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Indonesian Genocide Is a Factor in Global Warming

A new article by Joshua Oppenheimer blames 1965's genocide in Indonesia for the ongoing corruption that enables current-day rainforest fires. Indonesia's blooming palm-oil industry exterminates acres upon acres of virgin rainforest on a daily basis. The easiest, quickest way to do so is through forced fires that release amounts of CO2 into the atmo...
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Primates Stressed By Ancient Climate Change

Photo Credit: Science Daily New research to be published in the journal Science  links climate change during the Eocene-Oligocene period to mass migration of anthropoid primates. An article on the topic posted by Science Daily quotes K. Christopher Beard, a co-author of the report, as saying: "At some point, the geographic focal point of anthr...
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Climate Change Skeptics Worried About Economy?

A new study conducted by the American Association of Psychology found a link between American climate change skeptics and the situation of the national economy. The paper, posted on Science Daily , states that American skeptics may be more open to accepting the evidence of human-induced climate change and its effects if they believe the econom...
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Human Activity is a Major Factor in Wildfires

A new study on the wildfires in California found that humans are currently responsible for igniting over 90% of them. The findings suggest that current predictive models for wildfires in the area overstate the influence of climate change and that introducing anthropogenic factors as key drivers of wildfires allow for more accurate predictions on th...
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Denmark mulls taxing beef to fight climate change

Denmark is considering taxing beef and other red meats in an effort to fight climate change - Photo Credit: Flickr The Danish Council of Ethics, an independent advisor to the Danish government, annouced that Danes could fulfill their duty on battling climate change by reducing their meat consumption. This action would be encouraged by a new tax on ...
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2016: The Year of Living Sustainably

Photo Credit: YouTube The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the agenda of the people. It is comprised of goals and targets to improve the lives of all of us and to secure the existence of an Earth we can live in centuries from now. Hence why it is not enough to sit back and watch politicians sign agreements and engage in strategic partners...
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Climate Change Linked To Heat-induced Injuries

Death Valley, USA - Photo Credit: Pixabay A new report  by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Climate Vulnerable Forum, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), cites excessive workplace heat as  an " occupational health and productivity danger behind growing risks of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and,...
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What Happens if the World Warms Up by 2°C?

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference saw 147 countries agree to drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep global warming below 2°C, compared to pre-industrial levels. This pledge is the first move towards the development of plans and policies that seek to tilt the global economy towards cleaner, more sustainabl...
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Climate Change Threatens Urmia Lake

Urmia Lake, 2014 - Photo Credit: Wikipedia As published by the Science of Total Environment journal on April 15, "Climate change is likely to worsen the situation of the largely drought-stricken Urmia Lake in Iran. Even in the most optimistic climate change scenario and without any further human impact".  Urmia Lake used to be the second large...
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Earthquake Hits Ecuador After Weekend's Catastrophe

Photo Credit: Youtube A magnitude 6 earthquake hit Ecuador on Thursday , April 21st, after a magnitude 7.8 one last saturday. The latest quake hit 100 km north-northwest of Portoviejo and at a depth of 10 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Portoviejo is a coastal town, very near to the most affected areas by saturday's seismic a...
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Houston Flooding Linked To Climate Change

Texas. April 18th, 2016 - Photo Credit: Youtube Jake Crouch, a scientist at the U.S. government's National Centers for Environmental Information, said on an interview with Houston Public Media that " April 2016 will go down as the wettest April on record for the City of Houston" . This affirmation comes after this week's downpours in Houston, ...
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How To Prevent Global Warming: Handy Tips

Photo Credit: Flickr Disney Pixar’s Wall-E, and more recently, Paramount’s Interstellar, show a future in which mankind no longer has an Earth to call home . Years ago, a prospect like this might have seemed far-fetched. However, scientific studies have shown that if the human race doesn’t curb its emissions of greenhouse gases, not too long from n...
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Effects of Climate Change in The Future

Arctic sea ice melting: the lighter blue areas are ponds, while the darker ones are open sea - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Despite the fact that global warming and climate change are not the same, people out of the global scientific community often use both terms interchangeably. This is often employed as an awareness strategy by mass media outlets, as...
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Global Warming and Climate Change

A press release from the World Meteorological Organization describes the global average temperature in 2015 as “likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era”. The WMO also states that the years spanning 2011-2015 are bound to be the warmest five years in history an...
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Exxon Denying Climate Change

Exxon knew about climate change Exxon replaced the Esso, Enco and Humble oil companies in 1973, but its history goes back to 1859, where Standard Oil of New Jersey was founded. Exxon and later ExxonMobil has since grown to become the largest and most powerful oil company in the world, with a value of 360 billion USD, nearly 20 times that of Mozambi...
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Can organic farming feed the world?

The agribusiness and industrial farmers have for years expressed that organic farming is unprofitable, maybe OK as a tiny niche for those who are willing to pay high prices, but certainly not anything that would ever feed the world. The view of agribusiness is probably not changing much, since they earn their money on selling their products to indu...
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Local communities taking action against Climate Change

Taking action against climate change Where many governments have been slow to act against climate change, cities and localities where the community has more direct influence on politicians have started to act to limit greenhouse gasses. In July 2015, Pope Francis gathered mayors from big cities around the world, who discussed how they could make ci...
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