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Atlantic Ocean circulation change will have major consequences

Melting sea ice in the Arctic regions is worrisome. Not only does the loss of ice put polar bears and other marine animals at risk, but the loss of reflective surfaces allow the absorption of more heat. Now a new study suggests an even bigger problem.

Smithsonian tightens up science ethics

Washington - Following an issue where a scientist who published research on climate change failed to declare where his funding came from, The Smithsonian has declared a crackdown on ethics and funding declarations.

California wildflowers impacted by climate change

A one of a kind study on the impact of climate change on California's grasslands has found that many of the state's wildflowers are losing species diversity because of warmer, drier winters.

Just how ethical are biofuels?

Geneva - One subject sure to divide opinion is biofuel. Are they a a sustainable energy supply or a product harmful to the environment? Swiss Federal Laboratories have developed a new way to answer this question.

Op-Ed: Climate change could mean boring dinners

Denver - Polar bears are eating dolphins stuck in a sort of wormhole of ice created by climate change. Global warming is reducing the diversity of the things we eat as creatures die or move away from their traditional habitats.

Environmentalists campaign for ocean protection

Geneva - This year’s World Ocean Day 2015 saw the launch of a wide international mobilization effort to promote the importance of safeguarding the world’s oceans. The new campaign feeds into UN Convention on Climate Change in Paris at the end of the year.

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.
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Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
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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
Two climate change activists disrupted highly publicized event as they sneaked up behind Canadian Pr...
Two climate change activists disrupted highly publicized event as they sneaked up behind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a question and answer session at the Vancouver Board of Trade
Screengrab / CBC
The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
EPA
The graph above shows the daily extent of melt during 2012 on the Greenland Ice Sheet surface as a p...
The graph above shows the daily extent of melt during 2012 on the Greenland Ice Sheet surface as a percentage, compared to the average from 1981 to 2010.
National Snow & Ice Data Center/University of Georgia
November 2013 Selected Climate Anomalies and Events Map
November 2013 Selected Climate Anomalies and Events Map
NOAA
The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
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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.
Ralph Keeling - Scripps CO2 Program
Marchers on Constitution Avenue hold up signs protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline
Marchers on Constitution Avenue hold up signs protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline
Crowd assembles to listen to the rally s speakers which were broadcast on large screens.
Crowd assembles to listen to the rally's speakers which were broadcast on large screens.
The Association la Voûte Nubienne was one of 12 recipients of the UN s 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awa...
The Association la Voûte Nubienne was one of 12 recipients of the UN's 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards.
United Nations
Schematic of Arctic ice thickness in 2013 presented at the Living Planet Symposium 2013
Schematic of Arctic ice thickness in 2013 presented at the Living Planet Symposium 2013
ESA Living Planet Symposium
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20  2012 northwest of Barr...
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a record since surpassed.
NSIDC/US Coastguard
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Activists at the day s event had various concerns  all relating to energy and environmental issues.
Activists at the day's event had various concerns, all relating to energy and environmental issues.
A schematic that illustrates geoengineering techniquest to counteract greenhouse gas warming  also k...
A schematic that illustrates geoengineering techniquest to counteract greenhouse gas warming, also known as climate change. Diaggram courtesy of Johann Feichter, Jan Kazil, Stefan Kinne and Johannes Quaas, from their presentation, "Perspectives of Solar Radiation Management."
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US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions  1980-2012
US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, 1980-2012
EIA
A 3-day long media workshop  organized by global environment forum Third Pole in Kathmandu  Nepal fr...
A 3-day long media workshop, organized by global environment forum Third Pole in Kathmandu, Nepal from 13-16 October brought together, for the first time, journalists from China, India and Bangladesh to deliberate upon the effects of climate change in Brahmaputra/Yurlung Zangbo river basin
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.