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In San Bernardino County, Calif., 82,000 people were ordered to leave their homes Wednesday as an explosive wildfire “hit with an intensity that we hadn’t seen before,” as one fire official said, and surged across 30,000 acres. It followed dramatic flooding in Louisiana that the...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
As a man on a "great social mission," former Vice President Al Gore says he feels like baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson, the messenger of integration who was often ridiculed and worse when he hit the bases as the first black to play professional ball. "There is a time-honored tradition of peopl...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The hottest year in recorded history is coming to a close with a wave of extreme weather and ecosystem shifts, from unprecedented flooding in the UK to dangerous deluges in South America. Looking back at 2015, it is clear that such extremes are not the except...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
by Marie Alt I've got to admit (and many of you already know) I tend to be a glass half empty person (repeatedly taking on well-heeled polluters and recalcitrant politicians hasn't really helped my condition), but even I can see that 2015 was a banner year for the environment. In fact, we may have ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
A new paper published in Global Change Biology summarizes the results of a 23-year experiment monitoring how global warming is impacting certain ecosystems. At the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, the scientists have monitored ten 30-square meter plots of meadowland since 1989. ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Why is it so difficult to teach climate change in our classrooms? My kids hear climate change discussed in the news as a very real threat, but it is largely absent from school science curricula. In fact, most children the world over don’t receive any formal academic reasoning to put the vast a...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
We’re looking back at 10 of our recent fact-checks on climate change in light of the United Nations summit in New York this week. These fact-checks cover some of the key points of the climate change debate. 1. "Climate change is a hoax." - Pants on Fire. Earlier this year we looked at a ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit. Early reports from event organizers are hailing the turnout as...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees (16.2 Celsius), which is 1.3 degrees higher than the ...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
This past weekend, Pope Francis did something that was quietly revolutionary. In a talk at the Italian university of Molise, Francis characterized concerns about the environment as “one of the greatest challenges of our time”—a challenge that is theological, as well as political, in nature...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
While developed countries and regions have long been culprits for Earth's rising greenhouse gas emissions, Cornell researchers – balancing the role of aerosols along with carbons in the equation – now predict a time when developing countries will contribute more to climate change than advanced socie...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Without aggressive management, most of the Caribbean coral reefs will disappear in the next 20 years, according to a recent UNEP press release. “Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012,” a recent report compiled by Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
One year after President Barack Obama rolled out his climate change action plan, the administration is putting fresh emphasis on its environmental agenda.The White House plans to host two roundtable discussions this week on the economic threats that climate change poses and the "opportunities to ove...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Research published in the International Journal of Sustainable Development suggests that purportedly entertaining films that feature global warming and climate change can affect public understanding. But films are often bound up in problematic and limiting identity politics, which commonly...
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Posted by on in General Environment
The newly released Renewables 2014 Global Status Report is now available. Find out what made 2013 another record year for renewables. Read about: > expansion of supporting policies in developing economies> additions to electricity generating capacity> progress...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Globally, April 2014 was either tied with April 2010 for being the warmest April on record … or it was the second-warmest April on record. That difference is between experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and at NASA. Either way, it’s a reminder that our local weather ...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
No This is not an April fools joke but we wish it was. By Tim Radford While Washington is doing more to address climate change, individual American states are scaling back their policies - apparently to public approval. LONDON, 1 April - In the last five years – five years marked by heat waves th...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
The fact that climate change is occurring around the world makes some people nervous, even a little mad. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/27/4853924/editorial-dont-ignore-climate.html#storylink=Take skeptics who cherry-pick issues — columnist Charles Krauthammer crowed this week th...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Resting near the bottom of the food chain, Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) underpin much of the Southern Ocean's ecosystem. But in a rapidly warming world, these hugely-abundant crustaceans could see their habitat shrink considerably. In a recent paper in PLOS ONE, scientists predict that Antarc...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
High on the icy, windswept plateau of East Antarctica an international team of scientists is about to assemble a time machine. First stop: back to the era when Christ was born. If all goes well, the Australian-led team hopes to eventually retrace one-million years of atmospheric history by drilling...
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