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Global Warming and Climate Change skepticism examined. We’re Running out of Water. Study: The Gulf Stream system may already be weakening. That's not good. In the 2004 disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, climate change causes a major disruption of ocean currents in the Atlantic Ocean, which in turn brings about a sudden ice age in New York City.

Study: The Gulf Stream system may already be weakening. That's not good.

That scenario was ridiculous and overwrought. Still, the underlying idea that global warming could mess with some important ocean circulation systems actually isn't that far-fetched. The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse. Students launch desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic. Three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and extruder that turns plastic waste into the material needed for 3D printing.

Students launch desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic

Bad news: Brazil is losing huge chunks of Amazon rainforest again. Brazil's battle against deforestation was one of the biggest environmental success stories of the last decade.

Bad news: Brazil is losing huge chunks of Amazon rainforest again

Between 2005 and 2012, the amount of Amazon rainforest cut down each year fell by 70 percent: (Nepstad et al, 2014) Interaction of ocean oscillations caused 'false pause' in global warming. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.-- The recent slowdown in climate warming is due, at least in part, to natural oscillations in the climate, according to a team of climate scientists, who add that these oscillations represent variability internal to the climate system.

Interaction of ocean oscillations caused 'false pause' in global warming

They do not signal any slowdown in human-caused global warming. "We know that it is important to distinguish between human-caused and natural climate variability so we can assess the impact of human-caused climate change on a variety of phenomena including drought and weather extremes," said Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Penn State. "The North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans appear to be drivers of substantial natural, internal climate variability on timescales of decades. " Mann, Byron A. Steinman, assistant professor of geological sciences, University of Minnesota-Duluth and a former Penn State National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow and Penn State researcher Sonya K.

This is the dumbest thing that happened on the Senate floor today. Get ready for it: Yep, that's Sen.

This is the dumbest thing that happened on the Senate floor today

James Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma, throwing a snowball to prove that global warming isn't really happening. "We keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record," Inhofe said. "So I ask the chair," — referring to Sen. Leading Climate Denier and Harvard Scientist Took $1.2 Million Bribe From Oil Companies. Wei-Hock Soon, an aerospace engineer and a part-time employee at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is one of the few respected scientists who spoke against the general consensus that human activity is a significant contributor to climate change.

Leading Climate Denier and Harvard Scientist Took $1.2 Million Bribe From Oil Companies

He has published 11 papers on climate change since 2008. However, it was recently shown that he received $1.2 million from oil companies in exchange for his “science”. According to leaked documents, the papers were simply “deliverables” that he completed in exchange for their money. He used the same term to describe a testimony he prepared for Congress. Science against money. Sundarbans islands disappear into sea, India, Bangladesh unprepared for 13 million-person exodus. Last Updated Feb 19, 2015 1:24 PM EST BALI ISLAND, India -- The tiny hut sculpted out of mud at the edge of the sea is barely large enough for Bokul Mondol and his family to lie down.

Sundarbans islands disappear into sea, India, Bangladesh unprepared for 13 million-person exodus

The water has taken everything else from them, and one day it almost certainly will take this, too. No Fire Required! 500 Showers Heated by One Small Compost Pile. A water main in East Portland is now powering your lightbulbs - Portland Business Journal. Lucid Energy.

A water main in East Portland is now powering your lightbulbs - Portland Business Journal

These Congressmen Think They’re Smarter Than Scientists. Jon Stewart Disproves That Real Quick. Global Warming:A Chilling Perspective. A Brief History of Ice Ages and Warming Causes of Global Climate Change Playing with Numbers A Matter of Opinion Unraveling the Earth's Temperature Record Stopping Climate Change A Brief History of Ice Ages and Warming Global warming started long before the "Industrial Revolution" and the invention of the internal combustion engine.

Global Warming:A Chilling Perspective

Global warming began 18,000 years ago as the earth started warming its way out of the Pleistocene Ice Age-- a time when much of North America, Europe, and Asia lay buried beneath great sheets of glacial ice. Earth's climate and the biosphere have been in constant flux, dominated by ice ages and glaciers for the past several million years. We are currently enjoying a temporary reprieve from the deep freeze. Approximately every 100,000 years Earth's climate warms up temporarily. Approximately 15,000 years ago the earth had warmed sufficiently to halt the advance of glaciers, and sea levels worldwide began to rise.

UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high - Science. GENEVA — Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the UN weather agency said Tuesday.

UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high - Science

The heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of global warming rose to worldwide concentrations of 396 parts per million last year, the biggest year-to-year change in three decades, the World Meteorological Organization said in an annual report. Continue reading below That’s an increase of 2.9 parts per million from the previous year and is 42 percent higher than before the Industrial Age, when levels were about 280 parts per million. Based on the current rate, the world’s carbon dioxide pollution level is expected to cross the 400 parts per million threshold by 2016, said organization Secretary General Michel Jarraud. They Took A Camera To A Remote Area In Greenland, And What They Recorded Is Simply Terrifying. Researchers show Earth's magnetic reversal occurs faster than previously thought.

A study by researchers from UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Italy and France shows that the most recent reversal of Earth’s magnetic field occurred in fewer than 100 years, which is much more rapidly than previously believed. Courtney Sprain, campus graduate student, and Paul Renne, director of the Berkeley Geochronology Center and a campus earth and planetary sciences professor, worked with overseas researchers to study the magnetic properties of sediments in Italy. When They Brought These Wolves Into The Park, They Had No Idea This Would Happen. Louisiana Loses Its Boot — Matter. An Open Source Plastic-Recycling Machine, From the Inventor of Phonebloks. Last fall, Dutch designer Dave Hakkens released Plonebloks, a concept for a modular phone that set the internet on fire. Dave Hakkens Hakkens, a recent graduate of The Design Academy in Eindhoven, actually had another thesis project that year: Precious Plastics.

The series of magpie-like machines turn discarded plastic bottles and trash into new housewares. Big Freeze Triggered by Flood Path Reckon Climate Scientists : environment : NatureWorldNews. Nov 13, 2012 12:56 AM EST. US Solar. Carbon emissions 'will defer Ice Age' 9 January 2012Last updated at 06:20 By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News. Climate Change: Study Says Dire Warnings Fuel Skepticism. Report: 97 percent of scientists say man-made climate change is real - Science Fair: Science and Space News. Updated 2010-06-22 5:43 PM Forget the four out of five dentists who recommend Trident…. Old Military Planes to Drop 900,000 Tree-Bombs a Day. Wik-Bee Leaks: EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees. Climate Change Debate Unfolded.