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Climate change and the developing world

  The United Nations Development Program has concluded that the development progress of the world’s poorest nations could level off or even be reversed by the middle of this century if aggressive actions are not taken to mitigate climate change now.  According to a spokesperson for the U.N., this should create a strong motivation for

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In new stance, water board advises on planning for risks of climate change

Texas is experiencing a year long drought that has the potential to continue for years into the future.   According to Texas state climatologist, John Nielsen-Gemmon,  this past year’s low precipitation levels did not sufficiently replenish many reservoirs and aquifers.  If the drought persists into next year, a scenario which is becoming more probable every day,

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Increased use of air conditioners to produce more greenhouse gases

As temperatures rise, air conditioner usage also increases. The increased air conditioner use requires more energy, which in turn results in greater emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions have led to an increase in Earth’s temperature, approximately 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last century. Warming is projected to continue into

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Scientists predict faster retreat for Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier

  A new study in Geophysical Research Letters shows that the retreat of Antarctica’s fast-flowing Thwaites Glacier is expected to speed up within 20 years, once the glacier detaches from an underwater ridge that is currently holding it back. Thwaites Glacier, which drains into west Antarctica’s Amundsen Sea, is being closely watched for its potential

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House Seeks to Forbid US Airlines from Participating in EU’s Cap & Trade System

The US House of Representatives recently passed a bill making it illegal for US airlines to participate in Europe’s emission trading scheme, which by January 1st all air carriers flying into or out of the EU will be legally required to do under EU law, as reported in a recent NY Times Green Blog.  The

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