Climate Change

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Can private investment help vulnerable cities adapt to climate change?

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A powerful typhoon rolling through the central Philippines just days after the historic Paris climate agreement was a stark reminder that the work of adapting to rising seas and bigger storms has barely begun. The Paris agreement commits rich counties to help out poorer ones, but it could also bring a lot of private money into play.

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From climate change victims, a message to UN negotiators: 'They’ve been talking, talking, talking. Why don’t they act?'

While negotiators from nearly 200 countries tussle over the details of a proposed climate pact in Paris, people from affected communities are straining to have their voices heard. The World's environment editor Peter Thomson spoke with three women from far-flung regions who've gone to Paris to demand strong action.

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Turning ice into fire: How climate change could mean more volcanic eruptions in Iceland

Iceland is — geologically speaking — a crazy place. The local language, for instance, includes a specific word to describe the phenomenon for a volcano detonating beneath a glacier and triggering a flash flood. And now climate change may be setting a new geological domino effect in motion, by melting some of those glaciers and increasing the chances of an eruption.

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Melting Arctic sea ice doubles the chances of harsh winters in other parts of the world

When most people hear the term "global warming," they naturally think of air temperature. In reality, more than 90 percent of the warming caused by greenhouse gases happens in the oceans. Much of this warming takes place in the waters in and around the Arctic Ocean, leading to increasingly rapid melting of sea ice. A new study links this melting to cold, harsh winters that are becoming more common in parts of the world.

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Activists to Obama: Stop leasing public land to take out oil, gas, coal

Public lands in the United States hold up to 450 billion tons of potential carbon emissions, in places like the Powder River Basin, home to massive coal deposits, or in offshore petroleum. If, over time, all of these emissions are released, it would be catastrophic for the climate. A new campaign is pressing President Obama to keep them in the ground forever.