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Tag: Climate Change

Energy Game-Changers Look to the Future

Innovative new research into clean energy technology shows there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels—provided there is enough political will and investment.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE


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Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

Global warming is a form of terror, perhaps the worst form. The finality of death is the same, whether we are gunned down in the streets or drown in the floods.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE

Secret Trade Talks Could Weaken Climate Targets Set in Paris

Secret trade negotiations in Geneva could outlaw public subsidies for renewable energy across the world, undermining climate talks in Paris that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to unions and anti-poverty campaigners.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE

Climate and Laws Trap Islanders

People on low-lying islands threatened by climate-related disasters are barred from seeking sanctuary because they are classed as economic migrants.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE

Paris—and the World—Is Burning

A fitting honor to those who died in Paris, and to the countless victims of climate change, would be a fair, ambitious and binding agreement at the climate summit.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Denial

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Trevor Noah on the COP21 Conference and the Suppression of Activism in Paris

The climate change conference is underway in Paris, and although French authorities have banned environmentalists from protesting after the recent terrorist attacks, activists have found a novel way to express their concerns about climate change.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Climate Change Threatens U.S. Influence

Security experts say a modern Marshall Plan of aid for the Asia-Pacific region is needed to protect U.S. strategic and economic interests from climate-related challenges.

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Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Change Cover-Up

“We’ve often wondered if Exxon actually hates our children because they so consistently stand in the way of safeguarding their future,” a campaigner said. “It turns out they apparently hate good journalism as well.”

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE

Clean Energy Gathers Steam

As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world’s biggest economy gets left behind.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’ Kicks Off Full Coverage of Paris Climate Talks

Amy Goodman and her team are on the streets of Paris and in the meeting halls of COP21, the United Nations’ fraught, highly policed attempt to craft a global, intergovernmental solution to the existential problem of climate change.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Two-Thirds of Americans Want the U.S. to Join a Global Climate Pact

A New York Times/CBS News poll shows that a solid majority of Americans say the United States should join an international treaty to limit the impact of global warming. Most of those who say otherwise identify as conservative.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE

Forest Destruction Can Be Cut by Half

A new study shows that political will is all that is needed to stop the chainsaws and bulldozers that are destroying tropical forests and contributing to global warming.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE

People’s Global Climate March 2015: Taking to the Streets for Our Future

On the biggest day of climate change activism ever seen worldwide, millions of people are joining in Sunday, at more than 2,500 events around the globe, using people power to put pressure on world leaders to unite in fighting global warming at the COP21 summit opening Monday in Paris.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE

Planet’s Future Hangs on Legacy of Paris Climate-Change Talks

Scientists warn that any emissions reduction targets agreed upon at the U.N. climate summit can only be a starting point for tackling global warming.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE

Records Reveal Warming’s First Warning

Scientists have identified a worldwide pattern of climate change in the late 1980s as the early signpost on the path that has led to next month’s crucial U.N. summit in Paris.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Counts the Human Cost of Climate Change

A new study informs delegates to the Paris climate change summit, COP21, that extreme weather in the last two decades has claimed well over half a million lives and cost trillions of dollars.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE

If ‘Life Must Go On,’ Say Groups, France Must Lift Ban on Climate Protests

“We must not suspend democracy and freedom while proclaiming our commitment to democracy and freedom,” declares a letter sent to French President François Hollande.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE

The Great Pumpkin Shortage Is Coming

Whether you’re hooked on making your own pumpkin coffee with a blob of the canned stuff or just want to avoid a last-minute scramble before baking a holiday pie or two, you’d better stock up now.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE

A Perfect Storm Is Headed for Fossil Fuel Assets

Coal, oil and gas sectors warned that trillions of dollars of assets could be stranded if a global agreement on limiting climate change is reached at the U.N. summit in Paris.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE

Trees Face Global Extinction Threat

Field scientists warn that damage being done to the Amazon rain forest indicates that most of the world’s 40,000 tropical tree species now qualify as being at risk.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

‘America Is Not a Planet’ and Other Republican Remarks About Climate Change

As world leaders prepare for climate talks in Paris, here is a sample of Republican denials of the science of climate change, compiled by The Guardian.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE

Fire Activity Points to Religions’ Impact on Climate

A link has been detected between religious days of observance and reductions in the big “active fires” that can affect global warming by sending aerosols into the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Boosted Australia’s 2010 Floods

Warming oceans helped worsen Australia’s floods five years ago by intensifying rainfall, researchers find.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE

Warming Will Increase Carbon Emissions From Lakes

Scientists show that many of the world’s millions of lakes will probably release even more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as global temperatures increase.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 READ MORE

Rich Praise for Poor Nation’s Emissions Targets

Analysts say the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the world’s poorest countries, has more credible plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from forestry than several more-developed states.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Paris Attacks Cast Shadow Over Climate Talks

Organizing a climate change conference involving nearly 200 countries has been made considerably more difficult by last week’s attacks.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

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How Did Our Presidential Election Process Become a Circus?

We’re going to need an especially wise and able leader in the coming years, yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates are clowns.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

More Warming Will Bring a More Polluted Future

Global warming will increase airborne aerosols and cause more atmospheric pollution, scientists say.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming Is Draining the Waters of Life

New research warns that rising temperatures are reducing the mountain snow on which billions of people in lowland areas depend for their water supply.

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE

Who Can Follow This Climate Leader?

President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline while backing increased production of oil, gas and coal.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

West Antarctic Ice Cascades Toward Crisis

Scientists warn that continued ocean warming will lead to ice loss in the Amundsen Sea region that could raise sea levels by 3 meters.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Climate Interruptus

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 ENLARGE

France Wonders If John Kerry Is ‘Confused’ on Upcoming Climate Talks

Kerry’s statement that the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris will result in no “legally binding” agreement on emissions reductions is being met with rebuffs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE

Biggest Economies Still Backing Fossil Fuels

Analysts say the world’s 20 leading economies give nearly four times as much in subsidies to fossil-fuel production as total global subsidies to renewable energy.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE

On the Verge of the Great Unraveling: The View From 2050

As everyone now knows, the spirit of integration imbued in international trade pacts would go down to defeat as the bloodlands of the 20th century gave way to the splinterlands of the 21st. The sense of disintegration and disunity that settled over our world came at precisely the wrong moment. We needed more unity, not less.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

A Sea Change in Market Forces Governing Renewable Energy

New and cheaper ways to exploit free energy from wind and tidal power are being floated for countries with deep seas off their coasts.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Crisis on Track to Push 100 Million Into Extreme Poverty

In response to a new study, the charity Oxfam urges the World Bank “to heed its own warnings and support equitable, low-carbon development.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

A Scorching Earth Threatens U.S. Agriculture

The effects of climate change mean the topsoil that gives the U.S. its agricultural strength is now in jeopardy of being blown away.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

‘Our Generation, Our Choice,’ Say Young People as They Ready for Mass Civil Disobedience

Youths from across the country are expected to sweep Washington, D.C., on Monday “to demand justice on race, climate change, and immigration.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

Birds and Reptiles Are Feeling the Survival Heat

New scientific reports highlight yet again the threats that climate change and rising temperatures are posing for many species.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

Dark Skies Herald Hope for the Taming of Hurricanes

The use of geoengineering to simulate sulfate aerosol discharge into the stratosphere from volcanic eruptions may offer short-term respite from devastating storms.

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 READ MORE

‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP Is a Total Corporate Power-Grab Nightmare

“President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,” says Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth. And he’s not alone in raising alarms about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

Go-It-Alone Action Could Break Climate Gridlock

Researchers say the way to establish fair levels for everyone on global emissions reduction is for one of the major powers to stand up and set the benchmark.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Paris Climate Summit Will Be a Peace Conference

A failure to cap carbon emissions will bring on not just climate shocks, but also worldwide instability, insurrection and warfare. In this sense, the COP-21 in Paris in November should be considered perhaps the most significant peace convocation in history.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

There Was Such a Thing as Jujutsuffragettes, and They Kicked Serious Butt

The women’s rights movement in Great Britain had a martial arts-trained group that few knew about; a writer ponders how to get people to read about climate change when it’s so depressing; and a look into how abolitionist Frederick Douglass became the most photographed man in America. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

Spread of Drylands Will Hit Poorer Nations Hardest

Global warming, increasing aridity and a rapidly expanding human population will lead to drylands covering half of the earth’s land surface by the end of this century.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE

Royal Call for Switch to Low Carbon Investment

Prince Charles urges investors to play a key role as future-makers by pressuring governments to take decisive action on climate change.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Bill Gates: ‘The Private Sector Is Inept,’ Only Good Government Can Save the Climate

In a recent interview with The Atlantic, the Microsoft co-founder declared that the private sector alone cannot save the world from the ravages of climate change.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

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