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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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19 Elite Firefighters Killed by Deadly Yarnell Hill Wildfire in Arizona

19 Elite Firefighters Killed by Deadly Yarnell Hill Wildfire in Arizona

In the worst wildfire tragedy in three decades, 19 elite firefighters from Prescott, Arizona were killed last night while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. Lightning struck between Yarnell Hill and Peeples

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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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Man-Made Aerosols Affect Hurricane Activity in Surprising Ways

Man-Made Aerosols Affect Hurricane Activity in Surprising Ways

Image via Shutterstock Researchers from the UK Met Office have discovered that the presence of man-made aerosols affects hurricane activity, but not in the way that one might automatically assume. It

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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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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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Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

In a warming world, every gas-powered vehicle contributes to CO2 emissions. California-based Cool Planet Energy not only believes they have a low-cost alternative to gasoline, but one that is actually

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New Study Sheds Light on How Fast Ice Sheets in Greenland and Antarctic are Really Melting

New Study Sheds Light on How Fast Ice Sheets in Greenland and Antarctic are Really Melting

There's nothing new about the fact that global warming is causing ice sheets to melt, resulting in rising sea levels. However a new study by an international team of scientists led by Edward Hanna of the

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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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South Korea Launches the Word’s Most Aggressive Carbon Market

South Korea Launches the Word’s Most Aggressive Carbon Market

Photo via Shutterstock South Korea has made clear their intent to become one of the world's leading warriors against climate change, and they are willing to back up their assertions with cold, hard,

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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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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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Scientists See a Negative Outlook Despite a Recent Stabilization in Global Warming

Scientists See a Negative Outlook Despite a Recent Stabilization in Global Warming

When it comes to global warming, things may not be quite as bad as we thought. According to a recent study in Nature Geoscience, global warming seems to have leveled off over the past decade, meaning that

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Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

While not everyone can become a full-time climate activist, it is still possible to contribute to the battle against global warming. Researchers from Arizona State University have created an online

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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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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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Wall Street Journal Prints Laughable Op-Ed Claiming CO2 Emissions Are Good for the Planet

Wall Street Journal Prints Laughable Op-Ed Claiming CO2 Emissions Are Good for the Planet

Photo via Shutterstock According to a recent op-ed on the Wall Street Journal, rising CO2 levels are the best thing to happen to the planet since the Big Bang. The column was written by Harrison

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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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CO2 Levels Pass 400 Parts Per Million for First Time in Human History

CO2 Levels Pass 400 Parts Per Million for First Time in Human History

Photo via Shutterstock We broke a record this week -- but not the good kind. On Thursday, scientists at a research facility on top of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii reported that average daily

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Siberian Crater Lake Reveals How 400PPM Carbon Levels Affect the Arctic

Siberian Crater Lake Reveals How 400PPM Carbon Levels Affect the Arctic

A crater lake in northeast Siberia is giving researchers a much better idea of how the world's polar regions may change due to the increased saturation of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Formed by a one

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Europe’s New Biomass Satellite Will Map Earth’s Forests And Calculate Carbon Stores

Europe’s New Biomass Satellite Will Map Earth’s Forests And Calculate Carbon Stores

Photo via Shutterstock Though they cover 30 percent of Earth's total land area, we know remarkably little about how much biomass and carbon are contained in the planet's forests. A new satellite will

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Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers warn that the cold Arctic seas are undergoing a process of rapid acidification as a result of rising carbon emissions. With its protective ice cap diminishing during

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NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA's Mars Rover might have captured headlines, but a new bot deployed in Greenland might be doing even more important work. NASA's newest scientific rover, a robot known as GROVER, is on its

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11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

Climate Central recently reported that 11 billion gallons of untreated human waste spilled into the waterways surrounding New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy ripped through Northeastern United

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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Photo via Shutterstock For the first time in up to five million years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is about to reach 400 parts per million (ppm). Former NASA scientist James

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