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Climate change is affecting all life on Earth – and that’s not good news for humanity

Climate change is affecting all life on Earth – and that’s not good news for humanity

By Brett Scheffers, University of Florida and James Watson, The University of Queensland. More than a dozen authors from different universities and nongovernmental organizations around the world have concluded, based on an analysis of hundreds of studies, that almost every aspect of life on Earth has been affected by climate change. In more scientific parlance,

World set for hottest year on record: World Meteorological Organization

By Blair Trewin, World Meteorological Organization. 2016 is set to be the world’s hottest year on record. According to the World Meteorological Organization’s preliminary statement on the global climate for 2016, global temperatures for January to September were 0.88°C above the long-term (1961-90) average, 0.11°C above the record set last year, and about 1.2°C above

Why the current plan to save the endangered vaquita porpoise won’t work

By Andrew Frederick Johnson, University of California, San Diego. With fewer than 60 individuals left, the world’s smallest porpoise, the vaquita marina (Phocoena sinus), continues to balance on the edge of extinction. Constant pressures from conservation groups have lead to a two-year emergency gillnet ban, which will end in May 2017, and government-led efforts are

Biofuels turn out to be a climate mistake – here’s why

By John DeCicco, University of Michigan. Ever since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol in place of gasoline and biodiesel instead of ordinary diesel. Transportation generates one-fourth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, so addressing this sector’s

August Marks Month 16 of Record-Breaking Warm Global Temperatures

According to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA), August 2016 was the 16th consecutive record-breaking month in a row for warmer temperatures around the globe for planet Earth, across all 7 temperature measures that have been used for many decades to measure global temperatures. These measurements include land, sea, and atmospheric temperatures