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Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies.

A new study linking paleoclimatology -- the reconstruction of past global climates -- with historical analysis shows a link between environmental stress and its impact on the economy, political stability, and war-fighting capacity of ancient Egypt.

- ScienceDaily - US

Gerard Butler calls 'Geostorm' 'timely'.

Actors Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess say their eco-disaster epic "Geostorm" has a clear message about climate change.         


Tropical beetles face extinction threat.

Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists.

- PhysOrg - NL

California's new normal may be more intense heat, fires, droughts and floods.

As portrayed in novels, the California of the future is barely habitable. Brutal storms alternate with crushing droughts. Mudslides and wildfires create waves of climate change refugees.

- PhysOrg - NL

Fiji urges 'absolute dedication' to toughest climate target.

OSLO - Fiji called on Tuesday for "absolute dedication" to the strictest limits on global warming as it prepares to preside at U.N. talks next month seeking to keep the Paris climate agreement on track after a U.S. pullout.

- Reuters - US

Watching plant photosynthesis from space.

Sydney, Australia Oct 16, 2017 University of Sydney and NASA researchers have developed a revolutionary new technique to image plant photosynthesis using satellite-based remote-sensing, with potential applications in climate change monitoring. The uptake of carbon dioxide by leaves and its conversion to sugars by ...

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Ophelia shows many hurricanes could reach Europe in the future.

Tropical cyclones often get to Europe but normally they have weakened by the time they get there. Not any more, thanks to climate change

- NewScientist - US

NASA satellite spots CO2 spike in our atmosphere.

NASA has spotted a concerning bit of info about the environment. There’s been a huge increase in Carbon Dioxide found in our atmosphere. Aidan Kelley has the story.        


Australia rejects clean energy target for cheaper power.

The Australian government on Tuesday rejected a plan to generate 42 percent of the country's power from wind and solar energy, in a setback for compliance with climate change commitments

- PhysOrg - NL

Adding organic matter to soil has a limited effect on water holding capacity.

Sequestering carbon in the soil via the addition of organic matter has been widely promoted for the mitigation of climate change. Enhancing soil organic matter can improve soil quality, i.e., increasing nutrient retention, improving soil structure, enhancing soil biotic activity and improving soil moisture and temperature ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Tropical thunderstorms are set to grow stronger as the world warms.

Thunderstorms are set to become more intense throughout the tropics and subtropics this century as a result of climate change, according to new research.

- PhysOrg - NL

Coalition signs off on new energy plan to replace Clean Energy Target

The Coalition agrees to ditch the Clean Energy Target and signs off on Malcolm Turnbull's latest plan, which the Government says will make power bills cheaper and more reliable while still cutting down carbon emissions.

- ABC News - AU

NZ Could Cut its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Naturally

Washington DC – Nature could cost-effectively deliver over a third of greenhouse gas emissions reductions required by 2030 to prevent dangerous levels of global warming, according to a new study published today by scientists from global ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Estonian minister: 'Nobody is objecting' to CO2 limit on power plant subsidies

The European Commission's proposal for a CO2 limit on power plant subsidies is supported by the Council of Ministers, insists Ando Leppiman. But now the issue is more how it can be managed, he told

- EurActive - UK

The sun keeps turning an apocalyptic shade of red. Here's why.

Since climate change makes wildfires worse, we'll be seeing a lot more of it.

- Grist Magazine - US

Warming Seas Could Lead to 70 Percent Increase in Hurricane-related Financial Loss

If oceans warm at a rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nation-sponsored group that assesses climate change research and issues periodic reports, expected financial losses caused by hurricanes could increase more than 70 percent by 2100, according to a University of Vermont study just ...

- ENN - US

How green is your tech?

Do you know how this device, the one you are reading on right now, got into your hand or onto your desk?While it probably came out of a pretty box, if you could look through this screen back through the steps involved in making your shiny device, the picture you would see would likely be far from pretty: a supply chain ...

- Greenpeace - INT

Scott Pruitt's EPA Says Maybe More Radiation Exposure Wouldn't Be So Harmful

Donald Trump's appointment of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency this year drew eyebrows, because Pruitt had made his career as a longstanding legal opponent of the EPA and a prominent climate change skeptic. Since he's been put in charge of the agency, Pruitt…

- Gizmodo - US

Scientists: Plant More Trees to Combat Climate Change

Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed Monday. Natural climate solutions, also including protection of carbon-storing peat lands and better management of soils and grasslands, ...

- Voice of America - US

Plant more trees to combat climate change: scientists

OSLO - Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday.

- Reuters - US

Tropical thunderstorms are set to grow stronger as the world warms

The amount of atmospheric energy available to thunderstorms will increase in response to climate change, putting the tropics and subtropics at risk of being lashed with more intense storms.

- The Conversation - UK

Pope at UN demands response to hunger, climate, migration

ROME — Pope Francis demanded Monday that world governments collectively commit to end rising world hunger by resolving the conflicts and climate change-related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of their daily bread.

- Yahoo! News - US

Hey, Maybe Don't Fly Drones Where Firefighters Are Trying to Save Lives

It's understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires—providing a unique perspective of a climate change-fueled catastrophe which has now killed at least 41 people, burned down thousands of buildings and laid waste to hundreds of…

- Gizmodo - US

Media Take: Climate change means 'game over for the Pacific Islands'

It is "game over for the Pacific Islands", thanks to the effects of climate change, claims climate campaigner Mike Smith. The Pacific is under threat because of rising sea levels, drought, the salination of drinking water, and more intense storms. New Zealand will need to how far it will open its doors to climate change ...

- Stuff - NZ

Trump's new environmental nominee claims carbon dioxide isn't a pollutant

On Thursday, President Donald Trump nominated Kathleen Hartnett White to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the office in charge of promoting the improvement of the environment. Like many Trump picks who came before her, Hartnett White is an outspoken climate skeptic. In an interview with the Washington ...

- Business Insider - US

Plan B: Seven ways to engineer solutions to climate change

Dismissed a decade ago as far-fetched and dangerous, schemes to tame global warming by engineering the climate have migrated from the margins of policy debate towards center stage.

- The Daily Star - LB

New study finds nature is vital to beating climate change

Better stewardship of the land could have a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date of how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced and stored in forests, farmland, grasslands and wetlands using natural climate solutions.

- PhysOrg - NL

Scientists log newfound understanding of water's responses to changing temperatures

A team of chemists has uncovered new ways in which frozen water responds to changes in temperature to produce novel formations. Its findings have implications for climate research as well as other processes that involve ice formation—from food preservation to agriculture.

- PhysOrg - NL

Proposed New Mexico science standards omit global warming

A proposed overhaul of New Mexico's state science standards for public schools came under intense criticism Monday at a packed public hearing in the state capital for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth.

- PhysOrg - NL

Oyster flatulence worries climate scientists

Plans to expand aquatic farming could have a serious knock-on effect on climate change, climate experts have warned after new research revealed that underwater shellfish farts produce 10% of the global-warming gases released by the Baltic Sea.

- EurActive - UK

France urges China and EU to unite to protect Paris climate deal

China and the European Union should set aside differences on trade and strengthen cooperation on climate change to “act as a shield” to protect the landmark Paris climate accord, France’s environment minister said. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, French Minister for Ecological and ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Pope implicitly criticizes US for leaving Paris climate accord

Pope Francis implicitly criticized the United States on Monday for pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change.

- GMA News - PH

At UN event in Rome, Pope Francis urges action on climate change, conflicts to end global hunger

Food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts, His Holiness, Pope Francis, stressed Monday at an official ceremony for World Food Day held at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations agriculture agency.

- UN - INT

Hurricane-hit Dominica holds fast, for now

Dominica is slowly rebuilding, but is climate change an existential threat to the Caribbean country?

- UN - INT

New federal law to regulate veterinary products

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment will facilitate licensing and registration of companies and factories as well as veterinary products

- GulfNews - AE

Food access is a right, tackle climate, conflict - pope

Francis tells FAO World Food Day event lifestyle change needed


On World Food Day, Pope Francis urges action on causes of migration crisis

Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migrations.

- GMA News - PH

The Pope just criticized the US for abandoning the Paris climate agreement

APROME — Pope Francis implicitly criticized the United States on Monday for pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, praising it as a means to control the devastating effects of global warming. The United States is the only country out of 195 signatories to have withdrawn from the accord, which aims to ...

- Business Insider - US

Trump voters confront climate change in wake of hurricane

The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year's worth of rain on his town, drowning this church where he was baptized, met his high school sweetheart and later married her.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Pope Francis denounced the 'negligence' and 'greed' of leaving the Paris Agreement

Pope Francis leveled an oblique criticism at President Trump while speaking Monday at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization offices in Rome. The pope addressed the Paris Agreement, the 2016 climate accord from which Trump withdrew the United States in June. "We see consequences of climate change every day," ...

- The Week - US

Daily Mail retracts global warming article, but did anyone notice?

Earlier this year, UK tabloid The Daily Mail, famous for its incompetent fakery, published a bombshell article claiming "World leaders duped by manipulated global warming data". This article was hailed by conservative media from Breitbart to The National Review as proof of what they were saying all along. Sadly for them, ...

- Boing Boing - US

Clinton Foundation Has No Plans to Return Harvey Weinstein Contributions

WASHINGTON , The Clinton Foundation has no plans to return up to $250,000 in contributions from Harvey Weinstein, citing the fact that the donations have been used to fund charitable programs. We are a charity. Donations, these included, have been spent fighting childhood obesity and HIV/AIDS, combatting climate ...

- Variety - US

Trump is quietly dismantling Obama's biggest legacy

ShutterstockPresident Donald Trump has said he believes climate change is a hoax. So it's no surprise that Trump's EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has announced plans to roll back the Clean Power Plan — Obama's signature pollution-curbing legislation. Since entering the White House, Trump's administration has made ...

- Business Insider - US

New Mexico holds hearing on education standards omitting references to global warming

Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski says the new standards will give teachers and families flexibility and local control around science materials, curriculum and content


Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

ROME, Oct 16 — Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day today with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialised world. In a speech...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Pope urges world to tackle migration crisis with 'love'

Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialised world.

- The Local - IT

Pope Francis: 'Wars and Climate Change' Are Root Causes of World Hunger and Migration

Pope Francis addressed the FAO Monday on the question of world hunger, proposing that wars and climate change must be overcome in order to properly address the crisis of world hunger and immigration.

- Breitbart - US

Bennett to Fiji for climate talks ahead of Bonn

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett will travel to Nadi today to join leaders and ministers at ministerial talks ahead of the 23rd Conference of the Parties – COP23 – in Bonn, Germany in November.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Nasa has found the reason behind Earth's record carbon dioxide spike

Nasa found that heat and droughts in the tropical regions of Africa, Indonesia and South America are responsible for the surge in the release of atmospheric CO2.

- - UK

Renewable gas: 5G Energy

Natural gas can significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

- EurActive - UK