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Chicago Breaks 72 Year Record With 320 Consecutive Snowless Days

Chicago Breaks 72 Year Record With 320 Consecutive Snowless Days

It has been 320 days since there has been a measurable snowfall in Chicago, setting a new weather record for the midwestern city. The total snowfall amounted to only 1.3 inches as of Sunday,

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Australia’s Scorching Temperatures Spark New Colors on Meteorology Maps

Australia’s Scorching Temperatures Spark New Colors on Meteorology Maps

This week record high temperatures in Australia sparked catastrophic brush fires that engulfed five of the country's six states - and the climate is so hot that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has

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2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever for the Contiguous United States

2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever for the Contiguous United States

Photo by Shutterstock It's official: Last year was the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States. The National Climate Data Center announced today that the average temperature last

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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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Catastrophic Fires and Record Heat Engulf Five of Six Australian States

Catastrophic Fires and Record Heat Engulf Five of Six Australian States

Bush fires are raging through five out of six Australian states due to record heat and dry conditions. Over the weekend, flames flattened whole townships in the island state of Tasmania, where locals told

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Aiming to be the World Capital of CO2 by reducing fifty per cent its carbon emissions, Rotterdam has ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. The idea is to build a community of floating homes,

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Green Design Predictions for 2013

Green Design Predictions for 2013

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think there's actually a chance 2013 will be a significant year in climate history — the year when the

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English Farmers Believe Genetically Modified Foods Will Solve Their Wet Weather Woes

English Farmers Believe Genetically Modified Foods Will Solve Their Wet Weather Woes

Farmers at the Oxford Farming Conference told The Guardian that raising genetically modified food crops will make them more resilient to the effects of climate change. 2012 was the wettest year on record

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Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

Silicon Valley office building photo from Shutterstock Even the Internet is not immune to the effects of climate change. Many of the world's most famous tech giants, such as Facebook, Oracle, Google,

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New Study Shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet Warming Twice as Fast as Previously Thought

New Study Shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet Warming Twice as Fast as Previously Thought

Photo via Shutterstock US researchers have found that the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is warming nearly twice as fast as previously thought. Combining previous data with computer models of the

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2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

The cleanup cost for extreme weather events in 2012 makes this year the second most costly in US history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week. There were 11

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Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Propped up on stilts to keep it safe from flooding, a common technique in the region, the Lazika Municipality Building is comprised of three distinct volumes that are nonetheless interconnected. The base

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7 Eco-Shelters for Surviving the 12-21-12 Apocalypse

7 Eco-Shelters for Surviving the 12-21-12 Apocalypse

Survival Condo: Bunker-Apartment in the US If you were looking for a totally indestructible shelter for surviving the approaching 2012-doomsday scenario, a converted nuclear ballistic missile silo

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Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

On the heels of the recent COP 18 climate conference in Qatar, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that global coal use is on the rise. Without controls to make one of the most polluting

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Leaked IPCC Report Used by Critics to Claim Global Warming Is Caused by Solar Forcing

Leaked IPCC Report Used by Critics to Claim Global Warming Is Caused by Solar Forcing

On Thursday, a writer named Alec Rawls posted a leaked draft version of a portion of the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and claimed that the

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Study Says Scientists Agree That Man Is Causing Global Warming

Study Says Scientists Agree That Man Is Causing Global Warming

Thousands of papers written by scientists over the last twenty years are in agreement that man-made carbon emissions are the driving force behind climate change. Geologist Dr. James L. Powell of

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Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Just days after the UN climate change conference closed in Qatar, Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey has given government approval to fracking for natural gas in the UK. A ban prohibiting the company

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US National Intelligence Council Warns That Climate Change Could ‘Stoke International Tensions’

US National Intelligence Council Warns That Climate Change Could ‘Stoke International Tensions’

Photo from Shutterstock At the beginning of the year, climate change was declared a threat to national security by fifteen leaders of the US Armed Forces. Now, their warnings have been heeded by the US

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Kyoto Protocol Extended to 2020 at Doha Climate Change Conference

Kyoto Protocol Extended to 2020 at Doha Climate Change Conference

At the very last minute, 200 nations agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020 while a successor to the legally binding agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions is re-worded by 2015. While many

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COP18 Climate Change Conference in Doha Ends in Colossal Failure

COP18 Climate Change Conference in Doha Ends in Colossal Failure

The 18th Conference of the Parties or COP18 ends today in colossal failure. Not only have the negotiations failed to produce any meaningful emissions cuts, but 'Hot Air' permits that allow countries like

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Scientists Say Carbon Emissions Are Too High to Stop Climate Change Without Immediate Action

Scientists Say Carbon Emissions Are Too High to Stop Climate Change Without Immediate Action

Climate change photo from Shutterstock For years, scientists have said that it is imperative to prevent the world's climate from rising 2 degrees celsius (3. 6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial

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COP18: Rich Nations Must Compensate Poorer Ones for “Loss and Damage” Resulting From Climate Change

COP18: Rich Nations Must Compensate Poorer Ones for “Loss and Damage” Resulting From Climate Change

The conversation at the COP18 climate change talks in Doha have taken on an urgency unseen in previous meetings, and this time the buzz is most heard among developing nations most likely to get burned by

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Arctic Ice Larger than the US Melted in 2012 but Delegates Can’t Reach Emissions Agreement at Doha

Arctic Ice Larger than the US Melted in 2012 but Delegates Can’t Reach Emissions Agreement at Doha

From March to September this year a staggering 4.47 million square miles of Arctic ice melted - that's an area bigger than the United States. The U.N. World Meteorological Organization said this Arctic

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Weekend Storms Predicted to Bring Flooding and Mudslides to Areas of California

Weekend Storms Predicted to Bring Flooding and Mudslides to Areas of California

Several powerful storms are predicted to hit the Western Coast of the US this weekend, and meteorologists warn that the systems may present a risk to lives and property in Northern California. The storm

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COP18: U.S. Cites Fracking as Effective Contribution to Emissions Cuts

COP18: U.S. Cites Fracking as Effective Contribution to Emissions Cuts

Wyoming Gas Drill Photo by Shutterstock A spokesperson for the United States at the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar cited the country’s investments in

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World Leaders Hopeful As 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference Kicks Off

World Leaders Hopeful As 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference Kicks Off

In recent years, climate change conferences have had underwhelming results - as the ones in Copenhagen and Bonn showed. However as the 18th session of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on

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UN Says Carbon Emission Cuts Are Happening Too Slowly; Damage Could Be Irreversible

UN Says Carbon Emission Cuts Are Happening Too Slowly; Damage Could Be Irreversible

Photo via Shutterstock The UN's Environment Programme has released a report showing that global attempts to curb emissions of CO2 have fallen well short of targets designed to stop climate change. The

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World Meteorological Organization Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions at a Record High

World Meteorological Organization Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions at a Record High

Photo from Shutterstock First, it was a jarring report by the Renewable Energy Industry Institute. Then, a paper and call to action by the World Bank. Now, the World Meteorological Association (WMO)

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Hurricane Sandy Victims in Rockaways Could Remain Powerless Until Mid-December

Hurricane Sandy Victims in Rockaways Could Remain Powerless Until Mid-December

Many people displaced by Hurricane Sandy have since returned to their homes only to learn that they might be without electricity for another month. Some residents of the Rockaways and Hamilton Beach are

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New World Bank Report Urges Aggressive Action on Climate Change

New World Bank Report Urges Aggressive Action on Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock Last year, global CO2 emissions reached their highest levels in human history. With climate change affecting everything from weather patterns to satellite operation, governments

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