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Europe Warned Pollution Will Lead To Premature Deaths

Europe Warned Pollution Will Lead To Premature Deaths

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans will suffer a premature death in the next two decades as the result of governments’ failure to act on air pollution, Europe’s environmental watchdog has warned. In 2011, the latest year for which figures have been reliably collated, more than 400,000 are estimated to have died prematurely as a result of breathing … Read More

Looming Warming Spurt Could Reshape Climate Debate

Looming Warming Spurt Could Reshape Climate Debate

Humanity is about to experience a historically unprecedented spike in temperatures. That’s the ominous conclusion of a vast and growing body of research that links sweeping Pacific Ocean cycles with rates of warming at the planet’s surface. Papers in two leading journals this week reaffirmed that the warming effects of a substantial chunk of our g… Read More

Largest Offshore Wind Farm Approved for UK Coast

Largest Offshore Wind Farm Approved for UK Coast

Plans for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm have been given the green light by the energy secretary, with planning permission for an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank. The project, more than twice the size of the UK’s current biggest offshore wind farm, is expected to cost $9.2 billion to $12.3 bil… Read More

Heat Stroke, Anyone? Tennis Grand Slams Heating Up

Heat Stroke, Anyone? Tennis Grand Slams Heating Up

New research by Climate Central shows how climate change is affecting tennis the world over. That research analyzed temperatures for all four cities that host grand slam tournaments, and the average daily maximums were analyzed for the months when the bulk of the matches are played for each tournament. Since 1968, when professionals began competing… Read More

NY Fracking Ban Divides Experts on Climate Impacts

NY Fracking Ban Divides Experts on Climate Impacts

New York, Quebec and New Brunswick have banned or restricted fracking mainly for public health reasons. But experts agree one of the broader ramifications of this week’s actions may be on the climate.… Read More

UN Climate Report Rings Alarm, Offers Guidance

UN Climate Report Rings Alarm, Offers Guidance

The most sophisticated, comprehensive and succinct scientific account of the accelerating impacts of human activity on the world around us, from warming and rising oceans to the growing toll of heat stroke, was published Sunday by a United Nations panel. The picture that emerged from the 116-page synthesis of three blockbuster climate change report… Read More

Climate Impact of Soot Is Exaggerated, Study Says

Climate Impact of Soot Is Exaggerated, Study Says

The global warming effect of ‘black carbon,’ or soot, has been greatly exaggerated due to mistaken assumptions about the atmospheric altitude at which its particles are concentrated, according to a new study. Soot plumes belch from chimneys, stoves and forest fires, causing numerous health ailments and, it was thought, a contribution to climate cha… Read More

China Works Toward Kicking its Coal Habit

China Works Toward Kicking its Coal Habit

There are still doubts. The statistics might be proved wrong. But it looks as if China might be starting to wean itself off its coal consumption habit. China produces and consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Coal, the most polluting of all energy sources, has powered the growth of China’s flyaway economy. But as incomes h… Read More

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Montana’s Wind Energy Potential Montana's estimated wind power potential is about equal to the electricity consumed by the 19 lighted states.

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