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NASA-led ice melt study makes a terrifying prediction about rising sea levels

NASA-led ice melt study makes a terrifying prediction about rising sea levels

Unchecked greenhouse gas emissions could lead to more than a 15-inch rise in sea levels, scientists have concluded, using NASA data to issue a stark warning about melting ice sheets. The huge rise would lead to dramatic flooding in coastal regions around the world, and create a potentially apocalyptic chain reaction of consequences.

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Climate researchers warn “hothouse” changes will send Earth temps soaring

Climate researchers warn “hothouse” changes will send Earth temps soaring

A high-fidelity record of variations in our planet's temperatures was created and revealed this week, spanning a cool 66 million years into the past. This timeline is the most complete record of its kind, showing global mean temperatures of our planet, showing four significantly different states. These states were named Hothouse, Warmhouse, Coolhouse, and Icehouse.

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Asphalt roads are silently hurting the environment and public health

Asphalt roads are silently hurting the environment and public health

A new study from Yale University reveals that asphalt -- the material used to construct roads and parking lots around the world -- is a silent contributor to the air pollution that is harming both the environment and the people who live in it. The effect is at its worst on hot, sunny days, the study found, with the intense heat increasing the number of harmful particles the asphalt emits into the air.

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Antarctic fractures could see precarious ice shelves crumble – with dire results

Antarctic fractures could see precarious ice shelves crumble – with dire results

Huge fractures in the Antarctic ice shelves could see more than half of the precarious structures shear away, new research has warned, the latest potential consequence of untempered climate change. While melting Arctic and Antarctic ice have long been a known issue with rising temperatures, the possibility of even more dramatic changes in the glaciers adds a new element of urgency to tackling global warming.

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Antarctic methane is leaking and the climate change impact could be huge

Antarctic methane is leaking and the climate change impact could be huge

A new source of methane leaking into the Antarctic ocean has been discovered, with concern about how the greenhouse gas could be driving climate change. Although so-called methane seeps - where the gas bubbles out from an underground reservoir and into the ocean - have been identified in multiple locations around the world, this latest example is the first to have been spotted in Antarctica.

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Burger King reveals Reduced Methane Whopper from cows on special diet

Burger King reveals Reduced Methane Whopper from cows on special diet

Fast-food company Burger King is back with another environmentally-friendly Whopper -- and unlike the Impossible Whopper, this new burger features real beef, not a plant-based product. What makes it unique? The beef is sourced from cows that were fed a unique diet intended to reduce methane emissions, one of the multiple concerns associated with raising cattle for meat.

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Scientists drilled Antarctica’s largest ice shelf to get key climate data

Scientists drilled Antarctica’s largest ice shelf to get key climate data

As the climate warms, sea levels rise. This increase in water levels is caused by melting sea ice, something that includes melt that typically happens on the underside exposed to the ocean, at least when it comes to ice shelves. A new study has leveraged modern technologies to get new measurements from the center of the underside of Antarctica's biggest ice shelf, shedding new light on the processes driving the melting.

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Antarctic snow is turning green and climate change is to blame

Antarctic snow is turning green and climate change is to blame

Antarctica's iconic white terrain is turning green, and the problem is only going to get worse, scientists warn, as climate change wreaks havoc on some of the most distant areas of the Earth. Green snow algae is proving a stubborn addition to the Antarctic Peninsula coast, a new study has shown, and rising temperatures suggest greater spread is likely.

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Hurricanes are getting stronger and climate change may be to blame

Hurricanes are getting stronger and climate change may be to blame

Hurricanes are getting stronger, according to a new study, and climate change may be the cause. The findings come from scientists with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information. Around four decades of hurricane satellite images went into the research, according to the University, building upon previous research that found similar storm intensification.

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Some Arctic summers will likely be ice-free even with reduced CO2

Some Arctic summers will likely be ice-free even with reduced CO2

A new study has warned that the Arctic is likely to be ice-free during the summer months due to climate change, something that would only be partially prevented if humanity rapidly reduces the amount of CO2 emissions. The loss of ice during the summer months would be, according to the team behind the study, devasting for the local ecosystem, including animals like seals and polar bears.

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90m year old Antarctic rainforest raises huge climate change question

90m year old Antarctic rainforest raises huge climate change question

Antarctica may be inhospitable ice today, but 90 million years ago it could've been home to a flourishing rainforest, new research has discovered. Published today, the study rewrites our assumptions about the polar region, and ignites new questions about how Earth's climate could change so dramatically.

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Trump EPA slashes vehicle fuel economy and pollution rules

Trump EPA slashes vehicle fuel economy and pollution rules

The EPA has finalized its new vehicle emissions regulations, completing the Trump Administration's long-sought overturning of Obama-era green standards for fuel economy. Dubbed the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, the new standard slashes the requirements of CAFE and CO2 emissions to improve from around 5-percent each year under the old system, to 1.5-percent each year through model year 2026.

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