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What 2 Million Years of Temps Say About the Future

What 2 Million Years of Temps Say About the Future

That the climate has changed before is a given. So is the reality that humans are changing it now by dumping carbon pollution in the atmosphere. The deep history of temperature changes can inform us about what comes next for our fair planet and new research published Monday in Nature provides a continuous 2-million-year record of the past. It … Read More

America’s Climate Plan Falls Short of its Promises

America’s Climate Plan Falls Short of its Promises

The federal government will need to ramp up its fight against climate pollution if it wants to keep a key promise under a United Nations pact, new research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows. The U.S. pledged during United Nations meetings in France last year to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution by a little more than a quarter … Read More

Terns Flee Warming Temps in Epic Migration to Alaska

Terns Flee Warming Temps in Epic Migration to Alaska

Eyebrows would be raised if American crocodiles, found on the southern tip of Florida, decided to relocate to New York’s Fifth Avenue or Moroccan camels suddenly joined the tourist throng outside Buckingham Palace in London. Yet this is the scale of species shift that appears to be under way in Alaska. In July, researchers in Cape Krusenstern… Read More

100 Countries Push to Phase Out HFCs

100 Countries Push to Phase Out HFCs

A loose coalition of more than 100 countries, including the U.S. and European nations, is pushing for an early phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a powerful greenhouse gas that if left unchecked is set to add a potentially disastrous 0.5°C to global temperatures by the end of the century. At a meeting in New York on Thursday, world leaders ca… Read More

Greenland is Losing More Ice Than Scientists Thought

Greenland is Losing More Ice Than Scientists Thought

Bad news keeps flowing for the icy landscapes of the world. Rising temperatures are melting ice and sending it to the ocean, a process that is pushing sea levels higher and altering the landscape at both poles. The latest news comes from Greenland, where researchers have used high-tech satellite and GPS measurements to see how much mass the ice … Read More

Obama Just Tied Climate Change to National Security

Obama Just Tied Climate Change to National Security

On Wednesday, President Obama took another step toward securing his climate legacy. This time his focus wasn’t on energy, public lands or international diplomacy. It was on national security and making sure the U.S. military is prepared for a more unstable future. The White House published a presidential memorandum setting up a timetable for more … Read More

UN Climate Pact Moves Closer to Taking Effect

UN Climate Pact Moves Closer to Taking Effect

A slew of documents filed by national representatives on Wednesday thrust the new UN climate treaty closer to taking effect — a “hairbreadth” away, as Maldives foreign minister Mohamed Asim put it in a statement. But it’s not quite there yet. During meetings in France in December, nearly 200 countries agreed to take steps to fight global warming u… Read More

When it Rains it Pours, and Sewage Hits the Fan

When it Rains it Pours, and Sewage Hits the Fan

Record rainstorms across the U.S. in the past year have continued to make national news, causing billions of dollars of flood damage and killing dozens. But what has barely made headlines are that these floods often cause massive overflows of untreated sewage into streams, rivers, bays, canals, and even streets and homes. Climate Central has… Read More

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