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Are there too many people? All bets are off

For decades, scientists and economists have been making wagers about the outcome of human population growth. Now, more than ever, their speculations need to be taken seriouslyIn 2011, when the global population hit 7 billion, economist David Lam and demographer Stan Becker made a bet. Lam predicted food would get cheaper over the next decade, despite continuing population growth. Becker predicted that food prices would go up, because of the damage humans were doing to the planet, which meant tha...
Tags: Food, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Society, World news, Economic policy, Population, World Bank, Vermont, Becker, Lam, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, David Lam, Stan Becker


America's new climate 'normal' is hotter, wetter, and more extreme

In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel New climate data released Tuesday shows temperatures across most of the US are trending up. The yearly 'normal' temperature for the country reached a record-high of 53.3 degrees over the last 30 years. Climate scientist Mike Palecki said the higher normals were one sign of ongoing climate change. See more stories on In...
Tags: Weather, Science, News, Climate Change, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, North Dakota, Noaa, National, Associated Press, Michael Mann, Phoenix, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Fahrenheit


American's new climate 'normal' is hotter, wetter, and more extreme

In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel New climate data released Tuesday shows temperatures across most of the US are trending up. The yearly 'normal' temperature for the country reached a record-high of 53.3 degrees over the last 30 years. Climate scientist Mike Palecki said the higher normals were one sign of ongoing climate change. See more stories on In...
Tags: Weather, Science, News, Climate Change, US, Los Angeles, Trends, North Dakota, Noaa, National, Associated Press, Michael Mann, Phoenix, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Fahrenheit, Western US


Greta Thunberg says 'we will not give up' on fighting the climate crisis

Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a conference with scientists at the COP25 Climate Conference on December 10, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Climate activist Greta Thunberg called out world leaders at a virtual press conference. Thunberg said that leaders were not doing enough to honor the 2015 Paris Climate accords. "We will not accept that ... we, the younger generation," Thunberg said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Swedi...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Trends, Speed, Paris, Un, Madrid Spain, Stefan Lofven, Pablo Blazquez Dominguez Getty, Glasgow Scotland, Climate Crisis, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Azmi Haroun


Former Senator Bill Nelson is officially NASA's new administrator. His goals: support climate research and put astronauts on the moon.

Former Senator Bill Nelson appears before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, April 21, 2021, in Washington DC. NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA officially has a new administrator: former Senator Bill Nelson was sworn in on Monday. In statements to Congress, Nelson didn't express plans to make any big changes at NASA. Nelson wants NASA to keep studying climate change and send astronauts to the moon. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA has a new leader...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Florida, Science, News, Congress, Climate Change, Washington, Senate, White House, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon


Earth has been knocked off its axis over the last 25 years, changing the locations of the north and south poles

NASA's asteroid-bound NEAR spacecraft took this mosaic image of Earth in January 1998. NEAR Spacecraft Team/JHUAPL/NASA Earth's axis - the invisible line around which it spins - is bookended by the north and south poles. The axis, and thus the poles too, shift depending on how weight is distributed across Earth's surface. Melting glaciers have changed that distribution enough to knock Earth off its axis, research shows. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since 19...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Environment, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Getty Images, Antarctica, Glaciers, Greenland, North Pole, South Pole, Reuters, Ice Melt, Aylin Woodward


A tiny, invasive bug and the climate crisis are changing how guitars are made, and shifting the course of music history

Fender; Marianne Ayala/Insider Swamp ash is a wood prized by guitar makers and musicians for its light weight and resonant sound. But flooding, and a tiny bug, threaten the wood and the sound that is synonymous with rock music. Fender is phasing out ash after 70 years of use, and ash trees could soon disappear altogether. See more stories on Insider's business page. In 1970, when Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page recorded the iconic solo on "Stairway to Heaven," he was playing a 1959 Fend...
Tags: Music, Florida, Texas, Science, Mississippi, Entertainment, Climate Change, China, Trees, US, America, Trends, Jimi Hendrix, Canada, United States, Portland


What the U.S.’s ‘Fair Share’ of Emissions Reductions Looks Like

The U.S. is the largest historical contributor to planet-warming pollution, responsible for around a quarter of all carbon dioxide ever put in the atmosphere. In the pursuit of just international climate policy, remediating those emissions requires much more than climate pledge President Joe Biden just announced.
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Government, Environment, Joe Biden, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, John Kerry, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Policy, Foreign Relations, Countries, Paris Agreement, Carbon Finance, Politics Of Climate Change, Individual And Political Action On Climate Change, S S


Climate scientists debunk 13 myths about global warming

Climate scientists Deepti Singh and Ben Cook debunk 13 myths about global warming. They talk about the relationship between climate and weather and renewable energy. Singh and Cook dive deep into the role of carbon dioxide and more on this episode of "Debunked." See more stories on Insider's business page. Benjamin Cook: "Global warming is caused by cow farts."Deepti Singh: It's not by their farts, but it's by belching.Cook: "A few degrees' difference is not a big deal." And the...
Tags: Europe, Video, Elon Musk, Science, Cook, Climate Change, Australia, China, India, Environment, US, Trends, Global Warming, Earth, United States, Myths


Greta to Congress: ‘End Fossil Fuel Subsidies Now’

Between releasing new climate commitments under the Paris Agreement and organizing an international Earth Day summit, it’s clear that President Joe Biden wants to reposition the U.S. as an international climate leader. At a hearing on Thursday, 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg offered him some…Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Joe Biden, Subsidies, Donald Trump, Fossil Fuel, Greta, American Petroleum Institute, Ro Khanna, Ilhan Omar, Energy Economics, Frank Macchiarola, Greta Thunberg


Changes to giant ocean eddies could have ‘devastating effects’ globally

Researchers fear increasing energy in these eddies could affect ability of Southern Ocean to absorb C02Swirling and meandering ocean currents that help shape the world’s climate have gone through a “global-scale reorganisation” over the past three decades, according to new research.The amount of energy in these ocean currents, which can be from 10km to 100km across and are known as eddies, has increased, having as yet unknown affects on the ocean’s ability to lock-away carbon dioxide and heat fr...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Australia news, Oceans, Southern Ocean


Whitest-ever paint could help cool heating Earth, study shows

New paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat into space, reducing need for air conditioningThe whitest-ever paint has been produced by academic researchers, with the aim of boosting the cooling of buildings and tackling the climate crisis.The new paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat through the atmosphere into space. In tests, it cooled surfaces by 4.5C below the ambient temperature, even in strong sunlight. The researchers said the paint cou...
Tags: Energy, Science, Climate Change, Environment, World news, US news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Technology sector, Energy Efficiency


Tickets for this nuclear-powered superyacht will cost $3 million for VIPs and be free to scientists and students selected to help study climate change

The Earth 300 yacht is scheduled to set sail in 2025. Earth 300 Facebook Earth 300 Facebook The Earth 300 ship is designed to be emission-free and powered by nuclear energy. Aaron Olivera, CEO of Earth 300, wants to bring the "brightest and smartest" scientists aboard. The ship is planned to set sail in 2025 with 160 scientists and 40 VIP guests. See more stories on Insider's business page. You can hitch a 10-day ride on a nuclear-powered, emission-free yacht for the price of $3 millio...
Tags: Facebook, Science, News, Climate Change, Entrepreneur, Trends, Linkedin, Earth, Porsche, Yacht, Maldives, Emissions, Coral Reefs, Royal Caribbean, Superyacht, Atomic Energy


Americans Are Already Deciding Where to Move Based on Climate Change

Having been a “climate person” for the past decade-plus has been pretty damn exhausting. Every single choice I make has involved agonizing over the environmental ramifications. But as the climate crisis has become impossible to ignore, more and more people are doing the same, including making decisions to move based…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Sea Level Rise, Earth Sciences, Sandy, Daryl Fairweather, Physical Geography, Ar Siders


Greta Thunberg says she is skipping the UN's climate change conference, citing vaccine inequality between rich and poor nations

Greta Thunberg. Thierry Monasse/Getty Images Greta Thunberg said she won't attend the UN's climate change conference over vaccine inequality. Rich countries have secured most of the world's vaccines, leaving other populations unprotected. Thunberg said many people would not be able to travel to the conference and speak as a result. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has said she is skipping the UN's climate change co...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Trends, Speed, News UK, Un, Glasgow, Solidarity, Glasgow Scotland, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Greta Thunberg Thierry Monasse Getty


The rice of the sea: how a tiny grain could change the way humanity eats

Ángel León made his name serving innovative seafood. But then he discovered something in the seagrass that could transform our understanding of the sea itself – as a vast gardenGrowing up in southern Spain, Ángel León paid little attention to the meadows of seagrass that fringed the turquoise waters near his home, their slender blades grazing him as he swam in the Bay of Cádiz.It was only decades later – as he was fast becoming known as one of the country’s most innovative chefs – that he notice...
Tags: Food, Europe, Science, Climate Change, Restaurants, Environment, Spain, World news, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Agriculture, Plants, Rice, Angel Leon, Spain Ángel León


Bitcoin uses as much energy as Sweden and is on course to use even more. Experts say that's a 'major problem' for its future.

The Kizelovskaya State District Power Plant at the Gubakhinsky Coke and Chemical Works. Russian businessman Alexei Kolesnik bought the Kizelovskaya State District Power Plant to create a data center and a bitcoin mining farm in 2018. Maxim Kimerling\TASS via Getty Images As bitcoin sores, the matrix of computers that run its software now uses as much energy as Sweden. Rising value incentivizes bitcoin "miners" to compete with each to discover new tokens. "I don't think the bitcoin indu...
Tags: Energy, Elon Musk, Science, London, Sweden, Climate Change, China, India, Environment, Trends, Iran, Bitcoin, Norway, Chemical, Jack Dorsey, Moscow Russia


Britain’s ‘brutal’ cuts to overseas aid put African science projects in peril

Lifesaving research on fighting drought and climate change at risk after snap decision to halt crucial fundingFor two years, the Rwandan-born scientist Anita Etale has been leading efforts to develop cheap methods to clean contaminated water supplies, a widespread problem in Africa.Based at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa, Etale had a £300,000 grant from Britain’s Royal Society in 2019 to build a team of researchers, who went on to develop cleaning filters using maize and ...
Tags: Politics, Science, Climate Change, Africa, Environment, UK News, World news, Britain, Higher Education, Aid, Global development, Royal Society, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Working in development, Witwatersrand University, Anita Etale


The U.S. Is One Step Closer to Establishing a Research Program to Block the Sun

There are some signs the world may be finally gearing up to tackle the root cause of the climate crisis by reducing carbon emissions. But on Wednesday, a group of scientists detailed how to develop an insurance plan if the world fails to do so.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Policy, Ocean Acidification, Geochemistry, Research Program, Physical Sciences, Solar Geoengineering, Prakash Kashwan, Academic Disciplines, Planetary Engineering, Climate Engineering, Chemical Oceanography


'Dimming the sun': $100m geoengineering research programme proposed

All options to fight climate crisis must be explored, says national academy, but critics fear side-effectsThe US should establish a multimillion-dollar research programme on solar geoengineering, according to the country’s national science academy.In a report it recommends funding of $100m (£73m) to $200m over five years to better understand the feasibility of interventions to dim the sun, the risk of harmful unintended consequences and how such technology could be governed in an ethical way. Co...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, US, World news, US news, Geoengineering


EPA's Climate Change Sub-Site Is Back, Baby

The Environmental Protection Agency relaunched its website’s climate change section on Thursday, nearly four years after the Trump administration took it offline in a bid to downplay the threats of unchecked greenhouse gas emissions.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Joe Biden, Epa, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Natural Environment, Trump, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Michael Regan, Climate Change Denial, Presidency Of Donald Trump, Politics Of Climate Change


Thanks to a secret Cold War project, researchers found fossilized plants 4,500 feet under Greenland's ice sheet

Crevasses on top of the Helheim glacier near Tasiilaq, Greenland, on June 19, 2018. Reuters/Lucas Jackson Greenland's ice sheet disappeared at least once in the last million years, a new study found. The discovery came after fossilized plants were found deep below the ice. The fossils were collected as part of a Cold War project but weren't analyzed until recently. See more stories on Insider's business page. During the Cold War, US Army scientists planned to hide hundreds of ...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, US, Trends, Cold War, Earth, Ussr, Greenland, US Army, Christ, Melting Glaciers, University Of Vermont, Soviet Union, PAUL, Greenland Ice Sheet


Shocking Findings Show the Amazon May Already Be a Greenhouse Gas Emitter

Historically, the Amazon rainforest has been one of the planet’s most important sources of carbon sequestration, caching billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere every year. For decades, scientists have cautioned us not to take this crucial service for granted, warning that in just 15 years, the Amazon could …Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Amazon Rainforest, Greenhouse Gas, Earth Sciences, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Effects Of Climate Change, Physical Sciences, Luiz Lula da Silva, Jair Bolsonaro, Natural Sciences, Environmental Research Center, Climate Forcing


We Have a Chance to Keep the Tropics Habitable

If we can hit the most aggressive targets set by the Paris Agreement, we could stave off the worst health impacts for people living in one of the most climate-vulnerable areas on Earth. A study published Monday in Nature Geoscience projects that the tropics will stay habitable to humans if we can keep warming below…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Earth, Meteorology, Temperature, Fahrenheit, Yi Zhang, Humidity, Heat Wave, Physical Geography, Atmospheric Thermodynamics, Psychrometrics, Dry Bulb Temperature, Thermodynamic Temperature, Wet Bulb Temperature


What's the Most Climate-Safe Place in the World?

It is easy to be pessimistic about the future. It is also easy to scientifically verify that pessimism through persuasive papers and charts. It is easier still to lose yourself in bleak visions of fires and floods, food and water shortages, widespread human suffering, violent apocalyptic cults, bad wi-fi, and from…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Climate Risk, Water Scarcity, Geography, Climate Change Policy, Natural Environment, Varga, Effects Of Climate Change, Camilo Mora, Jesse Keenan, Climate Resilience, Disaster Accident, Lauren Nishimura


Climate Change Is Killing Butterflies in the American West

Butterflies play essential role in pollinating wild plants and crops. Which makes a new study published in Science on Thursday such bad news. It shows the climate crisis is posing an existential threat to their survival, particularly in the American West.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Nature, Citizen Science, Habitat, Conservation Biology, Effects Of Climate Change, West Read, Monarch Butterfly Migration, Philosophy Of Biology, Physical Geography, Climate Variability And Change, Matthew Forister, Environment And Environmental Sciences


An iceberg the size of Los Angeles just broke off Antarctica - and it could happen again within weeks

A view of the North Rift crack on the Brunt Ice Shelf in February 2021. Sebastian Gleich/British Antarctic Survey Videos show a 490-square-mile iceberg breaking off Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf. NASA is keeping tabs on two other giant cracks in the ice shelf that are growing rapidly. The shifting ice has forced British scientists to relocate the nearby Halley Research Station. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf is replete with giant cracks....
Tags: Science, News, Wales, Climate Change, Environment, Los Angeles, Trends, Global Warming, Nasa, Antarctica, Manhattan, South America, Iceberg, Delaware, Antarctic, Swansea University


Climatologist Michael E Mann: 'Good people fall victim to doomism. I do too sometimes'

The author and eminent climate scientist on the deniers’ new tactics and why positive change feels closer than it has done in 20 yearsMichael E Mann is one of the world’s most influential climate scientists. He rose to prominence in 1999 as the co-author of the “hockey-stick graph”, which showed the sharp rise in global temperatures since the industrial age. This was the clearest evidence anyone had provided of the link between human emissions and global warming. This made him a target. He and o...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Science and scepticism, Michael E Mann, yearsMichael E Mann


New UN Climate Report Puts the World on 'Red Alert' for Climate Catastrophe

Leading climate scientists are freaking out. That’s a clear takeaway from the latest report commissioned by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the international body that represents the 197 signatories of the Paris Climate Agreement, which was released Friday. Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Government, Environment, United Nations, United Nations Environment Programme, Foreign Relations, Countries, Antonio Guterres, Paris Agreement, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Patricia Espinosa, Individual And Political Action On Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goal 13, Nationally Determined Contributions


Why science denial and science negation are different

What makes a person espouse an ideology so intensely as to negate the reality of well-established facts? Perhaps the differences between negation and denial can help us understand.Negation looks to the past, while denial looks to the present and future. We negate a historical fact and we deny the reality in front of us. Negation involves a conscious choice to lie, even if it involves the suffering of millions. Denial is subtler and, surprisingly, we all do it.Climate change conflates both negati...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Science, Climate Change, Environment, US, America, Earth, United States, Innovation, John, Mind, Trump, Capitol, Becker, Ernest Becker



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