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Polar Bears Weakened by Pollution as Well as Warmth

Climate change causing habitat loss and reduced food is the main problem for polar bears, but plastic waste and other pollutants are growing risks.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



Carbon Dioxide Triggered Ancient Mass Die-Off

The biggest extinction ever known on Earth resulted from the oceans turning acidic because of an increase in CO2, the main gas driving human-caused climate change today.

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



Forests Can Soak Up a Third of Carbon Emissions

A report commissioned by Prince Charles’ charity says protecting tropical forests could enable the absorption of billions of metric tons of carbon emissions.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



Unhappy 21st Birthday for the U.K.’s Nuclear White Elephants

A state-of-the-art British plant intended to help cut greenhouse gas emissions by reusing spent nuclear fuel will close after years of what critics call “commercial and technical failure.”

Posted on Apr 9, 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



China Ramps Up Rhetoric on Climate Change

A senior Chinese official warns that climate-related temperature rises could seriously affect the country’s harvests and major infrastructure projects.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE



Deep Concerns as Climate Influences Gulf Stream Flow

Ocean scientists find evidence of an increasing slowdown in the Atlantic’s “invisible river” that could seriously affect weather and sea levels in the U.S. and Europe.

Posted on Mar 25, 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



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



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



Acid Attack on Algae Damages Ocean Ecosystem

Increasing acidity in the Southern Ocean is having a serious effect on the growth of a small but hugely important food source for marine life.

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



Arctic Melting Opens Sea Route to More Pollution

Increasing loss of Arctic sea ice is likely to soon mean that more ships can use the polar passage—affecting climate, health and air quality.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Cranks Up Extinction Threat to Borneo Mammals

Endangered species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots face even greater peril as climate change adds to loss of habitat caused by deforestation.

Posted on Feb 3, 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



Destructive Effects of El Niño and La Niña Could Intensify

International scientists say global warming could double the frequency of the extreme La Niña weather phenomenon that triggers floods and hurricanes.

Posted on Feb 1, 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



The World We are Shaping Is Feeling the Strain

The world risks being destabilised by human activity, scientists report, most of it the work of a wealthy minority of us.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



Trapped Methane Escapes as Pacific Depths Warm Up

Oceanographers in the U.S. warn that volumes of methane equivalent to a major oil spill are rising to the surface each year as warmer waters heat the frozen ocean bed.

Posted on Jan 11, 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



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



Obama Pledge Gets Dollars Flowing Into Climate Fund

Many developing countries are already suffering the impacts of climate change, but a special fund to help them adapt to a warming world has been bolstered by promises of billions of dollars from wealthier nations.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



Diet’s Effects on Emissions Give Food for Thought

American researchers confirm that a shift to vegetarian, Mediterranean or fish-based diets would cut greenhouse gases, conserve forests and savannah, and have a big impact on obesity-linked health problems.

Posted on Nov 15, 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



Science Panel’s Urgent Warning to Tackle Climate Change

The U.N. panel of climate scientists says some consequences of global warming will become irreversible unless greenhouse gas emissions fall to zero by the end of the century—but latest research suggests the reality may be even more urgent than that.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is keen interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



Scientists Refute Lower Emissions Claim for Fracking

As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



Air Pollution Compounds Effects of Climate Change

Reduced monsoon rainfall and increased river flow are two extremes that new research has linked to man-made impacts on climate caused by air pollution.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



Hotter Oceans Explain Global Warming ‘Pause’

Far more heat than suspected is being absorbed by the oceans’ top layer, scientists have found, but a study has uncovered little evidence of rising warmth at greater depths.

Posted on Oct 9, 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



California Burning Points to More Intense Wildfires

As the forest fires season peaks in the Western U.S., a new report predicts that climate-led temperature rise will lead to millions more acres across the world being burned to the ground.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE



Investor Heavyweights Call for Clear Action on Climate

As a major U.N. climate summit got underway in New York on Tuesday, some of the world’s biggest institutional investors demanded clearer policies on climate change and the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



Record CO2 Levels Fuel Urgent Calls for Emissions Cuts

The alarming message from international scientists to political leaders meeting at Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York is that record global CO2 emissions this year mean “delaying action is not an option.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



Weather Patterns Show Climate Is Changing U.S.

Fiercer tornadoes, more prolonged periods of drought and loss of native fish species are some of the damaging impacts predicted for the U.S. as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Acidification and GHGs Hit Record Levels

New scientific evidence of the highest greenhouse gas concentrations on record is compounded by the revelation that oceans are acidifying faster than at any time in the last 300 million years.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



Less Snow Won’t End Blizzard Hazard

New research predicts that while there will be less snow in a warming world, the sort of severe snowstorms that caused chaos in the U.S. this year will remain a serious hazard.

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE



China May Be Ready to Kick Coal Habit

Signs are hopeful that China, the world’s No.1 emitter of greenhouse gases, aims to become less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



Europe’s Warming Raises Tropical Disease Risk

As greenhouse gases raise temperatures in Europe, British researchers warn that the risk of the arrival of mosquito-borne diseases that kill many thousands of people every year in tropical regions is increasing.

Posted on Aug 29, 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



‘Free Riders’ Undermine Climate Treaty Hopes

Norwegian researchers warn that hopes of getting an effective agreement on climate control will slip further away unless key polluting countries get serious about emissions reductions—and face sanctions if they don’t comply.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



Atlantic Depths May Hold Key to Heat Hiatus

Researchers analyzing millions of oceanographic measurements believe they may finally have gotten to the bottom of the conundrum about why there is a slowdown in global warming despite greenhouse gas emissions rising.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE



Antarctic Warming Could Accelerate Sea Level Rise

An international study says warming is affecting not only the Arctic but also the Antarctic—and that could significantly raise global sea levels much faster than previously predicted.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



Human Factor Speeds Up Glacial Melting

Scientists simulating changes in mountain glaciers over the last century and half have established that rates of melting have increased greatly in recent years—and that humans are the main culprits.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



Arctic Warming Blamed for Dangerous Heat Waves

Giant waves in the jet stream that often govern our weather are changing as the Arctic warms more rapidly—leading to long periods of soaring temperatures that pose major threats to economies and human health.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE



Rise in Flights Will Outweigh Carbon Cuts

Researchers warn that the cost of airline tickets will need to rise steadily to decrease demand and counteract the effects of aviation’s growing carbon emissions.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE


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