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Colleges Turn to Biomass to Cut Emissions

Colleges Turn to Biomass to Cut Emissions

Biomass burning can encompass a wide range of fuel sources, from woody material and agricultural waste - like rice husks, for example—to crops such as switchgrass that are grown specifically for energy production. … Read More

January Was Cooler and Drier Than Average Across the US

January Was Cooler and Drier Than Average Across the US

Though the year started off with well over half the country blanketed in snow — midway through January every state other than Florida reported some snow on the ground — last month was actually the 9th driest January on record.… Read More

Renewable Cost Parity: Is Wind Competitive With Gas?

Renewable Cost Parity: Is Wind Competitive With Gas?

The American Wind Energy Association claims wind power is largely cost competitive with natural gas. But what does "competitive" really mean?… Read More

Old Weather is Shedding New Light on Climate

Old Weather is Shedding New Light on Climate

“With this project, we’re helping answer the question "what was happening with the weather at that exact time" and now we can do that going all the way back to 1871, says climate scientist Gilbert Compo from CIRES.… Read More

Deadly Floods in Pakistan Were “Predictable,” Study Says

Deadly Floods in Pakistan Were “Predictable,” Study Says

Webster and colleagues utilized 15-day computer model projections from the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, known as the ECMWF model, in order to determine the predictability of rainfall in Pakistan.… Read More

Can We Trust Climate Models? Increasingly, The Answer is ‘Yes’

Can We Trust Climate Models? Increasingly, The Answer is ‘Yes’

It’s important to realize that climate represents what modelers call a boundary condition. Blizzards in the Sahara are outside the boundaries of our current climate, and so are stands of palm trees in Greenland next year.… Read More

Ethical Dilemma Profoundly Sways Economics of Climate Change

Ethical Dilemma Profoundly Sways Economics of Climate Change

Do we worry now about the consequences of our carbon-intensive lifestyle, or do we let our children cope? The answer has a considerable impact when assessing the economic costs of a warmer planet.… Read More

Revised Figures Show Federal Economists Understate the Cost of Climate Impacts

Revised Figures Show Federal Economists Understate the Cost of Climate Impacts

Revised data from a key economic model used by federal agencies shows the costs of climate change impacts could be twice as high as estimated.… Read More