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Over two-thirds of Mount Everest's glaciers could be gone by 2100

Kathmandu - If greenhouse-gas emissions continue to rise, glaciers in the Everest region of the Himalayas could experience dramatic changes in the decades to come.

Op-Ed: World leaders ignore climate change as hundreds die

Denver - In India hundreds are dying from extreme heat. Rain, floods and tornados are lashing Midwestern states in the U.S. In Colorado, the menace is less dramatic: overgrown lawns and grumbling about Seattle-like days in Denver.

Nation's biggest methane hot spot in Four Corners

Durango - The Four Corners region is a mecca for mysteries, including the disappeared cliff-dwelling Anasazis, reported UFOs and the Devil’s Highway, route 666.

Catholic Church and Pope Francis set to take on climate change

The Catholic Church is looking to convert the hearts and minds of those who deny climate change, seeking to convince them that the phenomenon is real and a grave threat.

Cut all fossil fuel subsidies now, says banking head

Jim Yong Kim, head of the World Bank, has called for a five-point plan to deliver low-carbon growth. The plan includes removing incentives to exploit oil, gas and coal.

Western Canada will lose 70% of its glaciers by 2100

The loss of glacial ice in British Columbia and Alberta could profoundly affect not only local ecosystems but power supplies and water quality. As much as 70 percent of glaciers will disappear by the end of the 21st century.

Heat tolerant beans could help alleviate poverty

A loss of crops and protein as a result of social, economic and climatic changes poses a new challenge for world hunger. A research group are addressing this with new plant lines to provide beans.

Op-Ed: Climate change in Central America — Wildlife struggles to survive

Climate change in Central America is affecting wildlife in profound ways, but few places have been as seriously affected as Guatemala's Laguna Del Tigre National Park which suffered a devastating wildfire as the result of an El Niño in 1998.

Research shows how climate change is impacting food safety

While there is controversy over the magnitude of its effects, climate change is having an indisputable impact on our food production, supply chain, food safety and the prevalence of foodborne diseases.

Op-Ed: Vegetable oil: a DiY solution to fossil fuel pollution Special

The fossil fuel industry has an enormous impact on politics, the economy, and our health. This pollution Goliath is just too powerful to fight with government regulations. Take matters into your own hands and put vegetable oil in your fuel tank.

Op-Ed: Scientist who is the darling of climate change deniers feels heat

A scientist who is the darling of climate change deniers is feeling the heat after it was discovered that he has accepted $1.3 million in funding from private interest groups, including Exxon Mobil and Koch Industries.

Ancient Atlantic algae provides part of climate change jig-saw

Aarhus - Analysis of ancient sea sediments by researchers based in Denmark demonstrates that the Sun’s impact on Earth’s climate isn’t constant over time but affects climate more when the Earth is cooler.

Antarctica's ice melt could redraw map of world's coastlines

NASA satellite studies show that in the past decade Antarctic ice melt has been adding about 118 billion metric tons per year to the oceans. This has raised concerns about a drastic reshaping of the world's major coastlines with heavy human population.

Melting Arctic sea ice forces relocation on Alaskan village

Human interest meets ecological endangerment in a small whaling village on a small barrier island in Alaska. Watching midwinter Arctic sea ice turn to water, inhabitants are forced to accept relocation but lack the means.

Four new huge craters in Siberia spark fears of looming disaster

Novosibirsk - Russian scientists have discovered four new holes in Siberia. The new discoveries have raised fears that rising temperatures due to global warming have triggered a process of methane gas eruptions that could lead to an environmental disaster.

Canadian woman has the answer to tick infestations in wild moose

Smithers - Tick infestations in wild moose are so bad that the animals will rub the hair off their bodies try to get relief, that is, if the loss of blood doesn't kill them first. But the owner of a B.C. wildlife shelter may have found a way to get rid of the ticks.

New connection between disease and climate change

Lincoln - Infectious diseases occurring in unexpected locations, sometimes carried by new hosts, are seen by some scientists as products of climate change. Here humans, crops, wildlife and livestock come into contact with new pathogens.

Carbon release contributed to end of last Ice Age

Southampton - Carbon dioxide released from the ocean deeps contributed to ending the last Ice Age, it’s emerged from a new study led by the UK's University of Southampton.

New study shows global warming science based on 'serious errors'

A major peer-reviewed paper on climate physics is rocking the very foundations of climate change science tonight. The paper exposes major errors in the general-circulation models the UN's IPPC climate panel relied on to formulate their predictions.

NASA confirms 2014 was hottest year on record

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on Friday, January 16, stating that 2014 was the hottest year known since 1880, when record-keeping began.

Op-Ed: New study says climate will cause massive population displacement

Sydney - A Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) survey has found that more people are displaced by natural events and climate-related phenomena than all the wars on Earth combined. The NRC operates the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva.

Chinook salmon in danger of being wiped out

A new climate change study conducted by the University of British Columbia scientists does not bode well for the West Coast's Chinook Salmon stocks. The question of the salmon's ability to adapt to warming waters was the basis of the study.

Op-Ed: Climate change denial wading in sewage in Miami

Miami - It doesn’t NEED to get much more bizarre than this. High water in Miami caused sewers to back up in America’s Retirement and Organized Crime Mecca. The local governor, a Republican, of course, says there’s no problem.

Top 10 most pressing worldwide issues in 2015 Special

The predictions are not based on gazing into a crystal ball. Instead, research and insights from experts make the most urgent issues facing the world in 2015 crystal clear.

Top ten global cities at risk from power outages

New York - A new study from Johns Hopkins University has selected the ten major cities from across the U.S. most at risk from future power outages. The research implies that residents in these cities need to get used to periods of darkness.

You and whose army? Beavers are changing the world

Saskatoon - Major conservation efforts have helped save beavers from extinction. Interestingly, this action has had consequences: an increase in the generation of methane gas.

Op-Ed: Climate change unstoppable

Lima - Life imitates art. In the recent season of HBO’s “Newsroom,” anchor Will McAvoy tries his best to get a viewer-friendly forecast on climate change from a scientist who won’t shut up, not a doomsday prediction that will turn them off.

Climate solutions exist in Canada Special

Toronto - Canada can collectively meet its international climate change commitment. This is through using readily available made-in-Canada solutions, according to a new report.

What were the biggest environmental stories of 2014?

Environmental issues have been front page news for all of 2014. From the seemingly mundane to international events like the People's Climate March in September. Let's take a look at some of the stories that are still having an impact on our planet.

Climate change affects the soil ecosystem

Researchers looking at the impact of climate change have begun to study the ecosystems of the soil. This is by studying variations to the microbial composition over time.
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U.S. temperature record from 1950 to 2009 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administ...
U.S. temperature record from 1950 to 2009 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA
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.
Ralph Keeling - Scripps CO2 Program
Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day o...
Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day of the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw, November 22, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Kacper Pempel
Activists arriving on the National Mall for the  Forward on Climate  Rally and March on Feb. 17  201...
Activists arriving on the National Mall for the "Forward on Climate" Rally and March on Feb. 17, 2013.
By the end of the century  Oregon  Washington  and Idaho could well have more days above 95°F each ...
By the end of the century, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho could well have more days above 95°F each year than there are currently in Texas; babies being born right now in the Southwest could see nearly four additional months of days over 95°F within their lifetimes.
Risky Business - Rhodium Group
Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and govern...
Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
Climate change in impacting food production and food safety.
Climate change in impacting food production and food safety.
Vince Bucello
People s Climate March  Edmonton.
People's Climate March, Edmonton.
The Guardian has published an interactive guide to just how hot it will get in your lifetime if carb...
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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People s Climate March  Edmonton.
People's Climate March, Edmonton.
The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26  2012  the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest e...
The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, 2012, the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest extent before the release of the data for September 2012.The line on the image shows the average minimum extent from the period covering 1979-2010, as measured by satellites. Every summer the Arctic ice cap melts down to what scientists call its “minimum” before colder weather builds the ice cover back up.
Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Poster for the People s Climate March on September  21  2014.
Poster for the People's Climate March on September, 21, 2014.
Screen grab
Marchers get ready to walk
Marchers get ready to walk
The Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. It is the only glacier than has been growing while almost al...
The Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. It is the only glacier than has been growing while almost all others have been melting.
Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz
Climate conditions and weather events associated with extreme phases of the North Atlantic Oscillati...
Climate conditions and weather events associated with extreme phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation.
Ned Gardiner and David Herring, NOAA
On Saturday  during Earth Hour festivities  thousands of Torontonians gathered at the city s Yonge-D...
On Saturday, during Earth Hour festivities, thousands of Torontonians gathered at the city's Yonge-Dundas Square at the heart of downtown.
November temperature anomalies  1880-2013
November temperature anomalies, 1880-2013
NOAA
CO2 levels as of July 2013.
CO2 levels as of July 2013.
NASA
Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
Map courtesy NOAA
Plucking Tea in a tea garden of Assam  India.
July 21  2009.
Plucking Tea in a tea garden of Assam, India. July 21, 2009.
Akarsh Simha