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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

‘This Week’ Zeroes in on Climate & Climate Central’s Cullen

‘This Week’ Zeroes in on Climate & Climate Central’s Cullen

With the East Coast under a seeming barrage of ice and snow this winter and parts of the West facing record drought, Climate Central's Heidi Cullen was front and center on "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos talking about climate change and extreme weather. Cullen was joined by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, AB… Read More

‘Atmospheric River’ May Put a Dent in California Drought

‘Atmospheric River’ May Put a Dent in California Drought

The most severely dry soils in California are in Central and Northern California, which means the storms hitting during the next few days are likely to target the areas where precipitation is most sorely needed, Murphy said. If the drought continues through the rest of the wet season, it could reverberate throughout the U.S. economy, considering th… Read More

Melting Sea Ice Makes Arctic Drilling a Risky Business

Melting Sea Ice Makes Arctic Drilling a Risky Business

Melting Arctic sea ice could open previously dangerous waters to expanded oil drilling, but the risks and expense of doing so could still be extreme, a new paper says. Government regulators and environmentalists have been forceful with their concern about the hazards of drilling in the Arctic, saying that the costs of cleaning up an oil spill in ic… Read More

Time is Running Out for California Drought Relief

Time is Running Out for California Drought Relief

More than halfway through the state's wet season and the Sierra Nevada snowcap all but non-existent, California's prospects for making up its precipitation deficit are slim. The snowcap will yield precious little water and the state would need to get about a foot or more of rain in the next two months to make up the difference. Forecasts are not of… Read More

6 Degrees: Sunsets, Cows, Obama and More

6 Degrees: Sunsets, Cows, Obama and More

Six hot climate stories you may have missed this week. … Read More