• Even Antarctica is now feeling the heat of climate change

    It's official: there is nowhere left to hide from global warming. The notion that Antarctica is the last continent not to be heating up because of climate change is dead, according to a new study. The results suggest that the southernmost continent is warming roughly as fast as the rest of the planet. They overturn previous suggestions that only the Antarctic peninsula, which stretches points north towards South America, was heating up while the continent's interior cooled. >> Read the Full Article
  • WWF: Bush Arctic Policy Should Be Obama's Starting Point, Not End Point

    Bill Eichbaum, vice president of WWF’s marine portfolio, issued the following statement: “Climate change is altering the Arctic in dramatic and dangerous ways. The rapid rate at which the Arctic is melting is spurring a race to exploit the region’s previously inaccessible resources and poses new challenges for governing territorial claims, ensuring shipping safety and managing fisheries. >> Read the Full Article
  • Tibet shepherds live on climate frontier

    For Tenzin Dorje, the road home keeps getting longer. Each year the Tibetan shepherd must walk farther to find streams where his sheep can drink. "I am an old man," he says, clutching the neck of his cane. Sometimes he trudges six hours a day, twice his old route. He has contemplated learning to ride a motorbike like his grandson, but fears it might be too discomfiting for an 80-year-old man. >> Read the Full Article
  • Nigeria: Saving the Environment Through Ecosystem Preservation

    The impact of our changing climate on human systems is the rise in the incidence and severity of climate change related disasters. After decades of skepticism about global warming and its after effects, the world has come face to face with the realities of that danger, particularly in fragile tropical landscapes where majority of the world's poorest people live on peasant agriculture. >> Read the Full Article
  • Interview with IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri

    Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, has become among the world's most visible, outspoken voices on fighting climate change. Following a speech at the Worldwatch Institute launch of State of the World 2009: Into A Warming World, Dr. Pachauri stepped aside for a conversation with Worldwatch staff writer Ben Block. >> Read the Full Article
  • Report: N.C. among most at risk to rising seas

    With its long low coastline and large land area less than two feet above sea level, North Carolina is among the states most vulnerable to sea-level rise, a new federal report warns. The new report focuses on the coastal states from North Carolina to New York where the rates of sea level rise are moderately high. The region has extensive coastal development, a high population and is likely to be at increased risk. >> Read the Full Article
  • What happened to the climate consensus?

    CAN we all agree – yet – that the issue is settled? Scientists DON’T all agree the planet is warming precipitously, or that humans are responsible for that supposed warming. In fact, more and more experts in a number of fields have been speaking up to challenge the supposed scientific "consensus" on climate change. >> Read the Full Article
  • Ice age maps predict change in Australian climate

    Sydney, Jan 20 (IANS) New maps of the earth’s surface during the peak of the last Ice Age points to northern Australia become wetter and southern Australia drier due to climate change in future. "During the last Ice Age - around 20,000 years ago - sea surface temperature was as much as 10 degrees colder than present and icebergs would have been regular visitors to the southern coastline of Australia," Timothy Barrows of the Research School of Earth Sciences at Australian National University (ANC) said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Clearer skies over Europe as fog halved in 30 years

    Europe has become less foggy over the past three decades, according to scientists who have examined weather records across the continent. Fog, mist and haze have become less frequent and have contributed, they calculate, to between 10% and 20% of the warming trend during that period. The change is down to reduced air pollution, the scientists think. Robert Vautard at the Atomic Energy Commission in Gif sur Yvette, France, and colleagues, looked at the number of "low-visibility" events, where visibility fell to under 8km. They found a 50% drop since the 1970s, which they call a "massive decline". >> Read the Full Article
  • A Kenyan firm plans to produce 300 MW of electricity by 2012 by harnessing renewable wind power in the north of the country, its director told Reuters.

    Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added. Soaring carbon emissions are already causing ice-cap melting and threaten to trigger global flooding, widespread species loss and major disruptions of weather patterns in the near future. "We cannot afford to put off change any longer," said Hansen. "We have to get on a new path within this new administration. We have only four years left for Obama to set an example to the rest of the world. America must take the lead." >> Read the Full Article