PARIS CLIMATE TALKS OUR LAST CHANCE, PACIFIC LEADERS SAY...

A community in Kiribati building a stone seawall at a coral atoll to protect its shore against a sea level rise

Pacific leaders said Monday that upcoming climate talks in Paris are the last chance for the world to reach an agreement that can save their vulnerable island nations.

 
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EARTH LOST HALF ITS TREES TO HUMANS...

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A global map of tree density. Credit: Crowther, et al
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A new global census of all the trees on Earth estimates that more than 3 trillion call this "pale blue dot" home. But the total number of trees on the planet has dropped by almost 50 percent since human civilization began.

 

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SARAH PALIN: WHAT OBAMA MISSED ON HIS ALASKA TRIP...

 

Washington (CNN)Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took issue with President Barack Obama's visit to her state, saying he missed some key points while in the region.

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HERE’S WHY THE NORTHEAST’S NEXT WINTER IS GOING TO BE FREAKISHLY COLD...

The eastern U.S. may see winter extremes—such as these human-size icebergs on Massachusetts' Cape Cod National Seashore in 2015—for the next few decades. (Photo: Dapixara/Twitter)

New research shows that vanishing Arctic summer sea ice—a consequence of global warming—may drive extreme winters in lower latitudes for decades to come.

 

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JULY 2015 IS OFFICIALLY HOTTEST MONTH ON RECORD. EVER!

 

Raging wildfires and apocalyptic smoke. Huge algal blooms visible from space turn seafood on the Pacific Northwest toxic. California’s drought. Alberta’s drought. Alberta’s floods.

There’s no doubt: it’s hot and weird out.

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POLITICS IN ALASKA, OBAMA TO WALK FINE LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY...

With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.

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PEABODY ENERGY 'EXPERTS' SOW DOUBT ABOUT REALITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

According to publicly available court records, US coal company Peabody Energy recently submitted expert testimony to the Minnesota Public Utilities commission arguing that, ”CO2 is not harmful and is actually good for the planet” and that “there is no empirical scientific evidence for significant climate effects of rising CO2 levels, and there is no convincing evidence that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) will produce catastrophic climate changes.”

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NASA SAYS THREE FEET OF SEA LEVEL RISE IS UNAVOIDABLE...

Waves batter the seawall at Wimereux, on the Channel coasts of the United Kingdom and northern France. (Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

Scientists say coastal cities around the world are all but certain to face catastrophic flooding in the coming decades.

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A LIVING CARPET OF GREEN SLIME EXPANDS ACROSS LAKE ERIE...

(Photo: Michigan Sea Grant/Flickr)

Scientists worry that the near-record algae bloom could poison water supplies, as it did in 2014.

 

Summer blooms of algae in Lake Erie are nothing new. But the most severe algae outbreak in the past decade is now under way, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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THE COMING ERA OF UNLIMITED — AND FREE — CLEAN ENERGY...


Solar energy is ready for primetime. (Nicky Loh/Bloomberg)

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones.  McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant.  It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out.  McKinsey was wrong, of course.  There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use in 2000; there are billions now.  Costs have fallen so far that even the poor — all over world — can afford a cellular phone.

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