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Expensive Climate Change Policies Can Return Huge Economic Benefits

Researchers at MIT wanted to see how big of an economic benefit countries got if they followed through with their plans to reduce carbon emissions.

  Climate Change

0:40Michael Bloomberg
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Bloomberg Promises To Help Pay For The US' Paris Climate Commitment

1:36NASA visualization of Arctic temperature trends
NASA

Fossil Fuel Companies Are Going On The Record About Climate Change

0:40Plastic water bottle on a beach
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Ocean Plastic Could Triple By 2025

2:14wildflowers in bloom with snow-capped mountains in the background
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Spring Arrives Earlier Every Year, And It's Altering Whole Ecosystems

0:43A FEMA banner
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FEMA Scrubs Mentions Of Climate Change From Its Strategic Plan

1:08Arctic sea ice
NASA

When The Arctic Warms, Extreme US Weather Is More Frequent

0:49Penguins jump into the water from a block of ice
Rachael Herman, Louisiana State University, Stony Brook University

A Lost 'Supercolony' Of Penguins Was Discovered In The Antarctic

0:40Theewaterskloof Dam
City of Cape Town

Cape Town Further Restricts Water Usage As Supply Runs Low

1:14The Olympic rings in South Korea
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The Winter Olympics Have Been Slowly Melting

1:22Storm clouds over Africa
NASA

Fine Aerosols Are Spinning Up Fiercer Tropical Storms

1:39Dry, cracked land from drought
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Geoengineering Earth Might Not Actually Help Combat Climate Change

1:03Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town Could Become The First Major City To Run Out Of Water

1:32A map of global temperatures in 2017
NASA

As Expected, 2017 Was One Of The Hottest Years On Record

1:18Hurricane Maria makes landfall over Puerto Rico
NASA

Climate Threats Are Expected To Increase In 2018

0:55New Jersey lawmakers meet
Office of Sen. Robert Menendez

Bipartisan Lawmakers Ask For Ocean-Drilling Exemption For Their State

0:41President Donald Trump
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The Government Talks Differently About Climate Change Under Trump

:31New York City skyline
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New York City Is Suing Major Oil Companies Over Climate Change

0:56Green sea turtle
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Scientists Say Too Many Sea Turtles Are Born Female — Here's Why

:36Pope Francis waves to thousands of followers.
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Pope Francis Once Again Calls For Efforts To Fight Climate Change

1:24A fire shoots out of a ship collecting oil in Louisiana
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Climate Change And Pollution Are Stripping Oxygen From The Oceans

1:08A view of the United States from GOES-16
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Northeast Could Briefly Be Colder Than Mars

0:55Migrants off the coast of Italy
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Hotter Temperatures Likely Means More Asylum Seekers For Europe

1:53Smoke coming from factory
SD Pictures

How Earth Science Fared During Trump's First Year In Office

:50A person puts fuel into a car
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France Vows To End All Fossil Fuel Production By 2040

1:14Steam and exhaust exit from the chemical company Oxea (front) and the coking plant KBS Kokereibetriebsgesellschaft Schwelgern
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Why Is Climate Change No Longer Considered A National Security Threat?

1:04A NASA visualization of 2016 temperature extremes
NASA

Research Shows Climate Changes That Only Humans Could Cause

0:55Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey moving toward Texas
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Climate Change Probably Made Hurricane Harvey's Rainfall Worse

1:09French President Emmanuel Macron surrounded by climate researchers
Emmanuel Macron

France Awards Grants To US Scientists Studying Climate Change

1:04Firefighters assessing the Thomas Fire in California
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California's Fires May Be 'The New Normal' Because Of Climate Change

0:57A coal-fired power plant.
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Dozens Of Mayors Expected To Sign Their Own Climate Accord