Today's Top 5 Trending: Sea Level Rise, Naomi Klein, CO2 Spike, Fracking Suit, Cyanide Fishing

This Mind-Boggling Study Shows Just How Massive Sea Level Rise Really Is

So is there any other way to head off sea level rise? It may sound ridiculous to even contemplate. But in a new study just out in the open access journal Earth System Dynamics, scientists have actually published an idea for doing that and provided some calculations regarding the scale of what it would take. That scale turns out to be simply massive, ultimately rendering the idea about as unfathomable as the oceans themselves. But then, that’s kind of the point. - Washington Post

Naomi Klein: We Face a Series of Radical Options

There are only a few short decades left to achieve the goal agreed to at the Paris climate talks of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. To do so would mean a full transition off fossil fuels by 2050. But if we fail, a multi-metre sea level rise could wreak enough social and economic havoc to "make the planet ungovernable,"according to former NASA climatologist James Hansen. Which is why Klein is convinced that the only options we have left are radical. - The Tyee

Unprecedented Spike in CO2 levels in 2015

The annual growth rate of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose more in 2015 than scientists have ever seen in a single year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. It was the fourth year in a row that carbon dioxide concentrations grew by more than 2 parts per million, with an annual growth rate of 3.05 parts per million in 2015. ­The spike comes in the same year that Earth reached an ominous global warming milestone -- scientists last year measured the highest atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide ever recorded. - Climate Central

Federal Judge Awards $4.24 million to Dimock Families in Fracking Case 

An eight-member federal jury found Cabot Oil and Gas negligent and ordered the driller to pay a total of $4.24 million to two Dimock families for polluting their well water starting back in 2008. The company says it will appeal the decision. - StateImpact

The Horrific Way Fish Are Caught for Your Aquarium - With Cyanide 

Up to 90 percent of saltwater aquarium fish imported to the U.S. are caught using cyanide. A new petition is calling for the government to crack down. - National Geographic News