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The Secret Behind the Arab Spring

Riots in the Middle East are inspiring similar riots in the West. Last February in his online journal, Whitley Strieber offered the opinion that the Arab world was exploding not because of a...
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Hot Weather May Make Us Fat

It's not cool to be fat, but fat people may be cool. Fat dogs are cool, and obese people may be, too. Psychologist Roberto Refinetti studied the relationship between body temperature and body weight in lean and obese dogs. His findings showed that obese dogs have lower body temperature than lean dogs, and the difference in temperature is enough to...
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Will We Run Out of Food in the Future?

Due to Hurricane Irene, we're mostly hearing about flooding in the US at the moment, but there is a drought of historic proportions going on in Texas right now. Climate change will lead to even more weather extremes in the future.
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Volcanoes Could be Cooling the Earth

When it comes to climate change, it turns out that volcanoes may NOT be heating up the atmosphere--instead, they may function as a kind of natural air conditioning system. In order to stave off climate...
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Tiny Countries are Drowning

China's pollution may be holding back global warming somewhat, but sea levels are still rising, due to...
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Can our Oceans Keep Cleaning Up our Air?

How deep is the ocean’s capacity to buffer against climate change? Right now our oceans absorb almost one-third of all our greenhouse gas emissions. During the past three decades, increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide have largely been matched by...
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A Beautiful Park May Soon Burn Up

Scientists have been worried for years that the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone will explode, but there's a more immediate concern about the health of that beautiful national park: Fire. ...
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We Don't Just Predict It--It's Here!

As if any further proof was needed that climate change is under way, as North America broils in brutal heat, South America is experiencing one of its coldest winters on record.

When researchers studied core sediments from a shallow boreal lake, they found that storm activity has...
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Could a Sudden Massive Methane Release Happen Again?

We're still releasing the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere today, but there was a massive release in the past: About 55 million years ago, the Earth burped up a massive release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere--an amount equivalent to burning...
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Glacier Melt--Good for Big Business, Bad for Drowning Residents

The Arctic is melting, but not everyone is worried--in fact, it's opening up large reserves of oil and minerals that are causing a "cold rush" by various countries who want to mine the area. It may even lead to a new "cold war:" The US recently...
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What is REALLY Changing Our Weather

When it comes to climate change, cow farts--not people farts--are the problem: Cow emissions are actually one of the major causes of our terrible...
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Wildfires Cause Climate Change

This season's massive Arizona fires have destroyed dozens of structures and burned nearly three-quarters of a million acres. But they've also done something else: They also are contributing to global warming by upsetting the carbon balance while they are burning and for years to come. Trees breathe in carbon dioxide, but how long they hold onto it...
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Why Our Brains are Smaller Now

Archeologists have found evidence from 20,000 to 30,000-year-old human skulls that both human height and brain size are shrinking. The cause of this? Farming. This shrinkage started about 10,000 years ago, when humans moved from the hunter-gatherer life to agriculture.

In PhysOrg.com, Deborah Braconnier writes, "While the change...
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Christmas is Not the Giving Season

It's spring! Many people are relieved that this spring, which brought terrible weather to many places, has past, and that summer is here. Does spring weather really change our behavior?...
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Why it's Wise to Play Your Hunch

It’s an unfamiliar neighborhood and you find yourself in the middle of a bunch of streets and buildings you’ve never seen before. Giving the environment a quick once-over, you make a snap decision about whether you’re safe or not. And chances are, that first "gut" call is the right one.
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New Ways to Fight Off Mosquitoes

In 1998, Whitley Strieber had never heard of climate change, but the Master of the Key burst into his hotel room in Toronto and told him all about it (The new,...
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What are Dolphins Talking About?

Bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters near...
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Weather Changes are Faster than Ever

In 1998, Whitley Strieber had never heard of climate change, but the Master of the Key burst into his hotel room in Toronto and told him all about it (The new, ...
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A New Ice Age May be Coming

Despite all the predictions about a hotter, drier future (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), SOME researchers think...
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Are There More Terrible Tornadoes to Come?

Whitley Strieber has been warning about climate change since the publication of Superstorm in 1999. On Unknowncountry, we have been warning of a very dangerous tornado season this year, and 2011 has turned out to be the...
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Where Will We Grow Food in the Future? (Part II)

In 1998, Whitley Strieber had never heard of climate change, but the Master of the Key burst into his hotel room in Toronto and told him all about it (The NEW, revised edition of The Key, with a foreword that talks about how many of his statements...
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Where Will We Grow Food in the Future?

In 1998, Whitley Strieber had never heard about climate change, but the Master of the Key burst into his hotel room in Toronto and told him all about it (The NEW, revised edition of The Key, with a foreword that talks about how many of his statements...
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More Proof of MOTKE Predictions

In 1998, Whitley Strieber had never heard of global warming, but the Master of the Key burst into his hotel room in Toronto and told him all about it (The NEW, revised edition of The Key, with a foreword that talks...
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Another MOTKE Warning Comes True!

The Master of the Key warned about the danger of polar ice melting in his conversation with Whitley Strieber in 1998 (The NEW, revised edition of The Key, with a foreword that talks about how many of his statements later turned out to be true, will be in bookstores May 12). Now his prediction--like so many others in "The Key"--is coming...
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Cities CAUSE Climate Change

We've seen devastating storms across the US lately, as well as floods in Australia, Brazil and Japan. Last summer, heat waves hit Europe, a place with little air conditioning. Cities worldwide are failing to take necessary steps to protect residents from the likely...
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We'll Have a Hotter, Drier Future

Despite the severe storms now raging across the country, the long term future will be a drier one. The long lull in sunspot activity at the end of the last 11-year solar cycle gave us more time to work on solving the...
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Climate Change--It's Politics

Happy people are more likely to vote, and it turns out that politics ALSO influence whether or not a person believes in climate change. This could be why important climate change legislation never seems...
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Military Going Green

The LAST group of people you'd expect to be worried about climate change is the military, since you'd think they'd be used to heat by now, since they're current fighting two wars in desert regions and...
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End of the Butterfly?

As long as there have been humans, we have gazed at beautiful butterflies, but climate...
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Warming Means More Weeds

With global warming comes increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which benefits at least one species: weeds. Carbon dioxide acts as a fertilizer to invasive exotic grasses, resulting in higher growth rates and larger leaves. These stronger plants are also proving more...
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