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The US’ hidden methane problem

Unregulated, unnoticed coal mines across the US are leaking a potent greenhouse gas with the same greenhouse effect as 13 million cars — Across the US, a major, uncontrolled leak of a potent greenhouse gas is going unregulated and largely unnoticed. Climate Home News analysis of government data has identified roughly 300 active and 200 …

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Factcheck: How global warming has increased US wildfires

In the midst of record or near-record heatwaves across the northern hemisphere this summer, deadly wildfires have swept through many regions, such as the western US, Europe and Siberia. This has focused a great deal of public attention on the role that climate change plays in wildfires — Recently, some commentators have tried to dismiss …

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Mapped: The US nuclear power plants ‘at risk’ of shutting down

Nuclear power plants generate more than half of the US’s low-carbon electricity. However, record low gas prices associated with the US fracking boom have made many existing nuclear plants uncompetitive in the current market — About 90 terawatt hours (TWh) of nuclear generation is scheduled to retire in the next decade, more than all of …

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Heatwave seems to make man-made climate change real for Americans

The record-breaking high temperatures across much of North America appear to be shaping people’s thinking, a survey finds — The warm temperatures that have scorched much of the US appear to be influencing Americans’ acceptance of climate science, with a new poll finding a record level of public confidence that the world is warming due …

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Meet America’s new climate normal: towns that flood when it isn’t raining

In this extract from Rising, Elizabeth Rush explains ‘sunny day flooding’ – when a high tide can cause streets to fill with water — I spend the afternoon in Shorecrest, a neighborhood a couple of miles north of downtown Miami. To get there I leave the beach behind and drive past Arky’s Live Bait & …

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Climate Research Funding Still Under Threat, Report Warns

Congressional appropriations may not be sufficient enough to fund climate research if the Trump administration reprograms funds or takes other steps to limit funding, the report says — Despite recent congressional appropriations that reversed many of the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce science funding for current fiscal year 2018, a new report raises an alarm …

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Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years — Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next …

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