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Global warming is so much worse than we thought. Here’s the chart that proves it

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Simran Khosla
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If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to freak out about the environment, that time is probably now.

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013, the greatest increase since 1984, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). ... Read more about Global warming is so much worse than we thought. Here’s the chart that proves it

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The Nature Conservancy: Follow this Urban Water Blueprint

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Mark Tercek
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This year's record droughts in California and Brazil are just the latest reminder of the growing water crisis. Today, 25 percent of the world's largest cities are experiencing over-stressed water supplies. Almost 1 billion people face water shortages, and in 15 years, the global demand for reliable water sources will likely exceed supply by 40 percent.

 Reversing this trend will require looking beyond traditional solutions—and building alliances with unlikely partners. ... Read more about The Nature Conservancy: Follow this Urban Water Blueprint

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As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

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There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a long-standing one that becomes more intense as the world's population—and our use of natural resources—keeps booming. ... Read more about As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

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Report: Ozone Layer on Road to Recovery

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Lisa Schlein
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GENEVA - The World Meteorological Organization reports the earth'€s protective ozone layer is on track to recovery by the middle of the century. The agency says the so-called Montreal Protocol, which calls for the phase out of ozone-depleting substances is working. ... Read more about Report: Ozone Layer on Road to Recovery

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U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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Louis Charbonneau
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The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability.

The UNDP warning echoes remarks from U.S. President Barack Obama in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, in which he said there was a widening gap between rich and poor in the world's biggest economy and that while the stock market has soared, average U.S. wages have barely budged. ... Read more about U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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World Economic Forum warns of dangers in growing inequality, extreme weather

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Thomson Reuters Foundation
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DAVOS-RISKS/:World Economic Forum warns of dangers in growing inequality

* Ahead of Davos meeting, forum warns of "lost" generation

* Widening wealth gap ranked as top global risk in 2014

* Extreme weather next most likely cause of major shocks

* Threat of fiscal crises significant, but danger receding

By Ben Hirschler ... Read more about World Economic Forum warns of dangers in growing inequality, extreme weather

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Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048

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Daniel DeNoon
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The apocalypse has a new date: 2048.

That's when the world's oceans will be empty of fish, predicts an international team of ecologists and economists. The cause: the disappearance of species due to overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.

The study by Boris Worm, PhD, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, -- with colleagues in the U.K., U.S., Sweden, and Panama -- was an effort to understand what this loss of ocean species might mean to the world. ... Read more about Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048

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