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9 Signs that Global Warming is no longer a debate

Global warming is for real No, that was not a wacky idea from a self-proclaimed alarmist. It is a fact with which the vast majority of the scientific community agrees. Still, so many people around the world are nitpicking at best —and flat-out disbelieving at worst —the scientific evidence on the matter. There are a number of reasons why a person c...
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Sustainable Development: Everything you need to know

Photo Credit: Pixabay As an increasingly obvious need for change fixes itself at the forefront of people’s minds, sustainable development is becoming the hot topic of the global community. The concept itself is not new: the most widely used definition for sustainable development dates from 1987, when Norway’s then Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtla...
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India's Solar Plans Receive Billion Dollar Boost

India has been granted a $1 billion loan by the World Bank to fulfill its ambitious solar power goals. Framed in the UN Climate Summit in Paris, the Asian country seeks to triple its use of renewable energy by 2030. The measure, which many countries —including Germany and the United States— have shown support for would transform India's energy indu...
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Climate Change Is Speeding Up The Spread of Lyme Disease

The deer tick carries the parasites for Lyme disease and other vector-borne illnesses - Photo Credit:  Wikipedia Warmer winters and longer summers are allowing the proliferation of deer ticks in North America, says Katharine Walter, a graduate student at Yale University. 35 years ago, the ticks —which carry the parasites for Lyme disease and d...
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ExxonMobil Backs Carbon Tax

Photo Credit: Flickr In a move that may seem surprising to many, oil giant ExxonMobil has been lobbying for the implementation of a carbon tax to curb greenhouse gas emissions. It is rumoured that the the company has chosen this path to stay clear of more restrictive oil and gas regulations, that could come as consequence of complete intransigence ...
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CO2 Turned Into Stone To Fight Climate Change

The future of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies A new study conducted in the Hellisheidi power plant in Iceland has found that carbon dioxide can be turned into stone much more quickly than previously thought, thus reducing the plant's emissios and helping in the fight against climate change. The Hellisheidi geothermal power plant has u...
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El Niño & La Niña For Dummies

News outlets over the last few months have been overflowing with reports on the impact of this year’s El Niño. The meteorological phenomenon, the strongest in 35 years, lasted 18 months and caused long droughts, unusually and unbearably high temperatures, along with water shortages and flooding around the world. In its wake, nearly 100 million peop...
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Overlooked Area of Antarctica Sees Major Ice Loss

New research on a relatively unmonitored part of Antarctica shows that the ice in the area has been melting at a faster pace —and for longer— than previously thought. The study, which appears in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, provides insight on the implications of ice loss in Antarctica for sea level rise. Amundsen Sea Embayment, A...
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Climate Change Is Threatening Canada's Indigenous Communities

Climate change is increasing the number and severity of natural disasters in Canada, says a secret briefing to the country's Indigenous Affairs Minister. Catastrophes like the May wildfires that affected Fort McMurray and Saskatchewan are particularly harmful to indigenous people living in remote reserve communities. Contrary to declarations from C...
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Top 10 Environmental Celebrity Activists

1. Leonardo DiCaprio Photo Credit: Flickr The Oscar-winning actor and one of the most notorious  environmental activists , created the Leonard DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 “to support organizations and initiatives dedicated to securing a sustainable future for our planet”  ( WWF , W/D) . Ever since, DiCaprio has been engaged with pressing ...
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What Is An Environmental Activist?

Based on the definition of “environmental activism” that appears on TheFreeDictionary.com, one can define an environmental activist as a person who advocates for, or works towards, protecting the natural environment from destruction or pollution. But really, an environmental activist is not more than a responsible person with a conscience. Photo Cr...
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Guilt Is Not Effective For Getting People Involved with Climate Change

A new study by Nick Obradovich and Scott M. Guenther has found that guilt-tripping people into thinking of climate change is not a very effective way to get them to care about it. The study, posted on the scientific journal Climatic Change, is based on two experiments conducted on members of the Audubon Society and of Mechanical Turk. In the experi...
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World Heritage Sites At Risk From Climate Change

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report on the impact climate change has had on World Heritage sites. The report, aptly titled "World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate", was mentioned in yesterday's NEWS post, after Australia censored it citing potential harm for tourism. Car...
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Report on Great Barrier Reef Disaster Censored by Australian Government

It was mentioned in this article from last week that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is experiencing its worst episode of bleaching. Ever . The combined action of climate change and weather phenomena have caused warm waters to severely damage 93% of the corals in the area. Moreover, half of the corals in the northerm part of the Reef have ...
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How Carbon Farming Can Reverse Climate Change

Carbon farming encompasses a series of practices that allow to reduce carbon emissions by sequestering said carbon underground. These practices, such as crop rotations and agroforestry can be implemented strategically to maintain or increase yields while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of plantations. This is especially important given that t...
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China's CTG Plants Pose a Threat to The Planet

CTG —which stands for coal-to-gas— technology encompasses expossing coal to controlled amounts of heat and limiting the oxygen so it breaks apart chemically rather than burning. The outcome of this process is syngas —short for synthetic natural gas—, which would reduce the air pollution generated by power plants accross the country. However, t...
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Global Warming Record Streak Hits Seven Months

April is the seventh month in a streak of record breaking temperatures, reports Market Watch. The article, which uses data from the NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States, says that last month was the hottest April on record, with an average global temperature increase of 1.11 °C over the 1951-1980 a...
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Akwa Ibom State Will Host Climate Change Mega Summit in July

Akwa Ibom, a Nigerian State, will be the first sub-national government to sponsor and host a Post-COP21 National Dialogue. The event, with theme "Charting A Road Map For Sustainable Environment And Creation Of Green Jobs In Akwa Ibom State", wil be held between July 26th and July 28th, 2016 and will end with a golf tournament for climate change on ...
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This GIF Shows How Global Warming Has Sped Up!

A new animated GIF by Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom, shows a spiral model of global warming. The animation, made with data from the UK Met Office, illustrates this pressing issue in way that is easier to understand for the public at large.  On the wake of COP 21 and the 2030 Agenda for Sust...
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Global Warming Facts

Photo Credit: Pixabay In previous articles, causes and effects of both climate change and global warming have been discussed. While this provides the reader with a good insight of the problem, perhaps it doesn't show how urgent it is. Read below to find a compilation of global warming facts: a series of things that are happening right now related t...
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