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Scientists Say Expect More 1,000-Year Events Like Louisiana Flood

By Nike KnightCommon Dreams Louisiana’s devastating rainfall was the state’s second “1,000-year” flood this year Louisiana flood, August 2016 – Photo: Common Dreams flickr/cc Parts of Louisiana’s disastrous, ongoing flooding has been upgraded by meteorologists to once-in-1,000-years rainfall, with other areas classified as 500-year and 100-year events, nola.com reported Monday, as scientists warn that such storms are growing more and ...

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Shorebird Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise

By Nick HolomuzkiEPA Blog It’s August and beach season is in full swing, but people looking to escape the heat aren’t the only ones at the shore.  Each year, the piping plover migrates from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic to nest and raise their young. The piping plover is a small, sand-colored shorebird that resembles a sand piper. They ...

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Airline Emissions are Flying Too High

By David Suzuki David Suzuki Foundation In July, Solar Impulse 2 became the first airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. At the same time, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been working on electric planes. These developments mean air travel and transport could become more environmentally friendly, with less pollution and fewer greenhouse gas emissions, ...

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New EPA Web Portal Helps Communities Prepare for Climate Change

By The EPA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new online portal that will provide local leaders in the nation’s 40,000 communities with information and tools to increase resilience to climate change. Using a self-guided format, the Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) provides users with information tailored specifically to their needs, based on where they live and the ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Premiers “Before the Flood” Climate Change Documentary

Environmental activist and Academy Award®-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens premier their documentary film, Before the Flood, a compelling account of the powerful changes occurring on our planet due to climate change. Before the Flood will appear in theaters in NYC and LA starting October 21, and air globally on the National Geographic Channel starting October ...

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Can Houseplants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

By University of Illinois Extension In an era of increasing energy prices, many Americans insulate and seal up their homes during the winter months. Although this can result in savings on the monthly power bill, sealing the home can concentrate indoor air pollutants and cause various health problems. Photo: Luis Fernande Garcia, Wikimedia Commons “Making a building airtight limits the ...

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Climate Change Driving Population Shifts to Urban Areas

By Kristie Auman-Bauer Penn State News New York City from Central Park – Photo: Annetta Hoagland Climate change is causing glaciers to shrink, temperatures to rise, and shifts in human migration in parts of the world, according to a Penn State researcher. Brian Thiede, assistant professor of rural sociology, along with researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and ...

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Understanding Climate Change Means Reading Beyond Headlines

By David SuzukiThe David Suzuki Foundation Seeing terms like “post-truth” and “alternative facts” gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distil entire studies into ...

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Why Reducing Our Carbon Emissions Matters

By The Conversation While it’s true that Earth’s temperatures and carbon dioxide levels have always fluctuated, the reality is that humans’ greenhouse emissions since the industrial revolution have put us in uncharted territory. Written by Dr Benjamin Henley and Assoc Prof Nerilie Abrams. Animated and edited by Wes Mountain for The Conversation. Music: Kevin Macleod – Faster Does It Source ...

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Human Activity Increasing Rate of Record-Breaking Hot Years

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Press Release A new study finds human-caused global warming is significantly increasing the rate at which hot temperature records are being broken around the world. Global annual temperature records show there were 17 record hot years from 1861 to 2005. The new study examines whether these temperature records are being broken more often and if so, ...

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