Climate Change

Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted

Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted

Earth’s permafrost is thawing and the climate consequences are concerning. Scientists estimate that 1,330 billion to 1,580 billion tons of organic carbon are stored within the permanently frozen soil of

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Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

This is not the first time the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California has rescued Rubbish the sea lion pup. In March the rescue center found him in Santa Barbara suffering from pneumonia and

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Climate change may threaten one in six species with extinction

Climate change may threaten one in six species with extinction

"Extinction risks from climate change are expected not only to increase but to accelerate for every degree rise in global temperatures. The signal of climate change–induced extinctions will become

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

  Studies show that the number of people displaced by natural disasters has nearly doubled since the 1970s and scientists believe that, ultimately, urbanization is to blame for such displacements.

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Morrissey to Live Earth: go vegan because ‘meat consumption is killing the planet’

Morrissey to Live Earth: go vegan because ‘meat consumption is killing the planet’

What do you do when you’re unhappy with decisions a politician is making? You write a letter, of course. Morrissey penned a sharp-tongued missive to former vice president Al Gore and producer Kevin Wall

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Are California’s forests pumping out more CO2 than they can absorb?

Are California’s forests pumping out more CO2 than they can absorb?

Sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. Despite being the first state in the United States to make cutting greenhouse gas emissions mandatory, California's forests are betraying those efforts by

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Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

A mysterious green rock called olivine could be the key to fighting climate change. The unique mineral has a curious property - it's able to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere - and it could potentially turn

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Could Audi’s new carbon-neutral diesel drive out dirty oil?

Could Audi’s new carbon-neutral diesel drive out dirty oil?

Watch out oil barons, Audi recently announced it has invented a new diesel fuel that could revolutionize the automobile industry and dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Even more remarkable, the

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Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

Pope Francis is causing quite a stir with news that he will soon publish a historic document that details the Catholic imperative to curb global warming. While some pundits believe the encyclical, which

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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PETITION: Call for the world’s two biggest charities to divest from fossil fuels

PETITION: Call for the world’s two biggest charities to divest from fossil fuels

The Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust charities are a force for good in so many ways, sp why are they still funding companies that invest in fossil fuel extraction? Now you can show them we

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14 Awe-inspiring aerial photographs capture the beauty of the Earth

14 Awe-inspiring aerial photographs capture the beauty of the Earth

©Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Altitude Heart in Voh in New Caledonia "Heart in Voh" is a heart-shaped mangrove swamp in New Caledonia. Located in tropical coastal regions, these mangrove swamps contain rich

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14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies

This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies

Last October we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, who developed a vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air. Now the designer is turning that smog vacuumed from the skies of

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PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK

PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK

Strange things are afoot in the state of Wisconsin, where a state agency has banned its employees from "working on or speaking about climate change." Florida's state Department of Environmental Protection

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Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Yup. You read that right. Scientists say a "blob" in the Pacific Ocean could be to blame for the drought in the West and the East's seemingly endless season of snow. Apparently, about 1,000 miles off the

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Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

Vancouver, Canada, has become the latest city to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Following on from a City Council vote in favor of making the switch on 26 March 2015, the city

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Obama finally admits climate change is a public health issue

Obama finally admits climate change is a public health issue

pic When talking about climate change, the causes and environmental impacts typically take center stage. The crucial piece missing from the conversation on a political level is the human toll—until

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E ink, and

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Western Canada could lose up to 70 percent of its glaciers by 2100

Western Canada could lose up to 70 percent of its glaciers by 2100

If climate change continues on its current path, Western Canada will lose as much as 70 per cent of its glaciers in the next 85 years. A new study recently published in the journal Nature Geoscience shows

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Traditional pole houses may be ideal shelters for a weather-ravaged future

Traditional pole houses may be ideal shelters for a weather-ravaged future

With the unpleasant prediction of more devastating weather patterns over the next twenty years (and beyond), safety and resilience are becoming top priorities for builders in disaster-prone areas. A

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‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

America's dependence on fossil fuels is the greatest long-term national security threat facing the nation. That is according to a new documentary called "The Burden" that held its world premiere in

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New study shows global biodiversity loss can be reversed by tackling climate change

New study shows global biodiversity loss can be reversed by tackling climate change

You would be hard pressed to find someone who can deny that humanity has had a drastic and dire impact on nearly every other species on the planet over the course of our species’ existence. A new study

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California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

As California enters its fourth year of drought, there's still no relief in sight. According to NASA, the state has just one year of water left, and in a last ditch effort cities are drilling wells to tap

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U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

+ FACT SHEET: U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to the UNFCCC

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Antarctica records what may have been its hottest day ever

Antarctica records what may have been its hottest day ever

While the north eastern US was deluged with snow over the past few months, much of the world was experiencing some of the warmest winters on record. Now, the coldest place on Earth—Antarctica—has

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PETITION: Tell presidential candidates to stop lying about climate change!

PETITION: Tell presidential candidates to stop lying about climate change!

In 2016, the American people will select a new president, and that person will face some of the most difficult challenges this world has ever seen. Climate change and the human impact on it are arguably

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Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing is finally going to kick what’s left of its coal power habit. China’s capital city recently announced plans to shut down the last of its remaining coal plants by 2016 - in favor of gas-fired

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Alaska’s glacial melt could create the world’s sixth largest coastal river

Alaska’s glacial melt could create the world’s sixth largest coastal river

The glaciers are melting. That's the old news. The update is that, in Alaska, there has also been a massive amount of rainfall. The combination of rain and glacial melt create a flow of freshwater that is

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Obama orders federal agencies to cut emissions by 40 percent

Obama orders federal agencies to cut emissions by 40 percent

President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet on climate change once again. Climate deniers can now deal with the president’s decision on Thursday to issue an executive order that requires federal

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