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Puffins in Maine Are Breeding Like Crazy

It was one colony's most-productive nesting season ever

(Newser) - Puffins face existential challenges, but the little birds found a new role in Maine this summer: baby boomers. The 2017 nesting season was the most productive on record for a group of vulnerable Maine puffins, scientists with the Audubon Society said. The Atlantic puffins are small seabirds with an awkward... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Hurricane Telethon Gets 'Surprisingly Political'

'Anyone who believes ... there's no such thing as global warming must be blind'

(Newser) - "You must be blind" isn't exactly an insult you'd expect to hear Stevie Wonder tossing around, but that's exactly how the singer addressed climate change deniers at a benefit telethon for hurricane victims on Tuesday night. "Anyone who believes that there's no such thing... More »

LA Paints Streets White to Combat Rising Temps

The paint could cool streets and parking lots 10 degrees

(Newser) - As the largest wildfire in Los Angeles history scorches the edge of a city experiencing record-breaking temperatures, LA street workers have started painting streets white as part of a larger effort to tackle warming average temps head-on. Technically, the paint is a very light gray called CoolSeal, and it could... More »

Rush Limbaugh: Coverage of Irma Reveals Left-Wing Bias

He suggests it's part of media campaign to advance climate change

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh lives in Florida and thus is keeping a close eye on the path of Hurricane Irma. But on his radio show Tuesday, Limbaugh floated a controversial theory: News coverage is inflating the storm's potential danger as part of a liberal media bias in regard to global warming.... More »

Tanker Is 1st Ship to Cross Arctic Without Icebreaker

Shrinking ice and new technology helped

(Newser) - For the first time in history, a ship was able to traverse the Northern Sea Route through the Arctic without the help of an accompanying icebreaker thanks to new tanker technology—and climate change. The New York Times reports the Christophe de Margerie, carrying liquefied natural gas from Norway to... More »

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 »

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