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Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic ice is poised to unleash a torrent of more than 1 trillion pieces of plastic into the ocean over the next 10 years. According to a new report, there's an immense amount of plastic trapped

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Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the most significant action to combat climate disruption his administration has taken and the boldest move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in American

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The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

When we talk about the acidification of the oceans, we sometimes focus on the impact that it will have in the future. But for Taylor Shellfish Farms, a fifth-generation farm in Oregon that harvests

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our

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California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

A new study by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences finds that the worst drought in state history could cost the agricultural industry $1.7 billion this year and eliminate

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MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

Vetterlein has thought of every last detail to ensure the Micro Office Systems Space concept has a small environmental impact while still providing a comfortable and professional working environment for

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Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that solar energy could become the biggest generator of electricity worldwide by 2050 if the right policies are put in place. The paper,

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China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

The Chinese legislature has voted in favor of changes to its environmental policies for the first time in 25 years. The new law gives government the ability to levy unlimited fines against polluters in a

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Nuclear Power Plant and Thousands of People Threatened in Nine San Diego County Wildfires

Nuclear Power Plant and Thousands of People Threatened in Nine San Diego County Wildfires

Dozens of homes and thousands of acres have burned as not one, but nine wildfires ripped through the San Diego County landscape. Universities, attractions like Legoland and tens of thousands of people

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Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Ioane Teitiota from Kiribati in the South Pacific has lost his latest bid to be recognized as the world's first climate change refugee. Since 2010, Mr. Teitiota, 37, has claimed he is the victim of

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What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

A section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to a new study released by researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine. Warmer sea temperatures

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Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

This week Stanford University became the first major U.S. university to officially divest from coal companies. The Stanford Board of Trustees voted that the university's $18.7 billion endowment would not

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Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Industrial design consultancy MAP just saved Virgin Atlantic millions of dollars in fuel costs by simply redesigning the airline's in-flight meal tray. By streamlining the tray's design, the British firm

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Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Raise Sea Levels For Thousands Of Years

Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Raise Sea Levels For Thousands Of Years

A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reveals that a melting East Antarctic ice sheet could result in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years. The report published

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UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling on countries around the world to take strong measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming. "I am asking them (world

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Landmark White House Report Warns Americans That Climate Change Poses an Imminent Threat

Landmark White House Report Warns Americans That Climate Change Poses an Imminent Threat

A landmark report to be formally launched at the White House tomorrow will warn Americans that climate change is not a far-off, future doomsday event--it's a clear and imminent danger. Compiled by over

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Study Warns Methane from Melting Arctic Permafrost is ‘Certain to Trigger Additional Warming’

Study Warns Methane from Melting Arctic Permafrost is ‘Certain to Trigger Additional Warming’

A new study finds that melting Arctic permafrost from man-made global warming is releasing large amounts of methane into the atmosphere - and the resulting feedback loop is "certain to trigger additional

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Massive Iceberg 10X the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off Antarctic Glacier

Massive Iceberg 10X the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off Antarctic Glacier

A few months ago Inhabitat reported that an iceberg 10 times the size of Manhattan broke away from the Antarctic into Pine Island Bay. Now that iceberg is drifting out of the bay and into the currents of

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Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Rolling Stone is reporting that President Obama will likely reject the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that has become a symbol of the bitter partisan divide in Washington and the battle between

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Ancient Tundra Landscape Discovered Beneath Greenland’s Ice Sheet Provides Climate Change Clues

Ancient Tundra Landscape Discovered Beneath Greenland’s Ice Sheet Provides Climate Change Clues

Ever wonder where the 'green' in ice-covered Greenland comes from? According to Icelandic lore, viking explorer Erik the Red gave Greenland its name to lure settlers after discovering the territory in the

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Anything’s Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

Anything’s Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

Here's some good news on the climate change front: Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012 and dropped 3.4 percent in 2012 alone, according to the U.S.

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Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the pool to film a video

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The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

The latest drilling boom to hit California isn’t the kind you’d expect: Farmers all over the state are so desperate for water in the midst of a year-long drought that some well drilling companies are

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Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

Rachel Sussman collaborated with a group of biologists to research and create her stunning photo project. She begins her investigation at “year zero,” photographing the past in the present. She found

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Could a Monster El Niño Wreak Havoc in 2014?

Could a Monster El Niño Wreak Havoc in 2014?

El Niño became infamous when it killed an estimated 23,000 people and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage in 1997 and 1998 - and according to scientists, we could experience another El

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End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

Unless the world acts with a sense of urgency to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming is on pace to reach the catastrophic level of 4.8ºC above pre-industrial temperatures by the

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach the Highest Point Ever in Human History

Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach the Highest Point Ever in Human History

Monday marks a major milestone for life on Earth, and it isn’t one to be proud of. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are the highest they have been in at least 800,000 years, reaching beyond 402

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UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

On the heels of the IPCC's landmark global warming report, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently transform for a cleaner, low-carbon future. Figueres

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Will the IPCC Report Convince Climate Deniers to Take Action?

Will the IPCC Report Convince Climate Deniers to Take Action?

Unlike previous reports warning of impending doom as a result of climate change, the recent Union Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warning that global warming is here now

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth's history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most

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