The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is in the process of finalizing its next report, due to be released in four volumes between Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
An oxygen-devouring algae bloom that is causing a 5,840 square-mile dead zone - and growing - in the Gulf of Mexico is part of the tightly woven web of climate change disasters.
Marijuana is the state's biggest cash crop with an estimated $14 billion in legal and illegal sales annually.
Nine weeks ago, oil near a tar sands extraction site in Alberta, Canada, began to leak and ooze from the ground, blackening vegetation and killing wildlife, and it shows no signs of stopping.
It has also ordered the company to invest at least $20 million in an improved fracking wastewater management system, which would prevent future incidents.
Experiments on chimps have been conducted in the U.S. for more than 90 years, despite consistent pressure on the government and corporations by animal welfare groups.
Whether the explosion's origins lie in criminal activity or not, the train crash follows a string of oil-related disasters this year, indicating how risky oil transport is.
The KXL project, if approved, would stretch 1,179 miles to transport tar sands oil, the dirtiest in the industry, from Canada through the U.S. Northern Plains to refineries in Texas.
The largest greenhouse gas polluter in the state, Chevron, along with the other four Bay Area refineries, is already refining tar sands oil from Canada, brought into the area by rail.