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ENOUGH SCIENTIFIC CERTAINTY EXISTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE TO CHALLENGE MEDIA SCEPTICS

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:52

PhysOrg 5 MAR 2014 by James Painter

It is difficult to make a conclusive link between human-caused climate change and the record drought in California, record freezes in parts of Canada and the US, Britain's wettest-ever winter and Australia's hottest summer.

But there's no doubt that they have pushed climate change back up the agenda, and will add pressure to the need for a deal at the Paris climate talks next year.

TOP TEN CLIMATE-CHANGE QUESTIONS: What You Need To Know

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:57

USA Today 27 FEB 2014 by Wendy Koch

What's your climate change IQ? Two of the world's leading scientific groups issue a joint primer to explain what they know -- and don't know -- about global warming.

Climate change is often called a "defining" issue of our time but given its controversy, it can be difficult to understand. So on Thursday, two of the world's leading scientific groups released a reader-friendly guide.

715 NEW PLANETS DISCOVERED

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:16

NASA 26 FEB 2014

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.

U.S., BRITISH SCIENCE ACADEMIES: Climate Change is Real

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 22:55

The Sun Daily 27 FEB 2014

WASHINGTON: U.S. and British scientific academies said Wednesday there was a clear consensus that climate change is real and will have serious disruptive effects on the planet.

The US National Academy of Sciences and Britain's Royal Society said they were making the joint declaration in hopes of moving the public debate forward -- to the question of how the world responds, instead of whether climate change is happening.

ARIZONA GOVERNOR VETOES CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-GAY BILL

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 22:34

CNN Politics 26 FEB 2014 by Halimah Abdullah and Catherine E. Shoichet

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

Opinions have been sharply divided over the politically charged measure, with both sides ramping up pressure on Brewer after the state's Republican-led Legislature approved the bill last week.

Brewer said she made the decision she knew was right for Arizona.

ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER WEIGHS OPTIONS ON ANTI-GAY MEASURE

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:20

CNN Politics 25 FEB 2014 by Leigh Ann Caldwell

To veto or not to veto: It's up to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

She must decide if she is going to sign into law legislation that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

If she approves it, the state could face litigation and a boycott, potentially harming Arizona's economy and tourism industry as well as next year's Super Bowl.

WHY ARE WE STILL DEBATING CLIMATE CHANGE?

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 09:43

CNN 24 FEB 2014 by Carol Costello

There is no debate. Climate change is real. And, yes, we are, in part, to blame.

There is a 97% consensus among scientific experts that humans are causing global warming. Ninety-seven percent!

Yet some very vocal Americans continue to debate what is surely fact.

The question is, why?

Trust certainly plays a part.

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