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US and them: America, the elephant in room at climate talks

US at climate talks is elephant in the roomHow's this for awkward? The United States has a delegation at international climate talks in Bonn that will be telling other nations what they should do on an agreement that the president wants no part of.

President Donald Trump has promised to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate pact where nations set their own goals to reduce the emissions of heat-trapping gases, but because of legal technicalities America can't get out until November of 2020.

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Official National Park account tweets about 'overwhelming consensus' on climate change

Official Nat'l Park acct. tweets consensus on climate change

The official account of Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday tweeted about an "overwhelming consensus" that humanity activity is the driving force behind climate change.

"An overwhelming consensus—over 97%—of climate scientists agree that human activity is the driving force behind today's rate of global temperature increase," the account tweeted.

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EPA's Pruitt vows to continue rolling back rules despite alarming climate report

Scott Pruitt continues deregulation despite alarming climate reportEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said a newly released government report that lays most of the blame for the rise of global temperatures to human activity won't deter him from continuing to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a major rule aimed at combating climate change.

"We’re taking the very necessary step to evaluate our authority under the Clean Air Act and we’ll take steps that are required to issue a subsequent rule. That’s our focus," Pruitt said in an interview with USA TODAY Tuesday. "Does this report have any bearing on that? No it doesn’t. It doesn’t impact the withdrawal and it doesn’t impact the replacement."

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EPA, Pruitt may face lawsuits over advisory board changes

Pruitt, EPA may face lawsuits over advisory biard changes

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt may face legal challenges over his decision to block grant recipients from serving on advisory committees.

Environmentalists, Democrats and scientific societies have slammed Pruitt over the new policy, saying it unnecessarily blocks the best experts in their fields from giving the agency advice, while allowing industry officials to continue to have influence through the panels.

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Syria to sign Paris climate pact, leaving only U.S. opposed

Syria signs climage change pact.  Only US stays out.Syria announced Tuesday it would sign the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States as the only country to oppose it.

A Syrian delegate announced the decision -- just a month after Nicaragua signed the deal -- during U.N. climate talks.

"This is the very last country that actually announced," Safa Al Jayoussi, the executive director of IndyAct, said. "So everyone has joined and the U.S. is now so isolated."

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Ohio city refuses to give up fight against gas pipeline

Green Mayor refuses to give up fight against pipelineAs a partnership between companies based in Canada and Detroit begins the first steps in building a $2 billion natural gas pipeline, a northeast Ohio mayor is vowing to continue his city's fight to get the pipeline moved away from his community of 25,000 residents, "as long as there is hope."

"I'm not opposing oil and gas," Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer told The Associated Press this week. "What I'm saying is that you should not go through populated areas when you put in a pipeline."

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WMO: Atmospheric CO2 surged to record high in 2016

WHO: Atmospheric CO2 highest ever in 2016Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations set new records in 2016. According to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization, CO2 levels reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from a high of 400 ppm in 2015.

An increase in atmospheric CO2 levels isn't new, but last year's rise was 50 percent larger than the average increase during the last decade. The dramatic increase was caused by a combination of human activities and an especially strong El Niño climate pattern.

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