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New voices on climate change.

Wary of offending viewers and the authorities, and mindful of making references to hugely complex science during three-minute broadcasts, most television weather presenters have studiously avoided using their prime-time slots to discuss global warming. But that may be changing.

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Solar energy industry brings a ray of hope to the Rust Belt.

Areas hard-hit by the U.S. automakers’ slump are pitching themselves to green technology firms. Workers and machines that used to crank out cars are now making parts for solar and wind power plants.

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Warming’s impacts sped up, worsened since Kyoto.

Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated — beyond some of the grimmest of warnings made back then. Even the gloomiest climate models back in the 1990s didn’t forecast results quite this bad so fast.

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Acid oceans leave fish at more risk from predators.

Ocean acidification could cause fish to become “fatally attracted” to their predators, according to scientists. A team studying the effects of acidification – caused by dissolved CO2 – on ocean reefs found that it leaves fish unable to “smell danger”.

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Rising sea levels threaten Caribbean region.

The Colombian city of Cartagena is trying to plan ahead as scientists say cities nearer the equator, where temperatures are already higher, are at greater risk if global warming isn’t checked.

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Obama ready to offer target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

President Barack Obama is considering setting a provisional target for cutting America’s huge greenhouse gas emissions, removing the greatest single obstacle to a landmark global agreement to fight climate change.

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Eco-alchemy in Alberta.

There’s a roaring debate in Canada about whether tailings ponds, and oil mines in general, are ecologically salvageable—specifically, whether they can ever support the same flora and fauna as undisturbed land.

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Harvard finds kidney stones, malaria among global-warming risks.

Kidney stones, malaria, Lyme disease, depression and respiratory illness all may increase with global warming, researchers at Harvard Medical School said.

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U.S. group sees worsening coastal flooding threat.

Fast-melting ice from Greenland and Antarctica will lead to a much sharper rise in sea levels than previously estimated, touching off flooding that will radically alter U.S. East Coast cities from Miami to Baltimore, according to a new study.

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As smart grid expands, so does vulnerability to cyber attacks.

The accelerating deployment of tens of millions of advanced electric meters and other smart grid devices may help fight climate change. But it also could make the nation’s power network potentially more vulnerable, the head of the nation’s electric grid operations monitor says.

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