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Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted

Global warming is a pressing issue that affects everyone. Though it may be hard to tell right now while we still have polar ice caps, National Geographic recently created a series of maps that illustrate how visually different the Earth would look if all the ice on the planet melted. The maps …

Researchers Study Chicken Nuggets, Find Mostly Nerves, Bone, Fat

A new study found that chicken nuggets mostly contain bone, organ parts, blood vessels, and nerves, containing 50 percent or less muscle tissue, the …

CDC warns of 'catastrophic' results of increased drug resistance

The US faces "potentially catastrophic consequences" if it does not act immediately to combat drug resistance which already kills an estimated 23,000 people a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Monday.<p>It is the first time the federal agency has estimated the death toll …

Japan's Nuclear Migraine: A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima

Japan is stumbling helplessly from one crisis to the next as it battles the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. US nuclear …

Hawaii: 'Let Nature Take Its Course' On Molasses Spill

State officials in Hawaii say there's little they can do to clean up a 223,000-gallon molasses spill that has killed thousands of fish, as swimmers, surfers and snorkelers were being warned that the massive die-off could attract sharks.<p>So many fish have been killed by the 1,400-ton leak from a …

China talks tough in war on smog

BEIJING – After years of complaints from foreign nations and its own citizens, the Chinese government says it plans to fight the acrid smog that fills many of China's cities where some days it is impossible to see more than a few blocks.<p>The government says it is going to curtail the burning of coal …

Overgrazing turning parts of Mongolian Steppe into desert

9/07/2013 02:00:00 PM<p>Overgrazing by millions of sheep and goats is the primary cause of degraded land in the Mongolian Steppe, one of the largest …

Smoothies and fruit juices are a new risk to health, US scientists warn

Fruit juices and smoothies represent a new risk to our health because of the amount of sugar the apparently healthy drinks contain, warn the US scientists who blew the whistle on corn syrup in soft drinks a decade ago.<p>Barry Popkin and George Bray pointed the finger at high fructose corn syrup in …

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

Here's a bit of news that might make you drop that chicken nugget midbite.<p>Just before the start of the long holiday weekend last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The kicker: These products can now be sold …

Climate Change Is Making Apples Mushier

Fond of Fujis? Partial to pears? Scientists are busy mapping out how rising temperatures are affecting the quality of fruits we all know and love, and it’s not pretty.<p>There are few worse feelings in the world (hold off on bad breakups, addiction recovery, and puberty for a second) than biting into …

Regulators Monitor 'Serious Leaks' At Japanese Nuclear Plant

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news — more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a series of meltdowns. New leaks found this week prompted regulators to consider raising the alert level.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power …

Syria Conflict Destroys Churches & Mosques, Desecrates Icons (PHOTOS)

Violence in the city of Qusayr in central Syria has caused its 50,000 original inhabitants to almost totally desert it, as government and rebel forces battled for control of the strategically important site for the last two years.<p>The devastation is evident everywhere. According to the government …

Noaa report says Arctic sea ice is disappearing at unprecedented pace

The Arctic lost record amounts of sea ice last year and is changing at an unprecedented pace due to climate change, a landmark climate study said on Tuesday.<p>Last year was among the 10 warmest years on record – ranking eighth or ninth depending on the data set, according to a report led by the …

The Earth's Oceans Have Never Been Higher

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The story of climate change is largely a story about what's happening to the ocean. Most of the …

Genetic Code Shows Bird Flu In China Spread Between People

When a new strain of bird flu cropped up in China last winter, the billion-dollar question was whether the deadly virus could transmit between people.<p>Now, Chinese scientists offer the first clear evidence that the bird flu is indeed contagious, although only slightly.<p>A father, who became sick in …

Starved polar bear perished due to record sea-ice melt, says expert

A starved polar bear found found dead in Svalbard as "little more than skin and bones" perished due to a lack of sea ice on which to hunt seals, according to a renowned polar bear expert.<p>Climate change has reduced sea ice in the Arctic to record lows in the last year and Dr Ian Stirling, who has …

Climate Change And Violence Linked, Breakthrough Study Finds

Shifts in climate change are strongly linked to human violence around the world, according to a comprehensive new study released Thursday by the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University.<p>The research, which was published in Science, examined 60 previous studies from all major …

Magnitude-6.0 quake shakes northeastern Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Sunday in the same region devastated by a giant tsunami and temblor 2 1/2 years ago, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.<p>The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck shortly after midday, and was centered off …

Iceberg half the size of Greater London calves off Antarctic glacier

An iceberg half the size of Greater London has calved off Pine Island glacier in the Antarctic.<p>This week a radar instrument on the German satellite TerraSAR-X captured an image of a crack having grown to extend across the entire ice shelf at the front of the glacier since 2011. Scientists say that …

A Nation On Fire: Climate Change And The Burning Of America

Dan Oltrogge started fighting wildfires in 1984. By the time he retired from the National Park Service in 2011, he had served as the head of fire and …

Global warming’s new natural disaster: “Himalayan tsunamis”

June megafloods killed as many as 6,000 in the town of Kedarnath — and experts expect more to come<p>NEW DELHI, India — This summer’s devastating “Himalayan tsunami” is a grim omen for the future of the millions of people living downstream from the majestic mountain range.<p>The June floods wiped out the …

Greenland And Antarctica ‘May Be Vulnerable To Rapid Ice Loss Through Catastrophic Disintegration’

Humanity faces 70 feet of sea level rise, possibly coming much sooner than has been expected if we continue with unrestricted carbon pollution. Two …

Climate change on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years, Stanford scientists say

Not only is the planet undergoing one of the largest climate changes in the past 65 million years, Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and …

Greenland soars to its highest temperature ever recorded, almost 80 degrees F.

<b>Update, September 10, 2013:</b> After further review, official says the July 30 record high of 78.6 F set in Greenland – the warmest temperature since modern records began in 1958 – stands. Details: Confirmed: Greenland reached hottest temperature in modern record this summer<p><b>Update, August 12, 12:15</b> …

Lib Dem president Tim Farron warns fracking could harm countryside 'for decades'

A new political row has broken out over the Coalition’s support for shale gas fracking, with a high-ranking Liberal Democrat warning that the process risks “damaging the countryside” for decades.<p>In the first major attack on fracking by a leading member of the Coalition, Tim Farron, the Lib Dems’ …

Revealed: how UK water companies are polluting Britain's rivers and beaches

The most persistent and frequent polluters of England's rivers and beaches are the nation's 10 biggest water companies, an <i>Observer</i> investigation has revealed.<p>The companies, which are responsible for treating waste water and delivering clean supplies, have been punished for more than 1,000 incidents …