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More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an increased consumption of bioplastics in the following years is likely to generate ...

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Brazil Backs Out of Hosting 2019 Climate Change Meeting

Supported by Brazil Backs Out of Hosting 2019 Climate Change Meeting Image Illegal gold mines in the Brazilian Amazon, where deforestation is on the rise.CreditCreditMeridith Kohut for The New York Times By Ernesto Londoño and Lisa Friedman Nov. 28, 2018 RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil this week pulled out of ...

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A Government Climate Study Contradicts the President

Shhhh. Someone in the Federal government wants to keep a secret. Someone—though no one is saying who—does not want you to know that the Federal government is panicked about climate change. They should be. A new government report—1,600 pages, two and a half years of work, hundreds of authors, 13 ...

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IPCC Report: We Need Massive Change to Avoid Climate Hell

On Sunday night, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change dropped an urgent report on the state of global warming. Simply put: The laws of the physical universe say that we can keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the optimistic goal set out in the Paris ...

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Scorching Summer in Europe Signals Long-Term Climate Changes

Scorching Summer in Europe Signals Long-Term Climate Changes Image People trying to cool down in the Trocadero Fountain in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.CreditLudovic Marin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Alissa J. Rubin Aug. 4, 2018 PARIS — In Northern Europe, this summer feels like a modern-day version ...

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Tiny fossils unlock clues to Earth’s climate half a billion years ago

An international collaboration of scientists, led by the University of Leicester, has investigated Earth’s climate over half a billion years ago by combining climate models and chemical analyses of fossil shells about 1mm long. The research, published in Science Advances, suggests that early animals diversified within a climate similar to ...

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How to Fight Climate Change: Figure Out Who’s to Blame, and Sue Them

How it used to go was, after some extreme weather event, reporters would ask Climate McScientist, PhD whether the flood/drought/hurricane/disease outbreak/wildfire/superstorm happened because of climate change. Dr. McScientist would pat the reporter on the head and say: Well, of course, one can never ascribe any single weather event to a ...

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Climate policy, carbon emissions from permafrost

Controlling greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades could substantially reduce the consequences of carbon releases from thawing permafrost during the next 300 years, according to a new paper published this week in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. Conversely, climate policy that results in little or no effort ...

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