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Greenhouse Gas Levels Are The Highest Ever Seen — And That's Going Back 800,000 Years

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| Scientists said the concentration of carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change, is the highest in data going back 800,000 years, based on ice core records.

Agriculture Officials Really Want Those Spotted Lanternflies Gone, Gone, Gone


Pennsylvania officials are giving the following advice to those who encounter the pesky invasive insects: "Kill it! Squash it, smash it ... just get rid of it."

Scientists Are Learning More About Fire Tornadoes, The Spinning Funnels Of Flame


Big wildfires create their own weather, and can even spawn tornadoes swirling with smoke and flame. Researchers are trying to determine how often they occur.

Rain Fell On The Peak Of Greenland's Ice Sheet For The First Time In Recorded History


According to scientists, rain fell for several hours on an area 10,551 feet in elevation on Aug. 14, an unprecedented occurrence for a location that rarely sees temperatures above freezing.

Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming


Scientists who warned of heat waves and rising seas this week also say that it's possible to avoid the worst effects of the warming climate. They're relying on computer models of the world economy.

July Was The Hottest Month In Recorded Human History


The global combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 1.67 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, according to NOAA, the hottest in 142 years of record-keeping.

Wildfire Risk Is Growing Everywhere, Even As More Americans Move Into Harm's Way


There's a history of wildfire across America, a threat made worse by the warming climate. And more people are moving to fire-prone areas without realizing the danger.

What The U.S. Can Do About The Dire Climate Change Report


Allison Crimmins, who heads the National Climate Assessment, says the U.N.'s landmark report confirms the need for "significant, sustained action" to reduce emissions.

Western Wildfires May Take Weeks To Months To Contain


The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, the country's largest active blaze, could reach full containment in October. Until then, officials say, wildfire conditions will only continue to intensify.