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Puerto Rico hurricane migrants may be wild card in US elections

Can an influx of Democratic-learning climate migrants in Florida tip the state’s delicate political balance? As climate change and worsening disasters push more people from their homes, the human wave is creating unexpected ripples in many places.

Thomson Reuters Foundation April 8, 2018

US government needs to do more to climate-proof communities, say experts

Hurricanes, wildfires and other weather disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017. And extreme weather driven by climate change is expected to become more common in upcoming decades.

Thomson Reuters Foundation March 12, 2018

Ozone layer recovery falters unexpectedly, puzzled scientists say

The recovery of the damaged ozone layer which protects life on Earth from harmful solar radiation is no longer happening worldwide, an international team of researchers has reported.

Climate News Network February 18, 2018

Researchers examine how urban forests add to cities’ health and wealth

Planting more urban forests is a simple way not only to improve the health of a city’s people, but to make them wealthier too, scientists in New York state and Italy reported in a new study.

Climate News Network January 29, 2018

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.

Thomson Reuters Foundation December 21, 2017

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.

Yale Climate Connections November 22, 2017

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.

Thomson Reuters Foundation September 13, 2017

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.

Climate News Network August 21, 2017

‘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.

Climate News Network July 13, 2017

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.

Climate News Network June 15, 2017

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.

Thomson Reuters Foundation June 14, 2017

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.

Thomson Reuters Foundation May 25, 2017

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.

Thomson Reuters Foundation April 20, 2017

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.

Climate News Network April 5, 2017

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

Carbon Brief March 27, 2017

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.

Climate News Network March 13, 2017

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.

Climate News Network February 9, 2017

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.

Climate News Network December 29, 2016

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.

Climate News Network October 19, 2016

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.

Climate News Network October 5, 2016

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