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Warming Brews Big Trouble in Coffee Birthplace Ethiopia

Global warming is likely to wipe out half of the coffee growing area in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the bean, according to a groundbreaking new study. Rising temperatures have already damaged some special areas of origin, with these losses being likened to France losing one of its great wine regions. Ethiopia’s highlands also host a unique … Read More

Nuclear Decommissioning Threatens Climate Targets

Nuclear Decommissioning Threatens Climate Targets

Decommissioning nuclear plants in Europe and North America from 2020 threatens global plans to cut carbon emissions unless governments build new nuclear plants or expand the use of renewables, a top International Energy Agency official said. Nuclear is now the largest low-carbon power source in Europe and the United States, about three times bigger… Read More

We Couldn’t Monitor Larsen C Without These Satellites

We Couldn’t Monitor Larsen C Without These Satellites

The Larsen C ice shelf is about to calve one of the biggest icebergs on record. The iceberg-to-be is hanging on by a thread, with just eight miles of solid ice standing in the way of a rift that’s spent years carving through the ice. Scientists can track the growth of the crack with precision during the summer season by flying over it, but even … Read More

Desert Basins Could Hold ‘Missing’ Carbon Sinks

Desert Basins Could Hold ‘Missing’ Carbon Sinks

Deserts across the globe may contain some of the world’s “missing” carbon sinks — land masses scientists had not previously identified that absorb carbon from the atmosphere, according to researchers at China’s Lanzhou University. A study published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience found that closed, or endorheic, basins in deserts — areas… Read More

Half of World Could See Deadly Heat Waves By 2100

Half of World Could See Deadly Heat Waves By 2100

Even with drastic cuts to the emissions of greenhouse gases that are driving up Earth’s temperature, more than half of the world’s population could be exposed to deadly heat waves by century’s end. If emissions continue on their current path, that proportion will jump to three-quarters of the world’s residents, due to both rising temperatures and… Read More

Global Power Sector Emissions to Peak in 2026

Global Power Sector Emissions to Peak in 2026

Global emissions of greenhouse gases from the power sector are expected to peak in 2026, but will still be some way above levels needed to limit temperature rises in line with the Paris climate agreement, research showed. Overall, $10.2 trillion will be invested in new global power generation between 2017 and 2040, with renewable power sources … Read More

U.S. Left as ‘Footnote’ in G7 Climate Talks

U.S. Left as ‘Footnote’ in G7 Climate Talks

Rifts between the United States and its leading industrial allies over climate change deepened on Monday when Washington refused to subscribe fully to a Group of Seven statement on the environment. The U.S. said it would not sign up to a pledge by Italy, Canada, Japan, France, Britain and Germany which called the 2015 Paris agreement on climate … Read More

Drop in Renewable Costs Leads to Record Global Boost

Drop in Renewable Costs Leads to Record Global Boost

Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data — although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell. The greater “bang-for-buck” resulted from plummeting prices for solar and wind power and led to new power deals in countries in… Read More

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