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100 Days of Climate: Week 6

100 Days of Climate: Week 6

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

U.S. Faces Huge Crop Losses If Temps Keep Rising

U.S. Faces Huge Crop Losses If Temps Keep Rising

If global temperatures continue to rise, the United States faces big drops in harvests of major food crops by 2100, which may push up global food prices, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said on Thursday. By 2100, if global emissions rise at "business as usual" levels, the world will see twice as many days with temperatures above … Read More

U.S. Lists First Bumble Bee Species as Endangered

U.S. Lists First Bumble Bee Species as Endangered

The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection. One of several species facing sharp declines, the bumble bee known to scientists as Bombus affinis has … Read More

Where to Follow the Climate Action in 2017

Where to Follow the Climate Action in 2017

The past year epitomized the toing-and-froing of planetary fortunes that have come to define global climate policy and debates. Here are some of the key issues and places to watch this year as battles are waged against dirty energy, as climate policies are debated and implemented, and as governments abroad move to take over the leadership role that… Read More

New EU Wood Energy Rules Threaten Climate, Forests

New EU Wood Energy Rules Threaten Climate, Forests

As American foresters ramp up logging to meet the growing demand for wood pellets by power plants on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, a new European wood energy proposal would allow the power plants to continue claiming their operations are green for at least 13 more years, despite releasing more heat-trapping pollution than coal. Most of the… Read More

Eat Those Turkey Leftovers, Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Eat Those Turkey Leftovers, Reduce Greenhouse Gases

In the days after feasting on Thanksgiving dinner, Americans will be throwing away millions of tons of leftovers, and that waste comes with a potentially unappreciated environmental cost: emissions of potent greenhouse gases. Food disposed of in landfills slowly rots and releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide… Read More

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

Donald Trump could scrap the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change once he takes office, a move that could shift climate policy making to local lawmakers instead of national ones, experts say. Throughout his campaign, Trump made his vision for federal climate policy clear: He has promised to reverse Obama’s climate agenda … Read More

Oil, Gas and Cows Culprits in Methane Spike, Study Says

Oil, Gas and Cows Culprits in Methane Spike, Study Says

When trying to figure out why atmospheric concentrations of methane — a potent greenhouse gas driving climate change — have been rising continuously since 2007, fingers often point to North America’s shale oil and gas boom over the last decade. But a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study published Thursday in the journal Nature … Read More

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