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The North Atlantic Might Cool Sooner and Faster Than Predicted

Climatologists posit an almost 50 percent chance that the water temperature in the Labrador Sea will drop rapidly within the next decade.

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European Trains Go the Renewable Route

Electric trains in the Netherlands have relied entirely on green energy since Jan. 1, and now the U.K. and Belgium are following in their tracks.

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Methane Emissions From Oil Production Are Higher Than Feared

A new study shows emissions up to twice as high as those estimated by “simplistic” data collection systems.

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U.S. Faces ‘Abrupt and Substantial’ Crop Losses

Rising temperatures will lead to massive harvest decline in the U.S., which will cause problems for developing countries, international study says.

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Exxon Predicts Energy Demand Will Rise 25 Percent by 2040

Population growth will spur the increased need, and oil will remain the primary source, according to a corporate report.

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Arctic Tipping Points Put Earth at Risk

A warming climate is exposing the Arctic to the possibility of radical changes that could endanger the rest of the planet, scientists say.

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Geo-Engineering Unlikely to Work, Conservation Group Says

Attempts to limit climate change by using the novel technologies known as geo-engineering are very unlikely to work, leading biologists say.

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Rising Carbon Emissions Usher In New Era of Temperature Increases

Global CO2 concentrations have produced a new climate reality, with emissions levels unlikely to fall for centuries ahead.

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Speed of Arctic Ice Melt Defies Scientific Predictions

The Arctic climate is changing so quickly that science can barely keep track of what is happening and predict the global consequences, the U.N. says.

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U.S. Military Warns of Climate-Driven ‘Instability on an International Scale’

Senior defense experts say stresses resulting from climate change can increase the likelihood of conflict within and between countries, state failure, mass migration and the creation of additional ungoverned spaces.

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Renewables Establish Economic Lead in Energy Market

New analysis shows the cost of energy from renewables is already lower on average than from fossil fuels and will soon be even cheaper.

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The Carbon Reduction Pledges of the World’s Most Powerful Economies Are Far Too Low

Analysts say cuts in emissions will need to increase sixfold if the powerful G-20 nations are to meet the climate challenge on reducing greenhouse gases.

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Our Digital Devices Are Putting a Strain on the Climate

Growing reliance on smart technologies is leading to a rapid rise in electricity demand that will push up carbon dioxide emissions.

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Concerns Raised Over Paris Climate Goals

New analysis shows that the science underpinning the global treaty that aims to stop average temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels urgently needs more research.

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Humanity’s Plunder of Nature’s Resources Is Intensifying

A new U.N. report warns that a threefold increase in extraction of the earth’s primary materials over the past 40 years will intensify climate change, reduce biodiversity and raise the risk of conflict.

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Cyclones Are Set to Get Fiercer as the World Warms

New analysis of cyclone data and computer climate modeling indicates that global warming is likely to intensify the destructive power of tropical storms.

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U.K. Could Warm by 4 Degrees Celsius This Century

Scientific advisers warn that, by 2100, temperatures in Britain could rise by twice as much as the internationally agreed limit set at the Paris climate conference.

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Human-Induced Climate Change Caused 2003 Heat Wave That Killed Hundreds of Europeans, Study Finds

Scientists say their groundbreaking report is the first to link an estimate of human activity to an estimate of mortality for the 2003 heat wave—and in fact for any heat wave.

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China Aims to Cut Meat Eating in Half

The Chinese government has issued guidelines to help wean its citizens onto a more vegetarian diet—offering huge potential health gains and cuts in greenhouse gases.

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Europe’s Floods Come as No Surprise

Scientists have warned that the extra moisture in warmer air will mean more intense rainfall, but floods still leave governments unprepared.

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Climate Damage Threatens Heritage Sites

Scientists warn that some of the jewels in the crown of the world’s natural and man-made treasures face decay and destruction because of climate change.

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Trump Cannot Derail Global Climate Deal

Even if he wins the presidency, Donald Trump will be unable to halt international progress toward a low-carbon economy, a British expert says.

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Poorest Nations Will Feel the Heat of Climate Change First

Very high temperatures will affect some of the world’s least-developed countries before touching the richer nations that are more responsible for climate change.

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Climate Confusion Creeps Into the Trump Camp

Despite the Republican presidential candidate’s claim that climate change is a hoax, a new survey has found that more than half of his supporters believe global warming is happening.

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Missing the Goal for Limiting Temperature Rise Could Have a Huge Financial Impact

If the global average surface temperature rises by 2.5 degrees Celsius over its pre-industrial level by 2100, $2.5 trillion—or 1.8 percent—of the world’s financial assets would be at risk, scientists say.

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Genetically Modified Crops Can Thrive as the World Warms

Plants genetically modified to take advantage of hotter temperatures and increased carbon dioxide could cut fertilizer use and raise yields to alleviate global food shortages.

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Climate Change May Be Moving Faster Than Efforts to Slow It Down, Report Says

Despite signs that the world will cut its future fossil fuel use, the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere are still driving accelerating climate change.

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Greenhouse Gases Show No Increase for Second Straight Year, International Energy Agency Says

The link between global economic growth and emissions growth has been further weakened as greenhouse gas levels show no increase for the second year in succession.

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Chilling Warning on Warming’s Future Effect

Scientists stress the need for climate policy to focus not on this century but on the inescapable impact of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10,000 years.

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Seeds of Doubt Over Iron Boost for Algae

New research suggests that fertilizing oceans with iron to increase the growth of algae that absorb carbon dioxide is not the hoped-for answer to reducing global warming.

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Coalition to Wage War on Food Waste

A new global group says food that fails to reach consumers or is dumped as waste could instead save lives and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Warming Fuels Rise in Methane Threat

Higher temperatures and permafrost thaw could cause an increase of up to 50 percent in emissions of a key greenhouse gas from northern lakes and ponds by 2100.

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A Double Dilemma for the Paris Climate Deal

The U.N.’s achievement last month in persuading world leaders to agree on measures to tackle climate change leaves two prominent climate scientists far from convinced.

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El Nino and War Are Driving Aid Agencies to the Brink

Governments must act immediately to end conflicts and counter the impact of climate disruption to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe affecting millions.

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Arctic Methane Emissions Persist in Winter

Methane, a key greenhouse gas, is released from Arctic soils not only in the short summer period but during the bitterly cold winters as well.

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Warming Lakes Speed Up Methane Emissions

The world’s lakes are heating up fast, threatening the fish on which millions depend, as well as rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Positive Vibes Flow at Climate Talks

At the midway point of the U.N. climate conference, a rare optimism pervades the negotiations—tempered only by those who say the hard decisions still lie ahead.

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Climate Change Threatens U.S. Influence

Security experts say a modern Marshall Plan of aid for the Asia-Pacific region is needed to protect U.S. strategic and economic interests from climate-related challenges.

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Rich Praise for Poor Nation’s Emissions Targets

Analysts say the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the world’s poorest countries, has more credible plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from forestry than several more-developed states.

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Biggest Economies Still Backing Fossil Fuels

Analysts say the world’s 20 leading economies give nearly four times as much in subsidies to fossil-fuel production as total global subsidies to renewable energy.

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European Canal Plan Raises the Specter of Chernobyl

A project to link the Baltic to the Black Sea with a 2,000-kilometer trans-Europe waterway risks disturbing radioactive debris from the 1986 nuclear-plant disaster in Ukraine.

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U.K. Accused of Rigging Market Against Renewables

As electricity from renewable sources tops 25 percent in the U.K., the government is challenged to create a level playing field by scrapping nuclear and fossil-fuel subsidies.

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Developing Countries Set an Example on Emissions Cuts

Ethiopia and Morocco have submitted greenhouse gas reduction pledges that are far more ambitious than those of China and Canada.

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Clean Energy Plans May Increase Toxins in Plankton

Environmental assessment of a proposed hydroelectric dam in Canada sheds new light on the cause of high levels of a potent neurotoxin in Arctic marine life.

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World Must Avert Devastating Flood of Climate Refugees

A senior British politician says we face a humanitarian crisis on an immense scale if millions of people have to flee the impacts of global warming.

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Climate Models May Misjudge Soils’ Carbon Emissions

How soil organisms cope with decaying vegetation is much less certain than climate models suppose, researchers say, and carbon emission estimates may be wrong.

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Central Asia’s Glaciers May Lose Half Their Ice by Midcentury

The speed at which the warming climate is melting glaciers in Central Asia may ruin the water supply of millions of people within 50 years.

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Andes’ Migrating Trees Are Moving Toward Extinction

Highland tree species in the Andes are decreasing as global warming causes lowland varieties to migrate uphill into cooler climes—perhaps to their own eventual demise.

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Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

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Canadian Province Pulls the Plug on Renewable Energy Program

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has canceled a successful project that rewarded people for generating renewable energy.

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