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Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice

Cambridge - A collaborative effort involving scientific teams from the UK, U.S. and Australia has produced the first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice with the help of an underwater robot.

Soil microbes can help tackle climate change

Researchers have developed a new climate change modeling tool. The tool shows that carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere, as result of greater plant growth can be offset by changes in the activity of soil microbes.

World's dwindling chocolate supply linked to climate and disease

Candy bars, cakes and cookies are but a few of the foods we consume that often contain chocolate. Two very large chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut, are now telling us we are eating too much of what is fast becoming an endangered product.

Fighting a fungus that's killing America's wild snakes

Since the early 2000s, a fungal infection has been devastating wild snake populations in the Midwest and eastern U.S.. The impact of the disease on the ecosystem has taken on greater significance, prompting further studies to find a cause and cure.

Secret talks yield ambitious U.S. — China climate change deal

Beijing - The United States and China agreed on Wednesday to an ambitious action plan to combat climate change, the result of secret high-level communications between the two countries over the past nine months.

Climate change is disrupting pollination, world's food supply

Milder winters and earlier spring weather has made many people climate-change converts. But the consequences to spring coming earlier than we are accustomed to has effects most people don't think about.

Climate change skeptic? Watch this video

What is climate change? According to scientists, in simple terms, it is any major changes lasting a long time in the measures we use for documenting climate. For example, measures might include temperatures, precipitation and wind patterns.

U.S. military declares war on climate change

Speaking at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlined the challenges that climate change presents to the military and national security.

Antarctic ice melts causing shift in Earth's gravity

The effects of climate change are now so profound that gravity itself is changing. The European Space Agency (ESA) announced Friday that Antarctica has lost enough ice in only three years to cause a shift in the Earth's gravitational pull.

California's drought caused by climate change? Maybe not

After examining the data from 16 extreme weather events occurring last year, from severe floods in Colorado to California's on-going drought, scientists have come to a startling conclusion. The drought cannot be linked to climate change.

Op-Ed: Why many North Americans just don’t 'get' climate change

Coming off Climate Week, the People’s Climate March, and the “Catalyzing Action” New York UN summit, we have a burning question: Why is the North American public perception of climate so different from that of the world’s scientists?

Are soil microbes linked to climate change?

Without knowing how microbes in the soil contribute to atmospheric carbon, researchers are unclear how microbes impact on climate change. This conundrum has lead to a series of recent studies.

Google to quit ALEC; Schmidt cites climate change 'lies'

Mountain View - Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt announced Monday that the Internet giant would no longer support the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), citing the conservative pro-business group's climate change denial and "lies."

Human-caused climate change: The challenges and opportunities

The climate march on Sunday is over, and citizens worldwide now await the outcome of the U.N. Climate Summit. It is appropriate that today, a study has come out, detailing the links between health, the environment and global warming.

New York preparing for People's Climate March

New York City - Organizers are expecting a huge crowd to descend on a blocked-off area in Central Park, north of Manhattan's Columbus Circle on Sunday, Sept. 21 to participate in the People's Climate March. It's "an invitation to change everything," says Bill McKibben.

Study: Climate change impacts half of North American bird species

If climate change continues, you can forget about seeing the Baltimore oriole in Maryland, and you can say good-bye to the Lesser Prairie-Chicken and the Eastern Whip-poor-will, says David Yarnold, President and CEO of the National Audubon Society.

France aims to restore dark skies, turning night into night

Paris - As this year’s autumnal equinox approaches, hundreds of towns and cities across France will switch off their lights in an event designed to show off the night skies, free of light pollution.

Op-Ed: Why is obvious human-induced climate change ignored?

Human activity, at least in one way, obviously changes the local climate. As more local climates are warmed by human activity, the globe will eventually grow hotter. Why is it ignored?

Canadian gov't suppressed info on polar ice melt

Canada’s Conservative-led government has tried to keep Canadians from finding out just how rapidly the Arctic ice is melting by suppressing the findings of its own scientists, as well as forbidding them from talking about global climate change.

Climate change advocate sues over rejection of his work

Pittsburgh - Michael Mann, a professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, is suing a conservative leaning DC policy center for libel after it published its opinion about his work on global warming/climate change.

Top PR firms publicly rule out working with climate deniers

Public relations firms have played a major role in fueling the climate change debate, from pushing solutions to the problem, to disinformation campaigns. Recently though, there has been a shift in this multi-million dollar industry.

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.

Op-Ed: Procrastinating 10 years on climate change may be very costly

The Earth's climate is changing, with drought, floods, and falling water levels in our lakes and reservoirs, to raging wildfires and rising sea levels. It's hard not to notice, and the White House is worried about delaying actions on climate change.

Tibetan lake loses spot as largest lake due to climate change

Tibet's Lake Nam, or Namtso, a Buddhist holy lake in Tibet, has for years been the country's largest lake. But it recently has lost that status to Serling Lake. Serling lake's size has increased, the result of melting glaciers and increased rainfall.

Penguins are losing their cool in Norway's heatwave

Bergen - Those denying climate change should take note, as hot weather in Norway is causing problems for penguins in zoos across the country and zoo keepers are having to take extraordinary measures to keep them cool.

UN given new and positive report on avoiding climate disaster

The report covers nearly every aspect of human society and asserts that the previous information the United Nations (UN) board was given is incorrect. Those creating and publishing the study believe climate change is not inevitable.

Op-Ed: Americans are not sheep, so quit acting like them

Coming from a family where knowledge and education was given a high priority, and opinions were respected, even if we didn't agree with them, it has become clear to me that people in the U.S. and other countries, too, are being fed a bunch of falsehoods.

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.

Europe's wheat production at risk from changing weather patterns

With ever-increasing frequency, adverse weather occurrences have been taking place worldwide. The recent persistent rainfall and subsequent flooding in the U.K. are just one of a cluster of weather events happening around the globe.

Global warming: UK forecasted a summer of extreme downpours

New study warns that downpours could become a characteristic of the British summer if the effects of global warming and climate change continue.
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An Inupiat Eskimo family. Inupiat people are becoming concerned in recent years that climate change ...
An Inupiat Eskimo family. Inupiat people are becoming concerned in recent years that climate change is threatening their traditional lifestyle.
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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.
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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
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Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed.
Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed.
Presidency Maldives/flickr
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Tens of thousands of people gathered for the rally that took place on the National Mall
Tens of thousands of people gathered for the rally that took place on the National Mall
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Template for a Cover page: Turning the Tide On Climate Change.
Template for a Cover page: Turning the Tide On Climate Change.
LucAleria
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Cordyceps: mushrooms that are actually mummified bodies of caterpillars
Cordyceps: mushrooms that are actually mummified bodies of caterpillars
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Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon- pow...
Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon- powered planet.
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NASA satellite data reveals how the minimum sea ice extent  reached on Sept. 9 [2011] as depicted he...
NASA satellite data reveals how the minimum sea ice extent, reached on Sept. 9 [2011] as depicted here, declined to a level far smaller than the 30-year average (in yellow) and opened up Northwest Passage shipping lanes (in red)
NASA
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Ryan Streatch has just launched Save Our Lawns  a nation wide campaign that is getting lots of inter...
Ryan Streatch has just launched Save Our Lawns, a nation wide campaign that is getting lots of interest.
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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
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Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013  reaching...
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes -- according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia.
Gregory Heath, CSIRO via EurekAlert
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Flooding in Pacific region.
Flooding in Pacific region.
IRRI Images/flickr
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Aerial view of the Maldives.
Aerial view of the Maldives.
ComSec/flickr
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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
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Environmental activists listen to speakers
Environmental activists listen to speakers
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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
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The rally kicked off near the Washington Monument. After several speakers addressed the crowd  the m...
The rally kicked off near the Washington Monument. After several speakers addressed the crowd, the march assembled, walking to the White House.
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Fossil fuels create tons of greenhouse gases.
Fossil fuels create tons of greenhouse gases.
wikipedia.org.
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This was thought to be the exit of Yok Balum Cave in the Toledo district of Southern Belize.
This was thought to be the exit of Yok Balum Cave in the Toledo district of Southern Belize.
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