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Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Federal and state disaster relief payouts last year alone are estimated to have cost every person in the U.S. more than $300. Yet according to a new report by Ceres, Inaction on climate change: the cost to taxpayers, the U.S. administration, its agencies and state bodies are still not facing up to the grave financial implications of a warming world… Read More

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

As a Thanksgiving-eve storm, which snarled air and road traffic up and down the East Coast on Wednesday, comes to a close, it’s leaving the country with the largest snowpack for this time of year since at least 2003. This snow cover is likely to play a big role in helping to usher in a wave of potentially historically cold air during the week after… Read More

Least Active Atlantic Hurricane Season In 30 Years

Least Active Atlantic Hurricane Season In 30 Years

A total of 13 named storms formed in the Atlantic Basin this year, two of which — Ingrid and Humberto — became hurricanes. None of these storms ever made it to major hurricane status. The total number of storms this year was above the long-term average (1981-2010) of 12, but the number of hurricanes and major hurricanes were below their long-term a… Read More

U.S. Methane Emissions Vastly Underestimated: Study

U.S. Methane Emissions Vastly Underestimated: Study

The federal government has vastly underestimated climate change-fueling methane being emitted in the United States, primarily from the oil and gas and cattle industries. The oil and gas industry, largely in the south-central U.S., may be emitting nearly five times the methane that scientists previously estimated, while methane emissions of livestoc… Read More

Arctic Storms, Warming Mean More Methane Released

Arctic Storms, Warming Mean More Methane Released

Underneath the Arctic Ocean sits a large reserve of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Understanding how much of that is making it to the atmosphere is an important but relatively new area of research. The latest findings published on Sunday in Nature indicate that more could be escaping than previously thought thanks to stormy weather. The East Si… Read More

Historic CO2 Emissions Require Immediate Cuts

Historic CO2 Emissions Require Immediate Cuts

Two scientists urge the world to start reducing greenhouse emissions right now. There’s no time to be lost, they argue in Nature Climate Change. Future global temperatures depend on how much carbon dioxide has accumulated in the atmosphere, so as emissions increase, so does the rate of warming. The reasoning by Myles Allen, of the University of Ox… Read More

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

This week's six top stories cover a warming trend, sea level rise, coal power, fracking and more. … Read More

UK: No New Funding for Coal-Fired Power Stations Abroad

UK: No New Funding for Coal-Fired Power Stations Abroad

British taxpayers' money will no longer be used to build coal-fired power stations in developing countries, the energy secretary Ed Davey pledged on Wednesday, as the fortnight-long United Nations climate talks entered their final phase. The UK has provided about $500m for such projects in the past seven years, mostly through its funding for devel… Read More