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Science warnings, US retreat add urgency to UN climate talks

MADRID — Mass protests, a last-minute venue change and talk of climate tipping points are adding some unplanned drama to this year’s international talks on tackling global warming. Delegates from almost 200 countries had hoped to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris accord, ironing out a few wrinkles left over from last year’s conference in ...

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Drought affecting about 1 million in Deep South

A new assessment shows about 1 million people are being affected by drought in the Deep South, but conditions are improving slightly in some areas. The latest report released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows parts of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina all have regions that are too dry. The worst areas are agricultural counties in southeast Alabama and ...

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UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth’s land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. “The cycle is accelerating,” said NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, a co-author of the report. “The ...

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Climate change and changing weather patterns could impact insurance rates

By BECKY GILLETTE Issues like climate change and shifting weather patterns can have a big impact on how property insurance rates are calculated, said Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who is also the chair of the Catastrophic Working Group for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The nation is seeing more frequent and severe natural disasters, with the number ...

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Report: Florida bans 'climate change' from use by state agencies

Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, denied he has forbidden use ...

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Court agrees to review ruling in Katrina-related climate-change case

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A federal appeals court has agreed to review a three-judge panel’s ruling that a group of Mississippi coastal landowners can sue energy and chemical companies on allegations that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical companies contributed to global warming, caused sea levels to rise ...

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Obama: Prosperity rests on rising middle class

Declaring “our journey is not complete,” President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy. “Our country cannot succeed ...

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White House plans climate change agency

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing a new agency to study and report on the changing climate. Also known as global warming, climate change has drawn widespread concern in recent years as temperatures around the world rise, threatening to harm crops, spread disease, increase sea levels, change storm and drought patterns and cause polar melting. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke ...

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Climate change report released

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in cooperation with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), has released “The Effects of Climate Change on U.S. Ecosystems.” The report provides a summary of findings contained in a U.S. scientific assessment project commissioned by the USGCRP and released in May 2008. New information ...

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Cochran urges peers to be cautious

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, yesterday cautioned the Senate about creating new programs, whether for healthcare, climate change or education, that are funded through automatic mandatory spending. In a speech to the Senate, Cochran addressed congressional spending practices, and stressed that the Congress could better control future spending by relying on ...

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