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  1. U.S. Senate Votes That Climate Change Is Real as Though That Were the Deciding Factor

    Can we vote on whether there are aliens next? I'd love for there to be aliens.

    Today in "that is not how science works," the United States senate has overwhelmingly voted that climate change is a real thing that's happening, so it must really be real!

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  2. Earth Had Its Hottest Year In Recorded History With 2014, Is Probably Pretty Bummed About This News

    :/

    Blergh: Separate analyses by both NASA and NOAA have concluded that 2014 that 2014 was super warm. Epic warm. As NOAA put it, "2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces" since we first started keeping records of these things in 1880.

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  3. Weather Channel Co-Founder Tells Fox News Global Warming Is a Myth, Says Polar Bears Are “Happier” Than Ever Before

    100% chance of eye-rolling, with some possible head-to-desk movement in the late afternoon.

    On Monday night, meteorologist and Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman sat down with Fox News host Megyn Kelly to "come out" as a skeptic of global warming and play the world's tiniest violin for climate-change deniers everywhere.

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  4. Japanese Scientists Think Climate Change Could Alter Human Male-to-Female Birth Ratio

    And just like that, Congress cares about global warming.

    Since the '70s, Japan has seen a surprising fluctuation in the gender ratio of babies born in the country; specifically, there's been an increase in deaths of male fetuses in relation to deaths of female fetuses, which leads to more female babies being born. Surely that can't have anything to do with the way the temperature has been shifting in Japan over the past 40 years. What's that you say? It might? Well, uh oh.

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  5. Ship Lost In Arctic 160 Years Ago Found Due To Global Warming

    Good. Soon we'll need all the ships we can get.

    In 1845 explorer John Franklin set off to explore the Northwest Passage. The adventurer and his ships the HMS Erebus and the terribly-named HMS Terror were never seen again--until very recently, that is.

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  6. Our Friend Bill Nye Did an AMA, Here Are Our Favorite Answers!

    And could we see a return of "The Science Guy" to television?

    Our Friend Bill Nye and some of his friends did a Reddit AMA today about searching for life on Jupiter's moon Europa. Nye's answered touched on some other excited subjects like the possibility of his return to television!

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  7. Wyoming Schools Won’t Teach Climate Change to Protect the Oil and Coal Industry Causing Climate Change

    Sure. Raise a generation of science-illiterate students. What could go wrong? Oh... right... everything.

    Schools in Wyoming are the first to reject the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that include lessons on, among other things, climate change. Why? Lawmakers say it's because teaching climate change would turn kids against Wyoming's coal and oil industry (which are causing climate change.) They're probably right.

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  8. Texas Museum Removes Exhibit On Climate Change, Keeps Drill Bits And Fracking Simulator

    Psst Ken Ham check it out!

    Last week our very own Glen Tickle explained why The Mary Sue won't be lending credibility to climate change deniers by giving them equal consideration when we write about science. Unfortunately, the freedom to embrace facts (global warming is real, and a real bummer) can be a luxury. Texas' Perot Museum of Nature and Science is in the news for allegedly omitting global warming from its exhibits, but it's not the only educational institution bowing to pressure from climate-change deniers.

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  9. Climate Change Denial, Creationism, and Other Bad Science Don’t Deserve Equal Consideration in Science Journalism

    There. We said it.

    As part of The Mary Sue’s merge with Geekosystem, we’re going to be covering more science stories in the future. We thought it was worth mentioning up front that we won’t being giving equal weight to things like Creationism or climate change denial in our science coverage. Here’s why — they just don't deserve it.

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  10. Pat Sajak Has a Message for Climate Change “Alarmists,” So We’ve Got a Message for Him

    Go ahead. Buy some vowels.

    Pat Sajak decided to weigh in on the climate change debate with some classic, old man "get off my lawn"-ery on Twitter, so we've got a puzzle we think he'll be able to solve. We've also got some fabulous prizes—like not caring what he thinks about facts.

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  11. NASA Warns That Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers, Rise of Sea Levels Now Unstoppable

    Any news on that extra Earth we ordered?

    A NASA press release today revealed that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is in an "irreversible state of decline" and rise of sea levels following its destruction will be unstoppable. So excuse me for a second, I need to go breathe heavily into a paper bag.

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  12. Our Friend Bill Nye and John Oliver Teamed up to Mock Climate Change Debates on Last Week Tonight

    Can we get more evidence on the hat subject, though? I'm not convinced.

    Debates on scientific topics like climate change can get pretty silly, but they get especially silly when Our Friend Bill Nye and John Oliver purposefully mock them on Last Week Tonight. Oliver's whole bit about climate change debates is really great, but if you're impatient, jump to the three minute mark to see Bill Nye join in.

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  13. Bill Nye Argues With CNN Host and Heritage Foundation Representative Over Climate Change Impact

    Didn't they see the Ken Ham thing?

    Our Friend Bill Nye appeared on CNN's Crossfire yesterday after a White House report about climate change was released. He was brought on to debate Heritage Foundation representative Nicolas Loris, but instead spent much of the time explaining how science works to the show's host S.E. Cupp.

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  14. The Ocean Is Turning Into Acid Because Of CO2, So That’s Fun And Exciting

    Maybe start avoiding the beach? Unless you want to look like Harvey Dent.

    Stop me if you've heard this one, but the ocean is fairly important to, you know, all life on Earth. That being said, it's pretty unfortunate that a new, comprehensive study of our major bodies of water has shown that - slowly - they're all becoming steadily more acidic because of global warming.

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  15. Climate Scientist Explains That Global Warming Doesn’t Mean It’s Never Cold, Because Apparently People Need to Hear That

    Sigh.

    Climate scientist Michael Mann went on MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes to explain that yes, it can still get cold in the winter even though climate change is real. There can even be ice and snow. Seasons still happen. There's no shortage of evidence to support human-cause climate change, and none of it means weather is over.

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  16. Updated: Get Your Climate Change Questions Answered in Today’s NASA Google+ Hangout

    How often do you get to ask NASA climate scientists questions?

    Have a question on climate change now that the IPCC 2013 report is out and says that humans are almost definitely the primary cause of global warming? Now's your chance to ask NASA climate scientists about it. NASA is hosting a Google+ Hangout today at 12:00PM EDT, and judging from the comments already, this should be interesting.

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  17. New Projection Suggests We’re Looking at an Ice-Free Arctic by 2058

    Climate change is coming.

    A group of American and Chinese researchers have used an advanced climate simulation tool to project that the Arctic will undergo periods without ice, likely occurring during September, beginning sometime between the years 2054 and 2058.

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  18. The Discovery of Climate Change Might Be Our Greatest Scientific Discovery [Video]

    Hooraaaay?

    Oh boy, PBS Idea Channel's getting into the climate change game. Say what you want about whether it exists, though (and I'm sure you all will); according to Mike Rugnetta, the fact that we've been able to gather so much data about different weather patterns across the globe for a century, standardize all that data, and turn those random numbers into useful and understandable information? That is pretty dang impressive. Seriously, have you ever watched the Weather Channel and thought about how much actual work goes into being able to record and analyze all that stuff? Watch the video already, because Mike explains this all better than I can.

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  19. Study Finds Climate Change Now Inevitable, Suggests Learning How to Live in Waterworld Instead

    Good news, everyone! A study in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that we can all stop worrying about how to prevent climate change, because at this point it's too late to do anything anyway. Instead of trying to change energy policy or institute cap and trade systems for carbon emissions, it's going to be more effective to just hunker down and do what we can to mitigate changing river flows, rapidly liquefying glaciers, and soil erosion.

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  20. This Summer’s Drought Could Be the New Normal. I Hope You Didn’t Like Trees!

    Remember how we had all those droughts all over the country last summer, and all over the world the summers before that? Well, it turns out rather than "economically crippling worldwide drought," you may just want to start referring to that situation by its new name: "Summer." According to a study in the journal Nature Climate Change, the droughts of the last several years could just be the new normal if climate change predictions pan out. If that's the case, say researchers, forests could become a thing of the past. So, y'know, if those are your thing, I guess take a picture now?

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