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leaves of the extinct southern beech found at oliver bluffs

Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole

Trees growing near the South Pole, sea levels 20 metres higher than now, and global temperatures 3°C-4°C warmer. That is the world scientists are uncovering as they look back in time to when the planet last had as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as it does today.

cyclone idai caused destruction in mozambique, malawi and zimbabwe

Climate change making storms like Idai more severe, say experts

Cyclone Idai, the tropical storm that ravaged Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, has been described as the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, and the UN says more than 2 million people have been affected. Storm-surge floods of up to six meters have caused widespread devastation.

planners said protecting the lowest-lying area, including south street seaport and the adjacent financial district, will require adding more land over several years

De Blasio unveils $10bn scheme to build new chunk of Manhattan to combat climate change

Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, has announced a radical plan to meet the “existential threat” of climate change by constructing a new section of Manhattan, extending hundreds of feet out into the narrow East river, in order to protect Wall Street and other downtown areas.

florida’s everglades: ‘The patient is on life support at the moment.’

Everglades in crisis: can this Florida treasure avert an environmental tragedy

The Everglades faces the threat of salty inundation on all sides, with the sea level at its edge rising by about 5in since 2001. Price said this accelerating climate trend, driven by the melting of glaciers and expanding sea water, will see the Everglades retreat further north. There will be miles and miles of new Florida Bay.

uninhabitable earth

‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ puts words to a future you don’t want to live in

The Uninhabitable Earth – Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cook us: What climate change could wreak – sooner than you think — Prepare yourself for grisly descriptions of how the body breaks down in overwhelming heat, predictions of prehistoric plagues springing back to life beneath melting permafrost, and the possibility of an economic collapse …

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the island of tuvalu

‘Imperialist’ citizenship idea sparks spat between Australia and Pacific islanders

Tuvalu PM rejects idea that islanders would exchange maritime rights for Australian citizenship, telling Canberra to focus on breaking its coal addiction — Tensions have flared up between Australia and its Pacific neighbours over the future – or lack of it – for small island states as sea levels rise. Australian former prime minister Kevin …

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flood-prone areas in annapolis could be almost constantly under water by 2070

US coastal businesses hit by everyday impact of climate change, study shows

Annapolis seeing sea rise at about twice the global rate. Flooding there foreshadows problems other coastal towns can expect — When the parking lot in the bustling tourist zone of downtown Annapolis floods, the employees at Pip’s Dock Street Dogs restaurant take off their socks and shoes, wrap their legs in trash bags and wade …

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real estate in florida

Florida is drowning. Condos are still being built. Can’t humans see the writing on the wall

People tend to respond to immediate threats and financial consequences – and Florida’s coastal real estate may be on the cusp of delivering that harsh wake-up call — I stood behind a worn shopping center outside of Crystal Springs, Florida, looking for the refuge where a hundred manatees were gathered for winter. I found them …

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