The earth's species may be facing a sixth major mass extinction that could take millions of years to recover from, Elizabeth Kolbert reports in The New Yorker.
"Global energy demand is expected to soar 44 percent over the next two decades with most of the demand coming from developing countries such as China and Russia, the U.S. government's top energy forecasting agency said on Wednesday."
Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research say melting Greenland ice sheets could raise sea levels more in the northeaster US and Maritime Canada because of a change in ocean currents.
"China is ready to strengthen its cooperation with the United States to combat climate change, Premier Wen Jiabao told US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, state media reported."
Researchers from California and Hawaii have analyzed 25 factors and developed a map that reflects the relative cumulative magnitude of their effects on the waters extending for about 250-350 miles off the shores of Washington, Oregon, California, and the Baja Peninsula.
U.S. Congressional leaders visiting China think an understanding between the U.S. and China is key to reaching a climate pact in Copenhagen.
The World Animal Health Organisation said climate change is increasing disease among farm animals.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a meeting of business leaders in Copenhagen that "climate change is the defining challenge of our time."
The push for greener cars will likely bring a boom for companies that mine and refine lithium -- a key ingredient in batteries.
"OSLO -- A rise in concentrations of a powerful greenhouse gas over the Arctic after a decade of stability is stirring worries about a possible thaw of vast stores trapped in permafrost, experts said."