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Climate Change Imperils Peru’s Drive to End Poverty

Climate Change Imperils Peru’s Drive to End Poverty

Peru is the country chosen to host the 2014 UN climate conference, a key meeting for trying to advance an ambitious plan to rein in greenhouse emissions which is planned for agreement in 2015. But the country has recently earned a rather more dubious distinction. In 2012, for the first time, the Peruvian Amazon became a net emitter of carbon dioxi… Read More

Fossil Fuel Investments Face Major Risks Due to Climate

Fossil Fuel Investments Face Major Risks Due to Climate

The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) asked the world’s thousand largest asset owners what they were doing to guard against the possibility that their investments in fossil fuels could, in future, become worthless. Together, the owners manage more than $70 trillion of funds. The Project found that only 27 of the 460 investment funds replying … Read More

New Climate Records Focus on Earth’s Sensitivity

New Climate Records Focus on Earth’s Sensitivity

– You may think the prospect of climate change is alarming, a call to action to slow down our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. You’re almost certainly right. But some scientists are now suggesting you should be much more concerned than you are, because they think we may be seriously underestimating the problem. The Geologica… Read More

New Greenhouse Gas Proves More Powerful Than CO2

New Greenhouse Gas Proves More Powerful Than CO2

A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto. The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century. The chemical, that does not occur naturally, breaks all records for potential … Read More

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

This week's top stories tackle a cold trend, windstorm Xavier, the arctic blast and climate shifts.… Read More

Scientists Warn That Warming ‘Will be Hard to Reverse’

Scientists Warn That Warming ‘Will be Hard to Reverse’

the present lukewarm plans to limit climate change may involve too little action, applied too late. Thomas Frölicher of ETH-Zurich and colleagues from Princeton report in Nature Climate Change that they tried to model the long-term planetary adjustment after carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning stopped altogether. They simulated a pl… Read More

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Federal and state disaster relief payouts last year alone are estimated to have cost every person in the U.S. more than $300. Yet according to a new report by Ceres, Inaction on climate change: the cost to taxpayers, the U.S. administration, its agencies and state bodies are still not facing up to the grave financial implications of a warming world… Read More

Historic CO2 Emissions Require Immediate Cuts

Historic CO2 Emissions Require Immediate Cuts

Two scientists urge the world to start reducing greenhouse emissions right now. There’s no time to be lost, they argue in Nature Climate Change. Future global temperatures depend on how much carbon dioxide has accumulated in the atmosphere, so as emissions increase, so does the rate of warming. The reasoning by Myles Allen, of the University of Ox… Read More