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Global Warming is Real : Get the Facts Now

Global warming is the challenge of our times. It is important not as an isolated, ambiguous theory or political wedge issue but how the reality of global warming impacts nearly every aspect of humanity and life on Earth. Whether it be the economy, sustainable development, politics or realizing our place in the web of life that sustains us, understanding global warming is central in meeting the challenge and opportunities of the 21st century.

Global Warming is Real (GWIR) is designed for you, the concerned citizen, as the go-to resource for news, commentary and education on all aspects of global warming. From first-hand reporting and thoughtful commentary to the latest in climate science and solutions, GWIR touches on a range of issues including climate change, managing population growth, alternative energy, battling the politics of denial, and more. Awareness is the first step in facing the challenge of global warming. Within that challenge is an opportunity to build a better world for ourselves and for the generations that follow.

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EarthTalk: Should We Blame the California Drought on Environmentalists?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists like some conservatives have suggested?   — Betsy Martin, Butte, MT While no one questions that California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in
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Infographic: Gas Flaring Worldwide

The problem of gas flaring Gas flaring, or the venting of natural gas, is a common process associated with oil extraction and other industrial activities. In the United States, gas flaring has grown right along with the boom in “tight oil” plays such as North Dakota’s Bakken field. Of course, flaring gas is not limited to the U.S. but is a
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Arctic Sea Ice Loss Raises Prospect of a Colder Europe

Arctic warming and sea ice loss is reducing ocean-atmosphere heat exchange and the flow of ocean waters that fuel the Gulf Stream and Atlantic Meridional Overtuning Circulation, according to groundbreaking new oceanographic climate research. That raises the prospect of a much colder Europe,

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EarthTalk: The Potential of Kinetic Energy

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard about a cafe in the Netherlands that harvests so-called “kinetic” energy from its revolving door to power its interior lights. Is there potential for “kinetic” energy to provide significant amounts of electricity to help replace fossil fuels?
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Stalwart GOP climate deniers such as James Inhofe have lost all vestige of credibility

Papal Encyclical Deprives the GOP of its Last Vestige of Legitimacy

Climate denying Republicans can no longer take refuge in religion. Those who eschew the virtues of science have been morally defrocked by the Pope’s recent rejection. In the process of calling for bold environmental action, the Pope has admonished conservative critics in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Pope squarely addressed Republican climate deniers when he said, “It must be said
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Analysis Shows Benefits, Costs of Climate Change Action, Inaction

12,000 deaths a year in 49 US cities could be avoided if strong actions to reduce GHG emissions and address climate warming, according to a peer-reviews analysis released Monday by the EPA’s Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis project. That’s just one benefit. Compared to a scenario of inaction, taking strong climate action would avoid approximately 13,000 deaths in 2050 and 57,000 deaths annually in 2100 from poor air quality. Delay will result in these costs rising over the course of the 21st century, the report says.

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Pope Francis Calls on “All People of Good Will” to Care for Creation

At a time when the influence of institutional religion is waning in many part of the world, Pope Francis remains one of the most trusted and popular people on Earth. Leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, Francis has put the weight of his authority squarely behind a global call to action to stop what he calls “the
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