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Melting Away

The idea of photography as historic document is particularly poignant in a new book chronicling endangered polar regions, with magnificent portraits of icebergs and altered landscapes that are at risk of being lost forever.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



Coal Casts Cloud Over Germany’s Energy Revolution

Germany cut emissions and boosted renewables last year, but critics say CO2 reduction targets can’t be met unless it closes coal-burning power stations.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Say Rise in Sea Levels Is Faster Than Feared

Harvard researchers find that there has been an almost threefold annual increase in global sea levels over the last quarter of a century.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



Record Temperatures Underline Danger to Planet

As statistics confirm that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, leading scientists say climate change trends are dominated by human emissions of greenhouse gases.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



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State of the Union: Bright Ideas, Dim Future

Obama fans loyally hailed the speech as a triumph. But in the real world if you don’t have the votes you’re a loser.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



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Following the Hottest Year on Record, Republicans Remain Clueless on Climate Change

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress—some of them cynical, others clueless—in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



Gold Rush Leaves Tropical Forests Poorer Than Ever

New research shows that parts of South America’s most biologically valuable tropical forests are being damaged by a resurgent gold mining industry.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



Watch the Planet Get Hotter and Hotter

Last year was the hottest on record. That’s sad. Even sadder, this animation from Bloomberg showing a pretty clear trend from 1880 onward.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



Higher Social Costs Bolster Case for Emissions Curbs

Scientists in the U.S. estimate that economic damage caused by CO2 could be six times higher than the figure used to guide current energy regulations.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Study: We Have to Leave Fossil Fuels Where They Are or Climate Change Will Reach Dangerous Levels

It may seem like a no-brainer, but now there’s scientific evidence to support the idea that if humans want to avoid catastrophe, we’ll have to stop tapping into underground fossil fuels.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Aid Is Aimed at Rice Farmers in a Warming World

International team provides help to small-scale farmers on the eastern Ganges plains who are struggling to make a living and grow enough rice to feed the population.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Government May Actually Do Something to Decrease Meat Production Quite Soon

New government issued dietary guidelines may include a dagger to the heart of the meat industry; Noam Chomsky weighs in on the recent Paris attacks; meanwhile, a scientist who provided the main support for the existence of gluten sensitivity subsequently disproved much of it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



Trapped Methane Escapes as Pacific Depths Warm Up

Oceanographers in the U.S. warn that volumes of methane equivalent to a major oil spill are rising to the surface each year as warmer waters heat the frozen ocean bed.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



Carbon Counterattack

Instead of retreating from a moral assault that portrays them as the enemies of humankind, the major oil, gas and coal companies have gone on the offensive, extolling their contributions to human progress and minimizing the potential for renewables to replace fossil fuels in just about any imaginable future.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Ocean Warming Speeds Up Cycle of Climate Change

British and German scientists have identified another consequence of global warming that is likely to accelerate climate change still further.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Vast Reserves of Fossil Fuels Should Be Left Untapped

Researchers have identified the major producers of coal, gas and oil that stand to lose most financially if agreement is reached on radical cuts needed to avoid dangerous climate change.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



Why Was 2014 Hottest Year on Record? The Humans Did It

A Japanese team has confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record. Moreover, ten of the warmest years have occurred since 1998.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Coastal Cities Warned of Daily High Tide Floods

Scientists report that many cities near the coasts of the U.S. should prepare for daily flooding at high tide by mid-century because of rising sea levels.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE


New Hope for the Climate Crusade

A promising new legal framework that recognizes Earth’s ecologies as a public trust could compel local and state legislators to take action to protect the planet by convincing courts that environmental protection is the responsibility of the government.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 READ MORE



Tropical Forests May Be Giving Climate Extra Help

New research indicates that the role of the world’s tropical forests in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere may have been underestimated.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Increasing Stresses on Fragile States

Briefing for U.K. aid workers says climate-related factors are making the world increasingly unstable and adding to the hardships of the poorest people.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE



Nuclear Dream Is Fading as Wind and Solar Soar

Governments are still spending billions on nuclear research, but it looks to be an unhappy new year for the industry as it continues to shrink while renewables grow.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE



Where Naomi Klein Falls Short on Capitalism and Climate Change

In a review of Naomi Klein’s new book, economist and fellow Canadian Sam Gindin criticizes the author for implying that the climate problem can be solved with gentler forms of capitalism.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Must Face Up to the Dark Side of Climate Change

As global temperatures rise, scientists warn that more cities in the U.S. face the threat of power blackouts caused by fierce and frequent hurricanes.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Best Truthdig Cartoons of 2014

Take a look at some of our favorite editorial cartoons and animations published this past year.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Deniers, Like Big Tobacco, Thrive Behind a Smoke Screen of Doubt

It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, “Smoking and Health.”

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Fight for Our Progressive Vision

Poll after poll shows that the American people support a progressive agenda that is not shared by the corporate media personalities who dominate the airwaves.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



Did Drought and Climate Change Cause Middle Eastern States to Collapse in 2014?

The Middle East, from North Africa to Afghanistan, has seen an unusual number of governments collapse in recent years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



Pope Francis to Issue ‘Unprecedented’ Edict on Climate Change

Could the pontiff achieve a feat that has eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



Investment Falters as Fossil Fuels Face ‘Perfect Storm’

Increasing oil production but falling demand is creating big problems for the fossil fuel industry as some investors are now turning away from the sector.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



Satellite Provides Sharper Picture of Shrinking Ice Sheet

The most detailed study yet of the Greenland ice sheet illustrates the complex process that is causing billions of metric tons to melt ever year.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



Rapid Increase In Arctic Temperature Is Spreading South

Rising temperatures in Finland illustrate the increasingly rapid pace of warming in high northern latitudes—a trend that has accelerated over the last 40 years.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE



Climate’s Impact on Agriculture Could Lead to Calamity

Widespread hunger and poverty are predicted unless strategies are developed to cope with the drop in crop yields climate change will cause.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Loss of Rainforests Is Double Whammy Threat to Climate

New research spells out the devastating impacts that complete destruction of tropical forests would have on global temperatures, weather patterns and agriculture.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



Polar Bears Feel the Heat as Icy Habitat Shrinks

As climate change increasingly affects the Arctic, some polar bear populations are suffering because rising temperatures are reducing the sea ice vital for their survival.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



Weather Extremes Rise as Planet Gets Hotter and Colder

Scientists predict that lethal heat waves in Europe, and ice storms and big freezes across the globe, could become regular events if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



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


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