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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to the press on the sidelines of the Arctic Council ministers' working dinner at the Arktikum museum in Rovaniemi, Finland May 6, 2019.

Mike Pompeo claims rapidly melting Arctic sea ice could actually be a good thing, as it will create ‘new opportunities for trade’

At a meeting of the Arctic Council, Pompeo said that "steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade."
The town of Kulusuk in east Greenland.

Greenland is approaching the threshold of an irreversible melt, and the consequences for coastal cities could be dire

Greenland's ice is melting six times faster now than 40 years ago. A study found that melt has contributed half an inch to sea-level rise since 1972.
A bird's eye view of the Maldives.

MIT researchers figured out how to build ‘pop-up islands’ that could save places like Hawaii from disappearing underwater

Researchers have discovered a way to build pop-up islands by harnessing a wave's energy.
An active logging site near Groveland, California.

23 images that show how much we’ve reshaped planet Earth over the last century

Humans have had an unmistakable impact on Earth — one that pops out in sharp relief in this collection of before-and-after images.
These tires were meant to help the coral reefs.

7 times humans attempted to save the planet but actually made things worse

Even with the best of intentions, environmentalists have killed species, harmed ecosystems, and wasted electricity.
Cities could see 10 to 12 feet of sea level rise by 2100.

7 American cities that could disappear by 2100

Rising sea levels threaten to submerge entire cities by the turn of the century.
Longyearbyen endures four months of perpetual darkness during the winter.

The world’s ‘doomsday seed vault’ is built to store every crop on the planet, but the icy area that protects it is at risk

An Arctic town is home to the doomsday seed vault, which stores every seed on the planet. But rising temperatures are putting the vault at risk.

A glacier in Greenland that has been rapidly melting for 20 years is finally thickening again. Here’s why.

After thinning for 20 years, Jakobshavn Glacier is flowing more slowly and moving towards the ocean.
Yonta, 6, rests with her sister Montra, 3, and brother Leakhena, 4 months, under a mosquito bed net keeping dry from the monsoon rain in Cambodia.

Mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus and dengue fever may have access to 1 billion more people in the years ahead

As our planet warms, ranges for disease-carrying mosquitoes will get larger, exposing up to 1 billion more people to Zika and dengue viruses by 2080.
Bill Gates speaks in New York City.

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and other influential billionaires are investing in these 6 companies to prevent a worst-case climate scenario

Bill Gates is determined to save our planet from the worst-case scenario of floods, hurricanes, and drought.