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Diary of a Bad Year

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Tag: Climate Change

Heat Wave

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Insurers Given Severe Weather Warning

The huge cost of claims resulting from a rise in extreme weather events has led analysts in the multibillion dollar insurance industry to warn that it must now pressure governments to take action on greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Monumental Movement on Gay Marriage, Voting Rights and Immigration

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex couples and against minority voters, the Senate’s immigration overhaul bill, President Obama’s stated goals on climate change, and Texas Sen. Wendy David and former South African President Nelson Mandela—two politicians who stand for something.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Desert Yields Clues to Species’ Survival

Research into one of the world’s oldest and driest deserts has unearthed evidence of the evolutionary timeline for species that have avoided extinction by adapting to dramatic climate change.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE


Conflicts Fuel Caucasus Climate Fears

The melting snows of Mount Ararat are a stark warning of growing problems in a fragile region so fragmented by conflict that unified efforts to address climate change are severely restricted.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Outlines Climate Change Plan, Weiner Leads Comeback Race, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including PolitiFact considers possible outcomes for Wednesday’s Supreme Court same-sex marriage decisions and “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver takes aim at the media and the government over whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE

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Climbing Concern for the Caucasus Climate

There are often hailstorms in Armenia and throughout the rugged and mountainous Caucasus region. But the ferocity of this one—happening in mid- May when crops were just coming to life—was highly unusual.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE

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Acid Seas Make Corals Feeble

Two important habitats for marine life, coral reefs and eelgrass meadows, will endure warming and acidifying seas. But they will become vulnerable.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE

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Greenland’s Great Melt Is Pinned on Climate Change

The forensic search for the mysterious agent that almost melted Greenland goes on. The latest suspect to be rounded up for questioning is the jet stream, scientists in the U.K. say.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Climate Change Puts Lake Life at Risk

Lakes are warming on both sides of the Atlantic—and this is bad news both for water quality and the fish.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE

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The Pentagon’s Preparations for War Against Us

A score of recent defense department and other official documents warn that climate change, energy shocks and economic crisis could trigger waves of civil unrest. The understanding seems to explain the proliferation of security and surveillance programs over the last decade.

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 READ MORE

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Climate Change Puts Even ‘Safe’ Species at Risk

Work by 100 scientists over five years reveals that more than half of species studied are endangered by a warming planet.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE

Climate Change Summit

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Once in a Century Floods Due Every 10 Years

Once-rare severe flooding events could occur as frequently as once a decade by the end of this century.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Bloomberg’s Climate Change Plan Appears Grossly Inadequate

The New York mayor’s $20 billion proposal to protect America’s most populated city from the ravages of global warming seems to ignore the worst predictions of sea level rise reported in the respectable press.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE

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Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

A vast, globally important river basin in Canada five times the size of France is at great risk from a potential catastrophic oil spill from the mining of tar sands.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE

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More Sunshine in Spain Not Always Good News

A study shows that cloud cover has been falling in Spain since the 1980s leading to new opportunities in solar power generation but also increased risks of desertification and harm to human health.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE

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Diseases Spread as Arctic Ice Melts

As the climate warms in Arctic regions, more diseases from Europe and elsewhere are spreading there, threatening both animal and human populations.

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE

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Coral Fights Back Slowly From Ocean Heating

The good news is that some coral can recover from periodic warming of the oceans. The bad news is it might take too long.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE

Climate Change

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Plenty of Surprises as World Warms

Regarding rainfall patterns and tree growth, nobody knows for certain what climate change will bring.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE

World Environment Day

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE

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How to Destroy a Planet Without Really Trying

Imagine you’re a historian 100 years from now—assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious—and you’re looking back at what’s happening today. For the first time in the history of the human species, you’d see we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE

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Intense Thunderstorms Likely to Batter a Warming World

More intense thunderstorms combined with damaging winds are expected to occur with increased frequency because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE

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Plant Growth Surges as CO2 Levels Rise

New study predicts a big jump in foliage growth in arid regions as carbon dioxide levels increase.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE

Lovely as a Tree

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Old Data Reveals Warming Oceans

Data collected during the H.M.S. Challenger’s four year expedition in the late 19th century shows that oceans are absorbing far more heat than previously realized.

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Royal Goings-On Freeze Out Climate

Major U.S. news broadcasters are hot on stories about the British royal family but cold on the destabilizing climate—despite Prince Charles’ dire warnings.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Sustainable Living Challenges the Swiss

An experiment to see whether citizens of one of the world’s richest countries could live sustainably by drastically reducing their energy consumption has found that very few could meet the challenge.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE

Carbon Dioxide Levels

Posted on May 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Are You Ready to Kiss Frogs Goodbye?

The first ever analysis of the rate of population loss among frogs, toads, salamanders and newts found a general decline of 3.7 percent per year from 2002 to 2011, while “red-listed” species disappeared at a rate of 11.6 percent annually, even in protected lands.

Posted on May 25, 2013 READ MORE

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A Cooler Century? Wait and See

New research suggesting the Earth may be warming more slowly than expected does not mean climate change is a false alarm, experts say.

Posted on May 25, 2013 READ MORE

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New York City’s Summers May Heat Up

Cities are liable to heat up much more than open countryside as the climate warms, and in the case of New York City, this could mean a big increase in heat-related deaths.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE

Era of Extreme Weather

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE

NASA/Kathryn Hansen

A Mission on Climate Change

President Obama should spend his remaining years in office making the United States part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Terracide and the Terrarists: Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group, and one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment. But we don’t have one for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live on. “Terracide,” from the Latin word for earth, has the right ring, given its similarity to the commonplace danger word of our era: terrorist.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Fish Migration Reveals Ocean Warming

Establishing what temperatures suit different species of fish has enabled scientists to find elusive evidence of what climate change is doing to oceans.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Glaciers Are Melting Slowly but Surely

Most of the world’s glaciers are retreating more slowly than the few that are shrinking fast. But new research confirms that almost all of them are losing mass.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Too Soon to Tell: The Case for Hope, Continued

If you take the long view, you’ll see how startlingly, how unexpectedly but regularly things change. Not by magic, but by the incremental effect of countless acts of courage, love and commitment, the small drops that wear away stones and carve new landscapes, and sometimes by torrents of popular will that change the world suddenly.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE

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Warming Climate Endangers U.K. Farming

British farm animals and crops face a heightened health risk from several diseases encouraged by climate change.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE

Rising Carbon Dioxide

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Unscathed by Scandals, Mayor Denies Smoking Crack, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a radio host makes shocking and incendiary remarks about Hillary Clinton and Bill Maher criticizes Republicans over the issue that he says should really be causing outrage.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Chilling: Arctic Tundra ‘Will Turn to Forest’

Two sets of scientists working independently have come to the conclusion that the Arctic will soon be ice free and forested.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE (CC BY 2.0)

Climate Research Nearly Unanimous on Causes

The results are conclusive. Of more than 4,000 peer reviewed papers published over a period of 20 years, 97.1 percent agree that climate change is man-made.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Rising Temperatures Ground Ducks

Some species are adapting to warmer conditions by radically changing their behavior, such as ducks that have stopped migrating south.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE

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The Climate Secrets of Lake El’gygytgyn

Lake sediments in a Siberian crater show that the last time atmospheric carbon dioxide was at present levels, global temperatures were 14.4 degrees hotter, forests covered the tundra and sea levels were up to 130 feet higher than they are today.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE

Colorado River Water

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Climate Landmark Is a Grave Warning Sign

Humanity on Friday passed a milestone on the way to planetary destruction when monitoring stations registered 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide spread throughout the atmosphere.

Posted on May 11, 2013 READ MORE

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Amazon ‘May Lose 65% of Land Biomass by 2060’

Making more land in the Amazon available for farming and ranching means felling more trees to make space, and that risks less production, because of deforestation’s effect on the climate.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE

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And Then There Was One

To this day, we’ve never quite taken in the moment when Soviet imperial rot unexpectedly—above all, to Washington—became imperial crash-and-burn. Left standing, the United States—the Cold War’s victor—seemed like an empire of everything under the sun. It was as if humanity had always been traveling toward this spot.

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE

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