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The Climate Question That Should Be Asked in the Upcoming Presidential Debates

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Peter H. Gleick

Given the seriousness of the global climate change threat, the tremendously strong scientific consensus about it, and the critical role that the United States must play in any international agreements about national and global responses, it is vital to know how the next President would address this issue.

Hey, I Tried to Warn You About Climate Change 30 Years Ago!

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

This is what it was called before it was referred to as "global warming," and then more accurately and broadly, "climate change." Back in the good old days we figured we still had plenty of time to address it. In that period, nuclear threat was the prime concern.

The Truth About Global Warming

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Jeffrey Bennett

Despite all the debate you often hear about global warming, the basic scientific case is so simple that it can be reduced to a three-step deductive argument.

Kate Sheppard

Happy Earth Day. We Just Reached Another Scary Climate Change Milestone | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green

In May 2013, it was big news when, for the first time, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. Now, researche...

Five Science Thoughts to Blow Your Mind

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
Jeffrey Bennett

We may actually be of the utmost significance to the universe, because after nearly 14 billion years of cosmic evolution, it is through our brain power that the universe has finally achieved self-awareness.

'Goldilocks Zone' Study Yields Surprising Result | Miriam Kramer | Posted 12.12.2013 | Science

Earth's place in the solar system is just right. It's not too hot, like Venus, and it's not too cold, like Mars, and this "Goldilocks zone" of habit...

Pew Quiz Fails on Climate Question

Mark Boslough | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Mark Boslough

I didn't like this question: "What gas do most scientists believe causes temperatures in the atmosphere to rise?" Why was it posed in a way that fuels the perception that this is simply a matter of opinion (or even worse, "belief")? Shame on Pew.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Warming Oceans Throw Fishing Into Flux | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 06.20.2013 | Green

With a limberness that defies his 69 years, Frank Mirarchi heaves himself over the edge of a concrete wharf and steps out onto a slack, downward slopi...

Is Earth Hour Stupid?

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

Is Earth Hour, the annual ritual in which people the world over turn out their lights as a show of solidarity in the fight against climate change and other environmental issues, a waste of time and energy? Bjorn Lomborg certainly thinks so -- but what is accomplished by niggling over the metrics of a global awareness campaign?

It's Time to Inspect the Greenhouse Effect

Neil Wagner | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Neil Wagner

Yes, there are human beings who don't believe in the greenhouse effect. I'm not sure why - with origins dating back to Svante Arrhenius's work in the 19th century, it's hardly a radical new concept.

Gravity Surprise May Affect Search For Habitable Planets

Posted 02.12.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, Astrobiology Magazine Contributor Published: 02/11/2012 02:00 PM EST on Alien planets might experience tidal for...

Global Warming: Fox News Separates Fact From Fiction

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.11.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Fox News called the three-and-a-half-minute segment "Climate Change Myths: Separating Fact From Fiction" -- an apt name because as far as the science is concerned, there's very little that could be characterized as fact, and a whole lot that could pass for fiction.

Fox's Latest Assault on Climate Science: Attack SpongeBob

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 10.03.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Apparently, using cartoons to teach children about important science issues of the day raises hackles at Fox, especially when those issues are at odds with their political perspectives.

Svante Arrhenius: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The greenhouse effect and climate change have been front-page, headline-grabbing stuff for decades now. But scientists have been studying the phenomenon for more than a century, Arrhenius included.

An Open Letter to Congress From Climate Scientists

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Already, there is far more carbon in the air than at any time in human history, with more being generated every day. Climate change is underway and the severity of the risks we face is compounded by delay.

2010 Hottest Year on Record: The Graph That Should Be on the Front Page of Every Newspaper

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

2011-01-13-Screenshot20110113at5.09.35PM.pngThe planet has a fever and it's getting worse.

DIY Ecology: 4 Ways To Engineer A New Earth

Web Ecoist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The planet has a fever and how we cool it down is the challenge of the century. How do we start? According to advocates of a branch of scientific tec...

Arctic 'Warmest In 2,000 Years'

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Arctic temperatures are now higher than at any time in the last 2,000 years, research reveals. Changes to the Earth's orbit drove centuries of coolin...

India Emissions 'Triple By 2030'

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

India's greenhouse gas emissions will more than triple over the next two decades, a report has projected. But the document, compiled by experts for t...

Save the Planet: Have Fewer Kids

LiveScience.Com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

For people who are looking for ways to reduce their "carbon footprint," here's one radical idea that could have a big long-term impact, some scientist...

Obama's New California-Based Climate Policy: Six Key Things To Know

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William Bradley

Obama announced Tuesday that he is making California's standard for greater vehicle fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions the new national standard.

When A Tree Falls Illegally In The Forest

Jonathan Lash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Lash

The amended Lacey Act makes the United States the first country in the world to place an outright ban on illegally harvested wood products.

Obama, Arnold, And The Renewed Climate Change Fight

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Despite many rumors, don't look for Schwarzenegger in the Obama administration, at least not now, though candidate Obama mentioned him several times as someone he'd like to appoint.

Permafrost Threatened by Rapid Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Janet Ritz

A new study warns that the integrity of carbon and methane sequestering permafrost is threatened by the rapid retreat of Arctic Sea Ice, and this summer may see the first ice-free North Pole for the first time in recorded history.

Could Kangaroos Stop Greenhouse Gas? | Olivia Zaleski | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Australian scientists have recently isolated methane-mitigating microbes in the intestinal lining of kangaroos. If replicated in cattle, the bacteria ...