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Tag: Climate Change

Parenting on the Brink: Wrestling With Fears Too Big to Name

To have a child is to plant a flag in the future—and that is no small responsibility.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

U.K. Accused of Rigging Market Against Renewables

As electricity from renewable sources tops 25 percent in the U.K., the government is challenged to create a level playing field by scrapping nuclear and fossil-fuel subsidies.

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VIDEO: Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis Discuss Their New Film, ‘This Changes Everything’

Inspired by journalist Naomi Klein’s best-selling book, “This Changes Everything,” a new documentary of the same name re-imagines the vast challenge of climate change. The film, which opens Friday, profiles communities on the front lines of the climate justice movement—from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta tar sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Top Banker: Climate Change Threatens Global Financial Crash

The chairman of the G-20 nations’ Financial Stability Board says an orderly shift from fossil fuels to renewables is needed to avoid turmoil on world stock markets.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Safer Battery Could Spark Investment in Renewables

Researchers have developed a battery that uses a common food additive to enable abundant solar and wind power to be stored cheaply and safely in homes and offices.

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Elephant Grass Could Offer Viable Alternative to Coal

By adapting a tropical grass to grow in the British climate, scientists hope to be able to replace coal in power stations with biofuel.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Republicans, Evolution and You

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Climate Change Threatens the Pacific With Seesaw Sea Levels

Coasts and communities in the Pacific region will face more extreme weather hazards as a changing climate magnifies the El Niño effect, scientists say.

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Emissions Cap

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All Nations Must Share the Blame, and Burden, or Lose the Climate Battle

A Brazilian expert says that developing countries must play their part in cutting emissions if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

Top U.S. Scientist: Pope’s Climate Push Is ‘Raving Nonsense’ Without Population Control

Without detracting from the moral significance of the pope’s message, a leading U.S. scientist has pointed out that the pontiff’s call for action on climate change is meaningless without a corollary call to limit the size of the human population.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

Forest Loss and Land Degradation Fuel Climate Crisis

U.N. studies show that the combined effects of degraded farmland and the felling and burning of trees are costing the planet trillions of dollars in ecosystem losses.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis’ Appeal Bridges Great Divides

At the start of his weeklong visit to the United States, The New York Times notes that the pontiff is inspiring support ranging from respectful to enthusiastic from people across religious traditions.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Land Degradation Could Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within a Decade

A U.N.-backed report offers a shocking depiction of the state of our global environment, revealing that about half of the planet’s agricultural land is now moderately or severely degraded.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

The Global Warming ‘Slowdown’ Is an Illusion

Researchers say the world is continuing to warm, and evidence shows that claims of a slowdown are unequivocally illusory.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

India in Disarray Over Global Warming Strategy

Researchers in India say its action on climate change is suffering because, unlike China, it has not developed the institutions needed to co-ordinate policy.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Lawmakers Challenge Republican Congressional Leaders’ Stance on Climate

One week before Pope Francis visits the U.S. Congress, nearly a dozen Republican lawmakers have broken ranks with party leaders and called for action against climate change.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Unlimited Emissions Would Result in Ice-Free Antarctica

Scientists warn that burning up the planet’s remaining fossil fuel would cause all Antarctic ice to melt and produce devastating sea level rise.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Exxon’s Own Research Confirmed the Role of Fossil Fuels in Global Warming Decades Ago

A groundbreaking investigation reveals how the company’s top executives were warned of possible catastrophe from global warming in the 1970s, then led efforts to block solutions.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Receding Snowpack Highlights Impact of California Drought

Evidence preserved in tree rings shows that Sierra Nevada snow cover is the lowest in five centuries—and rising temperatures will only make things worse.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Malcolm Turnbull Ousts Tony Abbott to Become Australia’s New Prime Minister

The former lawyer, banker and journalist is set to be sworn in as the country’s fifth leader in five years after winning a 54-44 vote of Liberal Party lawmakers. He supports climate-change action and same-sex marriage rights, and he is also one of Australia’s richest politicians.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Southern Ocean Starts to Soak Up Carbon Again

Scientists report that the great oceanic “lung” is again breathing in vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but can’t say why or whether it will last.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Will Rich Nations Pay Reparations to Developing Countries for Extreme Weather?

Nations suffering from climate change-induced disasters, including some that have displaced people from their homes, are asking for more than the annual $100 billion allotted as “climate change mitigation measures” by the United Nations.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Developing Countries Set an Example on Emissions Cuts

Ethiopia and Morocco have submitted greenhouse gas reduction pledges that are far more ambitious than those of China and Canada.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Efficiency Drive Can Cut a Quarter Off Energy Demand

New research shows that saving the planet from global warming by combining renewables and energy efficiency will also save money and create jobs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

Clean Energy Plans May Increase Toxins in Plankton

Environmental assessment of a proposed hydroelectric dam in Canada sheds new light on the cause of high levels of a potent neurotoxin in Arctic marine life.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

World Must Avert Devastating Flood of Climate Refugees

A senior British politician says we face a humanitarian crisis on an immense scale if millions of people have to flee the impacts of global warming.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Talks Are Stuck in Slow Lane to Paris

A lack of progress at the close of “unbearably tardy” negotiations in Bonn, Germany, undermines hopes of a meaningful deal being agreed upon at this year’s crucial U.N. climate summit.

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Global Tree Census Highlights Need to Restore Forests

Mapping the density of forests reveals that there are far more trees on the planet than previously thought—but humans are destroying 15 billion a year.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Drills

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Obama’s Journey: 10 Signs of Extreme Climate Change in Alaska and Why It Should Scare Us

American corporate news has not devoted the hours to President Obama’s trip to Alaska that it deserves, focusing on the GOP clown car back in the Lower 48 instead.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Are Home Buyouts the Best Way to Help Hurricane Victims?

Amid a decade’s worth of New Yorker articles about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath collected ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the natural disaster, the magazine published a short video report on the effort to incentivize residents of Staten Island, a place hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, into leaving parts of the disaster-prone borough.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

Drought Becoming the ‘New Normal’ for Californians

Human impacts on global warming and water resources are threatening to turn the landscape of the U.S. West into a dust bowl.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Smokey the Climate Scientist

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Solar Power Takes Giant Strides as Prices Fall

Massive solar power stations are being built in the world’s “sun belts”—with the U.S. and India competing to have the largest in the world.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

China’s Carbon Count Is Not as High as Feared

The use of poor-quality coal in Chinese power plants means that the carbon dioxide emissions of the world’s biggest polluter are 10 percent less than previously thought.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

European Warming Sends Wild Boar Numbers Soaring

Increasingly mild winters and an abundance of acorns and nuts have caused a population explosion among wild boar in Europe.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

Defying Saudis and Iran, Muslim Thinkers Call for Action on Climate Change at Istanbul Conference

Attendees from 20 countries at this week’s International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul produced—and 60 of them signed—a declaration warning of the dangers of climate change and urging urgent action to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

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Andes’ Migrating Trees Are Moving Toward Extinction

Highland tree species in the Andes are decreasing as global warming causes lowland varieties to migrate uphill into cooler climes—perhaps to their own eventual demise.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

As Both Climate Victim and Responder, California Leads the Way

California in the Great Drought reminds me of San Francisco as AIDS broke out: a living diorama of how the future is going to look for a lot of us. Back then we had no idea how bad things were going to get, and that is likely to be true now too.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

Astronomers Take the Heat out of Sunspots Theory

New analysis of records stretching back 400 years to the observations of Renaissance scientist Galileo shows that global warming is not the result of solar activity.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

Surge in Use of Wind and Solar Technology Sends EU Emissions Tumbling

Many countries that promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol are now exceeding their targets, bringing new hope for success at the Paris climate talks.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

China’s Bid to Rescue Europe’s Nuclear Industry

The Chinese are planning to come to the aid of a nuclear industry so short of funds that it cannot build any new generating plants without outside help.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

The Grasshopper and the Ant

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Revolutionary Fence Is Set to Trap the Sea’s Power

Innovative turbines designed in the U.K. aim to harness tidal energy to produce cheaper electricity—without endangering marine life.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Oceans Would Perish Even If Levels of Atmospheric Carbon Were Reduced

While the “future dramatic removal of huge volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere” could restore greenhouse gas concentrations to pre-industrial levels, the world’s oceans would “stay warmer, and more acidic, for thousands of years, and the consequences for marine life could be catastrophic” unless the burning of fossil fuels is stopped, a team of German researchers warns.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Love in the Time of Climate Change’: A Romantic Call to Action in the Shape of a Poem

Jocelyn Macdonald’s poem about the environmental crisis will have you quitting meat, riding your bike, chasing your dreams and spooning the love by your side, all to “slow down the rising of seas, the death of the bees [and] the electric current of spreading disease.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

Speed of Glacier Retreat Worldwide Reaches Record Levels

Scientists say tens of thousands of glaciers are melting faster than ever—and many will continue to do so even if climate change can be stabilized.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

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