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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.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

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

Major Indirect Benefits of Obama’s Climate Plan That Could Save the World (Video)

President Obama spoke on Monday about his plan to use the Environmental Protection Agency to pressure states to close high-carbon power plants and reduce CO2 emissions by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. But this part of his plan is in my view the least interesting thing about it.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change

Before President Obama could announce his administration’s new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, Republican presidential hopefuls were insisting they know better than the scientists whose work he relied on.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

If You Think Obama’s New Climate Change Plan Is Bold, Think Again

Describing it as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against climate change,” President Obama on Monday unveiled a series of measures curbing carbon emissions from power plants. Although the president’s statement may be true, as meteorologist Eric Holthaus writes, “It’s not saying a whole heck of a lot.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming at Halfway Point of Safety Limit, Research Shows

Global temperatures have risen by 1 degree Celsius (nearly 34 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past 150 years, and one scientist says a doubling of that could unleash catastrophic sea-level rise this century.

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 READ MORE

Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE

‘Good Practice’ Makes Perfect Sense for Greenhouse Gas Cuts

Reducing climate-warming gases enough to prevent global temperatures from exceeding a 2°C rise is simple—if all countries do as well as the best.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

Paradise Burning, or Why We All Need to Learn the Word ‘Anthropogenic’

When fire can eat at Washington’s Olympic National Park, a rain forest in a relatively cool climate, you know the Earth is beginning to burn.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Still Winning the Investment War

The campaign to convince investors not to pour their money into the extraction and use of fossil fuels is failing to gain enough converts to be effective, experts say.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

Confronted With Keystone XL Quandary, Hillary Clinton Refuses to State Position

The presidential contender insists she’ll keep mum about where she stands on the controversial oil pipeline project until the Obama administration weighs in.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE

40 Percent of the World’s Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change

A new study reveals a substantial global gap in climate-change awareness, attesting to a stark contrast between rich and poor nations.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Norway Pumps Up ‘Green Battery’ Plan for Europe

Hydraulic engineers in Norway aim to use surplus power from hydropower plants to cut the need for fossil fuel and boost European electricity supplies.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Irish Leader Says Economic Changes Are Needed to Tackle Climate Challenges

At a meeting building toward the Paris climate summit, Ireland’s president calls for a new economic order to address the threats of global warming.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

Emissions Threaten Age of Uncertainty for Carbon Dating

New study warns that rising CO2 levels from the burning of fossil fuels will undermine the precision with which once-living things can be scientifically dated.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jon Stewart: The Way the World’s Going, a Nuclear Iran’s Gonna Be the Least of Our Problems

In an inspired rant, the “Daily Show” host explains why climate change, consumerism, Ebola and other such concerns are far more pressing than whether Iran will become a nuclear power in 10 to 15 years, as some conservatives allege.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Study Finds the Recession—Not a Decline in Coal Use—Cut U.S. Emissions

Researchers say it was the economy, rather than the replacement of coal by natural gas, that drove the recent drop in U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

California Gov. Jerry Brown at Vatican’s Climate Summit: ‘God Is Not Mocked’

California’s water-challenged residents know what it’s like to deal with ecological trouble in their own backyards, so it was only fitting that the Golden State’s Gov. Jerry Brown did a little preaching Tuesday at the Vatican’s climate-focused meeting of mayors from around the world.

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 READ MORE

2015 Is Expected to Be Hottest Year on Record

According to more than 135 years of data on global temperatures, four of the five hottest months on record happened in 2015: February, March, May, and now June.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

Melting Sea Ice Means Shortage of Bear Necessities

Researchers reveal as baseless the theory that polar bears can use hibernation techniques to survive without food as climate change reduces their summertime hunting habitat.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

People and Planet Benefit From ‘Green’ Buildings

Research worldwide shows that environmentally friendly buildings are much better for the health of the people who live and work in them, as well as for the Earth.

Posted on Jul 19, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change as Grave a Threat as Nuclear War

An international scientific report commissioned by the U.K. government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Loss of Seabirds Highlights Double Danger for Species

Scientists say increasing human impacts on habitat are combining with climate change to put serious survival stresses on species and ecosystems.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Brings Ill Winds for Airline Industry

Scientists say wind patterns altered by climate variability are costing airlines millions of dollars in extra fuel and flying time—and increasing CO2 emissions.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

Carlos Osorio / AP Photo

Fossil Fuel Fraud

Oil, gas and coal companies have damaged our planet by lying to the public about climate change, even though they have known for decades that it is real and man-made.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

Muslim Scholars Say Climate Change Poses Dire Threat

An Islamic declaration adds to growing pressure religious leaders are exerting on richer nations to reduce the burden they are putting on the Earth’s climate.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

Record Torrential Rainfall Linked to Warming Climate

Scientists show that devastating increases in extreme rainfall over the last 30 years fit in with global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gases.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

Natural World Feels the Heat as Temperatures Soar

Birds, insects and trees are all under threat as the rise in global average temperatures makes droughts and heat waves much more probable.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

Warming Planet Heightens Plight of the Bumblebee

Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats the southern portions of their habitat range.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

As Glaciers Melt in Ecuador, Pope Francis Challenges Technocrats, Touts ‘Keeping’ the Environment

Pope Francis continues to preach environmentalism as he addresses crowds in Latin America, a challenging message in poor countries where over-exploitation of natural resources is a constant temptation.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: It’s Painful to See the Fate of the Human Species, but We Must in Order to Change It

In an interview conducted earlier this year, Noam Chomsky admitted it’s much easier to ignore the major issues of the day and pretend information is inaccessible than it is to take action.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis. Interestingly, the solution to that crisis may have been modeled in the Middle Ages by Franciscan monks following the saint from whom the pope took his name.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Warn Giant Nuclear Sarcophagus in Marshall Islands Is Leaking

One hundred and eleven thousand cubic yards of radioactive debris lies within Runit Dome, a “hulking legacy of years of U.S. nuclear testing” whose fragile structure is vulnerable to breaking from violent weather associated with climate change.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Bobby Jindal

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Adolfo Lujan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Naomi Klein Accepts Pope Francis’ Invitation to Debate Climate Change Action at the Vatican

The activist and “This Changes Everything” author said she was “surprised but delighted” to receive an invitation from the head of the Catholic Church to lead a conference this week, adding that while others may think his ideas on economics are wrong, she’s on his side.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

The Gospel of Denial

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Pope Francis

His extraordinary call for saving the ecosystem has resonated with the global community. The question now is: Will Earth’s people, both ordinary and powerful, act on his message to prevent the planet from becoming a “pile of filth”?

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Climate Change, Candidate Talk and Tragedy in Charleston

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether the young white man who killed nine people at a black church in South Carolina should be prosecuted for hate crimes or terrorism. Lizz Winstead says Donald Trump “just replaced bedbugs as America’s No. 1 pest” upon announcing his campaign for the presidency.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE

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