Australia cuts outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ for first time, citing climate change

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and has become a potent symbol of the damage wrought by global warming.
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Wildfires in Colorado cost $130 million in 2018. Here are the details, down to the $40 daily rate on portable toilets.

The drought-ravaged summer of 2018 was an expensive one for firefighting in Colorado, with costs reaching an estimated $130 million for 18 fires. Of that, the state’s share is more than $40 million.

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On the 6th of October 2018, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a bombshell report arguing that within 30 years

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Fly-fishing on Montana's Big Hole River, signs of climate change are all around

Nature is a powerful economic driver here, and livelihoods depend on cold water and healthy fish. People know it’s warming, but few will say that's climate change.
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