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An Ill Wind Blows in Antarctica, Threatens Global Flooding

An Ill Wind Blows in Antarctica, Threatens Global Flooding

The Southern Ocean's notoriously strong gales are growing stronger, and that's foreboding news for coastlines everywhere.… Read More

Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions

Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions

What if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions? Scientists are searching for answers to that question, as they study how much methane is emitted into the atmosphere from man-made reservoirs built for hydropower.… Read More

Australia Blasted by Record Heat — Again

Australia Blasted by Record Heat — Again

Strange early-season temperatures again dogged sweaty Australians over the weekend, with Saturday’s continent-wide average maximum topping 97°F — a record for October. Spring heat waves that have been baking the continent in recent weeks are “consistent” with the modeled effects of global warming in Australia, said Tom Knutson, a National Oceanic … Read More

Drying Amazon Could Be Major Carbon Concern

Drying Amazon Could Be Major Carbon Concern

The lungs of the planet are drying out, threatening to cause Earth to cough up some of its carbon reserves. The Amazon rainforest inhales massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping keep the globe’s carbon budget in balance (at least until human emissions started throwing that balance off). But since 2000, drier conditions are ca… Read More

6 Degrees: Rising Seas, Shrinking Goats & Zombie Ice

6 Degrees: Rising Seas, Shrinking Goats & Zombie Ice

This year breaks heat records, the drought hangs on, goats get smaller and more in this week’s climate news. … Read More

How Low Oil Prices May Impact GHG Emissions

How Low Oil Prices May Impact GHG Emissions

Low crude oil and gasoline prices, along with how changing global oil markets affect both of those, have a direct effect on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change as China and Europe have less demand for oil.… Read More

Europe Reaches Climate Deal, Sends Message

Europe Reaches Climate Deal, Sends Message

The first big piece of the upcoming United Nations climate deal has fallen into place. The European Union on Friday became the first major party to the negotiations to declare how far it will go in reducing its climate impacts under a global post-2020 treaty, which is scheduled to be finalized next winter in Paris. The European Commission’s vote to… Read More

Massachusetts, California Lead U.S. In Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts, California Lead U.S. In Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts, California, Oregon and Rhode Island and Vermont are the most energy-efficient states in the U.S., according to an annual ranking released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, or ACEEE. … Read More