New Australian Climate Model Confirms Anthropogenic Reasons for Decreased Precipitation

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It seems that climate change is really picking on Australia in a big way. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have created a climate model that indicates a trend to declining fall and winter rainfall over the southwestern, southern and eastern parts of the Australian continent. The cause - greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ozone depletion.

Mercury Levels in the Upper Ocean Tripled by Us

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Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have altered the chemistry of both air and ocean. New global measurements, not computer models, are painting a disturbing picture. Mercury has tripled in the world's oceans.

Those Who Govern the U.S. Have Been Warned - Ignore Climate Risks and Watch the Economy Sink

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Robert Rubin, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States says that not acting on climate change will take down the economy.

How Old Cell Phones Will Save the Forests of Our World

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A Kickstarter campaign,for a project called the Rainforest Connection has received $167,000 U.S. recently. Its goal: reduce illegal cutting of forests using old cell phones encased in solar panels and placed high in trees to listen and report on the sound of chainsaws. When detected the phones alert local forest rangers to catch those engaged in illegal logging.

News About a Methane Bomb on the 69th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bomb

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The Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber, dropped a uranium-fueled bomb on Hiroshima on this date 69 years ago. The last crew member of that fateful mission, Theodore Van Kirk, recently passed away. He was one of a 12-member crew who in a matter of a few minutes wiped out the lives of more than 100,000 people. Only the Nagasaki bomb dropped three days later offers a comparison with more than 80,000 lives snuffed out.

Should High Seas Fisheries Be Banned?

Fish and other aquatic life in the high seas are more valuable as absorbers of carbon-dioxide than as food, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia. This environmental service is valued at $148 billion a year, compared with the $16 billion paid for the 10 billion tons of fish caught for food.

Fuel Cells for the Home

We couldn’t have gotten to the Moon without fuel cells, but so far this electricity-conversion technology hasn’t been very practical for homeowners on Earth. Now, a fuel-cell system that could provide electricity for a family of four is under development in Germany.

Better Photosynthesis Through Science

If trees and other plants could be more productive, then we could grow more food and biofuel, reforestation projects would improve, and we’d have more resources for wood, paper, chemicals, and thousands of other manufactured products that tomorrow’s consumers will demand.

Seven Big Challenges for Pakistan — and the Lessons They Could Teach

Pakistan may be viewed as a case study of the fight for the survival of modern human civilization. Its complex and dangerous problems are not without possible solutions, and the strategies that the nation chooses provide a model for the rest of the world.

Arctic Ocean Making Waves and So is the IMF About Climate Change

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Two stories this week on climate change caught my eye. The first was a report on ocean waves in the Arctic. When you think of the Arctic Ocean you think of an endless stretch of sea ice with an occasional break. You envision polar bears roaming the ice surface. You don't think of big rolling breakers crashing into shorelines.

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