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Record-Setting Drought Intensifies in Parched California

Record-Setting Drought Intensifies in Parched California

The relentless heat that has plagued the western half of the country this summer has ratcheted up California’s terrible drought once again, bringing it to record levels. More than half of the state is in “exceptional” drought, the highest category recognized by the U.S. Drought Monitor, which released its latest update on Thursday. “The heat has… Read More

Using CO2 Emissions to Pump Oil May Help the Climate

Using CO2 Emissions to Pump Oil May Help the Climate

Called “carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery,” the process works like this: CO2 emissions are captured from coal-fired power plants, then transported to old oil fields where production peaked long ago. By injecting the captured CO2 into existing oil wells that have been producing diminishing amounts of crude oil, hard-to-get crude oil will react wi… Read More

No Record, But Arctic Sea Ice Will be Among 10 Lowest

No Record, But Arctic Sea Ice Will be Among 10 Lowest

The extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean at the end of the summer season likely won’t surpass the record low of 2012, but 2014 will still likely rank as one of the lowest minimum extents (or areas) in the record books. That’s according to Julienne Stroeve, a scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. “It’s likely… Read More

Report Paints Bleak Future for Nuclear Power

Report Paints Bleak Future for Nuclear Power

The globe’s nuclear power industry is ageing, plagued with high costs and construction delays, and generally on the decline. That’s the conclusion of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report released Tuesday, an annual assessment of the trends in nuclear power production and the state of nuclear reactors worldwide.… Read More

Late July Chill Helps Set Record Lows Across the East

Late July Chill Helps Set Record Lows Across the East

Folks across the eastern U.S. could be forgiven for thinking they’d pulled a Rip van Winkle and woken up in October on Wednesday morning. Temperatures dipped down overnight into the 60s, 50s and even 40s, setting record lows left and right. The chill in the air comes courtesy of yet another bout of cool Canadian air that dipped down over the area… Read More

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

The cost of the U.S. delaying action on climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions could increase 40 percent each decade if no action is taken, according to a Council of Economic Advisers report released by the White House on Tuesday.… Read More

Tornado Hits Near Boston As Cold Air Invades U.S. Again

Tornado Hits Near Boston As Cold Air Invades U.S. Again

A tornado touches down north of Boston as another blast of colder-than-normal air invades the eastern U.S.… Read More

Warming Threatens Roads, Ports and Planes, Report Says

Warming Threatens Roads, Ports and Planes, Report Says

The transportation sector is a major contributor to climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, it’s also one of the most vulnerable sectors to the effects of climate change. That means “sun kinks” could warp train tracks in the heat, and airplanes will be pricer to fly.… Read More