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Katrina: Lasting Climate Lessons for a Sinking City

Katrina: Lasting Climate Lessons for a Sinking City

This week marks a decade since Hurricane Katrina spun violently toward the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, ravaging both states when it barreled ashore on Aug. 29, 2005. Katrina taught New Orleans and the Gulf Coast many lessons about how vulnerable the region is to natural disaster, especially to sea level rise and storm surge made worse by … Read More

Islamic Experts Urge Muslim Action on Climate Change

Islamic Experts Urge Muslim Action on Climate Change

A group of Islamic experts urged the world's 1.6 billion Muslims to do more to fight global warming, in a new example of religious efforts to galvanize action before a U.N. climate summit in Paris in December. In June, the world's most important Christian leader, Pope Francis, urged world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the… Read More

The Climate Change ‘Bully’ in California’s Drought

The Climate Change ‘Bully’ in California’s Drought

There’s a drought in California. Perhaps you’ve heard a few things about it. Like the fact that it’s cost the state $2.7 billion in losses, helped burn up roughly 118,000 acres of forest this year to-date and inspired Los Angeles to release a 96 million-strong armada of shade balls into reservoirs (though it was apparently a PR stunt). Oh, and the … Read More

Study: China May Have Overestimated Carbon Emissions

Study: China May Have Overestimated Carbon Emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions in China may have been overestimated since 2000 because of conflicting estimates of the greenhouse gas emissions it produces and the carbon content of the coal it burns, a Harvard-led study published Wednesday shows. Overestimated emissions may be critical for China ahead of the upcoming Paris climate negotiations in … Read More

EPA Moves to Cut Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

EPA Moves to Cut Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed new rules meant to help combat climate change by curbing methane emissions from new hydraulically fractured crude oil wells and natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure. The measure, part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, seeks to cut methane emissions from the oil and … Read More

New Antarctic Research Ups Sea Level Rise Estimates

New Antarctic Research Ups Sea Level Rise Estimates

The West Antarctic is one of the most remote places on the planet, but its fate is intimately tied with hundreds of millions living along the world’s coastlines. That’s because it’s frozen expanse contains enough ice to raise sea levels by up to 13 feet. There’s been multiple warnings of growing instability across the region and the possibility of … 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

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Valentine’s Day Snow Cover Snow cover for the continental U.S. on Valentine’s Day, 2014 was light-years beyond what we saw a year ago.

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