Climate

A Mouse Amidst the Mist

by Gabriela García Calderón on October 29, 2014

First thing in the morning, amidst the mist that populates the waves in the township of Guetaría, a typical fishing village in the shores of Guipuzkoa (Basque Country), we can discern the shape of Mount of San Antón, which as we can see on J. G. del Sol Cobos in Continue →

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Gloria Travino stands outside her home in Manchester, Texas.

MANCHESTER, TEXAS — Tell Gloria Trevino you like her house, and she’ll laugh right in your face.

“You like this?” she’ll say, glancing at her small one-story home with tall yellow flowers and six identical golden terriers on the inside of a chain-link fence. The house is lodged between Continue →

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Florida residents hold signs at a protest outside of Duke Energy's St. Petersburg office on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

Florida residents hold signs at a protest outside of Duke Energy’s St. Petersburg office on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

CREDIT: Katie Valentine

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Florida residents rallied outside Duke Energy’s St. Petersburg office Wednesday, calling on the utility and Florida lawmakers to embrace solar energy.

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Understanding Southeast Asia in 19 Infographics

by Mong Palatino on October 29, 2014

The ASEAN Community Facebook page. Notice there are only 10 children representing 10 countries. East Timor is not yet a member of ASEAN

Home to more than 600 million people, Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the world. A gateway to the Pacific, it is an important trading hub. It is also blessed with a rich and diverse natural ecosystem. The eleven countries of Southeast Asia are Cambodia, Laos, Continue →

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, sits with his son George P. Bush before speaking to supporters at Hardin-Simmons University, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Abilene, Texas.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, sits with his son George P. Bush before speaking to supporters at Hardin-Simmons University, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Abilene, Texas.

CREDIT: AP Photo/LM Otero

George Prescott Bush is about to do something no other Bush has done before: win election in Continue →

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In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, Gary Silberman stands for a picture as he guides reporters on a tour of his parent's home that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in Lindenhurst, N.Y.

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, Gary Silberman stands for a picture as he guides reporters on a tour of his parent’s home that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in Lindenhurst, N.Y.

CREDIT: AP/ John Minchillo

Two years ago this week Superstorm Sandy pummeled the eastern seaboard, leaving more Continue →

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CREDIT: Shutterstock

Can we build enough carbon-free energy fast enough to avert catastrophic climate change without having to power this energy transition with fossil fuels that would undermine the whole transition? The answer is “yes,” and here’s why.

The “global solar photovoltaic industry is likely now a net energy producer,” Continue →

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A sign placed along the sidewalk reads, Common Sense Against Earthquakes, as a small group with Frack Free Denton protest outside city hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas.

A sign placed along the sidewalk reads, Common Sense Against Earthquakes, as a small group with Frack Free Denton protest outside city hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Oil and gas companies in Texas must now research seismic data for a given Continue →

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A Qantas airplane at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Qantas is one of three airlines involved in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's investigation.

A Qantas airplane at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Qantas is one of three airlines involved in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s investigation.

CREDIT: Shutterstock

Three airlines are in the hot seat in Australia, after failing to pass claimed savings on to their customers in the wake of a repealed Continue →

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Deep in tobacco country, the once booming Phillip Morris cigarette plant in Concord, North Carolina has been reborn into a facility that churns out batteries for solar and wind farms.

Swiss startup battery manufacturer Alevo plans to open up the 3.5 million square-foot plant Tuesday, which will produce Continue →

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People push a car stranded by a heavy snowstorm in Hungary, Friday, March 15, 2013.

People push a car stranded by a heavy snowstorm in Hungary, Friday, March 15, 2013.

CREDIT: AP Photo / MTI, Janos Vajda

Global warming has doubled the chances that any given winter in Europe or northern Asia will be unusually severe, according to new research.

Specifically, temperatures have risen Continue →

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Rick Weiland speaks with students at Augustana College in Sioux Falls on Friday.

Rick Weiland speaks with students at Augustana College in Sioux Falls on Friday.

CREDIT: Kira Lerner

SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA—At a forum on South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux reservation earlier in October, Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland listened to Native Americans voice their concerns about the impact the construction Continue →

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Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, left, and his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis acknowledge supporters after a debate at the Kansas State Fair in September in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback once supported wind energy, but that was before petrochemical billionaires and Kansas natives Charles and David Koch became his largest campaign donors. Now, Brownback and the Kochs find themselves enmeshed in a highly competitive governor’s race, one that has become a referendum on the much-heralded Continue →

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Rejendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, in a 2012 photo.

Rejendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, in a 2012 photo.

CREDIT: flickr/ UN ISDR

Delegates from more than 100 governments and many of the world’s top climate scientists are meeting in Copenhagen this week to finalize a report that will be used as a foundation for important Continue →

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Migratory Birds Populate Colombian Skies in October

by Gabriela García Calderón on October 26, 2014

Bird migration en Wikipedia bajo licencia CC by 2.0

Migratory birds from Wikipedia, CC by 2.0.

During October, Colombian skies witness an impressive sight due to migratory birds such as sparrowhawks and falcons. Cyberspace isn't exempt of all these events.

On 2013, for instancia, YouTube SebasNavarroColumbus posted a video that registered the migration of birds over the sky of Medellín.

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Largest City In South America Could Run Out Of Water In 100 Days

by Joaquim Moreira Salles on October 24, 2014

The Cantareira System, responsible for half the water supply of South America's largest city, is now at 3.2 percent capacity.

Joaquim is an intern at ThinkProgress.

The Cantareira System, responsible for half the water supply of South America’s largest city, is now at 3.2 percent capacity.

CREDIT: (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

It’s one in the morning, and dozens of people are lining up at a series of public water taps in Continue →

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A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas, Sept. 24, 2013. With fresh water not as plentiful companies have been looking for ways to recycle their waste.

A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas, Sept. 24, 2013. With fresh water not as plentiful companies have been looking for ways to recycle their waste.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

Oil and gas companies are Continue →

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Thilafushi, this is where they burn the garbage in paradise. Image from Flickr by Hani Amir. CC BY-NC-ND

Thilafushi Kuni Gondu - This is where they burn the garbage in paradise. Image from Flickr by Hani Amir. CC BY-NC-ND

Each year, approximately one million tourists visit the island nation Maldives for its sunny warm weather and stunning natural beauty.

But there's an ugly consequence of all those visitors, along with Continue →

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In this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, pro-science supporters rally prior to a State Board of Education public hearing on proposed new science textbooks, in Austin, Texas.

In this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, pro-science supporters rally prior to a State Board of Education public hearing on proposed new science textbooks, in Austin, Texas.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Gay

Thousands of Texans are calling on the state legislature to fix errors in proposed science textbooks, many of Continue →

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生まれて初めてのこぎりで竹を切り、手作りした装置や食器を使って流しそうめん体験。外で食べるそうめんの味は最高! 撮影は2014年8月2日、SanoRieによる。使用許可済み。

Children are being taught how to make use of an abundent satoyama resource, bamboo. Bamboo can be used for tools, food, or in this case, a sluice for slurping noodles in the summertime (eating noodles outside in summer is always fun). Photo taken in August 2014. Image credit: SanoRie.

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