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Philippines investigates Shell and Exxon over climate change

Can Chevron, ExxonMobil and BP be held accountable for the vulnerable communities most affected by climate change? It’s a question a legal case in the Philippines could answer. Last month, lawyers for the petitioners met with the Commission on Human

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Pressures and shocks are expected to increase in the future

Today, 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities. Urban spaces will require an additional 100 to 200 million hectares of land within the next 40 years. Developing countries will need to invest US$ 209 billion by 2050 to

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How many people can our planet really support?

Overpopulation. It is a word that makes politicians wince, and is often described as the “elephant in the room” in discussions about the future of the planet. You often hear people citing overpopulation as the single biggest threat to the

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Drilling for Earthquakes

To Cathy Wallace, the earthquakes that have been rattling her tidy suburban home in Dallas feel like underground thunderstorms. First comes a distant roar, then a boom and a jolt. Her house shakes and the windows shudder. Framed prints on

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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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US climate policies boosted economy $2.2 billion in 2013

Going green by switching to renewable sources of electricity could be good business for the US, according to new research. A report by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California says that cutting greenhouse gas emissions meant that

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Dawn of the Anthropocene: a new geological epoch

Is the Anthropocene real? That is, the vigorously debated concept of a new geological epoch driven by humans. Our environmental impact is indeed profound – there is little debate about that – but is it significant on a geological timescale,

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Climate change will create more violent extremism, if we let it

The protests and violent conflict in Syria that began in 2011 originally took U.S. security analysts by surprise. Early in the Arab Spring, the State Department had ranked Syria near the bottom of a list of Middle East and North

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Digital map launched by Unicef helps young people tell their climate change stories

A digital mapping project called ‘Act now for tomorrow,’ which was recently launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), is helping young people around the world identify climate issues in their communities and find ways to address them. “The

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Carbon story

The Global Carbon Project is a scientific program that aims to draw a complete picture of the carbon cycle on planet Earth. Take a short tour of carbon story.   Source: Global Carbon Atlas Date: October 2015 Watch the infographic

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