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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Humanity just found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor, and it's more precious than fossil fuels or minerals. Scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water underneath the

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Indian Prime Minister Says Yoga Could Help Stop Climate Change

Indian Prime Minister Says Yoga Could Help Stop Climate Change

Quick! Take 30 seconds and think of everything you can possibly do to combat climate change. Done? We're guessing that yoga wasn't on that list. But India’s new prime minister thinks that his

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U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

+ FACT SHEET: U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to the UNFCCC

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2015 marks The International Year of Soils

INFOGRAPHIC: 2015 marks The International Year of Soils

Recognizing the vital importance of soil for human life, the 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils. Without ideal soil health, food security and

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UN committee announces support for fossil fuel divestment movement

UN committee announces support for fossil fuel divestment movement

The arm of the United Nations that deals with climate change negotiations announced recently it will be supporting the campaign for fossil fuel divestment. According to the Guardian, the United Nations

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Chair of U.N. climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

Chair of U.N. climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

The long-time head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) stepped down yesterday amid allegations of sexual harassment filed in his home country, India. Rajendra K.

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UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

A policy paper released by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that climate change is posing a very real threat to the diversity of food crops. Researchers are concerned that many of the

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Pope Francis will urge Catholics to combat climate change

Pope Francis will urge Catholics to combat climate change

In March 2015, Pope Francis plans to deliver an edict urging his followers to take action against climate change. This conservationist call-to-action will be the first of its kind delivered by a pope. The

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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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Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

Greenpeace activists have been known to take strong steps to get their message across, but this latest stunt—aimed at garnering attention during the UN climate talks in Lima—may have caused

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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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New IPCC Report Warns of Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change

New IPCC Report Warns of Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change

"Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts, but options exist to limit its effects," so states the briefest summary of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of

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Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest-Ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest-Ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

17-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for supporting the “struggle against the suppression of children and young people.” Yousafazai, a Pakistani

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Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

The effects of climate change seem to know no bounds: new research shows carbon emissions have dramatically increased the acidity of our oceans to the point where our entire food web is at risk of

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UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990

UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990

A United Nations report has found that the number of megacities in the world has increased almost three-fold in the past 24 years. A megacity is defined as an urban area with over 10 million

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Will Join the People’s Climate March This Sunday in NYC

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Will Join the People’s Climate March This Sunday in NYC

In an unprecedented announcement, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon just revealed that he will be joining the People's Climate March in New York this Sunday, September 21st. Showing his

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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon just named Leonardo DiCaprio a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. The Academy Award-nominated actor and committed

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Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week that it is making a $50 million donation to various organizations working on the frontline of the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The gift

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Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

A controversial gas project recently approved by the Peruvian government has the potential to wipe out a group of uncontacted tribes who live in the area. Earth First Journal reports that Peru’s

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Climate Change Could Cripple American Corn Industry, New Report

Climate Change Could Cripple American Corn Industry, New Report

Changing weather patterns are starting to strike at the heart of American food production, according to a new report which reveals the impact of climate change on corn production. The Ceres report shows

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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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Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Australian officials recently announced that the state of Queensland is in the midst of the most widespread drought on written record, with over 80% of the territory desperate for water. While drought is

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Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Cape Ray photo by Don S. Montgomery The UN has confirmed that a shipment of chemical weapons has left Syria, and is on route to be destroyed by the US Navy in a first-of-its-kind mission at sea. While

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UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ head of disaster risk, has warned that flooding caused by climate change has reached emergency levels in Senegal. Called the “Venice of Africa,” the

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Can Yak and Reindeer Milk Nourish a Growing World?

Can Yak and Reindeer Milk Nourish a Growing World?

Photo via Shutterstock With the world's population projected to hit 9.6 billion by 2050, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization has released a report that recommends the development of

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Experts Confirm that Humans are to Blame for Climate Change in Landmark IPCC Report

Experts Confirm that Humans are to Blame for Climate Change in Landmark IPCC Report

Scientists in the International Panel on Climate Change convened in Stockholm this morning to confirm that humans are "extremely likely" to blame for "unequivocal" global warming since the 1950s. Though

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LEGO unveils Towering New Model of the United Nations Headquarters

LEGO unveils Towering New Model of the United Nations Headquarters

An architectural replica of the iconic United Nations Headquarters building in New York City is the latest addition to the LEGO Architecture kit. On Friday UN secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon placed the

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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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UN Chief Scientist on Climate Change: “We Have Five Minutes Till Midnight”

UN Chief Scientist on Climate Change: “We Have Five Minutes Till Midnight”

During the Cold War, the board of directors for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago maintained the Doomsday Clock. Conceived in 1947 as relations between the US and USSR

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