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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

6 Degrees: Web Comics, Super El Ninos & the Olympics

6 Degrees: Web Comics, Super El Ninos & the Olympics

Six hot climate stories from around the world you may have missed from during the week. … Read More

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

Europe will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, the toughest climate change target of any region in the world, and will produce 27 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the same date. The landmark deal was reached after grinding negotiations dragged on to the deadline of 11:00 am on … Read More

Calif. Drought Spurs Some Cities—Not All—to Conserve

Calif. Drought Spurs Some Cities—Not All—to Conserve

Californians are hoping big rains will relieve the drought emergency declared in the state last week. It could be in the form of a miracle March rainstorm, or a sudden drastic shift in the weather pattern that is keeping the winter rains away. The state is drying up quickly, but cities across the state are responding to the drought in a variety of … Read More