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Fracking May Make Texas Power Supply Drought Resistant

Fracking May Make Texas Power Supply Drought Resistant

A new University of Texas-Austin study shows that producing electricity from natural gas saves much more water than producing power from coal, even accounting for water lost in fracking for shale gas. In other words, fracking for natural gas used to produce electricity may make Texas more drought-resistant as the state shifts from coal power genera… Read More

Six Degrees: Giant Wind Farms, Megadroughts & Sea Level

Six Degrees: Giant Wind Farms, Megadroughts & Sea Level

We've summarized the top climate stories from the week and put them together into one great slideshow. … Read More

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

The drought that has been afflicting most of the Western states for the last 13 years may be a “megadrought,” and the likelihood is high that this century could see a multi-decade dry spell like nothing else seen over the last 1,000 years, according to research presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.… Read More

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