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NASA Tracks Ships and Dust From 1 Million Miles Away

NASA Tracks Ships and Dust From 1 Million Miles Away

Sometimes you have to step back to see the fine details. And sometimes you have to step (or fly) way back. Like a million miles back. DSCOVR — shorthand for Deep Space Climate Observatory — is providing NASA with that long view. Consider it the world’s longest selfie stick. The location allows it to keep a continuous eye on the sunny side of … Read More

Study Says ‘Hydricity’ Could Boost the Use of Renewables

Study Says ‘Hydricity’ Could Boost the Use of Renewables

Solar and wind power are major components of the global strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but those renewable energy sources come with a big challenge: They don’t continuously produce electricity, and fossil fuels are used to make up the difference when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. Electricity storage in large … Read More

Global Aviation Emissions Deal Expected Next Year

Global Aviation Emissions Deal Expected Next Year

A deal on limiting carbon dioxide emissions from aviation will likely be reached next year, no matter the outcome of this week's climate change talks in Paris, a senior official from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday. The aviation industry is not covered by the United Nations climate talks currently being held in … Read More

World Unites, Delivers Hopeful Climate Deal

World Unites, Delivers Hopeful Climate Deal

After decades of failures to cooperate to slow the release of climate pollution, the Paris Agreement is a global framework crafted to transition away from fossil fuel-based economies toward cleaner energy supplies, and to protect the forests and other ecosystems that help keep the planet cool.… Read More

Climate Pact Sees the Forest and the Trees

Climate Pact Sees the Forest and the Trees

Even as climate negotiators labored Friday to finalize a pact to slow global warming, it was becoming clear that any new agreement would also help protect forests. A 27-page draft of a planned United Nations climate deal released late Thursday contained a subsection dedicated to the strategic role that forests and jungles could play as countries se… Read More

Global Climate Deal ‘Close to Finishing Line’

Global Climate Deal ‘Close to Finishing Line’

Following the release of a new and streamlined draft climate pact late Thursday, United Nations negotiators were aiming to finalize a deal on Friday that would strive to limit warming to a level that once seemed unthinkable. Uncertainty lingered in the latest draft on key issues, including issues of financing for poorer countries, and on how an ag… Read More

Extreme UK Rains More Likely With Warming

Extreme UK Rains More Likely With Warming

Over this past weekend, a major storm swept across the U.K. and dumped torrential amounts of rain in some spots — the more than 13 inches that fell in one location in northwest England even set a national 24-hour rainfall record. Just days later, a real-time analysis by scientists working with Climate Central’s World Weather Attribution program… Read More

U.S. Government’s Energy Use Hits 40-Year Low

U.S. Government’s Energy Use Hits 40-Year Low

Energy efficiency is a major component of the Obama administration’s climate policies, and data released this week show the federal government is beginning to lead by example by reducing its energy use to its lowest level since 1975. Federal agencies, which represent about 1 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, have reduced their energy use … Read More