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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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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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