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Low Oil Prices Force Slowdown of U.S. Tar Sands Project

Low Oil Prices Force Slowdown of U.S. Tar Sands Project

A Canadian company’s efforts to produce oil sands in the United States are not dead, but thanks to crude oil prices that have dipped below $30 per barrel, they may be in critical condition. U.S. Oil Sands, the Alberta-based company working on a project slated to produce crude oil from oil sands on public lands in Utah, is slowing its PR Spring oil… Read More

Obama Confident in Climate Plan Despite Court Setback

Obama Confident in Climate Plan Despite Court Setback

The Obama administration is expressing confidence in its most sweeping climate change policy, despite the Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday to block its enforcement while a major legal challenge works its way through the courts. The Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut power plant emissions by 32 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels … Read More

West Likely to Be Stormier With Climate Change

West Likely to Be Stormier With Climate Change

The types of storms that have been bringing heavy snow and rain to the West this winter, triggering landslides and floods while easing stubborn droughts, are likely to become stronger and more frequent, according to the results of a conclusive new study. The drenching storms have been falling from atmospheric rivers, which are high-altitude streams… Read More

Countries Embrace New Rules to Limit Airline Emissions

Countries Embrace New Rules to Limit Airline Emissions

The United States and 22 other countries on Monday struck a first-ever international agreement to cut carbon emissions from commercial airplanes as a way to reduce their impact on climate change. The agreement, announced by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, calls for a 4 percent reduction in fuel consumption from new … Read More

Dutch Lawmakers Call for Halt to Wood Energy Subsidies

Dutch Lawmakers Call for Halt to Wood Energy Subsidies

Dutch parliamentarians voted last week to suspend plans to provide subsidies for wood energy until the country’s economic affairs ministry has explained how and when all of the nation’s coal power plants will be shuttered. Billions of dollars in Dutch government subsidies have been earmarked to help the owners of coal power plants blend wood pellet… Read More

Weakening Ice Shelves Raise Sea Level Rise Concerns

Weakening Ice Shelves Raise Sea Level Rise Concerns

All along Antarctica’s coast, tongues of floating ice act as a firewall. Any major breaks in the firewall could send inland ice flowing faster to the sea, raising ocean levels and threatening coastal communities around the globe. In some ways, it’s a process already seen in some areas of Antarctica and it’s concerning enough that scientists have … Read More

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Willis Linn Jepson encountered a squat shrub while he was collecting botanical specimens on California’s Mount Tamalpais in the fall of 1936. He trimmed off a few branches and jotted down the location along the ridge trail where the manzanita grew, 2,255 feet above sea level. The desiccated specimen is now part of an herbarium here that’s named … Read More

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

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Spring Snow Cover While this has been a snowy winter, the past 50 years have shown a trend of less spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere.

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