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Mercury Rising in the Pacific

What is the gravest long-term security threat to the part of the world that includes China, North Korea and Japan, according to America’s top military officer there?

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Why We Should Be Cooling, Not Warming

The Earth would be in a cooling phase if it were not for the effect of rising quantities of atmospheric carbon dioxide, say scientists who have reconstructed the climate of the last 11,000 years.

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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.

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Climate Not This Warm for Ages

For eons a giver of life, sunlight is being turned into a force for death by the carbon collecting in the atmosphere. A new study suggests the planet is warmer than it’s been in 11,300 years, and temperatures will climb to increasingly dangerous levels through 2100.

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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.

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Arctic Oil and Gas Will Exact High Price

As ice melts in the Arctic, there are conflicting views on whether exploiting new oil and gas reserves will be commercially viable. The future of this pristine environment may depend more on the price of fuel than anything else.

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Where Is Everybody on Climate Change?

Two Sundays ago, I traveled to the nation’s capital to attend what was billed as “the largest climate rally in history” and I haven’t been able to get the experience—or a question that haunted me—out of my mind. Shouldn’t hundreds of thousands have been there?

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Fast Boat to China?

In less than 50 years from now, the north-west passage through the Arctic should be open to suitable vessels for a short time every other year, scientists have calculated.

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The Environment Unprotected From Sequester

Thanks to the dreaded sequester cuts, the nation’s habitat will take a sizable hit as the development of clean energy is set back and 8,400 meat inspectors are furloughed. The oil industry, however, emerges as a victor as it gets to keep its billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies while the EPA sees its funding for monitoring and cleanup reduced, Mother Jones reports.

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Climate ‘Threat to Arab Spring’

Working to build the resilience of countries in the Middle East and North Africa to food and energy price shocks would do far more than armed force to safeguard the gains of the Arab Spring, a think tank argues.

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Two Rats, One Mind

Scientists connected the brains of a pair of rodents—one in Brazil, the other in North Carolina—via computers; an Italian jeans maker has trademarked the word “Jesus” thus holding exclusive rights to clothes bearing Christ’s name; meanwhile, a police officer is on trial in New York on suspicion of planning to rape, torture and cannibalize women. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 1, 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.

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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.

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N.Y.-on-the-Gulf: The Warmer World of 2200

U.S. scientists say the global warmup heading our way as climate change intensifies will mean a New York as warm as Bahrain, where daily work will be a struggle.

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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.

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How Bad Will It Be When the Permafrost Melts?

If the Earth’s average global temperature rises by another few tenths of a degree, a large area of Siberian permafrost will start to melt uncontrollably, releasing 160 to 290 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in the years that follow. But the dangers have been overhyped, a British climate scientist says.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


Watch ‘Obey’: Film Based on Chris Hedges’ ‘Death of the Liberal Class’

The movie explores the rise of the corporate state and the future of obedience in a world filled with unfettered capitalism, worsening inequality and environmental changes.

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Polar Ice Melt Will Mean Uneven Sea-Level Rise

Research shows some parts of the world are likely to get higher sea levels than others this century, particularly along the Pacific Ocean.

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Europe’s Carbon Market Limps On

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee is supporting a plan to prop the price of a tonne of carbon by withdrawing an oversupply of credits from the market.

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A Global Warming Resource Rush

The disappearance of ice from the planet’s North Pole currently in progress means unprecedented access to minerals and energy that have been trapped beneath the surface for ages.

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Climate Activists Hold Major Rally, Demand Obama Reject Keystone Pipeline

Organizers of Sunday’s “Forward on Climate” rally and march claim the estimated 35,000 activists who descended on Washington, D.C., to demand the Obama administration take action on the critical issue of global warming constitute the largest turnout ever for a climate rally.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Arctic Ice Loses Volume Fast

Researchers say the Arctic sheet is not only shrinking in area, but also losing much of its volume by thinning.

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Fossil Fuels ‘May Prove Worthless’

As concern grows about how much fossil fuel the world can afford to burn, a British university launches a program to research what to do about “stranded assets” such as coal and oil that may have to be left unexploited.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Prepare for 5°C Warmer World, Former Leader of Climate Change Panel Says

There is now no chance of keeping the rise in global temperature caused by climate change beneath the widely accepted target level of 2°C, says a former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address.

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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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A Presidential Decision That Could Change the World

In the near future, President Obama is expected to give construction on the Keystone XL pipeline a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down. The decision he makes could determine the fate of the Canadian tar-sands industry and, with it, the future well-being of the planet. If that sounds overly dramatic, let me explain.

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Spring Season Soon to Sprout Earlier

Analysis of observations of budburst—that promising moment near the end of winter when green shoots begin to appear on the first trees—show that spring could arrive dramatically earlier by the end of this century.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Farmers Face Fraught Future

American farmers could lose millions of dollars to rising temperatures, faster-growing weeds, smaller yields and new pests, says a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



Rubio Not Convinced on Climate Change, Fox News Goes After Hillary, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of the Virginia GOP’s gerrymandering scheme and a Republican lawmaker in Idaho who wants to make Ayn Rand required reading in high school.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Alaskan Climate Team Hasn’t Met in Years

A rapid-response task force set up by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with the stated intent to protect the state from the worst effects of climate change hasn’t convened since March 2011, newly released documents show.

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Only ‘Corrupt’ Scientists Believe in Climate Change, Fox News Host Claims

Studies have shown nearly all climatologists support the science of global warming. But don’t try telling that to Brian Kilmeade, who has never let facts get in the way of his opinions and beliefs.

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Europe’s Climate Forecast: Unsettling

The European countries currently struggling most economically—Greece, Spain and Portugal—will fare worst under climate change as they lose both harvests and tourists to rising heat and low summer rainfall, the European Environment Agency says.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Economist Stern: ‘I Got It Wrong on Climate Change—It’s Far, Far Worse’

Lord Nicholas Stern, the widely respected author of a landmark 2006 government-commissioned report on global warming’s effect on the world economy, says he underestimated the risks and should have been more “blunt” about the dangers posed by rising temperatures.

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Europe’s Carbon Scheme Goes Up in Smoke

A combination of successful lobbying, political interference and lack of economic growth has wrecked the carbon market designed to combat climate change. It is now cheaper to pollute the atmosphere than to invest in becoming energy efficient.

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Obama Second Term Agenda

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Fossil Fuels ‘Too Valuable to Burn’

Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas is a disastrous waste of finite natural resources that prevents their use for the manufacture of fertilizer, medicines, clothing and other vital goods.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Billionaires Covertly Funding Attacks on Climate Science

Secretive groups known as Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund are funneling millions of dollars into the effort to cast doubt on climate science “without revealing the identities of [their] wealthy backers or that they have links to the fossil fuel industry.” An audit trail links them to a likely source.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Mocks Climate Deniers

“Global warming is a total hoax. And I’ll tell you how I know. Because it’s cold, today, where I live. That’s jus’ science,” Stewart satirically said on his program Wednesday night.

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Global Warming Is a Domestic Crisis

It is vital for the president and his allies in Congress to remember that those Americans most defenseless against extreme weather and natural disasters form the backbone of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Plan to Salt the Oceans Gets Thumbs Down

One proposed method of counteracting greenhouse gas emissions—fertilizing the oceans with algae-nurturing iron—would be hugely expensive, requiring a new industry to match the size of the global coal-mining sector, a study says.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s Historic Inaugural Speech, Powell Slams GOP Idiocy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s promise on climate change and Paul Ryan gets a less than favorable response on Inauguration Day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE


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