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Extreme Weather Will Occur More Frequently Worldwide

Events like record-setting heat, extreme rainfall and drought will happen more frequently around the world even if global climate targets are met, new research suggests. And missing those targets could make the risk even worse. If global temperatures rise by up to 3 degrees Celsius above their preindustrial levels, the risk of extreme events could grow by as much as fivefold in certain parts of the world. Overall, up to 60 percent of locations across North America, Europe, East Asia and parts ...

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The biggest players in finance are factoring a new type of risk into their decisions — and it’s long overdue

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Special envoy to the United Nations for climate change Michael Bloomberg as he arrives for a lunch at the Elysee Palace as part of the One Planet Summit in Paris, France, December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer Over 200 firms have pledged to regularly disclose the risk climate change poses to their business and implement climate-friendly initiatives as part of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, a group led by Michael Bloomberg a ...

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When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click here. I. ‘Doomsday’ Peering beyond scientific reticence. It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the ...

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Land where 153 million people live may be underwater by 2100

Projections of how high oceans will rise in the future just got an update for the worse. In a paper published this week in the journal Earth’s Future, researchers incorporated the latest knowledge about ways the Antarctic ice sheet could collapse with existing sea-level rise models, and found the new Antarctic science more than doubles previous projections. If we stay on our current trajectory of fossil-fuel use, median global average sea-level rise could be 4 feet 9 inches (about 1.5 me ...

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Kids around the world are suing their governments for ruining the planet

What’s the point of inheriting the Earth if it’s only going to burn (or drown)? Kids around the world are asking governments this question and demanding answers in court. For example, on Dec. 11, Juliana v. US pitted the president and American lawmakers against the very children whose future they so often invoke when seeking votes. The kids argued that the government’s negligence in caring for the planet impedes on their rights, and it must remedy this by adopting policies th ...