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China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China has been praised recently for its investments in renewable energy. And the credit is well deserved as China's commitment to renewables dwarfs that of the U.S. and other industrialized countries. From 2010 to 2012 alone, China’s renewable electricity growth was double that of the U.S., and it is continuing to grow. But all the accolades are … Read More

Science Made Simple: Take the Dog for a Walk

Science Made Simple: Take the Dog for a Walk

The old adage is that "climate is what you expect, weather is what you get," since day-to-day weather may depart significantly from average conditions.… Read More

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report

The first installment in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest scientific assessment on climate science came out on Friday, and it’s loaded with dense terminology, expressions of uncertainty, and nearly impenetrable graphics. Here’s what you need to know, in number and chart form.… Read More

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Climate scientists are 95 percent certain that the climate is changing and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the cause of it. While rising temperatures are the most commonly cited change, there are numerous other indicators of has changed since the start of the Industrial Revolution from rising seas to melting glaciers and ice shee… Read More

IPCC Roundup: Early Reports Focus on Warming ‘Hiatus’

IPCC Roundup: Early Reports Focus on Warming ‘Hiatus’

A key portion of the long awaited Fifth Assessment Report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is slated to be released on Friday in Stockholm, where scientists and government representatives are currently meeting to finalize the report’s language. In addition to our original reporting and analysis, each day this week Climate Cen… Read More

You Asked, We Answered: Response to 2013 Cars Report

You Asked, We Answered: Response to 2013 Cars Report

In the month since we released our report, A Roadmap to Climate Friendly Cars: 2013 we have received many good questions and insightful comments from readers. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to give us feedback on our report. We especially appreciate those who recognized the inherent challenges involved in carrying out and presenting l… Read More

Mid-July Heat Wave Bakes U.S. From Coast to Coast

Mid-July Heat Wave Bakes U.S. From Coast to Coast

The heat wave that gripped the U.S. in mid-July had most of the country sweating bullets. Temperatures ratcheted up from coast to coast from July 10 to July 19 as the graphic above from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows. During the period, 134 high temperature records fell or were tied. Records were set indiscriminate of ...… Read More

Watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds

Watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds

From our friends at NASA comes this amazing 13-second animation that depicts how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1950. You’ll note an acceleration of those temperatures in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide and clean air laws reduced emissions of pollutants that had a cooling effect… Read More