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Oh, irony. You are having quite a day.

The Italian region of Veneto, which includes the city of Venice, is currently experiencing historic flooding. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has stated that the flooding is a direct result of climate change, with the tide measuring the highest level in 50 years. The city (which is actually a collection of 100 islands in a lagoon—hence its famous canal streets), is no stranger to regular flooding, but is currently on the brink of declaring a state of emergency as waters refuse to recede.

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you know who Greta Thunberg is. But depending on your chosen media and information outlets, what think you know about her might be totally false.

I've perused comments on articles about Thunberg's climate change activism and have seen the same false statements about her over and over again. Here are some actual cut-and-pasted comments (misspellings included) from just one article in the past week:

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If you peruse the comments on any article about climate change, you'll see scores of people claiming that climate change is a hoax and that the masses are being duped by some version of a globalist conspiracy in which thousands upon thousands of professional earth scientists are being paid off by boogeyman George Soros. Such denial about the reality of climate change crosses cultures, but one group is particularly prone to questioning the scientific consensus: white American evangelical Christians.

According to Pew Research, over a third of evangelical Christians claim there is "no solid evidence" that climate change is happening, and white evangelical Christians in the U.S. are much more likely to be skeptical of the science than other demographics. Most of the strongest voices in the climate change denier camp are religiously and politically conservative, which may lead those who view the world in binary, black and white terms — conservative/liberal, Republican/Democrat, saved/damned, good/evil — to automatically swing toward listening to deniers before listening to the vast majority of scientists.

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Last week on Twitter and Facebook, we asked our friends: What would you do if tomorrow was your last day on earth?

Despite claims that the rapture was going to wipe us out this weekend, we're still here. Take a look below at how some members of our community were planning to spend their last day on earth.

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Earth Day From Above: NASA Satellites' Greatest Images of This Blue Marble

Put the planet in perspective this Earth Day with these mesmerizing images from NASA satellites.

In honor of Earth Day, rather than bombarding you with eco-friendly lifestyle gadgets and accessories, or assuaging your enviro-guilt with "how to green your life" tips (though we have those too!), I'm going to ask simply that you click through these mesmerizing images posted and sent along by our friends at at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Officially my favorite blog post of Earth Day: NRDC's Smart Growth expert Kaid Benfield puts everything into good perspective. Here's a tease (after the jump), but honestly, click through for full effect.

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