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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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The Carbon Budget Doesn’t Add Up

Human activities have already emitted at least half of all the greenhouse gases the planet can tolerate, giving us probably only a few decades to change course, the IPCC says.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Extent for 2013

The amount of sea ice in the Arctic appears to have reached its lowest level in 2013—more than last year, but well below the long term average.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Food Waste Worsens Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The U.N.‘s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says food wastage across the world—totaling 1.3 billion tonnes of food annually—is the largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions after China and the USA.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Plankton Will Suffer as Oceans Warm

Fish and other species will be affected by rising temperatures in the oceans, which will slow the growth of the plankton which is the base of most marine food webs.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Soot ‘Melted Alps Glaciers, Not Heat’

Pollution—not rising temperatures—is thought to have started melting the Alps of central Europe in the mid-19th century.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Cooler Pacific ‘Is Slowing Warming’

Climatologists are puzzled that greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, while the atmosphere is warming more slowly than they expected. Now two scientists in the U.S. think they know why.

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate ‘Toppled Late Bronze Age Rulers’

A changing climate may have been a cause of the rise and fall of many of Bronze Age Europe’s civilizations.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Google a Reef and Help Save It

By making 360-degree panoramic underwater vision available to anyone who has a computer, scientists hope to alert many more people to the plight of the world’s coral reefs.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Early Birds and Insects May Go Hungry

British butterflies which appear early in the year may soon run out of time to adapt to ever-earlier springs, researchers say.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Ocean Iron Study Means Climate Rethink

New research shows that scientists’ earlier estimates of how much iron was dissolving into seawater off the world’s coastlines may have been wide of the mark.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Sea Levels ‘Are Set for Continuing Rise’

Predictions of global temperature increase by the end of this century suggest that sea levels could rise by more than 2 meters, much higher than scientists had thought.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Chaos ‘Needn’t Happen—If …’

Two reports suggest that it may be possible to avoid serious climate change, or even to reverse it. But both come with key qualifications—conditions that will have to be met if they are to prove correct.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



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More Storms, More Heat Says World Meteorological Association

In the first decade of this century global sea level rise increased at about double the rate of the preceding hundred years, the World Meteorological Organization says.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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A Cooler Century? Wait and See

New research suggesting the Earth may be warming more slowly than expected does not mean climate change is a false alarm, experts say.

Posted on May 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Amazon ‘May Lose 65% of Land Biomass by 2060’

Making more land in the Amazon available for farming and ranching means felling more trees to make space, and that risks less production, because of deforestation’s effect on the climate.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Alters Global Vegetation

Changes in the world’s vegetation over the last 30 years—including the destruction of rain forests—have been caused more by climate change than direct human activity, researchers say.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Australians Told to Expect Worse Weather

Australia’s recent bought of fierce and frequent floods, fires and droughts is likely only to intensify, a report says, unless the world moves fast to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Poorest Nations Say Yes to Emissions Cuts

The Group of Least Developed Countries, a key partner in the long-running United Nations climate talks, is willing to agree to the industrialized world’s core demand on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Drier Climate Will Spread Deadly Intestinal Illnesses

Researchers say they have found a clear link between climate change and the spread of diarrhea and similar diseases in one African country. But the nature of the link may be unexpected.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Volcano ‘Did Little to Lower CO2’

Supporters of geo-engineering are disappointed to learn that an Icelandic volcano that threw iron into the nearby ocean did little to reduce long-term atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Katrina ‘Could Soon Happen Every Other Year’

With temperatures predicted to rise by at least 2°C this century, storms like the one that drowned New Orleans in 2005 could occur in the Atlantic once every two years.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Warming ‘May Harm Rainforests Less’

The world’s rainforests may be able to weather the assaults of climate change more robustly than scientists had earlier thought, says a new study.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Canadian Glaciers Are Melting Fast

Many of the Canadian far north’s glaciers are likely to melt by the end of the century, making significant and irreversible sea-level rise inevitable.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Coal Triggers Carbon Level Rise

Scientists say increased coal-burning, especially in developing countries, is largely responsible for a sharp increase in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Wind Power ‘May Be Less Than Thought’

There may be limits to how far society can rely on wind power to replace fossil fuels, scientists say—limits imposed by the effect of numbers of turbines sited close together.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Change ‘Causes Wild Weather’

Scientists say they have discovered the particular mechanism by which extreme weather has occurred in the northern hemisphere in recent years.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



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‘World Can End Poverty and Limit Warming’

A U.N. scheme to guarantee everyone access to clean energy could help keep global temperature rise below 2°C, but only with sharp cuts in emissions of all the main greenhouse gases.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE


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