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Greenland Just Lost A Trillion Tonnes Of Ice And Nobody Noticed

Between 2011 and 2014, while humans were discovering dubstep and the wonder of selfies, Greenland was melting fast. It lost a trillion tonnes of ice in just three years, and the world neither noticed nor gave a damn.


This Year's Record Arctic Melt Is A Problem For Everybody

If your life has felt like a hot mess this year, you’re not alone. Same goes for the Arctic, which month after month has seen its ice cover contract to new lows. By late September, Arctic sea ice may reach its lowest extent since satellite record-keeping began.


A Vast Australian Underwater Forest Is Roasting To Death

One of the largest kelp forests on Earth is dying because of climate change. Australia’s Great Southern Reef has lost 100km of coastline to a series of extreme heatwaves from 2011 to 2013, according to research published this week in Science — and the problem is getting worse.


A Monster Typhoon Is About To Slam Into Taiwan

Taiwan is bracing as a category 5 super typhoon bears down on its coastline. Typhoon Nepartak is expected to bring torrential rainfall and enormous waves in its wake, meaning Taiwan, and subsequently mainland China, could be in for some serious flooding. This comes just days after central China experienced one of the deadliest flood-related disasters in its history.


We Finally Know Why Spring Now Shows Up A Week Early In Cities

Something weird is happening to spring. It’s starting earlier and earlier — but not everywhere. The shift is limited to cities and heavily-populated areas.


The Window For Avoiding A Dangerous Climate Change Has Closed

Barring some incredible new carbon capture technology, the window for limiting global warming to less than 1.5C appears to have closed. That’s the stark conclusion of a report out in Nature today, which finds that the carbon reductions pledges penned into the Paris Agreement are ridiculously inadequate for keeping our climate within a safe and stable boundary.


Six Signs That We've Entered A New Geologic Age

We’ve heard a lot of buzz recently about the Anthropocene, the geologic epoch of man and machine. Does it exist? Are we in it right now? Later this summer, the International Stratigraphic Union will convene and attempt to answer these weighty questions.


North America Is Set To Announce Its Most Ambitious Clean Energy Target Yet

The United States, Canada and Mexico are poised to announce an ambitious new energy pledge that would see 50 per cent of North American electricity drawn from clean sources by 2025.


Is It Safe To Eat Snow?

Quick! Something white, cold, and flaky is falling from the sky. Should you start eating it, perhaps by the spoonful? Maybe — but, more likely, maybe not.


The LA Gas Leak Was So Bad You Could See It From Space

The natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon earlier this year was already one of the worst environmental disasters in US history. Several months later, however, it has now gained the additional distinction of being the first industrial methane point-source visible from outer space.


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