Climate Change

Len Hering

Rear Admiral Leendert "Len" Hering Sr. (U.S. Navy, retired), is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability is educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to secure the nation's energy independence and to preserve water, air quality and other resources. ... Read more about Len Hering

Where Has All the Ice Gone?

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Emily E. Adams
Where has all the ice gone?
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As the earth warms, glaciers and ice sheets are melting and seas are rising. Over the last century, the global average sea level rose by 17 centimeters (7 inches). This century, as waters warm and ice continues to melt, seas are projected to rise nearly 2 meters (6 feet), inundating coastal cities worldwide, such as New York, London, and Cairo. Melting sea ice, ice sheets, and mountain glaciers are a clear sign of our changing climate. ... Read more about Where Has All the Ice Gone?

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World seed banks get funds to tackle climate, other threats

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Alister Doyle
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OSLO, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Scientists have agreed on a $109 million plan to strengthen the world's biggest seed banks of crops such as rice and wheat to help protect and develop new varieties resistant to climate change and other threats.

The Global Crop Diversity Trust and the CGIAR Consortium of agricultural researchers said on Thursday that a five-year plan would help secure storage of more than 700,000 samples of crops at 11 existing gene banks from the Philippines to Belgium. ... Read more about World seed banks get funds to tackle climate, other threats

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China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

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Oliver Milman
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China and Australia top a global list of planned oil, gas and coal projects that will act as "carbon bombs" and push the planet towards catastrophic climate change, a Greenpeace report warned on Tuesday. ... Read more about China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

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Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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Claire Provost
A Filipino boy washes his face in murky waters in Manila. Inaction on the environment will accelerate global poverty, warns the UN. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA
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The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday.

The 2013 Human Development Report hails better than expected progress on health, wealth and education in dozens of developing countries but says inaction on climate change, deforestation, and air and water pollution could end gains in the world's poorest countries and communities. ... Read more about Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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UCSD Researchers: Where International Climate Policy Has Failed, Grassroots Efforts Can Succeed

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Robert Monroe
Smog in Beijing. Photo: Steven Zhang
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The world can significantly slow the pace of climate change with practical efforts to control so-called “short-lived climate pollutants” and by bringing successful Western technologies to the developing world, according to three UC San Diego scientists in the journal Foreign Affairs.

For the last two decades global diplomatic talks on climate change have struggled to make progress. Part of the problem, the scientists say, is that diplomacy has focused almost exclusively on carbon dioxide—a pollutant that is expensive and difficult to control. ... Read more about UCSD Researchers: Where International Climate Policy Has Failed, Grassroots Efforts Can Succeed

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How High Could the Tide Go?

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Justin Gillis
PREHISTORIC SHORELINES Researchers explored ancient rock formations on South Africa’s coast. They are looking for critical clues from records of past climate change to help predict sea level rise in a warming world.
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BREDASDORP, South Africa — A scruffy crew of scientists barreled down a dirt road, their two-car caravan kicking up dust. After searching all day for ancient beaches miles inland from the modern shoreline, they were about to give up.

Suddenly, the lead car screeched to a halt. Paul J. Hearty, a geologist from North Carolina, leapt out and seized a white object on the side of the road: a fossilized seashell. He beamed. In minutes, the team had collected dozens more. ... Read more about How High Could the Tide Go?

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China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

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Adam Vaughan
China consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined Photograph: US Energy Information Administration U.S. Energy Information Administration
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China now burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined.

The country's appetite for the carbon-intensive fuel rose by 9% in 2011, to 3.8bn tonnes, meaning it now accounts for 47% of worldwide coal consumption. ... Read more about China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

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Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds

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Damian Carrington
Sprinklers water crops in Bakersfield, California, during a heatwave. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images David McNew/Getty
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The world's food crisis, where 1 billion people are already going hungry and a further 2 billion people will be affected by 2050, is set to worsen as increasing heatwaves reverse the rising crop yields seen over the last 50 years, according to new research. ... Read more about Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds

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