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Antarctica is melting faster than anyone thought, and we’re not ready for the sea level rise that’s coming
The melting rate of Antarctic ice has tripled in recent years. If the acceleration of ice melt were to continue, it could potentially cascade, leading to runaway ice melt and rapid sea level rise.
Coastal cities like New York are at serious risk of flooding if climate change continues unabated. Based on worst-case scenario projections, a number of the world's biggest financial institutions could find themselves underwater by the end of the century.
The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere just hit its highest level in 800,000 years, and scientists predict deadly consequences
Average monthly levels of CO2 exceeded 411 parts per million in May. Human activity has pushed those gas levels into uncharted territory. There will be deadly consequences.
Cities around the US are flooding at high tide and on sunny days at record rates — here’s what it’s like
Tidal floods are a preview of what's to come as seas continue to rise. What happens during high tides now will happen on a regular basis in the future. Floods are expected to happen 60% more often this year than they did in the year 2000.
Threats to many of the world's natural wonders are growing, according to a 2017 report evaluating threats faced by natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites include many of the most iconic wild places on the planet, including the Great Barrier Reef and Galapagos Islands.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular places on the planet — here’s what it looks like as it dies off
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most biodiverse places in the entire world, worth billions of dollars. But it's in real danger of being killed off. Burning fossil fuels is cranking up the heat, warming ocean waters faster than reefs can adapt. It's also causing seas to become more acidic.
Cape Town is running out of water — I visited and saw what the financial problems of ‘Day Zero’ look like on the ground
Cape Town, South Africa, is experiencing a massive drought, preparing for "Day Zero," when the city's water supply is depleted. I visited and saw how the drought is having significant societal consequences, including a weakened economy and rising inequality.
The Philippines has unveiled designs for a futuristic city called New Clark. Plans for the $14 billion development — which will be larger than Manhattan — call for drones, driverless cars, a giant sports complex, and plenty of green space.
Climate change poses a "current and existential national security risk" to Australia, according to an Australian Senate inquiry. The report said the Asia-Pacific region is "most vulnerable" to risks associated with climate change, that could increase the potential for conflict.
Earth has crossed a scary threshold for the first time in more than 800,000 years, and it could lead to tens of thousands of deaths
Humans have never had to breathe air with this much carbon dioxide in it. While CO2 doesn't necessarily harm the lungs directly, the ways it changes the climate will have a huge negative effect on human health.