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Thawing Russian Arctic Permafrost Leads to Anthrax Outbreak

Seventy-two nomadic herders, including 41 children, living in the Russian Arctic Circle town of Salekhard have been hospitalized since reindeer began dying en masse due to an anthrax outbreak that scientists linked to rising temperatures, which is causing permafrost to thaw.

14 Steps to Reduce Black Carbon and Stabilize the Cryosphere

Climate change is causing unprecedented changes in the Earth’s regions of snow and ice, portents of profound, dramatic change for ecosystems and societies around the world, according to a joint report released by The World Bank and The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) November 4. The Earth’s cryosphere is warming more rapidly than anticipated – “at a pace unprecedentd in…

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New Research Reveals Climate Warming 55 MYA was Geologically Instantaneous

New research into past changes in climate indicates that global warming can take place much more suddenly than previously thought – over the course of only about 13 years. Temperatures at high latitudes rose as much as 8ºC (14ºF) and oceans warmed from surface to bottom some 55 million years ago during what’s known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)….

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Fugitive methane emissions could wipe out any climate benefits of burning natural gas instead of coal

EDF, Chevron Agree Natural Gas Fracking Here to Stay, Part Ways on Fugitive Methane Emissions and Short-Term Impacts of Shale Boom

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) sat down with Chevron’s Vice President of Policy and Planning Rhonda Zygocki on Monday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to discuss, among other things, the recent boom in natural gas hydrofracking (or simply “fracking”). Natural gas as “magic bullet” Zygocki spoke of a “fundamental shift in the energy landscape” over…

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New Method for Measuring N2O Emissions Can Help Address Food Security, Emissions Challenges

Researchers at Australia’s QUT have found a much more accurate means of measuring agricultural emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) , a potent greenhouse gas that’s a significant contributor to total GHG emissions. Based on “groundbreaking data” on N2O emissions from a QUT colleague, QUT Institute for Future Environments Smart Futures Fellow Professor Richard Conant’s new statistical approach improves global N2O emissions estimates by as much as 65%.

Natural Gas is not the "clean" fossil fuel many say it is, but more the "energy bridge to nowhere"

Natural Gas is Not Clean Energy

Natural gas has garnered a lot of attention, but the research reveals it is anything but clean. To increase domestic energy production and reduce reliance on coal, there is a natural gas boom in the U.S. and elsewhere. However, reliance on natural gas is not a panacea to our energy woes. Natural Gas is Not a Clean Energy Source According to a February 2012 study published in Nature, extracting and producing natural…

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NASA GISS Identifies 14 Air Pollution Control Measures to Slow Global Warming, Improve Health and Increase Crop Yields

An international research team of researchers at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has identified 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented worldwide, could significantly reduce the greenhouse gas effect while at the same time significantly boosting agricultural production and significantly improving the health of many millions of people around the world.