Climate Change

America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

10. University of California, Santa Barbara Forty-four of the buildings on campus at UC Santa Barbara are LEED certified and 47% of academic departments offer a class about sustainability, totaling 321

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Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Photo via Shutterstock Locals in western Japan have been suffering their hottest summer to date. From June to August, thermometers consistently hit above average temperatures with a sizzling high of

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INFOGRAPHIC: Whose Carbon Is America Burning?

INFOGRAPHIC: Whose Carbon Is America Burning?

In 2007, US carbon emissions peaked at roughly 6,029 Mt. We know a lot a how these emissions are generated, and why they have declined since then. But few of us realize where they come from. The flag

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Scientists Discover a 400 Mile Canyon Below Greenland Ice Sheet

Scientists Discover a 400 Mile Canyon Below Greenland Ice Sheet

Most of Greenland is covered in a thick sheet of ice, but scientists have just discovered another vast canyon beneath the 460 mile glacier. Headed by Jonathan Bamber at the University of Bristol, the

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INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

Storms, sea level rise, and extreme drought are only predicted to accelerate in the decades ahead. Combined with unprecedented urban population growth, this unpredictable weather is a recipe for costly,

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Run Down on Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan and Bottle Bill

INFOGRAPHIC: The Run Down on Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan and Bottle Bill

Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, drafted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and supported by Gov. Martin O’Malley, aims to accomplish a 25% statewide reduction in GHG

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Why Are So Many of Today’s Apples Mushy and Tasteless?

Why Are So Many of Today’s Apples Mushy and Tasteless?

Despite an early and unjust reputation as the forbidden fruit, apples have been an integral part of a healthy diet for thousands of years. Burdened with the task of keeping the doctor away, most would

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How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

It may seem reasonable that higher temperatures and drought conditions caused by climate change fuel wildfires, and that's definitely a big factor in this year's summer blazes. But according to leading

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Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

As iconic animals such as the West African lion and mountain gorilla reach the edge of extinction, scientists in Japan are working towards saving the genetics of endangered animals for future generations.

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Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years' effort by The

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Wildfire Spending Surpasses $1 Billion During Peak Fire Season

Wildfire Spending Surpasses $1 Billion During Peak Fire Season

Wildfire spending soared past $1 billion last week as over fifty fires blazed out of control across the Western U.S. When the U.S. Forest Service budget dwindled down to just $50 million during the peak

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RFP for NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Puts It a Step Closer to Reality

RFP for NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Puts It a Step Closer to Reality

If you thought New York City was just playing around when it proposed building a mini city onto the side of Manhattan to protect it from future storms, check this out. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg issued a

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Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will ultimately cost billions of dollars to repair, which has researchers wondering what the global cost of climate change could be.

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There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

Image via Shutterstock Researchers warn that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are gradually increasing acidification levels in our oceans as well. While this lower pH will

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Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Although there are 50 massive wildfires raging in the US right now, the so-called Rim Fire in California is perhaps of greatest concern. Yesterday the fire nearly quadrupled in size and has only been

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UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

A leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's next big climate report finds near unanimous certainty that greenhouse gas emissions from humans are primarily responsible for global

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Protect the Puffin Infographic Raises Awareness for a Threatened Species

Protect the Puffin Infographic Raises Awareness for a Threatened Species

Puffins are adorable, easy to love birds - but they're also one of the many species severely threatened by climate change. The National Audubon Society recently created a great Protect the Puffin

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Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Photo via Shutterstock Remember those stifling heat waves in the summer of 2012 that made you want to roll up into a ball and live in your refrigerator? Those heat waves are likely to become much more

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Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice

Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice

Photo via Shutterstock The reflection of solar radiation by Arctic sea ice is critical to maintaining an overall stable global temperature. This phenomenon, known as "albedo," has decreased over the

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Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Greenland's arctic ice sheet is in trouble - and it turns out that global warming isn't the only force at work. A new study in Nature Geoscience by the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences shows

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NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

Every year, it seems that wildfires get a little more frequent and a lot more devastating. And it makes you wonder, as the planet continues to get warmer and the land becomes drier, just how bad will

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Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

We all secretly suspected that Fox News was behind climate change denial, but new research actually proves that tuning into Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or other conservative media makes people suspicious of

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Study Shows the Antarctic Ozone Hole is Contributing to Global Warming

Study Shows the Antarctic Ozone Hole is Contributing to Global Warming

Climate scientists at Columbia University in New York have discovered that the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer may be contributing to global warming by altering wind patterns and cloud cover in the

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Killer Bee Invasion in US Linked to Warmer Temperatures

Killer Bee Invasion in US Linked to Warmer Temperatures

Image via Shutterstock This past June, a colony of 100,000 killer bees occupying a vacant Texas home swarmed the neighbor's dog, killing it with their stings. Africanized bees were brought from Africa

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2012 Was 10th Hottest Year Ever, as Global Warming Continues to Charge Forward

2012 Was 10th Hottest Year Ever, as Global Warming Continues to Charge Forward

Photo via Shutterstock There is both good and bad news when it comes to global warming, according to a new climate study published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The

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Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

As the world's population soars above 7 billion, the threat of severe drought weighs heavily on global food supply. To help in the fight against worsening climate change, scientists in Japan have bred a

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Polar Bear Tragically Starves to Death Because of Global Warming

Polar Bear Tragically Starves to Death Because of Global Warming

It's always sad to see dead animals in the wild, but the death of this 16-year-old male polar bear found dead on a beach north of Norway is especially tragic. After examining the bear's emaciated body,

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As China Sizzles, Residents Cook Food On Manhole Covers

As China Sizzles, Residents Cook Food On Manhole Covers

Photo via Shutterstock China is suffering from one of its worst heatwaves in recorded history - and some hard-hit residents in Shanghai and the eastern and southern provinces are demonstrating the

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China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

While US lawmakers continue to debate whether climate change even exists, sweeping climate change reforms are starting to emerge from a surprising source—the People’s Republic of China. From massive

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6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Via Shutterstock 1. A Ticking Carbon Bomb! We recently surpassed atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. Burning the tar sands oil would send

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