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NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change

NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change

As part of a rate plan settlement with New York's largest utility, the state Public Services Commission said it expects all of New York State's utilities to address climate change preparations in the future expansion and construction plans. … Read More

Study: Farm Efficiency More Critical Than Quitting Meat

Study: Farm Efficiency More Critical Than Quitting Meat

It turns out that convincing people to go vegetarian is not the only way to combat the greenhouse gas and climate change footprint of raising livestock. A new study suggests that cattle farmers can do more to reduce emissions, making meat consumption less damaging to the environment, particularly in developing countries. … Read More

Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain

Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain

The polar vortex that brought frigid weather and snow to much of the U.S. in early January, returned later in the month, and is on the way back for a third time, had plausible links to global warming—according to some scientists, anyway. The idea is that rapid climate change in the Arctic has disrupted the jet stream, leading to spates of extreme… Read More

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind power may have prevented rolling blackouts in Texas as power demand spiked during winter cold spells in January and February. In a changing climate, wind power is seen as part of the solution to weaning the country away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Wind power may even begin to compete on its own directly with natural gas as a maj… 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

Climate Trends Tell Different Story for Great Lakes’ Ice

Climate Trends Tell Different Story for Great Lakes’ Ice

This winter has offered a rare treat for visitors to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands: a stroll across the frozen lake to ice caves straight out of a scene in the movie “Frozen.” Thanks to enduring and massive blasts of frigid air, extensive lake ice has made the caves, normally only accessible to summer visitors traveling by boat, reachable by foot… 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

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