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GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report in March showing that U.S. power lines, electric power plants, renewable energy generators and other energy infrastructure are threatened in a changing climate, especially to rising seas, extreme weather and drought. … Read More

6 Degrees: Cool Pics, Climate Reports and Massive Storms

6 Degrees: Cool Pics, Climate Reports and Massive Storms

From the next climate phenomenon to Australia's climate future, we breakdown the best from the week of climate news. … Read More

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

The Great Barrier Reef will suffer “irreversible” damage by 2030 unless radical action is taken to lower carbon emissions, a stark new report has warned. Unless temperatures are kept below the internationally agreed limit of 2°C warming on pre-industrial levels, the reef will cease to be a coral-dominated ecosystem, the report warns. Coral bleachi… Read More

China’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter

China’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter

Chinese scientists have warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country's food supply. Beijing and broad swaths of six northern provinces have spent the past week blanketed in a dense pea-soup smog that is not expected t… Read More

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

The UK faces fines of up to $500 million a year and embarrassing court appearances after the European commission launched legal proceedings against it for failing to reduce "excessive" levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution from traffic, despite 15 years of warnings and several extensions and postponements granted to the government. Other … Read More

Flurry of Coal Power Plant Shutdowns Expected by 2016

Flurry of Coal Power Plant Shutdowns Expected by 2016

New emissions regulations and low natural gas prices, partly because of the fracking boom throughout the U.S., are putting pressure on utilities to shut down coal-fired power plants and open new ones that burn natural gas. With new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards limiting mercury, acid gases and toxic metals from coal-fired… 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

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

A weekly slideshow showcasing six top climate stories from around the world. … Read More