Pope Francis

Pope Francis in Washington DC to Address Climate Change Sustainability – ROBERT HUNZIKER

On the heels of his Papal Encyclical about sustainability, due in June ‘15, Pope Francis is scheduled to address Congress this coming September. Meanwhile, and only four months before the Pope’s scheduled address: “The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted Thursday to cut deeply into NASA’s budget for Earth science, in a clear swipe at the study of …

clams

Mysterious cancer spreads among clams off N. America

The discovery of a contagious cancer spreading among edible clams off the northeast US and Canadian coasts has stunned scientists and raised new questions about marine health, according to research published Thursday. The study in the journal Cell describes for the first time the unusual kind of leukemia that has been killing untold numbers of clams for years. “We were …

Gluten

Survey finds improving health, ‘feeling better’ top reasons why people go gluten free

Gluten free has taken the food world by storm, but the specific reasons that turn consumers into gluten-free converts have been a bit of a mystery. The Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) surveyed people to shed some light on what drives people to make the change and found some interesting results. While individuals with Celiac disease may be most vulnerable to gluten …

drought

Carbon emissions could dramatically increase risk of U.S. megadroughts

Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study. The study, published Thursday in the journal Science Advances, is based on projections from several climate models, including one sponsored by NASA. …

drought

New Study Shows California Droughts Driven by Climate Change and Here to Stay

The increasingly frequent and severe droughts that have punished California over the past two decades—including the current record-breaking one—are primarily the result of human-caused climate change and will likely grow even worse, scientists at Stanford University warn. Published in Monday’s issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the new research analyzes historical records, as well as computer simulations of global …

Syrian Conflict Has Underlying Links to Climate Change, Says Study

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 2 2015 (IPS) – Was the four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, mostly civilians, triggered at least in part by climate change? A new study by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory says “a record drought that ravaged Syria in 2006-2010 was likely stoked by ongoing man-made climate change, and that the drought …