Global Warming and Climate Change News

Is Climate Change a Mental Health Emergency?
Saturday March 31st 2012, 4:01 PM

Tornadoes and wildfires, floods and droughts have caused people mental anguish since time eternal. If climate change makes storms more powerful and disrupts weather patterns that have existed for millennia, will it fray our mental health? [News Source]

Engineering humans: A new solution to climate change?
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

So far, conventional solutions to global warming – new government policies and changes in individual behavior – haven't delivered. There may be another route to avoid the potentially disastrous effects of climate change: We can deliberately alter ourselves, three researchers suggest. [News Source]

CSI cold case: Unlocking the mystery of rising seas.
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

The crime under investigation happened more than 14,000 years ago - a cold case in more ways than one. It was a time when the great Laurentide ice sheets that covered vast stretches of North America had begun to melt, as the most recent Ice Age gave way to the current, relatively warm planet we now live on. [News Source]

Engineering humans: A new solution to climate change?
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

So far, conventional solutions to global warming – new government policies and changes in individual behavior – haven't delivered. There may be another route to avoid the potentially disastrous effects of climate change: We can deliberately alter ourselves, three researchers suggest. [News Source]

Canadian budget hits basic science hard.
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

Canada's latest budget will slash spending on the environment and push for more collaboration between basic researchers and industry. The changes are aimed at stimulating the economy and balancing the budget by 2015, but researchers fear that they will undermine the country's long-term competitiveness. [News Source]

GM pulls support for Heartland Institute.
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

Citing its corporate stance that climate change is real, General Motors announced Wednesday that its General Motors Foundation would no longer be funding the Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank that has attacked human-caused global warming as “junk science.” [News Source]

Oil & gas industry, clean up your act – and make money.
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

An environmental group says companies in the oil and gas sector could add billions of dollars to their bottom line if they did more to capture and sell leaking emissions, such as methane, created when natural gas and oil is produced. [News Source]

Cornell study: Birds adjusting slowly to climate change.
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

A new study based on the National Audubon Society's North American Christmas Bird Count finds birds have taken decades to adjust their ranges northward in response to warming winters. [News Source]

Global Campaign for Climate Action pushing ‘spin.’
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

A global lobby group has distributed a "spin sheet" encouraging its 300 member organisations to emphasise the link between climate change and extreme weather events, despite uncertainties acknowledged by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. [News Source]

Coral reefs in Caribbean damaged by development and deforestation long before feeling heat of global warming.
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

New research shows that a long-term decline in coral health began well before the ocean warming trend. [News Source]

More big weather disasters forecast.
Saturday March 31st 2012, 10:00 AM

Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists says in a report. [News Source]