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“Penguin disaster as only two chicks survive from colony of 40,000”

A dead penguin chick

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A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a “catastrophic breeding event” – all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four years that such devastation – not previously seen in more than 50 years of observation – has been wrought on the population.

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“Hot dogs: rising heat makes it too hot for Africa’s wild dogs to hunt”

African wild dogs at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe

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Rising temperatures are making it too hot for African wild dogs to hunt and the number of their pups that survive is plummeting, according to a new study. The research is among the first to show a direct impact of increased heat on wildlife that appears well adapted to high temperatures.

“Scientists warn US coral reefs are on course to disappear within decades”

Dr Ku‘ulei Rodgers conducting coral bleaching survey.

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Some of America’s most protected corals have been blighted by bleaching, with scientists warning that US reefs are on course to largely disappear within just a few decades because of global warming.

“Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts”

The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault was built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters

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It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

“Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days”

A view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the Kaskawulsh glacier, seen here on the right, away from the Slims river and toward the Kaskawulsh river.

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An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography.

“Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work?”

Arctic sea ice under the midnight sun.

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Physicist Steven Desch has come up with a novel solution to the problems that now beset the Arctic. He and a team of colleagues from Arizona State University want to replenish the region’s shrinking sea ice – by building 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. In winter, these would be used to pump water to the surface of the ice where it would freeze, thickening the cap.

“Arctic ice melt ‘already affecting weather patterns where you live right now'”

Ice in Arctic ocean in Svalbard

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Soaring Arctic temperatures ‘strongly linked’ to recent extreme weather events, say scientists at cutting edge of climate change research.

“Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level”

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Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 “tipping points” in the region that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe.

“Global Trumpism Seen Harming Efforts to Reduce Climate Pollution”

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-21/global-trumpism-seen-harming-efforts-to-reduce-climate-pollution

Populism is drawing momentum from environmentalism in the U.S. and Europe, threatening the world’s effort to rein in climate change.

“Humans Aren’t Just Changing the Climate. We’re Changing ‘Life Itself’”

Time Series: 1884 to 2015, image#0

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-16/humans-aren-t-just-changing-the-climate-we-re-changing-life-itself

The earth has warmed barely a single degree Celsius, and yet virtually no place on the planet is unaffected by climate change. That’s the conclusion of both a new study published in the journal Science and a popular-science book out this week, The Unnatural World, by David Biello, the science curator at TED and a Scientific Americancontributing editor.

“This new age is not just climate change,” Biello writes, “it is everything change: the sky, the sea, the land, the rocks, life itself.”