Flood waters rise in the Montreal neighbourhood of Cartierville in May 2017.
The risk of urban flooding is rising. Overall, residents and municipalities are ill prepared, but there are steps homeowners can take to protect themselves.
‘Soft fall’ surfaces are widely used in play areas where children might fall, but can also get very hot in the sun, which undermines this safety benefit.
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Commonly used surfaces in play areas, such as "soft fall" materials and Astroturf, can heat up to 80-100°C in the sun. This makes them a hazardous design choice, especially as the climate gets hotter.
Coastal municipalities need to prepare for higher chances of storms and rising sea levels.
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A climate scientist explains how New Hampshire managed to overcome the political divide to make real progress on climate change.
Giant triton molluscs are a useful ally in battling the coral-grazing crown-of-thorns starfish.
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The federal government's new funding aims to spread the net wide in investigating possible ways to protect the Great Barrier Reef's corals. Winning this battle will require a wide range of weapons.
Extreme cold weather in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 3, 2018.
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Many parts of the US have experienced extreme heat or extreme cold in the past year. Recent research projects that climate change will increase deaths from both types of weather, especially cold spells.
A motorist drives through “nuisance flooding” in Charleston, SC, Oct. 1, 2015.
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Climate change is raising global sea levels. Now research shows that 'hot spots' where seas rise another 4 to 5 inches in five years can occur along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, further magnifying floods.
COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar from Morocco, right, hands over a gavel to Fiji’s prime minister and president of COP 23 Frank Bainimarama, left, during the opening of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.
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Although climate change threatens the world's small island nations, many can find ways to adapt and preserve their homes and cultures – especially if wealthy countries cut emissions and provide support.
Crews work to restore power and traffic lights knocked out by Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 8, 2016, in Flagler Beach, Florida.
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As Texas and Florida rebuild after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, they should plan for future climate change and design infrastructure that can respond to and recover from extreme events.
Denali National Park, Alaska.
Snowshoe hares in warmer zones have thinner fur, and some are not turning white in winter. As climate change warms the Northeast, will this species adapt?
Tropical rainforests are among the biggest contributors to the global greening boom.
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The globe is greening as plants grow faster in response to rising carbon dioxide. But a new analysis shows they aren't using more water to do it - a rare piece of good news for our changing planet.
New research shows Australian farmers are adapting to climate change, offsetting at least part of a climate change-induced decline.
Flooding on the Coomera River near Queensland’s Gold Coast.
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The federal government has defunded a national research agency that looks at how best to adapt to climate-related impacts such as floods, droughts and heatwaves - a decision that could cost lives.
Insurers could play a key role in adapting to climate change.
As natural disasters become more intense, it's time for insurance companies to help communities adapt to climate change.
Will talk of adapting to climate change be less polarizing politically? Faced with rising seas, Miami is adapting by raising its roads.
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Talk of adapting to climate change is less polarizing to conservatives than the idea of slashing emissions.
We should be building wildlife bridges on the US-Mexico border – not walls.
Warmer temperatures are likely to cause heat stress in cattle raised on natural pastures and in feedlots.
Drought is a massive problem for southern Africa. The region requires adaptation and mitigation strategies if it's to cope with the changing climate.
Researchers have found that dragonflies have become on average lighter-colored over the past half-century in response to higher temperatures.
Study shows the footprint of climate change is already vast and that species are trying to adapt to rising temperatures.
South Australia’s blackout was a reminder of the importance of our infrastructure.
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While South Australia's storm hasn't yet been specifically linked to climate change, it's a reminder of the challenge of delivering essential services in a more variable climate.
Lee: 'Business will be far from usual in a world of four, five or six degrees of warming.'
A 2009 flood, worsened by a high tide, in Miami.
With little state and federal leadership, regional planners in southern Florida try to prepare for the effects of climate change.