New Arctic Ocean data adds to evidence linking rising CO2 levels to climate warming, which is occurring faster than it has since long before the Age of the Dinosaurs. A team of 40 researchers is gathering Arctic Ocean data before the region as we know it ceases to exist as the global average concentration of atmospheric CO2 surpassed 400 ppm.
In what may have been a move to call TransCanada’s bluff, President Obama shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project, rejecting the application that would have brought 800,000 barrels a day of heavy crude oil scoured from enormous tar sand pits in Alberta Canada 1,179 miles south to refineries the U.S. Gulf Coast. Producers can find other means to move
EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear Earthtalk: Where do the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination stand on environmental issues? – Susan Wollander, Raleigh, NC In recent decades, Republicans have certainly been far less sympathetic to environmental causes than the Democrats, and this year’s batch of
In just three weeks, a raging inferno in Indonesia has released more CO2 than Germany does in a year, and more than that of the entire U.S. economy. Clearing forest and altering landscapes and waterways underlain by carbon-rich peat deposits for palm oil agriculture is to blame.
Over the course of recent years, polls that examine American attitudes on global warming suggest that climate denial may be dying. It would appear that Americans have gone through the five stages in what has been called the cycle of climate acceptance. This is an adaptation of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ seminal work, “On Death and Dying.” The first step is denial, followed by anger, depression, bargaining and finally
A first-of-a-kind study indicates microbial action on thawing Arctic permafrost can result in rapid increases in atmospheric CO2. Extending across northern Eurasia and Alaska, the equivalent of more than twice as much CO2 is stored in Arctic permafrost as is present in the atmosphere, highlighting the risk and threats posed by a warming climate.
The final round of climate talks before the COP21 summit in Paris finished up in Bonn last week. As crunch time descends upon negotiators, the issue of finance remains a core unresolved issue. Developing countries have maintained that they have done the least to contribute to global warming but stand to suffer the greatest impacts and indeed already are. As a condition