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Virus Takes a Toll on Fashion Week

Outbreak keeps buyers, journalists, and clothes from reaching show

(Newser) - Climate change demonstrators firing smoke flares blocked traffic in central London to call for the cancellation of London Fashion Week, which opened Saturday against a backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak. The scare has reduced attendance by investors, buyers, and journalists, Sky News reports, and the long-term effects of the outbreak... More »

It's Getting Much Harder to See a Bumblebee

Researchers report a big decline, blame warming temperatures

(Newser) - If you're a middle-aged American, it's a lot harder to spot a bumblebee buzzing around now than when you were kid. Researchers say the chances of seeing a bumblebee in North America today is 46% less than in the 1970s, reports NPR . Europeans also have worse odds of... More »

Antarctica Reaches 65 Degrees for First Time

Station's reading beats 5-year-old record

(Newser) - Antarctica's peninsula is warming faster than nearly anyplace else on the planet, and a researcher said it's sometimes pleasant enough to go outside in a T-shirt. That's the case now. A research station at Esperanza, on the peninsula's northern edge, has recorded a temperature of 18.... More »

8-Year-Old Climate Activist's Twitter Account Suspended

Move came after Licypriya Kangujam complained about being called 'Greta of India'

(Newser) - Licypriya Kangujam may be a young climate activist, but the 8-year-old is not "the Greta Thunberg of India." And after she pointed that out, she says, Twitter suspended her account. As the Daily Dot reports, the problems apparently started after Kangujam posted a series of tweets complaining about... More »

On Greta Thunberg, Mnuchin's Wife Goes Rogue

'I stand with Greta on this issue'

(Newser) - Looks like another senior White House adviser's marriage stands divided : The latest public break comes after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called out 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg , telling her to go and "(study) economics in college." The Hill reports that Mnuchin's wife, Scottish actress and occasional... More »

Greta's Davos Warning: 8 Years to Save the Planet

She asks world leaders what they will tell their children when catastrophe strikes

(Newser) - When Greta Thunberg addressed world leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum last year, she memorably told them that "your house is on fire," notes Rolling Stone . This year? "Our house is still on fire," she declared, adding that "your inaction is fueling the flames... More »

Last Decade Was Hottest Ever, and We 'Haven't Seen Anything Yet'

NASA, NOAA say the 2010s set a record

(Newser) - The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two US agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records, the AP reports. The 2010s averaged 58.... More »

Our Oceans Aren't Just Bad. They're 2019 Bad

Last year was the warmest on record for oceans

(Newser) - A new ocean study is bad news for anyone living on planet Earth, the Guardian reports. Researchers found that world oceans reached their warmest level in 2019, amid 5 years that were the warmest 5 for oceans on record and 10 years that were warmest 10. "We found that... More »

Joaquin Phoenix, Martin Sheen Take One for Climate Change

Stars arrested during DC climate change protest organized by Jane Fonda

(Newser) - Two new stars have joined the likes of Sally Field , Sam Waterston , Rosanna Arquette , and Ted Danson, among others, in being detained by police for attending Jane Fonda's climate change protests in Washington, DC. Deadline reports Martin Sheen and Joker star Joaquin Phoenix were among the nearly 150 activists... More »

OITNB Actress Giving Up Green Card: 'This Is War'

Yael Stone says she'll stay in her native Australia to reduce carbon emissions in climate change fight

(Newser) - An Orange Is the New Black alumnus is distressed at how climate change is affecting the world, and at her part in it—and so is putting "some skin in the game" to fight it. Yael Stone, who played Lorna Morello in the hit Netflix series, has long enjoyed... More »

Now Greta's Got a Beef With Meat Loaf

Singer thinks climate change activist has been 'brainwashed'

(Newser) - The Daily Mail secured an exclusive interview last week with "self-confessed sex god" Meat Loaf, and the 72-year-old performer once known as Marvin Lee Aday went after another big name: Greta Thunberg. Speaking of his skepticism on climate change, the singer said, "I feel for that Greta. She... More »

Greta Thunberg's Dad: I Didn't Love Her Early School Strikes

Svante Thunberg says he and Greta's mom made lifestyle changes 'to save my child'

(Newser) - Greta Thunberg's dad is glad to see she's now "very happy" in her work fighting climate change—but the Swedish dad of two says the activist path wasn't one he initially wanted the teen to follow and that he was "not supportive" of her early... More »

Scientists Stumble On World's Oldest Forest

Scientists find ancient trees just north of Manhattan

(Newser) - Earth's three trillion trees do a lot for us—make life possible, really—but how did they ever get started? Well, look no further than New York state. Scientists say they've found the world's oldest known forest in an abandoned quarry a couple hours north of Manhattan,... More »

Scientists Call This a 'Moment of Destiny' on the Amazon

Deforestation threatens to worsen the effects of climate change, they say

(Newser) - Two scientists have assessed the present and future of the Amazon and raised the alarm about the future of the rainforest—and the Earth's climate. Waiting to act could be disastrous, said the scientists, one American and one Brazilian. "Today, we stand exactly in a moment of destiny:... More »

West Coast Waters Hide Alarming Secret

New study finds startling coastal acidification

(Newser) - Those majestic West Coast waters? They hold a secret, and some of our most valuable fisheries could hang in the balance. A new study says US Pacific coastal waters are acidifying at twice the global ocean average, posing a major threat to fisheries there, the Sacramento Bee reports. "California... More »

Greta Says Expression's Meaning Was Lost in Translation

Climate activist apologizes for 'against the wall' line

(Newser) - Greta Thunberg said, in issuing an apology, that she didn't intend to sound threatening when she called for holding leaders accountable by saying to "put them against the wall." Some people saw that as suggesting violence against those who don't act on climate change, CBS reports.... More »

Longest UN Climate Talks End With Glaring Omission

No deal on carbon markets after 2 weeks of talks in Madrid

(Newser) - Marathon international climate talks ended Sunday with negotiators postponing until next year a key decision on how to regulate global carbon markets. After two weeks of negotiations in Madrid on tackling global warming, delegates from almost 200 nations passed declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting greenhouse gases and... More »

Greenland Ice: They'll Have to 'Invent New Upper Scenario'

It's melting 7 times faster than it did in the 1990s

(Newser) - Greenland's ice sheet is melting so fast that researchers will have to move the goalposts to estimate the impact on humans in the coming years. That's according to the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-Comparison Exercise, a consortium of nearly 100 polar scientists who reviewed all satellite observations of... More »

Redesigned Time Cover Didn't Come From Time

President Trump's reelection campaign was hard at work

(Newser) - President Trump's reelection campaign gave him a whole new look—and media presence—this week with a redesigned version of Time's "Person of the Year" cover, Newsweek reports. In a tweet , Trump War Room revealed the cover with Trump's head pasted onto Greta Thunberg's noticeably... More »

Sally Field Arrested: 'The Time Is Now'

'Norma Rae' actress latest to get hauled away by cops in Jane Fonda's DC climate change protests

(Newser) - In Norma Rae, Sally Field's character inspires her fellow workers to get behind the cause of unionizing. In real life on Friday, Sally Field helped fellow protesters to get behind the cause of climate change—and got arrested for it, the latest celebrity to join Jane Fonda in being... More »

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