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Weather Extremes Rise as Planet Gets Hotter and Colder

Scientists predict that lethal heat waves in Europe, and ice storms and big freezes across the globe, could become regular events if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Pledge Gets Dollars Flowing Into Climate Fund

Many developing countries are already suffering the impacts of climate change, but a special fund to help them adapt to a warming world has been bolstered by promises of billions of dollars from wealthier nations.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



Diet’s Effects on Emissions Give Food for Thought

American researchers confirm that a shift to vegetarian, Mediterranean or fish-based diets would cut greenhouse gases, conserve forests and savannah, and have a big impact on obesity-linked health problems.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



China and U.S. Deliver Radical Climate Surprise

It’s been called a historic agreement—a game changer in the battle to combat climate change. But can China and the U.S. fulfill the promises in their announcement of plans to cut carbon emissions?

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



A Wrench Thrown Into Coal’s Publicity Machine

An Australian think tank’s data challenges coal industry claims that it drives economic growth, is a key element of alleviating “energy poverty” worldwide and improves quality of life.

Posted on Nov 10, 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



Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is keen interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change.

Posted on Oct 25, 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



Air Pollution Compounds Effects of Climate Change

Reduced monsoon rainfall and increased river flow are two extremes that new research has linked to man-made impacts on climate caused by air pollution.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



Hotter Oceans Explain Global Warming ‘Pause’

Far more heat than suspected is being absorbed by the oceans’ top layer, scientists have found, but a study has uncovered little evidence of rising warmth at greater depths.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Helps to Halve World Wildlife in 40 Years

Climate change is identified by conservation campaigners as increasingly implicated in the plight of many wild species, which they say have fallen by more than half since 1970.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



California Burning Points to More Intense Wildfires

As the forest fires season peaks in the Western U.S., a new report predicts that climate-led temperature rise will lead to millions more acres across the world being burned to the ground.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE



Investor Heavyweights Call for Clear Action on Climate

As a major U.N. climate summit got underway in New York on Tuesday, some of the world’s biggest institutional investors demanded clearer policies on climate change and the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



Record CO2 Levels Fuel Urgent Calls for Emissions Cuts

The alarming message from international scientists to political leaders meeting at Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York is that record global CO2 emissions this year mean “delaying action is not an option.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



Weather Patterns Show Climate Is Changing U.S.

Fiercer tornadoes, more prolonged periods of drought and loss of native fish species are some of the damaging impacts predicted for the U.S. as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Acidification and GHGs Hit Record Levels

New scientific evidence of the highest greenhouse gas concentrations on record is compounded by the revelation that oceans are acidifying faster than at any time in the last 300 million years.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



Less Snow Won’t End Blizzard Hazard

New research predicts that while there will be less snow in a warming world, the sort of severe snowstorms that caused chaos in the U.S. this year will remain a serious hazard.

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE



China May Be Ready to Kick Coal Habit

Signs are hopeful that China, the world’s No.1 emitter of greenhouse gases, aims to become less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



Europe’s Warming Raises Tropical Disease Risk

As greenhouse gases raise temperatures in Europe, British researchers warn that the risk of the arrival of mosquito-borne diseases that kill many thousands of people every year in tropical regions is increasing.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Pre-History Proof of Climate’s Seesaw Sensitivity

Computer simulations reaching back deep into the last Ice Age have enabled scientists to put a historic perspective on how even small variations in the climate system can lead to dramatic temperature change.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



‘Free Riders’ Undermine Climate Treaty Hopes

Norwegian researchers warn that hopes of getting an effective agreement on climate control will slip further away unless key polluting countries get serious about emissions reductions—and face sanctions if they don’t comply.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



Atlantic Depths May Hold Key to Heat Hiatus

Researchers analyzing millions of oceanographic measurements believe they may finally have gotten to the bottom of the conundrum about why there is a slowdown in global warming despite greenhouse gas emissions rising.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE



Antarctic Warming Could Accelerate Sea Level Rise

An international study says warming is affecting not only the Arctic but also the Antarctic—and that could significantly raise global sea levels much faster than previously predicted.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



Human Factor Speeds Up Glacial Melting

Scientists simulating changes in mountain glaciers over the last century and half have established that rates of melting have increased greatly in recent years—and that humans are the main culprits.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



Arctic Warming Blamed for Dangerous Heat Waves

Giant waves in the jet stream that often govern our weather are changing as the Arctic warms more rapidly—leading to long periods of soaring temperatures that pose major threats to economies and human health.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE



Rise in Flights Will Outweigh Carbon Cuts

Researchers warn that the cost of airline tickets will need to rise steadily to decrease demand and counteract the effects of aviation’s growing carbon emissions.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Data Shows Clear Signs of Warming

Hundreds of scientists from 57 countries have fed evidence into a new report that provides a clear picture of how patterns, changes and trends of the global climate system show that our planet is becoming a warmer place.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Win-Win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

Scientists in the U.S. believe they have identified a way to feed billions more people, while reducing the strains and stresses on the environment.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



It’s the Greenhouse Gases, Stupid!

Australia’s decision to repeal the country’s carbon tax has led critics to accuse the government of showing a complete disregard for the science of climate change and its impacts.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Bold Pathways Point to a Low Carbon Future

A scientific report for the U.N. Climate Summit sends out a positive message that the tough task of cutting CO2 emissions to limit global temperature rise to below 2°C can be achieved by following a set of bold practical steps.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise

The discovery by U.S. biologists of how plants respond to increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could provide agricultural scientists with new tools to engineer crops that can deal with droughts and high temperatures.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



Old Phones Offer Lifeline to Africa’s Forests

Recycled smartphones are being used in a high-tech approach to combating the illegal logging and poaching that are devastating trees and wildlife in endangered forests.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



NASA Will Now Study Climate Change From Space

The OCO-2 will monitor fluctuations of CO2 in the atmosphere, making note of where the greenhouse gases are rising and falling the most.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Puts U.S. at Risk of Multibillion Dollar Bill

U.S. government and business are warned that climate change could cost the economy billions of dollars because of the increasing risk of property damage, reduced harvests and workers incapacitated by extreme heat.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



Hot Rocks Are a Core Asset

Deep in the earth’s crust, hot rocks accessible through new engineering techniques are second only to hydroelectric schemes as the most productive source of renewable energy, with huge potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



Dark Shadows Fall on Melting Icecap

Dust blowing onto the Greenland icecap from warming areas of the Arctic is causing the ice to melt faster by reducing the whiteness that reflects light and keeps it cool.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



Cutting Emissions Is ‘Perfect Option’

Limiting climate change simply by cutting the use of fossil fuels is a much better option than ambitious bioengineering projects such as trying to limit the effects of the sun, researchers have found.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



Threats From New Gases Found in Air

Three more new CFC gases discovered in the atmosphere have the potential to add to global warming, and scientists say the evidence points to them being man-made.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



Greenland Ice May Melt Even Faster

The vulnerability of Greenland’s glaciers to global warming is even greater than feared, according to radar and satellite data analysed by U.S. research scientists—and that’s bad news for rising sea levels.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE



Ozone Rise Will Choke U.S. Cities

Poor air quality and health problems are expected to become the summertime norm across the country as ground level ozone rises 70 percent.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Winds Put Heat on Australia

Winds of change caused by greenhouse gases in the Southern Ocean are keeping Antarctica cold but parching Australia by “stealing” more of its rainfall.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Companies Doze as Climate Change Threatens

The advances of science and the rapid changes in the economy are leaving the U.S. corporate world far behind, say researchers, who warn that the sector must change urgently.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



Soil May Absorb Less CO2 Than Thought

Soil slows global warming by absorbing some climate-heating carbon dioxide—but not as much as scientists presumed, new research shows.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE



Wetland Emissions Mean More Methane

Wetlands in northern latitudes are adding more to methane emissions than science had expected, a research team based in Canada has found.

Posted on May 2, 2014 READ MORE



The Energy Revolution Is In Reverse

The world should be moving to a clean energy future, the IPCC says. The recent record of global greenhouse emissions show it’s heading in entirely the wrong direction.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Costs ‘May Prove Much Higher’

A re-examination of the true social costs of greenhouse gas emissions suggests they may have been seriously under-estimated, researchers say.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



Enough Uranium, but Nuclear Power Is Still Shrinking

The world is not short of uranium for its nuclear power stations, an Australian researcher argues. But more and more greenhouse gases are emitted in extracting the ore.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE



Wooden Skyscrapers Help Cool Climate

Chop down trees to build skyscrapers? It sounds odd, but it’s already helping to slow climate change emissions—and to protect the forests themselves.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



Warmer Winters Will Limit Olympic Snow

By the 2080s, two-thirds of the cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics since 1924 are likely to be too warm to be able to do so again.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE


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