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Sea level rise is accelerating, with Greenland in leading role

Global sea level rise is accelerating as the Greenland Ice Sheet sheds more of its ice, scientists have found.  Given this quickening pace, it’s possible that by the end of this century, sea level rise could threaten coastal communities around the world, from Miami to Mumbai.  A new study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, is one of a few recent works to confirm an acceleration in sea level rise during the past few decades. There had been greater uncertainty about this before, with climate deniers latching onto…

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The Great Barrier Reef is worth $42 billion. It’s also under serious threat.

The Great Barrier Reef is an expansive wonder filled with thousands of marine species and over 600 coral types. It’s naturally priceless. But think of it as a business, or prime piece of real estate, and the Australian reef is worth a hefty sum of money. The 133,000-square-mile coral reef system represents around A$56 billion — or $42.4 billion in U.S. dollars — in economic, social, and brand value, according to Deloitte Access Economics, a consulting firm in Australia. The high dollar figure illustrates how essential the reef is to…

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Has Been Valued at a Whopping $42 Billion

With the Great Barrier Reef under unprecedented environmental stress, a new report is raising the alarm in terms of its potential economic loss. Valued at Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion), the largest living structure on Earth is now deemed “too big to fail.” Read more… Gizmodo – Read Full Article

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Macron teams up with Schwarzenegger to troll Trump in climate change video

French president Emmanuel Macron enlisted a high-profile Donald Trump antagonist in his ongoing quest to #MakeThePlanetGreatAgain. Terminator star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met with the French president on June 23 to chat about global warming and the fate of the Paris Climate Agreement.  To celebrate this meeting of the minds, the two posed for a video selfie and threw some not so subtle shade toward the White House. On June 1, President Donald Trump announce his intent to withdraw the U.S. from this landmark climate treaty, drawing the…

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The Southwest U.S. heat wave broke dozens of temperature records, giving us a glimpse at our climate future

An unusually wide-reaching and long-lasting heat wave has gripped at least six states for an entire week, breaking or tying dozens of hot weather records. Temperatures were so high that certain aircraft couldn’t fly out of airports including Phoenix and Palm Springs, offering a preview of what may happen to transportation networks as the climate continues to warm due to human-caused climate change.  Here are 7 of the most impressive heat records set so far.  1. Tucson’s 115-degree streak Tucson, Arizona, set its longest-ever streak of 115-degree or higher days,…

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Coal company sues John Oliver for being John Oliver

A U.S. coal company is firing back at John Oliver after the Last Week Tonight host slammed its CEO in a June 18 show. On Wednesday, Murray Energy filed suit against Oliver, HBO, and Time Warner for defamation. The lawsuit accuses Oliver of hosting a “false and malicious broadcast” and of carrying out a “meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character and reputation” of Bob Murray, the Ohio company’s chief executive. SEE ALSO: Richard Branson: Business leaders are ‘baffled’ by Trump on climate change Oliver’s show also skewered President Trump’s…

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Richard Branson: Business leaders are ‘baffled’ by Trump on climate change

British billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that companies are now even more driven to invest in clean energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions. “Whether it’s GE, or whether it’s the big oil companies… I haven’t come across one business person who doesn’t want to get out there and do everything they can to try to compensate for the [Trump] administration’s very strange stance,” Branson said on…

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Brutal Southwest U.S. heat wave sends temperature soaring to 125 degrees

There is little that’s normal about the heat wave roasting the Southwest U.S. during the past several days. In Phoenix and Palm Springs, temperatures were so high that 43 flights on American Eagle’s regional jets were canceled on Tuesday afternoon because the heat exceeded aircraft operating limits.  So far, slightly lower temperatures are expected on Wednesday, and there were no heat-related delays or cancelations as of Wednesday morning, American Airlines said in an email. The reason for the flight cancelations is that the heat plus the relatively high altitudes in…

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It’s So Hot in Arizona Right Now, Puppy Feet Are Frying

You know, in school and in newspapers, the experts warn you about all the dangers of global warming: melting ice caps, rising sea levels, more destructive hurricanes. All bad stuff! What they don’t tell you is that when it gets to be around 120-degrees, the sidewalk gets so hot, it can fry a puppy paw instantly. Read more… Gizmodo – Read Full Article

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