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Officers look on as smoke from Fort McMurray's raging wildfires billow into the air after their city was evacuated, May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Topher Seguin

The Fort McMurray Wildfire Shows The Future Of Climate Change

The disaster has led some to suggest, if carefully, that we might finally be witnessing a catastrophic event in a western country that can be linked directly to climate change. At the very least, events like the Fort McMurray wildfire will happen more regularly in the future, and will be more fierce.

May 5, 2016
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Climate Change Shrinking South Florida Reefs Sooner Than Expected

“We tend to think we have a lot of time and this study shows we have maybe 30 years less time,” said lead author Chris Langdon, a University of Miami marine biologist. “We need to get serious sooner rather than later.”

May 3, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he delivers a speech during a visit at the the Parque de la Memoria (Remembrance Park), where they honored victims of Argentina's Dirty War on the 40th anniversary of the 1976 coup that initiated that period of military rule, in Buenos Aires, March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama Warns Europe Of The Dangers Of Withdrawing From The World

In the wake of the recent attacks on European capitals by Islamic State, the continued instability of the Middle East that resulted in a refugee crisis that has hit Europe hardest and continued economic insecurity for many, Obama acknowledged a tendency “to withdraw” that was increasingly common on both sides of the Atlantic.

April 26, 2016
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Climate Change: World Leaders At UN Ratify Paris Deal

The ceremony comes four months after the deal in Paris and marks the first step towards binding countries to their greenhouse gas emissions promises.

April 22, 2016
Steam rises from the stakes of the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming, in this file photo taken March 14, 2014. A vote to block the Obama administration's ambitious climate regulation, known as the Clean Power Plan, was one of Antonin Scalia's last acts as a Supreme Court justice. His sudden death may have opened a new path to the rule's survival. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/Files

Exposed: Coal Companies Secretly Funding Climate Science Denial

Peabody Energy’s Chapter 11 filing will likely yield further proof that Big Coal and climate science deniers are in cahoots.

April 16, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz waves as he arrives to speak at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The 5 Cruelest Actual GOP Policies

At this point, Trump’s brutality is all theoretical. But Republican cruelty is actual policy, and it has decimated states across the country.

April 11, 2016
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Why Southern California’s New Cloud-Seeding Project Has Conspiracy Theorists in a Frenzy

The Los Angeles Department of Public Works actually helped stoke the conspiracy fire in late January.

March 23, 2016
Florida Gov. Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando

Gov. Scott’s Unwritten Policy On Climate Change — Don’t Talk About It

So it turns out the experts were mistaken. It turns out the impact of climate change on Florida — and much of the coastal United States — is not going to be anywhere near as bad as had been predicted. Apparently, it’s going to be much worse.

March 16, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidates stand on stage at a debate in Miami

Trump’s Islam Comments Draw Fire From Rivals, But Civility Reigns

Trump defended his belief, as stated in television interviews, that followers of Islam “hate us.”

March 11, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton shake hands before the start of the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate in Kendall

Clinton, Sanders Spar Over Immigration In U.S. Presidential Debate

One of the evening’s most dramatic moments came when a Guatemalan immigrant in the audience at Miami-Dade College asked a question in Spanish of both candidates, noting that her husband had been deported, leaving her and her five children behind.

March 9, 2016
Steam rises from the stakes of the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming, in this file photo taken March 14, 2014. A vote to block the Obama administration's ambitious climate regulation, known as the Clean Power Plan, was one of Antonin Scalia's last acts as a Supreme Court justice. His sudden death may have opened a new path to the rule's survival. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/Files

Scalia’s Death Boosts Legal Chances For Obama’s Climate Plan

A vote to block the Obama administration’s ambitious climate regulation was one of Antonin Scalia’s last acts as a Supreme Court justice.

February 16, 2016
Steam rises from the stakes of the coal fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Carbon Emissions Plan

Courts delivers major blow to President Obama, putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants.

February 9, 2016
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5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
Workers clear falling snow from the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington

In Spite Of What You See Outside, Global Warming Is Real

The Earth is, in fact, a sphere — no matter what you see as you look out your bedroom window. Similarly, the planet is warming — no matter how cold it is outside your bedroom window.

January 23, 2016
U.S. President Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington

State Of The Union: Five Things That Might Happen, Five That Won’t

Not much is expected in the final year of a presidential administration, especially one marked by partisan gridlock.

January 14, 2016
Participants looks at a screen projecting a world map with climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget

Democratic Candidates Must Remain The Standard Bearers On Climate Change

Failing to address climate change is a mistake—one the party, the nation, and ultimately the world cannot afford to repeat at next Sunday’s fourth Democratic Debate.

January 11, 2016
Obama smiles as he holds his end of the year news conference at the White House in Washington

5 Hidden Ways Obama Has Transformed America For The Better

You can judge President Obama’s results by how desperate Republicans are to reverse them. If there’s ever a time to stop and appreciate the singular presidency we’ve just all lived through, it’s now. Here are five hidden successes from the president’s tenure.

January 11, 2016
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This Week In Crazy: Welcome Back To The Nuthouse

And we’re back. The right wing kicked the year off by freaking out in spectacular fashion to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control, indulging in some pandering to those precious Iowan evangelical ballot punchers, and kicking that dead horse called “traditional marriage” into a pulp. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

January 8, 2016
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5 Best Things That Happened In 2015

Amidst the domestic sturm und dang of overly hyped fears and hysterical pandering to our worst instincts, continued progress around the world made us safer, healthier and potentially even smarter. So as a public service and a tribute to the truth, let’s dwell on the positive developments of the past year for a moment.

January 4, 2016
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The 5 Worst Things To Happen In 2015

You didn’t have to look very hard to find things to depress you in 2015. These five events are not meant to be an exhaustive list. But these problem symbolize the worst of what we’ve experienced in 2015 with the most potential for wrecking more havoc in 2016.

December 28, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz arrives onstage before the start of the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas

Perils Of Warming Planet Are Ignored By GOP Hopefuls

The Pentagon has concluded that climate change represents “immediate risks” to national security. But the latest GOP debate contained nary a reference to it — instead it was a carnival of bravado and bluster. How much longer can they refuse to discuss it?

December 19, 2015
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In Homestretch Of His Presidency, Obama Seeks To Cement Gains

White House official: “We intend to push a bunch of big pieces of business over the finish line next year.”

December 18, 2015
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Exxon’s Weapons Of Mass Confusion On Climate Change

This is far from a natural phenomenon. A handful of corporate interests are causing these catastrophes. Oil, coal, auto and a few other industrial powers have profited for decades by spewing fossil fuel contaminants into the world’s atmosphere.

December 16, 2015
Garrett Rajkovich is surrounded by dead Thompson seedless grape vines due to no water allotments for the Firebaugh farmer, which has resulted in permanent farmland retirement. (Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

More California Farmland Could Vanish As Water Shortages Loom Beyond Drought

Land retirement is coming to California agriculture. The drought will end someday, maybe even this winter, but farmers will still face long-term shortages of water.

December 15, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: Sexy Lincolns And The Danger Of Trump

Stephen Colbert gave a very special welcome to presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

December 15, 2015
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