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U.S. Oil Exports Skyrocket Despite Climate Pacts

U.S. Oil Exports Skyrocket Despite Climate Pacts

Seven years ago, the U.S. exported its crude oil to just one country — Canada. This year, 23 countries received American crude oil, marking a more than 1,000 percent increase in U.S. oil exports since 2009, according to U.S. Department of Energy data released this week. Since Congress lifted restrictions on American oil exports a year ago, more … Read More

Threatened Nations Aim for 100 Percent Renewables

Threatened Nations Aim for 100 Percent Renewables

A group of the countries most at risk from climate change said they would strive to make their energy production 100 percent renewable "as rapidly as possible", as part of efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), which numbers 48 nations, also committed to update their climate action plans… Read More

Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, a goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, would avoid economic losses by 2050 of $12 trillion, or around 10 percent of the world's GDP, compared to staying on the current track of at least 3°C of warming, the U.N. Development Programme said. Sticking to the 1.5°C limit … Read More

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

Donald Trump could scrap the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change once he takes office, a move that could shift climate policy making to local lawmakers instead of national ones, experts say. Throughout his campaign, Trump made his vision for federal climate policy clear: He has promised to reverse Obama’s climate agenda … Read More

Trump’s Presidency Poses Serious Risks to the Climate

Trump’s Presidency Poses Serious Risks to the Climate

On Tuesday, the U.S. elected Donald Trump president. It’s a choice that will dramatically reshape U.S. policy on a host of issues from immigration to trade to foreign policy. And then there’s climate change. During the eight years of the Obama administration, the U.S. made incremental moves toward curtailing carbon emissions in the U.S. in the … Read More

Rio’s Beaches Take Battering From Storm Surge

Rio’s Beaches Take Battering From Storm Surge

Scientists in Rio de Janeiro have warned that the city’s sea defenses may not be able to cope with the effects of climate change after a record storm surge swamped beaches, dumping hundreds of tonnes of sand across nearby roads and buildings. Waves of almost four metres in the weekend storm left beach flags fluttering in tatters, forced the … Read More

Sewage Plants Overlooked Source of CO2

Sewage Plants Overlooked Source of CO2

Wastewater treatment plants may be responsible for emitting up to 23 percent more greenhouse gas than previously thought because of fossil fuels in detergent-laden water from residential showers, household washing machines and industrial sites, new research shows. Treatment plants emit greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide when they… Read More

Deserts May Spread in Europe as Mediterranean Warms

Deserts May Spread in Europe as Mediterranean Warms

Global warming is on track to disrupt the Mediterranean region more than any droughts or heatwaves in the past 10,000 years, turning parts of southern Europe into desert by the end of the century, scientists said. Average temperatures in the region have already risen by 1.3 degrees Celsius (2.3 Fahrenheit) since the late 19th century, well above … Read More

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Fewer Tornado Days, But More Big Outbreaks While there are fewer days each year with tornadoes, on average, the number of days with more than 30 tornadoes is increasing.

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