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December 21, 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation

Hurricane Harvey makes Houston reassess growth-friendly policies

A buyout program is just one way Houston hopes to better protect itself against floods. But even as officials prepare to demolish thousands of homes in low-lying areas, developers are putting up hundreds more.

November 22, 2017 Yale Climate Connections

What’s behind monarch butterflies’ late southward migration this fall?

Summer chills and early fall warmth are being cited as factors that led to to monarch butterflies' latest mass migration southward since the early 1990s.

September 13, 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation

Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath could see pioneering climate lawsuits

In light of new scientific studies measuring how much of the intensity of catastrophic storms resulted from climate change, inquiries might examine questions such as whether public officials correctly managed land use and development.

August 21, 2017 Climate News Network

Scientists calculate staggering mass of plastics’ essentially indestructible legacy

Timber rots, cement crumbles, metal corrodes. Plastics don’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense. In 2010, researchers estimated, 8 million tons of plastic debris entered the world’s oceans. By 2050, there could be 12 billion tons of the stuff in landfills.

July 13, 2017 Climate News Network

‘Biological annihilation’: Extinction gathers pace, scientists report

Earth is undergoing a “great extinction,” researchers say, with species’ disappearance and decline bearing negative cascading consequences for ecosystem functioning and services vital to sustaining civilization.

June 15, 2017 Climate News Network

American coastal cities face growing – and differing – flood risks

As seas rise, U.S. cities with little severe flooding in the past will have more of the worst floods, researchers said. Other cities, which have faced catastrophic hurricane risks historically, can expect moderate floods to be more numerous.

June 14, 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation

Researchers: Deadly heatwaves surge in India, with worse ahead across Asia

"We're looking at a small temperature increase and still seeing a big increase in heatwave deaths. It seems pretty shocking," says one study author. And a much bigger temperature rise is projected for Asia.

May 25, 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation

8 in 10 people now see climate change as a “catastrophic risk” – survey

G7 leaders are meeting against a backdrop of strong climate-change concern: A poll in the U.S. and seven other countries found nearly 90 percent would alter their standard of living to prevent future climate catastrophe.

April 20, 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rural Kenyans work to protect wetlands and curb water scarcity

Wetlands – which protect people from drought and floods – are suffering in Kenya's drought. Severe water shortages have damaged crops and left 2.6 million people in need of aid.

April 5, 2017 Climate News Network

America’s farmers face uncertain future as climate change affects seasons

New research indicates that climate change will wreak havoc on farmers in America as they struggle to adapt to the rapid increase in heat.

March 27, 2017 Carbon Brief

Sea ice falls to record lows in both the Arctic and Antarctic

The Arctic and Antarctic have experienced record lows in sea-ice extent so far in 2017 – dubbed an “exceptional” year by scientists, according to the latest data from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center

March 13, 2017 Climate News Network

Costs of coastal climate damage set to climb in Europe, scientists project

European cities can expect mounting coastal climate damage during this century, Spanish researchers say, with similar problems affecting the rest of the world as well.

February 9, 2017 Climate News Network

Scientists project less mild weather ahead as the world heats up

The warming atmosphere will mean a rise in mild weather for parts of the U.S., scientists have concluded, but they project a gradual drop worldwide in the number of days with the most pleasant weather conditions.

December 29, 2016 Climate News Network

China’s emission cuts threatened by its massive internal migration

China’s efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions are being undermined by increased Western-style consumption habits among the urban rich, according to research on the nation’s mass movement of rural residents to cities.

October 19, 2016 Climate News Network

Global ‘bright spots’ – practical, community projects – offer climate hope

Scientists’ ‘Good Anthropocene’ research identifies initiatives that improve poor people’s health and wellbeing by reversing practices that destroy the environment and fuel climate change.

October 5, 2016 Climate News Network

Fossil-fuel investors seek disclosure about climate-change risks to shares

Some U.S. investors, already stung by their holdings’ tumbling value in the oil-price slump, say giant oil and gas corporations are failing to disclose vital information about future financial effects of climate change.

October 5, 2016 Climate Central

The world passes the 400 parts per million threshold for CO2. Indefinitely

Historians will likely regard September 2016 as a milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below the symbolic 400 ppm level.

August 30, 2016 Climate News Network

US faces rising hurricane bill, scientists say in financial weather forecast

German scientists conclude high-income countries may be no better protected than the poorest in extreme weather events and hurricane damage could increase dramatically in the United States.

August 9, 2016 Climate Central

Scientists working to tease out climate change’s role in Zika’s spread

The initial Brazilian outbreak appears to have been aided by a drought driven by El Niño, and by higher temperatures caused by longer-term weather cycles and by rising levels of greenhouse-gas pollution.

July 14, 2016 Yale Climate Connections

As sea levels rise in a changing climate, how best to protect coasts?

Expert thinking on shorelines has undergone big changes on the issue of ‘hard’ vs. ‘soft’ approaches. Many now believe that softer shoreline defenses are better.

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