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Tag: Climate Change


Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Fast-Moving Climate Zones Speed Extinction

A warming climate means ever more rapid changes in the Earth’s climatic zones, researchers say, and a heightened extinction risk for species that inhabit them.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE

An Interview With Pioneering Climate Scientist James Hansen

Having directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for most of the past four decades, Dr. James E. Hansen retired this month to devote himself to the scientific activism that has brought both awards and catcalls during his long and distinguished career.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE

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The Planet’s Trouble With Markets

On the occasion of the collapse of the European emissions trading scheme, Guardian environment correspondent George Monbiot explains why markets are no substitute for governments, especially when it comes to avoiding global warming, one of the worst mass disasters humankind will yet see.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


Did Earth Day Blow It?

With apologies to the late Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who is widely credited as the founder of Earth Day, I don’t really feel like celebrating.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Entering a Resource-Shock World

Two nightmare scenarios—a global scarcity of vital resources and the onset of extreme climate change—are already beginning to converge and in the coming decades are likely to produce a tidal wave of unrest, rebellion, competition and conflict.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE

Hand Sitting

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Flight Paths Are Set to Get Bumpier

As growing carbon dioxide emissions continue to warm the climate, more aircraft are likely to encounter turbulence in flight, meaning bumpier and perhaps longer journeys for passengers.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE

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I’m a Republican, Not an Idiot

Pioneering Lancaster, Calif., Mayor R. Rex Parris wants his city to generate more power from renewable energy than it consumes. In fact, he wants the dusty, desert town to be the solar power capital of the universe. And he’s a Republican.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE

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Keystone XL Pipeline: The ‘Stonewall’ of the Climate Movement?

Why take a look at the history of gay rights in the context of the climate struggle? Because the hardest part of the Keystone pipeline fight has been figuring out what to do about the Democrats.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE

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Linked Renewable Power Systems Can Avoid Blackouts

Critics of renewable energy have always claimed that sun and wind are only intermittent producers and that back-up fossil fuel plants are needed to make them viable. But German engineers have proven otherwise.

Posted on Apr 4, 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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Warming ‘Increases Antarctic Ice’

The amount of ice in the Antarctic is increasing as the other end of the world melts apace, scientists say—a strange consequence of global warming.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE

Global Warming Gag

Posted on Apr 1, 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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Americans Won’t Pay for Climate Preparations

Americans believe climate change is happening but are unwilling to pay to build sea walls and relocate coastal communities, a Stanford University poll released Thursday found.

Posted on Mar 29, 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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Asia Cuts Carbon Faster Than Europe

East Asian countries are showing the most progress in reducing the carbon intensity of their economies, leaving their competitors in Europe and the U.S. in their dust.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE

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Climate Change: One More Problem for Pakistan

Drone attacks, deadly bombings, tensions with neighboring India, power and food shortages and political instability ahead of May elections all threaten Pakistan, and soon climate change will too.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE

World Water Day 2013

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE

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A Path to More Effective Activism

In line with the teachings of academic and social philosopher Noam Chomsky, a study shows that people are likelier to join causes that present visions of a society that is warmer, friendlier and more moral than the one they live in than they are to support efforts that do not feature such outlooks.

Posted on Mar 22, 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

Climate Change Is Here; Why Aren’t We Doing Anything About It?

Regarding the impending climate crisis, Yale scientist Anthony Leiserowitz tells Bill Moyers: “You almost couldn’t design a problem that is a worse fit with our underlying psychology.” The solution? Part of it involves turning the issue into talking points for conservatives.

Posted on Mar 21, 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

First Day of Spring

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Teenager Sues Alaska for Failing to Protect His Melting Home

An 18-year-old Yup’ik Eskimo who could lose his home to melting tundra is suing the state of Alaska for failing to take action on climate change.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Submarine Methane Raises the Stakes

Japan has succeeded in pioneering the exploitation of vast reserves of undersea methane. It could be good news for a resource-hungry country and bad for an overheating planet.

Posted on Mar 16, 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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Phoenix in the Climate Cross Hairs

If you want a taste of the brutal new climate to come, don’t think of Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy. Look to Phoenix, where if the power goes out, people fry.

Posted on Mar 14, 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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Ecosocialism: One Man’s Vision for a Green Economy

According to activists such as Chris Williams, capitalism is designed for infinite growth, but the planet is not.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Greening Tundra Shows Arctic Heat

Arctic vegetation is now growing nearly 500 miles closer to the North Pole than it was a few decades ago, indicating that the region is warming fast.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Cool Heads Needed by Geo-Engineers

Even if humanity can solve the technical riddles involved in trying to geo-engineer the planet away from dangerous climate change, many legal and ethical questions will still need answers.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE

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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?

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Mar 9, 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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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.

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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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.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE

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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?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE

GOP Tourette’s

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE

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.

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

What Climate Change

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 READ MORE

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