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Hawaii Scrambles to Save Its Iconic Beach

Recent high tides suggest Waikiki Beach is in trouble

(Newser) - Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets, the AP reports. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation... More »

Why Everyone Is Talking About a Walrus Scene on Netflix

It's found in the second episode of 'Our Planet'

(Newser) - Our Planet clocks in at eight episodes, but it's a single scene from the newly released Netflix documentary series narrated by David Attenborough that's making waves. It's found in Episode two, "Frozen Worlds," and it involves hundreds of walruses falling to their deaths. The series... More »

Bering Sea Find Shocks Scientists

It's not supposed to be flooding in winter

(Newser) - The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. The ice normally prevents waves from forming and locks onto beaches, walling off villages. But not this year. In February, southwest... More »

One Country Is Heating Up at Twice the Worldwide Rate

New report points to 'human factor' as being dominant factor for Canada's spike

(Newser) - Much of the world is worried about global warming, but Canada may have cause for extra concern—especially its northernmost reaches. Per the CBC , a leaked report out of the Canadian government's environmental department indicates that since 1948, the Great White North's land temperature has, on average, heated... More »

Buildings Go Dark Worldwide

As millions celebrate Earth Hour

(Newser) - Cities around the world were marking Earth Hour on Saturday by turning off lights at 8:30pm local time in a call for global action on climate change, the AP reports. Earth Hour, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund, calls for greater awareness and more sparing use of resources, especially... More »

Be Glad You Don't Live in 'Doomsday Vault' Town

Its permanently frozen ground isn't so frozen anymore

(Newser) - Thank your lucky stars you don't live in Longyearbyen. Tucked away on a remote Norwegian island, the town of 2,000 is built on permafrost that's melting due to climate change—which is destabilizing houses, threatening wildlife, and menacing the so-called "doomsday vault," CNN reports. A... More »

Big News on Famously Thinning Glacier: 'We Didn't Believe It'

But scientists aren't too excited about sudden thickening of Greenland's Jakobshavn

(Newser) - "At first, we didn't believe it." Indeed, the data presented to NASA glaciologist Ala Khazendar and colleagues regarding Jakobshavn Glacier was almost unbelievable. For 20 years, Jakobshavn has been Greenland's fastest-thinning and fastest-flowing glacier. Its thickness shrank 500 feet from 2003 to 2016. But since then,... More »

Green New Deal Fizzles in Senate

But Democrats call it a 'sham' vote

(Newser) - The Senate on Tuesday defeated a proposal to take up the Green New Deal as both parties shunned an opportunity to debate a comprehensive climate change plan offered by Democrats. Majority Republicans forced the vote as they seek to turn the Green New Deal into a wedge issue in the... More »

Over 150K Angry Students Ditch School

They fear growing up in an altered climate

(Newser) - Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change, the AP reports. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as... More »

De Blasio: To Save Manhattan, We Must Make It Bigger

$10B plan would combat rising sea levels

(Newser) - "Lower Manhattan will be secure from rising seas through 2100" under a $10 billion plan offered up by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The plan to "climate proof" the region involves extending a stretch of eastern coastline 500 feet, or about two blocks, into the East... More »

UN Environment Report Names Our 2 Most Pressing Problems

Report uses word 'risk' 561 times in 740 pages

(Newser) - Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new UN report says. Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides, and hormone-changing chemicals in the water are... More »

He Said Earth's Status Was Dire. He Offered a Last-Ditch Solution

In video at research symposium, Wallace Smith Broecker talked about controversial solar shield

(Newser) - Before he passed away last month , the "Grandfather of Climate Science" once more broached an idea to fend off global warming, albeit a radical one, in what the New York Times dubs a "final warning for Earth." Via what one fellow scientist calls a "very touching... More »

Bernie Sanders Demanded Private Jets: Clinton Aides

But Vermont senator's staff calls nominee and her 2016 team 'total ingrates'

(Newser) - For someone who talks about the evils of the fossil fuel industry and the dangers of climate change, Bernie Sanders takes a lot of private jets—at least according to Hillary Clinton's former campaign staffers. Politico spoke to six of them, plus another source familiar with travel arrangements, and... More »

Senator Clashes With Kids: 'I Know What I'm Doing'

Sen. Dianne Feinstein resists pressure to back the Green New Deal

(Newser) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein disagreed with a group of schoolchildren over climate change Friday and saw a video of the tense exchange hit the Internet, CNN reports. "I've been doing this for 30 years. I know what I'm doing," Feinstein tells the dozen-or-so children and several adults... More »

'We Failed Our Little Brown Rat' in Climate Change First

Australia classifies Bramble Cay melomys as extinct

(Newser) - It's official in the eyes of Australia: A small brown rat is the first known mammal to be eradicated as a result of human-induced climate change. Bramble Cay melomys were declared extinct by Queensland's government in 2016 after a series of research trips failed to locate the animal... More »

'Grandfather of Climate Science' Dead at 87

Wallace Smith Broecker popularized the term 'global warming'

(Newser) - A climate scientist who popularized the term "global warming" has died, the AP reports. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. Columbia University said the longtime professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital. A spokesman for the university's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said Broecker had been ailing... More »

Greenland: Melting Glaciers Open Up Vast Sand Deposits

Mining sand could deliver huge economic boost

(Newser) - In a strangely positive twist to climate change, a new study finds that Greenland could become a major exporter of sand as its glaciers disappear into the sea. As global temperatures rise, the island's vast ice sheet is rapidly melting away, and large amounts of sediments are being washed... More »

Sarah Silverman, Megyn Kelly Get in Twitter Spat

The two are in a spat over President Trump, climate change, Silverman's language

(Newser) - Sarah Silverman wasn't having it when President Trump called out Amy Klobuchar on Twitter, and ended up in a Twitter feud—which also conveniently plugged one of her movies—with Megyn Kelly as a result. The relevant tweets:
  • Trump : "Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she
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Insects Could Disappear Within a Century

New global survey provides doomsday warning to world's ecosystem

(Newser) - Insects could completely disappear within the next 100 years, dragging global ecosystems into a catastrophic collapse. The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction , and the first global scientific review points to a grim outlook for the planet's insects, reports the Guardian . Massive declines have already been seen... More »

AOC Unveils 'Green New Deal,' and Pelosi Isn't Wowed

Resolution aims to make the US run fully on renewable energy

(Newser) - The Green New Deal is here. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled a resolution on Thursday that would give the US a blueprint on how to wean itself from fossil fuels and remake the American economy in the process. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts is introducing a companion proposal in the Senate. As... More »

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