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Human and nature dynamics (HANDY): Modeling inequality and use of resources in the collapse or sustainability of societies

Ecological Economics, Volume 101, Pages 90-102 | Motesharrei, S.; Rivas, J.; Kalnay, E.

The Science Behind the Virgin Birth

Researchers have come up with several intriguing—if improbable—scientific explanations for the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.<p>Although the religious meaning of Christmas was long ago neutered, replaced with the secular joys of eggnog and mall Santas, at its core December 25 is still a celebration of …

Biology

Sanyo announces world's most efficient solar module

(PhysOrg.com) -- Sanyo has announced its development of the world's most energy efficient solar module, the HIT-N230. The module was unveiled at a …

Pumped beyond limits, many U.S. aquifers in decline

HomePumped DryUnited StatesHidden collapseCaliforniaSinking groundIndiaDesperate strugglesPeruBitter feudMoroccoDead orchards<p>SUBLETTE, Kansas – Just before 3 a.m., Jay Garetson’s phone buzzed on the bedside table. He picked it up and read the text: “Low Pressure Alert.”<p>He felt a jolt of stress and …

How Singapore is leading a water revolution

Fifty years ago Singapore had to ration water, and its smelly rivers were devoid of fish and choked with waste from shipbuilding, pig farms and …

Thomson Reuters Foundation

What Passing a Key CO2 Mark Means to Climate Scientists

<i>By Andrea Thompson and Brian Kahn</i>This week is a big one for our world. Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels climbed above the 400 parts per …

Climate Change

Heat wave engulfs Sydney

It was a close-run thing, but Sydney has just missed out on recording its hottest November day on record.<p>On Friday afternoon, the mercury peaked at 40.9C in central Sydney, just 0.9C shy of the all-time high of 41.8C set in 1982.<p>Temperatures were higher at the international airport, where a maximum …

Weather

World will pass crucial 2C global warming limit, experts warn

Carbon pledges from 147 nations to Paris climate summit ‘are not enough to stop temperature rise’, experts conclude<p>Pledges by nations to cut carbon emissions will fall far short of those needed to prevent global temperatures rising by more than the crucial 2C by the end of the century. This is the …

Drought is a global problem - we need a global solution

An international system could save lives but a recent UN climate event in New York passed without anyone putting up funding or accepting responsibility<p>Share your photos and stories of water scarcity<p>Drought is arguably the biggest single threat from climate change. Its impacts are global. Some say …

Marine food chains at risk of collapse, extensive study of world's oceans finds

Important ecosystems could be massively damaged by 2050 unless greenhouse gas emissions and localised pollution is drastically reduced, researchers say<p>The food chains of the world’s oceans are at risk of collapse due to the release of greenhouse gases, overfishing and localised pollution, a stark …

A map showing the debt of countries around the world compared to their GDP

<b>As Vox explains, "unless you are dead inside, you love government debt visualisations", and this one which maps the national debt of countries around</b> …

Drinking Water Contamination Likely from Hydraulic Fracturing Surface Releases, Not Migration from Gas Wells or Deep Shale Layers

<i>Engineers at Yale University reveal that the presence of organic compounds in groundwater aquifers in Pennsylvania is likely the result of surface</i> …

Why the Earth’s past has scientists so worried about the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation

In the last month, there’s been much attention to a cool patch in the North Atlantic Ocean, where record cold temperatures over the past eight months present a stark contrast to a globe that is experiencing record warmth. And although there is certainly no consensus on the matter yet, some …

Global Warming

The Dangerous Misuse of Our Most Valuable Resource

Amid climate change, drought and mismanagement, our world's most valuable resource is becoming scarce. Much of the crisis is man-made -- and even …

1,000 sq miles of England to be opened up for fracking

Large areas of Yorkshire, north-west and east Midlands earmarked for oil and gas exploration as government announces it will offer licences for 27 new sites<p>Large areas of Yorkshire, the north-west and the east Midlands are to be opened up to fracking after the government announced it will offer a …

Australia was ready to act on climate 25 years ago, so what happened next?

New book investigates how corporate interests and ideologues worked to make Australia doubt what it knew about climate change and its risks<p>There’s something about climate change that almost everyone in Australia has either forgotten or never knew in the first place.<p>In 1990 Bob Hawke announced his …

The madness of drinking bottled water shipped halfway round the world

We can’t get enough of it, but the long-term environmental impacts of bottling and transporting water across countries are doing more damage than we realise<p>Globally, we now drink as much packaged water as we do milk. At 30 litres per person per year, bottled water is the second most popular liquid …

Fracking's Problems Go Deeper Than Water Pollution

Salty, chemical-laden fluid leaked for two hours before anyone from Vantage Energy let Arlington city officials knew there had been an accident at …

Photo Essay: Sand Dunes of the Gobi Desert

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the wind blows, I hear faint music in the air. The whistling tune is a hypnotic and eerie one, and it seems to echo out of …

Eerie, Mysterious Island Tales

<i>The beach at North Seymour Island in the Galapagos | Image: David Adam Kess</i><p>There is a spellbinding story that is part of the history of the Galapagos …

Scientists Discover Sudden Melting in the Antarctic

Several glaciers on the southern Antarctic Peninsula suddenly began shedding ice in 2009, satellite observations now reveal. The region has dumped …

Global Warming

Average house prices in London to hit £1 million by 2030

The average home in London is expected to cost £1 million by 2030, doubling market prices over the next fifteen years.<p>The forecasting body Oxford …