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Africa’s Energy ‘Can Drive its Growth,’ Say Researchers

Africa’s Energy ‘Can Drive its Growth,’ Say Researchers

Africa can go a long way towards lifting itself out of poverty and ending its chronic shortage of energy by using its own resources, a report says. The report, entitled Powering Africa through Feed-in Tariffs – advancing renewable energies to meet the continent’s electricity needs, says renewable energy feed-in tariff policies (REFiTs) can unlock r… Read More

China Pours Cash into Melting Arctic to Win Influence

China Pours Cash into Melting Arctic to Win Influence

China has been cozying up to Arctic countries as part of its effort to secure "permanent observer" status on the Arctic Council, an eight-country political body that decides regional policy. Norway was initially sniffy at the approaches because of the Nobel row, but appears to have changed its tune before a formal decision in May.… Read More

Ramifications of Extreme Weather Tops Climate News

Ramifications of Extreme Weather Tops Climate News

Katrina-like storm surges, drought and heavy rains, and what we can learn from the ancient past. … Read More

Study Shows Canada’s Far North Glaciers Are Melting Fast

Study Shows Canada’s Far North Glaciers Are Melting Fast

Canada’s Arctic Archipelago glaciers will melt faster than ever in the next few centuries, research by European-funded scientists has shown. They say 20 percent of the Canadian Arctic glaciers may have disappeared by the end of this century, which would mean an extra sea level rise of 3.5cm The results of the research, part of the EU-funded … Read More

Drought and Floods in NOAA’s ‘Mixed Bag’ Spring Outlook

Drought and Floods in NOAA’s ‘Mixed Bag’ Spring Outlook

The West and South will continue to face more drought this spring, while the Midwest is likely to see heavy rains and some serious flooding as the northern snowpack melts, according to a seasonal forecast released by the U.S. government on Thursday. The Seasonal Outlook, a product of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Read More

Ancient Extinction Has Ominous Lessons for Today: Study

Ancient Extinction Has Ominous Lessons for Today: Study

Scientists have nailed down the cause of a planet-wide catastrophe that wiped out nearly all living species 200 million years ago and paved the way for the rise of the dinosaurs. The culprit was carbon dioxide; the same greenhouse gas that’s causing global warming today says a new report. The new study, which was published Thursday in the journal S… Read More

Coal Burning Exacts A Lethal Price, Says Study

Coal Burning Exacts A Lethal Price, Says Study

Campaigners are urging a halt to the building of coal plants and an end to the burning of coal throughout the European Union by 2040. They say this is needed both to ensure better public health, and to help to lessen the damage from climate change. Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is blamed for causing thousands of premature deaths and … Read More

If You Thought 2012 Was Hot, Just Wait a Few Years

If You Thought 2012 Was Hot, Just Wait a Few Years

It’s already March, but the country is still recovering from last year’s extreme weather and climate events. As the hottest year on record in the U.S., 2012 brought intense drought across the Midwest and Great Plains, record wildfires in the West, and Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction to the East Coast. But if you thought 2012 was hot, just … Read More