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New York City is taking BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell to court.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the Big Apple is filing suit against the five major oil companies for climate change-related damages.

“We’re bringing the fight against climate change straight to the fossil fuel companies,” the mayor said in a statement. “As climate change continues to worsen, it’s up to the fossil fuel compani...

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A deadly mudslide flowed through Southern California’s wildfire-blackened land.
Santa barbara mudflow 2018

A rainstorm on Tuesday sent a waist-high flow of debris through Santa Barbara County that splintered homes, mired freeways, and killed at least five people, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A chain of weather-related disasters in California created the conditions that led to the mudslides. There was the

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Mainstream media still sucks at talking about climate change.
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Last year, you would have needed blinders on to miss the mounting signs of climate change. 2017, by most measures, was the worst hurricane season in history. Then, there were the

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A deadly mudslide flowed through Southern California’s wildfire-blackened land.
Santa barbara mudflow 2018

A rainstorm on Tuesday sent a waist-high flow of debris through Santa Barbara County that splintered homes, mired freeways, and killed at least five people, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A chain of weather-related disasters in California created the conditions that led to the mudslides. There was the

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We just got our disaster bill and it was $306 billion
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Highways turned into rivers with white-capped waves in Texas. Wildfire smoke reddened the sky in California. And the country’s signature “amber waves of g...

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Coal’s death spiral, in 3 charts
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The latest reports suggest that coal has the equivalent of black-lung disease: the condition is chronic, and the long-term prognosis is dire.

Power companies plan to shutter more than 10 big coal plants in 2018, extinguishing a major portion of coal burning in the United States (see the map below). According to projections

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20,000 Hawaiians could lose their homes to sea-level rise.
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This number includes many native families, who face some of the greatest risk of being displaced by flooding.

Hawaii can expect its surrounding waters to rise by more than 3 feet by 2100, according to a report submitted to the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Commission last week. The ocean could swallow up 25,800 acres of the state, causing more than $19 billion in ...

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Don’t fall for news stories about chocolate going extinct.
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“Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years,” a viral Business Insider article warned this week, sparking a rainbow of

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‘Climate gentrification’ is coming to Miami’s real estate market.
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Prospective homeowners often evaluate nearby schools, public parks, and public transportation options. But future homeowners in coastal cities might want to consider another factor before making a down payment: climate change.

Research from Harvard shows a link between elevation and price appreciation in Miami neighborhoods. Properties at higher elevations in Miami-Dade County have been i...

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This year, I spent a lot of time thinking about satellites.
Amelia feature

It started with the cinematic, widely serenaded death of spunky little spacebot Cassini, closing out a 13-year mission to Saturn with a headlong dive into the planet’s gaseous a...

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