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Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Australia must drastically increase its emissions reduction target to 40 percent by 2020 to avoid “almost unimaginable social, economic and ecological consequences” from climate change, a new book penned by leading scientists and economists, including Ross Garnaut, has warned. The book, “Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World,” se… Read More

Windstorm Xaver Hits Europe With Massive Storm Surge

Windstorm Xaver Hits Europe With Massive Storm Surge

The storm, which has been named Windstorm Xaver, has already brought a storm surge of at least 9 feet to locations along the eastern shore of Great Britain. In response, the government has issued nearly 30 “severe flood warnings” — the highest alert category — along with hundreds of other flood advisories, and has t… Read More

Gradual Climate Changes Could Cause Sudden Impacts

Gradual Climate Changes Could Cause Sudden Impacts

Abrupt shifts in the climate have already begun, with more possible by the end of this century according to a report released Tuesday by the National Research Council. At the same time, even gradual changes to the climate could reach tipping points, leading to more unforeseen impacts. The report recommends creating an early warning system, instead … Read More

Scientists Warn That Warming ‘Will be Hard to Reverse’

Scientists Warn That Warming ‘Will be Hard to Reverse’

the present lukewarm plans to limit climate change may involve too little action, applied too late. Thomas Frölicher of ETH-Zurich and colleagues from Princeton report in Nature Climate Change that they tried to model the long-term planetary adjustment after carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning stopped altogether. They simulated a pl… Read More

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Federal and state disaster relief payouts last year alone are estimated to have cost every person in the U.S. more than $300. Yet according to a new report by Ceres, Inaction on climate change: the cost to taxpayers, the U.S. administration, its agencies and state bodies are still not facing up to the grave financial implications of a warming world… Read More

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

This week's six top stories cover a warming trend, sea level rise, coal power, fracking and more. … Read More

Sea Level Experts Concerned About ‘High-End’ Scenarios

Sea Level Experts Concerned About ‘High-End’ Scenarios

This type of study peels back the curtain on sea level specialists, allowing the public to see their views and giving policy makers the chance to assess various risk management approaches, the study said. The study’s projections overlap, but are generally higher than, the most recent report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (… Read More

2013 On Track to be Seventh Warmest Year Since 1850

2013 On Track to be Seventh Warmest Year Since 1850

The WMO report, which was released in Warsaw, Poland, where diplomats are meeting to forge a path forward toward a new global climate treaty in 2015, found that temperatures in 2013 are about the same as the average annual temperature during 2001-2010, which was the warmest decade on record.… Read More