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At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

It is already taking shape as the 21st century urban nightmare: a big storm hits a city like Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami or New York, knocking out power supply and waste treatment plants, washing out entire neighborhoods and marooning the survivors in a toxic and foul-smelling swamp. Now the world's leading scientists are suggesting that those same cit… Read More

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Emissions of greenhouse gases grew at a faster rate over the decade from 2000 to 2010 than they did over the previous three decades, reaching the highest levels in human history, despite efforts to limit them, according to the last installment of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Sunday. This final… Read More

6 Degrees: IPCC Warning, Blackouts, Ita and Drought

6 Degrees: IPCC Warning, Blackouts, Ita and Drought

IPCC warns about climate change, weather-related power outages, drought, Cyclone Ita and more.… Read More

World Bank: Climate Change Will ‘Lead to Battles for Food’

World Bank: Climate Change Will ‘Lead to Battles for Food’

Battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to 10 years as a result of climate change, the president of the World Bank said as he urged those campaigning against global warming to learn the lessons of how protesters and scientists joined forces in the battle against HIV. Jim Yong Kim said it was possible to cap the rise in global t… Read More

Drilling, Fracking Efficiency Fuels Oil and Gas Boom

Drilling, Fracking Efficiency Fuels Oil and Gas Boom

Technological advances in drilling efficiency is one of the reasons shale oil and natural gas production continues to skyrocket in six of America’s biggest oil and natural gas fields, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report.… Read More

Hopes Pinned on Kemper Power Plant to Make ‘Clean Coal’

Hopes Pinned on Kemper Power Plant to Make ‘Clean Coal’

The massive block of steel towers and pipes rises out of the morning fog like a sci-fi fantasy. But this coal-fired power plant could help save the climate, or at least that's the hope of the Obama administration. The plant in east-central Mississippi was repeatedly invoked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to justify sweeping new clima… Read More

Switch to Gas From Coal May Threaten Water Supply

Switch to Gas From Coal May Threaten Water Supply

With drought and water shortages affecting areas where much of America’s natural gas is produced, power plants making the switch to gas from coal could have other costs that may be made worse by manmade climate change in the future, especially if global warming, as studies show, means more intense drought.… Read More

Natural Gas May Benefit Climate Despite Methane Leaks

Natural Gas May Benefit Climate Despite Methane Leaks

The paper, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inventories underestimate methane emissions from natural gas production, but hydraulic fracturing — a process of fracturing underground rock to release natural gas into wells — is not likely the largest source of methane leaks. The study sa… Read More