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Arctic Storms, Warming Mean More Methane Released

Arctic Storms, Warming Mean More Methane Released

Underneath the Arctic Ocean sits a large reserve of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Understanding how much of that is making it to the atmosphere is an important but relatively new area of research. The latest findings published on Sunday in Nature indicate that more could be escaping than previously thought thanks to stormy weather. The East Si… Read More

Historic CO2 Emissions Require Immediate Cuts

Historic CO2 Emissions Require Immediate Cuts

Two scientists urge the world to start reducing greenhouse emissions right now. There’s no time to be lost, they argue in Nature Climate Change. Future global temperatures depend on how much carbon dioxide has accumulated in the atmosphere, so as emissions increase, so does the rate of warming. The reasoning by Myles Allen, of the University of Ox… Read More

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

This week's six top stories cover a warming trend, sea level rise, coal power, fracking and more. … Read More

UK: No New Funding for Coal-Fired Power Stations Abroad

UK: No New Funding for Coal-Fired Power Stations Abroad

British taxpayers' money will no longer be used to build coal-fired power stations in developing countries, the energy secretary Ed Davey pledged on Wednesday, as the fortnight-long United Nations climate talks entered their final phase. The UK has provided about $500m for such projects in the past seven years, mostly through its funding for devel… Read More

Warsaw Talks Ignore IPCC ‘Carbon Budget’ Approach

Warsaw Talks Ignore IPCC ‘Carbon Budget’ Approach

The idea of a finite “carbon budget” — a key part of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent assessment of climate change — have been ignored at the ongoing climate talks in Warsaw, which end on Friday, in favor of what some scientists say are piecemeal emissions cuts that are less likely to solve the problem.… Read More

U.S. Winter Outlook Dominated by Dire Drought News

U.S. Winter Outlook Dominated by Dire Drought News

Drought, and not widespread snowstorms, may be the biggest story this winter, according to the official U.S. winter outlook, issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday. The outlooks shows that the winter of 2013-14 is likely to feature an expansion and intensification of drought conditions across the Southwest … Read More

Americans Uninformed About Fracking Says New Study

Americans Uninformed About Fracking Says New Study

Most Americans have heard little or nothing of the oil and gas production process called hydraulic fracturing, and many don’t know if they support or oppose it, according to a new paper by researchers from Oregon State, George Mason and Yale universities.… Read More

Globe’s Unbroken Warm Streak Approaches 29 Years

Globe’s Unbroken Warm Streak Approaches 29 Years

The last time the globe had a cooler than average month was February 1985, and the last cooler than average October occurred in 1976, shortly before Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford in that year's presidential election. The streak of hot October's extends back in even further, with the last below normal one coming in 1976.… Read More