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Investors: Can Oil Companies Thrive in Warming World?

Investors: Can Oil Companies Thrive in Warming World?

A group of investors, including two large California pension funds, the New York State and New York City comptrollers, F&C Asset Management and others, have sent letters to the 45 largest fossil fuels companies asking that they inform investors about what risks the companies face as pollution and energy efficiency standards are ramped up and demand… Read More

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

As part of New York City’s climate change response plan, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” issued earlier this year, one of the city’s suggestions to help the Rockaways survive the next hurricane is for the peninsula to become the site of a microgrid pilot project that will help keep the lights on at hospitals, schools and other critical infr… Read More

Australia’s Bushfires and the Role of Climate Change

Australia’s Bushfires and the Role of Climate Change

Bushfires that started earlier this week in Australia continue to burn around Sydney. The blazes have burned more than 143,000 acres as of Wednesday. Early signs suggest that these fires are in line with what to expect in a warming world, though there’s still work yet to done to determine the exact connection. Weather in New South Wales, where the… Read More

Methane Complicates U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Outlook

Methane Complicates U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Outlook

While both the EPA and the U.S. Energy Information Administration have announced that overall carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions declined nationwide in 2012, hidden in the data is that some states, particularly those producing shale oil and gas, are seeing some increases in methane emissions, the most potent greenhouse gas.… Read More

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

When he realized that Hurricane Sandy was on track for a direct hit on the New York metropolitan area, and that the storm would almost certainly be making landfall at high tide, Klaus Jacob went into high gear. “First,” he recalled nearly a year later, sitting in a bright, modern conference room near his office at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth … Read More

Natural Gas, Efficiency Fuel U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline

Natural Gas, Efficiency Fuel U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions related to energy consumption dropped to their lowest point since 1994 last year, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released Monday afternoon. The decline of coal as a power source in favor of natural gas in the U.S. is a big part of that decline, the EIA reported.… Read More

Sandy A Warning Rising Seas Threaten Nuclear Plants

Sandy A Warning Rising Seas Threaten Nuclear Plants

No nuclear power plant in Sandy’s path was in imminent danger of a meltdown, but the storm surge lashing beneath the nuclear plants closest to Sandy’s point of landfall served as a warning that rising seas and higher storm surges driven by climate change could eventually have a devastating effect on the seven low-lying nuclear power generating site… Read More

Relocation for Aussie Wildlife Threatened by Climate

Relocation for Aussie Wildlife Threatened by Climate

Australian researchers have developed the “first rigorous framework” on how to relocate animals displaced due to climate change. The study, conducted by academics from four Australian universities and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), devised a formula on how to decide whether to relocate a species, which spe… Read More