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Donald Trump presidency a 'disaster for the planet', warn climate scientists

Trump a danger to the climateThe ripples from a new American president are far-reaching, but never before has the arrival of a White House administration placed the livability of Earth at stake. Beyond his bluster and crude taunts, Donald Trump’s climate denialism could prove to be the lasting imprint of his unexpected presidency.

“A Trump presidency might be game over for the climate,” said Michael Mann, a prominent climate researcher. “It might make it impossible to stabilize planetary warming below dangerous levels.”

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Record Hot Years Could Be ‘New Normal’ By 2025

Record heat to be 'normal' by 2025Following in the blistering footsteps of 2014 and 2015, this year is on track to be the warmest on record.

And we probably need to get accustomed to this sweltering heat. If carbon emissions continue to rise at their current rate, these record hot years will be the “new normal” by 2025, new research shows.

Even if we take action to curb emissions, the damage has already been done, warns the study, published Friday in the Bulletin of American Meteorological Society.

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World's former second-largest hypersaline lake is almost dry

Saline lake dryingIran's Lake Urmia was once the world's second-largest hypersaline lake. Today, it is nearly gone. Over the last several decades, the lake's volume has declined by 80 percent.

A new study, published this week in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, is the first to examine the causes of Urmia's decline. The conclusion: both human impact and climate change are to blame.

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Substantial damage after earthquake rattles major Oklahoma oil hub

Oklahoma earthquakeDozens of buildings sustained "substantial damage" after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck an Oklahoma town that's home to one of the world's key oil hubs, but officials said Monday that no damage has been reported at the oil terminal.

Cushing City Manager Steve Spears said 40 to 50 buildings were damaged in Sunday's earthquake, which was the third in Oklahoma this year with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater. No major injuries have been reported, and Spears said the damage included cracks to buildings and fallen bricks and facades.

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Paris climate agreement now international law

Paris climate pact now international lawThe landmark climate agreement became international law Friday as just over two third of the world's polluting nations join a plan aiming to limit global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Under the arrangement, some nations would help others with addressing climate change, though the World Meteorological Organization said that, in the 15 years since 1990, there was a 37 percent increase in the warming impact on the climate because of the atmospheric influence of greenhouse gases like CO2, methane and nitrous oxide.

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UN: Paris Deal Won’t Be ‘Enough’ To Stave Off Worst Effects Of Climate Change

Paris deal won't stop climate changeThe Paris Agreement was the most significant climate change accord in history. More than 190 countries vowed to slash greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb global warming.

But that commitment won’t be enough, a new United Nations report warns.

To have any chance of staving off the worst effects of climate change, the world must “urgently and dramatically increase its ambition” to cut emissions, the U.N. Environment Program said on Thursday, as it released its annual Emissions Gap Report.

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Two billion children worldwide affected by air pollution, UNICEF study says

World pollution affecting 2 billion children...One in seven children in the world lives in an area with air pollution levels six or more times higher than international guidelines, the United Nations reported Monday.

UNICEF, the U.N.'s children's agency, used satellite imagery in a report released Monday to demonstrate children's' exposure to outdoor pollution levels as established by the World Health organization. The report, "Clear the Air for Children," said the satellite photographs confirm that around two billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution, caused by factors such as vehicle emissions, heavy use of fossil fuels, dust and burning of waste, exceeds minimum WHO air quality guidelines.

South Asia has 620 million children in these areas, Africa has 520 million and the East Asia and Pacific region has 450 million, the report said.

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