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Africa’s Energy ‘Can Drive its Growth,’ Say Researchers

Africa’s Energy ‘Can Drive its Growth,’ Say Researchers

Africa can go a long way towards lifting itself out of poverty and ending its chronic shortage of energy by using its own resources, a report says. The report, entitled Powering Africa through Feed-in Tariffs – advancing renewable energies to meet the continent’s electricity needs, says renewable energy feed-in tariff policies (REFiTs) can unlock r… Read More

Coal Burning Exacts A Lethal Price, Says Study

Coal Burning Exacts A Lethal Price, Says Study

Campaigners are urging a halt to the building of coal plants and an end to the burning of coal throughout the European Union by 2040. They say this is needed both to ensure better public health, and to help to lessen the damage from climate change. Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is blamed for causing thousands of premature deaths and … Read More

Environmental Threats Could Push Billions into Poverty

Environmental Threats Could Push Billions into Poverty

The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday. The 2013 Human Development Report hails better than expected progress on health, wealth and education in dozens of developing countries but says inaction on… Read More

Recent Storms Highlight Flaws In Top U.S. Weather Model

Recent Storms Highlight Flaws In Top U.S. Weather Model

The emerging “modeling gap” could erode the accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts and also cause greater economic losses from weather events. A 2011 study found that routine weather variability alone affects the American economy to the tune of approximately $485 billion each year, not including the billions that are lost when major storms strike.… Read More

Rules Needed for Geoengineering Research, Experts Say

Rules Needed for Geoengineering Research, Experts Say

With no clear rules to guide new research, scientists are shying away from examining whether geoengineering technologies can effectively cool the planet, and at what cost. That’s the warning put forth by a pair of climate change experts in an essay published Thursday in the journal Science, which argues that the global geoengineering debate is in… Read More

Senate Bill Would Boost Funding for Weather Satellites

Senate Bill Would Boost Funding for Weather Satellites

Key weather and climate satellites would get a boost under a new Senate spending proposal. The $984 billion measure, which Senate Appropriations Committee leaders introduced late Monday, would fund the federal government from March 27 until Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The bill would increase the National Oceanic and… Read More

D.C. Snow No-Show A Lesson in Forecasting Uncertainty

D.C. Snow No-Show A Lesson in Forecasting Uncertainty

The storm known to many as “Snowquester” appeared for a time like it would be one of modern meteorology’s shining moments, in which early warnings saved the government and millions of people time, money, and exposure to dangerous weather conditions. Instead, it turned into every weather forecaster’s worst nightmare — a bust of a forecast for a heav… Read More

Concern Over Climate Change Grows, Poll Finds

Concern Over Climate Change Grows, Poll Finds

The percentage of Americans who are concerned about climate change and motivated to do something about it increased to 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to a new poll. That is a jump of six percentage point over two years, which occurred as the percentage of Americans who are skeptical of climate change or doubt that it was have… Read More