Climate Change en Three major issues dominate new UN climate conference <p> More than 170 delegates from nations rich, poor and in-between have gathered in Thailand&rsquo;s capital to hammer out a plan to reverse global warming.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Kyoto Protocol Diplomacy Thailand Mon, 04 Apr 2011 14:25:29 +0000 Patrick Winn 5635256 at Arctic ozone suffers record levels of destruction <p> The U.N.&#39;s World Meteorological Organization says the gap in the layer could drift south, exposing lower latitudes to harmful ultraviolet rays.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Science Tue, 05 Apr 2011 11:31:06 +0000 News Desk 5635511 at Climate talks stall over rich-poor rifts <p> BANGKOK &mdash; When it comes to climate change, the U.S. has commitment issues.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming Diplomacy Science Thailand Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:19:48 +0000 Patrick Winn 5636387 at Australia weighs killing some of its 1.2 million camels in effort to tackle climate change <p> Camels, considered pests in Australia, produce an estimated 100 pounds of methane a year per animal, which is about the same as 1.1 ton of carbon dioxide in terms of the greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming Green Asia-Pacific Wildlife News Health Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:19:50 +0000 News Desk 5650302 at African Penguins battle extinction <p> BETTY&#39;S BAY, South Africa &mdash; Despite their apparent ubiquity and undeniable cute factor, the African Penguin is in trouble. It was classified as an &quot;endangered species&quot; in 2010.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Travel/Tourism Wildlife News South Africa Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:41:00 +0000 Rebecca L. Weber 5651908 at Lengthening seasons threaten Italian wine <p> ROME &mdash; &ldquo;The future,&rdquo; said oenologist Francesco Bartoletti, &ldquo;will see vineyards move north,&rdquo; while southern European vintners in traditional wine-producing countries will suffer.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming Wine Green Food & Drink Culture & Lifestyle Italy Science Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:30:10 +0000 Alessandro Speciale 5652033 at "Shocking" deterioration of oceans is leading to mass extinction of marine life, panel says <p> Accelerating climate change, acidification and hypoxia are interacting to damage the oceans, pushing them to the brink of a mass marine-life extinction, and all are a direct consequence of human activity, an international panel said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change environment Business Wildlife News Science Health Tue, 21 Jun 2011 02:34:00 +0000 News Desk 5652460 at Heat wave and extreme weather hold U.S. in their grip, killing at least 13 in the Midwest (VIDEO) <p> As the heat moves toward the East Coast, the National Weather Service put 18 states under a heat warning, watch or advisory, with the heat index, a combination of temperature and humidity, exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit in most places.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Travel/Tourism United States United States of America Americas Culture & Lifestyle Health United States Wed, 20 Jul 2011 02:28:00 +0000 News Desk 5670974 at As Arctic ice melts, polar bear cubs die making long swims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With less fat on them, and less buoyancy, the young bears often can't survive the increased distances to get to stable ice or land </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> As the Arctic sea ice habitat retreats, polar bears have to swim longer distances to find stable ice or to reach land, and their cubs are suffering, according to a new study presented Tuesday at the <a href="">International Bear Association Conference</a> in Ottawa, Canada.</p> <p> Polar bears, not naturally aquatic animals, hunt, eat and <a href="">give birth</a> on ice or on land, according to Reuters. Earlier studies have shown that the bears are swimming hundreds of miles to reach solid ice or land, but a new study demonstrates that the longer swims increase cub mortality, compared with cubs that didn&#39;t swim such long distances. According to Reuters:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">&quot;Climate change is pulling the sea ice out from under polar bears&#39; feet, forcing some to swim longer distances to find food and habitat,&quot; said Geoff York of World Wildlife Fund, a co-author of the study.</span></p> <p> Between 2004 and 2009, a team of researchers led by Anthony Pagano of the U.S. Geological Survey gathered data from 68 GPS collars that had been put on adult female polar bears, and looked at that data along with satellite imagery of sea ice, in order to isolate episodes where bears swam more than 30 miles at one time, according to a <a href="">synopsis of the research</a> on PRWeb. (The final report is not yet released but the full abstract is provided with the synopsis at PRWeb.) Researchers identified 50 long-distance swimming events, involving 20 polar bears, over the six years. The bears swam distances of as far as 426 miles, and as many as 12.7 days.</p> <p> Eleven of the polar bears that swam the long distances had young cubs at the time that they were collared; five of those bears lost their cubs during the swims, which translated to a 45 percent morality rate. Only 18 percent of cubs died when they weren&#39;t swimming the long distances with their mothers.</p> <p> A big difference.</p> <p> The long-distance swims <a href="">took a toll</a> on the cubs partially because young polar bears don&#39;t have much fat and thus can&#39;t be in the cold water for long periods of time, Time said. Steve Amstrup, a former scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey and chief scientist at the conservation group Polar Bears International, said, according to Reuters:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">&quot;Young bears don&#39;t have very much fat and therefore they aren&#39;t very well insulated and cannot cope with being in cold water for very long,&quot; Amstrup said in the same telephone conversation.</span></p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">Because they are leaner than their parents, Amstrup said, &quot;they probably aren&#39;t as buoyant (as adult polar bears) so in rough water they&#39;ll have more difficulty keeping their heads above water.</span></p> <p> Evidence that long-distance swimming <a href="">takes a toll</a> on polar bears was already presented in a study published earlier this year that tracked a polar bear mother that swam for 232 consecutive hours in search of pack ice, and lost 22 percent of her body mass as a result, while her <a href="">cub lost its life</a>, Discovery reported. And in 2006, researchers came to the conclusion that an apparent rise in the number of <a href="">polar bears found drowned</a> could be linked to the bears being forced to swim longer distances.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic Climate Change Global Warming Science Business Wildlife News Science Weird Wide Web Wed, 20 Jul 2011 05:04:00 +0000 News Desk 5670980 at Bangkok's radical answers to global warming <p> BANGKOK &mdash; For years, Thailand&rsquo;s top disaster guru has sounded an apocalyptic warning: the sea is rising and Bangkok is sinking.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming Travel/Tourism Thailand Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:53:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5673503 at Canadian oil: ethical or dirty? <p> TORONTO &mdash; The government is pitching a controversial oil-sands pipeline through the United States as the &ldquo;ethical&rdquo; choice for energy consumption.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Business Green Diplomacy Energy Canada Saudi Arabia United States Fri, 07 Oct 2011 10:22:17 +0000 Sandro Contenta 5677093 at Global warming will be irreversible by 2017, warns energy agency <p> &quot;The door to reach two degrees is about to close. In 2017 it will be closed forever,&quot; said IEA chief economist Fatih Birol.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming Green Energy Wed, 09 Nov 2011 14:40:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5680766 at Extreme weather to worsen with climate change, says UN <p> The entire world will face hotter, longer and more frequent heatwaves as average daily temperatures rise, the UN&#39;s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming Natural Disasters United Nations Weather Green Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:30:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5681757 at COP 17: Climate talks start in South Africa (VIDEO) <p> Among the delegates are heads of state, environmentalists and celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and U2 frontman Bono.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming Green Global Economy South Africa Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:03:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5682606 at Climate change talks face challenges <p> JOHANNESBURG &mdash; The UN climate change summit in Durban is saddled by the continuing refusal of industrialized countries to slash greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming South Africa Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:27:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5682752 at