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When it comes to storm warnings, look to the birds

When it comes to storm warnings, look to the birds

Instead of waiting for the tornado siren, human beings might want to look to the birds when it comes to escaping major storm systems - as new research show they may have survival instincts far beyond

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Climate change poses a serious threat to global wheat crops

Climate change poses a serious threat to global wheat crops

New studies reveal that increasing global temperatures are likely to put a damper on wheat crop yields. A six percent reduction in yields is expected for each 1.8 degree F (1 degree C) increase in

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Toxic methane is leaking from Siberia’s rapidly melting permafrost

Toxic methane is leaking from Siberia’s rapidly melting permafrost

Yamal Peninsula in Sibera has a massive problem: Gigantic sinkholes have opened in its permafrost, leaking huge amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. If that weren't enough, methane

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Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees

Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees

  It looks as though climate change could kill the traditional Christmas tree in Scandinavian countries, as reduced snowfall is affecting the health of spruce trees there. New Scientist

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia from their house!

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Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland's ice sheet is melting at a much faster rate than expected according to a new study released Monday in Nature Climate Change. Data from satellites led the study to conclude that Greenland is

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Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Early this Sunday, UN representatives from around the world reached the first-ever climate change agreement that commits all 196 nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented in its inclusion of

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are the most energy efficient?

INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are the most energy efficient?

Every year the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy publishes a report revealing the most energy efficient countries in the world. The council looks at the 16 biggest economies and ranks them

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James Inhofe: Barbra Streisand created ‘climate change hoax’

James Inhofe: Barbra Streisand created ‘climate change hoax’

When the Republicans take control of the Senate in January, one very, very terrifyingly dense individual is going to be handed the keys to the environment committee—Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), an

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United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

According to new temperature data analyzed by the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization, 2014 is currently tied with 2010 for the hottest year on record—suggesting that there has been no

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World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

A new report reveals most consumers aren't aware that the meat and livestock industry is a bigger source of global carbon emissions than transport -- and that's even when air travel and shipping are

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How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) just released a preliminary, technical report that shows how the United States can cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050 -

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10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

Chasing Ice Nearly ten years ago, environmental photographer James Balog embarked on an arctic pilgrimage to gather real-time evidence of global warming in Iceland for National Geographic. His

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Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

UN climate change talks begin today in Lima, Peru, with national representatives meeting to hash out a draft agreement to present at the UN's Paris Summit in December, 2015. As you may recall, the 2009

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The Glaciers of Glacier National Park May All Disappear by 2030

The Glaciers of Glacier National Park May All Disappear by 2030

Glacier National Park, which was dedicated in 1910, occupies a dramatically beautiful span of the Rocky Mountains at the Montana-Canadian border, which has been covered in ice since time immemorial. 150

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Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey results published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week have proven dumbfounding, to say the least. The results suggested that for Americans "personal experience with weather or

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6 Steps Global Leaders Must Take to Tackle Climate Change

6 Steps Global Leaders Must Take to Tackle Climate Change

International talks due to take place in Paris in 2015 have sparked debate over how we can save the earth from irreparable damage. The goal of the talks is to limit global warming by two degrees, and

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Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

The University of Notre Dame recently released the 2014 installment of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN.) ND-GAIN shows "which countries are best prepared to deal with the national

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New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

The International Maritime Organization has just signed off on an International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, more simply known as the Polar Code. This was developed in response to already

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House Votes in Favor of Keystone XL, Obama Considers Veto

House Votes in Favor of Keystone XL, Obama Considers Veto

Despite the disapproval of President Barack Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted in favor of letting the Keystone XL Pipeline project go ahead. The Keystone XL would pump oil from the Tar

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President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama just announced that the US will pledge up to $3 billion over the next four years to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The move comes days after the president signed a historic

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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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New Maps Show the Price World Oceans Pay for Sucking Up Our CO2

New Maps Show the Price World Oceans Pay for Sucking Up Our CO2

We should be thankful for our oceans. In addition to providing us with food and recreation and a host of other services, they absorb up to one quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions. As a result, climate

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Malmö Marine Education Center Teaches Visitors About Global Warming by Replicating Marine Ecosystems

Malmö Marine Education Center Teaches Visitors About Global Warming by Replicating Marine Ecosystems

The architects have just released designs for their new building, which won first prize in a competition organized by Malmö City. The 32,292-square-foot, landscaped complex will feature a

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NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener

NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener

Air travel produces roughly 5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, edging us closer to an era of runaway climate change. As part of an ongoing effort to develop greener planes and reduce the aviation

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Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

A team in China led by researchers from the University of California, Davis have discovered the first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur. Ichthyosaurs were dolphin-like marine reptiles that thrived

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Watch a 3-Mile-Wide Glacier Crash into the Sea (VIDEO)

Watch a 3-Mile-Wide Glacier Crash into the Sea (VIDEO)

As part of his documentary film Chasing Ice, National Geographic photographer James Balog travelled around the world using time-lapse cameras to show how the planet's glaciers are changing in the face of

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The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

Data from NASA shows that this year's hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica remains largely unchanged. On September 9, 2014, it measured 24.1m square km, which is roughly the size of North America;

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Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

As the natural glaciers surrounding Ladakh decrease in size year by year due to climate warming, they have begun to release noticeably less water in the early spring. The glaciers then release too much

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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Yesterday's Republican Party gains in the Senate put the passing of legislation that would give the go ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline within the party's reach. After six years of debate on the

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