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San Francisco Rising to Threat of Swelling Seas

San Francisco Rising to Threat of Swelling Seas

The fog of uncertainty cast by rising seas is starting to lift from $25 billion worth of public projects planned in San Francisco. The City by the (rising) Bay, where bayfront shorelines will continue to experience worsening high tide flooding, where the nearby international airport is among the nation’s most vulnerable to floods, and where Pacifi… Read More

What’s The Deal With Europe’s Climate Talks?

What’s The Deal With Europe’s Climate Talks?

Energy and climate change are figuring prominently in the news on the other side of the warming and acidifying pond this week. European leaders are set to meet on Thursday and Friday to decide how aggressively their countries will work toward slowing global warming. "It's a big week for the EU,” said Tim Nuthall, spokesman for the European Climate… Read More

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

New regulations in North Dakota are expected to slash the CO2 emissions from flaring natural gas wells in North Dakota, where about a third of the natural gas produced along with crude oil in the Bakken shale is burned off, producing CO emissions. … Read More

Pentagon: Climate Change Poses ‘Immediate Risks’

Pentagon: Climate Change Poses ‘Immediate Risks’

The Department of Defense sees climate change as an “immediate” risk and is taking steps to assess those risk and respond to them according to its newly unveiled Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. The document, released on Monday, is an update to the agency’s first climate roadmap released in 2012. But rather than being a slight tweak, it provides… Read More

Expanding Antarctic Sea Ice is Flooding ‘Warning Bell’

Expanding Antarctic Sea Ice is Flooding ‘Warning Bell’

The spreading sheet of sea ice around Antarctica could be viewed as a napkin being draped over a monstrous water pistol. If, that is, the gelid napkin was a self-assembling machine that could reach beneath itself, aim the squirt gun at the planet’s shorelines, and squeeze the trigger. Research suggests that the expansion of Antarctic sea ice herald… Read More

Sea Level Rise Making Floods Routine for Coastal Cities

Sea Level Rise Making Floods Routine for Coastal Cities

Coastal American cities are sinking into saturated new realities, new analysis has confirmed. Sea level rise has given a boost to high tides, which are regularly overtopping streets, floorboards and other low-lying areas that had long existed in relatively dehydrated harmony with nearby waterfronts — a trend projected to worsen sharply in the comin… Read More

Is The World’s Main Climate Goal Misguided?

Is The World’s Main Climate Goal Misguided?

A pair of Californian scientists triggered a heated debate Wednesday when they published an essay in Nature calling on world leaders and climate negotiators to ditch their goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. What’s with the climate kerfuffle? We’ll start with the basics. What’s a Celsius? It’s that unit of measurement by which … Read More

Climate Change’s Role in Indian Pilgrim Deaths

Climate Change’s Role in Indian Pilgrim Deaths

When the heavens opened over several Himalayan foothill states in northern India for four cataclysmic days last summer, they rained unprecedented hell over villagers, and over streams of pilgrims visiting temples and other holy sites. Floods and landslides tore vulnerable buildings and villages from their feeble riverside roots, flushing their ram… Read More