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UN Climate Pact Moves Closer to Taking Effect

UN Climate Pact Moves Closer to Taking Effect

A slew of documents filed by national representatives on Wednesday thrust the new UN climate treaty closer to taking effect — a “hairbreadth” away, as Maldives foreign minister Mohamed Asim put it in a statement. But it’s not quite there yet. During meetings in France in December, nearly 200 countries agreed to take steps to fight global warming u… Read More

UN Expects 20 Nations to Join Paris Pact Next Week

UN Expects 20 Nations to Join Paris Pact Next Week

At least 20 countries have indicated they will join the Paris climate change agreement at a United Nations event on Sept. 21, adding to the 27 that have already done so and raising hopes the deal will enter into force by the end of 2016, U.N. officials said. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited states to deposit their instruments of… Read More

CO2, Climate Change Seen As Waste Disposal Challenge

CO2, Climate Change Seen As Waste Disposal Challenge

When it comes to carbon dioxide, what goes up doesn’t come down. It stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years after plumes of pollution have been released from tailpipes and power plants, trapping heat and warming the planet. That’s why some scientists are increasingly looking at global warming as a waste disposal problem. They say that think… Read More

The Surprising Link Between Tapirs and Climate Change

The Surprising Link Between Tapirs and Climate Change

Esteban Brenes-Mora has been obsessed with tapirs — large, pig-like jungle dwellers — for as long as he can remember. It started with a sticker book his grandfather gave him as a child, and continued through zoo visits and into his university studies. “I’ve always been passionate about tapirs,” he says. “When I studied biology I was aiming for… Read More

Obama Administration Unveils Vision for Offshore Wind

Obama Administration Unveils Vision for Offshore Wind

The federal government on Friday unveiled its vision for wind farms off of nearly every U.S. coastline by 2050, in an effort to generate 86 gigawatts of electricity from offshore wind — enough zero-carbon power for more than 23 million homes. The National Offshore Wind Strategy, part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, calls for … Read More

Here’s What China, U.S. Just Committed to on Climate

Here’s What China, U.S. Just Committed to on Climate

The leaders of the U.S. and China committed their nations to the fight against global warming on Saturday when they handed arcane but momentous documents to the United Nation’s top official. The documents stated that the U.S. and China are ready to join a new global warming pact, putting it on course to potentially become international law before … Read More

Federal Rule Set to Speed Renewables on Public Lands

Federal Rule Set to Speed Renewables on Public Lands

More wind turbines and solar power plants could be coming to vast tracts of public lands in the West after the Obama administration finalizes a new rule this fall aiming to streamline how federal lands can be developed for renewable energy. But the rule, hailed by environmental groups and the Obama administration as way to fast-track zero-carbon… Read More

Natural Gas Emissions to Surpass Those of Coal in 2016

Natural Gas Emissions to Surpass Those of Coal in 2016

The U.S. is expected to reach a major carbon emissions milestone this year: For the first time, carbon dioxide emissions from burning natural gas for electricity in the U.S. are set to surpass those from burning coal — the globe’s chief climate polluter. Emissions from burning natural gas are expected to be 10 percent greater than those from coal … Read More

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