Climate Change

UAE manipulates weather to trigger huge rainstorms in hot coastal cities

UAE manipulates weather to trigger huge rainstorms in hot coastal cities

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a region that's home to hot temperatures and three deserts, has experienced heavy rainfall in multiple places over recent hours due to deliberate manipulation of the weather. The effort involved drones and a technology called cloud seeding, which disperses substances in the air that alter clouds' properties, increasing the likelihood of rain.

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Russia’s mosquito tornado underscores climate change’s dramatic impact

Russia’s mosquito tornado underscores climate change’s dramatic impact

A newly published video shows a swarm of mosquitoes form into a literal cyclone of buzzing chaos as they terrorize a remote eastern Russian village. Though dramatic in its visual nature and beyond annoying, the mosquitoes weren't actually a danger to nearby people. Instead, the insects were worked up into a massive mating frenzy spurred, in part, by climate change.

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Greenland has billions in untapped oil – now, it’s refusing drilling

Greenland has billions in untapped oil – now, it’s refusing drilling

Greenland may have billions of dollars worth of oil lurking under its coasts, but it's still ending new oil and gas exploration in a surprise commitment to climate change and the environment. The decision, announced this week, comes as Greenland also bans uranium mining as part of "a profound belief that business activities must take nature and the environment into account."

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US gov removes major residential solar power hurdle in green tech push

US gov removes major residential solar power hurdle in green tech push

Climate change concerns combined with the growing availability and affordability of green tech have driven many consumers to explore solar-powered home energy systems, including solar panels that can be installed on one's roof. The Department of Energy has announced a new fast-track tool that is designed to help get consumers automatic permits to install residential solar panels, making the entire process easier.

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Europe’s aggressive new emissions rules put gas engines on notice

Europe’s aggressive new emissions rules put gas engines on notice

The European Union has revealed tough new emissions standards, aiming for a 55-percent cut this decade in a move that could all but sign the death warrant for combustion engines. The European Green Deal, revealed in Brussels today, sees the EU's existing fossil fuel goals made even more aggressive as it cranks up the cost of emitting CO2.

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This 2050 Earth map is an ominous glimpse of our future

This 2050 Earth map is an ominous glimpse of our future

A new interactive map shows the likely impact of climate change and industrial development on the Earth's surface, an ominous prediction of how vulnerable our planet will be as we head toward 2050. The new 2050 global land cover map is part of Esri's Living Atlas, tapping satellite imagery and more for a glimpse into the next three decades.

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NASA & ESA partnership sounds “all-hands-on-deck” climate change alarm

NASA & ESA partnership sounds “all-hands-on-deck” climate change alarm

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are teaming up to tackle climate change, inking a new strategic partnership that will see the collected observations of Earth from space released freely. The collaboration comes amid ominous predictions for how changing global temperatures and rising sea levels will expand flooding, accelerate fires, and see even greater extremes in weather conditions.

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NASA issues a dire flood warning – and the wobbly Moon isn’t helping

NASA issues a dire flood warning – and the wobbly Moon isn’t helping

A wobble in the Moon's orbit, combined with climate change, is likely to provoke massive flooding a new study has warned, with the potential for coastal cities to find themselves regularly swamped from the mid-2030s. The newly-published research highlights just how dangerous unchecked global warming can be, and how it can leave dangerous even natural environmental cycles.

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Antarctica’s highest-ever temperature confirmed, beating 2015 record

Antarctica’s highest-ever temperature confirmed, beating 2015 record

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed a new highest-ever recorded temperature that occurred in Antarctica back in February 2020, one that slightly eclipsed the previous record recorded in 2015. Though that temperature was confirmed and accepted, the organization rejected an even higher temperature that was reported a couple of days later.

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Climate change is shrinking our atmosphere with unexpected consequences

Climate change is shrinking our atmosphere with unexpected consequences

Climate change isn't just causing heatwaves right now, but could eventually lead to a pile-up of space trash in low Earth orbit, NASA warns, with almost three decades of data suggesting a vital layer of our atmosphere is shrinking because of greenhouse gas emissions. An increase in carbon dioxide has led to the upper atmosphere gradually contracting, with a new study putting a number on that change for the first time.

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Thousands of desperate spiders made a massive rolling web in Australia

Thousands of desperate spiders made a massive rolling web in Australia

A spider web so large that it rolls like grass in the wind has popped up in Victoria, Australia, and thousands of busy spiders are to blame. The scene, which will send a chill down the spine of even the mildest arachnophobe, was recently showcased in a new video of the ensnared grasslands. The spider web spans from the ground all the way to the top of nearby trees.

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Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier ice shelf is crumbling faster than expected

Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier ice shelf is crumbling faster than expected

A newly published video shows the dramatic increase in ice chunks breaking free from the large ice shelf holding back the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica. With the rate of icebergs breaking free increasing over the past few years, scientists warn that the time it takes before the glacier falls into the ocean may be significantly reduced.

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