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November in Books; 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

November in Books; 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

With November’s temperature numbers in the books, 2014 is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded, newly released data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show. During the month, the patterns that have been in place for much of the year held fast: While the eastern U.S. was plunged into a deep freeze, the world… Read More

Climate Accord Struck In Lima; Key Decisions Postponed

Climate Accord Struck In Lima; Key Decisions Postponed

In the early hours of Sunday morning, bleary-eyed dealmakers from nearly 200 countries and the European Union set a framework for an agreement that would take an unprecedented approach to slowing climate change. Critically, however, they also delayed a host of decisions until next year, which could make reaching a landmark pact even mo… Read More

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

During a speech in a media tent during a visit that wasn’t expected to last longer than several hours, John Kerry spoke hopefully of the role that energy policy could play in addressing the threat of climate change — a “global threat” that he said “ranks up there, equal” with any other, including terrorism, extremism, epidemics, poverty and nuclear… Read More

Lima Update: Draft Climate Pact Balloons To 52 Pages

Lima Update: Draft Climate Pact Balloons To 52 Pages

For a sense of the frustrating tenor of climate negotiations underway here, which aim to agree on a clear outline of a new international climate-protecting agreement, consider this: One of the two draft documents being thrashed out had, by Wednesday morning, with just three days of a fortnight of talks remaining, ballooned into an unworkable 52-pag… Read More

Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat

Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat

Typhoon Hagupit is the whopping fifth storm to reach Category 5 strength in the West Pacific ocean basin this year. That number of top-strength storms has been fueled, in part, by the exceptionally warm waters that have been in place across parts of the Pacific — warmth that, along with that from other ocean basins, is setting 2014 on a track to be… Read More

Climate Financing ‘Not Possible’ For Governments Alone

Climate Financing ‘Not Possible’ For Governments Alone

Poor and developing countries are pushing ministers from the developed world to commit this week to some kind of a financing plan to help them reduce their own climate impacts and to adapt to a warming world. Reaching such accord on climate financing is one of the most difficult, but critical, outcomes that negotiators and onlookers hope for duri… Read More

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

A new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that not only could such a heat wave occur again, Europe is now 10 times more likely to see a repeat of such an intense heat wave than it was just a decade ago because of human-caused global warming. … Read More

Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless

Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless

As negotiators gather in Peru for a critical round of climate talks, U.S. delegates are straining to explain what they call a “counterintuitive” reality: For next year’s global climate agreement to be effective, commitments made under it must not be legally binding.… Read More