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Climate Change’s Role in Indian Pilgrim Deaths

Climate Change’s Role in Indian Pilgrim Deaths

When the heavens opened over several Himalayan foothill states in northern India for four cataclysmic days last summer, they rained unprecedented hell over villagers, and over streams of pilgrims visiting temples and other holy sites. Floods and landslides tore vulnerable buildings and villages from their feeble riverside roots, flushing their ram… Read More

MIT: Global Energy Use, CO2 May Double By 2100

MIT: Global Energy Use, CO2 May Double By 2100

Even as curbing greenhouse gas emissions becomes more urgent as the effects of climate change become more acute, fossil fuels will remain the largest source of GHGs far into the 21st Century as both global energy use and CO2 emissions double, according to MIT’s 2014 Climate and Energy Outlook.… Read More

Antarctic Sea Ice Hits New Max; Continent Still Warming

Antarctic Sea Ice Hits New Max; Continent Still Warming

The donut of sea ice encircling Antarctica is hovering around its yearly winter maximum area, and there’s little question that it’s going to set a record high this year. “Antarctic sea ice in 2014 is going to set a record for sure,” said Ted Scambos, a senior scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. This end-of-sea… Read More

Seattle to Fine Residents Who Fail to Compost

Seattle to Fine Residents Who Fail to Compost

The additional fees could start to be levied next summer. Warnings will be issued during the first half of 2015, with warning tags placed on bins found to contain excessive amounts of food waste or compostable paper. Recycling is already mandatory in Seattle… Read More

Study: Natural Gas Reliance Impediment to Renewables

Study: Natural Gas Reliance Impediment to Renewables

A new study suggests that the country’s push toward natural gas is not only a distraction from “decarbonizing” the U.S. and expanding renewable energy sources, it could also make climate change worse. … Read More

U.S. International Aid Gets Climate Makeover

U.S. International Aid Gets Climate Makeover

The U.S. will change the way it approaches international development projects, helping communities adapt to the climatic changes that its fossil fuel burning has helped to create. But experts question whether the new initiative, announced Tuesday, will be enough to help Bangladeshis who are suffering worsening floods, Pacific Islanders whose lands … Read More

China, U.S. Make Treaty Pledges During Climate Summit

China, U.S. Make Treaty Pledges During Climate Summit

The world’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters, the U.S. and China, on Tuesday threw their political and climate-changing weight behind an effort to strike an international deal to slow global warming. “We cannot condemn our children, and their children, to a future that is beyond their capacity to repair,” President Obama said during his speech at … Read More

Obama at Summit: ‘We Have to Answer the Climate Call’

Obama at Summit: ‘We Have to Answer the Climate Call’

Desperate warnings from world leaders and celebrities about the consequences of unmitigated climate change filled the General Assembly Hall at U.N. Headquarters in New York on Tuesday morning, as a daylong climate summit began. "Climate change is the defining issue of our age,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his opening remarks. “Our r… Read More