Our year of extremes: Did climate change just hit home?

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The dazzling icescape at the top of our planet is mutating into a place that is barely recognizable to those who have studied it for years.

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Massive U.N. report says climate risks go beyond red alert

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Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a U.N. scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun.

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Number of Americans who don’t believe in climate change rises

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The number of Americans who believe global warming isn’t happening has risen to 23 percent, up 7 percentage points since April 2013.

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This November was the hottest on Earth since 1880

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It’s confirmed: November 2013 was the hottest November on Earth since at least 1880.

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Colorado floods triggered by convergence of geography and climate, experts say

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The torrent of water that gushed over and down the Rocky Mountains late last week resulted from a fateful confluence of geography and weather. While the deluge is unprecedented in the historic record, it may offer a window onto the new normal as the planet continues to warm.

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Extreme heat waves to quadruple by 2040, study says

The type of heat waves that wilt crops, torch forests — and kill people — are expected to become more frequent and severe over the next 30 years regardless of whether humans curb emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, according to a new study.

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Glacier covered with blankets to reduce summer ice-melt

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People living near the Rhone glacier in the central Alps of Switzerland have come up with a striking tactic to counter the effects of climate change. Each summer the glacier is protected by blankets to keep ice melt to a minimum, the European Pressphoto Agency reports.  

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Spring feel chilly? It was — the coldest since 1996

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This year’s spring seemed more like a never-ending winter for people in much of the country, and it wasn’t just in their imaginations. The chilly weather was the coldest spring since 1996, the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) said Thursday.

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Expect a warmer-than-average spring, Weather Service says

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Although it’s still chilly throughout much of the country, spring will soon turn up the heat.

The majority of the United States will experience above-average temperatures over the next three months, said Laura Furgione, deputy director for the National Weather Service (NWS). Her remarks came during the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s spring climate outlook briefing Thursday morning.

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Warming fastest since dawn of civilization, study shows

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Temperatures are rising faster today than they have at any point since at least the end of the last ice age, about 11,000 years ago, according to a new study.

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Thousands rally in D.C. against Keystone Pipeline

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Thousands of protesters took to the National Mall on Sunday for a climate rally that organizers touted as the largest of its kind in U.S. history. The group’s top priority was to urge President Barack Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands from Canada through the United States.

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Killer whales’ plight in ice an example of climate change impact, researcher says

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The plight of a pod of killer whales that got trapped by ice in a mostly frozen Canadian bay this week was a “good example of what climate change can do” in the Arctic, a researcher said Friday.

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NOAA: 2012 was warmest year ever for US, second most ‘extreme’

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If you found yourself bundling up in scarves, hats, and long underwear less than usual last year, you weren’t alone: 2012 was the warmest year on record in the contiguous United States, according to scientists with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

2012 warmest year in US? Odds rise to 99.7 percent

A warm winter, a record warm spring, a record hot July and a warmer than average autumn combined to make it even more likely that 2012 will go down as the warmest year in the contiguous United States on record, the federal government reported Thursday.

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Antarctica, Greenland ice definitely melting into sea, and three times faster, experts warn

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What had been a blurry picture about polar ice — especially how it impacts sea levels — just got a whole lot clearer as experts on Thursday published a peer-reviewed study they say puts to rest the debate over whether the poles added to, or subtracted from, sea level rise over the last two decades.