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Obama Orders Rising Seas Built In to Building Standards

Obama Orders Rising Seas Built In to Building Standards

Flood risk from sea level rise brought about by climate change will have to be factored into the building standards of any new and rebuilt federally funded construction project, including those built by local governments receiving federal money, according to an executive order President Obama issued Friday. … Read More

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA is spending nearly $1 billion on a new satellite, scheduled to be blasted into space over the weekend, following nearly a decade of work and two launch delays, that will help scientists measure moisture levels in the top two inches of the world’s soils. A couple inches of loam or humus could sound like much ado about nothing. But to the earth… Read More

Climate Calculator Lets You Create a New World

Climate Calculator Lets You Create a New World

Have you always wanted to wield the power of a world leader but been unable find a suitable in? Well, your search is finally be over. The U.K. government has released its Global Calculator, a climate model hitherto only available to world governments to understand how their actions work in concert to reduce global warming. Now the public can crunch… Read More

Obama And Modi Are Buddies, But Will The Climate Care?

Obama And Modi Are Buddies, But Will The Climate Care?

Could the budding cordiality in the relationship between President Obama and India’s recently-elected prime minister, Narendra Modi, help to slow global warming? It’s too early to categorically answer that question in the affirmative. But it’s certainly starting to look that way.… Read More

Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City

Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City

In Boston, methane emissions from aging pipes and other sources may be more than double official state estimates for the city, according to a study published Thursday.… Read More

Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Of the 2.8 billion people forced to use wood for fuel, often filling their humble homes with life-shortening soot, the vast majority are chopping down and gathering their fuel in ways that allow forests and woodlands to regrow. That isn’t just good for the environment around them — carbon-hungry growth of trees that replace those that were felled … Read More

Developing Cities Hold Big Key To Climate Action

Developing Cities Hold Big Key To Climate Action

Cities — the best of which are bastions of transit networks, bike paths, compact apartments and chirpy baristas — are growing faster than litters of sewer rats, exacerbating their already-high hungers for energy. The trend is so steep that a new analysis projects that urban centers will be burning through three times more energy in the year 2050 th… Read More

EPA Moves to Count Methane Emissions from Fracking

EPA Moves to Count Methane Emissions from Fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule that would require energy companies to report to the federal government all greenhouse gas emissions from oil well fracking operations and natural gas compressor stations and pipelines. … Read More