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25-year experiment suggests climate change in the Rockies will lead common Colorado wildflower to extinction 22.2.2018 Denver Post: Local
Creamy jasmine wildflowers once common in the Colorado high country may be vanishing as climate change brings warmer and drier conditions.
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We Already Have Planet-Cooling Technology. The Problem Is, It’s Killing Us. 11.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  A trope of sci-fi movies these days, from Snowpiercer to Geostorm, is that our failure to tackle climate change will eventually force us to deploy an arsenal of unproven technologies to save the planet. Think sun-deflecting space mirrors or chemically altered clouds. […]
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The Arctic is full of toxic mercury, and climate change is going to release it 6.2.2018 Washington Post: World
The frozen soils hold “twice as much mercury as the rest of all soils, the atmosphere, and ocean combined,” scientists wrote Monday.
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Study: Mammals May Be Better Equipped to Adapt to Climate Change 3.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Project Earth/Fusion and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  The story of the tortoise and the hare teaches us that slow and steady wins the race. But when it comes to adapting to changing environmental conditions, Aesop (the ancient Greek storyteller credited with the fable) isn’t quite on the money. […]
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Polar bears' bodies work 60% harder than thought — which makes surviving climate change even tougher 2.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Scientists studying the metabolism of free-ranging polar bears in the Arctic have found out why the loss of sea ice is hurting their survival: They burn calories at a faster rate than previously thought.

The findings, described in the journal Science, reveal alarming facts about the polar bear’s...

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Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State speech, annotated 26.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Times journalists are annotating Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech. If you see a passage highlighted in yellow, you can click on it to see what we have to say about it. You can also highlight passages and leave your own comments.

Below is the text as prepared for delivery:

Good morning....

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Climate Change Is Forcing the Government to Relocate This Entire Louisiana Town 25.1.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The only land route that connects Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, to the rest of the continental United States is Island Road, a thin, four-mile stretch of pavement that lies inches above sea level and immediately drops off into open […]
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Is there a ticking time bomb under the Arctic? 24.1.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Just what exactly is permafrost? And what is happening now that it's warming up? To find out, we enter the Arctic circle's secret world of ice and frozen history.
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2017 Was the Warmest Year on Record for Oceans 23.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
As human-caused climate disruption continues apace, last year clocked in as the second warmest year recorded for the atmosphere. But it was the warmest year on record for Earth's oceans. Without the oceans to absorb human-generated heat, global temperatures would be 97 degrees Fahrenheit warmer. (Photo: Manuel Breva Colmeiro / Moment / Getty Images) Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! It is well known now that 2017 was the second-warmest year ever recorded, after 2016. In fact, the five hottest years ever recorded have occurred since just 2010,  according to NASA . What hasn't received as much attention is the fact that 2017 was the warmest year ever recorded for the planet's oceans. The previous warmest year for the oceans was 2015. In fact, when it comes to the overall impacts of human-caused global warming, the oceans have taken most of the hit: They have  absorbed 93 ...
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The Trump Administration's Attacks on Public Lands and Waters Will Cause Irreparable Harm 18.1.2018 Truthout.com
The designation of a national monument protects the land from drilling, fracking, mining, logging -- protection not afforded to the majority of public land, says Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity. Spivak discusses why the largest delisting of protected federal lands in US history will harm species, waters and exacerbate climate change. Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. In December, Trump  announced  that he would shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah by 85 percent and 46 percent respectively. The announcement came after Trump had ordered Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in April to review 27 national monuments created since 1996 that were 100,000 acres or larger, and Zinke subsequently recommended that these and other monuments be reduced. Trump's move represents the  largest  delisting of protected federal lands in US history, removing 2 ...
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A long simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change 18.1.2018 L.A. Times - World News

In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds.

But years of diminishing rainfall have shriveled water sources. Conditions worsened, residents say, after Iranian...

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Climate scientists say they may be able to rule out the worst-case scenarios — and the best ones 18.1.2018 Washington Post
Climate scientists say they may be able to rule out the worst-case scenarios — and the best ones
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U.S. says snow-loving lynx no longer need special protection 12.1.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will begin drafting a rule to revoke the lynx's threatened species status. But some scientists warn climate change could reduce the animals' habitat.
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An unlikely climate crusade in Trump country 12.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
An unlikely climate crusade in Trump country
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We know which parts of California are prone to mudslides and fires. It's time for residents to abandon them. 11.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Climate change may be lengthening the Southern California fire season, but heavy rains that follow fires that then result in mudslides are a longtime fact of our geography. (“Sudden, unstoppable and deadly: Mudslides bring destruction with nowhere to hide,” Jan. 10)

The New Yorker...

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How to save the ‘tropical rainforests’ of the ocean 10.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
How to save the ‘tropical rainforests’ of the ocean
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The Interior Department Has Cleared the Way for Energy Developers to Destroy Natural Habitats 6.1.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Just before Christmas, the Interior Department quietly rescinded an array of policies designed to elevate climate change and conservation in decisions on managing public lands, waters and wildlife. Order 3360, signed by Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, explains […]
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At age 16, A Maryland student is working with NASA on a serious project 1.1.2018 Washington Post
At age 16, A Maryland student is working with NASA on a serious project
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These 16 Major Environmental Protections Were Cut in 2017 31.12.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. President Donald Trump has spent the past year steadily undoing Obama-era environmental protections, especially rules designed to fight climate change. By law, agencies must go through a lengthy process to rescind or rewrite many rules, but executive orders and […]
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Scientists set out to explore the Arctic’s fabled waters. But they could also alter its future. 22.12.2017 Washington Post
The researchers examining the icy waters of the Northwest Passage faced a dilemma: By mapping the region that’s only now becoming navigable because of climate change, they are helping to eventually facilitate more tourism and shipping, which could damage the pristine environment.
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