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World Must Avert Devastating Flood of Climate Refugees

A senior British politician says we face a humanitarian crisis on an immense scale if millions of people have to flee the impacts of global warming.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming at Halfway Point of Safety Limit, Research Shows

Global temperatures have risen by 1 degree Celsius (nearly 34 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past 150 years, and one scientist says a doubling of that could unleash catastrophic sea-level rise this century.

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 READ MORE

Warming Planet Heightens Plight of the Bumblebee

Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats the southern portions of their habitat range.

Posted on Jul 10, 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

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

Eyes in the Sky See Seas Rising Alarmingly Faster

Scientists analysing sophisticated satellite data warn that rises in sea level more rapid than expected are increasing threats to coastal cities and food security.

Posted on Mar 27, 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

World Needs Early Warning of Climate-Linked Disasters

A leading French government minister says the number of natural disasters connected to climate change has doubled in two decades. He is urging a global early warning system.

Posted on Mar 16, 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

Arctic Glacier’s Galloping Melt Baffles Scientists

New satellite data analysis has produced evidence that rapid melting in the last three years has caused dramatic shrinkage of an Arctic ice cap.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Pushes Doomsday Clock Close to Midnight

Scientists warn that the deadly combination of unchecked climate change and nuclear weapons endangers everyone on Earth unless urgent action is taken.

Posted on Jan 26, 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

Gold Rush Leaves Tropical Forests Poorer Than Ever

New research shows that parts of South America’s most biologically valuable tropical forests are being damaged by a resurgent gold mining industry.

Posted on Jan 20, 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

Climate Change Increasing Stresses on Fragile States

Briefing for U.K. aid workers says climate-related factors are making the world increasingly unstable and adding to the hardships of the poorest people.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE

Satellite Provides Sharper Picture of Shrinking Ice Sheet

The most detailed study yet of the Greenland ice sheet illustrates the complex process that is causing billions of metric tons to melt ever year.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE

Loss of Rainforests Is Double Whammy Threat to Climate

New research spells out the devastating impacts that complete destruction of tropical forests would have on global temperatures, weather patterns and agriculture.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE

Weather Extremes Rise as Planet Gets Hotter and Colder

Scientists predict that lethal heat waves in Europe, and ice storms and big freezes across the globe, could become regular events if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE

Disaster Looms If Loss of Amazon Rainforest Continues

A Brazilian climate expert proposes a five-point “battle plan” in a war against the deforestation of the Amazon that is having increasingly dire impacts on the regional and global climate.

Posted on Dec 12, 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

Warming World Spells Trouble for Growing and Aging Populations

As average temperatures rise an increasing global population—with many more elderly people—is going to be more vulnerable to extreme weather, UK scientists say.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE

Weather Extremes Will Be the Norm As World Warms

The World Bank says the Earth is on an unavoidable path towards a 1.5 C heat rise by mid-century—but it could reach 4 C by 2100 unless immediate action is taken to avoid dire impacts for millions of people.

Posted on Nov 27, 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

Why Warnings on Climate Spark Aggressive Denials

A new book argues that death threats and abuse illustrate how climate change messengers are being demonized in a way that is without parallel in the history of science.

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE

Insurance Industry Sleeps Through Climate Alarm Calls

Disasters linked to climate change could cost insurance companies billions of dollars, but a new survey finds that many of them—particularly in the U.S.—are paying scant attention to the threat.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Helps to Halve World Wildlife in 40 Years

Climate change is identified by conservation campaigners as increasingly implicated in the plight of many wild species, which they say have fallen by more than half since 1970.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE

Plan to Make Renewables Cheaper Than Coal Within 10 Years

Plans for an international effort to make solar power cheaper than coal within 10 years are to be unveiled at the U.N. secretary-general’s climate summit in New York this month.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE

Food Security Faces Growing Pest Advance

Warmer temperatures and globalization are helping many pests that attack some of the world’s staple foods to extend their range with possibly devastating impacts, scientists say.

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE

Pre-History Proof of Climate’s Seesaw Sensitivity

Computer simulations reaching back deep into the last Ice Age have enabled scientists to put a historic perspective on how even small variations in the climate system can lead to dramatic temperature change.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE

Atlases Reveal Climate and Weather Impacts

More than 40 years of extreme global weather and decades of ice loss in the Arctic are graphically shown in two new atlases.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

Bold Pathways Point to a Low Carbon Future

A scientific report for the U.N. Climate Summit sends out a positive message that the tough task of cutting CO2 emissions to limit global temperature rise to below 2°C can be achieved by following a set of bold practical steps.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

U.K. Doctors Vote to End Fossil Fuels Funding

The influential British Medical Association has sent out a strong message about climate change by voting to withdraw its funds from the fossil fuel industry and to support renewable energy instead.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

May Days’ Heat Sets Up Record El Niño

High global temperatures last month made it one of the hottest Mays ever, and scientists believe it might have paved the way for a record-breaking El Niño weather phenomenon.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE

Rain Forest Tribes Seek World Cup Spotlight

Leaders of indigenous tribes in the Amazon rain forest seek to use the global spotlight on the soccer World Cup in Brazil to publicize the plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE

Brazil’s Winning Lead on Carbon Cuts

Winning the soccer World Cup may be Brazil’s current target, but new research indicates that it is also a world champion of CO2 emissions cuts by drastically reducing the amount of rain forest being felled.

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 READ MORE

Help Needed Now for Climate Refugees

A United Nations University report urges governments worldwide to draw up plans urgently to avoid conflict and insecurity by helping populations that are being forced to move because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE

Cutting Emissions Is ‘Perfect Option’

Limiting climate change simply by cutting the use of fossil fuels is a much better option than ambitious bioengineering projects such as trying to limit the effects of the sun, researchers have found.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE

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