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European Cities Hesitant to Adapt to Climate Change

European Cities Hesitant to Adapt to Climate Change

European governments might have national targets to meet the demands of climate change. Many European cities, however, may not be in the mood. Diana Reckien of Columbia University in the U.S. and 11 European colleagues report in the journal Climatic Change that one in three cities have no plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and seven out of … Read More

Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Australia must drastically increase its emissions reduction target to 40 percent by 2020 to avoid “almost unimaginable social, economic and ecological consequences” from climate change, a new book penned by leading scientists and economists, including Ross Garnaut, has warned. The book, “Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World,” se… Read More

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Federal and state disaster relief payouts last year alone are estimated to have cost every person in the U.S. more than $300. Yet according to a new report by Ceres, Inaction on climate change: the cost to taxpayers, the U.S. administration, its agencies and state bodies are still not facing up to the grave financial implications of a warming world… Read More

Insurance Shortfall Hits Poorest and Most Vulnerable

Insurance Shortfall Hits Poorest and Most Vulnerable

The Philippines is located at the center of one of the world’s most severe storm regions. Scientists say that climate change is increasing the frequency and ferocity of such events. Yet despite the growing risk to their homes and livelihoods, most of the 96 million Filipinos have no insurance cover. According to insurance brokers in the Philippine… 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

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

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rate Puts Billion More at Risk

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rate Puts Billion More at Risk

Allowing the Earth’s temperature to rise by more than 2ºC will see dramatic changes in vegetation across the planet and expose a billion more people to severe water scarcity, according to new research. So vast are the potential changes that the scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany comment that they dou… Read More

Scientists: U.S. Climate Credibility Getting Fracked

Scientists: U.S. Climate Credibility Getting Fracked

As fracking catapults the United States to the top of the list of the world’s largest crude oil and natural gas producers, climate scientists worry that booming fossil fuels production in the U.S. is growing too quickly with too little concern about its impact on climate change, possibly endangering America’s efforts to curb global greenhouse gas e… Read More