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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 »

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 »

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 »

We'll Have 'Big Plants but Nothing to Eat' by 2070

Grain crops to have less nutrients in 40 to 60 years: study

(Newser) - As more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere compliments of global warming, crops will indeed grow faster, but Harvard scientists have stumbled upon a big downside, too. They placed "rings of carbon dioxide jets" amid rice, wheat, peas, and other crops around the world to study what happens when the... 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 »

What Would Happen If the Planet Went Vegetarian

LV Anderson: Things would get crazy—but what we're doing now is just as crazy

(Newser) - If it was up to PETA, the whole world would go vegan. But what if that actually happened? LV Anderson tackles the question in Slate by looking at recent relevant research, and finds that planet-wide vegetarianism or veganism would have quite a few positive ramifications: reduced greenhouse gas emissions, millions... More »

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 »

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 »

Yeah, This Is Global Warming in Action

Even freezing temps can be explained by global warming: LiveScience

(Newser) - Given the deep freeze engulfing much of the country, you may have heard more than one person scoffing about global warming. Jokes aside, climate change is still very real, LiveScience insists. In fact, scientists believe much of the cold weather can actually be explained by global warming. For one thing,... More »

Here's How Earth Could Really End: Scientists

Global warming, pandemic, fungus ... a not-fun time for everyone

(Newser) - From Planet of the Apes to After Earth, Hollywood has depicted Earth's demise many a time—but scientists' fears of planetary catastrophe are just as scary, LiveScience reports. Here are a few Doomsday scenarios as imagined by scientific minds:
  • Global warming: Scientists call this the biggest threat of all.
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In Vietnam, John Kerry Picks Fight With Climate Change

Secretary of State also relives old memories on official visit

(Newser) - John Kerry revisited Vietnam yesterday, reviving old memories and trying to maintain good relations with a former enemy—particularly over the tricky issue of climate change, Bloomberg reports. "It’s weird," he said, looking at the murky waters of the Mekong Delta, where he engaged in combat more... More »

Newfound Greenhouse Gas 7K Times Worse Than CO2

And we've been using perfluorotributylamine for decades

(Newser) - Canadian researchers have detected another greenhouse gas—and its global warming potential is extreme. Over the course of a century, "a single molecule of PFTBA has the equivalent climate impact as 7,100 molecules of CO2," says a lead author of the study that identified perfluorotributylamine. "We... More »

Carbon Tax Looming, Big Business Gets Ready to Pay Up

Dozens of US companies factoring price into financial plans

(Newser) - First came news that 90 companies are to blame for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions. Now, more than two dozen big US corporations are planning for a future that involves paying for their pollution. A survey by green-data firm CDP shows that 29 companies, including Exxon, Chevron, and Walmart,... More »

Climate Change Killing Pacific Island Nation

Businessweek profiles Kiribati, a desperate, sinking, place

(Newser) - Kiribati in the central Pacific looks like a dream vacation spot. But for its 103,000 citizens, the turquoise water surrounding the nation's 33 islands is ever creeping. Before the end of this century, it will drown most of the 310 square miles of land the I-Kiribati live on,... More »

90 Companies to Blame for 63% of Global Emissions

Chevron, BP, Exxon racked up 9% alone

(Newser) - Want to personally thank those largely responsible for putting greenhouse gases into the air? Fewer than 100 phone calls will do the trick. According to new research, 90 companies have produced 63% of the emissions of carbon dioxide and methane since the dawn of the industrial age. Chevron, BP, and... More »

Climate Change Will Pinch Food Supply: UN Panel

Draft report less optimistic than one in 2007

(Newser) - UN scientists see bad things happening to the world's food supply in the next several decades even as demand increases, reports the New York Times . A draft report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007) predicts that climate change will cut agricultural... More »

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