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Ancient green building technique taking hold in West Africa

In semi-arid regions of West Africa, circumstance has created a housing crisis, and for many rural families, money is in short supply. The Nubian Vault Association is now helping people to build homes using an ancient green technique - mud bricks.

U.S. Physicians — Health problems rising due to climate change

A group of physicians in medical societies representing over half of the nation’s doctors released a report this month warning that climate change is already having a negative impact on people's health.

Op-Ed: Climate science at center of House panel's hearing on March 29

Climate science has been pulled into the Trump Administration's topsy-turvy world of politics. It was announced today the House Science Committee will hold a hearing on March 29 that will challenge mainstream climate science conclusions.

New Trump order will reduce government's climate change action

President Trump is expected to sign an order this week that would drop climate change as a factor in any governmental decision making, ranging from appliance standards to pipeline approvals and more.

Mattis: Climate change is real, and a national security threat

Washington - In previously unpublished written testimony to senators following his January confirmation hearing, Defense Secretary James Mattis argued that climate change is real, and a threat to U.S. national security.

Shell CEO urges industry to switch to cleaner energy sources

Houston - Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, speaking at the 2017 CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, Texas on Thursday, said the oil and gas industry risks losing public support if progress is not made in the transition to cleaner energy.

Pruitt says CO2 not a 'primary contributor' to climate change

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt was asked by CNBC Thursday morning whether he thought carbon dioxide was the "primary control knob" for global warming. His answer was in line with climate-deniers in the White House.

Australia's 'Angry Summer' is climate change in action

On Wednesday, Australia's Climate Council released its report "Angry Summer." In it, scientists said the season was defined by intense heat and bushfires in the east but heavy rain and flooding in western Australia.

Trump budget cuts to NOAA Satellite Division will be drastic

President Trump's proposed budget is still causing a storm of criticism. Funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expected to be cut 17 percent or even more.

Study looks at a slower snowmelt in a warming world

It is generally believed that as the Earth warms, we will see earlier snowmelts. But how snowmelt rates will respond to climate change and the possible implications for soil, vegetation and stream flow changes has been little studied until now.

Winter with no snow in Chicago for first time in 146 years

For the first time in 146 years, the National Weather Service documented no snow on the ground in Chicago in January and February 2017. And while some people were happy about not having to break out the snow shovels, others are worried about the climate.

Republican anti-science bills target schools in four states

Republican state lawmakers in four more states, many of them adherents of a theological worldview with no basis in science, are advancing legislation allowing educators to teach "alternative fact"-based pseudoscience if they believe it to be scientific.

1991 Shell film warned of catastrophic man-made climate change

Multinational fossil fuel giant Shell warned about the dangers of man-made climate change in a 1991 company film that concluded "the only safe insurance" against potential catastrophe was a reduction in fossil fuel use and an increase in clean energy.

Global warming is shrinking American river vital to 40 million

The Colorado River, the American Southwest's most important waterway, supplying water to over 40 million people. is shrinking due to the effects of global warming. The flow of the river could be reduced by more than a third by the end of the century.

B.C. forest recovery gets $150 million to combat climate change

Vancouver - In its latest climate action plan, British Columbia is spending $150 million for forest rehabilitation and tree planting, while creating 3,000 jobs in rural parts of the province.

Senate confirms 'climate change denier' Scott Pruitt to head EPA

Washington - The United States Senate has confirmed Scott Pruitt, whose skepticism about human-caused global warming and close ties to the fossil fuel industry have led critics to label him a "climate change denier," to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Solar power and electric cars could halt fossil fuels by 2020

Fossil fuels will soon be a thing of the past as renewable energy sources are being embraced globally and the technologies behind electric cars, solar and wind power make them less costly to consumers.

Advocacy groups announce 'People Climate March' in April

Advocacy groups familiar with the organization of the 2014 People's Climate March have announced a new climate march to be held in Washington D.C. and across the country on April 29, 2017.

Sea level rise already worsening damage from storms in California

Sacramento - Rising ocean levels are impacting low-lying coastal regions around the world, and along the West Coast of the United States this winter, we have seen the results of sea-level rise in the extreme high tides and flooding that hit California.

Science community fights back over Trump gag orders

Scientists and citizens who believe in science all across the country are fighting back against the Trump administration's attempts to keep public-funded scientific research from the public, and they are using bold tools — running for office and marchin

Prince Charles produces book on climate change

London - Prince Charles, heir to the British crown and head of the Commonwealth, has co-written a book for children and adults on climate change. The book is part of the revamped Ladybird series.

Global warming harms insect reproduction

Sheffield - Several studies have shown how climate change is affecting insect populations, results in death. A new study takes a different approach and shows how global warming is affecting the ability of some insects to reproduce.

Human exploitation of groundwater sources affects the climate

Over-exploitation of groundwater resources not only changes soil moisture and land-atmosphere and energy variability but essentially affects the ecohydrological processes of the climate system, according to a new study.

Yellow cedar could become a noticeable casualty of climate change

Climate change is having an impact on many plant and animal species around the world, and some species are affected by the warming trend more than others. Such is the case for a tree that thrives in soggy soils from Alaska to Northern California.

Climate change could result in collapse of major ocean current

Researchers are suggesting that as a result of climate change, Atlantic Ocean current patterns may not be as stable as climate models suggest. This could raise the possibility of a collapse of the ocean's currents, causing a catastrophic change.

Warming temperatures cause early bird migration

Edinburgh - Changing temperatures and a warmer climate are causing birds to migrate earlier and to head for their breeding grounds, according to a new research study. This relates to information collated over the course of several summers.

Op-Ed: Pro-science California pledges to launch 'own damn satellite'

California Governor Jerry Brown had strong words against a potentially climate denying U.S. federal government on Wednesday, stating that if Trump intends to take down earth science satellites, then California will launch its “own damn satellite.”

The reason why some lakes are getting murkier

A study of some 5,000 lakes in Wisconsin has found over a quarter have become murkier over a twenty year period. The rate of murkiness is expected to increase with global warming.

An expanding army of insects is eating away at U.S. forests

Insects, both native and those brought into the country, are draining the life out of the nation's forests. Global trade, a warming climate, and drought-damaged trees have helped insects to become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S.

Logbooks reveal Antarctic sea ice barely changed in 100 years

Century-old logbooks from the ships of Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, key figures from the "Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration," have revealed that sea ice levels in the Antarctic have changed very little in the last 100 years.
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