Climate Change

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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Study Says Airflow Changes Due to Climate Change Responsible for US and EU Heat Waves

Study Says Airflow Changes Due to Climate Change Responsible for US and EU Heat Waves

Photo via Shutterstock It’s difficult to forget the days of sweltering heat and drought that many of us faced these past few summers. As we sat waiting for rain and a little relief, the words

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NOAA Finds That Climate Change is Reducing Global Labor Productivity

NOAA Finds That Climate Change is Reducing Global Labor Productivity

Photo via Shutterstock No one likes working in uncomfortable conditions; it makes us tired, sluggish and unable to concentrate. According to a new report from America's National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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LearnStuff’s Infographic Explains How Climate Change is Destroying the Earth

LearnStuff’s Infographic Explains How Climate Change is Destroying the Earth

With an increase in abnormal weather, severe droughts and flooding, and numerous species nearing the brink of extinction, it's hard to contest that climate change isn't a problem touching every corner of

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A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

Yury Taranik / Shutterstock Researchers led by experts from Oxford University warn that a 1.5C temperature rise would melt Siberia's permafrost, which would in turn release hundreds of gigatonnes of

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China Announces Plans to Tax Carbon Emissions and Clean up Air Pollution!

China Announces Plans to Tax Carbon Emissions and Clean up Air Pollution!

Image: © John E. Williamson Not long after reports of China's unearthly pollution dominated headline news, the Ministry of Finance has published plans to tax carbon emissions. The idea of a carbon tax

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TransCanada Boss Says Keystone XL Pipeline Will Have ‘No Impact On Climate Change’

TransCanada Boss Says Keystone XL Pipeline Will Have ‘No Impact On Climate Change’

We have heard some tall tales in our time, but this one reaches the stratosphere. On Tuesday, Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president for energy and oil pipelines, said that “You could shut

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Australia’s Landscape Soaked Up One Third of Carbon Emitted by Fossil Fuels Over Past Two Decades

Australia’s Landscape Soaked Up One Third of Carbon Emitted by Fossil Fuels Over Past Two Decades

Vinz89 / Shutterstock A new CSIRO study released last week reveals that the Australian landscape soaked up one third of the country's fossil-fueled carbon emissions over the last two decades. It also

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UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

Photo via Shutterstock This week, the United Nations' Environment Programme released a new report warning that a rush for Arctic resources would threaten an already fragile ecosystem. As Arctic ice

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New Photosensitive Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions

New Photosensitive Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions

Coal photo from Shutterstock Despite its high carbon footprint, expense, and negative effects on human health, coal still remains one of the world's most utilized sources of energy. Since coal is a

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Top 6 Sustainable Winter Resorts for Snowboarding and Skiing in the US

Top 6 Sustainable Winter Resorts for Snowboarding and Skiing in the US

Snow is a critical factor for skiing and snowboarding, so if your favorite ski resort hasn't made the connection between climate change and their resort, they clearly don't get it. Your resort should be

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President Obama Vows to ‘Go It Alone’ on Climate Change in State of the Union Speech

President Obama Vows to ‘Go It Alone’ on Climate Change in State of the Union Speech

During President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, he briefly touched upon his plans for combating climate change and reducing emissions, but didn't go into any meaningful detail. However during the State

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Brazil Announces Massive Plan to Survey Amazon Rainforest, Cut Deforestation by 80%

Brazil Announces Massive Plan to Survey Amazon Rainforest, Cut Deforestation by 80%

Amazon rainforest photo from Shutterstock Brazil recently announced plans to count and catalogue the trees in the Amazon rainforest as part of a massive conservation measure. The survey will provide

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Study Shows Rising Ocean Acid Levels Make Toxins Worse For Marine Life

Study Shows Rising Ocean Acid Levels Make Toxins Worse For Marine Life

Crab photo from Shutterstock From plastic pollution to global warming, the world's oceans are facing immense challenges. Now a new study from the UK Centre for the Environment, Fisheries, and

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New Map of Sea Level Rise Projections Highlights World’s Most At-Risk Cities

New Map of Sea Level Rise Projections Highlights World’s Most At-Risk Cities

Skynavin / Shutterstock.com A new map of global sea level rise projections highlights the cities that are expected to experience the highest of rising tides by 2100. The map, put together by Mahe

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New Study Reveals That Earthworms Accelerate Global Warming

New Study Reveals That Earthworms Accelerate Global Warming

Photo via Shutterstock In 2011, we published a story that non-native earthworms were a threat to the US as they were releasing more carbon into the atmosphere. Now a new Dutch/US study has revealed

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Mayor Thomas Menino Prepares Boston for Climate Change After Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Thomas Menino Prepares Boston for Climate Change After Hurricane Sandy

The damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy on New York has put the fear of climate change in the hearts of other coastal communities in the US. Having narrowly averted the worst of Sandy, Boston's Mayor Thomas

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Working Less and Playing More Could Slow Down Climate Change, New Study Shows

Working Less and Playing More Could Slow Down Climate Change, New Study Shows

Image of man in a suit on the beach, Shutterstock Bring on the four day work week. New research shows that working fewer hours and enjoying more downtime could forestall climate change. The Center for

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Scientists Urge Governments to Help Save the Polar Bear From the Effects of Global Warming

Scientists Urge Governments to Help Save the Polar Bear From the Effects of Global Warming

An international team of scientists is urging governments to create a plan to address the negative impact of climate change on animals inhabiting the Arctic. Global warming has already taken its toll on

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After Heatwaves and Flooding, January Declared Hottest Month on Record in Australia

After Heatwaves and Flooding, January Declared Hottest Month on Record in Australia

Photo via Shutterstock Australia experienced its hottest month on record in January, according to Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The 81 year record set in January 1932 was surpassed last month, with

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Southern Species of US Butterflies are Moving North as Climate Shifts

Southern Species of US Butterflies are Moving North as Climate Shifts

Between droughts, super storms and wildfires, it's easy to overlook some of the smaller, more subtle effects of climate change. As the planet warms, populations of plants and animals shift, adjusting

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Excess Heat From Big Cities Found to Raise Temperatures Over 1,000 Miles Away

Excess Heat From Big Cities Found to Raise Temperatures Over 1,000 Miles Away

Photo via Shutterstock A new study has found that the waste heat generated by cities could affect temperatures over a thousand miles away. The heat produced through transportation, heating and cooling

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Melting of Andean Glaciers Could Cause a Continental Water Crisis in South America

Melting of Andean Glaciers Could Cause a Continental Water Crisis in South America

According to a study published in the journal Cryosphere, glaciers in the tropical Andes have shrunk by a whopping 30 to 50 percent since the 1970s.The researchers report that the glaciers are retreating

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President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address is Vague on Climate Change Agenda

President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address is Vague on Climate Change Agenda

Presidential inauguration speeches are tricky as they provide a relatively short amount of time to outline the POTUS' vision for the next four years, whilst paying lip service to the current concerns of

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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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