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Earth Could be Two Times More Sensitive to CO2 Than Previously Thought

Earth Could be Two Times More Sensitive to CO2 Than Previously Thought

Image via Shutterstock As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere rise, scientists are grappling with a mountain of data to form an accurate picture of the future. Scientists from the Geological Society of

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Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2

Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2

If you thought CO2 and methane were contenders for the most destructive greenhouse gases on the planet, then you will be shocked to learn that researchers have discovered another chemical that is

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Satellite Image Shows What Amazon Deforestation Looks Like From Space

Satellite Image Shows What Amazon Deforestation Looks Like From Space

The Amazonas State, which lies in western Brazil, is the nation's largest by area, and is almost completely covered by the Amazon Rainforest. Brazil reports an 84 percent reduction in Amazon

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Massive Snowstorm Batters the US Over the Weekend

Massive Snowstorm Batters the US Over the Weekend

A massive ice storm wreaked havoc on the southern and central US over the weekend, disrupting travel, knocking out power and killing at least four people. Over 200,000 people in Dallas lost power as the

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New Study Links Global Heat Waves and Torrential Downpours to Arctic Ice Melt

New Study Links Global Heat Waves and Torrential Downpours to Arctic Ice Melt

Image of arctic ice melt / Shutterstock A new climate change study has uncovered a link between extreme weather patterns and melting ice caps in the Arctic. The changes indicated in the study include

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Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones have become infamous for their use as weapons, but a far more altruistic purpose awaits these unmanned robots. Scientists from the Surfzone Coastal Oil Pathways Experiment are set to deploy 200

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More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

Across the globe, human beings are developing a strong taste for meat. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that rapidly industrializing countries, such

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Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

The relentless evolution of electronics means that consumers are constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest - but all of those dated flip phones and CRT monitors have to go somewhere. Australian

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Beijing Cracks Down on Over 300 Barbecues to Reduce Pollution

Beijing Cracks Down on Over 300 Barbecues to Reduce Pollution

Following up on their recent ban of outdoor barbecues in Beijing, city officials have destroyed more than 300 of the outdoor eateries as part of a three-month long campaign to slash smog. The barbecues,

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Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Kalahari Desert photo from Shutterstock Botswana government officials are in hot water over fracking in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is the second largest wildlife preserve in the world.

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned his love for

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Norway, US, and UK Pledge $280 Million to Fight Deforestation

Norway, US, and UK Pledge $280 Million to Fight Deforestation

Deforestation image via Shutterstock At the UN climate talks in Warsaw on Wednesday, the US, UK, and Norway announced a joint plan to dedicate $280 million to a new initiative aimed at cutting

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Biologists Perplexed as Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Lagoon Goes Almost Dark

Biologists Perplexed as Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Lagoon Goes Almost Dark

Biologists in Puerto Rico are perplexed as the region’s famous Bioluminescent Lagoon has suddenly gone almost dark. The Bioluminescent Lagoon in Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve regularly attracts

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American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

Minnesota TV host of Winchester Deadly Passion, Melissa Bachman incurred the wrath of the global conservation community when she posted a tweet on November 13 depicting her triumphantly sitting over a

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Australia Named Worst Carbon Polluter Per Capita Among Western Nations

Australia Named Worst Carbon Polluter Per Capita Among Western Nations

There's trouble brewing down under -- scientists just named Australia the worst carbon offender per capita amongst major western nations. According to the Global Carbon Project, climate research shows

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Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

In another stark reminder that the economy and environment can't be separated, a new World Bank report finds that climate-related damage from extreme weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan has cost the

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NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

Good news! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assures the public that there is no giant island of radioactive trash headed for the United States. Earlier this month, several news outlets

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Google Launches World’s First High-Resolution Interactive Map of Global Deforestation

Google Launches World’s First High-Resolution Interactive Map of Global Deforestation

Google Earth just launched the first high-resolution map of global deforestation. The project was developed in collaboration with the University of Maryland, NASA and USGS by analyzing 654,178 Landsat

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Scientists Believe Typhoon Haiyan Released Massive Amounts of CO2 into the Atmosphere

Scientists Believe Typhoon Haiyan Released Massive Amounts of CO2 into the Atmosphere

In addition to wreaking incredible human devastation, Typhoon Haiyan is predicted to have unleashed a huge amount of carbon into the atmosphere. A group of scientists recently published a study in

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Ai Hasegawa Imagines Women Giving Birth to Endangered Species for Food

Ai Hasegawa Imagines Women Giving Birth to Endangered Species for Food

Designer Ai Hasegawa has submitted a proposal to fight food shortages, and it is more than a little unorthodox. I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin recruits human women to become surrogates for endangered animals

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Eight-Year-Old Girl Becomes China’s Youngest Lung Cancer Patient, Air Pollution Blamed

Eight-Year-Old Girl Becomes China’s Youngest Lung Cancer Patient, Air Pollution Blamed

An eight-year-old girl in China's Jiangsu province became the country's youngest lung cancer patient and locals blame air pollution. Chinese cities like Beijing are renowned for being covered by a thick

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Red Cross Maps Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction to Show What Storms Do to Our Cities

Red Cross Maps Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction to Show What Storms Do to Our Cities

It's been years since I've seen the movie Twister, but one of Helen Hunt's final lines haunts me to this day: “You haven’t seen it miss this house, and miss that house, and come after you.” She's

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US Officials Crush $10 billion Worth of ‘Blood Ivory’ to Send a Message to Poachers

US Officials Crush $10 billion Worth of ‘Blood Ivory’ to Send a Message to Poachers

Ivory photo from Shutterstock On Thursday, U.S. officials destroyed $10 billion worth of "blood ivory" at a rock crushing facility in Denver, Colorado. The 5.4 tons of confiscated material was

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Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Personal experience of climate change trumps climate denial in red state America. That's the extraordinary conclusion of a new study that finds Republican lawmakers are vastly out of step with their

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Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists are asking citizens of the world to prepare themselves for increasingly violent storms such as the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines earlier this month. Weather

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2013 on Track to Be One of the Warmest Years on Record

2013 on Track to Be One of the Warmest Years on Record

In a statement on the status of the climate in 2013 released on Wednesday, the World Meteorological Association says this year is shaping up to be among the top ten warmest since records began in 1850.

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Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado cities passed moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing Nov. 6 by surprisingly high margins. Residents of Boulder, Lafayette and Fort Collins all voted by significant margins to reject gas and

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Could Pollutants Trapped by Green Roofs Contaminate Nearby Water Sources?

Could Pollutants Trapped by Green Roofs Contaminate Nearby Water Sources?

Green Roof photo from Shutterstock Green roofs are thought to capture harmful air pollution particles and store them in their soil layer and vegetation, but a new study from researchers at the

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10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Rescue workers are struggling to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines following the assault of super typhoon Haiyan on the region. Preliminary reports estimate that at least 10,000 people

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‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

The Bible tells us to be "good stewards of the Earth," and many religious leaders feel that it's a sin to disregard the planet. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Naples, Italy, where Archbishop

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