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Rising sea levels could swamp the US coastline by 2050, NASA predicts

Sea levels are likely rising faster than previously thought, meaning low-lying coastal cities in the U.S. could flood far more regularly in the coming decades, a NASA study has revealed. According to the study, which analyzed three decades of satellite observations, by 2050, sea levels along the coastlines of the contiguous U.S. could rise as …

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Global warming above 1.5C could trigger ‘multiple’ tipping points

There is a “significant likelihood” that multiple “tipping points” will be crossed if global temperatures exceed 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, new research suggests. Tipping points are thresholds that, if crossed, trigger large-scale and potentially irreversible changes in a particular part of the Earth system. The research, published in Science, reviews hundreds of academic studies to …

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World on brink of five ‘disastrous’ climate tipping points, study finds

Giant ice sheets, ocean currents and permafrost regions may already have passed point of irreversible change The climate crisis has driven the world to the brink of multiple “disastrous” tipping points, according to a major study. It shows five dangerous tipping points may already have been passed due to the 1.1C of global heating caused …

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African leaders blast European no-shows at climate adaptation summit

Presidents of Senegal, DRC and Ghana travelled to Rotterdam to talk about adapting to climate change. Only one European leader was there to meet them African leaders have criticised their European counterparts for missing a summit in Rotterdam on how Africa can adapt to climate change. While three African presidents flew to the Netherlands for …

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Rhode Island streets turn to rivers amid nearly 11 inches of rain

Heavy rain throughout the Northeast will alleviate extreme drought conditions, but too much fell too fast Drought-busting heavy rain continues to pour down Tuesday across parts of the Northeast, a day after substantial rainfall inundated major highways, requiring water rescues across the region as roofs collapsed and water spilled into college dorms. More than 10 …

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Previously Unknown Loss of Antarctic Ice Discovered by NASA – “Antarctica Is Crumbling at Its Edges”

New NASA research on Antarctica, including the first map of iceberg calving, doubles the previous estimates of loss from ice shelves and details how the continent is changing. In forecasting global sea level rise, the greatest uncertainty is how Antarctica’s ice loss will accelerate as the climate warms. Two studies led by researchers at NASA’s …

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New seafloor images off the West Antarctic Ice Sheet upend understanding of Thwaites Glacier retreat

The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica—about the size of Florida—has been an elephant in the room for scientists trying to make global sea level rise predictions. This massive ice stream is already in a phase of fast retreat (a “collapse” when viewed on geological timescales) leading to widespread concern about exactly how much, or how …

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Pakistan’s hope as lake fills: Flood villages to save a city

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani engineers cut into an embankment for one of the country’s largest lakes on Sunday to release rising waters in the hopes of saving a nearby city and town from flooding as officials predicted more monsoon rain was on the way for the country’s already devastated south. While officials hope the cut in …

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“Zombie ice” near Greenland is a catastrophe waiting to happen

Who knew the zombie apocalypse would actually be the climate crisis? A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change warns that the undead that we should be worried about are not walking corpses, but actually floating blocks of ice that will inevitably melt. These “dead” sheets of ice, found largely off the coast of …

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World must help Pakistan after its ‘climate catastrophe’ – UN secretary general

The Pakistani people are facing a ‘monsoon on steroids’, Antonio Guterres warned as more than 1,000 were killed in devastating flooding. UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has labelled the floods in Pakistan “a climate catastrophe” as he called for global action to help the country. In a video message to launch a major UN appeal …

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