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Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City

Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City

In Boston, methane emissions from aging pipes and other sources may be more than double official state estimates for the city, according to a study published Thursday.… Read More

Heat Stroke, Anyone? Tennis Grand Slams Heating Up

Heat Stroke, Anyone? Tennis Grand Slams Heating Up

New research by Climate Central shows how climate change is affecting tennis the world over. That research analyzed temperatures for all four cities that host grand slam tournaments, and the average daily maximums were analyzed for the months when the bulk of the matches are played for each tournament. Since 1968, when professionals began competing… Read More

Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Of the 2.8 billion people forced to use wood for fuel, often filling their humble homes with life-shortening soot, the vast majority are chopping down and gathering their fuel in ways that allow forests and woodlands to regrow. That isn’t just good for the environment around them — carbon-hungry growth of trees that replace those that were felled … Read More

Developing Cities Hold Big Key To Climate Action

Developing Cities Hold Big Key To Climate Action

Cities — the best of which are bastions of transit networks, bike paths, compact apartments and chirpy baristas — are growing faster than litters of sewer rats, exacerbating their already-high hungers for energy. The trend is so steep that a new analysis projects that urban centers will be burning through three times more energy in the year 2050 th… Read More

Limiting Tar Sands, Coal, Arctic Oil Is Key to 2°C Goal

Limiting Tar Sands, Coal, Arctic Oil Is Key to 2°C Goal

The most efficient way of meeting the world’s most prominent climate goal would involve ending all Arctic oil drilling plans, drastically curbing tar-sands oil mining in Canada, and leaving most of the world’s remaining coal reserves in the ground. That’s according to a new study that aimed to determine how best to limit the burning of different f… Read More

Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

If Washington’s governor gets his legislative holiday wish, the Evergreen State in 18 months will launch one of the world’s most sophisticated and all-encompassing climate-pollution pricing programs. Draft legislation released last week by the office of Gov. Jay Inslee (D) would — if sufficient support can be mustered from state lawmakers — raise a… Read More

Warming Will Reduce Wheat Production, Research Shows

Warming Will Reduce Wheat Production, Research Shows

Researchers found that wheat production would fall by 6 percent for every 1°C increase in temperatures. The world is now nearly certain to warm by up to 2°C compared with pre-industrial levels, with political efforts concentrated on holding the potential temperature rise to no higher than that limit.… Read More

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

A few years ago, the Mexican government pinpointed a promising method for reducing carbon dioxide emissions: Encourage Mexicans to trade in their old refrigerators, air conditioners, light bulbs and the like for more up-to-date models. … Read More