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Could geoengineering cause a climate war?

If country leaders manipulate the weather to do their bidding, could they create political tensions, or even all-out war?<p><i>Could India's vital monsoons</i> …

Climate Change

Vietnamese farmers are migrating en masse to escape climate change

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18 million inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last ten …

Saltwater

If nuclear war doesn’t get us, runaway climate change will.

The Doomsday Clock is a theoretical device meant to communicate how close we are to destroying civilization. It just moved 30 seconds closer to …

Neil deGrasse Tyson says it might be 'too late' to recover from climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientist and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said Sunday that, in the wake of devastating floods and damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, climate change had become so severe that the country "might not be able to recover."<p>In an interview on CNN's "GPS," Tyson got emotional when …

Clean Technology

Three Renewable Energy Numbers to Impress Your Friends With: 7, 43, 50

By John Rogers<p>Next time you're talking with a friend about the exciting things happening in our electricity sector (aren't you always?), here are …

Renewable Energy

Layoffs start next month at the Carrier plant Trump “saved” last winter

And the Ford Focus is moving to China rather than Mexico. Oops.<p>The Carrier plant in Indianapolis that Donald Trump mentioned frequently on the campaign trail and famously returned to during the transition is preparing to lay off 600 manufacturing workers next month, according to CNBC’s Scott Cohn, …

Donald Trump

Where the Next Climate Change Wars Could Erupt

Simmering political tensions plus weather shocks are a recipe for disaster.<p>The word “rival” comes from the Latin for sharing a river, and in a world …

Boko Haram

Study reveals where climate change is most likely to induce food violence

Much has been written about how rising temperatures will affect climate and sea levels, but global warming is expected to dish up a host of other …

If You Think Fighting Climate Change Will Be Expensive, Calculate the Cost of Letting It Happen

With the Trump Administration’s surprising U-turn on the COP21 Paris Agreement, the U.S. finds itself with some strange bedfellows, joining Nicaragua and Syria in abstaining from this important treaty. The White House’s argument for leaving the treaty is based on economic nationalism: President …

War

This Machine Just Started Sucking CO2 Out Of The Air To Save Us From Climate Change

Climeworks carbon capture device will take the gas from the air and sell it or store it in the ground. Now we just need a few hundred thousand more–as quickly as possible.<p>Sitting on top of a waste incineration facility near Zurich, a new carbon capture plant is now sucking CO2 out of the air to …

Carbon Dioxide

How a single sentence from Angela Merkel showed what Trump means to the world

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered a single sentence that speaks to how fundamentally President Donald Trump has reshaped -- and will continue to reshape -- the world, and America's place in it.<p>"The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, …

Foreign Policy

Calculating when your climate will start to seem weird | Ars Technica

What we do between now and then could make a noticeable difference.<p>Reducing greenhouse gas emissions may seem like taking responsibility for the sake …

Climate Change

Animations Show the Melting Arctic Sea Ice, and What the Earth Would Look Like When All of the Ice Melts

It's no secret that climate change has been taking a toll on the Arctic. But it's one thing to read about it, another thing to see it in action. …

Global Warming

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it

We continue to plan for the future as if climate scientists don’t exist. The greatest shame is the absence of a sense of tragedy<p>After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene. The change has come upon us with …

Climate Change

10 incredible things climate change will do

Climate change will bring some surprising effects: Bumpy plane rides, greater mood swings and more volcanic eruptions are just a few of the things we …

Climate Change

Trump’s Degradation of the Language

One of the more pernicious and insidious effects of the Donald Trump regime may well be the damage he does to language itself.<p>Trumpian language is a thing unto itself: some manner of sophistry peppered with superlatives. It is a way of speech that defies the Reed-Kellogg sentence diagram. It is a …

Donald Trump

Lakes worldwide feel the heat from climate change

About 40 kilometers off Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, in the waters of Lake Superior, rises the stone lighthouse of Stannard Rock. Since 1882, it …

Global Warming

How this could help the environment

On May 31, the Swiss company Climeworks will turn on the first commercial plant to suck carbon dioxide out of the air and feed it to vegetables in a neighboring greenhouse. Located in the tiny, agricultural municipality of Hinwil, Switzerland, the plant stands 40 feet tall and looks like a …

Fossil Fuels

The sun is still rising – chasing ‘hot electrons’ and a 35% solar price reduction

Researchers at Purdue University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have shown that a new crystalline material has the capacity to double the efficiency of solar cells, producing solar panels that are theoretically ‘two thirds’ efficient – instead of the current one-third efficiency …

The Great Barrier Reef Is In Its Final 'Terminal Stage'

The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps on its final deathbed as it suffers from back to back massive dying events in the past two years. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the great natural wonders of the world, a tremendous display of beauty, biodiversity, and a fragile ecosystem. Now, the reef …

Great Barrier Reef

Trump aims deep cuts at energy agency that helped make solar power affordable

The Trump administration is aiming a half-billion-dollar cut at the main U.S. hub for renewable energy research — 25 percent of the agency’s budget, and that’s just for the final five months of this federal fiscal year.<p>Even deeper cuts are expected to be sought for 2018 — a possibility that has …

Clean Energy

Anti-climate science think tank trying to get textbooks into US schools | Ars Technica

Meanwhile, the DOE and Idaho both eliminate discussion of climate change.<p>Even as the federal government did its best to pretend that climate change …

Climate

Dead Sea salt reveals drought on a scale never recorded - and it could happen again

Thick layers of Dead Sea salt found 1,000 feet below the sea bed holds clues to our planet’s past – and a warning. The salt reveals during warm …

Climate Change

Threatened U.S. pullout might help, not hobble, global climate pact

OSLO (Reuters) - A 2015 global pact for fighting climate change will benefit in some ways at least if U.S. President Donald Trump carries out a threat to pull out, backers say, in a shift from gloom about the fate of a deal that took two decades to negotiate.<p>The Paris Agreement requires consensus …

Climate

One of the most troubling ideas about climate change just found new evidence in its favor

Ever since 2012, scientists have been debating a complex and frankly explosive idea about how a warming planet will alter our weather — one that, if it’s correct, would have profound implications across the Northern Hemisphere and especially in its middle latitudes, where hundreds of millions of …

Climate Change

Trump presidency 'opens door' to planet-hacking geoengineer experiments

As geoengineer advocates enter Trump administration, plans advance to spray sun-reflecting chemicals into atmosphere<p>Read David Keith and Gernot Wagner’s response to this story<p>Harvard engineers who launched the world’s biggest solar geoengineering research program may get a dangerous boost from …

Donald Trump

Rex Tillerson wastes no time: The State Department rewrote its climate change page

New website language provides clues for how the State Department will address climate change<p>The Trump administration acted quickly to alter the State Department’s climate change website. Within a week of President Trump’s inauguration, the site’s language and format received a substantial …

Climate

20 Common Myths That Climate Scientists Often Hear

Over the past few weeks I casually asked several climate-informed colleagues what questions, claims, or myths do they hear most often from friends, family, or random people. I call these “zombie” theories because they have often been refuted but live on in social media, other outlets, and so forth. …

Climate Change

Siberia permafrost: There are over 7,000 methane-filled bubbles 'ready to explode' in the Arctic

There are over 7,000 gas-filled bubbles in remote parts of Siberia that are set to explode, scientists have discovered. Following extensive field …

A Tribute to the Late, Great Barrier Reef in Pictures

United Nations