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Stories by David Biello

Was climate change behind the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire?

Would-be emperors be warned: your empire is likely to crumble if the rains fail. Climate's role in the rise and fall of China's imperial dynasties has been established by the record in an ancient stalagmite, and now a similar record from a cave near Jerusalem adds climate change to the list of woes that forced a Roman and Byzantine retreat from the region by A.D...

December 8, 2008 — David Biello

Global warming's first mammal victim?

White lemuroid possums—otherwise known as Hemibelideus lemuroides —may have become the first mammal to disappear because of climate change, according to an Australian researcher...

December 4, 2008 — David Biello

EPA ruling halts all new coal-fired power plants

In its waning days, the Bush administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  has essentially halted all new construction of coal-fired power plants until the government can figure out what to do about climate-change-causing carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions...

November 14, 2008 — David Biello

Biodiesel flight across the U.S.

Making a few stops along the way, BioJet 1 went 1,776 miles of a 2,486-mile journey from Reno, Nev., to Leesburg, Fla., exclusively on biodiesel. The fuel in question, made by Lake Erie Biofuels, was a blend of soy and animal fats turned to diesel...

November 13, 2008 — David Biello
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