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Europe’s Shift to Dark Green Forests Fuels Warming

Europe’s Shift to Dark Green Forests Fuels Warming

An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures. Forest changes have nudged Europe's summer temperatures up by 0.12 degree Celsius (0.2 Fahrenheit) since 1750, largely… Read More

Oslo Trash Incinerator Starts Experiment to Slow Warming

Oslo Trash Incinerator Starts Experiment to Slow Warming

Oslo's main waste incinerator began the world's first experiment to capture carbon dioxide from the fumes of burning rubbish on Monday, hoping to develop technology to enlist the world's trash in slowing global warming. The test at the Klemetsrud incinerator, which burns household and industrial waste, is a step beyond most efforts to capture and … Read More

New Rules Would Cut Methane Vented on Public Lands

New Rules Would Cut Methane Vented on Public Lands

The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules that would lead to a crackdown on oil and gas wells that vent or flare methane into the atmosphere on public and tribal lands. Methane is about 35 times as potent as carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas driving climate change over the span of a century, and it’s the chief component of natural gas… Read More

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

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

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

The Biggest Energy and Climate Stories of 2015

The Biggest Energy and Climate Stories of 2015

The months leading up to the historic climate deal in Paris in December were filled with news about advancements in both energy policy and technology that will help cut greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s a look at the five of the biggest energy stories of 2015.… Read More

With CO2 Boost, Marshes Can Rise to Meet Flood Risks

With CO2 Boost, Marshes Can Rise to Meet Flood Risks

New research suggests that rising levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could help communities of marsh plants grow quickly enough to keep up with changes that would otherwise inundate them. “The fertilization effect from increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere definitely enhances marsh-plant biomass functioning,” said Kather… Read More

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Summer Precipitation Trends The wet are getting wetter and the dry are getting drier.

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