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Climate Change a ‘Contributing Factor’ in Syrian Conflict

Climate Change a ‘Contributing Factor’ in Syrian Conflict

Moist air comes flowing off the Mediterranean into Syria each winter, unleashing rains that transform the dull brown countryside into myriad hues of green. But in 2005, the rains never fully materialized, the first of five consecutive failed rainy seasons that sparked the worst drought in Syria’s history and directly preceded the country’s descent … Read More

Sunny Side East: Solar Takes Off in Eastern U.S.

Sunny Side East: Solar Takes Off in Eastern U.S.

North Carolina is leaping ahead of California for the amount of new utility-scale solar farms currently under development, as eastern U.S. utilities find ways to catch their own rays of sunshine, a new SNL Energy report released Wednesday shows … Read More

Here’s Where Ocean Acidification Will Hit the U.S. Hardest

Here’s Where Ocean Acidification Will Hit the U.S. Hardest

U.S. coastal communities better start preparing for ocean acidification now, especially if we want scallops, oysters and other shellfish to keep appearing on our dinnerplates. That’s the message of a new study that shows that shellfisheries across the U.S. are more vulnerable to climate change’s less considered counterpart than previously thought … Read More

Ocean Acidification, Now Watchable in Real Time

Ocean Acidification, Now Watchable in Real Time

The depressing task of monitoring ocean acidification just got a little easier. A collection of scientists from Europe, the U.S. and India have developed a technique that could provide the first global and nearly real-time assessment of our rapidly acidifying seas.… Read More

Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband Sign Joint Climate Pledge

Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband Sign Joint Climate Pledge

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have signed a joint pledge to tackle climate change, which they say will protect the UK’s national security and economic prosperity. The agreement of the three party leaders is highly unusual and comes amid a general election campaign that is becoming increasingly bitter. The prime minister, deputy prime … Read More

Can Grains of the Past Help Us Weather Future Storms?

Can Grains of the Past Help Us Weather Future Storms?

In May 2009, Cyclone Aila wreaked havoc in eastern India. Clocking in at speeds of over 120 kilometers per hour, Aila hit the Sundarbans, the largest continuous block of mangrove forest in the world, located in the Ganga-Brahmaputra tidal delta on the Bay of Bengal. The storm killed hundreds of people and livestock, damaged close to a million… Read More

Climate Talks Draw Praise, Herald Hard Slog Ahead

Climate Talks Draw Praise, Herald Hard Slog Ahead

Something strange pervaded low-level United Nations climate negotiations this week in Switzerland: Smiles. Throughout the week, many rejoiced in a novel all-inclusive approach taken by the newly elected chairmen guiding the negotiations. By the end of the six days of meetings, though, the dawdling and protracted nature of the talks had turned a nu… Read More

Climate, Satellite Gaps are Risky Business for Feds

Climate, Satellite Gaps are Risky Business for Feds

In 2014, the federal government set aside $3.5 trillion in outlays for myriad programs. That’s a huge chunk of change exposed to a lot of risks, and according to a new report, two of the biggest threats are the impacts climate change and a looming weather satellite gap. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its biennial High Risk rep… Read More