Glaciers in Central Asia shrinking fast: study

Aug 29, 2015

Glaciers in Central Asia shrinking fast: study

Central Asian glaciers have melted at four times the global average since the early 1960s, shedding 27 percent of their mass, according to a recent study. By 2050, warmer temperatures driven by climate change could wipe out half the remaining glacier ice in the ...

During mass extinction, no species safe

Aug 22, 2015

During mass extinction, no species safe

Dominant species spread across the globe are just as vulnerable during a mass extinction event as more fragile ones confined to a single locale, according to a recent study. As Earth enters the sixth such concentrated annihilation of life over the past half-billion years, ...

Australia pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030

Aug 11, 2015

Australia pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030

Australia plans to reduce carbon emissions by at least 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Tuesday, but environmentalists said the target fell well short of what was needed to tackle global warming. Abbott said his conservative government’s target ...

Researchers track the retreat of Arctic ice

Aug 8, 2015

Researchers track the retreat of Arctic ice

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Not so long ago, skeleton staff overwintering at the Ny-Alesund research center could walk on the Arctic town’s frozen bay and race their snow mobiles across its surface. Now there is liquid water even in the coldest months, the glaciers are retreating at a ...

Aug 1, 2015

Health gains lost to climate change

All of the impressive scientific and medical gains of modern civilization are in danger of being lost because of the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.