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Are We on the Path to Peak Water?

Are We on the Path to Peak Water?

Many scientists and experts fear that humanity is reaching the point of peak water — the point at which freshwater is being consumed faster than it is being replenished or available. In the infographic above we take a look at the amount of water use around the world. Can we cut back before we reach the point of no return?… Read More

Climate Change Threatens Fish Living Near the Equator

Climate Change Threatens Fish Living Near the Equator

Lying in a hot bath may be a pleasant experience, because you can always get out when you’ve had enough. For some of the fish that swim in equatorial seas, though, that is not an option: climate change threatens to make the water not just uncomfortable, but unendurable. An international team of researchers based in Australia reports in Global Chan… Read More

Study Sounds ‘El Niño Alarm’ For Late This Year

Study Sounds ‘El Niño Alarm’ For Late This Year

Although they occur in the equatorial tropical Pacific Ocean, the effects of El Niño events can reverberate around the globe, wreaking havoc with typical weather patterns. El Niños can cause California to be pummeled by Pacific storm systems, for example, while leaving eastern Australia at greater risk of drought.… Read More

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

A weekly slideshow showcasing six top climate stories from around the world. … Read More

Watch 63 Years of Global Warming in 14 Seconds

Watch 63 Years of Global Warming in 14 Seconds

Updated to include 2013, this 14-second animation from our friends at NASA depicts how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1950. You’ll note an acceleration of the temperature trend in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide and clean air laws reduced emissions of pollutants that had a … Read More

Record Number of Billion-Dollar Disasters Globally in 2013

Record Number of Billion-Dollar Disasters Globally in 2013

The past year saw the highest number of billion-dollar weather disasters across the globe. However, despite the high number of events, overall loss of life and property were comparative low to years past. In all, 41 weather events caused $1 billion or more in damage in 2013 according to a report recently released by Aon Benfield, a reinsurance gro… Read More

Adapting to Sea Level Rise Could Save Trillions by 2100

Adapting to Sea Level Rise Could Save Trillions by 2100

Floods already pose major problems for coastal communities each year. Those issues are only likely to grow as oceans continue to rise, threatening millions of people and trillions of dollars in infrastructure. But new research suggests that building levees could stave off huge losses at a minimal cost. Coasts are home to more than 1 billion people… Read More

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