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The Last Scrap of the North American Ice Sheet Is Melting

The planet is warming and Arctic ice is melting. These facts are hardly news. But it’s not just habitat for polar bears that’s being lost—a piece of Earth’s history is disappearing, too. Read More >>

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Humans Can’t Stop Breaking Carbon Emissions Records

The climate is changing, driven in part by humans spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. An overwhelming majority of climate scientists agrees with this statement. They agree with this statement because they look at long-term climate models, look at carbon emissions, run lots of tests, and see that one drives the other. I do not like writing serious articles about climate change because it’s exasperating. But there is news that I must report: As usual, we’re on track for a record-breaking year. Read More >>

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UK Carbon Emissions Are Now Lower Than In 1894

UK climate website Carbon Brief has declared after a thorough analysis of UK data that CO2 emissions fell by almost 6% in 2016, putting us at the lowest level since 1894 (not including strikes). Read More >>

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The Arctic Is in Such Bad Shape That Scientists Propose Refreezing It Ourselves

We all know the Earth is warming because humans are emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We’ve also heard that the Arctic is doing horribly, hitting record sea ice lows for several of the past few months, thanks to recent hot weather that’s connected to a longer-term warming trend. The polar bear populations are projected to decline 30 percent by 2050. There might not be any late-summer sea ice by the 2030s. Read More >>

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A Mind-Boggling Carbon Deposit Was Just Discovered in the Congo

A newly-discovered peatland in the Congo Basin of central Africa contains an estimated 30.6 billion tonnes of carbon in its waterlogged soils — equivalent to three times the total annual carbon emissions of every human being alive today. Read More >>

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The Paris Climate Agreement Could Save Commercial Fishing 

Saving seaside towns isn’t the only business benefit of fighting climate change. Scientists think that adhering to the Paris Agreement could be crucial to the success of the commercial fishing industry. Read More >>

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Temperatures at the North Pole Could Rise Nearly 28 Degrees Above Normal Today

With less than two weeks remaining in 2016, we can say with near-certainty that it’s the hottest year on record (the only thing that could pull 12 months of above-average temperatures down now is if our sun suddenly vanished, and in that case we’ve got bigger problems). And if the north pole is any indicator, freak hot weather isn’t going away. In fact, it seems to be getting freakier. Read More >>

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The Arctic Completely Failed Its 2016 ‘Report Card’

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just released its annual “Arctic Report Card,” a comprehensive overview of what’s happening at our planet’s North Pole. If it were an actual school report, the Arctic would be on the verge of failing all its GCSEs. Read More >>

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Antarctic Crack Threatens Scientific Research Station

The British Antarctic Survey has a problem in the form of an enormous crack in the East Antarctic ice sheet. Dormant for about 35 years, The Crack began to grow in 2012. Today, it threatens to cleave off the entire ice shelf supporting the Halley VI research station. And so, Halley VI is being towed out of harm’s way. Read More >>

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Trump Just Met With Al Gore to Discuss Climate Change

Trump may never remove that dumb tweet about climate change being a Chinese hoax, but there are signs that America's prez-elect is warming up to the notion that maybe — just maybe! — global warming isn’t a liberal conspiracy. The latest signal came on Monday, when Trump met with former presidential candidate and noted climate activist Al Gore to discuss our ever-warming planet. Read More >>

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What the World’s Most Badass Weather Satellite Can Do

Over the weekend, NASA and NOAA launched the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R), the United States’ most advanced weather satellite yet, to study extreme storms, tornadoes, fires, lightning, and solar activity at unparalleled resolution. Read More >>

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The Arctic Is Having a Scary Hot Flash

The Arctic was already having a rough fall, but things took a sharp turn into crazy town this week, with temperatures across much of the Arctic ocean measuring some 20 degrees Celsius above normal. Read More >>

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Nearly a Trillion Dollars’ Worth of Oil Was Just Discovered in Texas

An estimated 20 billion barrels of oil valued at up to $900 billion (£730bn) has been discovered in a West Texan shale formation, the US Geological Survey announced this week. Three times the size of the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota, it could be the largest such deposit ever assessed in the United States. Read More >>

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Seabird Crap Could Help Save the Arctic

Seabird poo: great for ruining your picnic at the beach, and according to new research, good for keeping the Arctic cool. But if the birds want to stop their summertime home from melting away, they’re going to have to start taking laxatives. Read More >>

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Global Carbon Emissions Are Stable For Third Year in a Row: Report

In a welcome reminder that not everything is terrible always, global carbon emissions barely grew at all in 2016. It marks the third year in a row that humanity’s carbon footprint has been stable. They’re still much higher than they should be, but at least they are stable. Read More >>