News Section
Stories from Climate Central's Science Journalists and Content Partners

Climate Impact of Soot Is Exaggerated, Study Says

Climate Impact of Soot Is Exaggerated, Study Says

The global warming effect of ‘black carbon,’ or soot, has been greatly exaggerated due to mistaken assumptions about the atmospheric altitude at which its particles are concentrated, according to a new study. Soot plumes belch from chimneys, stoves and forest fires, causing numerous health ailments and, it was thought, a contribution to climate cha… Read More

The Fuel You Use For Heating Depends on Where You Live

The Fuel You Use For Heating Depends on Where You Live

With the U.S. on the cusp of the winter home-heating season, what fuel do you use to heat your home? The answer to that question depends a lot on where you live, and it has implications on your carbon footprint, too.… Read More

Study: Natural Gas Reliance Impediment to Renewables

Study: Natural Gas Reliance Impediment to Renewables

A new study suggests that the country’s push toward natural gas is not only a distraction from “decarbonizing” the U.S. and expanding renewable energy sources, it could also make climate change worse. … Read More

China, U.S. Make Treaty Pledges During Climate Summit

China, U.S. Make Treaty Pledges During Climate Summit

The world’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters, the U.S. and China, on Tuesday threw their political and climate-changing weight behind an effort to strike an international deal to slow global warming. “We cannot condemn our children, and their children, to a future that is beyond their capacity to repair,” President Obama said during his speech at … Read More

Analysts, States Bullish on Success of Clean Power Plan

Analysts, States Bullish on Success of Clean Power Plan

The Obama administration’s proposed plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants drew criticism from utilities and bullish predictions from states and analysts Tuesday at the 2014 Carbon Forum in New York. At the International Emissions Trading Association Carbon Forum, held at Morgan Stanley headquarters in Manhattan and … Read More

Obama at Summit: ‘We Have to Answer the Climate Call’

Obama at Summit: ‘We Have to Answer the Climate Call’

Desperate warnings from world leaders and celebrities about the consequences of unmitigated climate change filled the General Assembly Hall at U.N. Headquarters in New York on Tuesday morning, as a daylong climate summit began. "Climate change is the defining issue of our age,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his opening remarks. “Our r… Read More

Three Decades Until Carbon Budget Is Eaten Through

Three Decades Until Carbon Budget Is Eaten Through

If the planet’s carbon budget, which is the amount of fuel we can burn, concrete we can produce and forest we can fell without blowing global warming goals, was a giant cake, then we’d all be running out of dessert — fast. We’ve been eating into the carbon budget since the Industrial Revolution. Just nibbling at first, but now with recor… Read More

Report: Prevent Climate Effects by Fixing World Economy

Report: Prevent Climate Effects by Fixing World Economy

The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world's leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday. Tackling climate change can be a boon to prosperity, ra… Read More