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Not Long to Wait Till Released CO2 Turns Up Temperature

Scientists have determined the precise time lag before warming from newly-released greenhouse gases starts to show up on the planet’s thermometer—and it’s much shorter than previously suspected.

Posted on Dec 7, 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



Scientists Hammer Out Warning on Climate Change Risks

A group of international experts says time is rapidly running out to take serious steps to avert the impact of global warming by prioritizing a switch to clean energy systems.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE



Warming World Spells Trouble for Growing and Aging Populations

As average temperatures rise an increasing global population—with many more elderly people—is going to be more vulnerable to extreme weather, UK scientists say.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



Weather Extremes Will Be the Norm As World Warms

The World Bank says the Earth is on an unavoidable path towards a 1.5 C heat rise by mid-century—but it could reach 4 C by 2100 unless immediate action is taken to avoid dire impacts for millions of people.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



Green Revolution Trebles Human Burden on Planet

American researchers say seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of how agricultural advances and the population explosion have tilted nature’s balance.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE



Iron’s Mixed Blessing for Health of Oceans

New research shows that iron fertilization stimulates growth of the plankton that help transport carbon dioxide to the deep ocean—but swells the number of small creatures who feed on plankton and whose shells put CO2 back into the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



China and U.S. Deliver Radical Climate Surprise

It’s been called a historic agreement—a game changer in the battle to combat climate change. But can China and the U.S. fulfill the promises in their announcement of plans to cut carbon emissions?

Posted on Nov 13, 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 Will Send Pollen Count Soaring

Bad news for hay fever and asthma sufferers as U.S. researchers demonstrate that man-made rises in CO2 emissions could lead to a 200 percent increase in levels of pollen from grasses.

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 READ MORE



Science Panel’s Urgent Warning to Tackle Climate Change

The U.N. panel of climate scientists says some consequences of global warming will become irreversible unless greenhouse gas emissions fall to zero by the end of the century—but latest research suggests the reality may be even more urgent than that.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



Scientists Refute Lower Emissions Claim for Fracking

As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



Outlook Palls for Fossil Fuel Investments

Warnings within the world of high finance are coming thick and fast that the increasingly urgent need to combat climate change means investors could lose heavily by sinking funds into coal, oil and gas.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE



Veteran Green Says Emissions Aren’t the Only Danger

Forty years ago, climate change was not even on the agenda of green campaigners—but now a veteran of those pioneering days speaks out about the danger of neglecting other issues that threaten the planet.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



Air Pollution Compounds Effects of Climate Change

Reduced monsoon rainfall and increased river flow are two extremes that new research has linked to man-made impacts on climate caused by air pollution.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



World of Clean Energy ‘Feasible’ by Mid-Century

International researchers, in what they believe is the most comprehensive global assessment of clean energy’s potential, report that a low-carbon system could supply the world’s electricity needs by 2050.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



‘Amazon of U.K.’ Being Destroyed for Grouse Shooting

Managing moorlands so that more birds can be reared for lucrative shooting parties is adding to climate change by destroying layers of peat and releasing large quantities of stored carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



Human Handprint Marks Australia’s Hottest Year

Despite the Australian prime minister’s climate science skepticism, research funded by taxpayers has unanimously found man-made climate change guilty of causing the country’s record-breaking temperatures last year.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE



Ice Melt Dilutes Arctic Sea’s CO2 Cleanup Role

New scientific research confirms that global warming is melting increasingly larger areas of Arctic sea ice—and reducing its vital function of removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE



Investor Heavyweights Call for Clear Action on Climate

As a major U.N. climate summit got underway in New York on Tuesday, some of the world’s biggest institutional investors demanded clearer policies on climate change and the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 12, 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



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.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Aug 17, 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



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.

Posted on Aug 3, 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



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


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