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Tree-Based Farming Could Deliver Abundant Benefits

In addition to mitigating the effects of climate change, forests can help alleviate hunger and provide a safety net for some of the world’s poorest people.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Weigh New Evidence on Antarctic Ice Melt

The southern continent’s mysteries start to unfold as scientists use satellite data to measure the extent and pattern of ice loss that threatens to be a “runaway problem.”

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE



Man-Made Climate Change Increases Risk of Extinctions

New research warns that the survival of a sizeable proportion of life on Earth is in doubt as fossil fuel emissions push up global temperatures.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Braces for Even Worse Wildfire Season

Years of drought and higher temperatures mean the chance of devastating wildfires in the southwest U.S. is higher than ever—particularly in southern California.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE



England Set for Big Increase in Record Warm Years

Research using records dating back to 1659 shows at least a 13-fold rise in the likelihood of human-influenced climate change pushing up temperatures in central England.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Slowdown Offers Only Fleeting Relief

Scientists confirm that long-term temperature rise is the inevitable consequence of increasing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



Well Drilling Has Deep Impact on Health of Great Plains

Vegetation loss on North America’s vast rangelands resulting from a huge increase in oil and gas well activity evokes memories of the 1930s Dust Bowl disaster.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE



Energy Storage Would Play Major Role in a Green Future

As the battle to phase out fossil fuels heats up, finding economically viable ways to store surplus electric power is becoming vital.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE



Call for an End to Business as Usual on Climate and Human Problems

A U.N. special envoy urges a unified approach to global action on tackling the interlinked issues of climate change, sustainable development and human rights.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Zero In on Only Solution to Climate Crisis

A panel of international climate scientists says the world has only until 2050 to bring carbon emissions to zero—and the rewards for doing so would be immense.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



Transition From Fossil Fuel to Green Energy Is Gaining Traction

Four key trends could speed the transition to renewables: the world’s growing determination to put a brake on climate change; a sea change in China’s stance on growth and the environment; the increasing embrace of green energy in the developing world; and the growing affordability of renewable energy.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Peer Into Mysteries of Carbon Release From Permafrost

The frozen soil of the northern polar regions holds billions of tonnes of organic carbon—and global warming could speed its escape into the atmosphere.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



Investors Chip In as Renewables Rise Toward Record Level

Global energy has gotten a climate-friendly boost as scientists say solar power alone could now meet the needs of California five times over.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE



Canada Will Lose Many Glaciers as Climate Warms

Climate change could cause many glaciers in western Canada to start disappearing by 2040, affecting people and places that depend on their water.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



Cut Carbon Now to Avoid Climate Tipping Points

Not cutting emissions of greenhouse gases could mean driving the planet across systemic boundaries from which there would be no return.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE



Rich Nations Urged to Cut Temperature Rise Targets

A senior scientist at Pennsylvania State University’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute says voices of poorer nations must be heard in the political tussle over reducing the “utterly inadequate” global warming limit.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Despite Known Risk of Spill, U.S. to Let Shell Drill in Arctic

In spite of estimates of a 75 percent or greater chance of an ecologically disastrous spill, the U.S. government is expected this week to give the green light to Shell Oil’s plan to restart drilling for petroleum in the Arctic.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE



Earth at Risk in New Epoch Ruled by Destructive Humans

Scientists warn that our fate is in our own hands as humans now control almost every aspect of the planet, on a scale akin to the great forces of nature.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE



Old King Coal Is Sick—but Not Yet Dying

The building of coal-fired power stations across much of the world is declining, but the trend is not enough to avert the risk of climate change reaching dangerous levels.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



The Real Story Behind the Oil Price Collapse

With demand stagnant and excess production the story of the moment, the very strategy that once generated record-breaking profits for the oil industry has suddenly become hopelessly dysfunctional.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE



Serious Doubts Over Europe’s Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Target

Europe has made substantial progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but its long-term reduction aims look unachievable, says a new report.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



Why You Should Dump Your Oil, Coal and Gas Stocks If You Ever Want to Retire

What is the total value of big energy corporations’ oil, gas and coal fields—which give them their stock prices and are counted as assets for borrowing purposes? Those hydrocarbon resources are actually worth zero.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



Prices Fail to Reflect Fossil Fuels’ Real Costs

The price that consumers pay for fossil fuels is appreciably lower than the true cost to society, U.S. researchers say. However, solar power and wind power are much cheaper than they might seem.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE



To Drill or Not to Drill—That Is the Question

Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. In the long term, that could spell doom for one of the last great relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change a Probable Factor in Syria’s Conflict

Researchers say climate change probably caused the drought that affected Syria nearly a decade ago—and helped spark the country’s current civil war.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Seeing Is Believing as Scientists Trace Greenhouse Effect

High-precision field instruments in the U.S. have provided the first real-time “action shots” of the increasing impact of CO2 on global warming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Great Game in the Holy Land

Almost all the current wars, uprisings and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE



Energy Giant’s Bleak Prediction: 25 Percent Rise in CO2

The British-based oil and gas “supermajor” BP says it expects global emissions of carbon dioxide to rise by a quarter in the next 20 years.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



New Ideas Give an Energy Boost to Wave Power

Scientists and engineers in Scandinavia reveal plans to harness the huge potential of waves to produce commercially viable renewable energy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE



A Republican Neo-Imperial Vision for 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s blueprint for a U.S.-led “North American energy renaissance” is nothing less than a plan to convert Canada and Mexico into energy colonies of the United States while creating a North American power bloc capable of aggressively taking on Russia, China and other foreign challengers.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Low Oil Prices Threaten U.S. Fracking Industry

Some North Dakota companies have shut down 40 percent of their operations as plummeting oil prices render the industry far less viable than during the boom of the past five years.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE



Asia Moves Into the Forefront of Solar Revolution

China has now overtaken the European Union as the largest new market for solar power as the industry becomes one of the fastest growing in the world.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardized by Climate Change

One of our closest animal relatives is at risk of being wiped out as changing rainfall patterns threaten to destroy its Central African habitat.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



Coal Casts Cloud Over Germany’s Energy Revolution

Germany cut emissions and boosted renewables last year, but critics say CO2 reduction targets can’t be met unless it closes coal-burning power stations.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



Record Temperatures Underline Danger to Planet

As statistics confirm that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, leading scientists say climate change trends are dominated by human emissions of greenhouse gases.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Higher Social Costs Bolster Case for Emissions Curbs

Scientists in the U.S. estimate that economic damage caused by CO2 could be six times higher than the figure used to guide current energy regulations.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Study: We Have to Leave Fossil Fuels Where They Are or Climate Change Will Reach Dangerous Levels

It may seem like a no-brainer, but now there’s scientific evidence to support the idea that if humans want to avoid catastrophe, we’ll have to stop tapping into underground fossil fuels.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Carbon Counterattack

Instead of retreating from a moral assault that portrays them as the enemies of humankind, the major oil, gas and coal companies have gone on the offensive, extolling their contributions to human progress and minimizing the potential for renewables to replace fossil fuels in just about any imaginable future.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Vast Reserves of Fossil Fuels Should Be Left Untapped

Researchers have identified the major producers of coal, gas and oil that stand to lose most financially if agreement is reached on radical cuts needed to avoid dangerous climate change.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



Investment Falters as Fossil Fuels Face ‘Perfect Storm’

Increasing oil production but falling demand is creating big problems for the fossil fuel industry as some investors are now turning away from the sector.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Talks Take a Rocky Road to Paris

The U.N. climate talks in Lima have ended with the setting of deadlines for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE



Here Are 6 Reasons Lower Oil Prices Won’t Stop Solar, Wind and Electric Cars

Some observers have alleged that lower oil prices will slow down the green energy revolution.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Debate Heats Up on Risk of Frozen Fossil Fuel Assets

Investors are wondering whether putting money into fossil fuels makes sense—and the same question is now being asked by heavy hitters in the banking industry.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE



Plea for South Asia to Unite In Fight Against Climate Risks

South Asia, one of the world’s most populous and disaster-prone regions, faces dire impacts from climate change. So why are its nations not working together to tackle the many shared threats they face?

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE



Science Offers New View of Hopes for Human Survival

Astrophysicists say questions about the sustainability of civilization on our high-tech planet may soon be answered scientifically as a result of new data about the Earth and other planets in its galaxy.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



China and U.S. Deliver Radical Climate Surprise

It’s been called a historic agreement—a game changer in the battle to combat climate change. But can China and the U.S. fulfill the promises in their announcement of plans to cut carbon emissions?

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



A Wrench Thrown Into Coal’s Publicity Machine

An Australian think tank’s data challenges coal industry claims that it drives economic growth, is a key element of alleviating “energy poverty” worldwide and improves quality of life.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

While even China, the world’s leading coal producer, begins to recognise the fuel’s serious polluting effects, India has announced it aims to double production to meet soaring energy demands.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



U.N. Science Panel Calls for Fossil Fuel Phase-Out This Century

The destabilization of the climate will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on humans and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, the most important assessment of global warming yet published says.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 READ MORE



Oil Boom Prompts U.S. to Push for Crude Exports

America’s expanding oil production threatens the pristine Pacific Northwest region of the country with a rash of new oil terminals along the coast.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE


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