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Hydropower Said to Put Climate, Biodiversity at Risk

Hydropower Said to Put Climate, Biodiversity at Risk

Hydropower — often considered a renewable source of energy that is key to meeting global climate goals — is big business in the Amazon, Congo and Mekong river basins, where more than 450 dams are on the drawing board. But dam building in tropical rainforests comes at a huge cost to biodiversity and the tropical rain forest ecosystems that provide … Read More

TransCanada Sues U.S. for Killing Keystone XL

TransCanada Sues U.S. for Killing Keystone XL

TransCanada is suing the U.S. government for more than $15 billion in losses and damages for denying the Canadian company’s permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.… Read More

December Heat Boosts 2015 to 2nd Warmest Year for U.S.

December Heat Boosts 2015 to 2nd Warmest Year for U.S.

2015 is officially in the books as the second-hottest year ever recorded for the U.S., with a major boost provided by the incredible warmth that bathed the eastern half of the country in December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. That second-place finish comes as both NOAA and NASA are expected to announce… Read More

The 2015 Wildfire Season Set an Ominous Record

The 2015 Wildfire Season Set an Ominous Record

The U.S. as a whole may finally be feeling winter’s chill, but the newly released 2015 wildfire numbers serve as a reminder of how hot and smoky the past year was. The National Interagency Fire Center’s numbers vividly illustrate how that 2015 was a record setter. U.S. wildfires scorched 10.12 million acres. That bests the previous mark of 9.87 … Read More

Earth is Experiencing a Global Warming Spurt

Earth is Experiencing a Global Warming Spurt

Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years. While El Niño is being blamed for an outbreak of floods, storms and unseasonable temperatures across the planet, a much slower-moving cycle of the Pacific Ocean has also … Read More

The Conundrum of Transporting Our Goods

The Conundrum of Transporting Our Goods

Much of the stuff around us at any given moment — be it product, commodity or raw material — was once on a boat. To get from wherever it was made or processed or harvested to wherever it’s used or consumed, all this stuff embarks on a seaborne journey around the world. It happens thousands of times a day, on tens of thousands of vessels moving from… Read More

Climate Change Warming World’s Lakes, Says Study

Climate Change Warming World’s Lakes, Says Study

A new study by NASA and the National Science Foundation reveals that climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world. The findings were published in Geophysical Research Letters and announced at the American Geophysical meeting in San Francisco on December 16, 2015. The study used temperature data taken via satellites and ground… Read More

2016: What to Look for in Energy and Climate

2016: What to Look for in Energy and Climate

2016 will kick off with a sense of optimism about climate change after the success of the Paris climate talks in December. In the U.S., that may mean more enthusiasm for commitments to renewables and other lower-carbon energy sources as low oil prices make the future of fossil fuels production in the U.S. and Canada less certain.… Read More