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Super Typhoon Haiyan Beelines for the Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan Beelines for the Philippines

The Philippines is in line for a direct hit from the strongest storm on Earth this year. Supertyphoon Haiyan will be the fifth typhoon to hit the country this year, but it’s powerful winds, soaking rains, and a potent storm surge could make it the most dangerous yet. Extremely warm waters in the western tropical Pacific helped fuel Haiyan’s growth… Read More

Voters in Colorado, Ohio Cities Say No to Fracking

Voters in Colorado, Ohio Cities Say No to Fracking

Voters in Fort Collins, Boulder and Lafayette, Colo., on Tuesday banned or placed a moratorium on fracking, while a fracking moratorium in the city of Broomfield, north of Denver, failed by just 13 votes, sparking calls for a recount. Fracking bans were also on the ballot in Bowling Green and Youngstown, Ohio, but they were defeated there.… Read More

Greenhouse Gases Have Soared to Record Levels: WMO

Greenhouse Gases Have Soared to Record Levels: WMO

The WMO report found that between 1990 and 2012 there was a 32 percent increase in the warming effect on the climate, known as radiative forcing. By far the biggest contributor to this trend was a steep rise in atmospheric concentrations of CO2, which came mainly from burning fossil fuels and land use change, the report said.… Read More

Geoengineering Could Reduce Critical Global Rainfall

Geoengineering Could Reduce Critical Global Rainfall

Climate researcher John Fasullo, one of the authors of the study, said geoengineering options present a “Pick your poison” dilemma. “Climate change is one ill, but geoengineering contains its own downsides as well.” The study focuses on one geoengineering proposal that has gained traction among geoengineering proponents and some policymakers looki… Read More

Study Shows Carbon Sequestration Can Cause Quakes

Study Shows Carbon Sequestration Can Cause Quakes

Two scientists have found evidence that underground carbon dioxide injection in oil and gas fields may cause earthquakes, a finding that suggests carbon sequestration projects could shake the earth, too.… Read More

‘Forest People’ Can Gather Necessary Carbon Data

‘Forest People’ Can Gather Necessary Carbon Data

You don’t have to be a sophisticated scientist equipped with all the latest gizmos in order to work out just how effective a particular forest is as a carbon sink, a critical way of soaking up greenhouse gases. The job, researchers believe, can be done just as accurately by the people who live in the forests, most of whom probably have neither mod… Read More

What Happens When the World Dries Out

What Happens When the World Dries Out

A warmer, drier world will be bad news for those people who already live on the edge. Higher temperatures will do more than evaporate the soil moisture: they will alter the natural soil chemistry as well. Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, in Seville, Spain, and fellow scientists report in Nature that they looked at soil… Read More

Green Climate Fund Can Power Poor Countries

Green Climate Fund Can Power Poor Countries

A vast program of financing solar, wind and other renewable electricity technologies for developing countries using the UN’s new Green Climate Fund is proposed this week. The Fund is currently being set up by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to “provide support to developing countries to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emis… Read More