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What’s the Link between the World’s Population and Nuclear Energy?

Japan’s nuclear disaster got me thinking about energy demand. Nuclear power advocates justify the decision to power plants with uranium as the best way to meet energy demands that are increasing because world population is growing. I couldn’t help but wonder: why aren’t we talking about reducing population as part of our global strategy to minimize dependence on […]

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Record-Low Ice, Even in the Winter Arctic: is Global Warming the Cause?

The seasonal freezing of Arctic sea ice appears to have peaked — but at a record-low extent. Every Summer, vast sheets of floating ice in the Arctic melt. And every Winter, those ice sheets re-form. But with climate change, fueled by greenhouse gas pollution, the annual cyclic has fallen out of balance. This summer, the […]

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Google Recruits Scientists to Use New Media to Tackle Climate Change Skeptics

In an effort to help improve communication regarding global warming issues and to counter the rampant ‘noise’ made by fossil fuel industry-funded climate skepticism, Google’s philanthropy arm has launched a new program focused on bringing together scientists, communications experts, and the world of social media. Google has tapped 21 top climate researchers to be fellows […]

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Top 5 Eco Video Games

Video games have come a long way from the days of idly twiddling a joystick in an attempt to sneak some white pixels past a slowly moving line. These days, video games allow players to build economies and cities, pit one civilization against another, and manage intense simulations that rivel the best scientific models in […]

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China: Minister warns pollution, waste imperil growth

China faces acute environmental and resource strains that threaten to choke growth unless the world’s second-biggest economy cleans up, the nation’s environment minister said in an unusually blunt warning. In an essay published on Monday, Zhou Shengxian also said his agency wants to make assessing projected greenhouse gas emissions a part of evaluating proposed development […]

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Loss of Antarctic ice ‘tongue’ could change seas

The loss of a massive “tongue” of glacial ice on the Antarctic coast — a natural protective barrier nearly four times the size of New York City — could affect ocean circulation patterns and be a harbinger of changes to come from global warming, scientists on a mission to the frozen continent say. Last February, […]

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Get used to the weather …

These extremes of drought and flood are the new normal, says latest SA climate data It’s official: the weather is getting weirder. South Africa’s top scientists, however, say it is too soon to confirm that global warming is behind the increasing number of droughts and floods – including countrywide floods that have now claimed at […]

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What Is ‘Desertification’ And Why Is It Important To Know About?

Dear EarthTalk: Can you explain what “desertification” is and why it is an important environmental issue?

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Time to ruggedize: We should talk more about preparing for climate change

Back when I started covering my beat, it was conventional wisdom among greenies that it’s best not to talk too much about adapting to climate change. The worry was that it might lure people into a false sense of security, get them thinking there’s no need to cut emissions since they can adapt to whatever […]

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