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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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


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