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China ‘Moving to Lead on Climate Change,’ Says Report

China ‘Moving to Lead on Climate Change,’ Says Report

Both China and the U.S., the world’s two principal emitters of greenhouse gases, have been making significant recent progress on tackling climate change, a report by an influential Australian advisory group says. Its report, The Critical Decade: Global Action Building on Climate Change, has particular praise for China, saying its efforts “demonstra… Read More

GM Urges Obama, Congress to Unite on Climate Change

GM Urges Obama, Congress to Unite on Climate Change

General Motors called on Barack Obama and Congress to work together on climate change on Wednesday, saying the effort would be good for business. GM, which makes the plug-in Chevy Volt, was the first of the big three car makers to sign on to a new push from the business world for greater action on global warming from Washington, the Climate Declar… Read More

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy was the largest storm to hit the northeast U.S. in recorded history, killing 159, knocking out power to millions, and causing $70 billion in damage in eight states. Sandy also put the vulnerability of critical infrastructure in stark relief by paralyzing subways, trains, road and air traffic, flooding hospitals, crippling electrical… Read More

Warmer Seas May Impact Antarctic Clams’ Reproduction

Warmer Seas May Impact Antarctic Clams’ Reproduction

Antarctic clams (Laternula elliptica) play a vital role in the ocean ecosystem, drawing down carbon into sea-bed sediments and circulating ocean nutrients. Now a new study has found that the reproductive capacity of this long-lived and abundant species — existing in the cold, oxygen-rich waters of the Antarctic — could be seriously affected by … Read More

Weather Service Completes Upgrades to Radar Network

Weather Service Completes Upgrades to Radar Network

The radars have already proved their value to NWS forecasters. On Feb. 10, 2012, an EF-4 tornado struck Hattiesburg, Miss. Dual-pol radar products allowed local NWS forecasters to spot the tornado on their radar screens and determine that it was likely a very large and powerful twister.… Read More

IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform

IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform

Fossil fuel subsidies provided by both rich and poor countries to keep their citizens happy are holding back the world economy, accelerating climate change and damaging the health of current and future generations, according to the International Monetary Fund. The worst offender of all is the United States, which allows annual subsidies of $502 … Read More

Scientists Raise Questions on Drought and Climate

Scientists Raise Questions on Drought and Climate

When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a report on April 11 that seemed to exonerate global warming as a cause of last summer’s historic drought, a reasonable person might conclude that global warming had been exonerated. After all, NOAA is a highly respected organization, and the report’s lead author, meteorologist Martin … Read More

Links to Solar May Forge New Ties Across Mediterranean

Links to Solar May Forge New Ties Across Mediterranean

The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant opened in March in the middle of Abu Dhabi’s western region, amid the country’s giant oil fields. The $600 million plant’s hundreds of mirrors direct sunlight towards towers full of water. These are heated to drive steam turbines that provide enough electricity for thousands of homes. In a … Read More