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Climate Change Raises Specter of Space Centre Invasion

Rising sea levels and repeated storm damage to natural coastal defenses pose an increasing threat to the famous Cape Canaveral rocket launch site in Florida.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Talks Take a Rocky Road to Paris

The U.N. climate talks in Lima have ended with the setting of deadlines for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE



Deep Concern Over Invisible Threat to Antarctic Glaciers

As ocean temperatures rise, warmer currents are attacking the Antarctic ice sheet from below and adding to the threats posed by a melting rate that has trebled in the last two decades.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One

Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



Disaster Looms If Loss of Amazon Rainforest Continues

A Brazilian climate expert proposes a five-point “battle plan” in a war against the deforestation of the Amazon that is having increasingly dire impacts on the regional and global climate.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



Debate Heats Up on Risk of Frozen Fossil Fuel Assets

Investors are wondering whether putting money into fossil fuels makes sense—and the same question is now being asked by heavy hitters in the banking industry.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE



Fighting for the Climate in the Heart of the World

First, it’s necessary to understand the setting, and who is at the table and who is not.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE



Plea for South Asia to Unite In Fight Against Climate Risks

South Asia, one of the world’s most populous and disaster-prone regions, faces dire impacts from climate change. So why are its nations not working together to tackle the many shared threats they face?

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE



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.

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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


Chris Hedges and Laura Flanders on Drones and Civil Disobedience

Truthdig columnist, author and activist Chris Hedges paid a visit this week to “The Laura Flanders Show” to discuss U.S. foreign policy, civil disobedience, resistance to empire and the corporate state, as well as a host of other topics.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Heat Drives Surge to Global Warming Record

Climate scientists say this year looks likely to enter the record books as the world’s hottest, with the warming of the oceans causing striking changes.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE



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An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all?

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



High-Tech Mirror: Cool New Answer to Air Conditioning Problem?

As extremes of heat increasingly threaten to become the norm, scientists have invented a new way to reflect sunlight and beam heat away from buildings straight back into space.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



Geoengineering Could Worsen Climate Change

Resorting to geoengineering to tackle climate change would be an admission of failure, UK scientists say.

Posted on Nov 29, 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



Thanksgiving Was Always About Climate and Adaptation: Let’s Make It Green Again

The popular story about Thanksgiving is an environmental parable that we would do well to remember today.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Isn’t the Only Place Where Police Are Protected by a Broken System

The recent ruling by a St. Louis grand jury on Michael Brown’s shooting sheds light on just how difficult it is to indict a cop; the apocalypse may have something to do with indifference toward climate change; meanwhile, a teacher uses a scrap of paper to teach his students a valuable lesson about inequality and privilege. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



Europe’s Nuclear Giants Are Close to Collapse

Doubts that the biggest construction project in Europe will get the final go-ahead from the UK government leave the European nuclear industry facing a struggle for survival.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE



Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis

Archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence in Ireland that it was the rising power of iron, not climate change, that brought about the collapse of many ancient civilizations.

Posted on Nov 23, 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



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A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? That’s what the 2014 midterms were like in much of the country.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



Slayings Turn Spotlight on Peru’s Forest Policies

The killing of tribal leaders trying to defend their Amazon rainforest lands from illegal logging has put Peru’s president under pressure ahead of next month’s U.N. climate conference.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



Fossil-Fueled Republicanism

In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Pledge Gets Dollars Flowing Into Climate Fund

Many developing countries are already suffering the impacts of climate change, but a special fund to help them adapt to a warming world has been bolstered by promises of billions of dollars from wealthier nations.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold

It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE


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You Can Say Goodbye to Some of Your Favorite Foods Thanks to Climate Change

Chocolate, wine, coffee—these are just some of the foods we’ll lose due to climate change; an American expat living in France explains why “Americans are suckers who have themselves to blame for crappy broadband”; meanwhile, a town in Alaska may become the first place in the U.S. to tax churches. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Governs for the Nonvoting Majority

Obama’s Republican critics say that his forceful approach on immigration, climate change and net neutrality show he isn’t paying attention to what the voters said in the midterm elections. They’re right.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE


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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


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Science Offers New View of Hopes for Human Survival

Astrophysicists say questions about the sustainability of civilization on our high-tech planet may soon be answered scientifically as a result of new data about the Earth and other planets in its galaxy.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



Diet’s Effects on Emissions Give Food for Thought

American researchers confirm that a shift to vegetarian, Mediterranean or fish-based diets would cut greenhouse gases, conserve forests and savannah, and have a big impact on obesity-linked health problems.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Keystone Pipeline Passes House, One Vote to Go in Senate

The Obama administration has been considering whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline for six years, a delay tactic that has Congress—the current, pre-GOP-wave, lame duck Congress—very close to going over his head.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Pledge $2.5 Billion to Climate Cause at G-20

Days after his historic carbon pollution deal with China, Barack Obama is set to announce a substantial pledge from the U.S. over the next four years to help poor countries invest in clean energy and cope with the hazards of a destabilizing environment, administration sources said.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



Scientist Acts Out Dramatic Effect of Climate Change

A spellbinding solo performance by veteran climate scientist Chris Rapley puts the climate debate center stage—and earns the admiration of London theater critics.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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An Accord the Planet Needed

This week’s stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over carbon emissions is the best environmental news in years.

Posted on Nov 14, 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 Day Late and a Dollar Short: Obama and China Agree on Languid Climate Goals

The good news is that U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have reached an agreement on limiting carbon emissions in their two countries.

Posted on Nov 12, 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



Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time

The animal agriculture industry is the primary cause of the destruction of the ecosystem. Becoming vegan is the most important step we can take to save the planet.

Posted on Nov 9, 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



Why Warnings on Climate Spark Aggressive Denials

A new book argues that death threats and abuse illustrate how climate change messengers are being demonized in a way that is without parallel in the history of science.

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE



Frankenstorm

In time for its second anniversary, Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst natural disasters in American history, has a pair of new biographies.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

While even China, the world’s leading coal producer, begins to recognise the fuel’s serious polluting effects, India has announced it aims to double production to meet soaring energy demands.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



Republican Climate Denier to Get Top Senate Environment Job

In the wake of the Republican sweep of the 2014 midterms, Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, one of the United States’ biggest names in climate change denial, is slated to lead the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



EU Plans Power Supergrid to Boost Renewables

The European Union, nervous about Russia cutting off gas supplies and keen to cut emissions by developing renewable energy sources, aims to link all its 28 member states to one electricity grid.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE


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