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Food security wanes as world warms Last Updated on 2010-12-01 00:00:00 Since summer, signs of severe food insecurity — droughts, food riots, five- to tenfold increases in produce costs — have erupted around the globe. Several new reports now argue that regionally catastrophic crop failures — largely due to heat stress — are signals that global warming may have begun outpacing the ability of farmers to adapt. Continue Reading More »
Weather-related disasters are here to stay, say scientists Last Updated on 2010-08-12 00:00:00 Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat. From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Pakistan, a sweltering southern Ontario and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It's not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way. Continue Reading More »
The Earth is hotter than ever, global warming is real: Researchers Last Updated on 2010-07-29 00:00:00 More than 300 scientists from around the world, including several Canadians, hope to blunt some growing skepticism about climate change with a new report that says global warming is a fact and the Earth is hotter than ever. Continue Reading More »
Climate change deniers doing a disservice to legitimate science Last Updated on 2010-06-18 00:00:00   There was cheering news last week no matter which side you take in the climate change "debate." Self-styled skeptics couldn't help but be encouraged by a BBC report that just 71 per cent of people in the U.K. believe in climate change, way down from 92 per cent in 2005. At the same time, the Boston Globe reported that, in the U.S., acceptance of the scientific evidence of global warming is on the rise: While the number of Americans who believe in climate change had dropped to 57 per cent in March (a 14-point decline over the previous 18 months), the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication recently found that the figure has bounced back up to 61 per cent. Continue Reading   More »
Climate change could affect marine infrastructure Last Updated on 2010-06-14 00:00:00 The federal government is trying to come up with ways to protect millions of dollars worth of vulnerable infrastructure and coastline, years after it was urged to adapt to the effects of climate change. Ottawa has solicited a study on how some of the 1,000 small craft harbours that are critical to the fishing industry could be affected by rising sea levels, storm surges and a loss of shorefast ice -- all linked to climate change. Continue Reading More »