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BREAKING: President Obama Will Veto Congress' Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

President Barack Obama is planning to veto a bill that would force approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, according to the Associated Press: BREAKING: White House says President Obama would veto Keystone pipeline legislation. — The Associated Press (@AP) January 6, 2015

It's Official: 2014 Was the Hottest Year on Record

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) For many Americans, 2014 will be remembered for its multiple blasts of Arctic air and bitter winters. And this week, another bout of freezing temperatures is marching east across the country, in theShow More Summary

How a 20-Minute Conversation Can Convince Someone With Anti-Gay Views to Change Their Minds

A recent study suggests that a single conversation between a gay person and a same-sex marriage opponent may have the power to change the a person's mind on the issue. The study, published last week in the journal Science, analyzed data...Show More Summary

New York State Just Banned Fracking

After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. From the New York Times: The Cuomo administration...Show More Summary

These Are the Cutest Animal Videos of 2014, According to the World's Leading Science Journal

Nature is one of the world's flagship peer-reviewed scientific journals, a venue for some of our best new ideas about the world. Sometimes, those ideas are about animals that also happen to be outrageously, unconscionably cute. I'm talking baby-penguins-and-pomeranians-and-monkeys-cute. Show More Summary

Here's How Much the Storm Is Helping California's Epic Drought

In the midst of the most intense drought in hundreds of years, Northern California is being bombarded with rain (here are some crazy photos). In a state that produces roughly half of the country's fruits and veggies, the water is more than welcome. Show More Summary

There's a Big Coal Giveaway in the Cromnibus Bill

This story originally was originally published by The Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. Show More Summary

These Photos of Flooding in San Francisco Are Insane

A huge rain storm is battering Northern California right now. The photos are bonkers. Canoeing to Safeway in Healdsburg this morning! Downtown Square is underwater #KTVU — taramoriarty (@taramoriarty1) December 11, 2014 PHOTO: flooding on Hwy 1 at the Manor Drive overpass in #Pacifica. Show More Summary

Video: It Only Takes 60 Seconds to Refute Every Obnoxious Climate Denier You Know

If only all complicated science was accompanied by a kindly but sober British accent, and a jazzy beat. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.K. Royal Society have teamed up to produce this beautiful animation about the basics...Show More Summary

This Is Seriously One Of the Most Incredible Weather Videos I Have Ever Seen

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A couple of months ago I posted an amazing time-lapse video called Stormscapes, showing storms and mesocylcones, created by photographer Nicolaus Wegner. Show More Summary

Watch NASA Launch Its Next-Gen Spacecraft This Morning

It's been 42 years since a human last traveled outside of low-earth orbit, the barely-out-of-the-atmosphere band of space that communications satellites and the International Space Station call home. But this morning, NASA will take a step closer towards once again sending humans to the Moon—and perhaps beyond. Show More Summary

The Fracking Boom Could End Way Sooner Than Obama Thinks

President Obama is fond of touting America's vast trove of natural gas—and the energy (read: economic growth) it can provide—as a reason to support fracking. "Our 100-year supply of natural gas is a big factor in drawing jobs back to...Show More Summary

We Fact Checked Aaron Sorkin's Climate Science on "The Newsroom"

I watch too much TV drama, so I can say this with a degree of certainty: It's rare that climate change comes up. (Television news programs also contain "tepid" coverage, in general, according to watchdog group Media Matters). That'sShow More Summary

Video: A Drone Shoots Hauntingly Beautiful Footage of Buffalo's Snowstorm

James Grimaldi/YouTube Flying personal camera-equipped drones directly over big events like the Hong Kong protests and Independence Day fireworks is becoming commonplace. Now come these amazing aerial images of Buffalo, New York, besieged by snow for the third day in a row. Show More Summary

We Just Had the Hottest October on Record

NOAA It's cold outside, which means it'll soon be time for the annual rousing chorus of climate change denial from people who think snow means global warming is fake. Good thing NOAA is here to help. Today the agency released two new maps illustrating that even if you're cold right now, the planet is still getting hotter. Show More Summary

Watch a Wall of Snow Consume Buffalo, NY

Today it is literally freezing in every state in America. But no where has been hit harder than Buffalo, NY, which yesterday got buried under 70 inches of snow. Yeah, seven-zero, as in nearly six feet. At least six people there haveShow More Summary

Obama Is About to Make the World's Biggest Pledge to Help Poor Countries Fight Climate Change

What a week! First President Barack Obama announces a massive climate agreement with China designed to lower both countries' carbon emissions while doubling down on clean energy development. Now this morning, the New York Times is reporting...Show More Summary

BREAKING: The Senate Just Voted Not to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

UPDATE (11/18/14, 6:17 pm ET): A controversial bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed in the US Senate Tuesday evening. It received 59 "aye" votes, just shy of the 60 needed to send the bill to President Obama's desk. Show More Summary

Two Charts That Show How the US Is Shortchanging the World

Tim McDonnell This morning, the New York Times reported that President Obama is poised to announce a pledge of $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations-administered account to help poor countries deal with climate change. Show More Summary

Awkward: Watch a Supercut of Republicans Using China as an Excuse to Do Nothing About Climate Change

The shock announcement of an ambitious and wide-ranging climate deal between the United States and China is leaving one vociferous group of politicians red-faced: those that have always used China as an excuse for delaying climate action. The...Show More Summary

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