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  • Waves Rippled Through Greenland’s Ice. That’s Ominous
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    On its surface, the Greenland ice sheet is a vast expanse of seemingly immovable ice. But beneath the monotonous stretch of white, scientists have discovered evidence of waves rippling through one of its outlet glaciers and roiling its innards. The waves, observed during the two most intense melt seasons on record,... Read more »
  • Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Fix Neighborhood Floods
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    As floodwaters from some of the highest tides of the year spilled this week into cul-de-sacs and avenues from Delaware to Hawaii, federal legislation was introduced to ease the growing toll that rising seas are taking on coastal neighborhoods. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican from Florida who champions climate action, joined... Read more »
  • Budget Guts U.S. Carbon Capture, Storage Research
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    Capturing carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants and storing them permanently underground may be among the most important ways countries can prevent climate change from spiraling out of control. But, as with many other federal climate-related programs, President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget nearly snuffs out funding for carbon capture and... Read more »
  • NOAA Forecasts Busy Hurricane Season for Atlantic
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    Less than a year after Hurricane Matthew raked the East Coast, killing 34 people and causing $10 billion in damage in the U.S. alone, coastal areas are once again preparing for the onset of the Atlantic hurricane season. This year, forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are expecting to... Read more »
  • Electric Cars Becoming Popular As Grid Gets Greener
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    KNOXVILLE, TENN. — The amount of heat-trapping pollution that’s released every time Bill Williams drives his electric sedan a mile down a road here has fallen by about a quarter in the three years since he bought it. Williams’ car hasn’t changed, but the electricity that powers it has. In Tennessee, power... Read more »
  • A New Kind of Car Guide
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    A New Kind of Car Guide Research Report by Climate Central Since 2010, when the Nissan Leaf became the first mainstream electric vehicle available in the U.S., the landscape for low-emissions cars has changed dramatically. Not only are there more electric car choices -- often marketed as zero-emissions cars -- but there... Read more »
  • White House Budget Aims to Kill ‘Crazy’ Climate Science
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    As The White House released its budget request for the 2018 fiscal year on Tuesday, the Trump administration made good on its promise to target deep cuts to federal spending on climate, energy, science, research and other programs widely seen as critical to America’s ability to adapt to a warming... Read more »
  • Long Budget Process Could Impact Climate Science
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    President Trump’s long-awaited budget request for the 2018 fiscal year is expected to be released Tuesday and it is likely to include steep cuts to agencies and programs that deal with climate science. The cuts, sketched out in the administration’s budget outline in March, are part of an effort to reduce... Read more »
  • Swiss Voters Embrace Shift to Renewable Energy
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    By Michael Shields and John Miller, Reuters Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum on Sunday.  Provisional final figures showed support at 58.2 percent under the Swiss system of... Read more »
  • Climate Change Could Slash Staple Crops
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    By Brian Bienkowski, The Daily Climate Climate change, and its impacts on extreme weather and temperature swings, is projected to reduce global production of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans by 23 percent in the 2050s, according to a new analysis. Corn fields. Credit: Andrew Seaman/flickr The study, which examined price and production of those four... Read more »