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Diamonds forever at sea

As demand for diamonds increases and the mines that dig them out of the ground are exhausted, the alternative, thanks to technological advances, lies under water. 
Extracting those minerals, however, could cause an ecological catastrophe.

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An inconvenient activist


Al Gore is back in the spotlight with his cause célèbre: the perils of climate change. His new documentary is out, and 
it comes at a moment when the world’s largest economy 
is reconsidering its commitments. 

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Trump lets China take the lead

By backing off on climate change agreements and ignoring the ever-growing industry of renewable energy, the new US president is assuring that China will eventually become a future energy leader.

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Heavy metal fish

Recent studies show that climate change associated with pollution has led to an increase in mercury levels found in fish. Unfortunately, lowering the levels is more complicated than just controlling emissions.

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Funding the big lie

Americans are confused about what scientists have concluded with regard to climate change. That’s because the fossil fuel industry has been systematically funding a misinformation campaign about the role of carbon emissions in order to protect their interests.

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When home is a floating island

With the climate heating up, glaciers melting and sea levels rising, coastal cities are in danger. One solution is to build high-tech floating islands that will rise and fall with the water.

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From worst polluter to cleaner investor

China is in the midst of a renewable energy revolution. Plagued by growing air pollution and the need to import fossil fuels from abroad, Beijing’s energy strategy is beginning to pay off both economically and environmentally.

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Polar meltdowns and hungry reindeer

As the temperature at the poles rises, so do the water levels throughout the rest of the world. One of the first victims is the reindeer population. The rest of the world will no doubt follow.

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Climate change paradox

Although the scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the claim that global warming has been gravely exacerbated by human activity, there are some phenomena, such as growing atoll islands, that give cause for skepticism.

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Brexit's climate castaways

As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, many of its commitments to EU regulations on climate regulations will be reconsidered. And the correlation between Brexiters and climate deniers is disturbing. 

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The death of Lake Poopò

The evaporation of a lake in the Bolivian Andes is indicative of the key issue surrounding climate change negotiations: how to reconcile emissions reduction without affecting the economic growth of developing countries.

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Organic dogmatists

The crusade against GMOs has gotten out of hand. Despite volumes of scientific studies, Greenpeace insists on denouncing agricultural biotech innovations as unsafe. Unfortunately, the planet’s poorest will pay the highest price. 

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Don't mention the climate

Many sites across the world are at risk from climate change. But some governments would prefer not to have too much publicity in that regard, lest the gathering reality have a negative impact on tourism.

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On the dotted line

The signing of the Paris Agreement by 175 parties is a major step in stemming climate change. But the future will be a long hard slog to keep the world from overheating.

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Counting tree rings in the doldrums

What do narrow tree rings in Florida have to do with encroaching glaciers in Greenland? Both are connected to a lull in sunspot activity.

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Cheap oil and climate change

The sudden drop in oil prices has significant implications for oil extraction and, consequently, on carbon emissions. 

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Too hot for chocolate

Climate change may soon be affecting the world’s most important chocolate- producing regions. Barring a concerted effort by farmers and producers to adapt,
the world’s chocolate lovers may face a dire situation in the not- so-distant future. 

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Feat or fraud?

The climate agreement signed in Paris has been hailed as a great achievement by leaders and participants at the Climate Change Conference. Some important critics, however, see it as an outright fraud.

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Prelude to a climate deal

As we gear up for the Paris climate conference, there are signs to encourage the optimists: the bilateral agreement between the US and China, and an understanding that fixing policy is more effective than reducing gases.

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The Pope weighs in on climate change

In his most recent encyclical, the Pope has called on all people, not just Christians, to take responsibility for protecting creation against humanity’s self-destructive streak.

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When the weather forces migration

Severe climate change disrupts societies and creates political instability. In Syria, just prior to the civil war, a prolonged drought forced large segments of the population from the countryside to the city.

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Wind kicks up in the energy mix

New technologies have combined with government incentives to raise the profile of wind power. Despite its persistent shortcomings, wind should prove to be a crucial element in our energy future.

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Brown is the new green

California’s drought is the worst since records have been kept. If it continues, then the state will be forced to make the regulatory and infrastructure changes it has thus far been reluctant to make.

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The climate finance dilemma

At every summit on climate change nations make pledges to contribute to the financing of initiatives. Over the years, developing countries have become cautious regarding commitments from developed countries, which do not always materialize.

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The climate change paradox

Carbon emissions lead to more CO2, which plants use to make their food. Studies are now registering more plant life in the world. This might be due
to an increase in carbon emissions. So in effect, the main culprit of global warming might become responsible for a greener planet.

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Decoupling strategy

One of the biggest obstacles in achieving a climate change agreement has been a seeming contradiction between the right to growth of the developing world and energy related emissions reduction.

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Climate financing

Tackling climate change requires investment. But the source of this investment has led to conflict at recent summits to address the issue. One development is the steady increase of developing economies helping other developing economies.

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Miraculous clean energy

In an attempt to lower carbon emissions, a movement to boycott investment in fossil fuels has begun. While the motives may be noble, the efforts, upon closer inspection, are rather unrealistic.

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Aliens invade the Mediterranean

Thanks to the Suez Canal, many alien organisms have entered the Mediterranean Sea. With Egypt planning to widen the channel, an environmental challenge must be addressed with methods that will prevent a potential ecosystem upheaval. 

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Sealing the climate deal

The US-China agreement on carbon emissions is a positive step forward, but closer inspection shows that it was formulated in a way that would not arouse too much opposition from domestic opponents on either side.

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Europe’s quest for energy security

As winter approaches Europeans are again realizing just how vulnerable they are when it comes to fuel supplies. This awareness is pushing the EU to establish a unified Regional Policy in order to protect its fuel sources.

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Toward a low carbon diet

If we are to combat global warming, shifting energy systems towards carbon neutral technologies will be essential. Carbon capture and storage can help reach international goals.

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China’s clean technology

The next frontier of Chinese economic growth could come in part from a much needed effort to curtail the pollution in its major cities and make residential buildings on the whole greener.

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When oil becomes a liability

Although the world economy is still highly dependent on fossil fuels, we are approaching a point in time when oil will not be worth the trouble. At the forefront in preparations is one of the world’s biggest oil-producing nations.

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Sunshine state under water

The US state of Florida, especially the city of Miami, is vulnerable to sea level rise. Almost everyone agrees that something needs to be done. Unfortunately, some politicians fear alienating the economic interests that support them.

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Waiting for the Big One

Southern California had been enjoying a respite in seismic activity until an earthquake hit this year. Now the fear of a long overdue giant quake has got the population on edge.

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Climate change as security threat

The US government’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review explores the implications of climate change on defense strategy. Can it also extrapolate the security benefits of reducing carbon emissions?

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Waterskiing at the Winter Olympics

As global temperatures rise, possible sites for the Winter Olympics are diminishing. A new report shows that skiers at once storied Olympic sites will soon be struggling with slush.

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The money behind the climate debate

The money sustaining the climate change counter-movement comes largely from vested business interests. But rather than using it to fudge scientific data, which is harder than it seems, the fund go mostly to PR and lobbying.

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