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NOAA: 2016's Weather Was Far From Normal

'Very extreme' year is concerning, scientists say

(Newser) - Last year's global weather was far more extreme or record-breaking than anything approaching normal, according to a new report. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual checkup of the Earth on Thursday, highlighting numerous records including hottest year, highest sea level, and lowest sea ice in... More »

Major Federal Climate Change Report Leaked

Report from 13 different agencies warns of drastic effects

(Newser) - A report on climate change from scientists at 13 federal agencies has been leaked to the New York Times and the Washington Post —and it's firmly at odds with President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's stated positions on the issue. The draft seen by... More »

Study Finds Bad News for Aardvarks

Drought kills 5 of 6 that were being monitored

(Newser) - Little is known about Africa's elusive aardvarks, but new research says they are vulnerable to climate change like many other species, the AP reports. Hotter temperatures are taking their toll on the aardvark, whose diet of ants and termites is becoming scarcer in some areas because of reduced rainfall,... More »

What May Vanish From the Arctic by 2030

Scientists: There could be no more summer ice by then, thanks to climate change

(Newser) - Fancy an Arctic cruise? With climate change melting the planet's sea ice faster than ever, the globe's northern-most points could become a check on the well-traveled tourist's bucket list. That possibility is giving goose bumps to maritime experts who say safety measures are lacking. "It's... More »

This Is One of the Bleakest Climate Stories You'll Read

Writer warns that no matter how worried you are, it's probably not enough

(Newser) - New York is out with an assessment of climate change, and the piece by David Wallace-Wells is drawing attention for its blunt language. Witness the very first line: "It is, I promise, worse than you think." Wallace-Wells begins by noting that most people, assuming they believe that... More »

G20 Leaders Shut Trump Out on Climate Change

Other world leaders continue to back Paris climate accord

(Newser) - World powers lined up against US President Donald Trump on climate change Saturday, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming. The final statement of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, underlined that the other countries and the European Union supported the Paris climate agreement rejected... More »

Climate Marchers on Trump's 100th Day: 'There's no Planet B'

Tens of thousands joined what organizers say were 300 events in US

(Newser) - Thousands of people across the US marched Saturday on President Trump's 100th day in office to demand action on climate change, the AP reports. At the marquee event, the Peoples Climate March in Washington, DC, tens of thousands of demonstrators made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in sweltering heat.... More »

Scientists Head to River for Work, Find Lake Instead

Glacier melt spurred by climate change caused Yukon River to vanish in just 4 days

(Newser) - When scientists from the University of Illinois and Canada's Simon Fraser University headed to northern Canada last August to do some fieldwork along the Slims River, they were met by a surprising sight. The Yukon river was no longer flowing and instead resembled a "long, skinny lake,"... More »

Stunning Photos Show How Glaciers Are Melting

Scientists offer up before-and-after photos

(Newser) - Over the past decade, scientists and photographers keep returning to the world's glaciers, watching them shrink with each visit. Now they want others to see how a warming planet is melting masses of ice in a series of before-and-after photos. In the Geological Society of America's GSA Today... More »

EPA Chief: Carbon Dioxide Not Primary Cause of Global Warming

Scott Pruitt's view is at odds with mainstream climate science

(Newser) - The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate... More »

Al Gore Is Back With An Inconvenient Sequel

His new climate change documentary premiered Thursday at Sundance

(Newser) - Al Gore is back. Variety reports 11 years after the former vice president's Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth first warned about the dangers of climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power premiered during the opening night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The new film takes an even... More »

Scientists Blame People for 3rd 'Hottest Year' in a Row

Human impact 'no longer subtle' on global warming that made 2016 hottest year ever

(Newser) - Everyone kind of knew this was coming , but many are still sweating at the news. Data for 2016 has been released, and it's official that last year was the hottest year on record, following 2014 and 2015 in holding this status, the Guardian reports. NASA and NOAA released their... More »

Temperature at North Pole Nearly 50 Above Normal

The Arctic is nearing the melting point when it should be freezing

(Newser) - Hope Santa has a summer outfit on hand. The New York Times reports scientists have been "startled" by the extremely warm temperatures in the Arctic over the past two months. In mid-November, some areas of the Arctic were more than 35 degrees above average, while mean temperatures for the... More »

Energy Department Rebuffs 'Unsettling' Trump Request

Refuses to give out names of those working on climate change

(Newser) - Donald Trump's transition team sent a memo with 74 questions to the Energy Department this week, among them a request for the names of people who have worked on climate change issues recently. Specifically, it requested a list of all employees and contractors who attended the UN's annual... More »

Santa's Reindeer Are Shrinking

Blame warmer temperatures, say scientists

(Newser) - Santa might need to recruit a few extra reindeer this year. According to Scottish scientists, Arctic reindeer are shrinking in size. Scientists weighed 135 reindeer on Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about 800 miles from the North Pole, each April from 1994 to 2015 and found the animals shrank from 121... More »

Weather Channel to Breitbart: You're Using Our Video to Mislead People

Climate change is real, channel tells conservative site

(Newser) - The world is getting warmer—and Breitbart.com just got burned. The Weather Channel laid into the conservative site Tuesday for using one of its videos in what it says was a misleading article , which claimed the "last three years may eventually come to be seen as the final... More »

Ivanka Trump Eyes a Surprising New Role

Politico says she's aiming to be 'climate czar'

(Newser) - Politico is out with an interesting feature on Ivanka Trump that points out she might be the first "first daughter" in history to eclipse the first lady in influence. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the story is that it says she is planning to make climate... More »

China to Trump: We Didn't Make Up Global Warming

Minister points out Reagan's role in climate talks

(Newser) - China wants Donald Trump to know that contrary to his notorious 2012 tweet , global warming is not a concept it invented to undermine American manufacturing. At United Nations climate talks in Morocco Wednesday, China's Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin pointed out that Republican presidents helped launch Intergovernmental Panel on... More »

Hollande to US: Climate Deal Is 'Irreversible'

There's concern a President Trump wouldn't honor the Paris Agreement

(Newser) - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the United States to respect the "irreversible" Paris Agreement on climate change, and said France will lead a dialogue on the topic with President-elect Donald Trump "on behalf of the 100 countries that have ratified" the deal. Speaking to a UN... More »

'Very Likely' 2016 Will Be Warmest Year Yet

World Meteorological Organization says temps were 1.58 degrees hotter than baseline average

(Newser) - Scientists have only the first nine months on the books, but that data is enough to indicate that 2016 may be the world's warmest year yet, the BBC reports. A World Meteorological Organization statement published Monday relayed that from January through September of this year, global temps were 1.... More »

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