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Wildfire Fears Cool a Little

Scientists have been warning that wildfires could be exacerbated by global warming, but new research indicates that this is not an immediate threat.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE


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Climate Damage Threatens Heritage Sites

Scientists warn that some of the jewels in the crown of the world’s natural and man-made treasures face decay and destruction because of climate change.

Posted on May 27, 2016 READ MORE



Farming’s Dirty Needs Have a Deadly Effect

Researchers say air pollution from the use of vital fertilizers means that fossil fuel emissions must be reduced if we are to feed the world’s growing population.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Insurance Aid Props Up Climate-Risk Homes

A major insurer calls for an end to government subsidies that encourage expensive house-building schemes in areas of the U.S. at high risk of floods and storms.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Major Oil Companies Tread Cautiously Toward Renewables

In face of falling oil prices and plunging profits, big oil companies are investing in renewables and clean energy, but still focusing on fossil fuels.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



New Threat From Antarctic Glacier Could Raise Sea Levels by Nearly 10 Feet

A huge glacier in the frozen wastes of East Antarctica, a region previously thought stable, could melt much faster than expected, scientists say.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



Trump Cannot Derail Global Climate Deal

Even if he wins the presidency, Donald Trump will be unable to halt international progress toward a low-carbon economy, a British expert says.

Posted on May 20, 2016 READ MORE



Poorest Nations Will Feel the Heat of Climate Change First

Very high temperatures will affect some of the world’s least-developed countries before touching the richer nations that are more responsible for climate change.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



Glad Tidings for the Potential of Sea Power

The daily ebb and flow of the tides promise a renewable energy bonanza for countries such as Canada and the U.K., which have shallow seas and a steep tidal range.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Change Means Cities Face Flash Flood Hazards

Scientists in Australia warn that global warming will lead to more intense and concentrated summer storms seriously testing city drainage systems already struggling to cope.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



Wave Impacts Speed Greenland Ice Melt

New research indicates that melting of the Northern Hemisphere’s biggest ice sheet is being accelerated by the seismic impact of waves crashing against Greenland’s coastline.

Posted on May 14, 2016 READ MORE



Some Old Species Are Well-Suited to Survive Climate Change

A study of more than 600 vertebrate species shows those that have faced extreme environmental pressures in the past are now best equipped to survive climate change.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



Amid Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment, Brazil Prepares to Roll Back Environmental Laws

Members of Brazil’s Congress are set to exploit the suspension of Dilma Rousseff’s presidency to dismantle environmental protection laws.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



Searing Heat May Spark Climate Exodus

Temperatures in the Middle East and North Africa could reach unbearably high levels that would make some regions uninhabitable and increase the pressure on climate refugees.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



Nuclear Costs Roll Onward and Upward

Building new nuclear power stations is becoming hugely more expensive, but decommissioning old ones might prove even more costly.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Confusion Creeps Into the Trump Camp

Despite the Republican presidential candidate’s claim that climate change is a hoax, a new survey has found that more than half of his supporters believe global warming is happening.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



American Forests Face Major Changes

Researchers create detailed “cyberforests” to help us picture the dramatic ways that climate change could alter the types of trees in the forests of Canada and the U.S.

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE



Dead Zones Devour Oceans’ Oxygen

Marine life faces increased threats as researchers warn that warmer waters caused by climate change could seriously reduce the levels of oxygen in the world’s seas.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Scientists See a Future in Natural Resources

From creating transparent wood for solar panels or windows to turning carbon dioxide and plant waste into plastic bottles, scientists are finding ingenious ways to sidestep fossil fuels.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE



Droughts Are Giving Trees ‘Heart Attacks’

Research identifying survival traits in different tree species could prove vital in helping reduce the massive losses caused by heat extremes as the world warms.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE



These Days of Mild U.S. Weather Will Not Last

Scientists warn that the current pleasures of warmer weather will pale for Americans as climate change brings extreme temperature increases and unhealthy levels of atmospheric ozone.

Scientists warn that the current pleasures of warmer weather will pale for Americans as climate change brings extreme temperature increases and unhealthy levels of atmospheric ozone.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 READ MORE



Our Hungry World Need Not Fell Its Forests

The rapidly growing human population can feed itself without worsening climate change by destroying the planet’s forests, researchers say.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



Despite Chernobyl, Belarus Goes Nuclear

Thirty years after the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine, one of its neighbors is close to completing its own nuclear power station.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Canada Pact Eases Arctic Fears

Low oil prices have reduced pressure to exploit Arctic fossil fuels and boosted hopes that the region’s fragile environment and indigenous people may be better protected.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Deniers Get a Reality Check

Despite aggressive attempts to convince the public otherwise, new analysis of the vast body of research shows 97 percent of scientists agree that human activities are fueling climate change.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE



Nuclear Power Costs Enter Uncharted Territory

As some governments press on with new nuclear power facilities in an attempt to address climate change, a multibillion-dollar industry will be needed to make decommissioned plants and their hazardous waste “safe.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



Scientists Look to the Soil to Save Earth From Overheating

New research shows that changing farming and soil management practices so that soils store carbon rather than lose it would help avoid dangerous climate change.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Investors Warned: Forget Fossil Fuels

Historic change heralded as investors are told they face losing their money if they continue to back the industry that is causing global warming.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE



Wasted Food Lays a Heavy Burden on the Climate

As obesity levels soar, cutting the vast amount of food we waste could have a major impact on reducing the effects of climate change—as well as alleviate world hunger.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



A Big Push for Small Nuclear Reactors

Global nuclear companies are meeting this week to discuss licensing the controversial small modular reactors that are costing billions of dollars to develop and would be built near towns.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



Shrimp Sound Ocean Acidity Alarm

The effect of the sea absorbing increased carbon dioxide in the air has damaging consequences for the noisy snapping shrimp and marine life in coastal rock pools.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Missing the Goal for Limiting Temperature Rise Could Have a Huge Financial Impact

If the global average surface temperature rises by 2.5 degrees Celsius over its pre-industrial level by 2100, $2.5 trillion—or 1.8 percent—of the world’s financial assets would be at risk, scientists say.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Genetically Modified Crops Can Thrive as the World Warms

Plants genetically modified to take advantage of hotter temperatures and increased carbon dioxide could cut fertilizer use and raise yields to alleviate global food shortages.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



Antarctic Ice Could Melt Faster Than Had Been Feared

Scientists in the U.S. predict that the alarming rate at which Antarctica’s ice continues to thaw could be enough to double global sea-level rise within this century.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



A New Strategy Is Devised to Attack Wildfires

High-risk areas are mapped and targeted in efforts by the U.S. and Europe to reduce the risks of catastrophic economic and health effects caused by fires.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE



Day-to-Day Human Activity Determines the Finer Effects of Climate Change

New research illustrates that reactions of people, plants and animals to the changing climate are a key factor in unraveling the complexities of global warming.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



Rising Heat Brings Earlier Vintage

Winemakers can expect good grape harvests much earlier now, thanks to climate change, but scientists say the effect may not last.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



The World Is Not Converting to Renewable Energy Fast Enough to Save It

Switching to renewable sources as fast as the world needs to will require changes so massive that, scientists say, it appears unlikely to happen.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016 READ MORE



Asia Is Losing Its Appetite for Coal

Many hundreds of planned coal-fired power plants in Asia will probably be shelved as economies slow and climate change and air pollution worsen.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Change May Be Moving Faster Than Efforts to Slow It Down, Report Says

Despite signs that the world will cut its future fossil fuel use, the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere are still driving accelerating climate change.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



Now, Even Soil Is Accelerating Climate Change

Greenhouse gases from cattle, fertilizers, manure and agriculture mean that human activities have turned the land and soil into part of the global warming machine.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Faces Flood of Internal Climate Refugees

New research warns that by the end of the century, more than 13 million Americans could be forced to abandon vulnerable coastal zones because of sea level rise.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



Politicians Push Nuclear ‘Poison Pill’

The economics of nuclear power in Europe are in meltdown, leaving taxpayers facing a heavy burden as the industry clings to pledges of huge public cash injections.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



Energy Efficiency Could Provide Major Climate and Economic Benefits

New research by the European Commission suggests that energy efficiency can become a “niche” market that will attract investors away from fossil fuels.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE



The Coasts of Western Europe Face an Oceanic Pounding

Extreme weather caused by global warming could lead to more violent, and more frequent, storms devastating beaches on exposed Atlantic coastlines in Europe.

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 READ MORE



Greenhouse Gases Show No Increase for Second Straight Year, International Energy Agency Says

The link between global economic growth and emissions growth has been further weakened as greenhouse gas levels show no increase for the second year in succession.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



Coal Pollution Costs Western Balkans Dearly

Heavy pollution from coal-fired power stations results in Serbia losing a third of its national wealth annually because of premature deaths caused by poor air quality.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Experiments on Renewables Could Make a World of Difference

Carbon-negative cars, cost-effective organic solar cells and electricity from waste treatment are possible clean energy options as scientists stretch the laws of physics.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



Clean Energy Is a Win-Win for the U.S.

Simply implementing its Paris climate conference commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions could save the U.S. billions of dollars—and save hundreds of thousands of lives.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE



Africa’s Farmers Need to Act Fast to Adjust to a Rapidly Changing Climate

Climate change means African farmers need to make drastic changes to their methods of raising crops, and time is short.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 READ MORE


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