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Report Warns of More Frequent Blackouts in the Future

Report Warns of More Frequent Blackouts in the Future

Soaring electricity demand for air-conditioning, iPads and increasingly cars, combined with a growing population and inadequate investment in creaking power networks, is pushing the world towards frequent blackouts, academics warn. China, Brazil and Italy have all had significant power failures in the past decade but these are just "dress rehearsal… Read More

Climate Change Threatens East Africa’s Food Security

Climate Change Threatens East Africa’s Food Security

The report, East African Agriculture and Climate Change, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), looks at threats to food supplies in 11 countries in East and Central Africa – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Agricu… Read More

Six Degrees: Frigid U.S., Hot Australia and 2013 Fireworks

Six Degrees: Frigid U.S., Hot Australia and 2013 Fireworks

Our six top climate stories of the week packaged into one great slideshow for easy reading.… Read More

Shellfish Face Uncertainty as Oceans Become Warmer

Shellfish Face Uncertainty as Oceans Become Warmer

If you like the occasional plate of grilled scallops or fancy an oyster now and then, read on and ponder. The health of several species of European shellfish is under threat. The bad news is that the shellfish face an uncertain future as the oceans become warmer and more acidic because of the changing climate. But there is some better news too: th… Read More

Scientists Say Tax Meat to Help Cut Methane Emissions

Scientists Say Tax Meat to Help Cut Methane Emissions

Meat should be taxed to encourage people to eat less of it, so reducing the production of global warming gases from sheep, cattle and goats, according to a group of scientists. Several high-profile figures, from the chief of the UN's climate science panel to the economist Lord Stern, have previously advocated eating less meat to tackle global warmi… Read More

Right Whales Go Wrong Way; Is Climate A Factor?

Right Whales Go Wrong Way; Is Climate A Factor?

A mystery is unfolding in the waters of the North Atlantic. Every summer and autumn, numbers of North Atlantic right whales gather in the waters between the eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to feed on massive amounts of zooplankton. But this year the right whales – one of the rarest and most endangered animals on earth… Read More

Gradual Climate Changes Could Cause Sudden Impacts

Gradual Climate Changes Could Cause Sudden Impacts

Abrupt shifts in the climate have already begun, with more possible by the end of this century according to a report released Tuesday by the National Research Council. At the same time, even gradual changes to the climate could reach tipping points, leading to more unforeseen impacts. The report recommends creating an early warning system, instead … Read More

What Happens When the World Dries Out

What Happens When the World Dries Out

A warmer, drier world will be bad news for those people who already live on the edge. Higher temperatures will do more than evaporate the soil moisture: they will alter the natural soil chemistry as well. Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, in Seville, Spain, and fellow scientists report in Nature that they looked at soil… Read More