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At the world's first major geoengineering
conference, two separate scientists put forward proposals to use lasers to modify the Earth's climate
and fight global warming, from space.
One suggested that a satellite equipped with a ...
The Royal Society of London, the world's oldest scientific publisher, has unveiled a proposal to create the first serious framework for future geoengineering
It's a sign that what are still considered drastic and risky ...
Not long ago, my newspaper informed me that glaciers in the western Antarctic, undermined by the warmer seas of a hotter world, were collapsing, and their disappearance “now appears to be unstoppable.” The melting of these great ice sheets would ...
For some, the irony is almost too much to bear. While Congress is eager to fund a $2 billion expedition to search for oceans beneath Europa, some 95% of Earth's oceans are unexplored. Given the role of oceans in regulating climate
, and their ...
There’s a bit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland where things get “curiouser and curiouser” as the heroine tries to reach a garden at the end of a rat-hole sized corridor that she’s just way too big for.
She drinks a potion and eats a ...
Naomi Oreskes is a professor of the history of science
at Harvard University. Erik Conway is a historian of science
and technology at the California Institute of Technology. They are the co-authors of “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View ...
‘Call me Victor,’ says the mustachioed scientist as he picks me up from the airport on a brisk, fall afternoon in Germany. Victor Smetacek is an esteemed marine biologist, but he’s decided to spend his golden years on an ambitious new pursuit. He ...
When the United Nations' last major climate
change report was released in April, it omitted some country-specific emissions data for political reasons, a trio of new papers argue, sounding a warning bell about the global politicization of climate
By continuing to spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humanity is conducting the largest uncontrolled scientific experiment in the Earth’s 4.5 billion year history. The most recent assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on ...
Research from NASA released on May 12 suggests that a large section of the West Antarctic ice sheet is now on a path, perhaps irrevocably, to collapse. The result could be billions of tons of ice poured into the Southern Ocean each year. This ...
US Secretary of State John Kerry: "Unless we act dramatically and quickly, science
tells us our climate
and our way of life are literally in jeopardy. Denial of the science
is malpractice. There are those who say we can`t afford to act. But ...
A United Nations report suggests that governments can still avert the more serious consequences of climate
change provided they act quickly and aggressively to cut the accelerating pace of greenhouse-gas emissions.
According to the ...
IF you were looking for ways to increase public skepticism about global warming, you could hardly do better than the forthcoming nine-part series on climate
change and natural disasters, starting this Sunday on Showtime. A trailer for "Years of ...
As the term implies, geoengineering
is engineering on a planetary scale. It involves attempting to arrest the course of climate
change through mega-projects - by seeding the atmosphere with reflective particles, for example, or by putting ...
Somewhere around two hundred thousand years ago, a new primate emerges on Earth.
"The members of the species are not particularly swift or strong or fertile," the New Yorker`s Elizabeth Kolbert writes in her new book, "The Sixth ...
The National Academy of Science
s has teamed up with its U.K. counterpart, the Royal Society, to produce a different kind of climate
-change report. Instead of NAS’s traditional report that is densely packed with erudite commentary aimed at a ...
Experts are more certain than ever that human activity is changing the global climate
, even though they don't fully understand every detail of the climate
system, according to a new report released Wednesday by two of the world's leading ...
When U.S. Rep. Brian Baird tried a few years ago to get his colleagues to put more money toward ocean-acidification research, few even understood the issue.
One congressman, Baird said, confused souring seas with acid rain, and asked, ...
Stop me if you've heard any of these before:
"The warming is just part of a natural cycle."
"We've been warming up since the last ice age."
"To think humanity can influence the climate
is pure arrogance."
In a bid to avoid some of the worst effects of climate
change some scientists are advocating possible strategies to artificially alter the climate
. But critics warn of unforeseen and dangerous consequences of any atmosphere altering intervention. ...
Temperatures have plunged to record lows on the East Coast, and once again Peter Gwynne is being heralded as a journalist ahead of his time. By some.
Gwynne, now 72, is a bit chagrinned that a long career of distinguished science
In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in one of the largest volcanic blasts of the 20th century. It spat up to 20 million tons of sulfur into the upper atmosphere, shielding the earth from the sun’s rays and causing global ...
So it`s come to this.
Last year, a researcher presented a paper on climate
change at the American Geophysical Union`s meeting entitled "Is Earth F**ked?" which advocated "environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the ...
In December 2012, a pink-haired complex systems researcher named Brad Werner made his way through the throng of 24,000 earth and space scientists at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held annually in San Francisco. This year's ...
Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming Worldby William D. NordhausYale University Press, 378 pp., $30.00
Forty years ago a brilliant young Yale economist named William Nordhaus published a ...