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Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change

Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change

News cycles tend to be dominated by horror and carnage — a recipe for depression that spills into climate change coverage, fueling what some experts call a ‘hope gap’ that can lead people to fret about global warming but feel powerless to do anything about it. The latest evidence that media outlets deem the myriad problems posed by climate change … Read More

Two Maps Show Countries’ Plans For CO2 Pledges

Two Maps Show Countries’ Plans For CO2 Pledges

International climate negotiations include every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. And as the world gears up for Paris, climate watchers will be looking to see how (or if) each country plans to rise to the challenge of reducing the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The next major climate talks are still nine months down the road, but commitment… Read More

Deforestation Slowing, But Forests Are Breaking Down

Deforestation Slowing, But Forests Are Breaking Down

The amount of climate pollution being produced every year by the felling of forests is falling worldwide, but benefits of the heartening decline are being eroded by the worsening conditions of the forests still left standing. The losses of entire stretches of forests, combined with losses of individual trees from forests that remain, pumped an ave… Read More

California, Quebec Teaming Up On Climate Change

California, Quebec Teaming Up On Climate Change

California and Quebec's cap-and-trade programs have been linked, making climate action cheaper.… Read More

Include Climate Change in Disaster Planning, FEMA Says

Include Climate Change in Disaster Planning, FEMA Says

Federal funds that help communities brace for emergencies will stop being provided to states if they ignore threats posed by climate change in their disaster planning. States publish reports every five years or so detailing their vulnerability to natural disasters, such as floods, storms and wildfires, and how they plan to protect themselves and r… Read More

Climate Change on International Disaster Talks Agenda

Climate Change on International Disaster Talks Agenda

It may be nine months until pivotal climate negotiations get underway in Paris, but climate change is very much on the international agenda this week in Sendai, Japan. Countries from the around world have convened there at the behest of the United Nations for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction with the goal of updating a 10-year-old ag… Read More

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United States. Opened in 2008 as a replacement for an aging coal plant, the 534-megawatt natural gas facility looms over three solar photovoltaic panels that provide a sculptural eleme… Read More

Southern California’s Fog Falls Victim to Concrete

Southern California’s Fog Falls Victim to Concrete

Summertime fog that helps keep coastal southern California cool and damp appears to be melting away, and scientists who have documented nearly 70 years of its decline think they can explain why: concrete. The urban heat island effect, the phenomenon of cities warming faster than surrounding countryside, is a main culprit for a two-thirds reduction… Read More

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Longer Frost-Free Seasons Since 1970, much of the U.S. has seen the frost-free season get longer.

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