Category Archives: Atmosphere

UN declares famine in parts of Somalia: What it means

Aid agencies use a five-phase system called the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification(IPC) to determine the severity of a food crisis. These five regions of Somalia fall in the Phase 5 category, which means that means more than two people per 10,000 die … Continue reading

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High steaks: Meat eaters’ climate impact

A comparison of the relative climate impact of a reduction in your meat consumption remains one of the report’s best features. For example: If you eat one less burger a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for … Continue reading

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Video: What the Link Between Climate Change and Joplin Tornadoes Doesn’t Look Like

A couple weeks ago, we chuckled and cringed and pointed you to 350.org founder Bill McKibben’s tongue-in-cheek Op-ed in theWashington Post, “A link between climate change and the Joplin tornadoes? Never!” Yesterday, Steven Thomson of Plomomedia.com released a video version of the … Continue reading

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Global warming crisis may mean world has to suck greenhouse gases from air

The world may have to resort to technology that sucks greenhouse gases from the air to stave off the worst effects of global warming, the UN climate change chief has said before talks on the issue beginning on Monday. “We are putting … Continue reading

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Planet Earth Doesn’t Know How To Make It Any Clearer It Wants Everyone To Leave

An Onion News Parody: EARTH—According to a statement released to the press Tuesday, the planet Earth has “just about run out of ways” to let its roughly 6.9 billion human inhabitants know it wants them all to leave. Following a … Continue reading

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Watch Your (Fo)odometer!

Watch Your (Fo)odometer! Interested in eating less oil? In this VideoNation/Hidden Driver report, animator Molly Schwartz keeps track of how many miles your food travels from field to fork.  

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A report card for China’s environment

The Chinese government issued its annual “State of the Environment” report on Friday. Here are the highlights along with my interpretation and year-end grade for each subject based on the following standard: A – World class B – Good C … Continue reading

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The Arctic Light

This was filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on the archipelago Lofoten in Norway. My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name of, even after talking to meteorologists and astrophysicists … Continue reading

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UN chief challenges world to agree tougher target for climate change

The world should agree to limit global warming to just 1.5C instead of the current target of 2C, the United Nations‘ climate chief has said, in remarks that shocked the governments of developed nations. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN … Continue reading

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World’s carbon emissions hit record rise

Carbon emissions in the earth’s atmosphere have reached a record high, according to the International Energy Agency. Scientists warn that climate change will lead to unprecedented catastrophic consequences, if global leaders do not take decisive action to reduce the harmful … Continue reading

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