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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

In a decisive action some feared would never come, President Obama today signed an executive order that will begin to prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change. The order comes just one

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Pacific Ocean Warming at Fastest Rate in 10,000 Years, Study Shows

Pacific Ocean Warming at Fastest Rate in 10,000 Years, Study Shows

Image via Shutterstock A new study published in the journal Science finds that global warming slowed down in recent years because oceans have been absorbing much of the heat. The paper — "Pacific

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Global Wine Production Drops as Climate Change Affects Grape Harvests

Global Wine Production Drops as Climate Change Affects Grape Harvests

Vinyard photo from Shutterstock Wine lovers take note - we may have just hit peak wine. Global demand for wine has outstripped supply as production around the world drops - and global warming is to

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US Makes Good on Pledge to End Coal Financing Overseas

US Makes Good on Pledge to End Coal Financing Overseas

Last June President Obama made a pledge to end coal financing abroad as part of an effort to stop climate change. After making the promise, the World Bank, where the US holds the most voting power, also

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CU-Boulder Study Finds ‘Unprecedented’ Warming in Eastern Canadian Arctic

CU-Boulder Study Finds ‘Unprecedented’ Warming in Eastern Canadian Arctic

A new University of Colorado Boulder study reveals a level of warming in the Eastern Canadian Arctic that likely hasn't been seen since the end of the last interglacial period 120,000 years ago.

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Agriculture Could Go Coastal with Sealeaf Floating Farms

Agriculture Could Go Coastal with Sealeaf Floating Farms

As the global population rises, it's becoming increasingly difficult to feed everyone - particularly in dense urban environments. Innovation Design Engineering recently unveiled an elegant solution: the

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17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

A "once-in-a-decade" typhoon has hit the Japanese coast, and while its winds weakened from a peak of 130-156 mph—Category 4 status—heavy rain and landslides have claimed 17 lives on Oshima Island and

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Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice just successfully tested its ambitious $7 billion flood-protection project for the first time. The Moses system for defense against high water is being constructed at the city's lagoon inlets

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6 Innovative, Flood-Resistant Homes from the 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

6 Innovative, Flood-Resistant Homes from the 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

After suffering from millions of dollars worth of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last year, Long Island is serious about never facing the same fate again. In order to get on the road to resilient

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Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken

Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken

A new study finds that more than 80 percent of ice-free land is at risk of ecosystem transformation by 2100 unless global warming is limited to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above

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Project Urban Forest Infographic Shows How Trees Effectively Combat Carbon Emissions

Project Urban Forest Infographic Shows How Trees Effectively Combat Carbon Emissions

Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - which is why it's the main objective of the Sustainable Glasgow Project. They

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Allan Savory Explains How Livestock Can Help Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change in this Riveting TED Talk

Allan Savory Explains How Livestock Can Help Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change in this Riveting TED Talk

We know now that an excess of 350 parts per billion (ppb) of CO2 in the atmosphere will cause increasingly catastrophic weather events in the future. We are now at almost 400 ppb. There is a very small

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10,000 Walruses Come Ashore in Alaska as Arctic Sea Ice Declines

10,000 Walruses Come Ashore in Alaska as Arctic Sea Ice Declines

In an extraordinary phenomenon, an estimated 10,000 walruses have gathered on a small barrier island near Point Lay in Alaska. Spotted by scientists from NOAA last Friday, the walruses have come ashore as

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Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

The Russian government announced on Wednesday that they would be charging 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy for their activism in the Arctic. Two weeks ago, a group of 30 people staged a protest aboard

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Giant Hornets are Killing People and Eating Bees in China

Giant Hornets are Killing People and Eating Bees in China

If you're afraid of flying stinging insects, the Asian giant hornet might just be your worst nightmare. The bug can reach two inches long, fly at 25 miles an hour and their stings, which have been

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Infographic: The World’s Biggest Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Infographic: The World’s Biggest Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On the eve of the International Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment report, it's a good time to remind ourselves that curbing greenhouse gas emissions is the best way to address climate change. In

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Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Polar bear photo from Shutterstock A recent study found that the East Greenlandic population of polar bears is being exposed to more contaminants in their diet. As Arctic ice melts, polar bears are

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New Cooker Reduces Smoke by 80% and Safeguards Himalayan Glaciers

New Cooker Reduces Smoke by 80% and Safeguards Himalayan Glaciers

Cooking stoves used in many developing countries produce black smoke, which is a serious health hazard that disproportionately affects women and a major contributor to global warming. As a response to

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George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status

George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status

In an ironic turn of events, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum received a "Climate Hero Award" from California Senator Barbara Boxer on Monday. While the architects who designed facility

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UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report that reveals the world's children are most at risk from the effects of global warming. More than 600 million children who live in the 10

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

There's a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change - but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set

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Honduran Government Returns One Million Hectares of Rainforest to Indigenous People

Honduran Government Returns One Million Hectares of Rainforest to Indigenous People

150 years ago, England granted the Miskito people of Honduras rights over their own land. Unfortunately, that treaty has not been respected until a few days ago when the government officially returned

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Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Levels of nitrous oxide are difficult to measure in agricultural sites across Australia due to their scattered nature. So scientists from the Queensland University of Technology have created "Semaphore,"

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10% of the World’s Largest Companies Produce 73% of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions

10% of the World’s Largest Companies Produce 73% of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Image via Shutterstock A new study has found that just 50 corporations are responsible for 73% of the 3.6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emitted by the world's 500 largest companies. Of the

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Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Image via Shutterstock. A study published this month in the journal Climatic Change asserts that 100,000 adults could lose their lives annually as a result of air pollution made worse by global

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Black Carbon from Oil Drilling and Household Stoves is Melting Arctic Ice

Black Carbon from Oil Drilling and Household Stoves is Melting Arctic Ice

Black carbon concentrations on surface ice in the Arctic are partially responsible for the acceleration of Arctic melt. A new study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds that

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NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

The Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has released a new analysis of 12 extreme weather events in 2012, and the findings aren't reassuring. Researchers discovered

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Weather Researchers Say Global Warming Could Point Future Superstorms Away From New York

Weather Researchers Say Global Warming Could Point Future Superstorms Away From New York

Believe it or not, climate change could actually save New York City from getting hit by another devastating superstorm like Hurricane Sandy. But that doesn't mean that New York will be completely safe.

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World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Lands in London, Completes Gulf Stream Environmental Study

World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Lands in London, Completes Gulf Stream Environmental Study

Earlier this June, the transatlantic speed record-holding solar catamaran was converted into a scientific platform to collect data between on the Gulf Stream between Oostende and London. The researchers

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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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