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Environmental crunch ‘worse than thought’: OECD

Pressures on Earth’s ecosystem are now so great that future generations could be doomed to falling living standards, the OECD said on Thursday in a report looking to the mid-century. “Providing for a further two billion people by 2050 and improving the living standards for all will challenge our ability…

Scientists use Thoreau’s journal notes to track climate change

By Alison Flood – Researchers use Walden author’s tables of flowering dates in 1840s Massachusetts to show temperature has risen 2.4C Fittingly for a man seen as the first environmentalist, Henry David Thoreau, who described his isolated life in 1840s Massachusetts in the classic of American literature Walden, is now…

Climate change threatens Seychelles habitat

Bursts of torrential rain lash the idyllic white beaches of theSeychelles, where conservationists fear that rare species such as the giant tortoise are at severe risk from climate change. As changing season patterns bring harsher storms and much longer dry spells, international organisations are helping fight climate change in the tiny nation, the only one…

Salt-loving wheat could help ease food crisis

PARIS — Plant scientists on Sunday said they had bred a strain of wheat that thrives in saline soils, boosting the quest to feed Earth’s growing population at a time of water stress and climate change. Durum wheat with a salt-loving gene had yields which were up to 25 percent…

‘SimCity’ game rebuilt for age of climate change

Climate change is coming to SimCity. A new version of the city-building computer game that factors in real-world consequences of energy choices has won endorsements from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and the director of the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” “We are updating SimCity with technology of today and…

Australia’s Barrier Reef to get Google treatment

Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef will broadcast their findings in partnership with Google, emulating its “Street View” to spotlight the impact of climate change. The University of Queensland’s Seaview Survey will use custom-designed cameras and diving robots to plumb never-before-seen depths of the reef off Australia’s northeast coast.…

TED’s tech giants lectured on perils of gadget worship

Silicon Valley giants at the prestigious TED innovation conference were warned that the worship of technology will ruin the world before it saves it. Activist and author Paul Gilding made a case on Tuesday for the peril of obsession with modern technology and how lust for the latest gadgets is…

More Americans believe in climate change: poll

WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that climate change is real — the highest level in two years — as the public trusted its own observations of rising temperatures, a poll said Tuesday. The growing acceptance of global warming comes despite fierce political division over the issue in the…

Fresh scandal embroils U.S. climate science debate

WASHINGTON — A fresh scandal over climate change has erupted in the United States after leaked documents appeared to show a right-wing funded campaign to influence how climate science is taught in schools. The internal budget and strategy documents from a Chicago-based non-profit group called the Heartland Institute were made…

Stark warning emerges from summit: science is ‘under siege’

A stark theme emerged from an annual scientific get-together in Vancouver: the world must be helped to believe in science again or it could be too late to save our planet. Science is “under siege,” top academics and educators were warned repeatedly at the American Association for the Advancement of…

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