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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



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



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



Fertilizers Help Toxic Algae Thrive in Warming World

Scientists warn that excessive use of fertilizers, combined with warmer water in lakes, threatens to poison drinking water supplies.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE



Heat Is On to Slow Expected Faster Rise in Temperatures

New research warns that emissions will make drought conditions even more extreme as our climate moves into a period of rapid change.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Raises Drought’s Threat to California

U.S. researchers say climate change, not random chance, is likely to be causing California’s long drought, one of the worst on record.

Posted on Mar 5, 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



Climate Change Opens New Doors to Deadly Diseases

Scientists warn that humans will face epidemics of diseases never encountered before as global warming drives animals and parasites into new habitats.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



Mediterranean Sardines Swim North to Keep Cool in a Changing Climate

Fish species in subtropical European waters are migrating to northern waters to escape the warming seas—leaving fishers who rely on them for a living with empty nets.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Affects European Farmers’ Yields

Scientists says changes in temperature and snow or rainfall are key factors in the stagnation of wheat and barley yields across Europe since the early 1990s.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



Power Brokers’ Chains Hold Back Forest Protections

U.K. think tank says inaction by the “Forest 500” means global efforts to end deforestation by 2030 are not keeping pace with the rate of destruction.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Growing Concern Over Iceland’s Rising Landmass

Satellite data confirms a global warming link between the melting of icecaps and an accelerating increase in the height of Icelandic hills.

Posted on Feb 12, 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



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



California Rains Bring Little Relief From Devastating Drought

Unless substantial rain falls soon, California’s worst drought on record threatens dire consequences for the state’s massive agricultural industry.

Posted on Jan 29, 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



Social Conscience Is Key to Cutting Household Energy

Researchers in Los Angeles find that advertising the prospect of saving money is not the most powerful way to persuade people to reduce the electricity they use.

Posted on Jan 25, 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



Aid Is Aimed at Rice Farmers in a Warming World

International team provides help to small-scale farmers on the eastern Ganges plains who are struggling to make a living and grow enough rice to feed the population.

Posted on Jan 12, 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



Tropical Forests May Be Giving Climate Extra Help

New research indicates that the role of the world’s tropical forests in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere may have been underestimated.

Posted on Jan 4, 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



U.S. Must Face Up to the Dark Side of Climate Change

As global temperatures rise, scientists warn that more cities in the U.S. face the threat of power blackouts caused by fierce and frequent hurricanes.

Posted on Jan 1, 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



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



Climate’s Impact on Agriculture Could Lead to Calamity

Widespread hunger and poverty are predicted unless strategies are developed to cope with the drop in crop yields climate change will cause.

Posted on Dec 22, 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



Climate Change Raises Specter of Space Centre Invasion

Rising sea levels and repeated storm damage to natural coastal defenses pose an increasing threat to the famous Cape Canaveral rocket launch site in Florida.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



Scientists Hammer Out Warning on Climate Change Risks

A group of international experts says time is rapidly running out to take serious steps to avert the impact of global warming by prioritizing a switch to clean energy systems.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Heat Drives Surge to Global Warming Record

Climate scientists say this year looks likely to enter the record books as the world’s hottest, with the warming of the oceans causing striking changes.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE



High-Tech Mirror: Cool New Answer to Air Conditioning Problem?

As extremes of heat increasingly threaten to become the norm, scientists have invented a new way to reflect sunlight and beam heat away from buildings straight back into space.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis

Archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence in Ireland that it was the rising power of iron, not climate change, that brought about the collapse of many ancient civilizations.

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 READ MORE



Iron’s Mixed Blessing for Health of Oceans

New research shows that iron fertilization stimulates growth of the plankton that help transport carbon dioxide to the deep ocean—but swells the number of small creatures who feed on plankton and whose shells put CO2 back into the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



Scientist Acts Out Dramatic Effect of Climate Change

A spellbinding solo performance by veteran climate scientist Chris Rapley puts the climate debate center stage—and earns the admiration of London theater critics.

Posted on Nov 14, 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



Global Hydropower Boom Threatens Rivers Worldwide

Scientists predict a doubling in production of renewable energy from hydropower over the next 20 years, but building new dams will have a damaging effect on some of the world’s major rivers.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Linked to Reduced Size of Alpine Chamois

Scientists have found strong evidence that declining body size in herds of the chamois mountain goats that are hunted in the Italian Alps is linked to warmer spring and summer temperatures.

Posted on Oct 27, 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



‘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



Climate Change Heralds End of Civilizations

New research supports the growing body of evidence that many past civilizations have collapsed because of climate change. So is history repeating itself?

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



Marine Economy Sinks as Ocean Acidity Rises

Research has highlighted the negative effect acidification of oceans can have on marine life, but now fishing communities are waking up to the big threat it poses to their livelihoods.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



Svalbard’s Reindeer Thrive as Climate Warms

Rising temperatures have many negative impacts in the Arctic region, but warmer winters have resulted in a remarkable 30 percent population increase for a subspecies of Norwegian reindeer.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



New Clue to Antarctic Food-Web Puzzle

Researchers in the U.S. say a landmark census that shows one species of penguin is thriving while other populations are in rapid decline offers new insight into how climate change is affecting Antarctica.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Deadly Cost for Climate Inaction

A study by the European Commission spells out the probable cost to the continent of failing to act to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Posted on Jul 13, 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



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



Heat Has Deadly Impact on Nepal’s Gulf Workers

Warnings that temperature extremes resulting from climate change can have a serious impact on human health have come too late for many Nepali migrants who have died working in Gulf states.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE


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