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Trump administration to create panel to deny climate change facts almost all scientists agree on – The Independent

The Trump administration is reportedly ready to set up a panel to reconsider and possibly change the US government’s position on climate change. A committee working under the National Security Council (NSC) would include sceptics who have questioned the scientific…

Climate Change Stokes Mayhem in Several Ways

Three outcomes could follow if climate change stokes mayhem, conflict, and violence.  It might be helpful to think about the strains to come. Stand by for long hot summers marked by riot and racial tension.  As climate change stokes mayhem,…

Massive volcanic event may have turned Earth into ‘giant snowball’, scientists say – The Independent

Ancient volcanoes may have triggered a period in Earth’s history when temperatures plummeted and the planet turned into a “giant snowball”, according to scientists. Remains of lava flows unearthed in Mexico revealed previously unknown volcano activity that appears to have…

Smaller, safer, cheaper: One company aims to reinvent the nuclear reactor and save a warming planet – Science Magazine

By Adrian ChoFeb. 21, 2019 , 8:00 AM CORVALLIS, OREGON—To a world facing the existential threat of global warming, nuclear power would appear to be a lifeline. Advocates say nuclear reactors, compact and able to deliver steady, carbon-free power, are…

Earth may be 140 years away from reaching carbon levels not seen in 56 million years

Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth’s last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds. A new study finds humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse gas was emitted during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a global warming event that occurred roughly 56 million years ago.

White House prepares to scrutinize intelligence agencies’ finding that climate change threatens national security – The Washington Post

Missy Ryan Reporter covering the Pentagon, military issues and national security February 20 at 5:00 AM The White House is working to assemble a panel to assess whether climate change poses a national security threat, according to documents obtained by…

How artificially brightened clouds could stop climate change – BBC News

In June, 1991, something surprising happened to the Earth. Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines, erupted. The first surprise was that it was thought to be a mountain, not a volcano. In fact, pressure built up over centuries beneath this dormant…

Hydropower dams can help mitigate the global warming impact of wetlands – Nature.com

COMMENT 19 February 2019 Manage methane emissions and produce clean, cheap energy at the same time, argues Mike Muller. Mike Muller Mike Muller is a visiting adjunct professor at the University of Witwatersrand School of Governance in Johannesburg, South Africa….

Wallace Broecker, who helped popularize term ‘global warming,’ dies at 87 – Washington Post

February 19 Wallace S. Broecker, a geochemist who issued early warnings on global warming — a term he helped popularize in the 1970s — and later developed a sweeping, widely accepted model for how the oceans circulate heat and affect…

‘Grandfather Of Climate Science’ Wallace Broecker Dies At 87 – NPR

Wallace Broecker, a professor at Columbia University in New York, speaking during the Balzan Prize ceremony in Rome in 2008. Broecker, a climate scientist who popularized the term “global warming,” died Monday. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption toggle caption Gregorio Borgia/AP…