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2017 Ranks as One of Hottest Years on Record

Was either 2nd or 3rd hottest

(Newser) - Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino... More »

Extreme Weather Seen as Major 2018 Risk

World Economic Forum ranks them ahead of global forum

(Newser) - Humans are "pushing systems to the brink, from extinction-level rates of biodiversity loss to mounting concerns about the possibility of new wars," according to the World Economic Forum . On the upside, a stronger economic outlook means global leaders will have "a golden opportunity" to address some of... More »

Inside NYC's Billions-Dollar Salvo Against Oil

Says it'll divest $5B from its pension funds, and wants billions more from 5 key players

(Newser) - New York City is putting its money where its mouth is in a fight against "greed"-driven fossil fuel companies. In a move that the New York Times describes as designed to give Mayor Bill de Blasio chops as a climate-change leader (and one made in front of a... More »

Chocolate May Become Scarce, Unless Scientists Intervene

They hope to create cacao seeds able to thrive in warmer climates

(Newser) - While chocolate prices have fallen in recent years , you can expect a massive price hike by 2050 unless scientists at the UC Berkeley Innovative Genomics Institute reach their goal. Together with the Mars company, scientists are working to create a genetically modified form of cacao that can withstand the effects... More »

Scientists Slam Trump Tweet on 'Good Old Global Warming'

He says we could 'use a little bit of it'

(Newser) - With bitterly cold temperatures gripping much of the US, President Trump has returned to a familiar theme: Mocking global warming. "In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record," Trump tweeted Thursday. "Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good... More »

Why Our Olympians Are Forced to Cross an Ocean to Train

Winter sports competitors traveling around the world to find glaciers suitable for training

(Newser) - US athletes prepping for the Pyeongchang Olympics are training in Finland and the Swiss Alps—because climate change is forcing athletes to hunt farther from home for wintry conditions, per the AP . "Without the snow and the cold in the places in the [US] where it's normally cold,... More »

Trump: No, Climate Change Is Not a Security Threat

Speech on Monday will reverse course from Obama administration

(Newser) - President Trump on Monday unveils his first blueprint for national security as president, and the Federalist reports that it will break from his predecessor's vision in at least one key way: Trump will drop climate change from the list of national security threats facing the nation. As the site... More »

French President Gives US Climate Scientists Millions

Emmanuel Macron announced the competition after Trump said the US would be withdrawing from the Paris Agreement

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron is making good on his plans to turn France into a "second homeland" for American climate scientists who feel unappreciated and underfunded in Donald Trump's America, the Washington Post reports. Six months after Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the... More »

California Governor Says Fires Are the 'New Normal'

Jerry Brown also says the U.S. needs 'heroic' effort to fight climate change

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown says deadly and destructive wildfires in winter are "the new normal." Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, Brown said drought... More »

'We Stood There Crying': Crew Films Starving Polar Bear

Conservation group says it illustrates threat to the bears as ice retreats from Arctic

(Newser) - The video is tough to watch: A crew from the conservation group Sea Legacy came across a starving polar bear in Canada's Baffin Islands that clearly didn't have long to live. "We stood there crying—filming with tears rolling down our cheeks," photographer Paul Nicklen tells... More »

SNL Rips an Alum

Al Franken taken to task over sexual harassment

(Newser) - The sexual harassment allegations wracking virtually every segment of society predictably surfaced on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, but the New York Times notes that the man currently in the crosshairs made the show's approach "especially delicate." The show pulled no punches in the case... More »

15K Scientists Send 'Warning to Humanity'

Things have gotten really, really bad

(Newser) - Twenty-five years ago, 1,500 scientists signed a letter warning humanity that it needed to change its ways in order to save the planet. A new letter, marking the anniversary of that first message, has so far been signed by 15,000 scientists, and they say the reason for the... More »

US Cities Defy Trump, Still Back Paris Climate Deal

US coalition has economy larger than Japan, Germany combined

(Newser) - A group of US states, cities, businesses, and universities said Saturday they are still committed to curbing global warming even as the Trump's administration is walking away from the Paris climate accord, the AP reports. But the alliance, which has an economy larger than Japan and Germany combined, says... More »

Syria's OK on Paris Accord Leaves US All Alone

United States now only country in the world to oppose climate agreement

(Newser) - In a move that further isolates the US from the international community, Syria has officially agreed to sign the Paris climate accord. The announcement was made at a climate summit in Germany on Tuesday, reports Politico . That means the US—which will withdraw from the deal on the basis that... More »

Federal Report Makes Shocking Finding on Climate Change

Shocking in that the Trump administration signed off on it, anyway

(Newser) - "It's extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of" climate change over the past century, according the fourth National Climate Assessment . "There is no convincing alternative explanation." The report, which concludes climate change is real and almost entirely caused... More »

Mueller Investigation Sinks a Trump Nominee

Sam Clovis, a climate change skeptic, pulls name from consideration for science post

(Newser) - A former Trump campaign official linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination for an agriculture post. Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign national co-chairman and chief policy adviser, wrote in a letter to President Trump dated Thursday that he does "not want... More »

Scientists: 500-Year Flooding in NYC Could Happen Every 5

'This is kind of a warning'

(Newser) - Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The study, performed by researchers at several universities and published... More »

In Colony Where 36K Penguins Mated, Just 2 Chicks Survived

'Catastrophic breeding event' strikes Adélie penguin colony in Antarctica

(Newser) - About 18,000 breeding pairs of Adélie penguins mated on Petrels Island in Antarctica this year. Two chicks survived. Two. "It’s more like ‘Tarantino does Happy Feet,' with dead penguin chicks strewn across a beach in Adélie Land," the Guardian quotes the head... More »

Oldest Member of Senate Is Running for Re-Election

'I'm all in,' says Dianne Feinstein, 84

(Newser) - California's Dianne Feinstein has been noncommittal for weeks now on whether she would seek another six-year term as a senator. On Monday, however, she ended the speculation. "I'm all in!" she tweeted . "Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare.... More »

US, Syria Will Soon Be Only Holdouts on Paris Accord

Nicaragua will sign the climate agreement soon

(Newser) - When President Trump announced earlier this year that the US would pull out of the Paris climate accord, much of the coverage pointed out that only Nicaragua and Syria were also in the "no" camp. That group just got a little smaller: Nicaragua plans to sign the accord, leaving... More »

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