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Lima climate change talks reach global warming agreement

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:37:35 -0800
© CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images Country representatives clap at the closure and approval of the proposed compromise document handed out during the marathon UN talks in order to meet the final goal of the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences on Sunday.

How will climate change transform agriculture?

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:27:33 -0800
Climate change impacts will require major but very uncertain transformations of global agriculture systems by mid-century, according to new research.

The great Lima climate change shakedown

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:29:04 -0800
The global warming brigades from around the world gathered last week at a United Nations climate change conference in Lima to save the planet. The nations from across the planet were supposed to link hands and all would agree to slash their green house gas emissions.

New study finds parallels between past and present climate change

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:08:14 -0800
There's an element of déjà vu in the most recent political news on climate change: UN-led talks, like the recent Lima summit, that end with disgruntled environmentalists and plans for yet another summit. At this point, our best hope is to mitigate the effects of global warming (which is occurring faster than previously thought ) and, if possible, keep temperature rises to a maximum of 2° C (3.6° ...

Global warming

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:51 -0800
The most authoritative studies on global climate change have been those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of several thousand scientists commissioned by the United Nations.   In its report in 2007, the IPCC concluded that “the evidence of global warming is now unequivocal,” and that the major contributor is human activity.  The debate over human influence was ...

Past global warming similar to today's

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:32:13 -0800
Sediment cores that were drilled from Wyoming's Bighorn Basin and then sectioned for study are shown at a repository at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Reindeer herders of northern Europe confront climate change

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:35:30 -0800
The Sámi people make their living on reindeer herding and fishing in northern Europe. Unfortunately, the environment that the Sámi depend on, and thus the Sámi culture, is being threatened by  climate change  and land rights issues. But they've had some success fighting back. 

To Cool a Warming Planet, Give Developing Countries a Voice (Op-Ed)

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:20:06 -0800
Raghu Murtugudde is executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Forecasting System at the University of Maryland Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. It was in 1992 that the world first came together, in Rio de Janeiro, to address global warming through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ...

Alberta Extends Climate Change Rules, Including $15 Tonne Carbon Levy

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:01:07 -0800
EDMONTON - Alberta has extended its climate-change regulations, including the carbon levy on large emitters, for another six months. The regulations had been set to expire at the end of the year but will now be kept in force through June 2015. Premier Jim Prentice had promised the changes by the end of the year, but said Friday that more time is needed to analyze options on a revised climate ...

Tropical deforestation threatens global food production

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:55:20 -0800
ROME - Tropical deforestation in the southern hemisphere is accelerating global warming and threatening world food production by distorting rainfall patterns across Europe, China and the US Midwest, a study released on Thursday said. By 2050, deforestation could lead to a 15 per cent drop in rainfall in tropical regions including the South American Amazon, Southeast Asia and Central Africa, the ...

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