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U.N. climate change
chief Christiana Figueres on Tuesday warned time was running out for meaningful action on global warming, citing the plight of low-lying Pacific nations facing ever rising seas.
Figueres, in Samoa for a U.N. ...
The picture above shows a top-down view of Antarctica, the freezing southern end of our planet. Except that it's not a single picture. It's a mosaic of 3,150 satellite images mashed together to form one giant image.
The images, which ...
There’s a scene in the newly-restored science
fiction classic The Day the Earth Caught Fire (premiered last week in the summer open air cinema at the British Museum) when The Daily Express’s fictional, bull-nosed science
reporter, Bill Maguire, ...
A crack in a house’s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable. Its occupants must then move to another home. But the world’s population cannot move somewhere else. ...
Modest efforts to confront human-caused global warming are being overwhelmed by the pace of climate change
, according to a draft of a major United Nations report to be released this fall. This conclusion is hardly surprising given what was ...
I recently joined fellow climate
scientists in a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott to discuss the threat climate change
poses to our state. We appreciated the opportunity to have a dialogue with the governor, but we left the meeting with concerns ...
Does a rough life as a youngster foretell hard times as an adult? A Virginia Commonwealth University researcher wants to know if that’s true -- for salamanders.
Doctoral student Julie Charbonnier is studying whether deprivation in early ...
Considering that it's the basic yardstick by which we measure the health of our economy, gross domestic product (GDP) is pretty flawed. Critics have pointed out for decades that GDP fails to measure consequences of industry, which can in turn ...
even hundred years ago, the Dorset people disappeared from the Arctic. The last of the Paleo-Eskimos, the Dorset had dominated eastern Canada and Greenland for centuries, hunting seal and walrus through holes in the ice and practicing shamanistic ...
As protests go, Ken Ward's and Jay O'Hara's daylong blockade of a coal delivery was low-key. There were no kerfuffles involving authorities and nobody was arrested -- the men learned of criminal charges later by mail. But the duo's trial, ...
It seems straightforward to say that when you buy a new car by taking out a loan, you're committing to spending a certain amount of your income per month on that car for a specific period of time.
Of course, by buying that car, you're ...
Stephen Emmott's book on global ecological challenges is attracting much attention. The work is extremely short – perhaps about 15,000 words – and is in the form of notes that provide terse commentary on a series of graphs. It is little more than ...
activists across the political spectrum fantasize about it. No, it’s not another Kanye West video of snowy mountains and a topless Kim Kardashian. It’s a carbon tax.
Republicans, as everyone knows, hate taxes and don’t ...
Washington -- The US government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change
“Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth, ...
Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a "megadrought" -- one that lasts over 30 years -- ranges from 20 to 50 percent ...
A University of Hawaii report is warning the state's tourism industry to start preparing now for the effects of climate change
The study says Hawaii will likely see more competition for visitors as warmer climate
zones expand and new, ...
The savvy team at Mother Jones magazine -- the highly regarded print and online investigative reporting enterprise -- provides many public services. But we were especially struck with their recent rundown on the stances on climate change
The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change
agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.In preparation for this agreement, ...
Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science
The United Nations' Intergovernmental ...
The devastating floods in Queensland may be subsiding, but the weather pattern that caused it is not over - and Sydney could be in the firing line.
Sydney's last major floods were in 1986 and 1988, said the Bureau of Meteorology. In the ...
Cheers to the Washington Post for (finally) taking human-caused climate change
seriously enough to launch a series of editorials demanding a change
in both dialogue and action. Jeers for suggesting the paper will now be "more inclined to take ...
Methane streaming from the seafloor at ~425 meters (1400 ft) water depth offshore Virginia. Such naturally occurring methane seeps are a bonanza for scientists trying to understand undersea methane's responses to climate
Trash burning around the globe is worsening air pollution, pumping more emissions into the atmosphere than previously thought, according to a new study.
More than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned in such fires, emitting gases ...
Researchers have concluded that the planet can support a lot more plant life than experts once thought, even in its current state, according to a recent study.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Science
and Technology, ...
Human influence on the planet's climate
is clear and having "widespread and consequential impacts on human and natural systems," some of which may be irreversible, says a draft report out today from a United Nations science