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The Gravitational Pull of Planet Carbon

The pull is reflected in three recent developments in the energy news: a declaration of surrender by BP, a major setback in the European Union, and a strategic end-run by Canadian tar sands companies.

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Nuclear Waste Gets Expensive

Beset by the problems of a warming world, governments may feel they have no option but to build a new generation of nuclear power plants. But no country has yet found a way to dispose of the existing stock of radioactive waste.

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Will Climate Change Destroy British Beaches?

All around the English coast, erosion scenarios drawn up for 2044 were realized this winter. “Everybody thought this would hit us in 20 or 30 years’ time,” said a site manager, “but it’s come now.”

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Coastal Flooding ‘May Cost $100,000 Billion a Year by 2100’

Coastal flooding will be immensely expensive for richer countries to tackle by 2100, scientists say—and impossible for the poorest states, without action now.

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Trade Winds Draw ‘Missing’ Warmth to Deep Ocean

The Pacific Ocean may be providing the world with a temporary reprieve from high rates of global warming, by storing heat that would normally warm the atmosphere, scientists say.

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Carbon Output ‘Will Climb 29 Percent by 2035’

The world’s emissions of carbon dioxide are likely to be nearly a third higher in 20 years than they are today, a major energy producer predicts.

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There’s No Warming Standstill, World Meteorological Organization Says

The head of the World Meteorological Organization says there is no standstill in global warming, which is on course to continue for generations to come.

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Ending the World the Human Way

Climate change isn’t the news and it isn’t a set of news stories. It’s the prospective end of all news. Think of it as the anti-news.

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Warming Spurs Plants to Earlier Activity

Flowering earlier or moving to a cooler region are both strategies used by plants to escape the impact of global warming, researchers say.

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Penguins Feel Climate Change’s Impacts

Fewer penguin chicks that hatch in a colony in Argentina reach maturity, scientists found—and they say climate change is the culprit.

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Atlantic Changes Are Warming Antarctic

What happens in one part of the world can have surprising long-distance effects on another—and that includes climate change.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Passes Major Hurdle, Remains on Course for Approval

The State Department has provided President Obama the cover he needs to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, dealing a severe blow to environmentalists who oppose the oil and gas project.

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Tropics’ Climate Sensitivity Increases

The effects of drought on tropical ecosystems have been underestimated, an international research team says, and their ability to store carbon is in decline.

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Ireland’s Turf War Plan Is ‘Bad News for Climate’

Ireland is embroiled in a struggle between traditionalists who want to continue burning peat as fuel and conservation groups who say the practice adds significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Obama as Unreliable Narrator on Climate Action: From SOTU to NSA Spying at Copenhagen

When President Obama looked us in the eye and said that the U.S. is not engaged in electronic surveillance for economic reasons, he was lying through his teeth.

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Nature Is Trying to Tell Us Something

While it’s cold in much of the U.S., Australia has been sweltering through record-breaking heat. One player at the Australia Open said her plastic water bottle began to melt.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



Be Small, Stay Cool, Forget the Climate

Bigger species of wildlife appear to suffer more stress from climate change than their smaller counterparts, U.S. researchers have found.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE



Fracking Won’t Avert Energy Crisis, Davos Is Told

A world oil crisis is imminent, a British renewable energy entrepreneur is to tell the World Economic Forum this week—and fracking for shale oil and gas is not the answer to it.

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U.S. Fracking Revolution Dilutes EU Climate and Energy Plan

The pressure to remain economically competitive is driving Europe’s new climate and energy plan, with the priority of ameliorating threats from climate change being pushed to second best.

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2013 Was Fourth Warmest Year

Despite claims that global warming has paused, U.S. scientists say data from the last twelve months show 2013 to have been the fourth warmest year in a record stretching back over 130 years.

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Warming ‘Will Double Extreme El Niños’

Scientists say global warming will mean that extreme El Niños—the widespread periodic weather disruptions originating in the Pacific—will occur twice as often.

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Rainy Mountains Speed CO2 Removal

The speed at which soil is produced by rain falling on mountain slopes proves to be much faster than science had realized—with significant implications for carbon in the atmosphere. 

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 READ MORE



Few Would Welcome Geo-Engineering

Research in Australia and New Zealand finds little appetite among the public for trying geo-engineering techniques to prevent global warming.

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Worse Cyclones Will Hit East Asia

Climate scientists have found indications that Asian tropical cyclones are not only getting stronger but are also likelier to strike east Asia—China, Japan and Korea.

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Religious Violence Runs Rampant as Other Types of Brutalities Decline

Although human warfare is supposedly dwindling, atrocities fueled by belief continue to plague the earth; an ancient Antarctic ice shelf has collapsed due to lakes draining onto it; meanwhile, calling Ariel Sharon a “man of peace” is a dire misinterpretation of his actions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Thoreau’s Walden Pond Heats Up

A corner of the U.S. forever linked with the name of one of America’s foremost naturalists is changing as temperatures rise. Walden Pond’s familiar vegetation is not what it was in Thoreau’s day.

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The Climateers!

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Parts of Europe ‘5°C Warmer’ by 2100

Severe temperature rises in parts of Europe by the end of the century will be accompanied by much more frequent droughts, scientists say.

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How Weather Shapes Our Climate Ideas

Researchers in the U.S. say most people’s convictions about climate change are largely shaped by the weather outside—because that’s the most immediate data they can find.

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Uncle Sam Is Freezing

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The Tasks of The People-Powered Movement for 2014

In this stage of America’s current social-political movement, which could take many years, our primary task is to build national consensus through broad and deep grass-roots organizing.

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Record Lows

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Species’ Numbers Alter Climate Migration

Wild species will not always migrate to colonise warmer habitats, scientists have found. They may stay put if their numbers are not robust in the first place.

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America in the Freezer

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Global Warming Hoax

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‘Dark Money’ Funds U.S. Climate Deniers

U.S. organizations that deny climate change receive most of their funding from unidentifiable sources.

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It’s Getting Hotter in Oz

Influential members of the new Australian government are rejecting measures designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but the mounting evidence of increasing heat is contradicting them.

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World Went on Warming in 2013

Despite claims that global temperatures have stopped rising, British scientists say this year and 2013 are both expected to be among the ten warmest recorded.

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Climate Change Will Hit Seafloor Life

Many species are likely to be damaged by the effects of climate change on deep-sea communities, and animals are expected to grow smaller.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Warming Climate May Cut Cloud Cover

One of the great unknowns of climate science is what effect clouds have in accelerating or slowing warming. A new study sheds a disturbing light on their possible impact.

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2013 ‘Will Mark Continued Rise of CO2’

The 24 years since the world agreed to limit greenhouse gases are expected to have seen a rise of almost two-thirds in emissions of the main gas, carbon dioxide.

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