Florida's Environmental Strategy: Banning The Phrase "Climate Change"

The devastating effects of rising sea levels are well-documented in Florida, but officials in the state's Department of Environmental Protection are ordered against using the terms "climate change," "global warming," or "sustainability" in any official communications or documents. » 3/09/15 5:51am 3/09/15 5:51am

New Documents Show Leading Climate Change Denier Is Full of Shit

New documents obtained by Greenpeace via freedom of information filings show that a leading climate change denier, Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, allegedly accepted $1.2 million over the past 14 years from energy companies and additionally failed to report conflicts of interest in his own research. » 2/22/15 12:20pm 2/22/15 12:20pm

New Climate Agreement Is a Step Forward, But Is the Step Big Enough?

A mini drama just played out in Lima, the capital city of Peru. More than 190 countries have agreed to a tentative deal to lower carbon-dioxide emissions by 2020. The salvaged agreement, which was threatened by clashing views from the U.S. and China (of course!), will set the stage for the United Nations Climate… » 12/14/14 4:25pm 12/14/14 4:25pm

Ship Lost in the Arctic 160 Years Ago Found Thanks to Climate Change

In 1845, the explorer John Franklin set off to sail the fabled Northwest Passage, an Arctic sea route that would hypothetically connect the Atlantic and the Pacific. He never returned. His ship was lost to the ice. But now, thanks to the obsession of Canada's prime minister, an expedition has located one of Franklin's… » 9/09/14 3:07pm 9/09/14 3:07pm

Louisiana loses a football field of land every hour to the ocean

If you compare a map of the Louisiana coastline in the 1920s to today, the difference is striking. About 1,883 square miles of land has just disappeared — swallowed into the Gulf of Mexico. And each year Louisiana loses more. In fact, roughly a football field's worth of land is lost every hour. » 8/28/14 12:45pm 8/28/14 12:45pm

Why Smooth Surfaces Make Your City Sizzle in Summer

It's not just you, city-dwellers. Urban areas actually do get noticeably hotter than the rural areas around them, and that's especially problematic in summertime. Why does that happen? Well, a new study says it all has to do with the aerodynamic shape of your city. In other words, the smoother your skyline, the… » 7/10/14 12:40pm 7/10/14 12:40pm

How Hot Your City Could Be By 2100 If Climate Change Goes Unchecked

It's a sorry truth that hits you mid-July: Average summer temperatures have been rising since the 1970s. If we continue down this path, according to a new study by Climate Central, in 2100, summers in Boston will feel more like sticky Miami—and summers in Miami will feel like toasty Harlingen, Texas. » 7/09/14 6:00pm 7/09/14 6:00pm

There's a Plan to Breed Bald Chickens That Can Survive Global Warming

In a few decades, global warming will likely make our unbearable summers hotter, longer, and even more unbearable. So think of the chickens. Or, if you can't find a place for chickens in your heart, think of the chicken nuggets and hot wings that you'll miss. That's why researchers at the University of Delaware want… » 6/26/14 7:40pm 6/26/14 7:40pm

Do Cow Farts Actually Contribute to Global Warming?

There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And these 1,300 pound (average weight for both a beef and dairy cow) animals eat a lot. Much like humans, when they eat, gas builds up inside of their guts and has to be expelled. (See » 4/11/14 7:15am 4/11/14 7:15am

What a 30,000-Year-Old Giant Zombie Virus Means For the Future

A monster virus comes back from ancient times to wreak havoc on mankind. That may sound like a blurb from a science fiction novel, but as scientists have known for some time, it's not at all impossible. And thanks to the recent revival of a 30,000-year-old giant virus in Siberia, there's increasing concern that it… » 3/04/14 2:00pm 3/04/14 2:00pm