltering New York City summers, the local power utility warns that for every degree you lower the thermostat, your energy bill goes up by 6 percent.  Air conditioners in every form — from window units to central air — gulp energy. There are some 1.6 billion A.C. units worldwide, accounting for around 10 percent...CONTINUE READING
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Earth just soared past yet another climate change milestone

The Earth’s atmosphere is more saturated with greenhouse gases now than at any other time in human history. For the first time on record, the average amount of carbon dioxide — the main long-lived gas responsible for global warming — in the air passed 410 parts per million (ppm) for an entire month.  Data collected...CONTINUE READING
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The hottest April temperature ever recorded may have been set this week

It’s happened again. After setting a national record for the hottest temperature during the month of March, the temperature in Nawabshah, in the Sindh Province of Pakistan, hit 50.2 degrees Celsius, or 122.4 degrees Fahrenheit, on April 30.  If the temperature reading was accurate, then the new record narrowly beat the old national monthly record...CONTINUE READING
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Illnesses from ticks and insects have tripled in the US since 2004. Here’s why.

A doctor in Denver, Colorado recently called tick biologist Nathan Nieto to say that he found a lone star tick feeding on a patient.  The problem is, lone star ticks aren’t supposed to be found anywhere near Denver. These ticks are supposed to live in the eastern United States, said Nieto, a biologist at Northern...CONTINUE READING
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Pruitt’s EPA will now classify burning wood as ‘carbon neutral,’ baffling scientists (among others)

Under a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy unveiled on Monday, burning forest products, known as biomass, will now be considered a “carbon neutral” fuel source.  The EPA’s action, which EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced before an audience of Georgia timber industry leaders, for now settles the question of whether chopping down trees, turning them...CONTINUE READING
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