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Five things to know about Australia's devastating wildfires

"The long-term warming ... elevates wildfire risk. And that is exactly what we’re seeing in Australia right now," says Noah Diffenbaugh.

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Q&A: How climate change, other factors stoke Australia fires

"There is something just intrinsically terrifying about these big wildfires ... The wildfires are kind of the iconic representation of climate change impacts," says Chris Field.

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Everyday weather is linked to human-caused climate change in new study

"The fact that the influence of global warming can now be seen in the daily weather around the world ... is another clear sign of how strong the signal of climate change has become," says Noah Diffenbaugh.

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Grim and hopeful global trends to watch in 2020 (And fold into a zine)

Marshall Burke is one of a growing number of researchers who are training AI software to scan through satellite images to look for clues about where global health challenges exist and test solutions. 

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When U.S. emissions dropped, mortality dropped dramatically

“Not only have the emissions decreased, but the damages – the health damages – from those emissions have decreased very rapidly, more than 20% over the course of six years,” says Inês Azevedo.

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Animal agriculture costs more in health damage than it contributes to the economy

"At the margin, we're seeing that the damages from air pollution provided by farms are larger than the marginal value that the farms provide in economic terms," says Inês Azevedo. 

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This graphic shows how little is left of the planet’s carbon budget

“It’s a simple way of illustrating that the atmosphere has a finite capability to hold greenhouse gasses before bad things happen,” says Rob Jackson, who helped to create the graphic.

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Scientists discover the world’s oldest forest and its radical impact on life

The world's oldest trees, like those at Cairo, have a big effect on the ancient climate though weathering that causes chemical reactions, says Kevin Boyce.

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What Lies Beneath Is Important for Ice Sheets

“One of the reasons we’re studying Thwaites Glacier is because of its shape,” says Dustin Schroeder, adding that like the Antarctic ice sheets themselves, the massive glacier could have been a big contributor to sea level rise in the past.

 

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One planet: Global carbon emissions hit a record high in 2019

Rob Jackson speaks about the Global Carbon Project, which projects that global carbon dioxide emissions from coal, oil and natural gas are set to hit another record high this year. 

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Carbon dioxide pollution hits record high as planet warms

Natural gas use is surging across the world and fossil fuel emissions are hitting records that are unsustainable for the planet. "Any growth is more than we can afford right now,” says Rob Jackson. “What we need is for emissions to stabilize and drop.”

 

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Plants slow river migration

Mathieu Lapôtre's research helps quantify how vegetation influences river mobility and proposes a new theory on how river movement may have influenced ancient Earth’s climate.

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A major but little-known supporter of climate denial: Freight railroads

America’s biggest rail companies—which move the majority of the country’s coal—have spent millions to deny climate science and block climate policy. Rob Jackson comments on emissions embedded in coal.

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California faces a crossroads on the path to 100% clean energy

Although natural gas burns more cleanly than coal, it’s still one of the biggest sources of climate pollution. Globally, planet-warming carbon emissions from natural gas are rising more quickly than emissions from coal are falling, according to research led by Rob Jackson.

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