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Rich and Poor Uniting in Paris, But Big Hurdles Remain

Rich and Poor Uniting in Paris, But Big Hurdles Remain

Hundreds of negotiators huddling in a conference center here Wednesday were preparing to work through the night to try to achieve something nearly 20 years of talks have so far been unable to do: unite rich and poor nations on climate action.… Read More

Autumn Was Warmest on Record For Lower 48

Autumn Was Warmest on Record For Lower 48

For those living in the eastern half of the country, this may come as no surprise. This autumn was the warmest on record for the contiguous U.S., with every state in the Lower 48 recording above-average temperatures from September through November, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday. For the year-to-date, this… Read More

Developing World Spurning Key U.S. Climate Demand

Developing World Spurning Key U.S. Climate Demand

The Obama Administration wants an agreement to emerge from historic meetings in Paris that redefines the nature of global cooperation in the fight against climate change, but the developing world’s most influential diplomats are strongly resisting a key negotiating demand.… Read More

Once Ignored, 1.5°C Climate Goal Gains Momentum

Once Ignored, 1.5°C Climate Goal Gains Momentum

Delegates from the U.S., Canada, China and the European Union have all expressed support in Paris for including a 1.5°C goal in what could be an historic new climate pact, the Guardian reported. Fossil fuel burning and other industrial activities have already raised global temperatures by an average of 1°C since the 1800s, pushing sea levels up mo… Read More

Here’s How Much of Alaska’s Permafrost Could Melt

Here’s How Much of Alaska’s Permafrost Could Melt

Up to a quarter of the permafrost that lies just under the ground surface in Alaska could thaw by the end of the century, releasing long-trapped carbon that could make its way into the atmosphere and exacerbate global warming, a new study finds. The study, detailed in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment, maps where that near-surface… Read More

Europe, U.S. Poised to Resolve Key Climate Discord

Europe, U.S. Poised to Resolve Key Climate Discord

European negotiators gave what may have been their strongest signal yet that they are open to a compromise on a key legal question promoted by their American counterparts. European negotiators want pledges by nations to reduce their climate impacts after 2020 to be binding under international law. That was the approach taken under the Kyoto Protoc… Read More

Study Sees Possible Decline in Global CO2 Emissions

Study Sees Possible Decline in Global CO2 Emissions

The rapid spread of renewable energy and improvements in energy efficiency across the globe may have paid off in a big way this year. Researchers are projecting that for the first time in history, the rate of growth in global carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels will decline even as the global economy continues to grow. That decline … Read More

Climate Negotiators Turn to Tackling the ‘Four Biggies’

Climate Negotiators Turn to Tackling the ‘Four Biggies’

As a week of networking events and low-level climate negotiations between bureaucrats gave way Monday to high-level talks, ministers and other senior government officials began focusing their attention on four key sticking points. Those issues include disputes over financing, proposals for reviewing and adjusting national climate pledges, the diff… Read More