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U.S. Seeks Greater Focus on Ocean Warming

U.S. Seeks Greater Focus on Ocean Warming

The U.S. government has urged the international community to focus more on the impact of climate change on the oceans, amid growing concern over changes affecting corals, shellfish and other marine life. The U.S. will raise the issue at United Nations climate talks in Paris later this year. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)… Read More

From Katrina, an ‘Amazing’ Decade of Climate Research

From Katrina, an ‘Amazing’ Decade of Climate Research

During the summer of 2005, Columbia University climate scientists Adam Sobel and Suzana Camargo were planning a workshop on a topic to which only a handful of scientists had given much thought: how the warming climate might alter hurricane activity. “It seemed to us sort of like a small, sort of obscure field,” Sobel said, so the pair didn’t … Read More

EU Calls for Urgency in ‘Seriously Lagging’ Climate Talks

EU Calls for Urgency in ‘Seriously Lagging’ Climate Talks

With 100 days to go until the Paris climate summit, the EU’s climate chief has warned that progress in thrashing out a draft negotiating text is proceeding too slowly and urgently needs to be stepped up. Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU’s climate commissioner, said that the 85-page draft agreement currently being poured over by diplomats still contains… Read More

2015 Edges Closer to Warmest Year on Record

2015 Edges Closer to Warmest Year on Record

If you’re a betting person, it would be close to a sure bet to go all-in on 2015 taking the title of warmest year on record. “I would say [we’re] 99 percent certain that it’s going to be the warmest year on record,” Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist with ERT, Inc., at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said during a … Read More

Report: Extreme Weather Puts Food, Civil Order at Risk

Report: Extreme Weather Puts Food, Civil Order at Risk

Global food shortages will become three times more likely as a result of climate change and the international community needs to be ready to respond to price shocks to prevent civil unrest, a joint U.S.-British task force warned on Friday. Rather than being a once-a-century event, severe production shocks, including food shortages, price spikes … Read More

Rich Nations’ Climate Plans Fall Short of Hopes for Paris

Rich Nations’ Climate Plans Fall Short of Hopes for Paris

Developed nations are on track to cut their greenhouse emissions by almost 30 percent by 2030, Reuters calculations show, falling far short of a halving suggested by a U.N. panel of scientists as a fair share to limit climate change. Australia became on Tuesday the last big developed nation to submit its strategy for cuts in the run-up to a U.N.… Read More

Climate Change Is Getting Its Own Museum

Climate Change Is Getting Its Own Museum

Miranda Massie is on a mission to create an institution from scratch. It will cost many millions of dollars and years to build, but when done, it will help define the next 200 years of human existence. So what exactly is at the core of this mission? A museum based in New York City that chronicles the global and local impacts of climate change, the … Read More

Underground Desert Aquifers Could Hold Missing Carbon

Underground Desert Aquifers Could Hold Missing Carbon

Here’s what we know: Carbon dioxide is building up in the atmosphere as the result of manmade emissions, trapping more and more heat and warming the planet. Here’s what we’re still working on: Of the excess CO2 that doesn’t stick around in the atmosphere — about 60 percent of it — exactly how much gets pulled into various so-called carbon sinks … Read More

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