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Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

The Mackenzie River Basin, a vast globally important area in Canada, is at great risk from climate change and a catastrophic oil spill from the tailing ponds of tar sands mining, according to a panel of nine Canadian, American and British scientists. The warning came just days after the Canadian Oil Producers Association says it expects oil produc… Read More

Rich Chinese Are Exporting Pollution to Poorer Regions

Rich Chinese Are Exporting Pollution to Poorer Regions

Just as rich nations have passed the responsibility for carbon dioxide emissions to the developing nations, so the rich provinces of China have exported the problem to the poorest regions, according to new research. The world’s biggest single emitter of the greenhouse gas – 10 billion tons in 2011 – has undertaken to reduce the “carbon intensity” … Read More

New York Launches $19.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Plan

New York Launches $19.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Plan

Underlying the portfolio of measures, which amount to the largest climate resilience program of any city worldwide, Bloomberg said, are a recognition that climate change is increasing the risks of damaging storm surge events in New York by increasing sea levels, and that climate change is also likely to worsen heat waves, heavy precipitation events… Read More

NOAA Satellite Back Online After ‘Micrometeoroid’ Strike

NOAA Satellite Back Online After ‘Micrometeoroid’ Strike

According to a NOAA press release, engineers were finally able to pinpoint why the satellite, known as GOES-13, had a sudden disruption in its orientation toward Earth on May 22. NOAA said Monday that a micrometeoroid, possibly from debris left over from other space missions, or “space junk,” likely hit the arm for the satellite’s solar array panel… Read More

IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

The world cannot afford to wait for a new global climate change agreement to come into force in 2020, because doing so will mean an end to hopes of limiting global warming to moderate levels, one of the world's foremost authorities on energy has warned. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy rose by 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of more than … Read More

NOAA To Revive Essential Weather Satellite on Thursday

NOAA To Revive Essential Weather Satellite on Thursday

NOAA will revive a vital weather satellite that covers the Atlantic Ocean and East Coast after it went offline on May 22.… Read More

British Columbia Rejects Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Expansion

British Columbia Rejects Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Expansion

Efforts to expand production from the Alberta tar sands suffered a significant setback on Friday when the provincial government of British Columbia rejected a pipeline project because of environmental shortcomings. In a strongly worded statement, the government of the province said it was not satisfied with the pipeline company's oil spill response… Read More

NOAA Satellite May Be Back Online Soon, Official Says

NOAA Satellite May Be Back Online Soon, Official Says

“It doesn’t appear that there was any damage or any problem with any of the instruments on board,” said Capt. Debora Barr, acting deputy director of NOAA's Office of Satellite and Product Operations in Suitland, MD, in an interview. … Read More