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'Climate Kids' Lawsuit Beats the Government, Again

But NYC loses a climate case and Baltimore jumps into the legal fray

(Newser) - A lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change is still alive, the AP reports. In San Francisco on Friday, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the government's second request for an order directing a lower court to... More »

Greenland Villagers Flee as Giant Iceberg Approaches

The giant hunk of ice could cause flooding as it approaches the town of Innaarsuit

(Newser) - A huge iceberg heading for a tiny Greenland town has sent villagers fleeing. Per Newsweek , the berg is so big it found itself lodged on the sea floor just beside the town of Innaarsuit, where the around 170 residents fear flooding could occur as chunks fall into the sea. The... More »

'Environment Crime' May Have Just Been Traced to One Nation

Recent uptick in CFC-11 emissions could mess up ozone layer recovery; they may originate in China

(Newser) - Across the world, someone has been illegally producing an ozone-destroying gas banned more than 30 years ago. Now, investigators and the New York Times may have pinpointed the culprit behind the CFC-11 chlorofluorocarbon: factories making foam insulation in remote parts of China. Putting CFC-11 in the insulation, which is used... More »

Scientists Make Alarming Find About Ancient Trees

Africa's oldest baobabs are dying, quickly

(Newser) - Researchers taking a survey of some of the world's oldest and funkiest trees have bad news to report: Africa's legendary baobabs are dying. The statistic getting the most attention out of the new study in Nature Plants is that eight of the continent's 13 oldest baobabs have... More »

Antarctic Ice Melt Is Accelerating Rapidly

3 trillion tons of ice have melted since 1992, study says

(Newser) - Scientists monitoring ice loss in Antarctica have chilling news: The melting rate has accelerated alarmingly and the ice sheet is now shedding more than 200 billion tons a year, according to a study involving 88 scientists published in the journal Nature . The researchers say the rate of ice loss has... More »

US Again Has World's Most Powerful Supercomputer

Summit will study everything from Alzheimer’s disease to supernovas

(Newser) - The Department of Energy is introducing a supercomputer that it believes is the world’s fastest, which would put the US at the head of the pack in a twice-a-year official ranking of the world’s 500 fastest computers . As the Wall Street Journal points out, the competition for fastest... More »

'Nuisance Flooding' Is Happening a Lot More Often

'Nuisance flooding' tied or set records last year in more than a quarter of the 98 places monitored

(Newser) - A new report finds that high-tide flooding is happening across the US at twice the rate it was just 30 years ago and predicts records for such flooding will continue to be broken for decades as sea levels rise, the AP reports. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday... More »

China Clears Over 9 Tons of Trash From Mt. Everest

The world's tallest mountain is covered in a lot of junk

(Newser) - The world's tallest mountain is covered in a whole heap of trash. That's why a Chinese team of 30 people has been tasked with hauling decades worth of climbers' garbage off Mt. Everest. Since April, they've managed to bring down over 9 tons of cast-off mountaineering gear... More »

GOP Congressman: Rocks, Silt the Cause of Rising Seas

Erosion is 'primary cause of sea level rise in the history of our planet,' says Mo Brooks

(Newser) - "What about the White Cliffs of Dover?" With that, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology made clear his skepticism about human-driven climate change Wednesday, suggesting rocks falling into the sea accounted for sea level rise. Alabama Republican Mo Brooks responded to a scientist's... More »

Bloomberg: I'll Pay for US Share of Paris Climate Deal

'America made a commitment,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump says he wants to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord—but another billionaire says he is going to pay some of what the US would have contributed to the pact anyway. Michael Bloomberg, who promised last year that cities, states, and businesses are "going... More »

Dying Gulf Stream May Trigger a Global Nightmare

Scientists say climate change plays a role

(Newser) - Scientists are raising alarm bells after two studies found that the Gulf Stream—an ocean current key to regulating Earth's climate—is the weakest it's been in 1,600 years, the Guardian reports. The culprit is apparently melting sea ice and glaciers, which inject fresh water into the... More »

'Mass Mortality' Hits Great Barrier Reef, Shocks Scientists

'Unprecedented bleaching event' killed off half the coral there over 2 years

(Newser) - An "unprecedented" bleaching event struck the Great Barrier Reef in 2016, with perilously high temperatures affecting the 1,400-mile-long stretch of coral. The Atlantic notes we already knew that this occurred , but that the toll is just now being fully understood: It describes a new study published in the... More »

Palm Trees Are on a Mission Northward

Cold-tolerant species could reach northern US, Canada in 'decades'

(Newser) - Utah, Ohio, and Canada might soon be dotted with palm trees—because welcome to climate change. Following a 2007 study that found palm trees in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, an international team of researchers set out to learn how cold is too cold for palm trees. Upon surveying... More »

As American Forests Change, One Tree Is Emerging

Beech is booming, but that may be bad news overall as temperatures rise

(Newser) - Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, according to a group of scientists. The scientists say the move toward beech-heavy forests is associated with higher temperatures and... More »

De Niro: US Is Suffering From 'Temporary Insanity'

'Let's just say we're suffering from a case of temporary insanity,' he tells Mideast summit

(Newser) - Hollywood star Robert De Niro took aim at the Trump administration's stance on climate change, telling a packed audience in the Middle East that he was visiting from a "backward" country suffering from "temporary insanity." He said that in the country he's describing, the head... More »

Despite Rising Seas, Tiny Island Nation Actually Growing

Study finds a surprising possible future for Tuvalu

(Newser) - Thanks to climate change, the world's oceans are rising. And they're rising twice as fast around Tuvalu, a tiny Pacific nation comprised of nine atolls and 101 reef islands totaling just 10 square miles of land mass. And yet—despite all common sense to the contrary—researchers found... More »

Scientists Want Trump Ally Booted From Museum Board

They cite Rebekah Mercer's support for groups skeptical of climate change

(Newser) - More than 300 scientists and academics want President Trump ally and Breitbart News backer Rebekah Mercer to resign from the board of the American Museum of Natural History, citing donations to groups that deny climate change. Through the Mercer Family Foundation, Mercer and her father, hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer,... More »

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 »

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