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Clean Power Plan Faces Appeals Court Showdown

Clean Power Plan Faces Appeals Court Showdown

The merits of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will be argued before the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, as the legal challenge against it moves one step closer to the Supreme Court. The plan will be heard before all 11 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judges instead of the usual three, effectively fast-tracking the case… Read More

100 Countries Push to Phase Out HFCs

100 Countries Push to Phase Out HFCs

A loose coalition of more than 100 countries, including the U.S. and European nations, is pushing for an early phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a powerful greenhouse gas that if left unchecked is set to add a potentially disastrous 0.5°C to global temperatures by the end of the century. At a meeting in New York on Thursday, world leaders ca… Read More

UN Expects 20 Nations to Join Paris Pact Next Week

UN Expects 20 Nations to Join Paris Pact Next Week

At least 20 countries have indicated they will join the Paris climate change agreement at a United Nations event on Sept. 21, adding to the 27 that have already done so and raising hopes the deal will enter into force by the end of 2016, U.N. officials said. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited states to deposit their instruments of… Read More

CO2, Climate Change Seen As Waste Disposal Challenge

CO2, Climate Change Seen As Waste Disposal Challenge

When it comes to carbon dioxide, what goes up doesn’t come down. It stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years after plumes of pollution have been released from tailpipes and power plants, trapping heat and warming the planet. That’s why some scientists are increasingly looking at global warming as a waste disposal problem. They say that think… Read More

Natural Gas Emissions to Surpass Those of Coal in 2016

Natural Gas Emissions to Surpass Those of Coal in 2016

The U.S. is expected to reach a major carbon emissions milestone this year: For the first time, carbon dioxide emissions from burning natural gas for electricity in the U.S. are set to surpass those from burning coal — the globe’s chief climate polluter. Emissions from burning natural gas are expected to be 10 percent greater than those from coal … Read More

After Scorching Heat, Earth Likely to Get Respite in 2017

After Scorching Heat, Earth Likely to Get Respite in 2017

The Earth is likely to get relief in 2017 from record scorching temperatures that bolstered governments' resolve last year in reaching a deal to combat climate change, scientists said on Wednesday. July was the hottest single month since records began in the 19th century, driven by greenhouse gases and an El Niño event warming the Pacific. And… Read More

As Earth Swelters, Global Warming Target in Danger

As Earth Swelters, Global Warming Target in Danger

The Earth is so hot this year that a limit for global warming agreed by world leaders at a climate summit in Paris just a few months ago is in danger of being breached. In December, almost 200 nations agreed a radical shift away from fossil fuels with a goal of limiting a rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 … Read More

Artificial Leaf Turns CO2 Emissions Into Fuel

Artificial Leaf Turns CO2 Emissions Into Fuel

If humans could invent a leaf-like solar cell that could turn carbon dioxide pollution from the atmosphere into fuel for electric power plants, it could help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut emissions that contribute to global warming. That’s the goal of a new artificial leaf that a team of researchers led by the University of … Read More

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Early vs. Late Snowmelt Satellite-derived images comparing the first full week of April in years with early (2002) vs. late (2008) snowmelt.

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