Climate Change

NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA's Mars Rover might have captured headlines, but a new bot deployed in Greenland might be doing even more important work. NASA's newest scientific rover, a robot known as GROVER, is on its

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11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

Climate Central recently reported that 11 billion gallons of untreated human waste spilled into the waterways surrounding New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy ripped through Northeastern United

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Obama Campaign is Gunning for Republican Climate Skeptics in New Grassroots Push

Obama Campaign is Gunning for Republican Climate Skeptics in New Grassroots Push

President Obama photo from Shutterstock Critics say that the Obama Administration hasn't done enough to fight climate change, but a new campaign launched by Organizing for Action - the group behind

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San Francisco Board Passes Resolution to Divest $583 Million from the Fossil Fuel Industry

San Francisco Board Passes Resolution to Divest $583 Million from the Fossil Fuel Industry

San Francisco's board of supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to divest $583 million from the fossil fuel industry. The resolution will move funds from the San Francisco Employee Retirement System

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Infographic Shows the Impact of Rising Sea Levels and Eroding Coastlines Around the World

Infographic Shows the Impact of Rising Sea Levels and Eroding Coastlines Around the World

This infographic by Vouchercloud details some of the perils facing mankind and thousands of species as a result of melting icecaps and rising oceans. The greatest influence on the current increase in

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Hurricane Sandy Was So Strong it Registered 2.0 on Seismometers Across the US

Hurricane Sandy Was So Strong it Registered 2.0 on Seismometers Across the US

Hurricane Sandy was so strong that the impact of the waves it sent crashing into the East Coast of the United States reverberated all across the country. According to Oner Sufri, a geophysics doctoral

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World’s Largest Tropical Ice Sheet Took at Least 1,600 Years to Form and Only 25 to Melt

World’s Largest Tropical Ice Sheet Took at Least 1,600 Years to Form and Only 25 to Melt

The Quelccya ice cap in the Andes Mountains of Peru took upwards of 1,600 years to form, and it could have formed as long as 6,000 years ago, but it took just 25 years to melt away. Scientists from Ohio

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Ice in the Antarctic is Melting Ten Times Faster than It Was 600 Years Ago

Ice in the Antarctic is Melting Ten Times Faster than It Was 600 Years Ago

Photo via Shutterstock Recent research published by British Antarctic Survey and the Australian National University shows that Antarctic ice is melting ten times faster than 600 years ago. Taking a

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IEA Report States Clean Energy Uptake is Too Slow to Calm Global Warming

IEA Report States Clean Energy Uptake is Too Slow to Calm Global Warming

Photo via Shutterstock Despite significant gains in both large scale solar and wind energy throughout the globe, a new report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that the rapid

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Coral Reef-Saving Coralbots Take a Step Closer to Reality

Coral Reef-Saving Coralbots Take a Step Closer to Reality

Last year we reported on Heriot-Watt University's Coralbot project, which aims to deploy swarms of intelligent robots to help rebuild coral reefs around the world. Now the Coralbots' makers have turned to

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Buckle Up: Scientists Warn of Rougher Flights Caused by Climate Change

Buckle Up: Scientists Warn of Rougher Flights Caused by Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock For the last few decades scientists have warned governments about climate change and the less obvious consequences of a warmer planet. So far we know that icy landscapes will

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World’s Largest Solar Boat Announces Trans-Atlantic Trip to Conduct Climate Change Experiments

World’s Largest Solar Boat Announces Trans-Atlantic Trip to Conduct Climate Change Experiments

In 2010, PlanetSolar’s Tûranor solar-powered boat completed a 19-month voyage around the world. Now the eco-vessel is set to set sail again over the Atlantic Ocean in order to conduct experiments

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Study Warns That Lake Erie May Experience More Massive Algae Blooms in the Future

Study Warns That Lake Erie May Experience More Massive Algae Blooms in the Future

Everyone could sigh a breath of relief if the 2011 toxic algae bloom that engulfed 2,000 square miles of Lake Erie had been an isolated event, but sadly that is not the case. Researchers from the

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WarmingWorks Sells Land That Will Become Beachfront Property by 2050

WarmingWorks Sells Land That Will Become Beachfront Property by 2050

Jealous of your neighbor's beachfront vacation home but don't want to shell out the big bucks to buy one of your own? Don't worry -- a company called WarmingWorks wants to help. This innovative startup is

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Study Finds Fungi is Responsible for Majority of Carbon Sequestration in Northern Forests

Study Finds Fungi is Responsible for Majority of Carbon Sequestration in Northern Forests

Northern boreal forests are easily recognized for their majestic trees and have been credited with helping to sequester much of the world's carbon dioxide. It was originally thought that vegetative matter

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Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Whether it is a fruity Napa merlot or an oaky and acidic Chablis chardonnay, any wine lover will tell you that each variety of grape and the region in which it is grown gives each wine a unique character.

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Earth Hour 2013 is Tonight! (And Yes, Turning Off the Lights Does Make a Difference)

Earth Hour 2013 is Tonight! (And Yes, Turning Off the Lights Does Make a Difference)

Tonight, at 8:30 pm local time, houses and commercial buildings all over the world will suddenly go dark. No, it's not a global power outage, it's Earth Hour! Started in 2007, this annual event has become

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Hurricanes as Large as Katrina Could Become 10x More Likely With 2 Degree Global Temperature Increase

Hurricanes as Large as Katrina Could Become 10x More Likely With 2 Degree Global Temperature Increase

We would like to think of natural disasters as incidents that occur only once in a blue moon, yet studies show that horribly destructive storms are becoming more common. Research by climatologists

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President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

Now that the sequester is in full swing, President Obama is proposing new sources of funding to finance his clean energy ambitions. The White House is urging Congress to divert $2 billion from oil and gas

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Researchers Study Mountain Forests to Understand the Impact of Climate Change

Researchers Study Mountain Forests to Understand the Impact of Climate Change

We often focus on what impact climate change is having on the oceans and rainforests across the globe, but sometimes we forget to look at how it is affecting vital areas like mountain forests. Mountain

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Algae Growth Resulting from Glacial Melt Could Help Curb Climate Change

Algae Growth Resulting from Glacial Melt Could Help Curb Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to tackling the enormous challenge of curbing climate change, we humans may need to look to some very small organisms for help. A study published in the

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Average Global Temperatures Poised to Soar Past 11,000-Year High

Average Global Temperatures Poised to Soar Past 11,000-Year High

Image by Airs Science Team, NASA/JPL Is it getting hot in here? Absolutely. Don't let the recent snowfall fool you: 2012 was the hottest year on record for the U.S. and the future isn't looking much

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Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue Unabated Following Failed US CITES Bid

Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue Unabated Following Failed US CITES Bid

Photo via Shutterstock The United States proposal to ban the sale of polar bear parts was struck down yesterday after a bitter fight at the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species conference in

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Australian Government Links Recent Extreme Weather to Global Warming for the First Time

Australian Government Links Recent Extreme Weather to Global Warming for the First Time

Australia has had one heck of a summer this year, from flooding to fires and multiple record high temperatures. But until now, the link between these events and climate change has largely been ignored by

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Scientists Report Dramatic Jump in Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2012, Predict Faster Warming

Scientists Report Dramatic Jump in Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2012, Predict Faster Warming

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped dramatically over the past year, making it unlikely that global warming can be limited to 2 degrees by 2020, which was an international

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North Pole Could be a Viable Shipping Route by 2050

North Pole Could be a Viable Shipping Route by 2050

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the University of California have announced that by 2050, ships will be able to travel across the north pole in summer months. Laurence C. Smith and Scott R.

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President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

Today, President Obama announced that his nominee to replace Lisa Jackson as head of the EPA is Gina McCarthy. McCarthy, who currently manages the EPA's Air and Radiation office, has played a critical

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Camera-Wearing Elephant Seals Aid Antarctic Climate Change Study

Camera-Wearing Elephant Seals Aid Antarctic Climate Change Study

Photo from Shutterstock Scientists studying climate change in the Antarctic recruited some unlikely allies for their research. The Antarctic Climate & Ecosystem CRC in Tasmania recently equipped

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Yahoo CEO Marisa Meyer Bans Telecommuting in a Devastating Blow to Environment, Working Parents

Yahoo CEO Marisa Meyer Bans Telecommuting in a Devastating Blow to Environment, Working Parents

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently announced that all Yahoo employees must report to the office for duty starting this summer. Accustomed to telecommuting, many of these employees are angry about the move,

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