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Fracking Lobbyists Prep Case Against Matt Damon Movie

Fracking Lobbyists Prep Case Against Matt Damon Movie

Hollywood's discovery of fracking has caused some unease in the oil and gas industry — even in the midst of America's energy boom. A leading lobby group, Energy in Depth, has put out a "cheat sheet" of pro-fracking talking points to counter any bad publicity that may arise following the release of the new Matt Damon film, Promised Land. The film, … Read More

Soaring Temps in West Antarctica May Fuel Sea Level Rise

Soaring Temps in West Antarctica May Fuel Sea Level Rise

It’s a cause for serious concern, say the study’s authors: West Antarctica holds enough fresh water to raise sea level by 11 feet if all the ice melted, and even a fraction of that amount could prove catastrophic to coastal areas where hundreds of millions of people live.… Read More

Car Emissions Killing Millions in China and India

Car Emissions Killing Millions in China and India

An explosion of car use has made fast-growing Asian cities the epicentre of global air pollution and become, along with obesity, the world's fastest growing cause of death according to a major study of global diseases. In 2010, more than 2.1m people in Asia died prematurely from air pollution, mostly from the minute particles of diesel soot and … Read More

Extreme Heat Contributes to Rare Childhood Blindness

Extreme Heat Contributes to Rare Childhood Blindness

Women pregnant during heat waves face a higher risk of giving birth to babies with a rare defect causing blindness, according to new research. The study, surveying 15 years of birth defect records in New York state, offers troubling implications for a warmer climate. … Read More

It’s Not Too Late to Limit Global Temperatures - But Almost

It’s Not Too Late to Limit Global Temperatures - But Almost

For a couple of years now, climate scientists have agreed that to avoid the most serious consequences of global warming we need to cap the planet’s average temperature at no more than 2 degrees C (or 3.6°F) above where it stood in the 1800s. The temperature has already risen by about 1°C -- the longer we wait to rein in greenhouse-gas emissions, th… Read More

Drought to Last Into 2013; Impacts Expected to Intensify

Drought to Last Into 2013; Impacts Expected to Intensify

After another week of low rainfall and high temperatures in the Midwest and Great Plains, it is all but guaranteed that this year will end with more than half of the area in the lower 48 states still under drought conditions. Now, as the drought is poised to enter 2013, climatologists expect its impacts to worsen as it lasts through the winter. … Read More

NOAA: 2012 To Rank as Second Costliest Year Since 1980

NOAA: 2012 To Rank as Second Costliest Year Since 1980

While the total number of billion dollar natural disasters is down from 2011, when there were a record 14 such events, costing a total of about $60 billion, the economic losses this year are expected to exceed last year, largely due to the massive economic toll caused by Hurricane Sandy and the widespread drought… Read More

A Year After Flooding, Commerce on Mississippi Imperiled

A Year After Flooding, Commerce on Mississippi Imperiled

It was only a year ago that there was record flooding along the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries. Heavy rainfall combined with spring snowmelt to cause the mighty Mississippi to overflow its banks, damaging towns and farmland that line the waterway.… Read More