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2009-12-08 11:55:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Tipping Point Community, a charitable organization dedicated to preventing poverty in the Bay Area, announced a $1 million donation from the Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation. Tuesday's donation was made at Tipping Point Community's Third Annual Awards Breakfast and is one of Tipping Point's largest donations to date. In the Bay Area, one-quarter of families are too poor to meet their basic needs. "When it comes to poverty, it's too late for...

2009-12-07 14:42:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- What: Tipping Point Community's Annual Award Breakfast Each year, Tipping Point Community honors organizations in San Francisco working to prevent poverty in the Bay Area. The three organizations honored this year - Homeless Prenatal Program, Canal Alliance and KIPP Bay Area Schools will each receive a grant of $50,000 from Tipping Point. A who's who of San Francisco business,...

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2009-09-30 06:03:09

At an Oxford University climate conference, experts announced that sea levels across the globe will almost inevitably rise more than 6 feet. "The crux of the sea level issue is that it starts very slowly but once it gets going it is practically unstoppable," said Stefan Rahmstorf, a scientist at Germany's Potsdam Institute and a broadly respected sea level expert. "There is no way I can see to stop this rise, even if we have gone to zero emissions." According to Rahmstorf, the best outcome...

2009-09-24 08:48:44

Humanity needs to act now to avoid threats to human well-being caused by irreversible damage to the Earth, its climate, species and life-supporting systems. Scientists say it has become essential to define what levels of such human-caused change are "Ëœsafe' and which are "Ëœunsafe', and to stay within these boundaries. The call comes from 28 of the world's most eminent environmental scientists, published today in the world's leading science journal, Nature. The...

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2009-09-02 14:53:50

Scientists identify 'tipping points' at which sudden shifts to new conditions occur What do abrupt changes in ocean circulation and Earth's climate, shifts in wildlife populations and ecosystems, the global finance market and its system-wide crashes, and asthma attacks and epileptic seizures have in common? According to a paper published this week in the journal Nature, all share generic early-warning signals that indicate a critical threshold of change dead ahead. In the paper, Martin...

2009-08-24 17:04:16

The article "Tipping elements in the Earth's climate system" has been named one of the most highly-cited in the field of Geosciences published during the past two years. The media corporation Thomson Reuters has identified the article that appeared in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" in February 2008 as a New Hot Paper."The article captures the Zeitgeist of a growing group of climate scientists who perceive that human activities are already pushing Earth's climate...

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2009-03-17 15:36:29

A poll of experts finds that a dramatic climate shift such as the death of the Amazon forest or the disappearance of Greenland's ice is more than 50 percent likely during the next 200 years under the worst case global warming scenarios. The survey of 52 scientists also revealed concerns that long-term global warming would spur drastic changes such as the disintegration of the ice sheet in West Antarctica, something that would raise world sea levels. "There's concern about the risks of massive...

2009-02-23 12:55:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world is quickly approaching tipping points for abrupt climate changes, perhaps even within a few years, according to the United Nation's Environmental Program's (UNEP) just-released Year Book 2009. The UN agency warns that urgent action is needed to avoid catastrophic climate events such as major food and water shortages, shifts in weather patterns, and "[destabilization of] major ice sheets that could introduce unanticipated rates of sea...

2008-12-11 16:34:00

Poznan Panel of Experts Discuss Importance of Black Carbon, the Montreal Protocol, Biochar, and Methane as Part of Global Climate Strategy POZNAN, Poland, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world is already close to passing the tipping points for abrupt climate change events, and if strong measures aren't taken immediately the results will be catastrophic, concluded panelists during a side event at the UN climate conference in Poznan Tuesday night. Both scientific experts and government...

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2008-12-03 09:20:00

Soot is tarnishing the ice in the Arctic and adding a swiftness to the melting that could cause the ocean in the North Pole to be without any ice well before 2050, experts announced on Tuesday. Experts stated that in order to resist the impact of global warming in the Arctic, we should re-focus and center more on stopping the industrial greenhouse gasses like soot, ozone and methane in Europe, North America and Russia. Soot darkens the ice which causes it to absorb heat, increasing the speed...


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