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The Environment / Global Warming

Food Yields and Climate Change

Apr 11, 2011 at 07:59 | Green Futures

Even in rich countries, the shadow of food insecurity has returned, threatening to bring to an end a golden era of plenty. It had been quite a success story, with…

Inaction on climate change is risky business

Feb 18, 2011 at 08:15 | William Becker

Like a family that has no homeowner’s insurance, no fire detectors, a gas leak in the basement and a bad case of denial, the global community remains unprepared for irreversible…

How High Could Temperatures Rise

Jan 18, 2011 at 08:11 | Andy Soos

In the ancient past temperatures on Earth appeared to have been much warmer than today. It is possible that temperatures may rise as high as then based on current climate…

The Big Winners in the Climate Change Money Game

Jan 12, 2011 at 10:29 | Al Fin

The amount of money being spent on climate change research this year is astounding. I urge you to read the document yourself. Here is the question to take away: what…

Rivers are a Major Contributor to Greenhouse Gases

Dec 27, 2010 at 10:01 | Andy Soos

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a chemical compound with the formula N2O. At room temperature, it is a colorless non-flammable gas, with a slightly sweet odor and…

Cancun Climate Talks Prove Sceptics Wrong, But There is Still a Long Way to Go

Dec 24, 2010 at 09:26 | SciDev SciDev

The modest achievements of last week's climate talks in Mexico must not create a false sense of complacency. Ever since the high-profile collapse of last year's climate talks in Copenhagen,…

Deep Divide Over Kyoto Protocol Causing Trouble in Cancun

Dec 11, 2010 at 10:05 | Carbon Finance

UN climate talks in Cancún are making progress towards a future agreement, but a deep divide over the Kyoto Protocol is souring the prospects for a positive conclusion to this…

Future of UN climate talks hangs in the balance in Cancun

Dec 08, 2010 at 10:04 | Carbon Finance

The role of the UN in crafting an international response to climate change hangs in the balance, as negotiations commence in Cancún amid low expectations for progress. Invoking the Mayan…

The Compost Bomb: Peat and Global Warming

Dec 06, 2010 at 08:52 | Andy Soos

Peat, or turf, is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation matter. Peat forms in wetland bogs, moors, and peat swamp forests. Peat is harvested as an important source of fuel…

The Impact Climate Change has on Food Supplies

Nov 30, 2010 at 08:27 | SciDev SciDev

Understanding how carbon dioxide impacts food quality is vital to tackle malnutrition effectively, says agricultural researcher Lewis Ziska. Researchers are focusing much attention on how to adapt agriculture to ensure…

CO2 Emissions Increase in 2010

Nov 25, 2010 at 11:16 | David Gabel

During the heart of the recession in 2009, CO2 emissions fell as economic activity slowed. Now that the world is seeing modest signs at recovery, the pace of economic activity…

Climate Change Threatens Economic Disruption Greater than the Financial Meltdown

Nov 24, 2010 at 10:29 | Charlotte Dudley

More than 250 of the world’s leading investors have issued an impassioned plea for policy action ahead of the UN climate talks this month, warning that inaction will risk economic…

The Impact of Climate Change on Water Supplies

Nov 22, 2010 at 09:03 | SciDev SciDev

For centuries, food production — and thus social development — has depended heavily on access to the water needed to grow crops or rear livestock. Having enough water is only…

An Optimistic View on Tackling Climate Change

Oct 29, 2010 at 12:27 | Open Democracy

Man-made climate change faces us with unprecedented challenges. A global warming of significantly more than 2°C might trigger irreversible tipping points in the Earth system and cause a transformation of…

The Global Warming Scam Hit by More Scandal

Oct 19, 2010 at 10:40 | Brian Westenhaus

For the scientifically adept and honest people global warming is a huge embarrassment.  Not only have the main base perpetrators been caught but also the institutions that house their activities…

The Effects of Population Growth and Aging on Climate

Oct 18, 2010 at 08:29 | Andy Soos

Changes in population growth and composition, including aging and urbanization, could significantly affect global emissions of carbon dioxide over the next 40 years. The research, appearing in Proceedings of the…

UK Climate Minister Calls for Massive Energy Efficiency Push, Warms to Nuclear

Sep 28, 2010 at 08:37 | Mark Nicholls

The UK’s forthcoming ‘Green Deal’ will create a quarter of a million jobs insulating homes, paid for by utilities in exchange for a share of the energy savings, according to…

Carbon Particles Effect on Global Warming

Sep 25, 2010 at 13:38 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Black carbon particles from burning oil-based fuels and biomass, particularly in developing countries, are not only a health-hazard but may also contribute to global warming. The toxicity of carbon particles…

UK Must Act Now to Adapt to Climate Change

Sep 17, 2010 at 09:05 | Jess McCabe

The UK has been urged to step up preparations for the impacts of climate change, as a report by an independent government adviser warns that little action has taken place.…

The Paradox Faced by Environmentalists

Sep 14, 2010 at 08:03 | David Gabel

The signs are all around. Many places in the world show degradation of the air, water, and soil. Species becoming extinct as natural habitats are being destroyed. The emissions of…

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