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Human actions caused 2016’s record heat

20 January, 2017 – As climate change doubter Donald Trump is inaugurated as president of the US, 2016 is officially declared the hottest year on record.

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US faces ‘abrupt and substantial’ crop losses

19 January, 2017 – Rising temperatures will lead to massive crop losses in the US, which will increase prices and cause problems for developing countries, says international study.

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New map reveals how roads devastate nature

17 January, 2017 – Scientists call for urgent protection of ecologically valuable roadless areas as map shows that roads lead to loss of biodiversity and damage to ecosystems.

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Solar power to rise from nuclear ashes

12 January, 2017 – Chinese companies plan to spend $1 billion over the next two years building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Louisiana flood 2016

Flood and hurricane risk varies widely across US

7 January, 2017 – New evidence based on groundwater and stream flow reveals mixed messages for the United States, as flood and hurricane frequency depends on region.

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Climate link to glacier retreat now irrefutable

23 December, 2016 – By studying evidence of the retreat of glaciers around the globe over a period of a century, scientists believe they have found an irrefutable link to climate change.

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Global warming already causing local extinctions

20 December, 2016 – Local extinctions due to global warming have occurred in almost half of plant and animal species, new research reveals, with the tropics experiencing the most pronounced loss.

Growing tornado impact puzzles scientists

19 December, 2016 – The US seems to be experiencing more and worse tornado outbreaks – groups of twisters in quick succession. But climate change may not be the culprit.

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Tinkering with plants to boost crop yields

11 December, 2016 – Modifying plants so they take more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere holds out hope of increasing crop yields and combating climate change.

Climate deniers face scientific pushback

10 December, 2016 – A British scientist who has researched ocean acidification says the scientific community should take the time needed to rebut climate deniers.

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Unhealthy forests affect distant ecosystems

9 December, 2016 – When a significant number of trees die, whether it be due to drought, heat, insect infestation or exploitation, the climate of forests in faraway lands is altered.