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Breakfast cereals could get more expensive thanks to climate change

The effects of climate change on basic crops like rice, wheat and corn could drive up the cost of breakfast cereals, according to an Oxfam International report.tacar/Shutterstock.com The price of popular breakfast cereals is set to soar over the next 15 years as a result of climate change, argues a new report from Oxfam International. If left

May 20, 2014
Environment

3 countries that are bailing on climate action

James West/Climate Desk When Japan dramatically slashed its plans last week for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, from 25 percent to 3.8 percent compared with 2005 figures, the international reaction was swift and damning. Britain called it "deeply disappointing." China's climate negotiator, Su Wei, said, "I have no way of describing my dismay." The Alliance of Small Island

Nov 20, 2013
Environment

Chart: Withering drought is still plaguing half of the US

Click here for a larger image.James West/Climate Desk The $50 billion drought that bedeviled the country last summer – the worst since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s – still has its fingers around half the country. And if predictions are to be believed, it’s only going to get worse for many in the coming

Apr 4, 2013
Environment

Climate Desk: How dirty is the cloud?

You've heard about the Foxconn factory in China where your iPad is assembled. But have you ever considered the energy required to store your emails, photos and videos in the cloud? As worldwide demand for data storage skyrockets, so do the power needs of the servers where our digital archives live. While some companies (like

Apr 17, 2012