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Boo!

Does what should be deeply disturbing, even apocalyptically terrifying, in the present moment strike many of us as the equivalent of so many movie-made terrors—shivers and fears produced in a world so far beyond us that we can do nothing about them?

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Shielding a Flickering Flame

As the plundered ecosystem deteriorates, resistance will increasingly be an act designed not to ensure the continuity of life but to stave off death for as long as possible.

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Deep Oceans May Be Storing Heat

New research supports the theory that the deep ocean may be storing much of the heat climate scientists had expected to find in the atmosphere.

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Warsaw—Day 12: All Nations Accept CO2 Targets

As the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw tottered through their unplanned final day the exhausted delegates found room for enough compromises to keep the process moving ahead—slowly.

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Ending the Fire Zone Subsidy

As the Denver Post previously reported, between 1990 and 2000, more than a third of all homes built in America were built in the so-called Wildland-Urban Interface—aka the fire red zones.

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Warsaw—Day 12: Too Little Too Late to Save the Planet

Two weeks of sometimes rancorous and seldom conclusive negotiations are drawing toward a close at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, with little to show for all the effort.

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How to Reverse a Slow-Motion Apocalypse

Corporations and governments promote the burning of fossil fuels, which means the dumping of its waste product, carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere where, in record amounts, it heats the planet. This is not an oversight; it is a business model.

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Historic CO2 Emissions Require Cuts Now

The amount of carbon dioxide that has already built up in the atmosphere is helping to accelerate the pace at which the Earth is warming, two scientists say.

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Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

This year’s climate meeting has a new feature: corporate sponsorship.

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Warsaw—Day 8: China Is ‘Unsure Progress Is Possible’

Concern over financial promises made by developed countries has prompted the leader of China’s negotiators at the Warsaw climate talks to question whether progress there is possible.

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Warsaw—Day 7: World ‘Neglects Climate Impact on Food’

Food security is a neglected area of efforts to tackle climate change, say scientists who think politicians are failing to take the problem seriously.

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Warsaw—Day 6: Prepare Now for 4°C Rise

Delegates to the climate conference in Poland have been told that the United Nations believes global average temperatures will rise by double the agreed safety limit.

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New Republican Icon, Same Old Policies

From the moment he was declared the winner in his re-election campaign, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has been billed as a new kind of Republican. Is it a fair characterization? Yes and no.

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Warsaw—Day 5: Dismay as Japan Abandons Greenhouse Targets

Japan’s decision to allow its greenhouse gas emissions to rise significantly has dismayed delegates at the U.N. climate talks in Poland.

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Typhoon Haiyan and the Climate Talks

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Haiyan: A Disaster Made Worse by Greed

The Philippines, which is one of the poorest and least developed nations on the planet, has had little hand in creating the conditions that nurtured Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda, as it’s known locally), possibly the worst storm in recorded human history.

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Top U.S. Tech Firms Fund ‘Extreme’ Right-Wing Causes

The link between tech and the right wing was confirmed in a report by a lobbying watchdog that shows some of America’s largest technology and telecom companies “are backing a network of self-styled ‘free-market thinktanks’ promoting a radical rightwing agenda in states across the nation,” The Guardian reports.

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Haiyan Supertyphoon

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Warsaw—Day 3: World Faces More ‘Perfect Storms’

We should expect more storms on the scale of Hurricane Sandy and Supertyphoon Haiyan, the World Meteorological Organization has told delegates at the U.N. climate conference in Poland.

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Typhoon Haiyan Demands Climate Action at the U.N. Summit in Warsaw

Typhoon Haiyan, a storm of historic proportions, has devastated the largely impoverished population of the Philippines.

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Filipino Climate Chief: ‘Stop This Madness’

Yeb Saño choked up while speaking at the international climate conference in Warsaw in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which is estimated to have killed more than 10,000 people: “I speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for themselves after perishing from the storm.”

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Saving Ozone May Slow Warming Rate

What appears to be a slowdown in the rate of atmospheric warming this century may have a simple explanation—it could be the consequence of protecting the ozone layer.

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Adapt to Warmer World Say U.S. Scientists

There is no silver bullet for tackling climate change, U.S. scientists say. The only option is for every part of society to accept the need to adapt to it.

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Cosmic Rays Add Little to Climate Change

Cosmic rays and solar activity can account for only a very small part of global warming, researchers have found, rebutting a theory often advanced by climate deniers.

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In the Battle for Tax Subsidies, Big Oil Beats Renewables and the Poor

A collection of articles and studies questions our commitments to a better world. As Big Oil rakes in near-record profits and massive tax subsidies, renewable energy ventures remain under-subsidized. And some 50 million Americans remain mired in poverty.

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The Climate Gap Is Getting Wider

The promises made by governments to cut greenhouse gases are slipping steadily behind the scale of reductions the world needs in the next seven years, a U.N. report says.

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Mammals Shrank As the World Warmed

One way some species of mammal adapted to a warmer world was to lose body size, new fossil evidence confirms.

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Climate Change to Cut Global Food Production, Increase Water Demand

Scientists and other experts are now taking an even dimmer view of the effects of global warming, and believe it will decrease worldwide food production even as demand from an expanding population increases. At the same time, climate change will increase the competition for potable water. And some changes are already occurring.

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Where on Earth Will the Waste Go?

The swelling tide of rubbish flowing from the world’s cities shows no sign of abating—and at least one disposal method means more greenhouse gas emissions.

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What Happens When the World Dries Out

As the atmosphere warms, the impact on the world’s drylands could alter the chemistry of the soil as well as increasing its aridity.

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Energy Change Means Challenge for Investors

The transition from fossil fuels to renewables may be more problematic than investors imagined.

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Renewables ‘Need Huge Mineral Supply’

The world will have to hugely increase its consumption of minerals, and to find sustainable ways of exploiting them, if it is to replace fossil fuel technologies with renewables, researchers say.

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Green Climate Fund ‘Can Power Poor’

A new funding idea for developing countries could provide the renewable electricity output equivalent of 100 new coal plants by 2020.

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Carbon Cutoff Point ‘Is 27 Years Away’

It is technically possible to end greenhouse gas emissions within 40 years, a report says. But sooner than that the world is likely to have emitted as much carbon as scientists believe it can safely afford.

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Energy Investors Pile On the Pressure

Fossil fuel companies are feeling the heat from investors concerned that moves toward a global low-carbon economy could leave many of their assets worthless.

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Arctic Is Warmer Than In 40,000 Years

Evidence of the speed and severity of recent Arctic warming has been unearthed by scientists who found mosses that were exposed to sunlight for the first time in at least 40 millennia.

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Warming Oceans Will Affect the Poorest

By 2100, the world’s oceans will be warmer and more acidic, with less dissolved oxygen and lower yields of fish and shellfish, making life very difficult for up to 870 million people who rely on the sea for food, jobs and income.

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The French Method: How Africa’s Old Colonial Nemesis Fights Terrorism in the Sahara

Few Americans outside the Pentagon have been watching Mali, where a midsummer election marked the end of a painful year of civil war and incendiary Islamic radicalism.

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Making Solar Power While the Sun Shines

New solar power installations are surging, but a tax rebate that has helped propel them will decrease in 2016. That raises a related question: Why isn’t solar power required in all new building construction?

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Koch Brothers Stand to Make $100 Billion From Keystone Pipeline

Through their investments and various subsidiaries, Charles and David Koch could make a fortune from the transcontinental oil pipeline, contrary to previous Koch claims.

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Universities Urged to Cut Fossil Fuel Ties

Campaign groups accuse British universities of being too deeply entwined financially with the fossil fuel industry and urge them to divest within the next five years.

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Desperation Drives Some Scientists to Consider Climate Hacking

The idea of terraforming Earth is abhorrent to most scientists, but the consequences of climate change may be such that we have no alternative.

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Mangrove Map Pinpoints Carbon Riches

Worldwide study of mangrove swamps’ carbon storage capacity will help scientists identify where efforts should be focused to protect these rich resources for climate change mitigation.

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Oil and Honey

“I didn’t particularly want to lead a movement, but I wanted to join one, and so I helped to build it,” writes environmental activist Bill McKibben in his memoir, “Oil and Honey,” an endearing account of his reluctant rise to leadership.

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China May Own U.K.’s Nuclear Stations

Electricity prices in the United Kingdom are expected to double as a consequence of the British decision to allow Chinese companies to own 100 percent of new British nuclear power stations.

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Tony Blair’s Selfie: An Emblem of the Iraq War

A doctored photo of Britain’s former prime minister posing in front of exploding bombs may play a large role in how the Iraq War is recalled; beginning in January, millions of uninsured Americans will receive health coverage under Medicaid; meanwhile, the climate threat we should all be worried about is water scarcity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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U.S. Nuclear Closures Could Raise Emissions

American nuclear power is fighting to survive because the price of natural gas has plunged. But without enough renewable replacements, closures could lead to a big rise in emissions rates.

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Norway’s Billions Could Go Into Renewables

Norway is on the brink of instigating a potentially world-changing approach to climate change if it goes ahead with a plan to invest billions of dollars in global renewable energy projects.

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