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Our “fingerprints” are all over climate change, research on warming ocean temperatures finds

Our oceans are getting hotter, a trend that is alarming experts and human activity is clearly to blame. Sea surface temperatures (SST) are rising at an alarming rate, and scientists have spent months puzzling as to why. They have a good reason to worry: If sea surface temperatures continue rising, humans will endure worsened storms, rising sea levels and major changes to the Earth’s ecology....

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Will Earth hit a climate “tipping point?” Here’s why experts say this framework is problematic

People who follow climate change are often told there is a “tipping point,” a single moment after which it will be too late to reverse the damage caused by our excessive use of fossil fuels. Yet experts say this concept is misleading, with one scientist — James Hansen, who played a key early role in raising climate change awareness — describing the phrase as “greatly overused and misused.”...

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Kamala Harris becomes the first national elected official to visit an abortion clinic

Almost two years after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Vice President Kamala Harris — America’s first female Vice President — made history on Thursday by being the first sitting president or vice president to visit an abortion clinic. Harris, as first reported by NBC News, planned on visiting the Planned Parenthood clinic in Minnesota in a way that would not interfere with the providing of medical services....

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“You’re a mass murderer”: Climate protesters confront Chevron CEO at gender inclusivity event

Chevron CEO Mike Wirth attempted to deliver a speech at a corporate diversity event on Tuesday about gender inclusivity. Before he could finish his remarks, he was publicly confronted by climate change activists from Climate Defiance, who accused him of hypocritically hurting women while accepting an award from a “corporate diversity event.”...

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Earth’s ice caps are in serious trouble. Three new studies reveal how bad the damage is

Like a trio of canaries in a coal mine warbling at the top of their lungs, three recent studies warn of various ways that global warming is drastically changing the planet. Each study involves the cryosphere, or those regions on the planet where water freezes into ice or snow. Both the Arctic and the Antarctic are melting — and scientists are recording the consequences....

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Plot twister: A new test gauges Hollywood’s depictions of global warming. Will it make a difference?

Good feminists or adept film buffs may be familiar with the Bechdel Test, a metric for gauging female representation in film. Created by comic author Alison Bechdel in the 1980s, a movie has to meet three standards to pass: It must have at least two women in it, the women need to talk to each other and they should discuss something other than a man....

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Are we stressing the wrong metrics for climate change?

Dr. Kevin Trenberth is one of the world’s foremost authorities on climate change. He is a distinguished scholar at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, worked for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and has published more than 600 articles on climatology. Yet despite these impeccable credentials, as Trenberth spoke with Salon about his recent paper in the Journal of Climate Action, Research and Policy, an unmistakable tone of frustration crept into the scientist’s voice....

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Odds for alien life on Europa drop, as new study reveals Jupiter’s moon lacks much oxygen

As far as candidates for nearby worlds that may contain life, Jupiter’s frosty moon Europa is one tantalizing place for scientists to look. Astrobiologists speculate that alien life forms could reside in Europa’s icy crust and the massive ocean that churns underneath. Yet these prospects appear somewhat less likely in light of a recent study by the journal Nature Astronomy, which finds that Europa has much lower amounts of oxygen — an element essential to all known forms of complex life — than previously thought....

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