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At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

It is already taking shape as the 21st century urban nightmare: a big storm hits a city like Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami or New York, knocking out power supply and waste treatment plants, washing out entire neighborhoods and marooning the survivors in a toxic and foul-smelling swamp. Now the world's leading scientists are suggesting that those same cit… Read More

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

A star-studded cast of Hollywood actors will for the first time "put a human face on climate change" in an ambitious new U.S. television series, the show's executive producer says. “Years of Living Dangerously” begins in the U.S. on the Showtime cable network at 10 pm on Sunday night. The first episode, which features Don Cheadle travelling to Tex… Read More

Cities Remain Indecisive on Incinerator Proposals

Cities Remain Indecisive on Incinerator Proposals

When a developer abruptly dropped plans for a waste-incineration plant in North Las Vegas, a few hundred residents fighting the plans saw victory – the end of a contentious, if short-lived, proposal. But for organizer Christie Linert it was only the beginning. The city's handling of the proposal left her concerned that her community, or others acr… Read More

World Bank: Climate Change Will ‘Lead to Battles for Food’

World Bank: Climate Change Will ‘Lead to Battles for Food’

Battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to 10 years as a result of climate change, the president of the World Bank said as he urged those campaigning against global warming to learn the lessons of how protesters and scientists joined forces in the battle against HIV. Jim Yong Kim said it was possible to cap the rise in global t… Read More

Coral Reefs in Australia Face Highest Risk in 215 Years

Coral Reefs in Australia Face Highest Risk in 215 Years

High ocean temperatures off the West Australian coast are “unprecedented since at least 1795” and pose a significant threat to the state’s coral reefs, scientists say. Core samples taken from coral colonies around the Houtman-Abrolhos Islands, west of Geraldton, have provided scientists with records of ocean temperature and sea levels going back 2… Read More

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

NASA researchers have used a new satellite technique to see where the most productive plant-growing regions in the world are. For a few months every year, it turns out the U.S. Corn Belt has the most prolific plant growth on the planet, beating out even the ever-green Amazon. The surprising discovery not only gives the Midwest a feather in its cap,… Read More

Rains Won’t Quell California Wildfire Season

Rains Won’t Quell California Wildfire Season

Where there is drought in the West, major wildfires are sure to ignite. 2014, just like last year, promises to be another year of destructive wildland blazes in the states where drought has hit the hardest over the last several years: California, Arizona and New Mexico. The rest of the country, however, can expect a nearly-normal or below normal f… Read More

Old Masters’ Paintings Hide Clues to a Past Climate

Old Masters’ Paintings Hide Clues to a Past Climate

Deep red sunsets offer more than just a stunning backdrop for Old Masters' paintings: They can tell how dirty the air was when the painter picked up the brush. The degree of red in the skies depicted in historic paintings offers a proxy for pollution levels in the Earth's past atmosphere, according to a study published Tuesday. What's more, artists… Read More