Global Warming and Climate Change News

Al Gore, global warming debated at Apple meeting
Friday February 24th 2012, 3:34 PM

Former Vice President Al Gore’s positions on climate change came under fire at Apple’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday when a non-profit group accused Gore, an Apple board member, of using his position to influence Apple’s public stand on global warming. [News Source]

Will global warming make us shorter?
Friday February 24th 2012, 10:30 AM

To forecast the future of our overheated planet, scientists looked way back — to an ancient horse the size of a house cat [News Source]

How climate change could be the ruin of Los Angeles.
Friday February 24th 2012, 9:00 AM

Few cities are facing the serious environmental double whammy that's most likely in store for Los Angeles. Not only do scientists predict that sea level rise will increase coastal flooding, but rising temperatures could threaten the Sierra Nevada snowpack that provides about a third of L.A.'s drinking water. [News Source]

Military’s alt energy programs draw Republicans’ ire.
Friday February 24th 2012, 9:00 AM

Suspicion is growing among Republican lawmakers that the Defense Department's efforts to move to renewable energy are more about politics than they are about saving lives and boosting security, as officials claim. [News Source]

Avalanches taking toll; foreshadowing the future?
Friday February 24th 2012, 9:00 AM

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, less snow and thinner snowpacks may lead to more avalanches. This year's high avalanche danger across the West could foreshadow avalanche risk in years to come. [News Source]

In a nod to gas prices, Obama talks about energy.
Friday February 24th 2012, 9:00 AM

Speaking to students at the University of Miami, in a swing state where gas averages $3.69 a gallon, the president offered what he called an “all-of-the-above” response, based on more domestic oil production, development of alternative energy sources and stricter fuel-efficiency standards. [News Source]

Rethinking carbon dioxide: From a pollutant to an asset.
Friday February 24th 2012, 9:00 AM

Three startup companies led by prominent scientists are working on new technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The scientific community is skeptical, but these entrepreneurs believe the process of CO2 removal can eventually be profitable and help cool an overheating planet. [News Source]

Oklahoma bill tackles ‘controversial’ science education.
Friday February 24th 2012, 9:00 AM

Earlier this week, the education committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives approved a bill on the teaching of controversial scientific subjects such as evolution and climate change. [News Source]

Rain sucks energy out of world’s wind.
Friday February 24th 2012, 9:00 AM

Every time it rains, a little bit of energy gets wasted. For the first time we have an estimate of the amount of energy falling raindrops pull from the air. The team behind the calculations say that the atmosphere's energy balance will drop as climate change increases rainfall, slightly weakening winds around the world. [News Source]

France, Netherlands key to EU oil sands decision.
Friday February 24th 2012, 9:00 AM

The Harper government picked up key support from France and the Netherlands in blocking a proposed European Union fuels directive that would target the oil sands as a particularly emissions-intensive source of crude. [News Source]

Mild drought killed off Mayan civilization: Study.
Friday February 24th 2012, 9:00 AM

The collapse of the Mayan civilization was likely due to a relatively mild drought, much like the drier conditions expected in the coming years due to climate change, scientists said Thursday. [News Source]