Tag: Climate Change

  • How to save the Arctic’s moderating role on global warming

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    The Arctic plays a critical role in maintaining a safe and stable global climate, with its reflective sea ice that sends significant incoming solar radiation safely back to space and its permanently frozen tundra that secures ancient stores of carbon dioxide and methane. But the Arctic is warming at twice the global average, threatening to […]

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  • Tackling climate change: Where do we begin?

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    We debate the obstacles and solutions to climate change and speak with Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam. In this week’s UpFront, we debate on the best strategy against climate change and highlight the role capitalism has played in the crisis. In the Reality Check, we shed light on the United States’s military operations in Africa. In […]

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  • For Earth Day, how Americans see climate change in 5 charts

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    The degree to which climate change threatens the ecosystems of the Earth and societies around the world has been an ongoing subject of debate – and sometimes protest. As Earth Day nears, we take stock of U.S. public opinion about climate change, based on recent Pew Research Center surveys. For more on how people globally […]

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  • U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Weren’t Built for Climate Change

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    In 2011, after an earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi power plant, Gregory Jaczko, then the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, had to worry about two things: whether radioactive fallout would harm the U.S. and whether a similar accident could befall an American plant. The answer to the first question […]

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  • New Zealand’s Environment Is In Serious Trouble

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    New government report shows just how bad things have gotten in recent years. When I first moved to New Zealand 2.5 years ago, I was struck by a few things. For one, the wider public seem to know – and care – a lot about the environment. The people I met could tell me the […]

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  • NASA study verifies global warming trends

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    A new study by researchers from NASA has verified the accuracy of recent global warming figures. The team used measurements of the ‘skin’ temperature of the Earth taken by a satellite-based infrared measurement system called AIRS (Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder) from 2003 to 2017. They compared these with station-based analyses of surface air temperature anomalies — […]

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  • What Earth’s gravity reveals about climate change

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    On March 17, 2002, the German-U.S. satellite duo GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) was launched to map the global gravitational field with unprecedented precision. The mission lasted 15 years, more than three times as long as expected. When the two satellites burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere at the end of 2017 and beginning […]

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  • Arctic is warmest it’s been in 10,000 years, study suggests

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    Permafrost samples suggest Arctic is 2 C warmer than previous record highs thousands of years ago New research suggests Canada’s Arctic is the warmest it has been in 10,000 years — and the temperatures are still climbing. The study was recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Researchers studied permafrost samples in the Yukon […]

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  • Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse

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    No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response Had we put as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. Everywhere I look, I see people engaged in furious attempts to fend off […]

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  • Game of Thrones Is Still the Big, Sometimes Clunky Climate Change Allegory We Need

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    An unanswered question about Westeros’s past could be the key to really understanding the metaphor everyone assumes the HBO epic is founded upon. I hope that someday I find out what happened to Valyria. There are a lot of other lingering mysteries left in Game of Thrones, the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A […]

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