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Key technologies identified to boost food production by 2050

Findings produced by the World Bank and United Nations to address climate change and excessive population growth center on the application of new technologies. One of the most important applications are measures to prevent agricultural emissions rising.

Expert panel identifies Canada's top climate change risks

Ottawa - An expert panel has identified Canada's top climate change risks and determined that many costs and damages could be avoided with prompt and thoughtful adaptation.

Wildfires are causing chronic smoke exposure, premature death

Climate change means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across North America to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

Drought leaves Indian city of 4.65 million people without water

It is becoming an increasingly common story - Another city is running out of drinking water. Chennai, India, the country's sixth-largest metropolis with 4.65 million people, is facing a dire water shortage.

Carbon dioxide use moves from research to industrial applications

Aachen - The 17th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization is meeting in Aachen, Germany with the goal of highlighting research projects on CO2 Utilization in all levels of maturity, including showcasing some profitable industrial applications.

The cost of climate change: US seawalls to cost $416 billion

Rising seas are a product of climate change and to safeguard communities the U.S. will need to invest $416 billion over the course of the next 20 years in building viable constructs. More concerning, other costly measures will needed.

Study looks at how much climate change will affect armed conflict

Intensifying climate change will increase the future risk of violent armed conflict within countries, according to a study published today in the journal Nature.

Op-Ed: Civilisation to end in 2050? You’re not that lucky

Melbourne - A report from an Australian think tank has predicted massive climate shifts will effectively crash “civilisation” (This mess is a civilisation?) by 2050. That prediction may be a bit underdone, in several ways

Climate change spells trouble for Scottish whisky production

Edinburgh - The impact of climate change is considerable, and beyond leading to environmental concerns like coastal erosion, it is impacting a multitude of industries. One industry that might not spring to mind is whisky.

Digital tool for assessing climate change impact when you travel

People are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of travel. However, assessing the impact is not straightforward - is flying really so much worse than driving a car? To assist consumers, Chalmers University has developed a new platform.

UK newspaper updates its style guide to address global warming

The Guardian has amended its official style guide addressing climate change in order to highlight what they say is the severity of the crisis, the British newspaper announced to readers Friday.

As provinces experience more flooding, feds asked for more funds

Canadian provinces that have been affected by flooding in recent years are asking the federal government for nearly $138 million in funding to move or buy out homeowners in high-risk areas.

Calgary takes on issues of flooding and water security

Calgary could reach the provincial limit on daily water withdrawals from the Bow and Elbow rivers within less than 20 years, thanks to population growth and climate change, the city said Monday.

Teaching climate change — Sorting the facts from fiction

When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she'd never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit's hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk.

Taking a closer look at the pros and cons of nuclear energy

For a variety of reasons, nuclear power has been left out of the renewable energy mix, even though it is clean and carbon-free. Today, we look at the pros and cons related to nuclear power.

Climate change is behind sinking coastal property values

Salisbury - Coastal properties have long been in high demand, offering stunning views of the ocean at a premium price tag. With rising sea levels and increased coastal flooding, how concerned should property owners be about property values?

The unseen impacts of climate change on mental health

Vancouver - Most of us recognize the connections between climate change and the severity of floods, hurricanes, wildfires and greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. But there has been little focus on climate change's impact on mental health.

Swedish fintech startup devises credit card for sustainability

Doconomy, a Swedish fintech startup, has developed the world’s first credit card with a carbon limit. The new credit card is called DO Black.

World is losing its 'political will' to fight climate change

Wellington - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a brief South Pacific tour in New Zealand Sunday, warning the world was "not on track" to limiting global temperature rises.

Increased flood risk may force communities in UK to relocate

London - Entire communities might need to be moved away from coasts and rivers as the UK takes urgent action to prepare for an average global temperature rise of 4C, the Environment Agency warned.

IMF Report: World fossil fuel subsidies top $5 trillion a year

According to the International Monetary Fund, in 2017, 191 nations collectively spent directly and indirectly $5.2 trillion subsidizing fossil fuels, This is more money than most of us can envision, especially when it is being spent to hurry our demise.

Mexico's Navy to head up strategy to combat sargassum invasion

Since the spring of 2018, Mexico’s Caribbean coast and the shorelines of 19 other countries in the region have been inundated with unprecedented amounts of Sargassum seaweed. Why is this happening, and what can be done to fix the problem?

Insurance premiums to become costly because of climate change

Climate change is becoming increasingly costly — not just in terms of increased health risks and loss of biodiversity — but in the actual costs of the catastrophe losses brought on by a changing climate.

Canadian students say adapting to climate change like giving in

Quebec City - A Quebec high school French exam question that asked students about adapting to climate change has drawn a torrent of online criticism, as teens used memes and videos to denounce what they see as government inaction on climate issues.

Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is sinking and it's going down fast

Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is sinking into the ocean. Located on the island of Java, the city is sinking at a rate of 10 inches a year due to a number of reasons, just one of them associated with climate change.

Taxpayer spending on disaster relief soars with global warming

In a typical year, taxpayer spending on the federal disaster relief fund is almost 10 times higher than it was three decades ago, even after adjusting for inflation, based on an analysis of federal data.

Electric vehicle adoption leads to better air quality

The main argument in favour of electric vehicles comes from the need to reduce our emissions to lessen the impact of climate change. But a new study presents evidence that EV adoption also improves air quality.

Thunberg condemns slow climate change progress at U.K. parliament

London - Greta Thunberg, who helped inspire the school climate change strikes and who has been pivotal in inspiring young people with environmental issues, has condemned the U.K.'s slow progress over climate change at an address to parliament.

Studying the Earth's gravity reveals clues about climate change

By studying satellite measurements scientists are piecing together information about climate change based on the terrestrial water cycle, the mass balance of ice sheets and changes in sea levels.

Op-Ed: U.S. nuclear power plants unprepared for climate change

The nuclear power industry is pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cut back on inspections at nuclear power plants and throttle back what it tells the public about plant problems. This does not bode well for public safety.
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Tasmania's ancient forests are in danger of being lost forever.
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Door County lakeshore on Lake Michigan, Wisconsin.
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Farmers growing corn crops may have to change to less moisture-loving crops  like wheat.
Farmers growing corn crops may have to change to less moisture-loving crops, like wheat.
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Dolpa district of Nepal - the largest producer of Cordiceps in the country
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Signs urge local action for global issues
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Reportes question international expert panel at UN conference on climate change, March 31, 2014.
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Deforestation worsens climate change by releasing carbon stored in trees into the atmosphere  and pr...
Deforestation worsens climate change by releasing carbon stored in trees into the atmosphere, and preventing forests, or “carbon sinks,” from absorbing greenhouse gases for decades at a time.
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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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Lake Hartwell, from a rest area on I-85 north, near Anderson, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Alan Raflo, Virginia Water Resources Research Center.
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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).
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Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the global atmosphere are surpassing 40...
Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the global atmosphere are surpassing 400 parts per million (ppm) and may stay above that level for the first time in human history.
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Chinook salmon
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On Saturday, during Earth Hour festivities, thousands of Torontonians gathered at the city's Yonge-Dundas Square at the heart of downtown.
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November temperature anomalies, 1880-2013
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Climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann discusses his book "The Madhouse Effect" at CSICon Las Vegas on October 28, 2016.
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The Guardian has published an interactive guide to just how hot it will get in your lifetime if carbon emissions continue as they are.
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Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
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