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CO2 Emissions Are Causing Earth to ‘Hyperventilate’

CO2 Emissions Are Causing Earth to ‘Hyperventilate’

Every year, plants inhale and exhale carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It’s a natural seasonal cycle that has played out over millennia. But as humans emit more carbon dioxide (CO2) by burning fossil fuels, the steady rhythm is being replaced by a more erratic cycle as plants race to keep pace with all the new CO2 in the atmosphere. New research… Read More

Study: Downpours Over Land Have Slowed Sea Level Rise

Study: Downpours Over Land Have Slowed Sea Level Rise

Downpours are feared for their roles in causing inland floods, but along coastlines around the world, global storminess has recently been having the opposite effect. Vast amounts of water falling as rain or snow have stayed on land in recent years, stemming the rise of the seas, according to a study published Thursday in Science. Water is constant… Read More

These 9 EU Countries Are Leading the Renewable Charge

These 9 EU Countries Are Leading the Renewable Charge

The list of European Union (EU) countries beating their renewables goals continues to grow. In what’s been a steady stream of good news over the past three years, more countries than ever are meeting their 2020 targets for renewable energy generation ahead of schedule. First it was Sweden, Bulgaria and Estonia. Then last year, Lithuania joined the … Read More

Low Oil Prices Force Slowdown of U.S. Tar Sands Project

Low Oil Prices Force Slowdown of U.S. Tar Sands Project

A Canadian company’s efforts to produce oil sands in the United States are not dead, but thanks to crude oil prices that have dipped below $30 per barrel, they may be in critical condition. U.S. Oil Sands, the Alberta-based company working on a project slated to produce crude oil from oil sands on public lands in Utah, is slowing its PR Spring oil… Read More

Obama Confident in Climate Plan Despite Court Setback

Obama Confident in Climate Plan Despite Court Setback

The Obama administration is expressing confidence in its most sweeping climate change policy, despite the Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday to block its enforcement while a major legal challenge works its way through the courts. The Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut power plant emissions by 32 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels … Read More

Countries Embrace New Rules to Limit Airline Emissions

Countries Embrace New Rules to Limit Airline Emissions

The United States and 22 other countries on Monday struck a first-ever international agreement to cut carbon emissions from commercial airplanes as a way to reduce their impact on climate change. The agreement, announced by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, calls for a 4 percent reduction in fuel consumption from new … Read More

Dutch Lawmakers Call for Halt to Wood Energy Subsidies

Dutch Lawmakers Call for Halt to Wood Energy Subsidies

Dutch parliamentarians voted last week to suspend plans to provide subsidies for wood energy until the country’s economic affairs ministry has explained how and when all of the nation’s coal power plants will be shuttered. Billions of dollars in Dutch government subsidies have been earmarked to help the owners of coal power plants blend wood pellet… Read More

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Willis Linn Jepson encountered a squat shrub while he was collecting botanical specimens on California’s Mount Tamalpais in the fall of 1936. He trimmed off a few branches and jotted down the location along the ridge trail where the manzanita grew, 2,255 feet above sea level. The desiccated specimen is now part of an herbarium here that’s named … Read More

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