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U.S. Submits Climate Plan as Paris Pact Taking Shape

U.S. Submits Climate Plan as Paris Pact Taking Shape

An influential step in the years-long amble toward the most anticipated climate pact in nearly 20 years was taken on Tuesday. The U.S. informed the United Nations how it will fight global warming under a post-2020 agreement that’s due to be finalized during talks in Paris in December. America’s dutiful filing of an administrative letter on Tuesday… Read More

Investments in Renewables Herald ‘Paradigm Shift’

Investments in Renewables Herald ‘Paradigm Shift’

Amid rising concern about the role of fossil fuels in climate change, there was an unprecedented boom in renewables across the globe in 2014, suggesting that countries are well on their way to shifting toward more low-carbon energy as the cost to build solar and wind farms falls quickly. … Read More

Canada Pushes Ahead with Alternatives to Keystone XL

Canada Pushes Ahead with Alternatives to Keystone XL

A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries.… Read More

Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

Climate change-driven drought and higher temperatures are among the biggest factors, in addition to topography, influencing wildfire spread in the West, according to a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.… Read More

Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change

Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change

News cycles tend to be dominated by horror and carnage — a recipe for depression that spills into climate change coverage, fueling what some experts call a ‘hope gap’ that can lead people to fret about global warming but feel powerless to do anything about it. The latest evidence that media outlets deem the myriad problems posed by climate change … Read More

Satellites Show Vanuatu’s Scars From Cyclone Pam

Satellites Show Vanuatu’s Scars From Cyclone Pam

Cyclone Pam ripped through the small island nation of Vanuatu earlier this month, leaving behind scenes of utter devastation. Images on the ground have captured ripped up trees, destroyed houses and signs of cleanup underway. Now Landsat satellite images released by NASA Earth Observatory on Friday show the big picture of what those winds, in… Read More

Two Maps Show Countries’ Plans For CO2 Pledges

Two Maps Show Countries’ Plans For CO2 Pledges

International climate negotiations include every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. And as the world gears up for Paris, climate watchers will be looking to see how (or if) each country plans to rise to the challenge of reducing the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The next major climate talks are still nine months down the road, but commitment… Read More

Antarctica’s Icy ‘Doorstops’ Thin; Rising Seas At Risk

Antarctica’s Icy ‘Doorstops’ Thin; Rising Seas At Risk

Over the past two decades, the massive platforms of floating ice that dot the coast of Antarctica have been thinning and doing so at an increasing rate, likely at least in part because of global warming. Scientists are worried about its implications for significant sea level rise. The ice shelves — some of which are larger than California and… Read More

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Extreme Weather Trends: What Do We Know? The current level of understanding makes it hard to say for certain how climate change will influence Atlantic hurricanes.

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