If you happened on Friday morning to walk into the Temple of Earth in Beijing the nearly 500-year-old monument where Chinese emperors once prayed for good harvests you would have noticed a steady drip. The environmental group Greenpeace placed ice sculptures of 100 children made of the glacial meltwater that feeds China’s great rivers inside the temple, to symbolize the risk that climate change and disappearing ice poses to the more than 1 billion people in Asia threatened by water shortages.
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Laughing Gas: The Latest Threat to the Ozone Layer
Study: Global warming sparked by ancient farming methods
Ancient man may have started global warming through massive deforestation and burning that could have permanently altered the Earth’s climate, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. The study, published in the scientific journal Quaternary Science Reviews and reported on the University of Virginia’s Web site, says over thousands of years, farmers burned down so many forests on such a large scale that huge amounts of carbon dioxide were pumped into the atmosphere. That possibly caused the Earth to warm up and forever changed the climate
Environmentalists hope UN talks tough on climate change
Extinction ‘Gene’: Why Some Species Are More at Risk
In the tree of life, we often envision evolution working like a patient gardener, pruning species that don’t quite fit, bit by bit. But that’s not how extinction works in practice. Throughout our planet’s history, mass extinction has occurred five times most recently 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs finally died out taking out vast amounts of life all at once, usually due to a catastrophic and sudden climatic change
Fastest solar boat attempts round-the-world challenge
The world’s largest, fastest fully solar-powered boat is being built in preparation for a round-the-world challenge. The futuristic-looking “Planet Solar,” which is 100 percent powered by sunlight, is the brainchild of Swiss engineer Raphael Domjan, a former paramedic with a passion for innovative design and renewable energies.
U.S. and China launch ‘new dialogue’
How Does Cloud Cover Affect Climate Change?
Clinton begins Asia trip on somber note
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first day in India began on a solemn note as she signed a condolence book at a Mumbai luxury hotel ravaged last year by terrorists. Clinton also expressed sorrow over Friday’s bombings of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia, saying they serve as reminders that the threat of terrorism and extremism is real.