Climate Change

If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, 'We're Fucked': Climatologist - Motherboard

This week, scientists made a disturbing discovery in the Arctic Ocean: They saw "vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor," as the Stockholm University put it in a release disclosing the observations. The plume of methane—a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat more powerfully than carbon …

Environment

Expert Witness: The people behind the Doomsday Clock explain why we’re so close to midnight

<i>In</i><i>Expert Witness,</i>The A.V. Club <i>talks to industry insiders to shed some light on how the pop-culture sausage gets made.</i><p>In 1947, the Doomsday Clock appeared for the first time, with the hands set at seven minutes to midnight. A strikingly effective graphic of data and symbolism, the clock was created …

Environment

Climate change: Apocalypse by 1000 cuts

Not since the Reagan era cold war with Russia has apocalyptic awareness been so forefront in the public’s mind. Disturbing incidents ranging from …

Environment

Climate scientists face harassment, threats and fears of 'McCarthyist attacks'

Researchers will have to deal with attacks from a range of powerful foes in the coming years – and for many, it has already started<p>A little less than seven years ago, the climate scientist Michael Mann ambled into his office at Penn State University with a wedge of mail tucked under his arm. As he …

Environment

Syria returns its mass of seeds to the Arctic 'Doomsday vault'

Svalbard's Global Seed Vault stores duplicate seeds from across the globe, protected for future generations in the event of natural or manmade disasters<p>Almost 50,000 seeds are today being ferried to a global vault in a mountain, on a remote island in the Arctic Circle. The shipment, part of an …

Environment

Can Australia's wicked heat wave convince climate change deniers?

Sydney's sweltering recent record high of 47 degrees Celsius has brought the reality of climate change into sharp focus for many Australians. Skepticism in the country is waning - quickly enough?<p>Thousands of bats fell dead out of the trees as Sydney's parched suburbs reached their hottest …

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Congressional climate deniers are getting called on their BS at town halls this week.

It turns out plenty of their constituents DO care about climate change, clean water, and environmental regulation, and they’re using the …

Environment

Trump's Wall Won't Stop Climate Change Migrants from Streaming into the US - VICE

<i>This story is part of VICE's ongoing look at how climate change will have altered the world by the year 2050. Read more about the project here.</i><p>By 2050, white Americans will likely be outnumbered by nonwhites. Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies will have succeeded or failed. A wall may or may …

Environment

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

<b>Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.</b><p>That's according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal.<p>Subsidies for biomass should be immediately reviewed, …

Environment

Republican who reversed his position on climate change thinks Trump will too

Former South Carolina Republican congressman Bob Inglis once received an award for believing in climate change. Now, the climate change convert who …

Environment

Even free money can’t convince Australian energy companies to build new coal plants

Australia is in the middle of another extreme summer. Many regions are experiencing temperatures 10 °C (18 °F) higher than average. The demand for electricity to run air conditioners has caused major blackouts. The obvious question for its politicians: What can we do about energy security?<p>The …

Renewable Energy

The damage done when corals die is even worse than scientists previously thought

When the water in the sea gets warmer, corals can get stressed, causing them to release their photosynthesizing algae in a process called bleaching — so-called because the coral turns white. This is bad because the coral is then more susceptible to dying, but new research has just shown the impacts …

Oceans

Gigantic iceberg the size of Norfolk expected to break off Antarctica

A huge iceberg roughly the size of Norfolk in the UK, or Rhode Island in the US, is expected to soon break away from Antarctica.<p>Footage from the …

Global Warming

'The blob' in Pacific Ocean linked to spike in ozone

A warm blob of water lurking in the Pacific Ocean in 2014 and 2015 led to a spike in ozone levels across the western U.S., new research suggests.<p>The blob of warm water, which sat about 310 miles off the Oregon coast, was linked to a high-pressure system in the atmosphere that resulted in warm, calm …

Global Warming

Climate change doubles size of northern lakes, pushes bison off habitat

New research suggests that climate change has mysteriously caused lakes in a northern protected area to nearly double in size, forcing a herd of at-risk bison off some of their best habitat.<p>Lakes in the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary off the northwest shore of Great Slave Lake are now bigger than any …

Environment

'We'll Rise as One and Resist' Trump's Attack on People and Planet

For all the bewilderment and chaos of President Trump's first month in office, on one point he's been all too clear: He is dead set on destroying the …

Environment

These Students Are Adopting The Climate Goals That Trump Dismisses

"We can't vote, but we can have an impact."<p>Two days after President Donald Trump’s stunning election victory in November, about 80 high school students crammed into the classroom of a suburban Seattle science teacher for an emergency meeting.<p>The students from Tesla STEM High School were worried …

Environment

Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading

"Given how much production has increased recently, it is pretty misleading to continue to argue that we need to double our crop output by 2050," …

Agriculture

Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage

New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures<p>The deep ocean and the creatures that live there are facing a desperate future due to food shortages and changing temperatures, according to research exploring the impact …

Oceans

When Ice Ages will defrost can now be predicted with a simple rule

Average sunshine in the northern hemisphere and the time since the last break between ice ages is all that's needed to predict when the next warm …

Global Warming

Allan Savory Says More Cows on the Land Will Reverse Climate Change. Science Says Otherwise.

A critical look at the holistic managment and planned grazing theories of Allan Savory.<p>Before he became known as an apostate ecologist, Allan Savory …

Environment

From an Atmospheric River to a River of a Sediment : Earth Matters : Blogs

<i>Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/VIIRS/Jesse Allen</i><p>In the past two months, weather reports in California, Oregon, and Washington have been filled with …

Environment

How electric utilities could revive their sagging fortunes and decarbonize the country

It’s all about electrification.<p>These are gloomy times for electric utilities. After more than a century of fairly steady and predictable growth, they have entered stagnant waters. Demand for electricity is sluggish. Distributed energy resources (solar panels, batteries, etc.) are chipping away at …

Renewable Energy

Creating a broccoli for all seasons to hedge against climate change

The last time food was rationed in England, Winston Churchill was still prime minister of the country. Earlier this month, however, Britons …

Gardening

Computer model predicts the likelihood of crossing several dangerous climate change thresholds

A new computer model of accumulated carbon emissions predicts the likelihood of crossing several dangerous climate change thresholds. These include …

Environment

German Environment Minister Bans Meat At Official Functions

The decision, prompted by climate concerns, unleashed a beefy backlash.<p>Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and environmental degradation, which is why a German ministry says it’s taking a stand for vegetarianism in a new — and controversial — ban.<p>Barbara Hendricks, Germany’s …

Germany

An Indian scientist is studying the South Pole from the North Pole

Based out of Tromso, the northernmost city in Norway in the Arctic Circle, Vikram Goel has been travelling to Antarctica to study the glaciers …

Global Warming

Climate change tied to nation's infrastructure needs

In what’s become a troublingly common occurrence, the combination of extreme weather and crumbling infrastructure threatened the residents of another …

Climate

World’s ability to feed itself “in jeopardy,” U.N. warns in new report

<b>Robbie Gramer,</b> <i>The Washington Post</i><p>The world will have trouble feeding itself in decades to come unless countries undertake “major transformations” to …

Agriculture

Guest Voices: Time to stand up for action to fight climate change

Tuesday’s climate change rally in San Diego could not have been more timely. We all need to stand up and speak out against President Donald Trump and …

Environment