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Florida Governor Rick Scott is figuring out his feelings on climate change post-hurricane.
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“Clearly, our environment changes all the time,” the Republican leader said after touring Irma’s devastation. “And whether that’s cycles we’re going through or whether that’s man-made, I wouldn’t be able to tell you which one it is.”

It’s good to see Scott pondering those wacky ideas we’ve all heard floating around:

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Of course we should discuss climate change in the wake of Harvey and Irma
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Back when Hurricane Irma was a Category-5 storm pounding Caribbean islands like Barbuda, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt hopped on the phone with CNN. The country was anticipating Irma’s landfall in Florida — which would follow less tha...

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California rewrites the GOP’s climate playbook
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For the past decade, Democrats hoping to pass a big climate law have played Charlie Brown to the Republicans’ Lucy. Despite the GOP making it clear it has no intention of holding the ball for a global warming kick, the left routinely convinces itself that their counterparts will kneel into position once it gets a running start.

In 2010,

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World hunger rises after decades of decline.
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The number of hungry people in the world grew to 815 million in 2016. That’s up by 38 million from the previous year, according to a new report from the United Nations.

Researchers pinpoint a rise in conflict

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Mexico City was built on land that’s prone to severe earthquake damage.
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Less than two weeks after the second-biggest earthquake in Mexico’s history, a second quake hit the capital, causing more than 200 deaths and toppling dozens of buildings.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday afternoon just a few hours after the city held earthquake drills to mark the anniversary of the country’s deadliest shock in 1985.

“It’s very horrendou...

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Harvey and Irma aren’t natural disasters. They’re climate change disasters.
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If you’re like me, you can’t stop yourself from watching the weather these days. And if you’re like me, you can’t help but think: Holy shit, it’s here.

Back-to-back hurricane catastrophes have plunged the United States into a state of national crisis. We’ve already seen one worst-case scenario in Texas: For the moment, Hurricane Harvey stands as the most costly natural disaster in U.S...

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Veggies and grains are becoming more like junk food, thanks to rising CO2.
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There’s been a long decline in the nutrition of our crops, often attributed to people breeding plants for higher yields rather than health benefits. But, as is often the case, climate change is making it worse.

An altered atmosphere means altered food, because plants suck up CO2 from the air and turn it into sugars, Helena Bottemiller Evich points out in a new piece for Politico. That ...

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Yikes, 13 of Houston’s Superfund sites flooded during Harvey.
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An AP reporter visited seven sites on Thursday, and found that all were underwater.

One site, the Highlands Acid Pit, Jason Dearen writes, was barely visible above the churning San Jacinto River, and “the air smelled bitter.” Nearby, “a pair of tall white tanks had tipped over into a heap of twisted steel.” At the San Jacinto River Waste Pits — which are full of

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Trump promised ‘tremendous cutting’ at the EPA. We’re beginning to see what that looks like.
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Nearly 400 employees have left the agency since Aug. 31, largely due to buyouts. The EPA is on course to become the smallest it’s been since Reagan was president in 1988.

And it’s not just people: The phrase “climate change” has been singled out and elimin...

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Climate change is threatening parasites — and unfortunately, that’s not a good thing.
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One would think that the demise of ticks and tapeworms would be cause for celebration (especially if your introduction to parasites was, as in my case, an encounter with zombie snails at a mercilessly young age).

But hold the party, say researchers. After studying 457 species of parasites in the Smithsonian Museum’s collection, mapping their global dist...

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