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Europe Reforms Cap-And-Trade, Lays Out Climate Vision

Europe Reforms Cap-And-Trade, Lays Out Climate Vision

On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s environment committee agreed on a plan to shore up the continent’s flagship cap-and-trade program, which has been ailing for years. Coincidentally, one day later, the European Commission outlined its vision for how Europe and the rest of the world should work together under a new U.N. pact to spare the planet t… Read More

Three Tools to Solve The Mystery of Ocean Acidity

Three Tools to Solve The Mystery of Ocean Acidity

The United Nations General Assembly in late 2013 called on world governments “to urgently pursue further research on ocean acidification, especially programmes of observation and measurement.” Rapid advances since then could help scientists peer more deeply into the atomic structure of the water as policymakers search for local and global solutions… Read More

Here’s Where Ocean Acidification Will Hit the U.S. Hardest

Here’s Where Ocean Acidification Will Hit the U.S. Hardest

U.S. coastal communities better start preparing for ocean acidification now, especially if we want scallops, oysters and other shellfish to keep appearing on our dinnerplates. That’s the message of a new study that shows that shellfisheries across the U.S. are more vulnerable to climate change’s less considered counterpart than previously thought … Read More

Climate Talks Draw Praise, Herald Hard Slog Ahead

Climate Talks Draw Praise, Herald Hard Slog Ahead

Something strange pervaded low-level United Nations climate negotiations this week in Switzerland: Smiles. Throughout the week, many rejoiced in a novel all-inclusive approach taken by the newly elected chairmen guiding the negotiations. By the end of the six days of meetings, though, the dawdling and protracted nature of the talks had turned a nu… Read More

New Global Warming Goal Is Goal of Talks

New Global Warming Goal Is Goal of Talks

For the past five years, United Nations climate negotiators and onlookers have been focused on one big-ticket objective: Preventing the planet from heating up by more than 2°C, or 3.6°F. One of the main issues being negotiated during U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in Geneva this week is a potential new global climate target — som… Read More

Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Climate change is creating an “unprecedented” risk of severe drought in the Southwest and Central Plains. Rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall mean that future drought could be more extreme than any drought seen in at least the past 1,000 years and the effects could reverberate for urban dwellers and farmers across the regions. The 1930s Dus… Read More

Warmer Seas Linked To East Coast Hurricane Outbreaks

Warmer Seas Linked To East Coast Hurricane Outbreaks

New research shows that hurricane activity picked up along the American East Coast after 1400, following spikes in nearby sea surface temperatures of up to 3.5°F, before waning again late in the 1600s. Researchers who peered into mud to chronicle this and an earlier spike in hurricanes say such storms could become more common again as greenhouse ga… Read More

Paris Talks Won’t Achieve 2°C Goal: Does That Matter?

Paris Talks Won’t Achieve 2°C Goal: Does That Matter?

As U.N. delegates gather for talks in Geneva, some worry that the next climate agreement will fall short.… Read More