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Climate Departure: New Study Projects Timing of Departure of Climate Variability From Recent Norms

Climate variability for the coming century Planning for a sustainable future is obviously made much more difficult when a rapidly changing climate is added to the equation. Planning effective policy and development goals will depend greatly on where we find ourselves in ten, twenty, thirty or fifty years. A recent paper published in the journal Nature, authored by Camilo Mora and his…

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Video Friday: Greenland Ice Melt – Bellwether of Changing Climate

Scientists and Greenland Inuits confirm findings of leaked IPCC report Due out later this year, early drafts of the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were leaked earlier this week, confirming what scientists have been saying now for years, even decades: global warming is real. Many see little change in the IPCC’s Fifth Report from its…

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The consequences of climate change will lead to greater conflict, social change and violence.

Climate Change Exacerbates Social Tensions and Leads to Conflict

A wide array of research reveals that climate change plays a salient role in social change, violence and war. This research summary is one of the most comprehensive surveys of the social impacts of climate change ever assembled. Climate change and conflict The relationship between climate change, social tensions and conflict is well laid out by Kate Johnson. She provides…

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Video Friday: Philippe Cousteau Speaks on Water, Climate and Resource Challenges in the 21st Century

World-famous ocean and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau Jr. speaks of the relationship between water and climate, and the coming challenges of the 21st century to address human population and  resource demand in a changing climate. “We have to fundamentally change the environment, with each other our economic and political systems that drive a lot of the challenges we face today,…

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Managing the water-energy nexus in a climate change world

The Water-Energy Nexus in a Climate-Changed World

Editor’s note: This post is a finalist in Masdar’s Engage blogging contest as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Special thanks to Tim Hurst and Nick Aster.  The water-energy nexus – the fundamental connection between water and energy – may not seem an overly complex concept to initially grasp – and yet its implications are not fully understood in our industrial, resource-strained, climate-changed world. The fact…

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Video Friday: Emotional Plea from Philippine Negotiator as COP18 Comes to an Unsettled End

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?” Naderev Saño, lead negotiator for the Philippines at the COP18 climate talks, gives an emotional and heart-felt plea for action in the waning hours of the conference. In his address Saño referenced the devastation brought by Typhoon Bopha, responsible for at least 500 deaths, as it…

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In a poll conducted by Yale University, four out of five Americans reported personally experiencing one or more types of extreme weather in 2011, while more than a third said they were personally harmed by one or more of these events. A large majority of Americans believe that global warming made several high profile extreme weather events worse

EarthTalk: Climate Change and Extreme Weather

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the scientific consensus on all the extreme weather we’ve been having—from monster tornadoes to massive floods and wildfires? Is there a clear connection to climate change? And if so what are we doing to be prepared?   – Jason…

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