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Wildfires & Pollution, the Ozone Hole, Big Oil and More

Wildfires & Pollution, the Ozone Hole, Big Oil and More

This week’s top stories tackle pollution, large oil companies, the ozone hole and so much more. … Read More

IPCC’s ‘Carbon Budget’ Will Not Drive Climate Talks

IPCC’s ‘Carbon Budget’ Will Not Drive Climate Talks

A key finding of the UN climate panel's latest report on climate change is too politically "difficult" to drive international climate talks in November, according to the UN's climate chief. Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)calculated how much carbon dioxide the world could emit in future without going over 2C of warm… Read More

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Every spring in Antarctica brings conditions that favor the creation of the ozone hole. This year’s hole maxed out earlier this week, and while it’s smaller than in recent years, scientists say it’s too early to call it a recovery. Irina Petropavlovskikh, an ozone researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Bo… Read More

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Across the American West, climate change has made snow melt earlier, spring and summers hotter, and fire seasons longer. One result has been a doubling since 1970 of the number of large wildfires raging each year. And depending on the rate of future warming, the number of big wildfires in western states could increase as much as six-fold over the… Read More

Investors: Can Oil Companies Thrive in Warming World?

Investors: Can Oil Companies Thrive in Warming World?

A group of investors, including two large California pension funds, the New York State and New York City comptrollers, F&C Asset Management and others, have sent letters to the 45 largest fossil fuels companies asking that they inform investors about what risks the companies face as pollution and energy efficiency standards are ramped up and demand… Read More

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

As part of New York City’s climate change response plan, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” issued earlier this year, one of the city’s suggestions to help the Rockaways survive the next hurricane is for the peninsula to become the site of a microgrid pilot project that will help keep the lights on at hospitals, schools and other critical infr… Read More

Australia’s Bushfires and the Role of Climate Change

Australia’s Bushfires and the Role of Climate Change

Bushfires that started earlier this week in Australia continue to burn around Sydney. The blazes have burned more than 143,000 acres as of Wednesday. Early signs suggest that these fires are in line with what to expect in a warming world, though there’s still work yet to done to determine the exact connection. Weather in New South Wales, where the… Read More

Methane Complicates U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Outlook

Methane Complicates U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Outlook

While both the EPA and the U.S. Energy Information Administration have announced that overall carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions declined nationwide in 2012, hidden in the data is that some states, particularly those producing shale oil and gas, are seeing some increases in methane emissions, the most potent greenhouse gas.… Read More