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White House: Efficiency Key to Tackling Climate Change

White House: Efficiency Key to Tackling Climate Change

As a way to help homeowners act on climate change locally, the White House on Monday announced a series of clean energy policies meant to increase the energy efficiency of homes and make rooftop solar installations accessible without a huge outlay of money. The Obama administration, as part of its Clean Power Plan, has highlighted energy … Read More

Underground Desert Aquifers Could Hold Missing Carbon

Underground Desert Aquifers Could Hold Missing Carbon

Here’s what we know: Carbon dioxide is building up in the atmosphere as the result of manmade emissions, trapping more and more heat and warming the planet. Here’s what we’re still working on: Of the excess CO2 that doesn’t stick around in the atmosphere — about 60 percent of it — exactly how much gets pulled into various so-called carbon sinks … Read More

There Is No Carbon Dioxide ‘Technofix,’ Scientists Warn

There Is No Carbon Dioxide ‘Technofix,’ Scientists Warn

German researchers have demonstrated once again that the best way to limit climate change is to stop burning fossil fuels now. In a “thought experiment” they tried another option: the future dramatic removal of huge volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This would, they concluded, return the atmosphere to the greenhouse gas concentrations… Read More

Drought May Stunt Forests’ Ability to Capture Carbon

Drought May Stunt Forests’ Ability to Capture Carbon

Forests are sometimes called the lungs of the earth — they breathe in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and store it in tree trunks until the forest dies or burns. A new study, however, shows that forests devastated by drought may lose their ability to store carbon over a much longer period than previously thought, reducing their role as a buffer … Read More

Fossil Fuels May Bring Major Changes to Carbon Dating

Fossil Fuels May Bring Major Changes to Carbon Dating

Radiocarbon dating has been helping put the planet’s history in the right order since it was first invented in the 1940s, giving scientists a key way to determine the age of artifacts like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shroud of Turin. Thanks to fossil fuel emissions, though, the method used to date these famous artifacts may be in for a change. … Read More

New Grants Fund Research for Underseas Carbon Storage

New Grants Fund Research for Underseas Carbon Storage

As scientists seek ways to control greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change, the federal government is on a mission to prove whether rock formations deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean can be used to store and lock away human carbon dioxide emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy, which has been researching carbon dioxide storage for years … Read More

States Cut Power Plant Emissions Ahead of New EPA Rule

States Cut Power Plant Emissions Ahead of New EPA Rule

Forty-two states are reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants on their own as they move toward using less coal and more natural gas to produce electricity. Between 2008 and 2013, those states reduced greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants by an average of 19 percent, according to a report published Tuesday.… Read More

Sharks Face a Growing Threat in Warming and Acidic Seas

Sharks Face a Growing Threat in Warming and Acidic Seas

Shark Week, the annual television extravaganza featuring the most terrifying and toothiest fish in the sea, will wind down over the weekend. But even though sharks may disappear from the collective consciousness for another year, that doesn’t mean they’ll cease to exist. Like many species, sharks face a looming threat: a changing climate. The most… Read More

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Extreme Precipitation Events are on the Rise If you get the feeling that heavy downpours are more intense than they used to be, you’re not imagining it.

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