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Nature Is Speaking: Mother Nature. This herb could be the secret to curbing cows’ climate-changing burps. Oregano may seem like an unlikely ingredient in the fight against climate change.

This herb could be the secret to curbing cows’ climate-changing burps

But this modest herb could make cows’ methane-heavy belches — a big contributor to the warming of our planet — a little less potent. Oregano’s essential oil contains carvacrol, an antimicrobial that kills off some of the methane-producing bacteria in the cow’s rumen. Danish researchers who are investigating oregano’s methane-suppressing abilities hope that it could reduce cows’ methane emissions by a quarter. Nearly 15 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to livestock, and 65 percent of that total comes from raising beef and dairy cattle. NPR points out that oregano oil isn’t the only solution to cutting down cows’ ballooning emissions. City resilience: Sandia analyzes effects of rising sea levels in Norfolk. The Pope on Climate Change, Science, and Morality: Can His Message Change the Conversation? Pope Francis has something important to say about climate change, and deniers who have used religion as their last bastion should take note.

The Pope on Climate Change, Science, and Morality: Can His Message Change the Conversation?

In this Pope’s world, science and religion are calling in harmony – and with urgency – for action on climate. The Pope is a leader of many firsts: the first Latin American pontiff, the first Jesuit, likely the first with a chemistry degree, and the first to issue a formal teaching for Catholics around the world that equates climate action with caring for one another. A recent poll indicates he will reach a very receptive audience. Jonathan Franzen is confused about climate change, but then, lots of people are. Jonathan Franzen, noted author of depressing literary fiction, has taken to the pages of The New Yorker to lament that no one cares about saving birds any more because all anyone cares about is climate change, and anyway, maybe we should just let humanity burn from climate change and save the birds because birds aren’t big jerks like people.

Jonathan Franzen is confused about climate change, but then, lots of people are

The essay is … not good. Just qua essay, really not good. I can’t imagine The New Yorker publishing it under any other byline. UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. BOULDER — New research demonstrates for the first time that an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations thousands of years ago was a key factor in causing substantially more rainfall in two major regions of Africa.

UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

The finding provides new evidence that the current increase in greenhouse gases will have an important impact on Africa’s future climate. The study, led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), is being published this week in Science. “The future impact of greenhouse gases on rainfall in Africa is a critical socioeconomic issue,” said NCAR scientist Bette Otto-Bliesner, the lead author. Crops play a major role in the annual CO2 cycle increase. Nov. 19, 2014 While the area of farmed land has not significantly increased, the production efficiency of that land has.

Crops play a major role in the annual CO2 cycle increase

Intensive agricultural management over the last 50 years has had a profound impact, UW-Madison researchers say. Photo: Jeff Miller Each year, the planet balances its budget. Warming reaches maximum 10 years after carbon dioxide emission. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Washington, D.C.

Warming reaches maximum 10 years after carbon dioxide emission

—The climate warming caused by a single carbon emission takes only about 10 years to reach its maximum effect. This is important because it refutes the common misconception that today’s emissions won’t be felt for decades and that they are a problem for future generations. For the first time, a study conducted by Carnegie's Katharine Ricke and Ken Caldeira has evaluated how long it takes to feel the maximum warming effect caused by a single carbon emission. Their work is published in Environmental Research Letters. Must-See Video: Jon Stewart Tackles Climate Deniers in Congress.

How climate change is like street harassment. When I was in grad school I took a small seminar course on Reasons and Persons, the landmark work of British analytic philosopher Derek Parfit.

How climate change is like street harassment

It’s an extraordinary book, and a difficult one. I recall it made me extremely agitated, even angry — it helped push me away from analytic philosophy for good — though the reasons why are lost to the fog of memory. (That would have been about 16 years ago, he said, oldly.) Berkeley Lab Scientists ID New Driver Behind Arctic Warming. How to get Republicans to stop using the “I’m not a scientist” dodge. In 2012, when Sen.

How to get Republicans to stop using the “I’m not a scientist” dodge

Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was asked by GQ how old the Earth is, he demurred, “I’m not a scientist, man.” This was not a smooth move. It made him sound like a dumb frat boy. You don’t need to be a scientist to know the Earth is roughly 4.54 billion years old, any more than you need to be a scientist to know the Earth is round or it revolves around the sun. All you need to know is what scientists have determined, which Rubio, who sits on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, should know. What Rubio feared, of course, was alienating the religious extremists in his party, who believe the Earth is only 6,000 to 10,000 years old because the Bible, if taken literally, says it is.

Obama calls out climate deniers, asks young people to force climate change issue. In giving the commencement address at the University of California-Irvine on Saturday, President Obama called on young people to push the climate change issue past its current partisan divide.

Obama calls out climate deniers, asks young people to force climate change issue

The speech was particularly notable for Obama’s forthright confrontation of climate change deniers. He took oblique shots at the silly pseudo-scientific proclamations of Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Boehner Says He's 'Not Qualified' To Talk About Climate Science. Here's How Scientists Responded. By Emily Atkin "Boehner Says He’s ‘Not Qualified’ To Talk About Climate Science.

Boehner Says He's 'Not Qualified' To Talk About Climate Science. Here's How Scientists Responded.

Here’s How Scientists Responded. " House Speaker John Boehner. CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite When House Speaker John Boehner told a group of reporters on Thursday that he would not discuss climate change on the grounds that he, himself, was not a scientist, he joined the ranks of other prominent Republican politicians who have refused to talk about the issue on the same grounds. Find climate change terrifying? Stephen Colbert has a refreshing solution. It’s been a bummer couple of weeks when it comes to apocalyptic climate change news.

First, the National Climate Assessment came out, letting us know that, hey, climate change got our invitation and may be showing up a little early to the party – in fact, it’s already in the corner eating all the dip, guzzling all the drinks, and trying to light the couch on fire. Then, that darn West Antarctic ice sheet decided it had enough and is in irreversible collapse. “It is so terrifying,” Stephen Colbert says, “that it left a carbon footprint … in my pants.” So, what can the carbon-soiled among us do? Colbert’s solution: “Fuck it!” I’m going to use the “fuck it” principle for other painful realities I’ve been trying to ignore. Military experts are worried about climate change, and you should be too. America is coming under attack, say 16 retired generals and admirals, and the attacker is climate change. In 2007, the Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board sounded an unprecedented alarm over national security threats posed by global warming.

Now the group has been asked again to advise the U.S. government on climate-change risks, and again it says there’s lots to be concerned about. In a new report released on Tuesday, the retired military leaders say, “we validate the findings of our first report” and, in many cases, “the risks we identified are advancing noticeably faster than we anticipated.” Here are some highlights from the report: Rubio: 'I Don't Agree' With 'Notion' Of Climate Change. Everything is Connected. Eli Ens, the co-director of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Tribal Parks, embraces his people’s Ha’huulthii — traditional territory — from the top of the Wah-nah-jus (Lone Cone Mountain) at the western edge of the Meares Island Tribal Park. The Tribal Parks are land and sea designations within Tla-o-qui-aht territory, managed by and for the Tla-o-qui-aht people to better harmonize environmental and human wellbeing.Photograph by Gleb Raygorodetsky.

Like other indigenous First Nation communities throughout Canada, the Tla-o-qui-aht people are survivors. Over a century of cultural genocide, Christianisation, forced assimilation, land alienation and re-settlement reduced their numbers tenfold and pushed them to the brink of extinction. Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come. Photo YOKOHAMA, Japan — Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported on Monday, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.

Amazon inhales more carbon than it emits. This finding resolves a long-standing debate about a key component of the overall carbon balance of the Amazon basin. “The study is the first to characterise forest disturbances across all spatial scales from a few square metres to hundreds of hectares across the entire Amazon,” according to co-author Professor Emanuel Gloor of the University of Leeds, who jointly led the study. Geosciences (GEO) News - Computer model predicts vastly different ecosystem in Antarctica's Ross Sea in the coming century. Press Release 14-028 Computer model predicts vastly different ecosystem in Antarctica's Ross Sea in the coming century. : Climate Change a Growing "Threat Multiplier," Says Pentagon. Pentagon showing global leadership on climate threats.

Rooftop considerations amidst climate change. Tree growth never slows. YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY Trailer. Climate change drives Florida mangroves northward. Mongabay.com December 30, 2013 A decline in the frequency of extreme cold weather in Florida has allowed coastal mangrove forests to expand northward, finds a study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research, based on analysis of satellite and temperate data, found that mangroves in the Miami area and northward have expanded by 1,240 hectares since 1984. "Between Cape Canaveral National Seashore and Saint Augustine, mangroves doubled in area," noted a statement issued by the University of Maryland. Dear Donald Trump: Winter does not disprove global warming. An intense blizzard, appropriately named Hercules, is blanketing the Northeast. Antarctic ice locked in a Russian ship containing a team of scientists — en route, no less, to do climate research.

Record low temperatures have been seen in parts of the U.S., and in Winnipeg, temperatures on Dec. 31 were as cold as temperatures on … Mars. Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2. If you thought CO2 and methane were contenders for the most destructive greenhouse gases on the planet, then you will be shocked to learn that researchers have discovered another chemical that is considerably more damaging. Reflecting Sunlight Into Space Is The Cheapest Way To Prevent Climate Change. A few months ago we posted “5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change” – a list of geoengineering concepts put forward to stop the planet from warming. Is it Too Late for Sustainable Development? Why climate activists should get over their preoccupation with pipelines.

University - Without plants, Earth would cook under billions of tons of additional carbon. Study concludes climate change will wreak havoc on oceans by 2100. Climate Change Mitigation Avoids Biodiversity Loss - News. A unique collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world's species. Trapped Antarctic Methane Could Escape, Worsen Warming. Scientists Uncover Evidence Of Impending Tipping Point For Earth. AMS confirms Climate Change and Man's Role. Climate Change Mitigation Avoids Biodiversity Loss - News. Seabirds Face Risks from Climate Change. Littlest continent had biggest role in sea level drop.

‘Nobody understands’ spills at Alberta oil sands operation. CO2 levels hit new peak at key observatory. Bill McKibben's Thought Bubble. When it comes to the environment, many conservatives don’t like conserving. Giant Sequoias Face Looming Threat from Shifting Climate by Bruce Dorminey. 'No-one is listening to the entire scientific community': global carbon emissions set to hit new high.

Paradigm shift needed to avert global environmental collapse, according to author of new book The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse. Warnings of global ecological tipping points may be overstated. Why you should care about permafrost. Global warming - 56 million years ago. The interconnectedness of the Environment and the Economy. More Than 3,500 U.S. Weather Records Smashed in 2012. State of the Climate.

Delayed action raises costs of climate change, study says. Over 70 percent of Americans: climate change worsening extreme weather. Climate change on the Tibetan Plateau. Next global warming worry: Thawing tundra. U.S. Fires 2012. NRDC's Plan to Reduce Power Plant Emissions. Nepal, Bhutan to closely monitor air pollutants. The moral logic of climate communication. Climate change mitigation 'far cheaper than inaction' How climate change may be worsening Hurricane Sandy. David Attenborough: U.S. politicians duck climate change because of cost.

September tied for world's warmest on record. Will we need to pull carbon out of the atmosphere to save ourselves? Himalayan glaciers debate: melting or growing? News - Earth sunblock only needed if planet warms easily. Getting Wise to Owls to Help Gauge Climate Change. Obama and Romney Guardedly Address Climate Change. Climate Change Linked to Waterborne Diseases in Inuit Communities. The London Olympics Prepares For the Summer By Planning for the Long Term.