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New research suggests that the extreme heat in the oceans passed the point of no return in 2014 , meaning warmer oceans are now the new norm. Last year, climate change-related disasters cost the world some $100 billion . Record temperatures topping 67º F hit Alaska this month, setting a record for December . The weather has led to torrential rain, and raises the possibility of major flooding as the climate continues to warm. According to the annual Global Carbon Budget Report, the planet has eleven years to avoid dire climate scenarios . The largest delegation at the COP26 climate conference is affiliated with the fossil fuel industry . Perhaps this is why Greta Thunberg has called the COP26 climate conference a failure . “It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve a crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place,” she said. As if to make her point, Japan has refused to sign the statement on ending the use of coal-powered plants . The CEO of Exxon has been accused of lying to Congress about his company’s knowledge of its contribution to climate change ––and its attempts to cover that all up. A major document leak has revealed that wealthy nations like Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Australia (among others) are pressuring the UN to slow their shift away from climate change . Wealthy nations are also questioning why they should pay poor […]