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“The Day After Tomorrow” is one of the only true climate change films. Why do scientists hate it?

Like many successful screenwriters and directors, Jeffrey Nachmanoff resides in Southern California. As a result, Nachmanoff has lived through much of the extreme weather caused by climate change: record-breaking wildfires, surreal red skies, suffocating smoke and deadly heat waves.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that it feels apocalyptic,” Nachmanoff said about life in the Golden State....

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Heat waves have killed thousands this year???????. Experts say the worst could be yet to come

The ongoing heat wave gripping the Northern Hemisphere hasn’t just triggered triple-digit temperatures, but also a sizeable death toll. From India to Saudi Arabia to Massachusetts, many regions across the globe have buckled under extreme heat — but while such phenomena is normal during the summer months, the degree to which things are cooking is not....

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A black hole 1 million times our Sun awakened — and astronomers caught the whole thing in real time

We typically think of black holes as monstrous entities that destroy everything. But while they do have incredibly destructive power, they really only rip apart things that get too close. Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole in their center. Ours in the Milky Way is called Sagittarius A*. But scientists caught some never before seen footage of a black hole, as described in a recent study published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics....

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Climate change linked to brain damage in children — and poor kids are at greater risk

Perhaps the cruelest aspect of climate change is that it disproportionately impacts those least responsible for planet-cooking emissions, especially the poorest among us. Among many other things, experts predict that global heating will expose 70% of the working population to health risks and could ultimately kill roughly 1 billion people, most of them poor....

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John Kerry warns that Project 2025 would be “absolutely unimaginable and destructive”

During a sweltering rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 9, former President Donald Trump complained to his supporters about “sweating like a dog” in the triple-digit heat. Because climate change is breaking temperature records all over the world, one might have assumed that the aspiring leader’s next act would have been to express concern for the other people at his event....

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Florida soaked with epic rainstorms: Yep, it’s climate change

Days after being pummeled with eight inches of rainfall in only just hours — the kind of extreme downpour that supposedly occurs once every 500 years — South Florida continues to be deluged with historic storms and flooding.

The region of the state remains under a flood advisory on Friday after a series of storms dumped between eight and 20 inches of rain over large sections of Florida over the previous three days....

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The ozone layer is recovering faster than expected, thanks to global cooperation

On September 16, 1987, the international community did something almost unheard of, especially in today’s world: It worked together to protect the planet.

Ultimately ratified by 198 nations, including every country in the United Nations, the so-called “Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer” vowed to phase out pollutants that had been eroding Earth’s ozone layer....

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A plan to mine lithium could eradicate a Nevada flower. Is extinction just the cost of green energy?

Botanist Jerry Tiehm, the curator of herbarium at the University of Nevada Reno, discovered the plant that now bears his name more than 40 years ago. It was early in his career, and Tiehm was driving through a remote central Nevada canyon while collecting samples to study. He was unaware at the time that it was an unknown species until a different expert informed him that the yellow, white and green plant was something altogether new....

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Will the La Niña cycle cool down Earth’s record-breaking heat streak? Not so fast, experts caution

The last twelve months have been the hottest in recorded human history. This relentess pattern is being driven by human-caused climate change, but also El Niño, a natural part of our global weather cycle that results in hotter temperatures. Though we are now entering the colder La Niña phase of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which should bring some cooler temperatures over several years, some experts say that our heating planet is so out of balance, the cooling could make little difference....

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Turn up the heat: Climate change activists are gearing up for a sizzling summer of dissent

Renata Pumarol still remembers the energy and beauty of the moment when climate activists took a stand against New York City’s most important bank.

Pumarol is a seasoned activist, her experience spanning from housing reform to improving the lives of working class women. Today she is deputy director of Climate Organizing Hub, an organization that assists protesters throughout the world under the name Climate Defenders. ...

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