Climate Change

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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California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production

California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production

Agriculture around the world is suffering due to climate change, and famous grape-producing regions are being crushed by unpredictable weather patterns, drought, and increased global demand for alcohol.

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Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

If you want to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, you might want to start with your dinner plate. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that cattle

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Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

Although the Senate finally passed the long-awaited Farm Bill on Tuesday, the Obama administration has plans to bypass the sluggish, gridlocked legislative branch to help farms face climate change. The

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Amazing Interactive Map Shows Carbon Footprint of all 31,000 U.S. ZIP Codes

Amazing Interactive Map Shows Carbon Footprint of all 31,000 U.S. ZIP Codes

Amidst numerous discussions about reducing greenhouse gases stands a glaring question: what are the greatest sources of household emissions? To answer this, researchers at the University of California,

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Former NYC Mayor Sets His Eyes on Restoring the World’s Fish Populations

Former NYC Mayor Sets His Eyes on Restoring the World’s Fish Populations

Michael Bloomberg may have relinquished his role as New York City's mayor, but when it comes to ways he can continue to serve people, there are plenty of other fish in the sea. One of Bloomberg's latest

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Annual Heat-Related Deaths are Expected to Rise 257% by 2050 in the UK

Annual Heat-Related Deaths are Expected to Rise 257% by 2050 in the UK

Hot sun / Shutterstock Historically, the UK has seen only a fraction of heat-related deaths compared to the number of cold-related deaths. But this is all about to change due to climate change. A new

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‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

Hundreds gathered on a chilly night at Lafayette Square across from the White House to tell President Obama to keep his climate promise and stand up to the fossil fuel industry by rejecting the dirty tar

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Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Image © Shutterstock A long-awaited report from the US State Department claims that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to add to global greenhouse gasses in any significant way -- not

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University of Washington Scientists Believe Climate Change Is Responsible for Penguin Chick Deaths

University of Washington Scientists Believe Climate Change Is Responsible for Penguin Chick Deaths

A team of scientists from the University of Washington (UW) believe that climate change is killing chicks from the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins. They suspect that ever-changing weather

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President Obama Calls for ‘Year of Action’ in 2014 State of the Union Address

President Obama Calls for ‘Year of Action’ in 2014 State of the Union Address

A confident, relaxed President Barack Obama delivered a rousing State of the Union address to both chambers of Congress and the American people Tuesday night that struck a populist tone resonating

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UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ head of disaster risk, has warned that flooding caused by climate change has reached emergency levels in Senegal. Called the “Venice of Africa,” the

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New Study Reveals Air Pollution Increases the Power of Cyclones

New Study Reveals Air Pollution Increases the Power of Cyclones

A new report, published in Nature Communications, reveals that the ever-increasing air pollution from China and other Asian industrial countries is capable of increasing the power of winter cyclones

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European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030

European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030

The European Union just reached a landmark climate deal that is world's toughest. The compromise agreement is the result of intense negotiations between member states that delayed the unveiling of the

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How Global Warming Can Cause Heavier Snowfalls

How Global Warming Can Cause Heavier Snowfalls

Residents living in the northeast quarter of the US and parts of Canada have been blasted by a rash of cold weather recently - and it turns out global warming could be behind it. Chris Mooney, host of the

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Yale Study Finds Climate Change Skepticism at Six-Year High

Yale Study Finds Climate Change Skepticism at Six-Year High

 Image © Shutterstock A new study from Yale and George Mason University found that the number of people who don’t believe in global warming has grown 7% since the spring of 2013. That brings the

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Bundle Up: The Polar Vortex is Returning to Put the US in Another Deep Freeze

Bundle Up: The Polar Vortex is Returning to Put the US in Another Deep Freeze

East Coasters just warming up from freezing temperatures should prepare to bundle up again - Meteorologists say the Polar Vortex is coming back with a vengeance to throw the country into another deep

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Al Gore Blasts Geo-Engineering Solutions for Climate Change as Insane

Al Gore Blasts Geo-Engineering Solutions for Climate Change as Insane

While some have suggested geo-engineering projects could avert a climate change catastrophe, Al Gore described the idea as "insane, utterly mad and delusional in the extreme." The former vice president

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Antarctica’s Mighty Pine Island Glacier has Reached an Irreversible Melting Point

Antarctica’s Mighty Pine Island Glacier has Reached an Irreversible Melting Point

An international team of scientists has concluded that Antarctica's mighty Pine Island Glacier has likely reached a tipping point in which the melting is irreversible even if global warming is reversed.

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