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Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records.

World’s largest asset manager shifts focus to climate change

NEW YORK – BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, will make climate change central to its investment decisions. Founder and CEO Laurence Fink, who oversees the management of about $7 trillion in funds, said in his influential annual letter to CEOs Tuesday he believes we are “on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance” because of a warming planet.

Australians on SE coast urged to flee as fire risk escalates

Residents in the path of wildfires razing southeast Australia were urged to evacuate on Thursday if they don’t intend to defend their homes as hot and windy conditions are forecast to escalate the danger over the next two days.

The signal of human-caused climate change has emerged in every day weather, study finds

For the first time, scientists have detected the “fingerprint” of human-induced climate change on daily weather patterns at the global scale. If verified by subsequent work, the findings, published Thursday in Nature Climate Change, would upend the long-established narrative that daily weather is distinct from long-term climate change. The study’s results also imply that research aimed at assessing the human role in contributing to extreme weather events, such as heat waves and floods, may be underestimating the contribution.

Annual Christmas Bird Count represents 120 years of citizen science

Nationwide, the Christmas Bird Count is a longstanding tradition of citizen science, 120 years to be exact, although the Cheney count is only in its second year. Data gleaned from these reports has, in the past, been integral to our understanding of birds.

Sue Lani Madsen: Focus on climate comes at cost of ensuring seismic safety in schools

Inslee’s proposed $273 million in spending on programs to potentially impact climate change this century. His supplemental budget request for protecting children and teachers in seismically unsafe schools is $10 million. And that’s only 40% of what Chris Reykdahl, state superintendent of public instruction, requested in his letter to the governor.

UN chief warns against ‘survival of the richest’ on climate

A day after the EU’s new chief unveiled her “master plan” for climate neutrality, a big question mark remained Thursday about the ability to secure a deal for the bloc to become carbon neutral by 2050 because of three reluctant eastern member states.

Exxon Mobil prevails in lawsuit over climate regulations

Exxon Mobil prevailed Tuesday in a lawsuit accusing the energy giant of downplaying the toll that climate change regulations could take on its business, with a judge saying the state attorney general’s case didn’t prove the company deceived investors – but also didn’t excuse it of any accountability for global warming.

Climate scientists try to cut their own carbon footprints

For years, Kim Cobb was the Indiana Jones of climate science. The Georgia Tech professor flew to the caves of Borneo to study ancient and current climate conditions. She jetted to a remote South Pacific island to see the effects of warming on coral.