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Rich Praise for Poor Nation’s Emissions Targets

Analysts say the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the world’s poorest countries, has more credible plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from forestry than several more-developed states.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Biggest Economies Still Backing Fossil Fuels

Analysts say the world’s 20 leading economies give nearly four times as much in subsidies to fossil-fuel production as total global subsidies to renewable energy.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE

European Canal Plan Raises the Specter of Chernobyl

A project to link the Baltic to the Black Sea with a 2,000-kilometer trans-Europe waterway risks disturbing radioactive debris from the 1986 nuclear-plant disaster in Ukraine.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE

U.K. Accused of Rigging Market Against Renewables

As electricity from renewable sources tops 25 percent in the U.K., the government is challenged to create a level playing field by scrapping nuclear and fossil-fuel subsidies.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

Developing Countries Set an Example on Emissions Cuts

Ethiopia and Morocco have submitted greenhouse gas reduction pledges that are far more ambitious than those of China and Canada.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Clean Energy Plans May Increase Toxins in Plankton

Environmental assessment of a proposed hydroelectric dam in Canada sheds new light on the cause of high levels of a potent neurotoxin in Arctic marine life.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

World Must Avert Devastating Flood of Climate Refugees

A senior British politician says we face a humanitarian crisis on an immense scale if millions of people have to flee the impacts of global warming.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Models May Misjudge Soils’ Carbon Emissions

How soil organisms cope with decaying vegetation is much less certain than climate models suppose, researchers say, and carbon emission estimates may be wrong.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 READ MORE

Central Asia’s Glaciers May Lose Half Their Ice by Midcentury

The speed at which the warming climate is melting glaciers in Central Asia may ruin the water supply of millions of people within 50 years.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

Andes’ Migrating Trees Are Moving Toward Extinction

Highland tree species in the Andes are decreasing as global warming causes lowland varieties to migrate uphill into cooler climes—perhaps to their own eventual demise.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE

Canadian Province Pulls the Plug on Renewable Energy Program

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has canceled a successful project that rewarded people for generating renewable energy.

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 READ MORE

Revolutionary Fence Is Set to Trap the Sea’s Power

Innovative turbines designed in the U.K. aim to harness tidal energy to produce cheaper electricity—without endangering marine life.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Speed of Glacier Retreat Worldwide Reaches Record Levels

Scientists say tens of thousands of glaciers are melting faster than ever—and many will continue to do so even if climate change can be stabilized.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming at Halfway Point of Safety Limit, Research Shows

Global temperatures have risen by 1 degree Celsius (nearly 34 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past 150 years, and one scientist says a doubling of that could unleash catastrophic sea-level rise this century.

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 READ MORE

‘Good Practice’ Makes Perfect Sense for Greenhouse Gas Cuts

Reducing climate-warming gases enough to prevent global temperatures from exceeding a 2°C rise is simple—if all countries do as well as the best.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Still Winning the Investment War

The campaign to convince investors not to pour their money into the extraction and use of fossil fuels is failing to gain enough converts to be effective, experts say.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

Study Finds the Recession—Not a Decline in Coal Use—Cut U.S. Emissions

Researchers say it was the economy, rather than the replacement of coal by natural gas, that drove the recent drop in U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change as Grave a Threat as Nuclear War

An international scientific report commissioned by the U.K. government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Coal Investment Is the Most Urgent Climate Threat

The head of the global Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says wealthy countries should help poorer nations that cannot afford to replace coal with low-carbon alternatives.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise—but carbon emissions did not.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE

Combating Climate Dangers Is Seen as Medical Emergency

International experts say the last 50 years of health advances worldwide will be jeopardized unless urgent steps are taken to confront climate change.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Offers Rare Respite for African Farmers

Under the influence of greenhouse gases, changes in air temperature and wind patterns are increasing rainfall and crop yields in the drought-prone Sahel region.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

European Power Market Is Slipping Away From King Coal

Analysis of falling demand for electricity within the EU sends a stark warning to investors in new coal plants that their assets could be left stranded.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE

Rich Countries’ Climate Plans Leave Yawning Gap

Analysis of emissions cuts planned by EU and G7 countries reveals that they will take the world less than a third of the way to the agreed safety level.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

Africa’s Advocates Say Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must Go

With more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still lacking access to electricity, the continent is being urged to take a leading role in crucial climate negotiations.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE

Apollo Plan Asks for the Moon in Switch to Renewables

An eminent group is urging governments to make the massive research investment that would enable the world to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2025.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Cutting Warming to 1.5°C Could Endanger Food Supply

Scientists say meeting the tougher demands of many countries on limiting global temperature rise may be technically feasible, but would risk worsening world hunger.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE

England Set for Big Increase in Record Warm Years

Research using records dating back to 1659 shows at least a 13-fold rise in the likelihood of human-influenced climate change pushing up temperatures in central England.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Zero In on Only Solution to Climate Crisis

A panel of international climate scientists says the world has only until 2050 to bring carbon emissions to zero—and the rewards for doing so would be immense.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE

Forests Can Soak Up a Third of Carbon Emissions

A report commissioned by Prince Charles’ charity says protecting tropical forests could enable the absorption of billions of metric tons of carbon emissions.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE

Old King Coal Is Sick—but Not Yet Dying

The building of coal-fired power stations across much of the world is declining, but the trend is not enough to avert the risk of climate change reaching dangerous levels.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

World Needs Early Warning of Climate-Linked Disasters

A leading French government minister says the number of natural disasters connected to climate change has doubled in two decades. He is urging a global early warning system.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change a Probable Factor in Syria’s Conflict

Researchers say climate change probably caused the drought that affected Syria nearly a decade ago—and helped spark the country’s current civil war.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

Energy Giant’s Bleak Prediction: 25 Percent Rise in CO2

The British-based oil and gas “supermajor” BP says it expects global emissions of carbon dioxide to rise by a quarter in the next 20 years.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

Arctic Melting Opens Sea Route to More Pollution

Increasing loss of Arctic sea ice is likely to soon mean that more ships can use the polar passage—affecting climate, health and air quality.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE

Power Brokers’ Chains Hold Back Forest Protections

U.K. think tank says inaction by the “Forest 500” means global efforts to end deforestation by 2030 are not keeping pace with the rate of destruction.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE

Arctic Glacier’s Galloping Melt Baffles Scientists

New satellite data analysis has produced evidence that rapid melting in the last three years has caused dramatic shrinkage of an Arctic ice cap.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Pushes Doomsday Clock Close to Midnight

Scientists warn that the deadly combination of unchecked climate change and nuclear weapons endangers everyone on Earth unless urgent action is taken.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE

Gold Rush Leaves Tropical Forests Poorer Than Ever

New research shows that parts of South America’s most biologically valuable tropical forests are being damaged by a resurgent gold mining industry.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

Vast Reserves of Fossil Fuels Should Be Left Untapped

Researchers have identified the major producers of coal, gas and oil that stand to lose most financially if agreement is reached on radical cuts needed to avoid dangerous climate change.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE

Tropical Forests May Be Giving Climate Extra Help

New research indicates that the role of the world’s tropical forests in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere may have been underestimated.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 READ MORE

Rapid Increase In Arctic Temperature Is Spreading South

Rising temperatures in Finland illustrate the increasingly rapid pace of warming in high northern latitudes—a trend that has accelerated over the last 40 years.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE

Polar Bears Feel the Heat as Icy Habitat Shrinks

As climate change increasingly affects the Arctic, some polar bear populations are suffering because rising temperatures are reducing the sea ice vital for their survival.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE

Ocean Heat Drives Surge to Global Warming Record

Climate scientists say this year looks likely to enter the record books as the world’s hottest, with the warming of the oceans causing striking changes.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE

Weather Extremes Will Be the Norm As World Warms

The World Bank says the Earth is on an unavoidable path towards a 1.5 C heat rise by mid-century—but it could reach 4 C by 2100 unless immediate action is taken to avoid dire impacts for millions of people.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE

India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

While even China, the world’s leading coal producer, begins to recognise the fuel’s serious polluting effects, India has announced it aims to double production to meet soaring energy demands.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE

Science Panel’s Urgent Warning to Tackle Climate Change

The U.N. panel of climate scientists says some consequences of global warming will become irreversible unless greenhouse gas emissions fall to zero by the end of the century—but latest research suggests the reality may be even more urgent than that.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Renews Famine Risk to Africa’s Sahel

With population increasing and food demand far outstripping supply, the Sahel is vulnerable to a new humanitarian crisis—and researchers warn that rising temperatures will make matters only worse.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE

Scientists Refute Lower Emissions Claim for Fracking

As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE

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