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U.S. GHG Emissions at Lowest Level in 20 Years

U.S. GHG Emissions at Lowest Level in 20 Years

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions declined 3.4 percent in 2012 from 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. Those emissions are down 10 percent from what they were in 2005, the EPA said. Most of the decline came from reductions in energy consumption, increased fuel efficiency of cars and other types of transportation, and a shift… Read More

Huge Methane Leaks Add Doubt on Gas as ‘Bridge’ Fuel

Huge Methane Leaks Add Doubt on Gas as ‘Bridge’ Fuel

A study published Monday adds to the growing evidence those escaping gases, called "fugitive" emissions, are numerous, especially methane emissions while a well is being drilled, a phase of well development previously thought to emit little if any methane. Methane is about 35 times as potent as a climate change-driving greenhouse gas than carbon di… Read More

Move Over Kimye, El Niño Bound 2 Take Over Headlines

Move Over Kimye, El Niño Bound 2 Take Over Headlines

The signs are there that an El Niño event may be on the way, arriving as early as this summer, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Tuesday. If you’re already as tired of hearing about El Niño as you are about the latest Kimye news you’ve got a long few months ahead of you, as meteorologists keep a paparazzi-like watch out for the… Read More

March Was Coldest in U.S. Since 2002

March Was Coldest in U.S. Since 2002

The East vs. West weather divide that was in place across the contiguous U.S. throughout the winter lingered into March, with the eastern portion of the country trending colder than normal and the western portion still warmer than normal. For the lower 48 as a whole, this March was the coldest on record since 2002 (though it ranks as only the… Read More

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally

March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average. The planet’s average March temperature was 57.9°F — 0.7°C (or 1.2°F) above the average temperature from 1951-1980 — behind only the… Read More

Huge Hole in Earth’s ‘Detergent’ Layer Found Over Pacific

Huge Hole in Earth’s ‘Detergent’ Layer Found Over Pacific

he hole in the now famous ozone layer above the South Pole isn’t the only hole in the atmosphere, it turns out. Researchers recently discovered, to their considerable surprise, that the atmosphere above part of the western tropical Pacific Ocean is nearly devoid of one of the key chemicals that scrubs pollutants from the air. This newfound hole… Read More

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

A star-studded cast of Hollywood actors will for the first time "put a human face on climate change" in an ambitious new U.S. television series, the show's executive producer says. “Years of Living Dangerously” begins in the U.S. on the Showtime cable network at 10 pm on Sunday night. The first episode, which features Don Cheadle travelling to Tex… Read More

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Emissions of greenhouse gases grew at a faster rate over the decade from 2000 to 2010 than they did over the previous three decades, reaching the highest levels in human history, despite efforts to limit them, according to the last installment of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Sunday. This final… Read More