Climate Change

White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change

White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change

President Obama said he wouldn't wait for an intransigent Congress to take action on climate change - and the White House is following up on this promise by launching the Climate Data Initiative. The

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California May Truck Salmon to the Sea Because of Drought

California May Truck Salmon to the Sea Because of Drought

Salmon image / Shutterstock California’s drought isn’t just impacting the people living in the state’s parched cities. It’s also a disaster for animals - which is why officials are discussing

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Senate Democrats Stay Up All Night to Fight Climate Change

Senate Democrats Stay Up All Night to Fight Climate Change

U.S. Senators held an all-night talking session last night to bring focus to the issue of climate change. For some countries that might not seem like such a big deal, but in the U.S. (where just a few

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Climate Change Will Lead to More Cases of Malaria in Africa and South America as Temperatures Rise

Climate Change Will Lead to More Cases of Malaria in Africa and South America as Temperatures Rise

As the earth warms, people all over the world will have to adjust to deal with rising sea levels, droughts, storms, and wildfires. Those living in Africa and South America may also have to prepare for an

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Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Australian officials recently announced that the state of Queensland is in the midst of the most widespread drought on written record, with over 80% of the territory desperate for water. While drought is

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Scientists Predict California May be Headed for a 100-Year Megadrought

Scientists Predict California May be Headed for a 100-Year Megadrought

Scientists predict that California's current drought may be just the beginning of a serious 100-year megadrought. Scientist Lynn Ingram has studied the history of drought in the western United States

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Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty photo from Shutterstock A new study warns that world cultural landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House and the Tower of London will be lost to rising sea levels

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Chipotle May Drop Guacamole From its Menu Due to Climate Change

Chipotle May Drop Guacamole From its Menu Due to Climate Change

Mexican fast food chain Chipotle dropped a green bombshell this week when it announced that it may have to remove guacamole from its menu. Citing the effect of climate change on the price and availability

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The World’s Diet has Changed to Rely on Just a Few Standard Crops

The World’s Diet has Changed to Rely on Just a Few Standard Crops

Researchers from the International Center of Tropical Agriculture have noticed that the global diet over the past 50 years has come to rely on a few main food types. The crops that have become popular

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Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

The floating hydroponic farm uses melting icebergs as a massive resource for growing fruit and vegetables. The structure is shaped as a traditional village-the circular form encompasses a central bay in

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10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

Scallop photo from Shutterstock British Columbian company Island Scallops has reported a loss of three year’s worth of product due to high ocean acidity caused by carbon dioxide pollution. Around 10

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Volcanic Eruptions May Have Slowed Climate Change, New Study Shows

Volcanic Eruptions May Have Slowed Climate Change, New Study Shows

Image of volcano eruption / Shutterstock According to a recent study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, an unusually high number of volcanic eruptions over the past 14 years may have helped to

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Large Offshore Wind Farms Could Slow Down Incoming Hurricanes, New Study Concludes

Large Offshore Wind Farms Could Slow Down Incoming Hurricanes, New Study Concludes

Research from the University of Delaware and Stanford University concludes that offshore wind turbines could have an unexpected benefit alongside their primary goal of generating renewable energy. The

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California Farmers Won’t Get Water from the State This Year

California Farmers Won’t Get Water from the State This Year

California is experiencing one of its driest periods in recorded history, and now local farmers are being told not to expect any water from the state. Federal officials from the Bureau of Reclamation

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New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

A newly released NASA satellite image taken from space shows the extent of California's worst drought since record-keeping started in 1885 and potentially the region's driest period in 500 years.

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A Darker Arctic is Making the Earth Warm Faster

A Darker Arctic is Making the Earth Warm Faster

A new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography reveals a troubling trend in the Arctic: as the planet warms and the ice caps melt, the Earth is losing its ability to reflect heat back into

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GOP Lawmaker Says We Actually Need More CO2 in the Atmosphere

GOP Lawmaker Says We Actually Need More CO2 in the Atmosphere

Utah has a fair share of air quality problems - in fact, Salt Lake City is often rated as one of the most polluted cities in the nation. But one lawmaker suggests that the problem isn’t too much CO2 in

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INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

Friedman was one of the top US World Cup Downhillers and a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years before an injury forced him into retirement in 2009. Every year, Friedman was handed a load of new gear

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Billionaire Plans to Spend $100 Million in the 2014 Elections to Advance Climate Change Legislation

Billionaire Plans to Spend $100 Million in the 2014 Elections to Advance Climate Change Legislation

Big money in politics has surfaced in the form of political action committees, undisclosed elite investors, and lobbyists entrenched deep within the system. Billionaire and former hedge fund manager Tom

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Secretary of State John Kerry Declares Climate Change a ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’

Secretary of State John Kerry Declares Climate Change a ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’

In a recent speech in Indonesia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that climate change is "perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction." The speech was a strong counter to those in

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Scientists Discover Smoking Gun that Caused Mass Extinction of Ice Age Mammals

Scientists Discover Smoking Gun that Caused Mass Extinction of Ice Age Mammals

Not only has an international collaboration between 30 different scientific teams uncovered the "smoking gun" that caused mass extinctions during the last ice age, but it also demonstrated what can be

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Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

In response to one of the most serious droughts to hit California in decades, President Obama has promised hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid to help residents cope. The past three years have

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Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Researchers at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Scientists have noticed a change in the world’s jet stream paths, and are looking at the warming Arctic as a potential cause. In

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These States Are Poorly Prepared for Global Warming – Is Yours on the List?

These States Are Poorly Prepared for Global Warming – Is Yours on the List?

Every state has a plan for what to do in the event of disaster, specifically, a "State Hazard Mitigation Plan," but there's no requirement that these plans take global warming into consideration. As a

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United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

The United States recently submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change its bold vision for an international climate deal in Paris, France in December 2015. The 11-page

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How Russia Turned Subtropical Sochi into a Snow-Filled Winter Olympic Resort

How Russia Turned Subtropical Sochi into a Snow-Filled Winter Olympic Resort

Photo via Shutterstock Amidst well-documented instances of contaminated tap water, broken doors, broken elevators and seemingly ill-placed surveillance, there's another absurdity casting a shadow over

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New Study Shows White Roofs are Three Times More Effective than Green Roofs at Fighting Climate Change

New Study Shows White Roofs are Three Times More Effective than Green Roofs at Fighting Climate Change

Green roofs offer a lot of environmental benefits - they provide additional insulation, reduce rainwater runoff, and can lower your electricity bill. However a new study suggests that roofs painted white

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Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Edward Snowden's massive data leak has uncovered stunning secrets concerning the NSA's dubious behavior. The government agency seems to have an eye on every aspect of domestic and foreign policy,

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Will Rats Become Earth’s New Overlords After the Next Mass Extinction?

Will Rats Become Earth’s New Overlords After the Next Mass Extinction?

When humans are eradicated from the planet, rats may become Earth's new overlords. At least, that’s the result of a new thought experiment done by a group of researchers led by Jan Zalasiewicz at the

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Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Israeli industrial designer Shlomi Mir has created a tumbleweed-inspired robot that uses wind power to study desertification and help scientists better understand the phenomenon. The round robot uses an

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