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Waters off North America's west coast affected by climate change

The ocean chemistry along North America's West Coast is changing rapidly because of global carbon dioxide emissions and action needs to be taken now to mitigate the effects of these changes.

Carbon emissions highest since time of the dinosaurs

A new study looks at changes in the Earth's temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide since the end of the age of the dinosaurs. It found that humans were responsible for carbon release 10 times faster than any event recorded.

Canada's weather extremes — But you ain't seen nothin' yet

Canada is a country of weather extremes, from bone-numbing cold to scorching heat and drenching rains to droughts. But as the old-timers say, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Op-Ed: Obama’s bold carbon plan is in fact, a work of fiction

President Obama’s plan to reduce CO2 power plant emissions by 32 percent, in fact, only cuts emissions by 16 percent, and cuts total emissions by 7 percent.

Severe droughts could lead to loss of butterflies in parts of UK

Changes in the environment, as well as habitat loss are affecting butterflies in Southern Britain to the extent that they could disappear within the next 35 years, according to new research.

Op-Ed: Obama climate policy is a lie as long as we export our coal

Fossil fuel trade in the U.S. has flourished under President Barack Obama, and coal exports have sky-rocketed. In the past six years alone, our energy companies have sent more coal overseas than ever before.

Report warns how climate change threatens U.S. economy

Washington - The U.S. economy could face major, systemic disruption due to climate change unless legislators and businesses alike take urgent action to reduce climate risk, says a new report released this week.

Fracking: Methane levels 1000 higher than EPA stats at some wells

West Lafayette - The furor over fracking took a further twist this week as levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above drilling wells, in some cases, 1,000 times greater than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

Microwave harvesters could pluck electricity out of thin air

Durham - Researchers recently perfected a prototype device to produce electricity. It scavenges microwaves in the atmosphere that would otherwise be dispersed. Its function could be compared to harvesting energy out of thin air.

Huge population drift augurs as climate change alters ecosystems

Potsdam - Climate change is likely to transform landscapes worldwide, affecting most of Earth’s forests and agriculture — and it isn’t a far future scenario, says a new report. Profound changes in the world’s ecosystems could happen less than 90 years hence

Al Gore: Media scared to death to use the word 'climate'

During an interview with James Bennett of the The Atlantic Cities magazine on Monday night, Al Gore, continued to champion global warming, and at the same time, condemned news media coverage on climate change, calling it "pathetic."

Climate change: Just how hot will it get in your lifetime?

The UN is about to publish an exhaustive examination of climate change. The science is predicting dangerous temperature rises in our future. Now there's an interactive guide to find out just how hot it will get in your lifetime, unless there is change.

Nissan reveals world's fastest electrically powered super-car

With the price of gasoline approaching $4-per-gallon, Nissan plans on changing the mindset we have on electrical cars with their latest concept super-car.

Harper: Oil shipped by rail riskier than relatively safe pipeline

New York - President Obama is nearing a decision on the XL Keystone pipeline. Opposition has been growing and environmentalists expect the president to put his money where his mouth is. Canada's PM Stephen Harper says that all the facts support the pipeline.

Op-Ed: Green energy — Portugal’s 70% from renewables shows how it’s done

Portugal’s national electricity grid concessionaire, Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN) recently announced that renewable energy made up 70% of total consumption for the first quarter of 2013.

Op-Ed: The slippery slope of climate change science

New York - The main argument for stopping development of the Alberta oilsands is based on increased green house gases emissions. Canada's Natural Resources Minister John Oliver came under fire for apparently casting doubt on climate change science. Is he wrong?

Op-Ed: Alberta — Alison Redford's high stake Washington game

Washington - Alberta Premier Alison Redford made her fourth trip to Washington, D.C. this week in an effort, according to her, to tell Alberta's story on the oilsands and Alberta's environmental record. Her desperate high stakes game is not likely to change minds.

Op-Ed: Long awaited data on Alberta oilsands to be rolled out next week

Ottawa - The Canadian and Alberta governments are expected to publish their long awaited data on the Alberta oilsands. Pressures from environmentalists, the desire to get approval on pipeline projects have forced the two governments to get their act together.

Op-Ed: Keystone Pipeline — Why Cdn politicians lobby US decision makers

Ottawa - As the decision on the XL Keystone pipeline approaches, Canadian politicians are making a final pitch to US lawmakers in an attempt to convince them that Canada has cleaned up its act when it comes to carbon emissions.

Capturing Carbon Dioxide — Could sea urchins provide the answer?

Newcastle-on-tyne - A natural process involving carbon capture has been discovered by accident by researchers at Newcastle University in the UK. Researchers found that sea urchins could process carbon dioxide from the oceans to grow their exoskeletons.

'Lights out' in France as big switch-off becomes law

France yesterday introduced energy conservation laws making it obligatory for shops and commercial premises to switch off internal, window and exterior lighting at night.

Op-Ed: With sea levels rising rapidly, tough decisions for humanity

If a recent scientific study is correct on the human-induced impact on arctic ice melt and sea level rise, humanity is facing two grim choices - expensive urban planning options or managing our core overpopulation problem.

Disposing of 14 million old tennis balls? France has a solution

Tennis players in France get through a staggering 14 million tennis balls each year. The French Tennis Federation has come up with a novel solution to recycle old tennis balls generating a benefit to communities.

Human carbon dioxide emissions could prevent next Ice Age

A team of scientists say that high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could prevent the next Ice Age. The scientists say that even if carbon emissions stopped today, enough has accumulated in the atmosphere to prevent the next Ice Age glaciation.

Perry: Romney and Obama 'carbon copies' on emissions

After weathering attacks from the Romney campaign on his immigration stance, and with a fresh $17 million in donations, Republican presidential candidate Governor Rick Perry went on the offensive with a new campaign video.

'Earth Hour' to be celebrated worldwide

It's lights out all over the world between 8:30 and 9:30 Saturday night as millions of people across the planet marks the celebration of the fourth annual 'Earth Hour.'

Op-Ed: 1010 promotion goes too far as activists blow up deniers in spoof

A video going viral to promote a climate change carbon reduction initiative goes too far by blowing up and shooting climate change deniers.

Environment film withdrawn amid complaints about exploding people

A green campaigning group has withdrawn a film about global warming scripted by movie writer Richard Curtis after complaints about its graphic depiction of exploding people.

Clinton backs $100 billion fund as Copenhagen talks near deadline

Consensus at the UN's Copenhagen climate summit appeared to be incomplete as the December 18 deadline for a global agreement looms - but Clinton's backing of a $100 billion fund may move things along.

Antarctic ice cap will be gone if we don't reduce greenhouse gas Special

A new finding by a research team links atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide to the formation of the Antarctic Ice Cap. The authors say that unless serious cuts to emissions are made, global warming will ensure the loss of the ice cap.
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Herbert Diess says he is "very sorry" for people who will lose their jobs
Herbert Diess says he is "very sorry" for people who will lose their jobs
Eric Piermont, AFP
American Apparel shop in Paris  France soon to have darkened windows at night.
American Apparel shop in Paris, France soon to have darkened windows at night.
Guilhem Vellut
A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely  Illinois.
A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely, Illinois.
Risky Business
Portugal is researching wave-power as part of its renewable energy mix - a Pelamis wave energy conve...
Portugal is researching wave-power as part of its renewable energy mix - a Pelamis wave energy converter during the final tests at the port of Peniche
Dipl. Ing. Guido Grassow
Global Warming
Cars, factories, and power plants pump billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. Since 1750, carbon dioxide levels have increased 35 percent, while temperatures have gone up between 0.6°C and 0.9°C
Travel Geographer
Warming permafrost softens coastlines  making it more vulnerable to wave action and promoting erosio...
Warming permafrost softens coastlines, making it more vulnerable to wave action and promoting erosion along the Arctic coast of Alaska. A large block of ice-rich permafrost has detached from the mainland and will quickly disintegrate (photo: Christopher Arp).
United Nations Environment Programme
File photo: Coal power plant in Datteln  Germany at the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal
File photo: Coal power plant in Datteln, Germany at the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal
Arnold Paul
The original Lafayette meteorite  discovered  in a geological collection in 1931  is classed as a Ma...
The original Lafayette meteorite 'discovered' in a geological collection in 1931, is classed as a Martian meteorite having originated from Mars.
Smithsonian Institution
Ferrybridge Power Station in Yorkshire  UK. Energy production remains one of the biggest emitters of...
Ferrybridge Power Station in Yorkshire, UK. Energy production remains one of the biggest emitters of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide.
Wikimedia Commons - Paul Johnston-Knight

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