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Hopes Pinned on Kemper Power Plant to Make ‘Clean Coal’

Hopes Pinned on Kemper Power Plant to Make ‘Clean Coal’

The massive block of steel towers and pipes rises out of the morning fog like a sci-fi fantasy. But this coal-fired power plant could help save the climate, or at least that's the hope of the Obama administration. The plant in east-central Mississippi was repeatedly invoked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to justify sweeping new clima… Read More

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report in March showing that U.S. power lines, electric power plants, renewable energy generators and other energy infrastructure are threatened in a changing climate, especially to rising seas, extreme weather and drought. … Read More

Extreme Weather is a ‘Silver Lining’ for Climate Action

Extreme Weather is a ‘Silver Lining’ for Climate Action

Devastating extreme weather including recent flooding in England, Australia's hottest year on record and the U.S. being hit by a polar vortex have a "silver lining" of boosting climate change to the highest level of politics and reminding politicians that climate change is not a partisan issue, according to the UN's climate chief. Christiana Figue… Read More

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

The Great Barrier Reef will suffer “irreversible” damage by 2030 unless radical action is taken to lower carbon emissions, a stark new report has warned. Unless temperatures are kept below the internationally agreed limit of 2°C warming on pre-industrial levels, the reef will cease to be a coral-dominated ecosystem, the report warns. Coral bleachi… Read More

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

In Texas, which straddles the wet-dry divide between East and West, drought likely exacerbated by climate change means that confronting the threat of wildfires has become a way of life. And nowhere is that better illustrated than here in Austin, a booming metropolitan area of 1.8 million people.… Read More

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

The UK faces fines of up to $500 million a year and embarrassing court appearances after the European commission launched legal proceedings against it for failing to reduce "excessive" levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution from traffic, despite 15 years of warnings and several extensions and postponements granted to the government. Other … Read More

Australia’s Heat Wave Frequency Tops Projections for 2030

Australia’s Heat Wave Frequency Tops Projections for 2030

The government has been urged to better articulate the dangers of climate change after a report that shows the frequency of heat waves in parts of Australia has already surpassed levels previously predicted for 2030. The Climate Council report highlights that Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra all experienced a higher average number of hot days … Read More

Warming Winters Send No Love to 2022 Olympic Bid Cities

Warming Winters Send No Love to 2022 Olympic Bid Cities

The temperature has settled into the mid-50s this week at the Sochi Olympics, and snowboarders were furious at the slushy condition of the halfpipe Tuesday. Four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics, rain and fog delayed downhill skiing events, and organizers resorted to straw bales to build jumps and obstacles for courses where snow proved scarce. … Read More