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2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

By the reckoning of the three main agencies that track global temperature, 2015 has so far been the warmest year in more than a century. Coming immediately after the warmest year on record, the ranking serves as a reminder of how much the globe’s overall temperature has risen thanks to the ever-growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.… Read More

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked 2 Percent in 2013

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked 2 Percent in 2013

After two years of decline, total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere because of human activity increased 2 percent in 2013 over the previous year, mostly because the country burned more coal than it did in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.… Read More

Defecting from the Power Grid? Unlikely, Analysts Say

Defecting from the Power Grid? Unlikely, Analysts Say

Former Vice President Al Gore says homeowners are soon going to find rooftop solar so cheap that they’ll be able to treat their electric utility — and all the greenhouse gas emissions it generates — like Ma Bell and go totally off-grid. Analysts say that's unlikely to happen, however.… Read More

Three Ways The West Can Adapt To Drought

Three Ways The West Can Adapt To Drought

The current Washington drought could help the West learn to adapt to one of the most profound effects that climate change is projected to bring to the region. Scientists warn that climate change could deliver “megadroughts” to the West, the likes of which haven’t been experienced in more than a millenium. “I’m seeing this year as a dress rehearsal … Read More

When Climate Science Clashes With Real-World Policy

When Climate Science Clashes With Real-World Policy

When a San Francisco panel began mulling rules about building public projects near changing shorelines, its self-described science translator, David Behar, figured he would just turn to the U.N.’s most recent climate assessment for guidance on future sea levels. He couldn’t.… Read More

UK Sees Biggest Drop in Emissions Since 1990

UK Sees Biggest Drop in Emissions Since 1990

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4 percent last year, as household energy consumption slumped, the use of coal for electricity generation fell, and policies on climate change took effect, according to government statistics released on Thursday. Carbon dioxide output fell by almost a tenth, as renewable energy generation rose to a new … Read More

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York State is aiming to get ahead on adapting to the new circumstances climate change presents and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by finding ways to not only make its infrastructure more able to withstand weather extremes, but also to generate more renewable energy and integrate that power into the electric grid.… Read More

U.S. Leads Global Oil and Gas Production for Third Year

U.S. Leads Global Oil and Gas Production for Third Year

For the third year running, the U.S. produced more crude oil and natural gas than any other country in the world in 2014. More oil than Saudi Arabia. More gas than Russia. And it’s happening at time when the U.S. is trying to take a leadership role in slashing greenhouse gas emissions to avert the worst consequences of climate change. … Read More

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Changing Rainfall Patterns in the U.S. Since 1900, the average annual precipitation is up 5 percent for the continental U.S.

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