Climate Change

House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

Interplanetary exploration is certainly a noble endeavor, but when it comes to caring for a planet, politicians should begin by rooting for the home team. A recently introduced bill in the House of

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The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

Image via Shutterstock Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment to be less favorable for a comfortable and enduring

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Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

As global warming and climate change escalate, the push to develop better, more efficient solar energy technology has never been more urgent, and now researchers at MIT have developed ultra-thin and

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NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

Reading about the melting ice sheets in the Arctic or desertification in Africa may seem like remote instances, but the effects of climate change also can be seen locally throughout the United States. In

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One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

Image via Shutterstock One quarter of all the world's energy generation will be renewable by 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced on Wednesday. The news comes just days after President

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Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

The Keystone XL pipeline has become the iconic symbol of anti-fossil fuel and climate change activism in the 21st century. Yet, there is a more dangerous project lurking behind the scenes that has not

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Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Image via Shutterstock In a speech today President Obama unveiled the United States' new Climate Change Action Plan, which calls for a three-pronged approach to cut pollution, build resilience, and

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President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock In a landmark speech on climate change today, President Obama offered an insight into whether he'll approve the controversial 1,700-mile pipeline, explaining that he will only

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President Obama to Unveil US National Climate Change Action Plan on Tuesday

President Obama to Unveil US National Climate Change Action Plan on Tuesday

Image via Shutterstock President Barack Obama vowed to tackle climate change during his second term as President of the United States - and now he has promised to unveil a national climate action plan

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Alaska Blasts Through Temperature Records, Surpassing Miami in Some Areas

Alaska Blasts Through Temperature Records, Surpassing Miami in Some Areas

Photo via Shutterstock No part of the world is safe from the clutches of global warming, including the United States’ only Arctic region, Alaska. Due to a resident heat dome, several heat records

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IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

Most nature lovers are familiar with the concept of a threatened species, or organisms that are in danger due to habitat loss, poaching, disease, or environmental factors. The International Union for

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MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

Inhabitat is getting our sea legs this morning aboard the world's largest solar-powered boat, which docked today at the North Cove Marina in downtown Manhattan. NYC is the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar's second

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Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Concrete is one of the world's most widely-used building materials, and it has an enormous carbon footprint - but researchers recently unearthed clues to a more environmentally-friendly concrete mixture

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Exbury Egg: Amazing Self-Sustaining Floating Office Launches in the UK

Exbury Egg: Amazing Self-Sustaining Floating Office Launches in the UK

The Exbury Egg is a collaboration between British design firm SPUD, Perring Architecture + Design (PAD), boat builder Paul Baker, naval architect Stephen Payne, and artist Stephen Turner. The egg is

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Disease Outbreak Could Wipe Out Coffee Crops in Central America

Disease Outbreak Could Wipe Out Coffee Crops in Central America

Coffee photo from Shutterstock Your morning cup of joe may be next on the endangered list. A disease outbreak in Central America is threatening hundreds of thousands of farms by crippling coffee plants

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Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

We’ve seen LEGO bricks used to build tons of unexpected creations - from wheelchairs to chandeliers. But everyone's favorite toy brick can also be used to teach - Hans Rosling, a Swedish doctor and

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UN Envoys Advised to Develop a Plan B For Failure to Meet Global CO2 Targets

UN Envoys Advised to Develop a Plan B For Failure to Meet Global CO2 Targets

Photo via Shutterstock In an effort to curb global climate change, policy makers and scientists agreed in 2010 that the total levels of CO2 emissions should not exceed 350 parts per million. That magic

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Study Finds 82% of All Native Californian Fish Could Be Extinct Within 100 Years

Study Finds 82% of All Native Californian Fish Could Be Extinct Within 100 Years

A new study published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE warns that many native Californian fish - including salmon - are on track to extinction due to climate change. The study found that 82 percent of

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Low Methane Producing Cows Could Be Created Through Breeding and Diet Change

Low Methane Producing Cows Could Be Created Through Breeding and Diet Change

Photo via Shutterstock When looking into the big, docile eyes of the domestic cow, it is hard to imagine that something sinister lurks beneath the surface. That is, until they burp. Cows are prolific

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400-Year-Old Arctic Plants Frozen by Glaciers Come Back From the Dead

400-Year-Old Arctic Plants Frozen by Glaciers Come Back From the Dead

A crop of 400-year-old plants that were wiped out by glaciers have come back from the dead, BBC News reports. Researchers exploring the Teardrop Glacier high up in the Canadian Arctic say that the ice has

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United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

The world is on a crash course to run out of fresh water, according to United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. At yesterday's UN’s International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban Ki-moon

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Infographic: Where Are All Our Carbon Emissions Being Stored?

Infographic: Where Are All Our Carbon Emissions Being Stored?

Last week the world reached a grim milestone: Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide passed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. It's widely understood that this is the result of human

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Climate Change Could Render Our Favorite Foods Extinct

Climate Change Could Render Our Favorite Foods Extinct

Image ©dbrekke As if worrying about rising sea levels isn’t enough, the evils of climate change are also affecting our food supply. A mix of increased temperatures, changes in rain, and bacterial

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America’s First Climate Refugees are Native Alaskan Communities

America’s First Climate Refugees are Native Alaskan Communities

Alaska Glacier photo from Shutterstock For many years, climate change has displaced millions in the developing world - and now America is seeing its first climate refugees. Over 180 native communities

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Mt. Everest Glaciers are Rapidly Melting, and Humans are Probably to Blame

Mt. Everest Glaciers are Rapidly Melting, and Humans are Probably to Blame

Image via Shutterstock The glaciers atop Mt. Everest are melting at an unprecedented rate and anthropogenic global warming is likely to blame. The news comes on the heels of reports that CO2 levels

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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Study Finds Conservatives Less Likely to Buy Light Bulbs Labeled as Good for the Environment

Study Finds Conservatives Less Likely to Buy Light Bulbs Labeled as Good for the Environment

New research suggests that people with right wing views are less likely to buy light bulbs that are labeled as "pro-environment" due to the politicized nature of the carbon debate in the United States. In

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Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Every year since 2005, the North Pole has shifted several centimeters, and researchers have now attributed those rapid changes to climate change. While the location of each pole is always in seasonal

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UN Scientists Estimate Sea Levels Could Rise 27 Inches This Century

UN Scientists Estimate Sea Levels Could Rise 27 Inches This Century

Photo via Shutterstock We all know that sea levels across the world are steadily rising due to climate change, but just how these changes will affect us remains to be seen. The UN's Intergovernmental

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Global Warming Will Lead to Hundreds of Millions of Climate Change Refugees

Global Warming Will Lead to Hundreds of Millions of Climate Change Refugees

Photo via Shutterstock After news broke last week that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have officially passed the 400 parts per million mark, a leading economist and researcher warned that

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