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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



Drought Becoming the ‘New Normal’ for Californians

Human impacts on global warming and water resources are threatening to turn the landscape of the U.S. West into a dust bowl.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Solar Power Takes Giant Strides as Prices Fall

Massive solar power stations are being built in the world’s “sun belts”—with the U.S. and India competing to have the largest in the world.

Posted on Aug 26, 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



China’s Carbon Count Is Not as High as Feared

The use of poor-quality coal in Chinese power plants means that the carbon dioxide emissions of the world’s biggest polluter are 10 percent less than previously thought.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE



European Warming Sends Wild Boar Numbers Soaring

Increasingly mild winters and an abundance of acorns and nuts have caused a population explosion among wild boar in Europe.

Posted on Aug 20, 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



Added Gene Can Make Rice More Climate-Friendly

Scientists discover a way to boost production of the grain that billions rely on for food—and reduce its damaging emissions of methane.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Astronomers Take the Heat out of Sunspots Theory

New analysis of records stretching back 400 years to the observations of Renaissance scientist Galileo shows that global warming is not the result of solar activity.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Surge in Use of Wind and Solar Technology Sends EU Emissions Tumbling

Many countries that promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol are now exceeding their targets, bringing new hope for success at the Paris climate talks.

Posted on Aug 12, 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



If You Think Obama’s New Climate Change Plan Is Bold, Think Again

Describing it as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against climate change,” President Obama on Monday unveiled a series of measures curbing carbon emissions from power plants. Although the president’s statement may be true, as meteorologist Eric Holthaus writes, “It’s not saying a whole heck of a lot.”

Posted on Aug 3, 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



Norway Pumps Up ‘Green Battery’ Plan for Europe

Hydraulic engineers in Norway aim to use surplus power from hydropower plants to cut the need for fossil fuel and boost European electricity supplies.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



Irish Leader Says Economic Changes Are Needed to Tackle Climate Challenges

At a meeting building toward the Paris climate summit, Ireland’s president calls for a new economic order to address the threats of global warming.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE



Emissions Threaten Age of Uncertainty for Carbon Dating

New study warns that rising CO2 levels from the burning of fossil fuels will undermine the precision with which once-living things can be scientifically dated.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



U.K.’s Leading Scientists Urge Immediate Climate Action

The pre-eminent institutions in British science and engineering—some with long records of promoting fossil fuels—say the U.K. should lead the way to a zero carbon world.

Posted on Jul 23, 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



Melting Sea Ice Means Shortage of Bear Necessities

Researchers reveal as baseless the theory that polar bears can use hibernation techniques to survive without food as climate change reduces their summertime hunting habitat.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



People and Planet Benefit From ‘Green’ Buildings

Research worldwide shows that environmentally friendly buildings are much better for the health of the people who live and work in them, as well as for the Earth.

Posted on Jul 19, 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



Loss of Seabirds Highlights Double Danger for Species

Scientists say increasing human impacts on habitat are combining with climate change to put serious survival stresses on species and ecosystems.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Brings Ill Winds for Airline Industry

Scientists say wind patterns altered by climate variability are costing airlines millions of dollars in extra fuel and flying time—and increasing CO2 emissions.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE



Muslim Scholars Say Climate Change Poses Dire Threat

An Islamic declaration adds to growing pressure religious leaders are exerting on richer nations to reduce the burden they are putting on the Earth’s climate.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



Record Torrential Rainfall Linked to Warming Climate

Scientists show that devastating increases in extreme rainfall over the last 30 years fit in with global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gases.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



Natural World Feels the Heat as Temperatures Soar

Birds, insects and trees are all under threat as the rise in global average temperatures makes droughts and heat waves much more probable.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE



Warming Planet Heightens Plight of the Bumblebee

Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats the southern portions of their habitat range.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Quantum Leap Taken in Measuring Greenhouse Effect

A new technique for analyzing satellite data will allow scientists to predict more accurately how much the Earth will warm as a result of carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change May Knock Seafood Off the Menu

Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE



Deaths Mount in Pakistan as Heatwave Is Linked to Climate Change

More than 1,200 people have died as a result of an intense heatwave in southern Pakistan, and experts are warning of more hot weather to come.

Posted on Jul 6, 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



Transport-Sharing Boosts Health, Wealth and Climate

Growing public involvement in programs to share cars and bicycles is clearly good for the environment, and it also saves money and improves people’s health.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Threatens Colder Climate for Europe

New evidence appears that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in Western Europe.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Carbon Capture Goes Down the Tubes

One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change—which supporters believe could enable the world to continue burning fossil fuels—looks likely to be a failure.

Posted on Jul 2, 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



Prospect of Warmer Winters Doesn’t Mean Fewer Deaths

New scientific study pours cold water on the theory that mortality rates will drop in winter months as the climate warms.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Is Accelerating Loss of Species

Human-induced climate change adds to threats vertebrates face from hunting and habitat loss, as researchers warn that modern extinction rates are exceptionally high.

Posted on Jun 25, 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



New Flood Alert as Warming Increases Sea-Level Threat

Scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



Rise in CO2 Could Restrict Growing Days for Crops

While plants in temperate zones may benefit from higher temperatures, global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE



India Blames Heat-Wave Deaths on Climate Change

Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May—and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.

Posted on Jun 19, 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



Pope Calls for Moral Campaign on Climate Crisis

A hard-hitting message from the Vatican warns of the threat global warming poses to the world’s ecosystems—and everyone on the planet.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



Long-Lived Carbon Dioxide Warms World for Many Millennia

Research shows that carbon dioxide emitted by the burning of fossil fuels traps heat in the atmosphere for thousands of years.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE



Australia Faces Stormy Future as Temperatures Soar

Destructive storms and sudden floods are set to intensify across Australia as global warming plays havoc with rainfall patterns.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE



Delegates Accused of ‘Fiddling’ While the Planet Burns

A tame end to climate talks in Bonn, Germany, leaves critics fearing that hopes are fading for a binding agreement aimed at stopping global warming.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



World Must Wake Up to China’s Energy Revolution

A new report says a successful outcome at this year’s Paris climate talks will be far more likely if the world takes note of how China is reducing emissions.

Posted on Jun 11, 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


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