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Illegal Deforestation Is Growing Problem for Climate

Foreign demand for agricultural products worth an estimated $61 billion annually is driving up the devastating rate at which tropical forests are being cleared illegally—and pushing up carbon emissions.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Acidification and GHGs Hit Record Levels

New scientific evidence of the highest greenhouse gas concentrations on record is compounded by the revelation that oceans are acidifying faster than at any time in the last 300 million years.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



Plan to Make Renewables Cheaper Than Coal Within 10 Years

Plans for an international effort to make solar power cheaper than coal within 10 years are to be unveiled at the U.N. secretary-general’s climate summit in New York this month.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE



‘Free Riders’ Undermine Climate Treaty Hopes

Norwegian researchers warn that hopes of getting an effective agreement on climate control will slip further away unless key polluting countries get serious about emissions reductions—and face sanctions if they don’t comply.

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Antarctic Warming Could Accelerate Sea Level Rise

An international study says warming is affecting not only the Arctic but also the Antarctic—and that could significantly raise global sea levels much faster than previously predicted.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



Top 20 Oil Projects Put Investors’ Billions at Risk

An oil industry think tank warns that high-cost extraction projects failing to match oil demand with global emissions reduction targets could waste $91 billion of investors’ money over the next decade.

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 READ MORE



Tar Oil Pipeline’s Hidden Pollution Danger

European researchers say a 2,000-mile pipeline designed to carry controversial tar sands oil from Canada to the southern U.S. may lead to much more pollution than previously calculated.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



Norway Fails to Tap New Arctic Oil and Gas

The Norwegian company conducting some of the most northerly drilling operations in the world acknowledges that it has failed so far to find commercially exploitable hydrocarbon reserves in the high Arctic.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



New Rules Could Block Biofuel’s Alien Invaders

Producing biofuel from plants can help to reduce fossil fuel use and climate change emissions, but scientists warn of risks that some species may become unwelcome and damaging invaders.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



Rise in Flights Will Outweigh Carbon Cuts

Researchers warn that the cost of airline tickets will need to rise steadily to decrease demand and counteract the effects of aviation’s growing carbon emissions.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Damages Europe’s Forests

New research shows that forest ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in the climate and have been suffering intensified disturbance in Europe for decades.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



Lakes Raise New Question on Arctic Warming

Research into the lakes that form when permafrost melts challenges the widely held view that they are contributing to Arctic temperature rise by releasing carbon into the atmosphere.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Ignoring Climate Risks Could Sink U.S. Economy

Failure to factor immediate action on climate change into American policies and business plans aimed at economic prosperity will lead to havoc, a former U.S. treasury secretary warns.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 READ MORE



Hydropower Illuminates a Piece of History

A British conservation charity has turned to technology thousands of years old—the Archimedes screw—to provide electricity for lighting one of the historic mansion houses it looks after.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Satellite imaging highlights the growing need to change agricultural practices in South Asia as higher average temperatures cause the reduction of crop yields on the Indo-Gangetic plain.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Data Shows Clear Signs of Warming

Hundreds of scientists from 57 countries have fed evidence into a new report that provides a clear picture of how patterns, changes and trends of the global climate system show that our planet is becoming a warmer place.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Win-Win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

Scientists in the U.S. believe they have identified a way to feed billions more people, while reducing the strains and stresses on the environment.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



Svalbard’s Reindeer Thrive as Climate Warms

Rising temperatures have many negative impacts in the Arctic region, but warmer winters have resulted in a remarkable 30 percent population increase for a subspecies of Norwegian reindeer.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



It’s the Greenhouse Gases, Stupid!

Australia’s decision to repeal the country’s carbon tax has led critics to accuse the government of showing a complete disregard for the science of climate change and its impacts.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Old Phones Offer Lifeline to Africa’s Forests

Recycled smartphones are being used in a high-tech approach to combating the illegal logging and poaching that are devastating trees and wildlife in endangered forests.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



U.K. Doctors Vote to End Fossil Fuels Funding

The influential British Medical Association has sent out a strong message about climate change by voting to withdraw its funds from the fossil fuel industry and to support renewable energy instead.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Puts U.S. at Risk of Multibillion Dollar Bill

U.S. government and business are warned that climate change could cost the economy billions of dollars because of the increasing risk of property damage, reduced harvests and workers incapacitated by extreme heat.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



Icebergs Strip Away Rich Antarctic Habitat

The habitat of Antarctic fauna clinging to the boulders in shallow waters is being destroyed by the scouring effect of icebergs that are increasingly breaking free from ice shelves as a result of global warming.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



Threats From New Gases Found in Air

Three more new CFC gases discovered in the atmosphere have the potential to add to global warming, and scientists say the evidence points to them being man-made.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



Plankton Loss Threatens Marine Food Web

A serious reduction of the vital nutrient plankton due to climate change could have a dramatically damaging effect on marine life in some ocean regions by the end of the century.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



East Antarctic Ice Basin ‘May Be At Risk’

It looks unlikely to happen for a very long time, but German researchers say they have discovered how part of the East Antarctic ice sheet could start an inexorable melt.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



Wetland Emissions Mean More Methane

Wetlands in northern latitudes are adding more to methane emissions than science had expected, a research team based in Canada has found.

Posted on May 2, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change ‘Makes Violence Likelier’

Climate is helping to increase political instability and violence, scientists say, in studies that reinforce a key conclusion by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



AAAS: Changing Climate May Bring Irreversible Alterations

U.S. scientists have intervened in the policy debate to say the evidence that the climate is changing is as strong as that which links smoking with cancer.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Science Is ‘Beyond Argument’

Beset by pollution, overfishing and often uncontrolled exploitation, the world’s high seas are also under mounting pressure from climate change, a panel of international leaders says.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



Drought ‘Makes Amazonia Emit Carbon’

Instead of storing carbon, the Amazon forest can dry out so much because of drought and fire that it releases the gas to the atmosphere, scientists believe.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Urges Fishing Ban in Melting Arctic

Arctic countries are being urged by the U.S. to forbid commercial fishing in the further reaches of the thawing Arctic Ocean until there is a sound scientific base for managing the fishing fleets.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



Forest Peoples Urge Land Rights Action

People who dwell in forests and campaigners who support them say the world’s governments need to act to make a reality of their right to land instead of simply talking about it.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



Arctic ‘Is Set to Reach 13°C by 2100’

Scientists in the U.S. expect the rise in temperature in the Arctic by the end of the century will be more than six times greater than the globally agreed safety threshold.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



Carbon Output ‘Will Climb 29 Percent by 2035’

The world’s emissions of carbon dioxide are likely to be nearly a third higher in 20 years than they are today, a major energy producer predicts.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE



There’s No Warming Standstill, World Meteorological Organization Says

The head of the World Meteorological Organization says there is no standstill in global warming, which is on course to continue for generations to come.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



Fracking Won’t Avert Energy Crisis, Davos Is Told

A world oil crisis is imminent, a British renewable energy entrepreneur is to tell the World Economic Forum this week—and fracking for shale oil and gas is not the answer to it.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 READ MORE



2013 Was Fourth Warmest Year

Despite claims that global warming has paused, U.S. scientists say data from the last twelve months show 2013 to have been the fourth warmest year in a record stretching back over 130 years.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Parts of Europe ‘5°C Warmer’ by 2100

Severe temperature rises in parts of Europe by the end of the century will be accompanied by much more frequent droughts, scientists say.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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How Weather Shapes Our Climate Ideas

Researchers in the U.S. say most people’s convictions about climate change are largely shaped by the weather outside—because that’s the most immediate data they can find.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE



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World Went on Warming in 2013

Despite claims that global temperatures have stopped rising, British scientists say this year and 2013 are both expected to be among the ten warmest recorded.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Climate Change Will Hit Seafloor Life

Many species are likely to be damaged by the effects of climate change on deep-sea communities, and animals are expected to grow smaller.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Earth ‘May Be Doubly Sensitive’ to CO2

Earth’s sensitivity to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide may be twice as great as scientists had thought, new climate records from the distant past suggest.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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U.K. Waters Grow Cooler and More Acidic

More fish accustomed to life in warm water are now being caught in British waters, while catches of some cold-water species have fallen by half.

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 8: China Is ‘Unsure Progress Is Possible’

Concern over financial promises made by developed countries has prompted the leader of China’s negotiators at the Warsaw climate talks to question whether progress there is possible.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 7: World ‘Neglects Climate Impact on Food’

Food security is a neglected area of efforts to tackle climate change, say scientists who think politicians are failing to take the problem seriously.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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The Climate Gap Is Getting Wider

The promises made by governments to cut greenhouse gases are slipping steadily behind the scale of reductions the world needs in the next seven years, a U.N. report says.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Carbon Cutoff Point ‘Is 27 Years Away’

It is technically possible to end greenhouse gas emissions within 40 years, a report says. But sooner than that the world is likely to have emitted as much carbon as scientists believe it can safely afford.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Mangrove Map Pinpoints Carbon Riches

Worldwide study of mangrove swamps’ carbon storage capacity will help scientists identify where efforts should be focused to protect these rich resources for climate change mitigation.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Poles Apart: Sea Ice Melts—and Grows

The Antarctic ice sheet continues to grow slightly, while Arctic sea ice is still melting fast. Scientists think climate change can explain both phenomena.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE


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