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U.N. Warns of Consequences of Climate Change Inaction

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Conflict over resources could cause global instability, says U.N. official

The world is in for some serious turmoil and conflict if climate change is not addressed, according to Achim Steiner, the executive director of the U.N. Environment Program. On Wednesday, Steiner told the U.N. Security Council that climate change could have far-reaching implications for global security and stability. "There can be little doubt today that climate change has potentially......read more

Why Climate Scientists Are Pissed

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We're running out of time, ClimateWorks report argues

In spite of political apathy in Washington — and a disturbing lack of recent concern from the general public — climate scientists keep calling for urgent steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. A new, 19-page report from SF's ClimateWorks Foundation lays out the issue in understandable terms, offering a clear explanation why scientists......read more

Da Vinci Work Recreated on Melting Arctic Ice

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"Melting Vitruvian Man" draws attention to vanishing sea ice

Leonardo da Vinci's famous Vitruvian Man sketch has been reproduced by an artist in the Arctic to draw attention to climate change. John Quigley, an artist specializing in aerial art, travelled on a Greenpeace icebreaker to create the copper artwork in the Fram Strait, about 500 miles from the North Pole. The piece, entitled "Melting Vitruvian Man", measures the equivalent of four......read more

Natural Gas Won't Solve Global Climate Woes

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It may burn cleaner than coal, but natural gas may be worse for the climate, says study

Advocates of natural gas development like to tout the fuel's environmental benefits. They argue that it burns cleaner than coal, with significantly fewer emissions. Which is true. But according to new research, switching from coal to natural gas won't do much to curb cimate change. Why? Methane leaks. Methane leaks from pipelines and wellheads are a reality of natural gas production.......read more

What Happened To Global Warming?

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Climate change has become a non-starter in Washington

My, what a difference two years makes. Believe it or not, that's how long ago presidential candidates on both sides of the fence campaigned on promises of addressing climate change. In office a year later, President Obama said he was "committed to making sure that we get an energy policy that makes sense for the country and that helps us grow at the same time as it deals with climate change in a......read more

Climate Skeptic Changes His Tune

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Skeptical scientist's own research convinces him that the world is warming

Richard Muller, a prominent physicist and global warming skeptic, spent the last two years studying the earth's surface temperatures. In the end, he reached the same conclusion most climate scientists have held for years: the world is warming. That a notable climate change skeptic has "seen the light" is significant in and of itself, but what's more interesting is that the study was backed in......read more

What We Can Expect From the Durban Climate Conference

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The next round of climate talks begin next week. Here's what we'd like to see happen -- and what we can expect

The annual United Nations meeting on climate change convenes in Durban, South Africa on Monday. The talks are officially known as, ahem, the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto......read more

U.S. Criticized at Durban Climate Conference

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Major environmental groups say America may be "major obstacle to progress"

My, what a difference three years makes. In November 2008, then president-elect Barack Obama spoke to a conference of U.S. governors, saying in no uncertain terms that the U.S. was ready to join the world in the fight against global warming. Now, three days into COP17 in Durban, the U.S. is being lambasted by negotiators and eco-advocates for stonewalling progress on climate change.  In a......read more

Huntsman Gets Sketchy on Climate Change

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The liberals' favorite conservative reverses stance on global warming, saying the science is "not enough" for U.S. action

Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and current Republican presidential candidate, earned accolades from environmental advocates earlier this year for denouncing his fellow presidential contenders -- chiefly Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann -- for their regressive views on matters of science, including human-induced global warming. "When you make comments......read more

What's Behind the Failure of UN's Climate Process

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Earth Institute's Steven Cohen breaks it down

It is getting to be a pretty familiar routine by now. Thousands of people from around the world gather to negotiate and influence global climate policy. Rhetoric flies for a week or two, negotiators bargain long into the night, and a modest, unenforceable agreement is finally brought up for a vote. At this point, it is pretty obvious that the United Nations climate negotiation process may serve......read more

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