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December 16, 2014 The charts that show we're living through Earth's warmest year on record

Source: Mashable

This year is almost certain to become the warmest year the planet has had since instrument records began, and very likely for at least 4,000 years before that.

December 11, 2014 Study: 270,000 Tons of Plastic Floating in Oceans

Source: ABC News

A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. That's enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks. The plastic is broken up into more than 5 trillion pieces, said the study published...

December 8, 2014 California drought, high temperatures create worst conditions in 1,200 years: study

Source: Reuters

A combination of record high temperatures and sparse rainfall during California’s three-year drought have produced the worst conditions in 1,200 years, according to a study accepted for publication by the American Geophysical...

December 5, 2014 Long-term environmental damage by CO2 emissions: Study

KhaleejTimes - CO2 emissions cause global temperatures to increase for about a decade, but then temperatures stay high for a long time. Washington -Refuting common misconceptions that todayâs carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...

December 4, 2014 Poll: 83% of Americans say climate is changing

Source: USA Today

Eight out of 10 Americans now believe the climate is changing, according to a new survey conducted for Munich Re America, the world's largest reinsurance firm.

December 4, 2014 How to calculate the impact of carbon emissions

forumblog.org - It's one of the most important questions we all face. It lies at the heart of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 5th report on climate science, which appeared in 2013. The lead author of the report,...

December 3, 2014 New book examines how preparing for disaster is key to bouncing back - text/video

Source: PBS NewsHour

Only communities that prepare for the unpredictable -- from health scares to cyber attacks -- can quickly bounce back. But how can we flip the paradigm for dealing with disaster? Author Judith Rodin joins Gwen Ifill for a...

December 2, 2014 Research confirms how global warming links to carbon emissions

Source: PHYS.org

Research by the University of Liverpool has identified, for the first time, how global warming is related to the amount of carbon emitted.

December 2, 2014 Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction

Source: The Daily Beast

The potential losses of species are on a scale that is rivaled by only a few events in the last 500 million years of Earth’s history. Five times during that span, the majority of species on the planet vanished in a short interval...

December 1, 2014 Geoengineering Doesn’t Provide ‘Magic Bullet’ for Global Warming

Source: Bloomberg

Geoengineering, which includes spraying sea salt or sulphate aerosols into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight, won’t provide a “magic bullet” to combat climate change, a University of Oxford study shows.

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