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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 »

'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 »

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 »

A Glacier as Close to the Equator as Tampa Is in Peril

Checking in on China's Baishui No. 1 Glacier

(Newser) - The loud crack rang out from the fog above the Baishui No. 1 Glacier as a stone shard careened down the ice, flying past Chen Yanjun. More projectiles were tumbling down the hulk of ice that scientists say is one of the world's fastest melting glaciers. "We should... More »

UN: 'Life-and-Death' Action Needed on Climate Change

Rapid transformation within 12 years could limit worst effects

(Newser) - The latest United Nations report on climate change doesn't sugarcoat its findings: Climate change is here, with catastrophic effects, and it is going to get worse. But that doesn't mean it's time to give up: The report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stresses that... More »

'Scary' First Hits Arctic's Thickest Ice

Oldest section of sea ice has already shattered 2 times this year

(Newser) - Scientists called it "the last ice area," believing the oldest and thickest section of Arctic sea ice north of Greenland would be the last to remain as our planet warms. Turns out, it's already broken up twice this year, reports the Guardian . More than 13 feet thick... More »

Why We're Losing the Climate War

The Economist takes a closer look at entrenched interests

(Newser) - Evidence of warming isn't hard to find: California is battling 18 wildfires, including one so hot it created its own weather. Fires killed 91 in Athens last week and Japan is enduring a heatwave that saw 125 die and Tokyo push 104F for the first time. Yet the international... More »

Starving-Bear Photographer: Maybe We Made 'a Mistake'

Cristina Mittermeier mulls her incredibly famous footage

(Newser) - An estimated 2.5 billion people saw the image: a starving polar bear struggling across an Arctic landscape. "The mission was a success, but there was a problem: We had lost control of the narrative," writes Cristina Mittermeier in National Geographic . Accompanied by a photographic team, she snapped... More »

Climate Change Kills—Via Suicide

The problem will only get worse: Stanford researchers

(Newser) - As the planet continues to warm, you can expect more droughts, more flooding, more powerful storms, and, apparently, more suicides. That's according to Stanford researchers who scoured data on 850,000 suicides in the US between 1968 and 2004 and 611,000 suicides in Mexico between 1990 and 2010.... More »

'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 »

Melting Roofs, Buckling Roads, and Deaths in Global Heat Wave

Record-setting temps have been set around the world over the past week

(Newser) - A city in Oman set a heat record last week, but it's not the only place registering record-setting mercury. The Washington Post lists the places worldwide that have been experiencing never-before-recorded heat over the past week, caused by heat pressure or heat domes across the Northern Hemisphere. In North... 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 »

'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 »

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 »

Arnold Accuses Oil Companies of 'Knowingly Killing' People

Schwarzenegger says he's going after Big Oil for 'first-degree murder'

(Newser) - Like Big Tobacco, Big Oil has been complicit in "knowingly killing people all over the world," due to the global warming caused by fossil fuels, and they're about to be held accountable for it, per one of California's most high-profile ex-governors. Arnold Schwarzenegger recorded a live... 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 »

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