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California Just Signed A New Climate Change Agreement With China

The rebellion is in full swing, and it seems the Paris agreement was the catalyst.
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Trump has withdrawn the US from the Paris agreement. This places the US next to such awesome countries like Syria and Nicaragua.
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A crater formed in Siberia's permafrost is growing at an alarming rate

Near the Yana river basin, in a vast area of permafrost, there is a dramatic tadpole-shaped hole in the ground: the Batagaika crater.

The crater is also known as a "megaslump" and it is the largest of its kind: almost 0.6 miles (1km) long and 282ft (86m) deep. But these figures will soon change, because it is growing quickly.
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Larsen ice crack continues to open up

The crack that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg in the Antarctic has continued to spread.


Europe faces droughts, floods and storms as climate change accelerates

Europe and northern hemisphere are warming at faster pace than the global average and ‘multiple climatic hazards’ are expected, says study.
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70,000 Birds Killed To Clear New York City Flight Paths

Nearly 70,000 birds have been killed in a bid to make flight paths safer for New York City-area planes since 2009 — but it doesn’t appear to have reduced bird strikes. The slaughter was triggered by the accident eight years ago that forced hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to land in the Hudson River after his plane engines sucked up several geese.
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Trump pick tips climate-change anxiety into full-blown panic

People laughed in 2005 when a little-known energy-industry advocate with a BA in philosophy and an MSc in political science rounded on the UK’s chief scientist, David King, calling him “an alarmist with ridiculous views who knows nothing about climate change”. They’re not laughing now. The man in question, Myron Ebell, has been named by President-Elect Donald Trump to head his transition team at the US Environmental Protection Agency. The fox has been handed the keys of the ecological henhouse.
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Gender ideas being turned upside down (at least as per the dominant human cultural perceptions) - here is a series of cartoons imagining how human relations would look like if we had to emulate some other species.
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This August was the hottest one on record

This past August was the hottest one since record-keeping began 136 years ago, according to a monthly analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The new record continues the streak of record high monthly temperatures that began nearly a year ago.

The hottest month is usually July, but the most recent August tied with July for the warmest month ever recorded. That’s 0.29 degrees Fahrenheit (0.16 degrees Celsius) hotter than the second-hottest August on record, which was in 2014. It was also 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (0.98 degrees Celsius) warmer than the average August temperature from 1951 to 1980.
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The diversity of life across much of Earth has plunged below ‘safe’ levels

In an ambitious study that represents the latest merger between big data approaches and the quest to conserve the planet, scientists have found that across a majority of the Earth’s land surface — including some of its most important types of terrain and its most populous regions — the abundance or overall number of animals and plants of different species has fallen below a “safe” level identified by biologists.
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'Suicide by lion': Man strips naked and jumps into a Chilean zoo's enclosure in a bid to feed himself to a big cat

The 20-year-old man was left gravely injured in the Santiago Zoo incident
Witnesses were horrified as keepers killed two lions during the attack
They also reported that the man made religious proclamations at the time
A suicide note was found in the man's clothing. He is recovering in hospital
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Air pollution worst in developing world

Improving air quality for low-income nations would not only improve public health for millions of people, but would also help alleviate global greenhouse gas woes.
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It's Earth Day, but people should care every day

So what are you doing on this Earth Day? Probably nothing. But act locally and cultivate, as it were, a deeper appreciation of the Earth. Not for a day, but a lifetime.
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Killer air

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Pollution kills 5.5 million people globally every year

According to a report released on Friday, about 5.5 million people around the world are dying prematurely every year from breathing polluted air, Philly reports. The report stated that majority of those deaths are occurring in developing nations such as China and India, where factories and coal-fired power plants are necessary for the economic growth.
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Humans May Have Tipped The Planet Into A New Geological Age

Geologically speaking, we are currently living in the Holocene — an epoch that began with the end of the last ice age nearly 12,000 years ago. However, a team of scientists now posits that the impact of our species should be considered significant enough to merit categorizing the age we live in as a separate epoch — the Anthropocene.
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South African Court Lifts Domestic Ban on Rhino Horn Trade

South Africa’s High Court lifted the domestic ban on the trade of rhino horns— a policy that was imposed by the government in 2009 to try and stem poaching.
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Having seen the Okavango delta and the waterfalls on the Zambezi, I thought there couldn't possibly be a more spectacular river that could be seen on planet Earth. Well, seems that I had been wrong. Nature never fails to amaze with its wonderful magic. Several cases in point:

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Thanks Humanity. Now We're Unsustainable 'Super Predators.'

"In the past century, humans have become the dominant predator across many systems."

So begins a startling new report about humanity's impact on the planet, published Friday in the journal Science. The study, by researchers at the University of Victoria in Canada, points to the huge impact that human society has had on food webs and ecosystems around the globe and dubs our species an unsustainable "super predator."
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