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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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Melting faster than expected, this vast glacier could raise seas by 5 feet

Melting faster than expected, this vast glacier could raise seas by 5 feet

A fast-retreating glacier melted through climate change could release billions of tons of ice, researchers have discovered, enough to raise global sea levels almost five feet. East Antarctica had been considered an area less at risk for glacial melt by scientists tracking global warming, but new findings published this week suggest that is not in fact the case.

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Fossil fuels result in more methane than expected, but there’s good news

Fossil fuels result in more methane than expected, but there’s good news

Human activity involving fossil fuels has been a much bigger contributor to climate change than previously thought, a new study from the University of Rochester has found. Methane is a greenhouse gas that, compared to carbon dioxide, doesn't last very long in the atmosphere. However, and as with other greenhouse gases, it does trap heat, contributing to the harmful warming of our planet.

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Jeff Bezos announces $10 billion Earth fund targeting climate change

Jeff Bezos announces $10 billion Earth fund targeting climate change

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and the world's richest person, has committed $10 billion under his newly announced Bezos Earth Fund. In an announcement on Instagram today, Bezos stated that he wants 'to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share.' Bezos indicates that the $10 billion is just the start of his financial investment into the planet.

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Delta will spend $1 billion to become the first carbon neutral airline

Delta will spend $1 billion to become the first carbon neutral airline

Delta Airlines has announced intentions to become the first carbon-neutral airline across its global operations. The company has pledged $1 billion that will be used over the next decade to reach this goal, which will cover Delta's land and air operations. According to the company, 98-percent of its emissions come from aircraft; in order to neutralize this, the company plans to reduce its carbon footprint and more.

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January 2020 was the hottest on record – that’s a huge problem

January 2020 was the hottest on record – that’s a huge problem

January 2020 was the hottest January on record, again highlighting the general trend in changing climates on Earth, and reigniting concerns about lower sea ice coverage. The research, published by scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, indicated that January 2020 was the 421st consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average.

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NASA warns climate change is disrupting a major ocean current

NASA warns climate change is disrupting a major ocean current

Climate change resulting from human activities has caused a major ocean current to become more turbulent, according to a new study from NASA. The space agency, which also spends considerable time monitoring and studying our own planet, used satellite data spanning a dozen years to measure the Beaufort Gyre ocean current, finding that it is moving faster as a result of rapidly melting sea ice.

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Microsoft makes Carbon Negative pledge: Here’s what that means

Microsoft makes Carbon Negative pledge: Here’s what that means

It's overwhelmingly clear that we need to do something about emissions if we want to curb the worst effects of climate change, and a big part of getting on the right track will be getting massive corporations on board. We've seen plenty of corporations talk about their sustainability plans, but today, one of the biggest is detailing what it will do to help: Microsoft.

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NASA says 2019 was the second warmest year ever recorded

NASA says 2019 was the second warmest year ever recorded

Last year was the second warmest recorded year since humans started keeping track of global temperatures in the late 1800s, according to a joint release from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The space agency says that it and NOAA conducted independent analyses of the data and both came to the same conclusion. At this point in time, the only hotter year on record is 2016, meaning the last half-decade has officially been the warmest in 140 years.

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Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than we thought – that’s a huge problem

Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than we thought – that’s a huge problem

Greenland's ice is melting much faster than earlier predictions warned, new research has discovered, exposing millions more people to rising sea levels and flooding. While scientists have been monitoring the melting ice caps for years now, and extrapolating just how many coastal communities run the risk of being submerged completely, a new study suggests even those predictions weren't quite severe enough.

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UN climate change report gives damning warning: We’re not doing enough

UN climate change report gives damning warning: We’re not doing enough

A hotly-anticipated climate change report has issued an ominous warning on the rising global temperature, cautioning that the current pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are woefully inadequate if the Paris Agreement targets at to be achieved. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report measures the disparity between what the world needs to do to tackle climate change, and what's actually being done.

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