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Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

When he realized that Hurricane Sandy was on track for a direct hit on the New York metropolitan area, and that the storm would almost certainly be making landfall at high tide, Klaus Jacob went into high gear. “First,” he recalled nearly a year later, sitting in a bright, modern conference room near his office at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth … Read More

Natural Gas, Efficiency Fuel U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline

Natural Gas, Efficiency Fuel U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions related to energy consumption dropped to their lowest point since 1994 last year, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released Monday afternoon. The decline of coal as a power source in favor of natural gas in the U.S. is a big part of that decline, the EIA reported.… Read More

What Happened After Congress Passed a Climate Change Law? Very Little

What Happened After Congress Passed a Climate Change Law? Very Little

Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising — i.e., that climate change is happening. The measure in question, buried near the end of a 584-page transportation funding bill, also required some modest action: That the Federal Emergency Management Agency use "the best available climate … Read More

Breathtaking Images, New Climates, and Tiny Nukes

Breathtaking Images, New Climates, and Tiny Nukes

New climates by 2050, panoramas that may help save the reefs and tiny underground nuclear reactors. … Read More

Breathtaking Coral Reef Panoramas Help Scientists

Breathtaking Coral Reef Panoramas Help Scientists

Relying on 21st century technology and a public-private partnership, Vever’s team is on their way towards meeting their goal of creating the most comprehensive database of coral reef health on the planet. The high definition images and data are freely available to scientists, conservation managers, and the public and will provide a comprehensive ba… Read More

Sun ‘Must Supply 10 Percent of Energy by 2025′

Sun ‘Must Supply 10 Percent of Energy by 2025′

Hard on the heels of the latest UN report on climate change, two UK scientists have proposed an ambitious plan to tackle the problem it graphically describes. Their solution? A massive and urgent international program to increase the world’s production of solar energy – to 10 perecent of total global energy supply by 2025, and to 25 percent by 203… Read More

Arresting First Responder Images of Colorado Flooding

Arresting First Responder Images of Colorado Flooding

After receiving nearly a year's worth of rain in just one week, portions of Colorado are suffering from devastating flooding. In the hardest-hit areas of Colorado's Front Range, including the city of Boulder, the National Guard has been airlifting people who have been cut off from surrounding communities by raging floodwaters.… Read More

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

With the ravages and power outages of hurricanes Irene and Sandy seared in recent memory, soon, a public school, a small private grocery store and a gas station in Hartford, Conn., will be linked by a microgrid designed to keep the electricity flowing in those buildings when the next major storm hits. Hartford city officials consider the school, … Read More