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Climate Accord Struck In Lima; Key Decisions Postponed

Climate Accord Struck In Lima; Key Decisions Postponed

In the early hours of Sunday morning, bleary-eyed dealmakers from nearly 200 countries and the European Union set a framework for an agreement that would take an unprecedented approach to slowing climate change. Critically, however, they also delayed a host of decisions until next year, which could make reaching a landmark pact even mo… Read More

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

During a speech in a media tent during a visit that wasn’t expected to last longer than several hours, John Kerry spoke hopefully of the role that energy policy could play in addressing the threat of climate change — a “global threat” that he said “ranks up there, equal” with any other, including terrorism, extremism, epidemics, poverty and nuclear… Read More

Why Hasn’t A Major Hurricane Hit the U.S. in 9 Years?

Why Hasn’t A Major Hurricane Hit the U.S. in 9 Years?

Another Atlantic hurricane season has come to a close, and with it comes the continuation of a remarkable streak: The U.S. hasn’t seen a major hurricane make landfall within its borders in nine years. The last to do so was Hurricane Wilma, which hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane on Oct. 24, 2005. Yes, Sandy ripped over the East Coast to the… Read More

NOAA: Climate Change Did Not Cause Calif. Drought

NOAA: Climate Change Did Not Cause Calif. Drought

A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study released Monday shows that the 3-year California drought may have been caused by natural variability and not necessarily human-caused climate change.… Read More

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

A new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that not only could such a heat wave occur again, Europe is now 10 times more likely to see a repeat of such an intense heat wave than it was just a decade ago because of human-caused global warming. … Read More

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

In the winter of 2013–14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to 5 feet descended on beaches, farmers’ fields, city parks and airport runways throughout southern Canada and the United States. Traditionally, snowy owls spend most of their time in the Arctic and subarctic regions. But every four years or so … Read More

Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought

Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought

A pair of researchers compared California's three-year drought with those that have struck during the past 1,200 years. They found dozens of instances of similar or worse rain shortfalls, often lasting longer than the current one. But none of those droughts left the state as dry as it has been this year.… Read More

CO2 Takes Just 10 Years to Reach Planet’s Peak Heat

CO2 Takes Just 10 Years to Reach Planet’s Peak Heat

In a study that could have big ramifications on estimating the impacts, costs and benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, new research shows that CO2 brings peak heat within a decade of being emitted, with the effects then lingering 100 years or more into the future. The research, published Wednesday in Geophysical Research Letters, provide… Read More