Climate Change

Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry

Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry

Barack Obama will officially add methane to his list of climate offenders in the new plan he’ll outline in his upcoming State of the Union address. New methane regulations are the key to reaching

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Incredible news: Tropical forests are absorbing CO2

Incredible news: Tropical forests are absorbing CO2

According to a new NASA study, tropical forests are absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than previously thought, in response to rising greenhouse gases. Tropical forests have now been show to absorb 1.4

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Dinosaur farts may have caused prehistoric global warming

Dinosaur farts may have caused prehistoric global warming

We know that today's cows are responsible for producing staggering amounts of heat-trapping methane gas, a major driver of climate change, but British scientists now claim that dinosaurs with vegetarian

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Sign up now for the Organicology food conference in Portland, OR, this February

Sign up now for the Organicology food conference in Portland, OR, this February

From Febrary 5–7, 2015, the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon, will be host to this year's Organicology food conference. Featuring workshops, training sessions,

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USDA may finally recommend eating less beef to save the environment

USDA may finally recommend eating less beef to save the environment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture could finally add environmental concerns to their list of dietary recommendations. According to the Associated Press, the advisory panel in charge of dietary guidelines

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It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

If the massive droughts and wildfires this past summer weren’t indications enough, new data out of Japan indicates that 2014 was the hottest year on record for planet Earth. According to Discovery News,

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The Everglades were fracked and you didn’t even hear about it

The Everglades were fracked and you didn’t even hear about it

Earlier in 2014, Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. was fined $25,000 for acid fracking near the everglades. Though the method of using hydrofluoric acid to loosen limestone bedrock has been used for a while

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Bad news for Santa: Reindeer populations decline as the world’s climate warms

Bad news for Santa: Reindeer populations decline as the world’s climate warms

A new study finds that reindeer populations are on the decline, due in part to climate change. This makes bad news not only for Santa, but for all of us, as the grazing habits of reindeer actually help

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The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers calculate that the

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to be the hottest

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Pope Francis will urge Catholics to combat climate change

Pope Francis will urge Catholics to combat climate change

In March 2015, Pope Francis plans to deliver an edict urging his followers to take action against climate change. This conservationist call-to-action will be the first of its kind delivered by a pope. The

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that

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New research shows severe drought caused the collapse of Mayan civilization

New research shows severe drought caused the collapse of Mayan civilization

It appears that severe drought led to the demise of one of the world's most highly developed ancient civilizations, as new research shows that changing climate and dry conditions may have led to famine

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Human activity will wipe out 41% of the world’s amphibians by 2200

Human activity will wipe out 41% of the world’s amphibians by 2200

If animal populations continue to decline at their current rate, we are heading for a mass extinction. New research estimates that 41% of amphibians will be wiped off the planet by 2200 as a direct

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Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

To create these images, Nickolay Lamm contacted Remik Ziemlinski from Climate Central, who provided more precise versions of the same maps that were originally featured in the New York Times article. Lamm

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When it comes to storm warnings, look to the birds

When it comes to storm warnings, look to the birds

Instead of waiting for the tornado siren, human beings might want to look to the birds when it comes to escaping major storm systems - as new research show they may have survival instincts far beyond

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Climate change poses a serious threat to global wheat crops

Climate change poses a serious threat to global wheat crops

New studies reveal that increasing global temperatures are likely to put a damper on wheat crop yields. A six percent reduction in yields is expected for each 1.8 degree F (1 degree C) increase in

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Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Santa may need to look for an alternate form of transportation soon. Reindeer populations around the world have diminished greatly over the past few decades, and researchers in China are concerned about

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Mysterious “ice pancakes” appear in Scottish river

Mysterious “ice pancakes” appear in Scottish river

These fluffy discs might look like pancakes, but don't get the syrup out just yet. A flotilla of mysterious pancake-like discs was recently spotted drifting down the River Dee in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

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Toxic methane is leaking from Siberia’s rapidly melting permafrost

Toxic methane is leaking from Siberia’s rapidly melting permafrost

Yamal Peninsula in Sibera has a massive problem: Gigantic sinkholes have opened in its permafrost, leaking huge amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. If that weren't enough, methane

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eBay becomes 100th company to cut ties with climate-denying organization ALEC

eBay becomes 100th company to cut ties with climate-denying organization ALEC

eBay just announced on Twitter that it will not renew its membership with the controversial climate change-denying political group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). With this action, eBay

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The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The United Kingdom's largest solar farm is now fully operational and working to power homes throughout the nation. The 46-megawatt solar farm in Landmead was connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire

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Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

While it might not seem immediately obvious, the foods we choose have environmental impacts that can be far-reaching. Now congress is attempting to silence the voices of top nutrition experts who are

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Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees

Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees

  It looks as though climate change could kill the traditional Christmas tree in Scandinavian countries, as reduced snowfall is affecting the health of spruce trees there. New Scientist

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New York just banned fracking!

New York just banned fracking!

New York just became the first state with sizable shale gas reserves in the United States to ban fracking. In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York cited health and safety

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia from their house!

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Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland's ice sheet is melting at a much faster rate than expected according to a new study released Monday in Nature Climate Change. Data from satellites led the study to conclude that Greenland is

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Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Early this Sunday, UN representatives from around the world reached the first-ever climate change agreement that commits all 196 nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented in its inclusion of

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James Inhofe: Barbra Streisand created ‘climate change hoax’

James Inhofe: Barbra Streisand created ‘climate change hoax’

When the Republicans take control of the Senate in January, one very, very terrifyingly dense individual is going to be handed the keys to the environment committee—Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), an

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