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Tag: Global Warming


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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California Back in Big Oil’s Crosshairs as Feds Quietly OK Offshore Fracking

“This move paves the way for offshore fracking permits that were previously frozen and the dumping of toxic wastewater directly into the Pacific Ocean.”

Posted on May 29, 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



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


Naomi Klein: Radical Solutions the Proper Response to ‘Unyielding Science-Based Deadline’ (Video)

By Common Dreams staff

Climate crisis, argues the author and activist, “might just be the catalyst we need to knit together the great many powerful movements bound together by the inherent worth and value of all people.”

Posted on May 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change

Global warming has already progressed farther than many are willing to admit, and that’s exactly why it’s time for the industrialized world to acknowledge the ethical consequences.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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A Young American Reminds Us How Badly We Are Failing Children on Climate Change

Fifteen-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh is among a group of youths who are suing the U.S. government for failing to put the brakes on global warming.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, Documents Reveal

“What we found is they knew a great deal, and they knew it much earlier and with greater certainty than anyone has recognized or that the industry has admitted.”

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 5, 2016 ENLARGE



How Green Energy Is Already Taking Over the World (Video)

In 2015, energy companies invested more in new renewables power plants in 2015 than in fossil fuel plants for the first time in history.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 READ MORE



A Warming World Would Rob From the Poor and Give to the Rich

As temperatures rise with climate change, the earth’s natural capital will change too—but there may be few winners, even among the wealthy.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE



Clean Aviation Will Take Wing, but ETA Is Up in the Air

With legendary inventor Elon Musk in the vanguard, innovators are racing to design an all-electric aircraft. One fact that spurs them on: Today’s aviation-fuel airplanes are a significant part of the pollution crisis.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE



Leonardo DiCaprio Uses Oscar Acceptance Speech to Beg for Action on Global Warming

Upon being named winner of the 2016 Oscar for best actor, Leonardo DiCaprio pleaded with viewers to “work collectively together and stop procrastinating” and support political candidates who credibly promise to rein in corporate polluters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 READ MORE



Emissions Could Make Earth Uninhabitable

Researchers predict that the hothouse effect of runaway greenhouse gases would ultimately boil our planet dry and make it incapable of sustaining life.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



Scientists Calculate Our Debt to Earth

Researchers in the U.S. have found a way to put a monetary value on the multitude of vital services and assets we rely on nature to provide us cost-free.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Better Water Use Can Cut Global Food Gap

Scientists say that a predicted world food shortage need not prove so disastrous if humans learn to use water more effectively.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



Chilling Warning on Warming’s Future Effect

Scientists stress the need for climate policy to focus not on this century but on the inescapable impact of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10,000 years.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Useful Waste Is a Win-Win for Energy and Food

An unsung success story in the switch to renewable energy is the use of waste to produce gas—and a valuable byproduct.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Renewables Offer a Quick Fix for U.S. Emissions

Scientists say interstate energy “highways” would allow current wind and solar technologies to deliver electricity where and when it’s needed throughout the United States.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 24, 2016 ENLARGE



The Arctic and the Mediterranean Face Hot-Spot Worries

Uneven heating of the earth’s surface as a result of climate change could see some regions facing seriously high rises in average temperatures.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE



Carbon Capture Schemes Need Financial Aid

Governments urgently need financial backing for technology that could help save the world from overheating by preventing CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Change Is Slowing the Onset of the Next Ice Age

The planet’s inexorable warming means there will be no new ice age for at least the next 100,000 years, scientists say.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Giant Calving Icebergs May Slow the Pace of Climate Change

Massive melting icebergs increase the carbon storage capacity of the Southern, or Antarctic, Ocean by releasing vital nutrients that stimulate the growth of plankton.

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 READ MORE



Emissions Cuts Boost Health and Wealth

It’s not just the planet that benefits from reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that intensify global warming.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Weather Extremes Slash Cereal Yields

Increasing intensity of heat and drought as a result of global warming may have caused a reduction in worldwide cereal harvests by up to a 10th since the mid-1960s.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



The Question Isn’t Whether We Can Save the World With Renewables, but How Much Can Be Saved?

Humanity is not abandoning fossil fuels fast enough to avoid some massive changes to our world’s climate, with implications for sea level, coastal erosion, extreme weather, and desertification and drought.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



China Clamps Down on Coal

A slowing economy and falling energy demand—as well as concerns over air pollution—spur Beijing to halt new coal mines and close hundreds of existing operations.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



What Could Go Wrong in 2016?

You probably noticed that 2015 was pretty weird. But hey, it’s a brand new year—a fresh start, a blank slate, an unwritten script. In 2016, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

Despite what President Obama says, the TPP does indeed create a corporate end run around our laws.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



More Than Exxon: Big Oil Companies for Years Shared Damning Climate Research

New investigative reporting exposes that a task force headed by the American Petroleum Institute also knew about global warming since the 1970s.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



‘Progress’ Is Fatal

Why did the Paris climate accord omit the words “fossil fuel,” “oil” and “coal”? Because the world’s great muck-a-mucks are promising to limit emissions without challenging the beast that creates them.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE


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After Paris, the Movement for Climate Justice Has Only Just Begun

The accord reached at COP21 does not require emission cuts to be made within a framework of climate justice. That is why grass-roots activism is now more important than ever.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change and the Road Through Paris

“I see a lot of back-slapping, a lot of self-congratulation, and I see very little in terms of the actual substance that is required to avert climate breakdown.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Brief Respite for Arctic Sea Ice

Scientists are now confident that in the near future, natural forces will keep the Arctic’s winter sea ice from melting as fast as once feared.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEOS: Activists at the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris

In these videos, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reports from the COP21 climate change conference in Paris that concluded over the weekend, speaking to activists from around the globe on the front lines of the fight for climate justice.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A New World of Renewable Energy Beckons

2015 can be viewed as the year in which the epochal transition from one set of fuels to another took off, with renewables making such significant strides that, for the first time in centuries, the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era has come into sight.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



High-Level Danger for Forest Giants

The tallest trees play a vital role in combating global warming by taking carbon from the atmosphere, but they are at great risk from ever-increasing droughts.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



Pre-Eminent Climate Scientist James Hansen Calls Paris Deal a ‘Fraud’; John Kerry Begs to Differ

Don’t count climate scientist James Hansen among those joining the back-slapping brigade following the conclusion of the COP21 climate change summit near Paris.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



Thank Climate Justice Activists for Doing All They Can to Curb Warming

Even though conference delegates have now agreed on a global framework for addressing climate change, it is not good enough for the planet, and certainly not for those who have been demonstrating in the streets of Paris.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: Climate Justice at the Twilight of the Talks

By Sonali Kolhatkar

As Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reports from the U.N. climate negotiations in Paris, she explores the official and unofficial places where climate justice activists gather, and she learns what some had planned for the final day of talks.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



On International Human Rights Day at COP21, African Women Call for Climate Justice

Although an agreement in the Paris negotiations appears to be near, those most affected by climate change remain unheard.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE


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