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Climate talks stall amid protests

Formal negotiations at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen halt amid disagreement, as police and protesters clash outside.

PHOTOS: Ten U.S. Species Feeling Global Warming's Heat

8 years ago from National Geographic

Climate change is turning up the heat on some of the U.S.'s already threatened species, including ten highlighted by a new Endangered Species Coalition report.

Older dental fillings contain form of mercury unlikely to be toxic, study finds

8 years ago from Science Daily

A new study on the surface chemistry of silver-colored, mercury-based dental fillings suggests that the surface forms of mercury may be less toxic than previously thought.

Understanding ocean climate

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High-resolution computer simulations performed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) are helping to understand the inflow of North Atlantic water to the Arctic Ocean and how this...

1,700 UK scientists back climate science

8 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Fighting back against climate skeptics, over 1,700 scientists in Britain have signed a statement defending the evidence that climate change is being caused by humans, Britain's weather...

South Asia News in brief: 26 November–9 December 2009

8 years ago from SciDev

Bangladesh's natural forests nearly all lost or degraded, mangrove forest can control ozone, Netherlands to boost Pakistan biogas, and more.

Vulnerable nations at Copenhagen summit reject 2C target

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Alliance of Small Island States say any deal that allows temperatures to rise by more than 1.5C is 'not negotiable'More than half the world's countries say they are determined not to sign...

Interactive: effects of ocean acidification around the world

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

A major study from European scientists released at the Copenhagen climate conference shows marine life under threat from increased CO2 in the oceans

Old hay and Alpine ibex horns reveal how grasslands respond to climate change

8 years ago from Physorg

How do plant ecosystems react to rising concentrations of the greenhouse gas CO2 in the atmosphere over the long term? This fundamental question is becoming increasingly pressing in light of...

Danish Eco City proves waste management can reverse greenhouse trend

8 years ago from Science Daily

Cities can progress from consuming energy and emitting greenhouse gases to actually producing energy while saving on GHG emissions, due to substitution of fossil fuels elsewhere. These findings are based...

And in This Corner, Climate Contrarians

8 years ago from NY Times Science

At their own forum in Copenhagen, the contrarians displayed as much passion for their cause as the environmental activists pushing for urgent action on global warming.

Shellfish catch off Nova Scotia plummets

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

The quantity of shellfish caught off Nova Scotia dropped by more than half between 2003 and 2006 as water quality deteriorated, a new report says.

Sockeye decline linked to climate change

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Food-poor ocean waters warmed by climate change likely played a significant role in the death of millions of sockeye salmon in British Columbia's Fraser River, says a scientific think-tank.

To Know CO2

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You have to know your CO2! When I wrote Your CO2 Is Bad For You In Your Space Suit I was not talking about the EPA. Here I will not talk...

Cisco and British Telecom head for the 'cloud'

8 years ago from Physorg

Cisco and British telecom giant BT Group on Wednesday announced a partnership aimed at a growing hunger by businesses worldwide for Internet-based communications services.

China-U.S. Swap Barbs At Copenhagen Summit

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

In Dispute At Climate Conference, China Urges Deep Soul-Seaching For U.S.

Video: "Climate-Gate" a Hot Debate

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

As the climate conference continues in Copenhagen, the "Climate-Gate" scandal is causing controversy. As Wyatt Andrews reports, critics question whether the earth is really getting warmer.

US residents gorging on data bytes: study

8 years ago from Physorg

If the data devoured in the United States last year were converted to text there would be enough books to bury the country under a pile seven feet (two meters)...

Big flood may have created Mediterranean Sea

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The Mediterranean Sea as we know it today formed about 5.3 million years ago when Atlantic Ocean waters breached the strait of Gibraltar, sending a massive flood into the basin. ...

Penn State scientist at center of a storm

8 years ago from Physorg

A few words culled from some hacked e-mails in Britain have generated chaos in the world of climate science -- throwing dark clouds over Pennsylvania State University and stirring up...

3 Questions: Henry Jacoby on Copenhagen

8 years ago from Physorg

The co-director of MIT`s Global Change program discusses what to expect from the U.N. Climate Change Conference, and the effects of 'Climategate.'

Roasting Does More than Enhance Flavor in Peanuts

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have shown that increasing roast color intensity steadily ramps up the antioxidant capacities of peanuts, peanut flour and peanut skins.

Robot completes first underwater crossing of Atlantic Ocean

8 years ago from Physorg

Spain on Wednesday handed back to the United States a robot which last week completed the first underwater crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to help monitor climate change by tracking...

The big spill: Flood could have filled Mediterranean in less than two years

8 years ago from

Discovery of distinctive channel, calculations of possible water movement suggest fast and furious flow formed the sea

U.S. to modernize volcano monitoring nets

8 years ago from UPI

RESTON, Va., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The U. S. Geological Survey says it will allocate $7 million for research by 15 universities and state agencies into modernizing volcano monitoring...

China's monopoly on 'green' minerals

8 years ago from UPI

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- China's monopoly on "rare earth" minerals, essential for green technologies, may not keep up with increasing demand.

Nobel Lecture of a Chinese-born Physicist --Prof Charles K Kao

8 years ago from Science Blog

As we know, 1/2 of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2009 was awarded to Prof Charles K Kao who is a British Chinese and an American Chinese. Kao was born...

UAF chooses shipyard to build Alaska Region Research Vessel

8 years ago from Physorg

More than three decades ago, marine scientists in the United States first identified the need for a research vessel capable of bringing scientists to Alaska's icy northern waters.