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U.N. Forecasts From the Future Predict Climate Hell

A series of year 2050 weather forecasts imagined by well-known television presenters warns of “floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia” in support of this year’s United Nations climate summit.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE

Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore


As we burn dead meat and play frisbee in a warming climate, we could stop to consider the lives of the laborers we are theoretically honoring.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE

The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals


The upcoming climate change march in New York is the last gasp of conventional liberalism. The time for reform and accommodation has ended. We will build a radical movement or be extinguished in a climate inferno. 

Posted on Aug 31, 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

U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge


In a new Pew/ USA Today poll, the American public shows itself alarmed by the rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq and Syria as a threat to U.S. security, finding it more threatening even than Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has risen on the villain scale quite a lot.

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

Politicians Ignore People’s Power Pleas


Consumers worldwide increasingly want renewable energy sources to provide their electricity, yet many governments are ignoring them by continuing to exploit fossil fuels.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE

Atlas Meets Climate Change

Posted on Aug 27, 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

Climate and Economy Fan Flames in Spain


The combined forces of climate, economic and social change are leaving Spain increasingly exposed to the damaging and costly effects of wildfires.

Posted on Aug 22, 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

Freedom of the Press Endangered in Ferguson


Several journalists have been arrested during protests held in Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown’s shooting; Egypt issues a statement urging the U.S. to employ “restraint” in the Missouri suburb, seemingly mocking similar statements from the American government in the past; meanwhile, the Arctic’s snow depth has fallen significantly in the past half century. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 20, 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

Top 20 Oil Projects Put Investors’ Billions at Risk


An oil industry think tank warns that high-cost extraction projects failing to match oil demand with global emissions reduction targets could waste $91 billion of investors’ money over the next decade.

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 READ MORE

Tar Oil Pipeline’s Hidden Pollution Danger


European researchers say a 2,000-mile pipeline designed to carry controversial tar sands oil from Canada to the southern U.S. may lead to much more pollution than previously calculated.

Posted on Aug 15, 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

Norway Fails to Tap New Arctic Oil and Gas


The Norwegian company conducting some of the most northerly drilling operations in the world acknowledges that it has failed so far to find commercially exploitable hydrocarbon reserves in the high Arctic.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE

Ebola’s Message: Foreign Aid and Science Funding in a Time of Global Peril


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Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

New Rules Could Block Biofuel’s Alien Invaders


Producing biofuel from plants can help to reduce fossil fuel use and climate change emissions, but scientists warn of risks that some species may become unwelcome and damaging invaders.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

Canada Puts Oil Exploitation Before Forests


Having repudiated the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Canada is still exploiting tar sands for oil—despite accepting that climate change is destroying its forests.

Posted on Aug 10, 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

I Heart New York Designer Has a Logo for Global Warming—Make That ‘Dying’


Milton Glaser has designed a new logo for the climate change movement to go with a set of awareness-raising buttons and the social media hashtag “itsnotwarming.”

Posted on Aug 8, 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

Climate Change Damages Europe’s Forests


New research shows that forest ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in the climate and have been suffering intensified disturbance in Europe for decades.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Change, Dirty Natural Gas and the Gaza War


Calls by some Israeli politicians for the Palestinians to be ethnically cleansed from Gaza in part reflect frustration over the security issue many Israelis maintain the people of Gaza pose to Israel, but there are other possible motivations for this desire.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE

Ignoring Climate Risks Could Sink U.S. Economy


Failure to factor immediate action on climate change into American policies and business plans aimed at economic prosperity will lead to havoc, a former U.S. treasury secretary warns.

Posted on Aug 3, 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

Pakistan Ill-Prepared for Climate Crises


Evidence that shifting weather patterns are adding to flooding and drought emergencies in Pakistan has not stirred the government into preparing for disaster management, climate seminar delegates say.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE

Hydropower Illuminates a Piece of History


A British conservation charity has turned to technology thousands of years old—the Archimedes screw—to provide electricity for lighting one of the historic mansion houses it looks after.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE

Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas


Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop


Satellite imaging highlights the growing need to change agricultural practices in South Asia as higher average temperatures cause the reduction of crop yields on the Indo-Gangetic plain.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

Boom-or-Doom Riddle for Nuclear Industry


The nuclear industry remains remarkably optimistic about its future, despite evidence that it is a shrinking source of power as renewables increasingly compete to fill the energy gap.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Data Shows Clear Signs of Warming


Hundreds of scientists from 57 countries have fed evidence into a new report that provides a clear picture of how patterns, changes and trends of the global climate system show that our planet is becoming a warmer place.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE

Win-Win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate


Scientists in the U.S. believe they have identified a way to feed billions more people, while reducing the strains and stresses on the environment.

Posted on Jul 24, 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

High-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers


A sophisticated array of automatic sensors will allow scientists to conduct the longest ever monitoring program to determine the precise physics of summer sea ice melt in the Arctic.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE

It’s the Greenhouse Gases, Stupid!


Australia’s decision to repeal the country’s carbon tax has led critics to accuse the government of showing a complete disregard for the science of climate change and its impacts.

Posted on Jul 19, 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

Waste Problems Still Haunt Nuclear Option


The recent closure of five U.S. nuclear power stations is forcing the industry—seen as one of the possible solutions to climate change—to face up at last to the damaging legacy of how to deal with radioactive waste.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE

‘Sons of Wichita’: An Unauthorized Examination of the Koch Dynasty


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Until the run-up to the 2010 congressional elections, Daniel Schulman—like much of America—had barely heard of Charles and David Koch, billionaire industrialists who were primary backers of the tea party and were determined to take down President Obama.

Posted on Jul 15, 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

Air Travel Is Getting More Aggravating and Complicated


More stratified levels of service, workers who are underpaid and overworked, and a climate that is increasingly hostile to human activity—the experience of privatized air travel worldwide is rapidly deteriorating. Journalist Scott Smith lists six ways how.

Posted on Jul 11, 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

Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise


The discovery by U.S. biologists of how plants respond to increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could provide agricultural scientists with new tools to engineer crops that can deal with droughts and high temperatures.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE

Crazy Climate Change Deniers No Longer Welcome on the BBC


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Remember that “Last Week Tonight” clip that explained that part of the problem with addressing climate change is that deluded deniers are given as much airtime as scientists reporting facts? Well, it seems the BBC paid attention.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE

South Asia Slow to Act on Water Threats


A study of the five countries sharing and relying on the Indian subcontinent’s great rivers shows that Bangladesh is the only one that is taking climate change seriously.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

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