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Drought May Stunt Forests’ Ability to Capture Carbon

Drought May Stunt Forests’ Ability to Capture Carbon

Forests are sometimes called the lungs of the earth — they breathe in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and store it in tree trunks until the forest dies or burns. A new study, however, shows that forests devastated by drought may lose their ability to store carbon over a much longer period than previously thought, reducing their role as a buffer … Read More

U.S. Private Sector Vows To Ante Up On Climate Finance

U.S. Private Sector Vows To Ante Up On Climate Finance

Some of the biggest U.S. corporate names on Monday offered their support - and billions of dollars in green financing pledges - to buttress the Obama administration's quest for a global agreement on combating climate change. Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs and 10 other well-known companies joined the White House in launching the American Business Act… Read More

New Grants Fund Research for Underseas Carbon Storage

New Grants Fund Research for Underseas Carbon Storage

As scientists seek ways to control greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change, the federal government is on a mission to prove whether rock formations deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean can be used to store and lock away human carbon dioxide emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy, which has been researching carbon dioxide storage for years … Read More

Recession Caused U.S. Emissions Drop, Study Says

Recession Caused U.S. Emissions Drop, Study Says

An ongoing move from coal to natural gas to generate electricity has been considered one of the primary reasons for a tumble in carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. between 2007 and 2012, but a new study has found that the falling emissions were more likely caused by an overall drop in consumption during the Great Recession. … Read More

Gap Seen Between Federal Climate Policy, Coal Leasing

Gap Seen Between Federal Climate Policy, Coal Leasing

At a time when climate scientists are warning with increasing urgency that many fossil fuel resources must be left in the ground, the federal government is leasing publicly-owned land and minerals for coal mining at an increasing rate, especially in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. It’s happening even as the White House finalizes the Clean Power Plan … Read More

States Cut Power Plant Emissions Ahead of New EPA Rule

States Cut Power Plant Emissions Ahead of New EPA Rule

Forty-two states are reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants on their own as they move toward using less coal and more natural gas to produce electricity. Between 2008 and 2013, those states reduced greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants by an average of 19 percent, according to a report published Tuesday.… Read More

Study: Warming Leads to Longer Flights, More Emissions

Study: Warming Leads to Longer Flights, More Emissions

Climate change is causing wind patterns to change over the Pacific Ocean, leading to longer commercial airline flight times and causing airplanes to burn more fuel and emit more greenhouse gases. Those are the conclusions of a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, showing that the … Read More

Here Are 10 Striking Images of Future Sea Levels

Here Are 10 Striking Images of Future Sea Levels

You may have heard that the world could be in for 20 feet of sea level rise if the past is any indication according to new research. And if you haven't heard, feel free to get caught up over here. We'll wait. That rise would vastly reshape coastlines around the world and endanger millions of people unless efforts are made to both reduce greenhouse … Read More

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How Much Precipitation is Needed to End the Drought? A striking look at how much precipitation the Southwest would need over the next month to end the drought.

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