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Record CO2 Levels Fuel Urgent Calls for Emissions Cuts

The alarming message from international scientists to political leaders meeting at Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York is that record global CO2 emissions this year mean “delaying action is not an option.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



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



Weather Patterns Show Climate Is Changing U.S.

Fiercer tornadoes, more prolonged periods of drought and loss of native fish species are some of the damaging impacts predicted for the U.S. as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

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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



Less Snow Won’t End Blizzard Hazard

New research predicts that while there will be less snow in a warming world, the sort of severe snowstorms that caused chaos in the U.S. this year will remain a serious hazard.

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE



China May Be Ready to Kick Coal Habit

Signs are hopeful that China, the world’s No.1 emitter of greenhouse gases, aims to become less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



Sun Sheds Light on Arctic Carbon Puzzle

Scientists discover that, as the Arctic continues to warm, sunlight will be the major cause of CO2 escaping into the atmosphere from vegetation preserved in frozen soil.

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Politicians Ignore People’s Power Pleas

Consumers worldwide increasingly want renewable energy sources to provide their electricity, yet many governments are ignoring them by continuing to exploit fossil fuels.

Posted on Aug 28, 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.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



Human Factor Speeds Up Glacial Melting

Scientists simulating changes in mountain glaciers over the last century and half have established that rates of melting have increased greatly in recent years—and that humans are the main culprits.

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Arctic Warming Blamed for Dangerous Heat Waves

Giant waves in the jet stream that often govern our weather are changing as the Arctic warms more rapidly—leading to long periods of soaring temperatures that pose major threats to economies and human health.

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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



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



Marine Economy Sinks as Ocean Acidity Rises

Research has highlighted the negative effect acidification of oceans can have on marine life, but now fishing communities are waking up to the big threat it poses to their livelihoods.

Posted on Aug 8, 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.

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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



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



Bold Pathways Point to a Low Carbon Future

A scientific report for the U.N. Climate Summit sends out a positive message that the tough task of cutting CO2 emissions to limit global temperature rise to below 2°C can be achieved by following a set of bold practical steps.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise

The discovery by U.S. biologists of how plants respond to increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could provide agricultural scientists with new tools to engineer crops that can deal with droughts and high temperatures.

Posted on Jul 10, 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



NASA Will Now Study Climate Change From Space

The OCO-2 will monitor fluctuations of CO2 in the atmosphere, making note of where the greenhouse gases are rising and falling the most.

Posted on Jul 2, 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



Fracking Boom Threatens U.S. Water Supplies

Widespread fracking for oil or gas may have transformed the U.S. energy market, but campaigners warn that the boom is seriously depleting or contaminating vital water supplies.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



Hot Rocks Are a Core Asset

Deep in the earth’s crust, hot rocks accessible through new engineering techniques are second only to hydroelectric schemes as the most productive source of renewable energy, with huge potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



Dark Shadows Fall on Melting Icecap

Dust blowing onto the Greenland icecap from warming areas of the Arctic is causing the ice to melt faster by reducing the whiteness that reflects light and keeps it cool.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism

He may have driven over state lines in a Tesla, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry again demonstrated that he is clearly living in another era—one that a vast swath of the country has already left behind—during a speech in San Francisco on Wednesday night at the Commonwealth Club of California.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Cutting Emissions Is ‘Perfect Option’

Limiting climate change simply by cutting the use of fossil fuels is a much better option than ambitious bioengineering projects such as trying to limit the effects of the sun, researchers have found.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



How Nature Affects the Carbon Cycle

As global temperatures warm, scientists say that in both Australia and the Arctic natural processes are at work to help mitigate the increased heat.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



Soil May Absorb Less CO2 Than Thought

Soil slows global warming by absorbing some climate-heating carbon dioxide—but not as much as scientists presumed, new research shows.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE



Science Finds New Routes to Energy

Scientists in the U.S. have found new ways to make biofuel, increase crop yields and exploit carbon dioxide through novel applications of familiar materials.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



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5 Signs Solar Power Is Taking Over the World

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) is putting 32 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



The Gravitational Pull of Planet Carbon

The pull is reflected in three recent developments in the energy news: a declaration of surrender by BP, a major setback in the European Union, and a strategic end-run by Canadian tar sands companies.

Posted on Feb 14, 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



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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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Scientists Warn ‘Mass Extinction’ in Seas May Be Underway

The ocean may be mitigating some of the effects of global warming, but scientists say marine life is mortally threatened as the ocean becomes increasingly acidic, less oxygenated and warmer. And it’s happening at a much faster pace than previously known.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Tiny Plankton May Have Perilous Impact

As the oceans become more acidic because of rising carbon dioxide levels, smaller plankton will thrive at the expense of larger species, with potentially dangerous effects.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Australian Parties Sidetrack CO2 Threat

Australians’ concerns about climate change have been sidetracked by the two major parties in the bruising campaign that has led up to the federal elections.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Signs of Forests Adapting to Growing CO2 Levels

Trees may be exploiting higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If so, then the carbon dioxide fertilisation effect—predicted by theorists and observed in laboratory experiments—could be real.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Photosynthesis Could Be a Climate Change Solution

Researchers say “one of the most common [biological] processes on Earth” is also “one of the most promising means of extracting atmospheric carbon dioxide” on a scale potentially large enough to reduce the risk of catastrophic global warming.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


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Climate Landmark Is a Grave Warning Sign

Humanity on Friday passed a milestone on the way to planetary destruction when monitoring stations registered 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide spread throughout the atmosphere.

Posted on May 11, 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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Carbon’s Climb Speeds Up

News that carbon dioxide levels rose sharply last year confirm that climate change will soon be impossible to stop.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Thawing Tundra Threat to Frozen Carbon

The melting of Arctic ice frozen for many thousands or even millions of years is speeding up a potential route for carbon frozen deep below ground level to seep into the atmosphere.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



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New Climate Study Changes Some Minds

Global warming is happening and “humans are almost entirely the cause.” That’s the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at UC Berkeley, led by professor Richard Muller, who now considers himself a “converted skeptic” on the issue.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE



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EPA Sharpens Its Regulatory Teeth

Though it was politically vague and took no immediate action, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will put some regulatory pressure on power plants and oil refineries to limit greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2012.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE


High Court to Hear Global Warming Case

From the AP: “The Supreme Court hears arguments this week in a case that could determine whether the Bush administration must change course in how it deals with the threat of global warming.”

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