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ExxonMobil’s Virtual Reality: A Distorted View of Climate Change

, climate accountability campaign manager

I received a curious goody bag distributed at the ExxonMobil annual shareholders’ meeting in Dallas on May 25, including a do-it-yourself virtual reality headset. I decided to try it on and see what the world looks like from ExxonMobil’s perspective. Read more >

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An image from the NOAA National Weather Service illustrates an omega block. You can see the high pressure in the central part of the image with the low pressure on either side. The jet stream line traces a shape similar to the Greek letter omega. Photo: Weather.gov

The “Omega Block” – Torrential Rains Linked to Extreme Jet Stream Pattern

, senior climate scientist

Amplified change in the Arctic is so strong I refer to is as the “Arctic tail that wags the global climate.” Read more >

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Australia’s Iconic Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site at Risk from Global Warming

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

A lot has changed since Captain Cook became the first European to try to navigate the Great Barrier Reef in 1770. It was the reports of Cook and naturalist Joseph Banks on their return to England that first alerted the scientific world to the existence of this biological marvel. The Great Barrier Reef is now one of the world’s most important coastal and marine tourism areas, but its future is at risk, and climate change is the primary long-term threat. Read more >

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Photo: Patrick Venenoso/UNESCO

Destinations at Risk: Iconic World Heritage Sites Across the Globe Vulnerable to Climate Change

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

I’ve spent a lot of time during the last year researching the impacts of climate change on World Heritage sites. What I’ve found has shocked me. Read more >

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When Will Chevron Commit to Reducing Effects of Global Warming?

B. D. Santer, , UCS

Chevron’s annual shareholders meeting took place today in San Ramon, California. During the stockholder Q&A session, stockholders and their proxies were allowed to speak, including climate scientist Dr. Benjamin D. Santer, as well as two staffers from the Union of Concerned Scientists. UCS invited Dr. Santer to share his statement, copied below, along with his reflections on the experience: Read more >

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