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Determining Methane Leaks Is Key to Climate Goals

Determining Methane Leaks Is Key to Climate Goals

If President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is going to work, lots of things will have to fall into place. Perhaps the most important is the reduction in greenhouse gases that is expected from increased use of natural gas to generate electricity. Under the plan, which aims to reduce electricity sector emissions by 30 percent by 2030, the EPA projects … Read More

Toledo’s Algae Bloom in Line with Climate Projections

Toledo’s Algae Bloom in Line with Climate Projections

A two-day ban on drinking water has been lifted in Toledo, Ohio. But the toxic algae bloom that led to the ban is still floating around Lake Erie and ones like it could become more common as the climate continues to change in a warming world. Nutrients in agricultural runoff is the biggest contributor to algae blooms in Lake Erie. What brings that… Read More

Has Your City Reached its Peak Heat Yet?

Has Your City Reached its Peak Heat Yet?

Statistically, the hottest time of year in the continental U.S. comes in mid-July, a few weeks after the sun reaches its highest point in the sky on the summer solstice. This year the solstice was on June 21. But that mid-July peak heat is just a national average: if you look at smaller regions, the peak temperature might come earlier (that’s true… Read More

Report Paints Bleak Future for Nuclear Power

Report Paints Bleak Future for Nuclear Power

The globe’s nuclear power industry is ageing, plagued with high costs and construction delays, and generally on the decline. That’s the conclusion of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report released Tuesday, an annual assessment of the trends in nuclear power production and the state of nuclear reactors worldwide.… Read More

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

The cost of the U.S. delaying action on climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions could increase 40 percent each decade if no action is taken, according to a Council of Economic Advisers report released by the White House on Tuesday.… Read More

Warming Threatens Roads, Ports and Planes, Report Says

Warming Threatens Roads, Ports and Planes, Report Says

The transportation sector is a major contributor to climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, it’s also one of the most vulnerable sectors to the effects of climate change. That means “sun kinks” could warp train tracks in the heat, and airplanes will be pricer to fly.… Read More

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

This is the warmest time of year in most of the U.S. And if we continue to pump heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it’s going to get even warmer — not only in the summer, but throughout the year. “How warm?” is the obvious question. So we've shown how the numbers of extremely hot days are projected to increase by 2050 and 2100 if … Read More

Why Do We Care So Much About El Niño?

Why Do We Care So Much About El Niño?

Every month since March, when the first El Niño Watch was issued, forecasters, government officials around the world, and yes, even those in the media, have been watching with bated breath to see whether various climate agencies would officially pronounce the arrival of that infamous climate phenomenon. So far, no clear-cut El Niño has been… Read More