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Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless

Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless

As negotiators gather in Peru for a critical round of climate talks, U.S. delegates are straining to explain what they call a “counterintuitive” reality: For next year’s global climate agreement to be effective, commitments made under it must not be legally binding.… Read More

CO2 Takes Just 10 Years to Reach Planet’s Peak Heat

CO2 Takes Just 10 Years to Reach Planet’s Peak Heat

In a study that could have big ramifications on estimating the impacts, costs and benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, new research shows that CO2 brings peak heat within a decade of being emitted, with the effects then lingering 100 years or more into the future. The research, published Wednesday in Geophysical Research Letters, provide… Read More

WMO Warns Lima Delegates 2014 May Be Hottest Year

WMO Warns Lima Delegates 2014 May Be Hottest Year

As negotiators at the latest global climate meeting gather this week in Lima, Peru, to hammer out a new international agreement to limit emissions of the greenhouse gases fueling global warming, they are receiving a stark reminder of that warming. With less than a month to go, 2014 is in the running to become the warmest year on record, the World… Read More

Atmospheric River, Heavy Rain Roar Into California

Atmospheric River, Heavy Rain Roar Into California

For the second time in a week, heavy rain is making an appearance in drought-weary California. This round comes courtesy of the tropics via an appropriately named “atmospheric river” that is sending precipitation across the state, bringing a modicum of relief. While the storm may marginally help the state-wide drought, relief could come at a high p… Read More

Pipeline Crunch Could Keep Northeast’s Heating Bills High

Pipeline Crunch Could Keep Northeast’s Heating Bills High

For New Yorkers and Bostonians, a cozy warm home heated using natural gas will probably mean paying much higher heating bills than nearly everyone else in the U.S.… Read More

Robotic Floats Will Reveal Southern Ocean’s Mysteries

Robotic Floats Will Reveal Southern Ocean’s Mysteries

This December, Hannah Zanowski, a graduate student at Princeton University, will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, bundle up in something warm, and board a German research icebreaker called the Polarstern. Over the next eight weeks, the ship will make its way from the southern tip of Africa to the bottom of South America via the Weddell Sea off … Read More

What’s At Stake in Lima Climate Talks

What’s At Stake in Lima Climate Talks

Seventeen years after that protocol was negotiated in Japan, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change is preparing to take its second shot. Global climate pact 2.0, which will look nothing like its beta, is now little more than a year away.… Read More

Big Welcome Storm Headed California’s Way

Big Welcome Storm Headed California’s Way

While a Nor’easter is currently causing misery from Washington, D.C., to Boston, in the form of rain and snow on the busiest travel day of the year, another, perhaps more welcome, storm is set to hit the West Coast later this holiday weekend. That storm is expected to bring desperately needed rains and snow to parts of California. The state has… Read More