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Dutch Lawmakers Call for Halt to Wood Energy Subsidies

Dutch Lawmakers Call for Halt to Wood Energy Subsidies

Dutch parliamentarians voted last week to suspend plans to provide subsidies for wood energy until the country’s economic affairs ministry has explained how and when all of the nation’s coal power plants will be shuttered. Billions of dollars in Dutch government subsidies have been earmarked to help the owners of coal power plants blend wood pellet… Read More

Weakening Ice Shelves Raise Sea Level Rise Concerns

Weakening Ice Shelves Raise Sea Level Rise Concerns

All along Antarctica’s coast, tongues of floating ice act as a firewall. Any major breaks in the firewall could send inland ice flowing faster to the sea, raising ocean levels and threatening coastal communities around the globe. In some ways, it’s a process already seen in some areas of Antarctica and it’s concerning enough that scientists have … Read More

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Willis Linn Jepson encountered a squat shrub while he was collecting botanical specimens on California’s Mount Tamalpais in the fall of 1936. He trimmed off a few branches and jotted down the location along the ridge trail where the manzanita grew, 2,255 feet above sea level. The desiccated specimen is now part of an herbarium here that’s named … Read More

Europe’s Shift to Dark Green Forests Fuels Warming

Europe’s Shift to Dark Green Forests Fuels Warming

An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures. Forest changes have nudged Europe's summer temperatures up by 0.12 degree Celsius (0.2 Fahrenheit) since 1750, largely… Read More

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm to Be Built in U.K.

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm to Be Built in U.K.

The U.K. wind energy industry received a boost this week with the announcement of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, to be built off the north-east coast. Dong Energy said its multi-billion pound Hornsea project, which is expected when complete to power as many as 1m homes in the region, will occupy more than 400 square kilometers, situated… Read More

Climate Economists React to Obama’s Proposed Oil Tax

Climate Economists React to Obama’s Proposed Oil Tax

On Thursday, President Obama dropped a surprise in his transportation plan as part of his annual budget. The plan — dubbed the 21st Century Clean Transportation System — calls for $300 billion in investments over the next decade in high speed rail, driverless cars and mass transit across the U.S. That would cut down on carbon pollution and could … Read More

Hot, Dry Weather Could Cut Into California’s Snowpack

Hot, Dry Weather Could Cut Into California’s Snowpack

Hello, it’s me. Words made famous by Adele could just as easily apply to what’s about to happen in California. An unwelcome call is coming from across the Pacific for a state still struggling with drought. A ridge of high pressure is coming to the state, harkening back to the ridiculously resilient ridge of the past few years and butting into… Read More

The Southwest May Have Entered a ‘Drier Climate State’

The Southwest May Have Entered a ‘Drier Climate State’

The Southwest is already the most arid part of the U.S. Now new research indicates it’s becoming even more dry as wet weather patterns, quite literally, dry up. The change could herald a pattern shift and raises the specter of megadrought in the region. “We see a very intense trend in the Southwest,” Andreas Prein, a postdoctoral researcher at the … Read More

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Autumn is Falling Back Foliage color and timing has been starting later, on average, in a warming world.

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