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U.K. Seabirds Sound Climate Warning

Once-familiar Scottish seabirds are among species whose numbers in the U.K. are falling sharply, scientists say—and the suspicion is that climate change is to blame.

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE



California Goes Nuts for Water

Farmers in California are being badly affected by the record drought now ravaging the state, and the lucrative nut industry is in serious trouble.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



Telltale Paintings Show Climate’s Past

Paintings from several centuries ago can reveal fascinating details of what the climate was like at the time the artist created them, Greek researchers say.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


Noah’s Warning

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The Long Telegram: Imaginary Friends and Phantom Enemies

The result of the obsessive vilification of Russia is a tragic waste of opportunities for two major nations to join in the actual wars at hand.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



Human Activities ‘Caused Record Oz Heat’

Human activities made last year’s record-breaking hot summer in Australia five times more likely than it would otherwise have been, meteorologists report.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



Warmer Winters Will Limit Olympic Snow

By the 2080s, two-thirds of the cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics since 1924 are likely to be too warm to be able to do so again.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE


Pot-Hell

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Heat Extremes Threaten Crop Yields

Extreme heat is expected to be the greatest risk to several major crops as temperatures rise, scientists say.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



Rockies Flora Show Climate Impact

The warming climate has caused widespread change in the flora of one meadow in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, a painstaking study over nearly 40 years reveals.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE


First Day of Spring

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AAAS: Changing Climate May Bring Irreversible Alterations

U.S. scientists have intervened in the policy debate to say the evidence that the climate is changing is as strong as that which links smoking with cancer.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



‘Climate Change Is Impacting People’s Lives, Now. Not at Some Time in the Future’

Some contrarian climate scientists have claimed that developing clean energy sources is unwise for these countries—insisting incorrectly that dirty energy is the future. Most of us are smarter than that.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Science Is ‘Beyond Argument’

Beset by pollution, overfishing and often uncontrolled exploitation, the world’s high seas are also under mounting pressure from climate change, a panel of international leaders says.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



NASA-Funded Study Sounds Alarm for Civilization

A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center confirmed the prospect that worldwide industrial civilization could collapse in the coming decades under “unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution,” Dr. Nafeez Ahmed reports at The Guardian.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE



India’s Dam Building Bonanza

India is in the middle of a massive hydroelectric dam building program, necessary, its leaders say, to fuel the energy needs of its fast growing economy.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Senate v. CIA and Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists examine a behind-the-scenes fight over interoffice spying between the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Also, the libertarian-conservative split on the U.S.’s proper role in the Ukraine crisis and Senate Democrats’ fruitless all-nighter on climate change.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



Malarial Mosquitos Are Flying Higher

With many higher regions warming due to climate change it’s likely that mosquitoes carrying malaria will enlarge their territories.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



By the Way, Your Home Is On Fire

People in power and bureaucrats seem exceptionally obtuse when it comes to recognizing that the world has changed and the old rules no longer apply.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


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The Growth of the American Servant Sector

Nowadays, the members of the 1 percent are the only ones getting richer and they’re hiring servants to keep them comfy; there are a few things you should be aware about with regard to your caffeine intake; meanwhile, familiar weather patterns have gone extinct. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE



Arctic Melt Speeding Up

It’s long been established that Arctic ice is on the retreat, but it’s the pace of change that’s surprising scientists: The latest studies show the region is the warmest it’s been in 40,000 years.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



Two Giant Oil Pipelines Would Double Tar Sands Production

Two new pipeline projects announced earlier this month would bring to market a “neck-breaking 1.1 million barrels of oil per day” and almost double the region’s daily petroleum output to 760,000 barrels without requiring President Obama’s approval.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE



Old Greek Plays Record Halcyon Days

History and literature provide evidence of consistently mild mid-winter weather in ancient Greece, helping climate scientists to reconstruct the past and so understand the future.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE



India’s Diesel Fumes Fuel Glacier Melt

Air pollution is a lethal problem in Kolkata and other parts of India—and it is helping to melt the not-so-eternal snows of the Himalayas, scientists say.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE



Drought ‘Makes Amazonia Emit Carbon’

Instead of storing carbon, the Amazon forest can dry out so much because of drought and fire that it releases the gas to the atmosphere, scientists believe.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



Cold and Warm Polar Water Mixing Slows

The process that sends cold surface Antarctic water to the warmer depths—redistributing heat and storing carbon—is now faltering, scientists say, because of climate change.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Women, Poets Rejoice! There Are New Laureates in Town and They Happen to All Be Female

Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all chosen women as their poet laureates this year.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



Europe’s Flood Risk May Double By 2050

Extreme floods in Europe could happen almost twice as often by 2050 as they do today, scientists say, as much of the continent recovers from the severest winter in several centuries.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



Hotter Extremes Belie Warming ‘Pause’

Claims that climate change has paused are proved to be misleading, scientists say, by the evidence of increasing and more frequent extremes of heat affecting wider regions.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change ‘Raises Extinction Risk’

Wildlife does not face a unique risk of extinction because of climate change, researchers say. But the risks that species face already are likely to be intensified.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change ‘Helped to End Monsoon 4,000 Years Ago’

This generation has lessons to learn from the way climate change helped topple civilizations thousands of years ago, British scientists say.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



Apocalypses Everywhere

Two clouds of genuine doom still darken our world: nuclear extermination and environmental extinction. If they got the urgent action they deserve, they would be at the top of our political priority list.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Urges Fishing Ban in Melting Arctic

Arctic countries are being urged by the U.S. to forbid commercial fishing in the further reaches of the thawing Arctic Ocean until there is a sound scientific base for managing the fishing fleets.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Thanks to Climate Change, You May Have to Kiss Coffee Goodbye

Savor your morning cup of joe. If things continue the way they are, a day may come when coffee is nothing but a distant memory.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



Rising Sea Level Threatens Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles faces a growing threat from rising sea levels by mid-century, researchers say as much of the region copes with an unprecedented drought.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



Duckweed Raises Hopes for Biofuel

Scientists believe they have identified a vigorous new source of biofuel—a tiny plant that lives almost everywhere and grows with extraordinary speed.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, Facebook and WhatsApp, Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the political protests in Ukraine, the privacy implications of Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the texting service WhatsApp and billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer’s promise to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election to pressure candidates to tackle climate change.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



Geo-Engineering ‘Could Mean More Heat’

Using technology to reflect sunlight away from the Earth to reduce global warming could be disastrous, scientists say, because the aftermath could be even more severe heat.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE


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Arctic ‘Is Set to Reach 13°C by 2100’

Scientists in the U.S. expect the rise in temperature in the Arctic by the end of the century will be more than six times greater than the globally agreed safety threshold.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



John Kerry Slams Climate-Change Deniers for ‘Burying Their Heads in the Sand’

Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot across the bow at climate-change skeptics and deniers during a diplomatic visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE



Cities’ Twin Heat Problems May Get Relief

Climate change aside, cities tend to be warmer than the surrounding countryside. Now researchers in the U.S. have found ways that may lessen the effects of both problems.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Is Destroying California, Obama Promises to Help

Look at a satellite photo of the continental United States these past couple of months and you’ll quickly notice that the country has an identity crisis.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE


Valentine’s Day

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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.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE


Rain vs. Drought

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