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Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Of the 2.8 billion people forced to use wood for fuel, often filling their humble homes with life-shortening soot, the vast majority are chopping down and gathering their fuel in ways that allow forests and woodlands to regrow. That isn’t just good for the environment around them — carbon-hungry growth of trees that replace those that were felled h… Read More

Climate Central Duo Talk About the Polar Vortex

Climate Central Duo Talk About the Polar Vortex

With cold weather in the news, Climate Central's Bernadette Woods-Placky and Andrew Freedman were on the air to talk about the climate connection. Woods-Placky appeared on MSNBC's Lean Forward while Freedman was on The Weather Channel's Wake Up with Al. You can see both their interview segments below. And be sure to check out our related content on… Read More

In Much of U.S., Extreme Cold is Becoming More Rare

In Much of U.S., Extreme Cold is Becoming More Rare

The numbers show that overall there is a downward trend in the number of extreme cold nights like we’re currently experiencing — although there are variations in a few cities. This trend is consistent with what climate scientists have been saying: Overall, winters across the contiguous U.S. , and every region has warmed at least somewhat over that … Read More

Polar Vortex in U.S. May be Example of Global Warming

Polar Vortex in U.S. May be Example of Global Warming

Researchers told Climate Central that the weather pattern driving the extreme cold into the U.S. — with a weaker polar vortex moving around the Arctic like a slowing spinning top, eventually falling over and blowing open the door to the Arctic freezer — fits with other recently observed instances of unusual fall and wintertime jet stream configura… Read More

EIA: Biggest Energy Producers Are Also Biggest Users

EIA: Biggest Energy Producers Are Also Biggest Users

The newly updated state energy profiles show how Texas’ oil wells can be a source of geothermal electricity, New York and California are leaders in energy efficiency despite also being among the nation’s largest energy consumers, and Iowa’s ethanol production contributes to it being one of the most energy-intensive states in the U.S.… Read More

Scientists Warn Planet Likely to Warm at Least 4ºC by 2100

Scientists Warn Planet Likely to Warm at Least 4ºC by 2100

Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study. The scientist leading the research said that unless emissions of greenhouse gases were cut, the planet would heat up by a minimum of 4ºC (39.2ºF) by 2100, twice the level the world's governments deem dangerou… Read More

Climate Change Imperils Peru’s Drive to End Poverty

Climate Change Imperils Peru’s Drive to End Poverty

Peru is the country chosen to host the 2014 UN climate conference, a key meeting for trying to advance an ambitious plan to rein in greenhouse emissions which is planned for agreement in 2015. But the country has recently earned a rather more dubious distinction. In 2012, for the first time, the Peruvian Amazon became a net emitter of carbon dioxi… Read More

Not All Species Will Be Endangered by Climate Change

Not All Species Will Be Endangered by Climate Change

And now for the good news: climate change could actually make life better for some creatures. The ibex in the Swiss Alps may find an extra spring in its step. The roly-poly pika of the American northwest might find it has gained an edge over its predators because it is adapted to a high fiber diet. The news is not uniformly good: climate change is… Read More