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Climate scientists predict future with lower average rainfall

Climate scientists said Wednesday they found evidence to back predictions for a future with lower average rainfall, even though Earth’s past warming episodes had led to more precipitation, not less. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers said they had found proof that global warming caused by Man’s greenhouse-gas emissions has…

Pat Robertson: Global warming a hoax because no SUVs on Mars

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday pointed to the fact that there were no sport utility vehicles (SUVs) or oil refineries on Mars as evidence that claims of global warming on Earth were a hoax. Following a segment about how European climate change activists were like a “religious cult,” Robertson explained…

No ice loss seen in major Himalayan glaciers

One of the world’s biggest glacier regions has so far resisted global warming that has ravaged mountain ice elsewhere, scientists reported on Sunday. For years, experts have debated the state of glaciers that smother nearly 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq. miles) of theKarakoram range in the western Himalayas. Straddling parts of China, Pakistan and India, the…

Global warming scientists foresee Sun-reflecting cities

PARIS — Scientists sketched a vision on Friday of converting the world’s cities into giant sunlight reflectors to help fight global warming but met with scepticism from fellow academics. Gradually replacing traditional urban roofs and roads with white or lighter-coloured materials would yield a cooling benefit that, over 50 years,…

New research proves rising carbon dioxide levels led to climate change before

A scientific conundrum that has puzzled climate experts for years may have been solved with the publication of research showing how an increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere contributed to rising temperatures millions of years ago. The paper, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, has wide-ranging implications…

Science is political. Get over it.

I may get tired of using Pete Campbell pulling faces to illustrate my posts, but not yet. Not yet. I remember how, just a couple of years ago, there was a lot of hand-wringing in skeptic circles over whether or not to apply rationalist thinking to religious claims, mainly because…

Worldwide water crisis looms without action on waste: UN

Water problems in many parts of the world are chronic and without a crackdown on waste will worsen as demand for food rises and climate change intensifies, the UN warned on Sunday. Issued on the eve of a six-day gathering on world water issues, the United Nations, in a massive…

Even mild global warming could completely melt Greenland’s ice cap

The Greenland icesheet is more sensitive to global warming than thought, for just a relatively small — but very long term — temperature rise would melt it completely, according to a study published on Sunday. Previous research has suggested it would need warming of at least 3.1 degrees Celsius (5.6…

Santorum: Global warming is ‘political science’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Friday blasted rivals former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for their past support of legislation to combat global warming, saying that politicians shouldn’t change “when the climate changes.” “When the climate changed about man-made global warming in this country…

Astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson schools former GM exec Lutz on climate change

Popular astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History Neil deGrasse Tyson schooled former vice-chairman of General Motors Bob Lutz on the reality of climate change during Friday night's edition of Real Time with Bill Maher. …

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