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This State Might Require Kids to Be Taught About Climate Change

Connecticut would apparently be the first state to do so, if bill passes

(Newser) - A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school, the AP reports. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it would be the country's... More »

New Ocean Measurements Are Bad News

Oceans are heating up faster than we knew, scientists say

(Newser) - Oceans are heating up about 40% faster than previously measured, scientists say—which only seems to confirm the world's biggest headache. Published Thursday in Science , a review of recent studies says ocean temperatures are more in sync with dire climate model simulations than scientists knew. The new measurements confirm... More »

Death of George the Snail Matters

He was the last of his kind in Hawaii. Species Achatinella apexfulva is no more

(Newser) - A 14-year-old Hawaiian land snail born in an effort to save its species has died as the last of its kind. The Achatinella apexfulva named George died in a state lab on New Year's Day, likely of old age, NPR reports. The first of some 750 species of Hawaiian... More »

Climate Activist, 15, Tells Leaders They're Too Immature to Act

'You say you love your children above all else and yet you are stealing their future'

(Newser) - At 15, Greta Thunberg has many decades of living with the effects of climate change ahead of her—and she doesn't want to tell her grandchildren she didn't try to stop it. At an address to the United Nations COP24 conference in Poland last week, the Swedish activist... More »

Officials Strike Climate Deal After 2 Weeks of Talks

Officials agree on rules governing the Paris climate accord

(Newser) - After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming, the AP reports. Fierce disagreements on two other climate issues were kicked down the road for a year to help bridge a... More »

Researcher: It's Time for 'Climate Passports'

People who lose their homes will need them, says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber at UN summit

(Newser) - A prominent researcher is proposing establishing a "climate passport" for people driven from their homes by the impact of global warming, per the AP . Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said Thursday the passport could be modeled on a similar certificate given to... More »

Beloved Naturalist Says Fate of Humanity Hangs in the Balance

David Attenborough called climate change the worst threat to mankind in thousands of years

(Newser) - Sir David Attenborough was holding no punches during an address Monday at a summit hosted by the United Nations. Per BBC , the beloved British naturalist used his time at the podium to issue a dire warning to humanity regarding climate change: "If we don't take action, the collapse... More »

Post-Paris Climate Talks Present 'Impossible Task'

Talks will be held Dec. 2-14

(Newser) - Three years after sealing a landmark global climate deal in Paris, world leaders are gathering again to agree on the fine print, per the AP . The euphoria of 2015 has given way to sober realization that getting an agreement among almost 200 countries, each with their own political and economic... More »

Trump Doesn't 'Believe' Dire Climate Change Report

'I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine'

(Newser) - President Trump is rejecting a central conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change released Friday by his own administration, the AP reports. The National Climate Assessment, quietly unveiled Friday, warns that natural disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming. It says... More »

'Everyone Will Suffer': Latest Rainforest Data Is Grim

Deforestation is on the rise in Brazil

(Newser) - Think deforestation is declining in the Amazon, with all the warnings about climate change? Nope, it just got worse—its highest rate in the past 10 years, the BBC reports. Brazil has released data showing that roughly 3,050 square miles (or nearly 1.5 million football fields) of Earth'... More »

Al Gore Has Big Issue With Trump Administration's Timing

He's bothered a major climate change report was issued on Black Friday

(Newser) - Al Gore has an issue with the Trump administration's timing. In a statement released Friday, he swung at the White House for releasing a major government report on climate change when it did. "Unbelievably deadly and tragic wildfires rage in the west, hurricanes batter our coasts—and the... More »

US Climate Report Is Out, and It's Dire

Federal agencies warn that the financial consequences of climate change will be huge

(Newser) - President Trump continues to downplay the idea of global warming, but a new report from his own federal agencies has a starkly different message. The Fourth National Climate Assessment says that human-caused global warming is not only real, it is already taking a huge financial toll on the nation, one... More »

Greenhouse Gas Levels Haven't Been This Bad in 3M Years

Researcher says the gravity has 'not sunk in'

(Newser) - Congratulations, you've lived to see a planet transformed back to the Pliocene Epoch , at least in terms of greenhouse gas levels. "The window of opportunity for action is almost closed," says the UN's World Meteorological Organization after its annual assessment found concentrations of carbon dioxide in... More »

Trump in Cali: 'I Think ... Everybody's Seen the Light'

The president still sees no effect of climate change

(Newser) - From the ashes of a mobile home and RV park, President Donald Trump said Saturday he came to the heart of California's killer wildfire to fully grasp the scale of the desolation wrought on the landscape, the AP reports. "We're going to have to work quickly. ... Hopefully... More »

Was Trump Right About Cali Wildfires?

Scientists weigh in

(Newser) - With President Trump blaming forest management for California wildfires, many wonder about the role of climate change—and scientists say it is a factor, National Geographic reports. While wildfires are normal in California, the state's fires have generally gotten larger since 2000 as hotter and drier years go on... More »

Protesters Block Off 5 London Bridges

The group is called 'Extinction Rebellion'

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital's main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously, the AP reports. A group called "Extinction Rebellion" encouraged sit-ins on the bridges Saturday as part of a coordinated week of action across the... More »

Fire Now Tied for Deadliest in California History

Butte County's Camp Fire has killed at least 29

(Newser) - A somber update to one of the wildfires raging through California: Twenty-nine people have died and 228 are missing in the wake of Butte County's Camp Fire, putting the blaze in a tie for the highest death toll since the state started keeping records, reports the San Francisco Chronicle ... More »

Ocean Study Has Horrific Implications for Climate Change Fight

Heat is going into oceans, not space, researchers say

(Newser) - A recent United Nations report warned that the world had just a dozen years left to avoid some of the most catastrophic effects of climate change. A new study suggests that assessment was far too optimistic. Researchers using a new method to calculate the amount of heat absorbed by the... More »

Supreme Court Decides on Youth Climate-Change Suit

Justices say they won't stop the lawsuit

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has refused to block a lawsuit by young Americans seeking to combat climate change, the Washington Post reports. With a trial date approaching in Oregon, the Trump administration asked the high court to intervene—but justices issued a three-page order Friday saying the government could try seeking... More »

Sign of 'What the Future Could Look Like' in Remote Hawaii

East Island disappears beneath Pacific waves

(Newser) - Hawaii might've grown a peninsula this year, but it's now lost a whole 11-acre island, and perhaps endangered seals and turtles along with it. East Island, the second-largest islet in the French Frigate Shoals atoll, a few hundred miles northwest of the Hawaiian island chain, has disappeared since... More »

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