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Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Polar bear photo from Shutterstock A recent study found that the East Greenlandic population of polar bears is being exposed to more contaminants in their diet. As Arctic ice melts, polar bears are

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George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status

George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status

In an ironic turn of events, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum received a "Climate Hero Award" from California Senator Barbara Boxer on Monday. While the architects who designed facility

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Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Photo via Shutterstock Recent studies have put striking figures on the number of premature deaths and illnesses associated with pollution; one found that air pollution is responsible for two million

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Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Photo via Shutterstock A new study reveals that wind farms are less costly than new coal-fired plants, and cost about the same, if not less, than new natural gas plants. It sounds pretty extraordinary,

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Largest Typhoon in 30 Years Hits Hong Kong and Mainland China

Largest Typhoon in 30 Years Hits Hong Kong and Mainland China

In the South China Sea, Typhoon Usagi is flooding the Chinese coast and Hong Kong with 45-foot-tall waves and wind gusts of 150 miles per hour -- fast enough to sweep cars off the road. The 109 million

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UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report that reveals the world's children are most at risk from the effects of global warming. More than 600 million children who live in the 10

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Obama Administration Cracks Down on Power Plant Emissions

Obama Administration Cracks Down on Power Plant Emissions

The Obama administration made climate change history this morning by enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation's power companies. Refusing to bow to pressure from the coal industry, the

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Infographic: Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Bill Sets Goals for a Green Future

Infographic: Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Bill Sets Goals for a Green Future

Maryland is going green in a big way by launching a series of initiatives to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste, and increase recycling rates 85% by 2030. This infographic by Vangel outlines

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

There's a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change - but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set

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Honduran Government Returns One Million Hectares of Rainforest to Indigenous People

Honduran Government Returns One Million Hectares of Rainforest to Indigenous People

150 years ago, England granted the Miskito people of Honduras rights over their own land. Unfortunately, that treaty has not been respected until a few days ago when the government officially returned

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Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Levels of nitrous oxide are difficult to measure in agricultural sites across Australia due to their scattered nature. So scientists from the Queensland University of Technology have created "Semaphore,"

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10% of the World’s Largest Companies Produce 73% of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions

10% of the World’s Largest Companies Produce 73% of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Image via Shutterstock A new study has found that just 50 corporations are responsible for 73% of the 3.6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emitted by the world's 500 largest companies. Of the

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BOOK REVIEW: Climate Cover-Up

BOOK REVIEW: Climate Cover-Up

Conspiracy! Author James Hoggan realizes the ridiculousness of that word, asserting that it "strains credulity and is offensive in its own right." Yet the massive media sway that he details in his

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Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Image via Shutterstock. A study published this month in the journal Climatic Change asserts that 100,000 adults could lose their lives annually as a result of air pollution made worse by global

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NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

The Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has released a new analysis of 12 extreme weather events in 2012, and the findings aren't reassuring. Researchers discovered

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Greenpeace Unveils the World’s Largest Polar Bear – And It’s Bigger Than a Double-Decker Bus!

Greenpeace Unveils the World’s Largest Polar Bear – And It’s Bigger Than a Double-Decker Bus!

The three-ton marionette was created by Christopher Kelly and will be operated by  a team of over 15 puppeteers from the inside. 30 volunteers will help to haul the bear through London on a route that

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Alaskan Earthquake Could Hit California with a Monster Tsunami Costing $700 Million

Alaskan Earthquake Could Hit California with a Monster Tsunami Costing $700 Million

Photo via Shutterstock Natural disasters tend to strike when we're least prepared. Horrified by the long-term damage caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, researchers from the U.S.

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Schools Institute ‘Heat Days’ to Protect Kids from Soaring Classroom Temperatures

Schools Institute ‘Heat Days’ to Protect Kids from Soaring Classroom Temperatures

Image via Shutterstock. Snow days force school closures due to heaps of snow and ice - and now rising temperatures across the country are forcing some schools to institute "heat days." As the AP

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Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

Amid concerns about global climate change and changing weather patterns, one company is trying to find a new way to irrigate crops in an age of increasing water instability. "Solid Rain" is an incredibly

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Weather Researchers Say Global Warming Could Point Future Superstorms Away From New York

Weather Researchers Say Global Warming Could Point Future Superstorms Away From New York

Believe it or not, climate change could actually save New York City from getting hit by another devastating superstorm like Hurricane Sandy. But that doesn't mean that New York will be completely safe.

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Areas of the Amazon Rainforest are Shifting to Grassland

Areas of the Amazon Rainforest are Shifting to Grassland

Image via Shutterstock The Amazon rainforest is one of the largest, most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. According to new information published in Geophyscial Research Letters, protecting habitats

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INFOGRAPHIC: Whose Carbon Is America Burning?

INFOGRAPHIC: Whose Carbon Is America Burning?

In 2007, US carbon emissions peaked at roughly 6,029 Mt. We know a lot a how these emissions are generated, and why they have declined since then. But few of us realize where they come from. The flag

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Scientists Discover a 400 Mile Canyon Below Greenland Ice Sheet

Scientists Discover a 400 Mile Canyon Below Greenland Ice Sheet

Most of Greenland is covered in a thick sheet of ice, but scientists have just discovered another vast canyon beneath the 460 mile glacier. Headed by Jonathan Bamber at the University of Bristol, the

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INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

Storms, sea level rise, and extreme drought are only predicted to accelerate in the decades ahead. Combined with unprecedented urban population growth, this unpredictable weather is a recipe for costly,

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Run Down on Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan and Bottle Bill

INFOGRAPHIC: The Run Down on Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan and Bottle Bill

Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, drafted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and supported by Gov. Martin O’Malley, aims to accomplish a 25% statewide reduction in GHG

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8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

Thursday August 29, 2013 marks the eighth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina's ripped into Louisiana, devastating the Gulf Coast and killing over 1,800 people. Nearly a decade later, as residents

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How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

It may seem reasonable that higher temperatures and drought conditions caused by climate change fuel wildfires, and that's definitely a big factor in this year's summer blazes. But according to leading

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Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Every summer it seems like news about a surge of poisonous red tides gets worse and worse. But in a ray of hope, Stanford researchers say they are wrapping up a successful test of toxic algae-detecting

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Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years' effort by The

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Witness a Decade of Weather in Just a Few Minutes (VIDEO)

Witness a Decade of Weather in Just a Few Minutes (VIDEO)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has boiled down ten years of weather into just 3 minutes; a decade of summer rain, winter snow, the touchdown of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy,

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