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Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth

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FOSSIL FUELS. Steam and fumes emerge from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany on March 2, 2012. File photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

Researchers predict that average temperatures would climb by up to 9.5°C if all known reserves of oil, gas, and coal are burned

BONN, Germany (May 24, 2016) — Using up all known fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unliveable than scientists had previously projected, researchers said on Monday, May 23. Continue reading Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth

Release of CO2 fastest in 66 million years

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SMOGGY DAY. Indian man takes a morning walk in a public garden surrounded by the smog in the outskirts of Delhi, India, November 20, 2015. Harish Tyagi/EPA
Humans are disgorging heat-trapping carbon into the atmosphere 10 times faster than during any period of natural global warming in the last 66 million years

PARIS, France (Mar. 22, 2016) — Humans are disgorging heat-trapping carbon into the atmosphere 10 times faster than during any period of natural global warming in the last 66 million years, according to a study released Monday, March 21.

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CO2 levels make largest annual leap in 56 years

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A strong El Nino and fossil fuel emissions caused the record increase, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Credit: Pixabay)
The last time the Earth saw such a sustained increase was over 11 millennia ago, says US agency

March 11, 2016 — Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide last year rose by the biggest margin since records began, according to a US federal science agency .

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Ocean acidification slowing coral reef growth

First scientific study on a natural coral reef shows the effect of acidification caused by global warming, rather than common factors in reef decline

March 10, 2016 — Coral reefs are having their growth stunted by ocean acidification caused by global warming, new research has confirmed.

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Climate scientists step up search for ‘holy grail’ of million-year-old ice

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Scientists are meeting in Hobart to work out a plan to find million-year-old ice in Antarctica. Photograph: Sam Crimmin
Ice core records going back 800,000 years reveal a lot about carbon dioxide and temperature, but climate researchers want to go back further

March 9, 2016 — Somewhere deep below the ice in Antarctica lies a time capsule. It’s the holy grail of climate science and promises to reveal the past and future of Earth’s atmosphere. And right now, scientists are meeting in Hobart to work out a plan to dig it up.

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GHG Could Eventually Heat the Earth Enough to Boil its Oceans Away

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February 13, 2016 — In 2013, NASA’s former chief climate scientist James Hansen published a short white paper that warned if humans burned all the planet’s available fossil fuels, it “could result in the Continue reading GHG Could Eventually Heat the Earth Enough to Boil its Oceans Away

Recovering tropical forests a sponge for CO2

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A re-emerging forest. Photo from Kalikasan PNE
The research challenges long-standing assumptions that virgin tropical forests untouched by logging or industry do a better job of sopping up carbon dioxide

PARIS, France (Feb. 4, 2016) — Tropical forests reclaiming land cleared for agriculture or livestock not only grow quickly, but absorb far more CO2 from the atmosphere than old-growth trees, according to a study released Wednesday, February 3.

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