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UN Panel: Cost to Fight Climate Change Still 'Modest'

But only if the world acts soon, experts say

(Newser) - The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the UN's expert panel on climate change said today. Such gases, mainly CO2 from the burning... More »

Villain That Nearly Killed All Life on Earth Is ... Tiny

Methane-producing microbe gets the blame 250M years ago

(Newser) - Name your favorite culprit for the mass extinction that wiped out nearly every life form on Earth 250 million years ago. A spectacular asteroid, perhaps? Massive volcanic eruptions? Both are popular theories, but a new study encourages sleuths of the Permian era to think much, much smaller, reports the Guardian... More »

UN: No One on Planet Will Avoid Climate Woes

'Pervasive' impacts include hit to food security

(Newser) - There was no mincing of words in what is the second of three reports on climate change to come from a UN group: Climate change is going to have "severe, pervasive, and irreversible" effects on the world in the decades to come, reads the report from the Intergovernmental Panel... More »

Why the World Should Be Worried About Bangladesh

Poor nation will be amongst those hardest hit by climate change

(Newser) - Bangladesh only produces 0.3% of the world's greenhouse gases. But few nations are poised to suffer more as sea levels rise due to climate change, the New York Times points out, in an in-depth piece on the nation's plight. The country is extremely flat, low, prone to... More »

Last Stable Part of Greenland Ice Sheet No Longer Stable

It's losing 10B tons of ice every year

(Newser) - A startling change uncovered in the world's second-largest ice sheet means rising sea levels are set to accelerate, researchers warn. A new study finds that the northeast Greenland ice sheet, once thought to be the only remaining stable part of the ice sheet, has been shedding a staggering 10... More »

How Volcanoes Can Save Life, Too

Study suggests they protected Antarctic bugs and plants during ice ages

(Newser) - Volcanoes are usually in the news for their destructive power , but a new study suggests they've got some protective power to boast of as well. Scientists think that bugs and plants have survived Antarctica's ice ages only because they found warmth near live volcanoes, reports AFP . They did... More »

Malaria Reaching Higher Altitudes

Rising temperatures open up new heights to parasite

(Newser) - Efforts to eradicate malaria are going to be hit hard by rising temperatures that open up new altitudes to the mosquitoes that carry the disease, researchers warn. Both mosquitoes and the malaria parasite struggle in chillier temperatures, and a new study has found that the disease climbs to higher elevations... More »

New Theory in Minnesota's 'Alarming' Moose Die-Off

Wildlife biologist: Brain worm may be behind drop in numbers

(Newser) - It's a story that's been gathering steam: Something is killing America's moose . And as we wrap up a particularly frozen winter in Minnesota, where moose are dying at "an alarming rate," the New York Times looks at the seeming incongruity of the situation. Moose are... More »

Chipotle Guacamole: New Climate Casualty?

Company warns it may have to stop serving it

(Newser) - How's this for a real-world casualty of climate change? Chipotle is warning that it might have to stop serving guacamole, reports ThinkProgress . In its annual report, the chain warned investors that events "associated with climate change" are driving up the price of all kinds of ingredients—including avocado—... More »

It's Time to Cash In on Climate Change

Someone has to lose; it might as well be those in denial, Barry Ritholtz argues

(Newser) - How should you react to the looming threat of climate change? By whipping out your checkbook and investing, Barry Ritholtz at Bloomberg argues. "Change and confusion equals opportunity," he argues, and there are already a host of innovative companies preparing for the crisis. He recommends McKenzie Funk's... More »

Actually, That Was the 4th-Warmest January Ever

And the 347th straight month above 20th-century averages

(Newser) - This may be hard to believe if you live in the Eastern US, but that was the fourth-warmest January ever for the overall planet, the New York Times reports. The Goddard Institute for Space Studies actually pegs it as the third warmest since 1880, behind only 2002 and 2003, according... More »

Hating Winter? Blame the Weaker Jet Stream

And climate change may be the cause, says Rutgers scientist

(Newser) - A change in the world's so-called jet stream may be causing our incredibly bitter winter, with a little help from climate change. Professor Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University gave a talk in Chicago yesterday saying that the jet stream—a high-speed air current in northern latitudes—has been weakening... More »

Kerry Rips Climate Change Deniers as 'Flat Earthers'

Says the science is undeniable, warming is 'most fearsome' WMD

(Newser) - John Kerry delivered an urgent call to action on global warming today, calling it the "most fearsome" WMD we face, and sternly backhanding those who don't believe climate change is happening as "flat Earthers." "The science is unequivocal," Kerry said, "and those who... More »

Scientists: Here's Why Climate Change 'Paused'

High winds are forcing heat underwater—at least for now

(Newser) - Global-warming skeptics, en garde: A new study says that the recent pause in global warming is caused by strong trade winds in the Pacific Ocean that will eventually subside, the Guardian reports. According to the study , sharply higher winds in the central and eastern parts of the Pacific have pushed... More »

Study: Climate Change Killing Penguins

Wetter storms, warmer temperatures taking a toll in Argentina, say researchers

(Newser) - Researchers who have spent nearly 30 years studying a major penguin colony on the coast of Argentina say climate change is taking a real toll on the animals, reports LiveScience . In their study published in PLoS One , the researchers say wetter storms that are particularly deadly for young chicks are... More »

How Climate Change Fueled Syria's Uprising

Drought created refugees who were 'willing recruits' against Assad: Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - Before the uprising against Bashar al-Assad, Syria was stuck in a four-year drought the UN reportedly called the country's worst in decades. In 2008, a US embassy cable revealed by WikiLeaks predicted potential mass migration due to the weather—and the cable was right. "By 2010, roughly 1... More »

Obama Losing Allies in Climate Groups

But the fossil-fuel industry isn't a big fan right now either

(Newser) - President Obama may be stuck between a melting icecap and a hard place. Environmental groups have grown weary of the administration's "all of the above" energy strategy—which has seen it hold tight to domestic natural gas, oil, and coal production even as it works to limit coal-fired... More »

Doomsday Clock Hovers at 5 Mins. to Midnight

Technology can save or destroy humanity, keepers warn

(Newser) - We're no closer or further away from Armageddon than we were this time last year, according to the keepers of the Doomsday Clock, who have decided to leave it at an alarming 5 minutes to midnight. The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which runs... More »

Florida's Mangroves Head North

Expansion is thanks to fewer cold days: scientists

(Newser) - The world's mangroves—rich tropical ecosystems made up of trees and shrubs—tend to be shrinking in dramatic fashion, but Florida's mangroves seem to have bucked the trend, the Smithsonian reports. In fact, they're expanding to the north along the Atlantic coast. The state's mangroves typically... More »

How's the Weather in Mordor? Think Texas

Scientists release Tolkien climate study in Elvish, Dwarvish, too

(Newser) - If you're planning a trip to Mordor, you'd be well-advised to check the weather in West Texas. The two areas have similar climates, say scientists in Britain who have determined the likely climate across JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth, releasing their results in Elvish and Dwarvish , along with... More »

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