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The Sea Level Around Florida Is Rising Six Times Faster Than Average

Sea level rise has already ensured that floods are becoming common, not freak weather extremes; it’s guaranteeing that hurricanes and their associated storm surges are just getting that much more powerful.

Source: IFLSCIENCE

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UF scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline’s sea level rise hot spots

Sea level rise hot spots — bursts of accelerated sea rise that last three to five years — happen along the U.S. East Coast thanks to a one-two punch from naturally occurring climate variations, a new University of Florida study shows.
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Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help

The US government’s withdrawal from dealing with, or even acknowledging, climate change may have provoked widespread opprobrium, but for Alaskan communities at risk of toppling into the sea, the risks are rather more personal.

Source: The Guardian
 

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Climate change is disrupting the birds and the bees

Over the last two decades, scientists have found that warmer temperatures are quietly spoiling the mood, making it harder for plants and animals to reproduce.

Source: BBC

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Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

A study was just published in the journal World Development that quantifies the amount of subsidies directed toward fossil fuels globally, and the results are shocking.

Source: The Guardian

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Tiny ‘meat-loving’ marine creatures ‘eat’ teenager’s legs at Melbourne beach

A Melbourne teenager says his legs were covered in blood after they were eaten by tiny marine creatures at a Victorian beach.
Source: The Guardian

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The Trump administration’s solution to climate change: ban the term

Under guidance from the agency’s director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes “climate change” and “climate change adaptation”, to be replaced by “weather extremes” and “resilience to weather extremes”.

Source: The Guardian

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USDA Says They Never Told Staff To Use ‘Weather Extremes’ Instead Of ‘Climate Change’

An exclusive report from The Guardian on Monday indicated that the staff in the Natural Resources Conservation Service unit at the United States Department of Agriculture were advised to refrain from using the phrase “climate change” in their research ― but the NRCS insists this never happened.
Source: Huffington Post

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Global Ocean Circulation Appears To Be Collapsing Due To A Warming Planet

A recent study published in Nature outlines research by a team of Yale University and University of Southhampton scientists. The team found evidence that Arctic ice loss is potentially negatively impacting the planet’s largest ocean circulation system

Source: Global Ocean Circulation Appears To Be Collapsing Due To A Warming Planet

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US officially tells UN it wants out of Paris climate deal

The Trump administration is officially telling the United Nations that the U.S. intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Source: US officially tells UN it wants out of Paris climate deal

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‘Trump Forest’ Created To Offset President’s ‘Monumental Stupidity’ On Climate Change

President Donald Trump’s name has been slapped on yet another organization. But unlike Trump Hotels, Trump Steaks and Trump Vodka, money invested in “Trump Forest” won’t land in his piggy bank.
 
Source: ‘Trump Forest’ Created To Offset President’s ‘Monumental Stupidity’ On Climate Change

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Top Official Resigns From Trump EPA With Scathing Letter

Faced with the stark new environmental policies ushered in by President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, Southerland resigned from the agency Monday, where’d she’d been working as the director of science and technology in the Office of Water.
Source: Top Official Resigns From Trump EPA With Scathing Letter

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There’s Almost No Chance Of Meeting Paris Climate Goals, Warns Grim New Study

Two degrees Celsius: That’s the global temperature increment scientists say the world must stay beneath to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Source: There’s Almost No Chance Of Meeting Paris Climate Goals, Warns Grim New Study 

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Hi Friends!
I hope you’re planning to join us to see An Inconvenient Sequel premiering in Gainesville on August 3! Cinema Verde will be there at 7 PM on Thursday, and we’d like to share a welcome as we begin our fall season leading up to the February festival. Please join us to share thoughts and ideas before the 7:45 film.
It’s at Butler Plaza: 3101 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, […]

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Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

Source: Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

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Ninth right whale carcass found in Canada gulf

Each death is a conservation concern given that only around 525 of the species are believed to still exist worldwide.
Source: Ninth right whale carcass found in Canada gulf

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Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal, study says

There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change.

Source: Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal, study says

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Uh oh. Studies find little U.S. money to study ecological impacts of chemicals

U.S. government funding for studies of how synthetic chemicals affect the environment isn’t keeping pace with the rapidly expanding use of these substances, which include pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and industrial agents, two recent analyses conclude.

Source: Uh oh. Studies find little U.S. money to study ecological impacts of chemicals

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The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is one the government isn’t telling you about

Recycling and using public transit are all fine and good if you want to reduce your carbon footprint, but to truly make a difference you should have fewer children.

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Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health.

Source: Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

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