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Government Shutdown Impacts Obama’s Climate Agenda

Government Shutdown Impacts Obama’s Climate Agenda

About 94 percent of the employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been sent on leave of absence as part of the U.S. government shutdown. Nearly all of the agency's 16,205 employees across the country, with oversight of air quality, industrial waste, water and sewage treatment plants, have powered down their computers, updated thei… Read More

The Shutdown, Toxic Fracking Fluid, Aussie Heat & More

The Shutdown, Toxic Fracking Fluid, Aussie Heat & More

The ripples of the government shutdown are felt, while new visuals of Sandy amaze and hot and rainy weather abound.… Read More

Australia Has its Hottest September as Fire Threat Grows

Australia Has its Hottest September as Fire Threat Grows

Winter may just be ending in Australia, but temperatures are already summerlike. September was one for the record books, with hot temperatures that baked the country from the outback to the coasts and made this the hottest September in the country’s 104-year record. The fiery start to Australia’s spring continues a trend that has the country on its… Read More

What the New IPCC Report Means for Europe

What the New IPCC Report Means for Europe

Europe has been warming faster than the global average over the last 30 years, the UN's new climate report reveals. Yesterday afternoon, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released part one of its scientific report in full. Among some of the most significant findings from a summary of the report released a few days ago are that hu… Read More

Hurricane Sandy: Coverage of the Storm and its Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy: Coverage of the Storm and its Aftermath

As Hurricane Sandy heads for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, where it threatens to cause widespread damage rivaling the biggest storms on record in the region, it is evolving into a potentially unprecedented storm. The storm is part hurricane, part fearsome nor’easter, and as the result of a bizarre confluence of events it has been been pinned … Read More

Tackling Climate Change ‘Would Save Millions of Lives’

Tackling Climate Change ‘Would Save Millions of Lives’

Tackling climate change would save millions of lives a year by the end of the century purely as a result of the decrease in air pollution, according to a new study. The study is published as scientists from around the globe gather in Stockholm to thrash out final details of a landmark assessment of climate science. Their final report is due to be … Read More

History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

As the world warms, weather patterns will change. The already arid Middle East and American West will get even drier, and so will the well-watered Amazon region. Monsoon Asia and equatorial Africa, wet already, will get even rainier, according to new research from Columbia University in the U.S. The oceanographer Wallace Broecker and his colleague… Read More

Tiny Plankton in the Oceans Could Have Big Impact

Tiny Plankton in the Oceans Could Have Big Impact

Some of the most minute forms of marine life may have a significant effect both on more developed creatures and on the oceans’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide. An international team of scientists has found that the smallest species of plankton thrive when levels of CO2, the main greenhouse gas from human sources, rise and increase the acidity of … Read More