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Wind at China’s Back to Amp Up Its Renewables

Wind at China’s Back to Amp Up Its Renewables

China can tap just 10 percent of its wind resources to supply more than a quarter of its electricity by 2030, significantly boosting the global transition to renewable energy, according to an MIT study.… Read More

Climate, Population Changes Used to Predict Diseases

Climate, Population Changes Used to Predict Diseases

British scientists say they have developed a model that can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those such as Ebola and Zika that jump from animals to humans – based on changes in climate. Describing their model as "a major improvement in our understanding of the spread of diseases from animals to people", the researchers said it could help … Read More

Spike in Alaska Wildfires is Worsening Global Warming

Spike in Alaska Wildfires is Worsening Global Warming

The devastating rise in Alaska’s wildfires is making global warming even worse than scientists expected, U.S. government researchers said. The sharp spike in Alaska’s wildfires, where more than 5 million acres burned last year, are destroying a main buffer against climate change: the carbon-rich boreal forests, tundra and permafrost that have… Read More

Scientists Seek a New Measure for Methane. Here’s Why.

Scientists Seek a New Measure for Methane. Here’s Why.

There may be a significant problem with the measuring stick scientists use to account for how much methane is affecting climate change, according to a recent study led by researchers at Oxford University. The long-term effect of methane emissions might appear to be a lot greater than it really is when compared to carbon dioxide in terms of both… Read More

Easing Drought Boosts California Hydropower, For Now

Easing Drought Boosts California Hydropower, For Now

The easing of California’s drought has boosted the state’s early spring hydropower generation to its highest level since 2011, helping it to recover from a 15-year low reached last year. But hydroelectricity production is not expected to improve much overall this year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The West’s four-year … Read More

Cities ‘Woefully Unprepared’ for Rising Disaster Risk

Cities ‘Woefully Unprepared’ for Rising Disaster Risk

Cities around the world are failing to plan for fast-increasing risks from extreme weather and other hazards, particularly as population growth and surging migration put more people in the path of those threats, the World Bank said. By 2050, 1.3 billion people and $158 trillion in assets will be menaced by worsening river and coastal floods alone… Read More

Global Warming Will Hit Poorer Countries Hardest

Global Warming Will Hit Poorer Countries Hardest

New evidence that poorer countries will suffer the worst effects of climate change has shown that the number of hot days in tropical developing countries is likely to increase markedly as global warming takes hold. It has long been expected that poor people would bear the brunt of climate change, largely because so many more of the world’s poorest … Read More

One in Five of World’s Plant Species at Risk of Extinction

One in Five of World’s Plant Species at Risk of Extinction

One in five of the world’s plant species is threatened with extinction, according to the first global assessment of flora, putting supplies of food and medicines at risk. But the report also found that 2,000 new species of plant are discovered every year, raising hopes of new sources of food that are resilient to disease and climate change. New … Read More

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Spring Ahead: Warmer Temperatures Arriving Earlier On the current greenhouse emissions path, spring may start an average of three weeks earlier by 2100.

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