Why The Global Warming Pause Was A Myth All Along

Why The Global Warming Pause Was A Myth All AlongThe idea that global warming has “stopped” is a contrarian talking point that dates back to at least 2006. This framing was first created on blogs, then picked up by segments of the media – and it ultimately found entry into the scientific literature itself.

Dragon Water Could Power The Planet

Dragon Water Could Power The PlanetThe quest is on to develop new technology that can tap the intense heat deep below the Earth’s surface and supply the whole world with electricity.

Solar Power Can Cut Consumer Bills And Still Be Good For Utilities

Solar Power Can Cut Consumer Bills And Still Be Good For UtilitiesThe cost of solar energy continues to fall, so it is no surprise that more people are adopting solar. This rapid growth of rooftop solar, however, has led many electric utilities to try to apply the brakes.

We Are Entering A New Era Of Migration And Not Just For People

We Are Entering A New Era Of Migration And Not Just For PeopleThe world is watching as refugees flood into a Europe unprepared for the new arrivals. Conflict and social unrest due in part to climate stress – including induced food shortages and social conflict – have prompted migrants to search for new homes and new opportunities. To ecologists, however, this comes as no surprise.

Why The Shrinking Of Antarctic Ice Shelves Has Been Accelerating

Why The Shrinking Of Antarctic Ice Shelves Is AcceleratingAsk people what they know about Antarctica and they usually mention cold, snow and ice. In fact, there’s so much ice on Antarctica that if it all melted into the ocean, average sea level around the entire world would rise about 200 feet, roughly the height of a 20-story building.

The Oceans Are Becoming Too Hot For Coral, And Sooner Than We Expected

The Oceans Are Becoming Too Hot For Coral, And Sooner Than We ExpectedThis week, scientists registered their concern that super-warm conditions are building to a point where corals are severely threatened across the tropical Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. They did so after seeing corals lose colour across the three major ocean basins – a sign of a truly momentous global change.

Southern Ocean Starts To Soak Up Carbon Again

Southern Ocean Starts To Soak Up Carbon AgainScientists report that the great oceanic “lung” is again breathing in vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – but can’t say why or whether it will last.

Why Capitalism Must Evolve To Solve The Climate Crisis

It Is Capitalism That Must Evolve To Solve The Climate CrisisThere are two extremes in the debate over capitalism’s role in our present climate change problem. On the one hand, some people see climate change as the outcome of a consumerist market system run rampant. In the end, the result will be a call to replace capitalism with a new system that will correct our present ills with regulations to curb market excesses.

Solar Power Makes Giant Strides As Prices Fall

Solar Power Makes Giant Strides As Prices FallMassive solar power stations are being built in the world’s “sun belts” − with the US and India competing to have the largest in the world.

Even If There Had Been A Global Warming Hiatus It's Over Now?

Even If There Had Been A Global Warming Hiatus It's Over Now?There are many ongoing signs that the planet is heating up, even “on fire.” In the western region of North America, the prolonged drought has led to high temperatures and many wildfires, from Canada and the Northwest earlier this summer to California more recently.

How To Make Sense Of Alarming Sea Level Forecasts

How To Make Sense Of  Alarming Sea Level ForecastsYou may have read recent reports about huge changes in sea level, inspired by new research from James Hansen, NASA’s former Chief Climate Scientist, at Columbia University. Sea level rise represents one of the most worrying aspects of global warming, potentially displacing millions of people along coasts, low river valleys, deltas and islands.

How To Cure Ourselves Of Climate Guilt

How To Cure Ourselves Of Climate GuiltPeople cannot engage in something they cannot see or feel. We need concrete reasons to care and act. In this way, climate change presents a threefold intangible challenge:

Why Flooding Along The US Coastline Has Worsened

Why Flooding Along The US Coastline Has WorsenedFlooding is a well-known natural hazard along the US coastline. Nearly 40% of the US population resides in its coastal counties.

How A Warming World Could Spread Disease

How A Warming World Could Spread Disease

As the world warms, animals and plants will shift their ranges to keep pace with their favoured climate. While the changing distributions of species can tell us how climate change is affecting the natural world, it may also have a direct impact on us.

Just How Big A Risk Is Our Changing Climate?

Just How Big A Risk Is Our Changing Climate?An international scientific report commissioned by the UK government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Here's Why We Are Not Heading Into A Mini Ice Age

Here's Why We Are Not Heading Into A Mini Ice AgeWouldn’t it be great if scientists could make their minds up? One minute they’re telling us our planet is warming up due to human activity and we run the risk of potentially devastating environmental change.

Why Declining Winter Sea Ice Near Greenland Spells Cooler Climate For Europe

Why Declining Winter Sea Ice Near Greenland Spells Cooler Climate For EuropeOne of the most dramatic features of recent climate change is the decline of summer Arctic sea ice. The impacts of this summer ice loss on northern society, on Arctic ecosystems, and the climate both locally and further afield, are already being felt.

World Leaders Call For Fossil Fuel Phase-Out, But It Needs To Happen Sooner

World Leaders Are Right To Call For Fossil Fuel Phase-out, But It Needs To Happen SoonerThe G7 nations, at the week’s summit in Germany, have called for “a decarbonization of the global economy over the course of this century”. Of course, this group of nations is among those most heavily in favor of strong climate action, but the opportunities for climate-friendly growth are everywhere.

Do Infrasound and Low-Frequency Noise on Wind Farms Cause Health Problems?

The Science On Wind Farms, Noise, Infrasound And HealthThe article in The Australian by Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonjhelm highlighted some very good points about wind turbine noise and its effect on people living near them. People are complaining of a range of health related problems and are attributing them to wind turbines. The question is: what is the cause of these health problems?

As US Procrastinates China’s Energy Revolution Leads The World

As US Procrastinates China’s Energy Revolution Leads The WorldNew report says a successful outcome at this year’s Paris climate talks will be far more likely if the world takes note of how China is reducing emissions. The pace of change in China’s energy policy means that the targets it has set for cutting  greenhouse gases (GHGs) are likely to be achieved sooner than expected, according to a new study.

Apollo Initiative Asks For The Moon In Switch To Renewables

Apollo Initiative Asks For The Moon In Switch To RenewablesEminent group urges governments to make the massive research investment that would enable the world to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2025. The vision is simple, the cost would be eye-watering, and the result could stop the growing threat from burning fossil fuels in its tracks.

Global Warming Hiatus Appears To Be A Myth

Global Warming Hiatus Appears To Be A MythNational and international studies have shown that the Earth is warming, and with this warming, other changes are occurring, such as an increasing incidence of heat waves, heavy downpours and rising sea levels.

Understanding The Models That Help Us Predict Climate Change

Understanding The Models That Help Us Predict Climate ChangeWhat will the weather be like next week, next season, or by the end of the century? In the absence of a second Earth to use in an experiment, global weather and climate model simulations are the only tools we have to answer these questions.

A Matter Of Degrees: Why 2C Warming Is Officially Unsafe

A Matter Of Degrees: Why 2C Warming Is Officially UnsafeThe goal of international climate negotiations is “to avoid dangerous atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases”. In 2010, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change formally recognised the “long term goal” of the convention was to hold the increase in global average warming to below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

This Once Stable Antarctic Region Has Suddenly Started Melting

This Once Stable Antarctic Region Has Suddenly Started MeltingAntarctica’s glaciers have been making headlines during the past year, and not in a good way. Whether it’s a massive ice shelf facing imminent risk of collapse, glaciers in the West Antarctic past the point of no return, or new threats to East Antarctic ice, it’s all been rather gloomy.

Pakistan Turns The Desert Into A Sea Of Solar Panels

Pakistan Turns The Desert Into A Sea Of Solar PanelsEconomic links with China help Pakistan tap into enormous solar energy potential that can provide clean power to boost production and reduce poverty. One of the world’s largest solar plants has been opened in Pakistan with the aim of supplying clean, reliable energy and helping alleviate the country’s chronic power shortages.

You May Be Traveling Less And That's A Good Thing

You May Be Traveling Less And That's A Good ThingIn 1900, humans travelled a total of just 0.2 trillion km by vehicle, nearly all by train. By 1950, people travelled a total of 3.3 trillion km, and by 2010, the annual total was over 40 trillion km – or over 133,000 round trips to the sun. That’s an average of nearly 6,000 km per person each year. About half of all travel was by car, and 12% was by air.

How Climate Change Is Making California's Epic Drought Worse

How Climate Change Is Making California's Epic Drought WorseCalifornia is undergoing a record-setting drought that began in 2012, the worst in at least 1,200 years. It can be seen in many ways: most of the freshwater reservoirs are drying up, crops are wilting in the fields and groundwater is rapidly depleting.

Climate Change Is Hitting African Farmers The Hardest Of All

Climate Change Is Hitting African Farmers The Hardest Of AllClimate change is affecting all regions of the globe. But some places, such as Africa, are more vulnerable to climate change’s devastating effects than others. This is particularly true because of the continent’s very high dependency on agriculture.

What Is That Warm Blob In The Pacific Ocean?

What Is The Warm Blob In The Pacific Ocean?People living across the US have lived through some odd weather in the past year. It’s been unusually warm and dry in the western US, while the East had a very cold and snowy winter. Meanwhile, scientists have been seeing Pacific marine species in places they’re not normally found and a huge spike in hungry, stranded sea lion pups on California shores.

Sao Paulo, Brazil's Water Crisis Shows The Failure Of Public-private Partnerships

Sao Paulo, Brazil's Water Crisis Shows The Failure Of Public-private PartnershipsSão Paulo’s ongoing water crisis has left many of the city’s 20m or more residents without tap water for days on end. Brazil’s largest metropolis is into its third month of water rationing, and some citizens have even taken to drilling through their basements to reach groundwater.

The Smart Money Is Embracing Renewable Energy

The Smart Money Is Embracing Renewable EnergyClimate-friendly boost for global energy mix as scientists say solar power alone could now meet the needs of California five times over.

Can Saltwater Quench Our Growing Thirst?

Can Saltwater Quench Our Growing Thirst?An increasingly water-stressed world takes a new look at desalination. It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, climate change and more.

Finally, Scientists Zero In On The Solution To The Climate Crisis

Finally, Scientists Zero In On The Only Solution To The Climate CrisisIf you want to know what we have to do to avoid catastrophic climate change, 17 of the world’s leading climate scientists have worked out a simple but challenging solution: the world, they say, must turn by mid-century into a zero-carbon society.

Can We Still Avoid The Major Climate Tipping Points?

Can We Still Avoid The Major Climate Tipping Points?The researchers say their act-now, save-future-costs model not only demonstrates the dangers of underestimating the cost of future climate change, but is the first one to emerge from a purely market-based approach. The considerations do not have to be based on moral judgements about sustainability and the wellbeing of future generations.

How One California Farmer Is Dealing with The Worst Drought In 1,200 Years

How One California Farmer Is Dealing with The Worst Drought In 1,200 YearsCalifornia’s byzantine water system and crushing drought are leading farmers to extraordinary measures as they try to keep themselves from running dry. On a warm March afternoon, farmer Cannon Michael walks alongside wheat fields adjacent to his house in Los Banos, in California’s Central Valley. Most of these fields won’t be watered again this year.

Heat-Tolerant Beans Could Help Keep Millions Fed

Heat-Tolerant Beans Could Help Keep Millions FedScientists believe they may have found how to safeguard a staple tropical crop, on which hundreds of millions of people depend, from the depredations of climate change. They have discovered − through conventional breeding rather than genetic modification − 30 new “lines” (varieties) of beans that will thrive in the higher temperatures expected later this century.

30 Years of Above Average Temperatures: The Climate Has Changed

30 Years of Above Average Temperatures Means The Climate Has ChangedIf you’re younger than 30, you’ve never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average. Each month, the US National Climatic Data Center calculates Earth’s average surface temperature using temperature measurements that cover the Earth’s surface.

Local Renewable Energy Companies Can Help You Save Money

energy meter New technologies are about to disrupt the traditional energy market in a big way. What if you could sit at home and use your smartphone to buy energy directly from the wind farm down the road or the solar panels on the local school roof? After all, you can already control your heating from your phone and set your washing machine going from your tablet...

Can The Florida Coastal Economy Adapt To The Rising Seas?

Can The Florida Coastal Economy Adapt To The Rising Seas?Florida is a coastal state. Nearly 80% of its 20 million residents live near the coast on land just a few feet above sea level, and over a hundred million tourists visit the beaches and stay in beach-front hotels every year.

An Iceberg The Size of a Country Breaks Away, What Happens Next?

iceberg patagoniaYou never forget the first time you see an iceberg. But, in truth, the first iceberg you see is likely to be small. Most icebergs that make it far enough north from Antarctica to where they are danger to shipping are sometimes many years old and at the end of their lives. They are small fragments of what once left the continent.

Water Power for People and Cars: An Outside-the-Box Breakthrough

Water Power for People and CarsThe urge to solve humankind’s energy-generating problems is felt by innovators around the planet. Before the Internet and its open sourcing of knowledge, lone inventors tried to single-handedly save us from our dependence on dirty fuels. And long before hippies saw the dawning of an Age of Aquarius, a few individuals discovered that water is a key to independence.

States That Produce Renewable Energy Have Cheap Electricity

States That Produce Renewable Energy Have Cheap ElectricityTexas is known for cheap and plentiful energy resources, but they’re usually of the dirty, fossil fuel–based variety. That reputation is changing. Texans can now buy renewable energy packages that are as cheap as or cheaper than the coal- or natural gas–based alternatives.

Climate Change Breakthroughs and Seven Reasons For New Hope

Climate Change Breakthroughs and Seven Reasons For New HopeAfter years of bitter disappointment, things look different now. Sure, U.S. state houses and Congress are a denier-dominated mess, the big Paris conference is already being written off, and the on-the-ground evidence is looking bleak. But after years of cynicism, I see elements of a sea change in urgency and attitude on climate.

Does Global Warming Mean More Or Less Snow?

snow stormAt first glance, asking whether global warming results in more snow may seem like a silly question because obviously, if it gets warm enough, there is no snow. Consequently, deniers of climate change have used recent snow dumps to cast doubt on a warming climate from human influences. Yet they could not be more wrong.

Can Generating Energy From Ocean Waves Rise To The Challenge?

Can Generating Energy From Ocean Waves Rise To The Challenge?The announcement that a pioneering wave farm off Perth has started generating electricity is an exciting and welcome development. The project, developed by Fremantle-based Carnegie Wave Energy, features two buoys, 11 m in diameter, below the sea surface (with a third to follow).

How Cooling Down Cities Will Make A Big Difference To Global Warming

Cooling Down Cities Will Make A Big Difference To Global WarmingCities may only occupy about 2% of the world’s habitable land, but they are big drivers of global climate change. Cities are usually hotter than rural areas, and get referred to in the jargon as “urban heat islands.”

Chimps’ Hopes of Survival Are Being Jeopardized by Climate Change

Chimps’ Hopes Of Survival Are Being Jeopardized By Climate ChangeOne of our closest animal relatives is at risk of being wiped out as changing rainfall patterns threaten to destroy its Central African habitat. Central Africa in particular, and the continent in general, is likely to be severely affected by climate change.

Can We Have Both Environmental Preservation And Expanded Oil Drilling?

Can We Have Both Environmental Preservation And Expanded Oil Drilling?In April 2015, we will mark the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The accident released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing extensive impacts on the marine ecosystem, wildlife habitat, and the fishing and tourism industries in Louisiana and other Gulf states.

Overcoming The Social Barriers To Climate Change Consensus

Overcoming The Social Barriers To Climate Change ConsensusIt can be tempting to think that people who disagree with you are mad, bad or simply stupid. However, not only are such judgements usually wrong, but telling people that they are stupid is unlikely to convince them of the merit of your own view.

How Nebraska Brings Everyone Power from a Public Grid

How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public GridIn this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here's how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.

Why There's A Sunny Future Ahead For Rooftop Solar Power

Why There's A Sunny Future Ahead For Rooftop Solar PowerOver the past five years the world has seen a dramatic fall in the cost of solar energy, particularly rooftop solar panels or solar photovoltaic power. It is now a real alternative and considerable player in the power markets.

11 Reasons Trains, Buses, Bikes And Walking Move Us Toward A Brighter Future

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According to the pundits and techno-prophets who dominate the media, the future of transportation is all figured out for us.  Cheaper gas prices mean we can still count on our private cars to take us everywhere we want to go. The only big change down the road will be driverless autos, which will make long hours behind the wheel less boring and more productive.

How Have Sea Levels Changed Over The Past 100 Years?

How Have Sea Levels Change Over The Past 100 Years?When you ask yourself what the biggest unanswered scientific questions are, “how did sea levels change over the past 100 years?” is unlikely to appear at the top of your list. After all, haven’t we already figured that out? It turns out that obtaining a complete picture of how our oceans have been changing is not a simple task, yet is vital for making future projections.

Naomi Klein on the Climate Heroes Who Inspire Her

Naomi Klein on the Climate Heroes Who Inspire HerWhy has it taken so long to respond? Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, explores that question. Klein points to the “terrible timing” of the climate crisis coming into public awareness—with NASA scientist James Hansen’s 1988 testimony to Congress—right at the time free-market “neoliberal” ideology was on the rise.

2014 Was Australia's Third-Hottest Year On Record

2014 Was Australia's Third-hottest Year On Record

2014 has been confirmed as Australia’s third-hottest year, capping off a record-breaking decade, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, released today.

Why Bacteria Could Be The Answer To A Future Without Oil

Why Bacteria Could Be The Answer To A Future Without Oil

Chemicals are all around us. They are crucial in all manner of industries, from agriculture to food to cosmetics. Most people give little thought to how these chemicals are made – and certainly very few would consider the chemical industry as a contributor to our society’s dependence on oil. But it is.

Here’s A Way To Pay For A Healthier Planet

Here’s A Way To Pay For A Healthier Planet

A few years ago, the Mexican government pinpointed a promising method for reducing carbon dioxide emissions: Encourage Mexicans to trade in their old refrigerators, air conditioners, light bulbs and the like for more up-to-date models. But how to pay for the program, while making it affordable for poor households?

What Major Cities Are Ready for Climate Change?

What Major Cities Are Ready for Climate Change?

Climate change is going to affect every city on the planet in some way—but not necessarily in the same way. For those cities already adapting to it, strong, decisive action may spell the difference between surviving global warming and succumbing to it. Five cities that are steeling themselves…and five that are fooling themselves.

Managing Tropical Coastal Seas for 21st Century Challenges

Managing Tropical Coastal Seas for 21st Century Challenges

In tropical developing countries, effective coastal management must acknowledge the widespread dependence of poor and politically weak communities on the use of fish for food. Acknowledging this dependence on artisanal fisheries is pivotal to reconciling the largely separate agendas for food security and biodiversity conservation.

Is India's Plan For New Energy Mix A Game-Changer?

Is India's Plan For New Energy Mix A Game-Changer?

India’s contribution to global carbon emissions was only 7% last year, yet there are fears being expressed in the western world that rapid population growth and development will mean this vast country will soon be a major polluter − like its neighbour, China.

The Train to Sustainability: Next Stop, Your Hometown

The Train to Sustainability: Next Stop, Your Hometown

The urbanization of our population has major implications for climate change. The sheer volume of all this growth in highly concentrated areas, combined with the corresponding growth in carbon emissions, requires that our cities be able to adapt and evolve more quickly than ever before.The good news is: they can.

Get Ready for a New Future: The End of The Arctic As We Know It

Get Ready for a New Future: The End of The Arctic As We Know It

At the top of the world, it’s time to get ready for a new future. In the winter of 2013–14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to 5 feet descended on beaches, farmers’ fields, city parks and airport runways throughout southern Canada and the United States.

Four Ways a California Police Chief Prevents Police Violence

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In the wake of a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, it can be difficult to imagine a place where law enforcement and a racially diverse population work together productively in the United States.

Robot Submarine Looks Under Antarctic Sea Ice To Gage Its Thickness

Robot Submarine Looks Under Antarctic Sea Ice To Gage It's Thickness

For several years now climatologists have puzzled over an apparent conundrum: why is Antarctic sea ice continuing to expand, albeit at the relatively slow rate of about one to two percent per decade, while Arctic sea ice has been declining rapidly?

Cities Are The Greatest Hope For Our Planet

Illustration by Erin Dunn

When we design cities like ecosystems, they have the potential to address many of our most pressing issues. Of all the things people build, cities are the most important.

Move Over Big Power, The Micropower Revolution Is Here

Move Over Big Power – The Micropower Revolution Is Here

There is no shortage of shouting and dire warnings about the state of the climate and our need to phase out fossil fuels. But there is a more silent revolution happening too — in micropower.

US China Climate Deal Is At Last A Real Game Changer On Emissions

UJS China Climate Deal  Is At Last, A Real Game Changer On Emissions

The United States, the world’s biggest historical emitter of greenhouse gases, has pledged to cut emissions by 26-28% by 2025 relative to 2005 levels, while China, the current biggest emitter, has promised to peak its emissions by no later than 2030.

Outlook Declines For Fossil Fuel Investments

Outlook Declines For Fossil Fuel Investments

Warnings within the world of high finance are coming thick and fast that the increasingly urgent need to combat climate change means investors could lose heavily by sinking funds into coal, oil and gas.

Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned

Westmill Solar Co-operative

When it comes to providing jobs and money to towns and cities, not all renewable energy is created equal. At last month’s People’s Climate March, among the most popular signs were ones supporting renewable energy like wind and solar as the best way to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Plants Absorb More CO2 Than We Thought, But

Plants Absorb More CO2 Than We Thought, But

Through burning fossil fuels, humans are rapidly driving up levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which in turn is raising global temperatures.

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