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2015 Shatters Hottest Year Mark; 2016 Hot on its Heels?

2015 Shatters Hottest Year Mark; 2016 Hot on its Heels?

It’s official: 2015 was the hottest year on record, beating out 2014 by the widest margin in 136 years of record keeping, U.S. government agencies announced Wednesday. But this new record may not stand for long, as one of the strongest El Niños ever measured combines with the continued warming of the planet to potentially push 2016 to yet another… Read More

Study: Deep Ocean Waters Trapping Vast Store of Heat

Study: Deep Ocean Waters Trapping Vast Store of Heat

A new generation of scientific instruments has begun scouring ocean depths for temperature data, and the evidence being pinged back via satellite warns that the consequences of fossil fuel burning and deforestation are accumulating far below the planet’s surface. More than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas pollution since … Read More

Climate Change Disaster Top Threat to Economy in 2016

Climate Change Disaster Top Threat to Economy in 2016

A catastrophe caused by climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016, according to a survey of 750 experts conducted by the World Economic Forum. The annual assessment of risks conducted by the WEF before its annual meeting in Davos on January 20-23 showed that global warming had catapulted its way to the … Read More

Giant Icebergs Have Surprise Role in Slowing Warming

Giant Icebergs Have Surprise Role in Slowing Warming

The biggest icebergs breaking off Antarctica unexpectedly help to slow global warming as they melt away into the chill Southern Ocean, scientists said on Monday. The rare Manhattan-sized icebergs, which may become more frequent in coming decades because of climate change, release a vast trail of iron and other nutrients that act as fertilisers for… Read More

Denmark Just Set a Wind Power Record…Again

Denmark Just Set a Wind Power Record…Again

Wind turbines are as ubiquitous as clogs, Legos and tall people in Denmark. Unlike the latter three, though, Denmark’s wind turbines were busy setting a world record in 2015. According to Energinet, Denmark’s electric utility, the country’s turbines accounted for the equivalent of 42 percent of all electricity produced for the year. It’s the … Read More

Citing Climate Change, Obama Halts Federal Coal Leasing

Citing Climate Change, Obama Halts Federal Coal Leasing

The Obama administration on Friday brought a temporary halt to new coal mining leases on federal lands while it conducts a three-year review meant to bring coal leasing in line with U.S. climate policy. The moratorium comes just days after Obama said in his State of the Union Address that he would push to change the way the government manages its … Read More

Warming Could Mean Major Thaw For Alaska Permafrost

Warming Could Mean Major Thaw For Alaska Permafrost

If you’d asked permafrost researcher Vladimir Romanovsky five years ago if he thought the permafrost of the North Slope of Alaska was in danger of substantial thaw this century because of global warming, he would’ve said no. The permanently frozen soils of the northern reaches of the state are much colder, and so more stable than the warmer, more… Read More

States’ Electricity Goals Have Limited Reach: Study

States’ Electricity Goals Have Limited Reach: Study

Renewable electricity goals put in place by 29 states are cutting pollution that causes climate change, but they are only making a minuscule difference in overall U.S. and global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released Tuesday by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Electricity generation is the globe’s biggest single source… Read More