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    Climate report warns of four-foot floods on NC coast Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:24:00 +0200
    # Citing the rising sea level, a national climate-policy group warned Tuesday that the North Carolina coast could see floods as much as four feet above the high tide line during the next 30 to 60 years, jeopardizing 61,000 homes along the coast.

    Editorial: Climate change deniers ignore real devastating dangers Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:28:00 +0200
    # The U.S. Global Change Research Project - a team of 300 top U.S. scientists from many federal agencies, created by a 1990 act of Congress - declares flatly.

    Climate Change Is a Threat to National Security Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:33:00 +0200
    # Global warming is real, and we’re starting to feel the physical effects now. It’s difficult to pin any one event on a warming world; it’s like playing craps with a pair of loaded die. That 12 you rolled may have been random, or it may have been because the dice are very slightly weighted. You have to throw a lot of rolls before the effects are seen with any certainty.

    Alaska military sites most vulnerable to climate change impacts, says GAO Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:31:00 +0200
    # Melting permafrost under gravel roads and erosion at coastal radar and communication sites will require costly repairs, the report says.

    Arizona s Climate Change Induced Agricultural Crisis? Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:38:00 +0200
    # In an article from the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, environment reporter Tony Davis discusses the predictions of the Bloomberg, Steyer, and Paulson collaboration on climate change impacts for the United States (aka, the Risky Business Project). According to Davis' article,

    The Real Developer Impact of Rising Sea Levels Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:36:00 +0200
    # Damage to coastal property and infrastructure from rising sea levels and increased storm surge is a threat that South Florida knows too well. According to a major new report released on June 24, 2014 by a coalition of senior political and economic figures, including University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, this type of occurrences will likely grow materially over the next five to 25 years along the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico.

    Changing Antarctic winds create new sea-level rise threat Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:35:00 +0200
    # Projected changes in the winds circling the Antarctic may accelerate global sea level rise significantly more than previously estimated, according to new research. Changes to Antarctic winds have already been linked to southern Australia’s drying climate but now it appears they may also have a profound impact on warming ocean temperatures under the ice shelves along the coastline of West and East Antarctic.

    Greenland melt may have pushed sea level six meters higher in the past Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:33:00 +0200
    # Earth’s climate system will respond to the stronger greenhouse effect we've produced in various ways. But one key question about its response is how much ice will be lost from the great ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. Push them too far outside their climatic comfort zone, we know, and a large retreat of glacial ice can follow, raising global sea levels.

    Global warming threatens Antarctica s emperor penguins Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:30:00 +0200
    # The biggest threat to emperor penguins may not be leopard seals or even killer whales, but a much larger predator: global warming. Climate change, which is quickly melting the sea ice that this species depends on for survival, could cause dramatic drops in the number of emperor penguins across Antarctica by the end of the century, a new study finds. Specifically, more than two-thirds of Antarctica’s emperor penguin colonies may decline by more than 50 percent by the end of the century.

    Dark Snow Is Accelerating Glacier Melting From the Arctic to the Himalayas Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:25:00 +0200
    # When American geologist Ulyana Horodyskyj set up a mini weather station at 5,800 meters on Mount Himlung, on the Nepal-Tibet border, she looked east toward Everest and was shocked. The world's highest glacier, Khumbu, was turning visibly darker as particles of fine dust, blown by fierce winds, settled on the bright, fresh snow. "One-week-old snow was turning black and brown before my eyes," she said.

    Rising water level: Around 250 families asked to evacuate low-lying areas Sun, 06 Jul 2014 07:36:00 +0200
    # As the water levels in Kabul River continue to rise in Charsadda, the district authorities have asked around 250 families living in low-lying areas to evacuate and move to safer locations. Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) official Muhammad Shoaib said on Saturday that the river overflowed its banks in several parts of the district and inundated agricultural lands.

    Caribbean coral reefs are declining at an alarming rate Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:11:00 +0200
    # The existence of most Caribbean coral reefs is threatened over the next 20 years without action to stem dramatic declines, conservationists have warned. Caribbean corals have dived by more than 50 per cent since the 1970s, and are at just one sixth of their peak, mainly due to the loss of parrotfish and sea urchins which graze on the reefs, a new report shows.

    Floods, drought, war? It must be El Nino again Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:52:00 +0200
    # That's according to experts, who now expect the global freak weather phenomenon to strike in the next few months. The first sign, a vast pool of unusually warm water gathering in the eastern tropical Pacific, is clear enough. If the warming trend continues, it will unleash a chain reaction of extreme events around the world, especially in the Pacific Rim, from flooding to food shortages and faster climate change to an increased risk of armed conflicts. The US government's Climate Prediction Center now puts the chances of El Nino, which occurs naturally once or twice a decade, at up to 80 percent this year.

    Argentine sea experts warn about climate change consequences Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:35:00 +0200
    # An Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ex-chairman says nearly half of Buenos Aires province could eventually be flooded if seas continue to grow. The increasing global warming is melting the planet’s ice and the subsequent rise of sea levels may flood nearly half of the province of Buenos Aires, and even cause some insular states to disappear, a leading international expert from Argentina warns.

    Drought Monitor: California Goes From Bad to Worse Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0200
    # Parts of the Midwest and Central Plains got a break from crippling drought conditions over the past week, but California continues to be caught in one of the worst dry spells on record. That's according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report, which was released Thursday.

    Guest Contributor Climate Change and Conflict in West African Cities: Early Warning Signs in Lagos and Accra Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:56:00 +0200
    # Despite the threat posed by flooding and sea-level rise, relatively little attention has been paid to the potential for environmentally induced instability in coastal West African cities. However, current trends, including rapid population growth, land use patterns, and increasing climate impacts, suggest the costs of inaction in these urban areas are rising.

    Antarctic Ice Collapsing, Sea To Rise Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0200
    # Just over a month ago I was sitting somewhat bewildered at my desk and rereading two research papers about the antarctic ice collapsing. I had known about sea level rise for many years now but this was big news; the enormous West Antarctic ice shelf was melting and breaking up on a slow slide into the ocean.

    Heat record for May broken worldwide Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:08:00 +0200
    # Driven by exceptionally warm ocean waters, Earth smashed a record for heat in May and is likely to keep on breaking high temperature marks, experts say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last week that May's average temperature on Earth of 59.93 degrees Fahrenheit beat the old record set four years ago. In April, the globe tied the 2010 record for that month. Records go back to 1880.

    How does climate change impact Colorado? Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:58:00 +0200
    # The recent severe weather, combined with the fires and floods of last year have many people wondering if our climate is changing in Colorado. We asked Professor Scott Denning of Colorado State University for his thoughts.

    22 Devastating Effects Of Climate Change Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:18:00 +0200
    # Major negative effects of climate change are here now and they're only getting worse, as shown by recent reports from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) and the White House among others.