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Rising Temperatures Also Bring ... Kidney Stones?

Researchers see a link, thanks to dehydration

(Newser) - Climate change has taken blame for everything from the demise of penguins to a predicted guacamole shortage . Now, you can add kidney stones to that list. An Environmental Health Perspectives study finds that rising temperatures increase the risk of kidney stones, reports Science World Report . Researchers looked at 60,000... More »

Get Worried: Jellyfish Population Is Booming

Climate change may be increasing their numbers

(Newser) - The sting of a Chironex fleckeri box jellyfish, which live around Australia and the Philippines, can kill you within three minutes—and Australia's seen an increase in jellyfish numbers lately. In Sweden and Israel, vast numbers of jellyfish have caused trouble at nuclear and coal power plants this year.... More »

Emperor Penguins Marching Toward Peril

Study: Climate change to cause steep population declines by 2100

(Newser) - The iconic Emperor penguin is now marching toward its own demise thanks to climate change, according to the first study to assess the creature's long-term chances. An international team of scientists studying Antarctica's Emperor penguin population is calling for the birds to be reclassified as "endangered" after... More »

5 Terms Scientists Wish You'd Stop Screwing Up

There are times when scientists are speaking a different language than the rest of us

(Newser) - Ah, science. It's ever-present in our pop-culture, and its words and phrases have become part of our everyday vernacular. There's just one problem: Scientists mostly can't stand it, because we mostly get everything wrong. Io9 asked some scientists which misuses drive them the most crazy. Here are... More »

Obama to UC Students: Time to Take on Climate

President announces $1B natural-disaster fund

(Newser) - Offering a commencement address at UC Irvine today, President Obama sought to energize students for the fight against climate change. "The question is not whether we need to act,” the president said, noting that any debate has been "put to rest." "The question is whether... More »

Mystery of West's Mammoth Ancient Lakes Solved

Study: Lower evaporation rates led to far larger lakes

(Newser) - During the period known as the Last Glacial Maximum some 21,000 years ago, mammoth lakes spread out across large swaths of the West, and scientists have long wondered why the now-dry lakes used to be so big. Mystery solved: A new study finds that the reason has nothing to... More »

Rising Seas Wash Up WWII Skeletons

Climate change puts Marshall Islands at risk, official says

(Newser) - The Pacific Ocean is rising so quickly that it's washed up a little history—in the form of 26 dead soldiers from World War II, the BBC reports. At climate-change talks in Germany, Tony De Brum, foreign minister of the Marshall Islands, said spring tides did the damage: "... More »

Scientists Discover Why Koalas Hug Trees

It helps them stay cool amid Australia's heat

(Newser) - Using thermal cameras, researchers in Australia uncovered the science behind a habit that seems, well, cute: Koala bears hug trees to cool themselves. It turns out that tree trunks can be up to 12 degrees cooler than the air, and with Australia's recent hot spells rising well above 100... More »

World's Worst Polluter Moves to Cap Carbon Emissions

China's bold declaration, combined with the US' gives hope for climate talks

(Newser) - China plans to put an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions starting in 2016, the chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change told a conference in Beijing yesterday, a potentially massive development given that China is the world's top emitter. "The government will use two ways... More »

Pat Sajak: Climate Change Tweet Was 'Hyperbole'

'Wheel of Fortune' host backtracks, a little

(Newser) - Pat Sajak isn't apologizing for the controversial tweet in which he called climate change believers "unpatriotic racists," but he is backtracking—a little. "As most of you know, original Tweet was intended to parody the name-calling directed at climate skeptics. Hyperbole," the Wheel of Fortune... More »

Climate Change Could Bury, Burn US Landmarks

Group highlights 30 precious sites at risk

(Newser) - Rising seas and wildfires caused by climate change are threatening to wipe out huge swathes of American history, from prehistoric sites in Florida and Alaska to the first English colony at Jamestown to NASA sites including the Kennedy Space Center, scientists warn. A Union of Concerned Scientists report highlights 30... More »

Pat Sajak: Climate Change Believers Are 'Racists'

Also 'unpatriotic,' 'alarmists,' says Wheel of Fortune host

(Newser) - Pat Sajak: fun-loving game show host and, apparently, prolific tweeter of anti-liberal jokes. This came to much of the world's attention on Monday night, when the Wheel of Fortune host tweeted : "I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.... More »

Antarctica's Melting Speed Doubles

Compared to measurements just a few years ago

(Newser) - If we needed more disturbing news on a melting Antarctica, scientists are supplying it. Days after we learned that the melting of the West Antarctica ice sheet is apparently unstoppable , researchers find that the continent is disappearing twice as quickly as it was when last measured. Information from Europe's... More »

Rubio Flip-Flops on Climate Change

He's taken plenty of positions in recent years: Ruth Marcus

(Newser) - Just what does Marco Rubio think about climate change? It's tough to tell, given the array of stances he's taken over the years, writes Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post . On Sunday, he said he didn't "believe that human activity is causing ... dramatic changes" to our... More »

To Scientists' Horror, Antarctic Ice Begins Unstoppable Collapse

Point of no return has passed, researchers say

(Newser) - Two groups of scientists studying the West Antarctica ice sheet have come to the same chilling conclusion: The mighty glaciers have begun a thaw that will cause sea levels to rise 10 feet or more and there's nothing we can do about it. "A large sector of the... More »

The Keystone XL Controversy Is Just Stupid

Political symbolism makes a mundane issue hotbutton

(Newser) - A bipartisan energy bill is expected to go down in flames in the Senate today, thanks to yet another confrontation over the Keystone XL pipeline, the AP reports. Which probably annoys Claire Casey at the Daily Beast . "No issue better captures the dysfunction of Washington than the trumped up... More »

Rubio: Climate Change Not Our Fault

Senator says he's ready for presidency

(Newser) - Humankind isn't to blame for climate change, according to Marco Rubio: "Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed," the senator said on ABC's This Week today. "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the... More »

Google Buses Hurt the Environment

Gentrification makes the poor into reluctant drivers: Susie Cagle

(Newser) - Google touts the much-maligned buses that transport its San Francisco worker force as a sign of its green bona fides—after all, they keep employees' cars off the road. But in a high-profile lawsuit, activists are making the opposite argument: that the buses actually harm the environment because they foster... More »

White House Report: Climate Change Is Here, and It's Dire

National Climate Assessment paints picture of increasingly severe weather

(Newser) - Americans are already experiencing the harmful effects of climate change, and those effects will get worse unless something is done, according to a new National Climate Assessment issued today. The report cites increased instances of extreme weather, droughts, and heat waves as evidence of climate change's impact, and presents... More »

Wanted: Meat for a Hotter Planet

Scientists search for more resistant livestock to feed global demand for meat

(Newser) - Food scientists are on the hunt for livestock that can withstand heat—and we're not talking your Fourth of July barbecue. Rather, as the LA Times reports, they're looking for heat-resistant breeds that can be incorporated into American flocks and herds and thrive even as global temperatures spike.... More »

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