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Polar vortex in the US could be the result of global warming

January 8th, 2014

While the ongoing cold snap is breaking records from Minnesota to Florida, it will not go down in history as the most significant Arctic outbreak in U.S. history, not even by a longshot.

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Yale event examines climate change in New England and asks ‘what’s next’?

October 22nd, 2013

How will global warming affect New England in the 21st century and how is the region preparing for the coming changes?

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Let’s start treating climate change like the enemy

May 13th, 2013

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is hovering at a landmark 400 parts per million, a level never before experienced by human beings. Scientists say we’re playing with fire, risking the planet’s future if we don’t start to lower the greenhouse gas levels forcing climate change. How should we react to this news? First, we need to envision climate change more accurately, as a deadly threat.

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What Americans think of Obama’s plan to fight climate change

February 13th, 2013

“For the sake of our children we must do more to combat climate change,” Obama declared in his State of the Union Address. It turns out a majority of Americans agree with him, according to post SOTUS poll.

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Turns out, Americans ARE concerned about climate change

October 16th, 2012

Dunno how we missed this one, but last month a major re-check of American sentiment on climate change found that a whopping 74 percent — despite all the jokes and dissembling haunting the official dialogue on the topic — think that climate change is “affecting weather in the United States.”

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Majority of undecided voters call global warming important in U.S. election, poll says

September 24th, 2012

The majority of undecided voters in the U.S. presidential race say that the candidates’ views on global warming will be an important factor in determining how they vote, according to a new poll. While very few participants called global warming their…

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Polar ice cap could be gone in a decade

August 31st, 2012

Scientists studying the record loss of Arctic sea ice this summer say it could be game over for the frozen North Pole within “a decade or two.”

Sea ice declined more than ever this summer, signaling that the ice cap at the North Pole may vanish within "a decade or two" according to scientists.

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Greenpeace activists board Arctic oil platform in Save the Arctic campaign

August 24th, 2012

Greenpeace International activists boarded the Russian oil drilling platform operated by Gazprom today to demonstrate the group’s opposition to drilling in the arctic.

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Greenland’s ice sheets show dramatic melting in July

July 25th, 2012

Signs of global warming have hit Greenland hard this year, with 97 percent of the ice sheet surface experiencing thawing by July 12, according to NASA.

Satellites revealed extensive, sudden surface melting in Greenland in mid-July 2012 (Image: NASA)

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Cornell study finds that natural gas can help slow global warming quickly

July 10th, 2012

ITHACA, N.Y. – No matter how you drill it, using natural gas as an energy source is a smart move in the battle against global climate change and a good transition step on the road toward low-carbon energy from wind, solar and nuclear power.

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The top environmental story of 2011 — and probably 2012 too

December 30th, 2011

If you’re wondering what to worry about in the coming year, look no further than the eco-landscape.
Climate change, species extinctions, ocean acidification, forestry losses, soil erosion and air pollution. We humans, now 7 billion strong, are pushing the planet hard, creating a brew of intractable environmental issues that threaten our way of life, and ultimately our survival.
Grim? It doesn’t get much more so.
There were bright moments in 2011. A sampling:

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Arctic report card shows ‘profound changes,’ accelerated warming

December 2nd, 2011

The world’s frozen Arctic has reached a “new state” with less ice and a darker look that portends accelerating warming for the ice cap and the planet, according to a 2011 assessment by 121 international scientists.

This changing marine climate contains less ice and more open water. That has produced more plankton which helps feed whales — the single positive outcome noted in the report, but threatens the survival of marine mammals dependent upon the sea ice, like the polar bear and walrus.

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