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97 percent, 49 billion, and 3 other convincing climate change numbers

LIMA — United Nations climate experts are warning that time is rapidly running out to avert global catastrophe. GlobalPost takes a look at some key climate change statistics from their new report and other studies.

Can Hollywood and a handful of journalists save the planet from climate change? Let's hope so

BOSTON — On April 13, Showtime will debut Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary film about climate change. It's packed with the kind of Hollywood names that grab the attention of big audiences: James Cameron. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Matt Damon. Don Cheadle. Harrison Ford. The film also features brand name journalists who grab attention, too: Thomas Friedman. Lesley Stahl. Chris Hayes. David Gelber. 

Dirty deeds: The world's biggest polluters by country

US carbon dioxide emissions rose slightly in 2013 following years of decline.

It's cold out. Here's what climate change skeptics have to say about that.

In most of the United States, it's really cold. Really, really, really cold, thanks to something called the "polar vortex." That's not the only chilly news. You might have been following the icy saga of the Akademik Shokalskiy, a ship carrying scientists, journalists, and tourists that got stuck in Antarctic ice on Christmas eve. It's finally been freed by a Chinese icebreaker called the Snow Dragon.  What gives with all this ice in the Antarctic? What's with all this cold outside my house? I thought the world was supposed to be warming!!!

More coal must stay in the ground to stop climate change, says UN climate chief

Coal may be the dirtiest source of energy known to humanity, but it's still the most commonly used energy source in the world and continues to grow in popularity — a reality UN climate chief Christiana Figueres spoke out against at the World Coal Summit in Warsaw on Monday.

Cutting soot, methane does less to counter global warming than we thought: study

"If we want to stabilize the climate system, we need to focus on greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane. Concentrating on soot and methane alone is not likely to offer much of a shortcut."

Climate change’s nasty new natural disaster: ‘Himalayan tsunamis’

NEW DELHI — This summer’s devastating “Himalayan tsunami” is a grim omen for the future of the millions of people living downstream from the majestic mountain range.

Brazil's hydro dams could make its greenhouse gas emissions soar

RIO DE JANEIRO — Officials here frequently claim that the huge hydroelectric dams that increasingly dot the Brazilian Amazon are a source of “clean energy.” Yet, according to independent scientists, the dams may be causing Brazil’s carbon footprint, already among the world's largest, to expand significantly, dumping hundreds of millions of additional tons of the gases blamed for climate change into the atmosphere.

Timeline: President Obama's record on climate change

President Obama announced his new climate change initiative Tuesday at Georgetown University, the first step in what the White House hopes will be a concerted effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase output of green energy technology. But his administration's climate change record leaves much to be desired.

Nuclear power in developing countries? Let’s talk about it

Commentary: Ineffective stakeholder engagement could derail nuclear projects in emerging markets
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Two reactors from a nuclear power plant in southwestern France. (Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images)
With annual negotiations on a global climate change in Doha, Qatar just completed, it is clear that the world is failing to meet the challenge to reduce carbon emissions. As countries squabble about low-carbon investment funds, historical responsibility, and “climate compensation,” one proven low-carbon technology is being left out of the discussion: nuclear power.
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