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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



Warming Threatens to Cut Crop Yields

The odds on food production being unable to meet the needs of an expanding population are hard to predict, but a new study shows that the risk increases dramatically when man-made climate change is factored in.

Posted on Aug 2, 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



U.S. Corn’s Gravy Train Faces Derailment

Corn produced annually in the U.S. is estimated to be enough to fill a freight train stretching around the world, but climate change and unsustainable use of water resources and fertilizers threaten the industry.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE



Flow Chart Unclear for Glacial Rivers

Glaciers in the high Himalayas and on the Tibetan Plateau are a vital source of water for millions of people in Asia, but scientists question what will happen to supplies if the rate of melting continues to rise due to climate-related factors.

Posted on Jun 19, 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



Drought Fuels World Cup Blackout Fears

Matches in the football World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil in two weeks, could be hit as the country’s worst drought in decades is severely reducing hydropower energy supplies.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Companies Doze as Climate Change Threatens

The advances of science and the rapid changes in the economy are leaving the U.S. corporate world far behind, say researchers, who warn that the sector must change urgently.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



Coffee Is on a High

There’s concern in the international markets over what’s happening to coffee production, under attack by drought, disease and rising temperatures.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



Questions on the Future of Fracking

The fracking industry is radically changing the U.S. energy industry. But there are growing doubts about how sustainable it will prove.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



Hollywood Goes Big on Climate Change

Some of Hollywood’s biggest guns are throwing their weight behind the drive to persuade society that climate change is a real problem that deserves to be taken seriously.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE



Corporations Weigh Risks, Opportunities of Changing Climate

For business and industry climate change brings a range of concerns—and offers plenty of new opportunities as well.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE



Bulgaria’s Micro-Hydro Power Surge

Bulgaria has less than six years left to reach its binding EU target of producing 20 percent of its energy from renewables. One renewable energy form—micro-hydro technology—is causing controversy.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE



India’s Diesel Fumes Fuel Glacier Melt

Air pollution is a lethal problem in Kolkata and other parts of India—and it is helping to melt the not-so-eternal snows of the Himalayas, scientists say.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE



Ireland’s Turf War Plan Is ‘Bad News for Climate’

Ireland is embroiled in a struggle between traditionalists who want to continue burning peat as fuel and conservation groups who say the practice adds significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



China Unveils Comprehensive Pollution Monitoring System

Measures would require the country’s biggest polluters to report air emissions and wastewater discharges on a more or less continuous basis—and make the information available to the public.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



Worse Cyclones Will Hit East Asia

Climate scientists have found indications that Asian tropical cyclones are not only getting stronger but are also likelier to strike east Asia—China, Japan and Korea.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



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It’s Getting Hotter in Oz

Influential members of the new Australian government are rejecting measures designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but the mounting evidence of increasing heat is contradicting them.

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Carbon Market Looks a Little Livelier

Many U.S. companies are adopting their own carbon pricing systems, while in Europe there’s a hint of new life for efforts to persuade industry to switch to low-carbon technologies.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



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China’s Pollution Problems Threaten Oz Coal Exports

Concerned about air pollution and climate change, China is set to reduce its coal consumption. And that will be a headache for Australia, which supplies nearly a third of the growing nation’s coal.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Change Adds to East Africa’s Food Plight

Climate change poses a serious threat to farming in East Africa, a region that depends on agriculture and whose population is growing very fast.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Reigniting the Climate Change Debate

A British group says general interest in global warming has dwindled, and new ways of telling what is essentially a human story should include talking to those who may be skeptical about climate change.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Taxpayers Foot Bill for Climate Inaction

American taxpayers are paying the cost of damage caused by climate change in the U.S., researchers say—more than $300 for every citizen.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Energy Change Means Challenge for Investors

The transition from fossil fuels to renewables may be more problematic than investors imagined.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Energy Investors Pile On the Pressure

Fossil fuel companies are feeling the heat from investors concerned that moves toward a global low-carbon economy could leave many of their assets worthless.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Norway’s Billions Could Go Into Renewables

Norway is on the brink of instigating a potentially world-changing approach to climate change if it goes ahead with a plan to invest billions of dollars in global renewable energy projects.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Petroleum corporations are warned they may face a damaging backlash if they try to resist mounting pressure and high profile campaigning for climate change legislation.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Ireland Might Be Losing Its Green

Ireland—often called the Emerald Isle for its verdant appearance—faces a rather different future, according to a report by the country’s meteorological servce.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Pause—For Thought and Action

Those who question the seriousness of the threat climate change poses have strange notions of the risks they think are acceptable.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Growth and Low Carbon ‘Can Co-Exist’

Carbon cuts and economic growth may not be mutually exclusive, allowing us to maintain energy supplies without worsening climate change, researchers say.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Warming Will Worsen Water Scarcity

More than a billion people around the world live in conditions of extreme water shortage, and millions more will face the same fate if greenhouse gas emissions continue to mount.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Threat to South Africa’s Crops

The southern region of Africa could be among areas hardest hit by climate change, and a rapidly expanding population is likely to add to future problems.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Australian Parties Sidetrack CO2 Threat

Australians’ concerns about climate change have been sidetracked by the two major parties in the bruising campaign that has led up to the federal elections.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Poll Pinpoints Public’s Climate Fears

A multinational insurance group’s global survey reveals high public anxiety about the effects of climate change—with 84 percent of people polled saying they expect more natural disasters in the future.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Temperature Rise Will Fan Forest Flames

As firefighters in California and other states in the West continue to battle forest fires, the latest research indicates that devastating conflagrations will grow in intensity as temperatures rise.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Bank Curbs Won’t Slow Coal’s Comeback

World coal use is growing and set to grow much more, despite the announcement by several large banks of more stringent conditions on lending to coal-burning power plants.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Warmer Climate Will Hit Volta River Levels

The cost of climate change for one of West Africa’s most densely populated regions is likely to be severe, with food, energy supplies and industrial growth all at risk.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Conflicts Fuel Caucasus Climate Fears

The melting snows of Mount Ararat are a stark warning of growing problems in a fragile region so fragmented by conflict that unified efforts to address climate change are severely restricted.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Climbing Concern for the Caucasus Climate

There are often hailstorms in Armenia and throughout the rugged and mountainous Caucasus region. But the ferocity of this one—happening in mid- May when crops were just coming to life—was highly unusual.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Diseases Spread as Arctic Ice Melts

As the climate warms in Arctic regions, more diseases from Europe and elsewhere are spreading there, threatening both animal and human populations.

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Old Data Reveals Warming Oceans

Data collected during the H.M.S. Challenger’s four year expedition in the late 19th century shows that oceans are absorbing far more heat than previously realized.

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Warming Climate Endangers U.K. Farming

British farm animals and crops face a heightened health risk from several diseases encouraged by climate change.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Change: One More Problem for Pakistan

Drone attacks, deadly bombings, tensions with neighboring India, power and food shortages and political instability ahead of May elections all threaten Pakistan, and soon climate change will too.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Cool Heads Needed by Geo-Engineers

Even if humanity can solve the technical riddles involved in trying to geo-engineer the planet away from dangerous climate change, many legal and ethical questions will still need answers.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE


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