Liz

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U.N.: End Greenhouse Emissions By 2100 Or Risk 'Irreversible' Damage

A new United Nations report is warning that fossil fuels must be entirely phased out by the end of the century in order to avoid dangerous and irreversible damage to the Earth's climate.<p>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says the world faces "severe, pervasive and irreversible" …

Green benefactor Tom Steyer gives high marks to Brown's climate push

Climate change crusader Tom Steyer watched Gov.<p>Jerry Brown's swearing-in Monday morning from the gallery of the Assembly chamber -- and he liked what he saw.<p>Brown dedicated a significant portion of his inaugural address to environmental policy, particularly setting new goals to reduce the state's …

Obama, in latest climate move, pledges $3 billion for global fund

President Barack Obama on Friday pledged a $3 billion U.S. contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change, putting the issue front and center of the G20 Leaders Summit in Australia.<p>The large size of the contribution took climate policy watchers …

Climate

2014 was warmest year on record, scientists say

For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday.<p>Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping. Earlier, the Japanese weather …

Global Warming

California snowpack hits record low

Even with the first significant storm in nearly two months dropping snow on the Sierra Nevada, Thursday's mountain snowpack measurements were the lowest for the date in more than a half-century of record keeping.<p>At 12% of average for this time of year, the dismal statewide snowpack underscored the …

Pentagon to unveil plan for dealing with climate change

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas on Monday, unveiling a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. military will address the effects of climate change.<p>Rising global temperatures, increasing sea levels and intensifying weather events will challenge …

DiCaprio: In a Few Decades, Renewable Energy Could Supply 100% of Our World's Needs

Green World Rising, one episode of a four-part documentary series produced in collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, is a clarion call to save our species.<p>U.N. delegates and the world's leading scientists are meeting in Copenhagen this week before releasing another frightening report by the …

Scientists Say They've Figured Out Why Starfish Are Melting

From Mexico to Alaska, starfish have been mysteriously melting for more than a year. When a starfish first gets sick, its arms pretzel up and white lesions form on its skin. Next, the starfish, normally plush with water absorbed to keep its shape, starts to deflate. Then suddenly, its limbs begin …

California's Forests Have Lost Half Their Big Trees, And Climate Change May Be To Blame

California’s biggest trees are doing a disappearing act, and researchers say the disturbing pattern may be strongly driven by climate change.<p>A study published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the state’s big trees -- those measuring more than 2 feet …

Obama Stands Up for Climate Action, Vows to Veto GOP Obstruction

President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change in his State of the Union Address. As the president laid out his plans to revitalize the economy, strengthen security, and expand opportunity, he made it clear that the path to a brighter tomorrow leads straight through climate …

Courts Deep-Six Details of Chevron's Relationship to Shady Characters in Cover-up of Ecuador Environmental Disaster

After more than two decades of litigation, Chevron continues to protect a series of shady characters who have been instrumental in trying to sabotage a legal case brought by indigenous groups over environmental damage in Ecuador's rainforest.<p>No wonder. In the case, Chevron admitted that its …

A Year of Opportunity to Combat Climate Change -- and Transform Economies

<i>© Curt Carnemark/World Bank</i><p>Scientists declared this past year as the warmest year on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, and a series of scientific reports found glaciers melting and extreme weather events intensifying. There can be no doubt that this year world leaders must commit to …

Promoting Science-Based Stewardship, Security, and Opportunity in the Arctic Region

Today, President Obama issued an Executive Order to help coordinate Arctic-related activities across the Federal Government and enhance collaboration with State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private …

Republicans Post Doctored Version Of State Of The Union, Censor Facts On Climate Change

The official website for House Republicans has posted on YouTube a version of President Obama’s State of the Union address which cuts out comments …

What is the economic cost of climate change?

Climate change is as much an economic problem as an environmental one.<p>The effects of climate change, such as damage from more severe weather or …

Mindfulness In Everyday Life: After the Honeymoon: A Memo on Marriage

Listen up. Marriage is hard work.<p>As trumpeted in <i>I Do. I Did. Now What? Life After the Wedding Dress</i>, by Jenny Lee, "There are always plenty of friends to argue the finer points of engagement rings, prenuptial diets, French bustles, and tiara vs. headpiece." But, the author warns, "Once the band …

Scientists Say 'Life After Death' May Be Possible, In A Way

What happens after we die? Are we snuffed out like lights, or do we continue to exist in some way?<p>Those are age-old questions, for sure. But a provocative new study on near-death experiences suggests that a brief version of "life after death" may be a reality.<p>For the study, researchers at the …

Scientists Say 'Life After Death' May Be Possible, In A Way

What happens after we die? Are we snuffed out like lights, or do we continue to exist in some way?<p>Those are age-old questions, for sure. But a provocative new study on near-death experiences suggests that a brief version of "life after death" may be a reality.<p>For the study, researchers at the …

Single-Sex Education Belongs In The 21st Century

Single-sex teaching remains one of the most polarising issues in education, unresolved by decades of research, but the evidence from some schools is showing that whatever doubts remain it belongs in the 21st century.<p>For some, single-sex teaching is an anachronism, a relic of the days when gender …

A heartwarming soul is the truth behind 'The Good Lie'

Small deceptions for the greater good are at the heart of "The Good Lie" about a handful of Sudanese "lost boys" who were resettled in the U.S. The most obvious deception is the notion that<p>Reese Witherspoonis the star.<p>The Oscar-winning actress is a minor player on-screen, a major player off when it …

How to Get Away With Murder Recap: Everybody Lies

Everybody lies. Defendants, lawyers, witnesses, husbands, and even law students. And as our anti-hero Annalise Keating points out, that makes pretty much everyone unknowable -- so much for an uplifting show on your Thursday night.<p>Kicking off with a flashforward, we learn there’s a mysterious “she” …

5 Money Lies We Tell Ourselves

When trying to make ourselves feel better about our financial situation, we often tell ourselves little lies that ease our minds about things. The problem is, if we tell ourselves these lies enough, we tend to start believing them. A sound financial strategy is to recognize the lies we are telling …

McConnell Claims To Have 'Shocking' Video Proving Grimes Is Lying. He Doesn't.

<i>The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org.</i><p>Sen. Mitch McConnell claims in a TV ad to have “shocking” video evidence from Alison Lundergan Grimes’ “own staff” to prove “Grimes is lying” about her support for coal. He doesn’t.<p>The ad cites an Oct. 6 article in the <i>Free Beacon</i> about the videos, …

Alarcon may have lied, but he doesn't belong in jail

<b>To the editor:</b> Well I, for one, am breathing easier since two of the most heinous bad guys have been taken off our streets. I refer to former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and ex-state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood). ("Court sends a message in sentencing ex-L.A. Councilman Richard …

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill In Utah Prohibits Teaching Contraception

A bill requiring sex education classes to teach an abstinence-only curriculum moved closer to becoming a law in Utah Wednesday.<p>The state House passed HB 363 in a 45-28 vote following extensive debate. The bill -- which now goes on to the state Senate -- would lift the current requirement that all …