Climate Change

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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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 "climate

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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 down oil sands

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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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