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Chronically Inundated US Coastal Communities Could Jump from 90-plus to Nearly 170 In Less Than 20 Years

Chronic inundation and real estate value

Government authorities and residents in a fast rising number of US coastal communities across the nation will face some very difficult choices in coming years as a result of chronic inundation, including the possibility of having to abandon entire towns and perhaps even cities, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Academics on the Take: Mounting Evidence of Fossil Fuel-Funded Climate Denial

Fossil fuel companies burn from their own deception

Greenpeace revealed today the results of an undercover investigation showing how fossil fuel companies secretly pay academics from leading U.S. universities “to write research that sows doubt about climate science and promotes the companies’ commercial interests,” reported Lawrence Carter and Meave McClenaghan on EnergyDesk Greenpeace today. Reporters from Greenpeace UK posing as representative from coal and oil companies approached professors from Princeton and Penn State to …

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EarthTalk: Global Warming, Droughts and Wildfire

By throwing the planet’s climate out of whack, global warming is likely to cause more extreme weather events -- and not just rain, snow and flooding but more droughts and wildfires, too, sometimes within the same regions that at other times experience extreme wet weather.

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How are droughts and wildfires cause by global warming? I thought warming mostly brought on wet and flooded conditions.   –David Mossman, Albuquerque, NM By throwing the planet’s climate regulation systems out of whack, global warming is likely to cause more extreme weather events of …

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U.S. Pledges Far-Reaching Climate Cooperation with China and Japan: the Possibility of Progress Beyond Formal UN Climate Talks

John Kerry made climate change a centerpiece of his first Asia tour as Secretary of State over the weekend, signing agreements with both Japan and China for cooperation in implementing practical measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The agreements with both nations stressed practical measures available for reducing greenhouse gases, largely ignoring the contentious United Nations process for hammering out an international climate change agreement that …

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UN Climate Talks Underway in Bonn

Preparation for the COP16 climate conference later this year in Cancùn started today with a two-week UNFCCC negotiating session in Bonn, Germany. Following are press conference videos on the first day of the talks: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer Climate Action Network Press Briefing: Raman Mehta – ActionAid India Alden Meyer – Union of Concerned Scientists Kaisa Kosonen – Greenpeace International

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Scientists Slam Lawmakers Attempt to Block EPA Regulation of Emissions

In an effort to dissuade congressional leaders to halt their anti-science campaign opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding signed by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson late last year specifying carbon emissions as a risk to human health and welfare, more than 500 scientists have signed a letter urging Congress to oppose resolutions seeking to reverse that finding. Organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists …

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