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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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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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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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Researchers think melting glaciers contributed to the massive Alaskan earthquake in 1958

Researchers think melting glaciers contributed to the massive Alaskan earthquake in 1958

One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded within the United States happened in 1958 in Alaska. The quake was a magnitude 7.8 and triggered a massive rockslide the Southeast Alaskan Lituya Bay, creating a tsunami that reached 1700 feet up the side of a mountain before heading out to sea. Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute published a paper recently linking widespread loss of glacier ice with that earthquake.

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US rejoins Paris Agreement as climate change risk has never been clearer

US rejoins Paris Agreement as climate change risk has never been clearer

The US has officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, with President Biden bringing America back into the collective of countries and states attempting to curtail rising global temperatures and the impact of climate change. The US initially joined the Agreement in 2016, but withdrew under the previous Administration.

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DNA from 1.2m year old mammoth unlocks Ice Age genetic mystery

DNA from 1.2m year old mammoth unlocks Ice Age genetic mystery

Groundbreaking research into incredibly ancient DNA that predates even the longest human timelines has set new records, unlocking the evolutionary secrets of the long-extinct mammoth. The DNA was taken from mammoth remains up to 1.2 million years old, allowing researchers to peer back through time to understand how climate adaptations took place and in the process identify what appears to be a new species.

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Earth’s ice is melting faster than ever finds new “worst-case” climate study

Earth’s ice is melting faster than ever finds new “worst-case” climate study

Global levels of melting ice are reaching the worst-case scenarios of climate change, scientists have warned, with groundbreaking new research suggesting the situation is only getting worse. While the impact of rising atmospheric temperatures has been widespread, its contribution to melting glaciers around the world is arguably the biggest concern, given the potential for dramatically rising sea levels.

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Wind is carrying microplastics to distant, clean parts of the ocean

Wind is carrying microplastics to distant, clean parts of the ocean

Microplastics, the tiny bits of plastic that break free from larger items, are making their way to more remote, clear parts of the ocean. According to the new study, these plastic particles are being swept up into the air, where they travel their way to remote areas, eventually settling back into the water and the food supply.

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Study warns climate change may fuel higher rates of cancer

Study warns climate change may fuel higher rates of cancer

Researchers in California are warning that climate change may bring about more cancer, particularly severe ones like lung cancer. The findings are based on an analysis of almost 60 existing studies, noting that climate change has an impact on public health that is expected to get worse as temperatures rise, wildfires become more common, and air quality decreases.

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