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Coal’s Slipping Grip: Death of a Georgia Coal Plant

Coal’s Slipping Grip: Death of a Georgia Coal Plant

The smokestacks, more than 800 feet tall, barely peek from behind the tall pines just across from Chester Allen's farm, but to him the damage from Plant Yates' coal is plain to see. "Dang-near everything rusts out early over here," said Allen, as he walked with his dog, Bogey, past a rusty disc harrow on the farm where he's lived for more than … Read More

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

As these images illustrate, it's a hot, dry tale for our planet these days, with the future not offering much relief.… Read More

Coal’s Slipping Grip: New England Leads the Way

Coal’s Slipping Grip: New England Leads the Way

Tiffany Mellers jogs behind her two daughters as they pedal their bikes along a ribbon of packed sand along Long Island Sound. “They are good girls,” Mellers said. “They deserve a healthy life.” Behind them, a 500-foot tall candy-stripe smokestack, a fixture of Bridgeport’s waterfront for nearly five decades, rises in the … Read More

Cattle Weight Loss from Warming Means Slimmer Profits

Cattle Weight Loss from Warming Means Slimmer Profits

America’s cattle herds will shrink – not in number, but in weight and yield – as the climate warms, according to new research that delivers an ominous warning for farmers. An extensive study of bison − those great wild cattle that evolved to graze the prairies of North America − has confirmed that animals from warmer, drier grasslands weigh consid… Read More

Simultaneous Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

Simultaneous Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

High tides have surged over sea walls defending the capital of the Marshall Islands, adding to the crisis situation in this tiny Pacific nation, where a state of emergency was declared only last month because of a devastating drought in the scattered northern atolls. In the last week, what the islanders call “king tides” have repeatedly flooded … Read More

Emissions Trading Reforms Raise Pollution Permits Price

Emissions Trading Reforms Raise Pollution Permits Price

Critical reforms to Europe's flagship scheme for cutting carbon emissions were passed for the first time on Wednesday in the European parliament. The move immediately caused the price of pollution permits, currently near rock bottom, to rise. Policymakers believe a higher price is essential to encourage more greenhouse gas reductions. The EU emiss… Read More

Incident Meteorologists Are on Front Lines of Wildfires

Incident Meteorologists Are on Front Lines of Wildfires

As one of 85 specially-trained incident meteorologists, or IMETs, within the National Weather Service, Wallman has knowledge of “microscale” weather forecasting, including anticipating the highly localized and chaotic winds in the vicinity of individual thunderstorms. Importantly, like other IMETs at the agency, Wallman also has expertise in fi… Read More

Satellite Provides Clues About Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire

Satellite Provides Clues About Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire

Weather is the prime suspect behind the firefighters' deaths, with gusty and highly variable winds fanning the flames in multiple directions on Sunday afternoon as group of thunderstorms approached the fire. The University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies published a blog post on Monday that, like a detecti… Read More