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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.

Review: Can atheists be Republicans? Not if evidence matters

It is no secret that the Republican Party is the American theocratic party. They always seem to vote Bible first and ignore not only their constituents but also scientific evidence and all reason.

Fertilizer produces high levels of greenhouse gases

With an overload of fertilizer, soil microbes on farms produce high levels of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas with 300 times as much heat-trapping power as carbon dioxide.
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Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed.
Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed.
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Thanks to the community initiative to dig a pond  this year  villagers in Teenpiple  Nepal have rece...
Thanks to the community initiative to dig a pond, this year, villagers in Teenpiple, Nepal have received a good harvest of corn
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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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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)
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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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A kayaker paddles by Gene & Jude s Restaurant  flooded in mid-April 2013 by the Des Plaines River in...
A kayaker paddles by Gene & Jude's Restaurant, flooded in mid-April 2013 by the Des Plaines River in Illinois.
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People s Climate March  Edmonton.
People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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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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An estimated 35 000 people braved the cold weather to attend the Feb. 17  2013 event
An estimated 35,000 people braved the cold weather to attend the Feb. 17, 2013 event
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Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
Global surface temperature anomaly map for May 2011.
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File photo: Downtown Minneapolis from one of the skyways during what turned out to be one of the nas...
File photo: Downtown Minneapolis from one of the skyways during what turned out to be one of the nastiest blizzards in over a decade.
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Colf Players on the Ice c. 1625 oil on panel Mrs. Edward Speelman
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Kiribati is the first nation to begin feeling the affects of climate change as they face rising sea ...
Kiribati is the first nation to begin feeling the affects of climate change as they face rising sea levels.
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Crowd assembles on Constitution Avenue and prepares to march on to the White House
Crowd assembles on Constitution Avenue and prepares to march on to the White House
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Fossil fuels create tons of greenhouse gases.
Fossil fuels create tons of greenhouse gases.
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Loss of the polar ice  the Earth s shield in protecting the planet from excessive warming is happeni...
Loss of the polar ice, the Earth's shield in protecting the planet from excessive warming is happening now.
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People s Climate March  Edmonton.
People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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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.
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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.
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