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Financial Pressure Grows on Fossil Fuel Industry

Financial Pressure Grows on Fossil Fuel Industry

The financial and economic muscle of the global fossil fuel industry’s corporate behemoths will not protect them from the costly effects of negative stigmatization if they ignore climate change pressures, according to a new academic study. The influence wielded on world stock markets by such corporations is enormous, with oil and gas companies alo… Read More

Up to Five Billion Face ‘Entirely New Climate’ by 2050

Up to Five Billion Face ‘Entirely New Climate’ by 2050

The study shows that tropical areas, which contain the richest diversity of species on the planet as well as some of the poorest countries, will be among the first to see the climate exceed historical limits — in as little as a decade from now — which spells trouble for rainforest ecosystems and nations that have a limited capacity to adapt to rapi… Read More

Breathtaking Coral Reef Panoramas Help Scientists

Breathtaking Coral Reef Panoramas Help Scientists

Relying on 21st century technology and a public-private partnership, Vever’s team is on their way towards meeting their goal of creating the most comprehensive database of coral reef health on the planet. The high definition images and data are freely available to scientists, conservation managers, and the public and will provide a comprehensive ba… Read More

Sun ‘Must Supply 10 Percent of Energy by 2025′

Sun ‘Must Supply 10 Percent of Energy by 2025′

Hard on the heels of the latest UN report on climate change, two UK scientists have proposed an ambitious plan to tackle the problem it graphically describes. Their solution? A massive and urgent international program to increase the world’s production of solar energy – to 10 perecent of total global energy supply by 2025, and to 25 percent by 203… Read More

IPCC Report Contains ‘Grave’ Carbon Budget Message

IPCC Report Contains ‘Grave’ Carbon Budget Message

In laying out a global cumulative carbon budget, the IPCC has for the first time endorsed the view of climate activists and scientists who have warned that countries cannot burn the world’s known reserves of fossil fuels without sending the climate system into a tailspin.… Read More

Tackling Climate Change ‘Would Save Millions of Lives’

Tackling Climate Change ‘Would Save Millions of Lives’

Tackling climate change would save millions of lives a year by the end of the century purely as a result of the decrease in air pollution, according to a new study. The study is published as scientists from around the globe gather in Stockholm to thrash out final details of a landmark assessment of climate science. Their final report is due to be … Read More

History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

As the world warms, weather patterns will change. The already arid Middle East and American West will get even drier, and so will the well-watered Amazon region. Monsoon Asia and equatorial Africa, wet already, will get even rainier, according to new research from Columbia University in the U.S. The oceanographer Wallace Broecker and his colleague… Read More

Tiny Plankton in the Oceans Could Have Big Impact

Tiny Plankton in the Oceans Could Have Big Impact

Some of the most minute forms of marine life may have a significant effect both on more developed creatures and on the oceans’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide. An international team of scientists has found that the smallest species of plankton thrive when levels of CO2, the main greenhouse gas from human sources, rise and increase the acidity of … Read More