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Man-Made Climate Change Increases Risk of Extinctions

New research warns that the survival of a sizeable proportion of life on Earth is in doubt as fossil fuel emissions push up global temperatures.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE



High Anxiety That Mountain Peaks Are Warming Faster

Scientists call for an international effort to learn why temperatures on some mountains appear to be rising faster than in nearby lowlands.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



Well Drilling Has Deep Impact on Health of Great Plains

Vegetation loss on North America’s vast rangelands resulting from a huge increase in oil and gas well activity evokes memories of the 1930s Dust Bowl disaster.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE



Familiar Fish Find Northern Seas Too Warm for Comfort

Fish accustomed to shallow northern waters will search in vain for cooler depths as climate change warms the seas where they thrive.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE



Polar Bears Weakened by Pollution as Well as Warmth

Climate change causing habitat loss and reduced food is the main problem for polar bears, but plastic waste and other pollutants are growing risks.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



The Politics of Extinction

Maybe baby steps will help, but the world needs a lot more than either the United States or China is offering to combat the illegal traffic in wildlife, a nearly $20-billion-a-year business that adds up to a global war against nature.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 READ MORE



Serious Doubts Over Europe’s Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Target

Europe has made substantial progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but its long-term reduction aims look unachievable, says a new report.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



Ancient Shells Offer Evidence of How Ice Age Ended

Ocean sediment reveals that release of carbon stored deep in the sea is linked to the rise in atmospheric CO2 that caused the world to warm.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE



Power Brokers’ Chains Hold Back Forest Protections

U.K. think tank says inaction by the “Forest 500” means global efforts to end deforestation by 2030 are not keeping pace with the rate of destruction.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Triggers Threats to Marine Ecosystems

Just as marine commerce could soon exploit the opening of the fabled north-west or north-east passages between the two great oceans, so could at least 80 species of fish.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Cranks Up Extinction Threat to Borneo Mammals

Endangered species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots face even greater peril as climate change adds to loss of habitat caused by deforestation.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardized by Climate Change

One of our closest animal relatives is at risk of being wiped out as changing rainfall patterns threaten to destroy its Central African habitat.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



The World We are Shaping Is Feeling the Strain

The world risks being destabilised by human activity, scientists report, most of it the work of a wealthy minority of us.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



Tropical Forests May Be Giving Climate Extra Help

New research indicates that the role of the world’s tropical forests in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere may have been underestimated.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 READ MORE



Professors Plead With Greens to Accept Nuclear Power

Academics argue that nuclear power is essential to save the planet from climate change, but critics say they seem to have forgotten the danger of a nuclear winter.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE



Loss of Rainforests Is Double Whammy Threat to Climate

New research spells out the devastating impacts that complete destruction of tropical forests would have on global temperatures, weather patterns and agriculture.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



Tribal Lands Are Vital for Amazon Forest Carbon Sink

As land rights of indigenous peoples are increasingly being violated, new research shows that destruction of the Amazon rainforest is a major threat not only to cultural identity but also to the global climate.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 READ MORE



Canada’s Polar Bears Face Food Crisis by 2100

Due to the shrinkage of the sea ice, the survival of polar bears in Canada’s Arctic Archipelago is doubtful in around 80 years’ time.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE



Slayings Turn Spotlight on Peru’s Forest Policies

The killing of tribal leaders trying to defend their Amazon rainforest lands from illegal logging has put Peru’s president under pressure ahead of next month’s U.N. climate conference.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



Diet’s Effects on Emissions Give Food for Thought

American researchers confirm that a shift to vegetarian, Mediterranean or fish-based diets would cut greenhouse gases, conserve forests and savannah, and have a big impact on obesity-linked health problems.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



A Wrench Thrown Into Coal’s Publicity Machine

An Australian think tank’s data challenges coal industry claims that it drives economic growth, is a key element of alleviating “energy poverty” worldwide and improves quality of life.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Linked to Reduced Size of Alpine Chamois

Scientists have found strong evidence that declining body size in herds of the chamois mountain goats that are hunted in the Italian Alps is linked to warmer spring and summer temperatures.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Helps to Halve World Wildlife in 40 Years

Climate change is identified by conservation campaigners as increasingly implicated in the plight of many wild species, which they say have fallen by more than half since 1970.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Collapse of the Eighth Continent: Shangri-La Meets Global Capitalism

Madagascar’s graceful society and unique natural wonders developed over thousands of years; it has taken less than a decade to put it all on life support.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Antarctic Fjord Life Puzzles Science

The variety and extent of marine life found in the fjords of the warming Antarctic Peninsula is in stark contrast to the sparsely populated seas of the Arctic.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Dirty Air Set to Become Biggest Environmental Killer

A new report predicts urban air pollution will become the No. 1 cause of premature death in the coming decades, beating out poor sanitation and dirty drinking water to take more than 3.5 million lives per year.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Flower Heaven

As much as one-third of all flowering plants face extinction at the hands of humans, according to new research—and that’s not even factoring in climate change. Such a die-off would have a devastating impact on the food chain. As one of the researchers put it, “if you get rid of [plants] you get rid of a lot of the things above them.”

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis on Dinosaurs

A revelatory new book by Scott D. Sampson, one of our leading dinosaur paleontologists, suggests we have much to learn about extinction, global warming and energy flow from the biological experience of the charismatic beasts that roamed the Earth more than 60 million years ago.

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 READ MORE


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