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Scientists Call for Overhaul of U.N. Climate Reports

Scientists Call for Overhaul of U.N. Climate Reports

The reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are compiled by hundreds of scientists and are considered the definitive assessment of global climate risks, with the next big report due to be released in Stockholm this month.… Read More

Flights in the Pacific Fingered as a Big Climate Culprit

Flights in the Pacific Fingered as a Big Climate Culprit

The new findings come at a time when the aviation industry, which has the fastest-growing emissions within the transportation sector, is considering regulatory proposals to slow and eventually reduce its global warming footprint. The European Commission has projected that by 2020, despite gains in fuel efficiency, global international aviation emis… Read More

Carbon Storage Studies Grapple with Politics, Geology

Carbon Storage Studies Grapple with Politics, Geology

The DOE's goal is bigger than just locating the underground rock formations that may have potential for storing carbon dioxide and learning how much carbon dioxide they can hold. The agency wants to prove that 99 percent of carbon dioxide injected underground will stay there permanently because there's wide concern that carbon dioxide stored beneat… Read More

Rising Levels of Acids in Seas May Endanger Marine Life

Rising Levels of Acids in Seas May Endanger Marine Life

Rapidly rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are causing a potential catastrophe in our oceans as they become more acidic, scientists have warned. Hans Poertner, professor of marine biology at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, and co-author of a new study of the phenomenon, told the Guardian: "The current rate of change is likely… Read More

Fukushima’s Radioactive Legacy is Just Beginning

Fukushima’s Radioactive Legacy is Just Beginning

The discovery at the plant of a leak of radioactive caesium eight times more dangerous than the levels immediately after the Fukushima accident in March 2011 has aroused international concern that Japan is incapable of containing the aftermath of the accident. A Chinese statement expressed shock at the news and urged Japan to be more open about… Read More

Wildfire Videos, Mega Canyons, Energy Plans and More

Wildfire Videos, Mega Canyons, Energy Plans and More

Stunning wildfire imagery, a look at Greenland's newly found canyon, and details on Obama's energy strategy … Read More

Saving Reefs by Enlisting Citizens as New Scientists

Saving Reefs by Enlisting Citizens as New Scientists

Ever wanted to see a coral reef up close? What until now has been a privilege reserved to a small minority is about to become something millions of us can (virtually) do. Scientists have hit on a way to harness 360-degree panoramas from Google’s underwater street-view format in order to let anyone with access to a computer see reefs in real time … Read More

Air Conditioning Rise May Raise Temperatures

Air Conditioning Rise May Raise Temperatures

As the world swelters, so will energy demand rise: the heat extremes generated by climate change are likely to raise the global demand for air conditioning by 72 percent. So people will generate more heat and release more carbon dioxide just to stay cool as the thermometer soars. Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan began asking questions … Read More