Climate Change

Army Corps Of Engineers Races to Deepen Mississippi River as Drought Threatens to Close it to Shipping Traffic

Army Corps Of Engineers Races to Deepen Mississippi River as Drought Threatens to Close it to Shipping Traffic

Mississippi River photo from Shutterstock 2012 saw the United States hit by some of the most devastating droughts in recent memory. However it's not just America's farmers and agricultural developers

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Fishing Practices to Blame for Destruction of Madacascar’s Grand Toliara Reef

Fishing Practices to Blame for Destruction of Madacascar’s Grand Toliara Reef

Climate change has led to the deterioration of the world’s coral reefs, but the decline of Madagascar's Grand Recif of Toliara was brought about by old-fashioned trampling. An influx of seaside

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US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Oil exploration, production and transportation in the United States may suffer from endemic failures in technology, regulation and common sense, but that doesn't appear to be

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Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Like death and taxes, we once thought that the weather was out of our control - however technology could one day enable us to manipulate the skies above. The Cloud Machine, created by interdisciplinary

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Chicago Breaks 72 Year Record With 320 Consecutive Snowless Days

Chicago Breaks 72 Year Record With 320 Consecutive Snowless Days

It has been 320 days since there has been a measurable snowfall in Chicago, setting a new weather record for the midwestern city. The total snowfall amounted to only 1.3 inches as of Sunday,

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Even If We Stopped Polluting Today, Ocean Garbage Patches Would Linger For Hundreds Of Years

Even If We Stopped Polluting Today, Ocean Garbage Patches Would Linger For Hundreds Of Years

Ocean Plastic photo from Shutterstock The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a horrifying consequence of our never-ending consumption. Now, new research shows that even if we could eliminate plastic waste

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2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever for the Contiguous United States

2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever for the Contiguous United States

Photo by Shutterstock It's official: Last year was the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States. The National Climate Data Center announced today that the average temperature last

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MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

Vetterlein has thought of every last detail to ensure the Micro Office Systems Space concept has a small environmental impact while still providing a comfortable and professional working environment for

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Rupert Murdoch Accused of ‘Misunderstanding Science’ After Tweeting That Increased CO2 Levels Lead to a Greener World

Rupert Murdoch Accused of ‘Misunderstanding Science’ After Tweeting That Increased CO2 Levels Lead to a Greener World

Rupert Murdoch has been known to use Twitter to voice controversial social and political opinions - and recently the media tycoon made several sweeping statements on climate science. Citing an article in

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Catastrophic Fires and Record Heat Engulf Five of Six Australian States

Catastrophic Fires and Record Heat Engulf Five of Six Australian States

Bush fires are raging through five out of six Australian states due to record heat and dry conditions. Over the weekend, flames flattened whole townships in the island state of Tasmania, where locals told

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Green Design Predictions for 2013

Green Design Predictions for 2013

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think there's actually a chance 2013 will be a significant year in climate history — the year when the

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English Farmers Believe Genetically Modified Foods Will Solve Their Wet Weather Woes

English Farmers Believe Genetically Modified Foods Will Solve Their Wet Weather Woes

Farmers at the Oxford Farming Conference told The Guardian that raising genetically modified food crops will make them more resilient to the effects of climate change. 2012 was the wettest year on record

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Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

Silicon Valley office building photo from Shutterstock Even the Internet is not immune to the effects of climate change. Many of the world's most famous tech giants, such as Facebook, Oracle, Google,

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University of Texas Fracking Study Discredited Over Researcher’s Financial Interests in Natural Gas

University of Texas Fracking Study Discredited Over Researcher’s Financial Interests in Natural Gas

The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has withdrawn a prominent study of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the controversial process used for extraction of natural gas

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Sudarsan Pattnaik Sculpts 500 Santa Clauses From Beach Sand To Raise Awareness About Climate Change

Sudarsan Pattnaik Sculpts 500 Santa Clauses From Beach Sand To Raise Awareness About Climate Change

Without timely efforts to adapt to sea level rise brought on by climate change, our beloved beaches could virtually disappear, leaving a ragged and dangerous coastline in its wake. That's a future sand

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2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

The cleanup cost for extreme weather events in 2012 makes this year the second most costly in US history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week. There were 11

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Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Propped up on stilts to keep it safe from flooding, a common technique in the region, the Lazika Municipality Building is comprised of three distinct volumes that are nonetheless interconnected. The base

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Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

It is well known that when volcanos erupt and spew ash into the environment, those increased particles can block sunlight from reaching the earth and cause temperatures to drop. But now researchers have

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The 10 Countries Where Climate Change and Pollution Is Killing the Population

The 10 Countries Where Climate Change and Pollution Is Killing the Population

When you hear about the effects on climate change on global populations, some of the places that might immediately spring to mind might include the low-lying island of Tuvalu or Haiti, which is

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Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

On the heels of the recent COP 18 climate conference in Qatar, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that global coal use is on the rise. Without controls to make one of the most polluting

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Leaked IPCC Report Used by Critics to Claim Global Warming Is Caused by Solar Forcing

Leaked IPCC Report Used by Critics to Claim Global Warming Is Caused by Solar Forcing

On Thursday, a writer named Alec Rawls posted a leaked draft version of a portion of the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and claimed that the

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Study Says Scientists Agree That Man Is Causing Global Warming

Study Says Scientists Agree That Man Is Causing Global Warming

Thousands of papers written by scientists over the last twenty years are in agreement that man-made carbon emissions are the driving force behind climate change. Geologist Dr. James L. Powell of

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Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Just days after the UN climate change conference closed in Qatar, Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey has given government approval to fracking for natural gas in the UK. A ban prohibiting the company

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US National Intelligence Council Warns That Climate Change Could ‘Stoke International Tensions’

US National Intelligence Council Warns That Climate Change Could ‘Stoke International Tensions’

Photo from Shutterstock At the beginning of the year, climate change was declared a threat to national security by fifteen leaders of the US Armed Forces. Now, their warnings have been heeded by the US

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Kyoto Protocol Extended to 2020 at Doha Climate Change Conference

Kyoto Protocol Extended to 2020 at Doha Climate Change Conference

At the very last minute, 200 nations agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020 while a successor to the legally binding agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions is re-worded by 2015. While many

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COP18 Climate Change Conference in Doha Ends in Colossal Failure

COP18 Climate Change Conference in Doha Ends in Colossal Failure

The 18th Conference of the Parties or COP18 ends today in colossal failure. Not only have the negotiations failed to produce any meaningful emissions cuts, but 'Hot Air' permits that allow countries like

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Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

The challenge of dividing the burden of reducing global carbon emissions is the main issue preventing world leaders from agreeing on a binding climate treaty. But this week at the UN Framework

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Scientists Say Carbon Emissions Are Too High to Stop Climate Change Without Immediate Action

Scientists Say Carbon Emissions Are Too High to Stop Climate Change Without Immediate Action

Climate change photo from Shutterstock For years, scientists have said that it is imperative to prevent the world's climate from rising 2 degrees celsius (3. 6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial

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COP18: Rich Nations Must Compensate Poorer Ones for “Loss and Damage” Resulting From Climate Change

COP18: Rich Nations Must Compensate Poorer Ones for “Loss and Damage” Resulting From Climate Change

The conversation at the COP18 climate change talks in Doha have taken on an urgency unseen in previous meetings, and this time the buzz is most heard among developing nations most likely to get burned by

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Arctic Ice Larger than the US Melted in 2012 but Delegates Can’t Reach Emissions Agreement at Doha

Arctic Ice Larger than the US Melted in 2012 but Delegates Can’t Reach Emissions Agreement at Doha

From March to September this year a staggering 4.47 million square miles of Arctic ice melted - that's an area bigger than the United States. The U.N. World Meteorological Organization said this Arctic

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