Climate-related food impacts could kill half a million annually

The impacts of climate change on the global food supply could lead to more than 500,000 deaths a year by 2050, according to a new study in the Lancet. Droughts, floods, and other climate-related impacts will hurt crop yields and

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Climate change is fueling an impending malnutrition crisis, even for the well-fed

According to a study released in the medical journal Lancet, climate change could result in the deaths of half a million adults due to malnutrition per year by 2050. The modelling study, conducted by the University of Oxford’s Marco Springmann,

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Why America abandoned nuclear power

There’s a compelling argument that the world ought to be building many more nuclear power plants. We’ll need vast amounts of carbon-free energy to stave off global warming. It’s not at all clear that renewables can do the job alone.

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Environmental risks killing 12.6 million people, WHO study says

Nearly one in four deaths are linked to unhealthy environments and are avoidable, a new World Health Organisation study – the first major assessment of environmental risk since 2006 – has shown. It suggests environmental risks now contribute to more than 100

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How electric cars will cause the next oil crisis

With all good technologies, there comes a time when buying the alternative no longer makes sense. Think smartphones in the past decade, color TVs in the 1970s, or even gasoline cars in the early 20th century. Predicting the timing of

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How cheap oil is undermining Obama’s fuel economy rules

One of the central planks in President Obama’s climate plan is a rule to ratchet up fuel economy standards through 2025. New US cars and light trucks are supposed to get better and better mileage with each passing year. At

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What determines whether people accept climate science? Politics, politics, politics

What kind of person doesn’t believe that climate change is a problem? What kind of person does? Behold a new set of answers to this thorny social science question, released in the journal Nature Climate Change. Or rather, a whole

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Europe’s big utility are finally ready for renewables

For years the major European utilities have struggled to modernise their business – sticking with fossil fuels and delaying the transition to renewables. That appears to be changing. Where Ceos such as Nrg Energy’s David Crane once lost their jobs for

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Can wildlife adapt to climate change?

With rising temperatures and seas, massive droughts, and changing landscapes, successfully adapting to climate change is increasingly important. For humans, this can mean using technology to find solutions. But for some plants and animals, adapting to these changes involves the

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Renewable energy in Germany 2015

Against all resistance solar power in Germany was breaking records in 2015. With 36.8 billion kilowatt hours, photovoltaics actually generated 5.4% more solar energy than the year before. Sunny weather in April boosts solar power generation, providing a peak power

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