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Doha Climate Talks: What to Expect

Doha Climate Talks: What to Expect

Doha has a special place in the history of diplomacy. Talks started there in 2001 under the World Trade Organisation, aimed at solving trade barriers that penalise the poor. The Doha round dragged on to 2008 without conclusion and is now in limbo. Doha is a byword for stalemate and failure. So when the United Nations chose the Qatari capital as the… Read More

Doha Talks: EU Weakened Over New Emissions Targets

Doha Talks: EU Weakened Over New Emissions Targets

The European Union will enter crucial global climate talks that begin next week with a weakened bargaining position because it has already met its targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions eight years ahead of time and has no plans to put more ambitious cuts on the table.… Read More

Ben Strauss on Rising Seas & the Fate of New York on PBS

Ben Strauss on Rising Seas & the Fate of New York on PBS

As NYC residents rebound from Hurricane Sandy, many anticipate future disasters and how the city will cope with rising seas.… Read More

NOAA Seeks Public Input On Looming Satellite Gap

NOAA Seeks Public Input On Looming Satellite Gap

The next-generation of polar orbiting satellites, known as the Joint Polar Satellite System, or JPSS, has been delayed by mismanagement, billions in cost overruns, and technical development challenges. This has pushed back the launch date of the next polar orbiting satellite to 2017 at the earliest, which is past the design lifetime of the youngest… Read More

Winter Outlook Offers Hope For U.S. Skiers & Boarders

Winter Outlook Offers Hope For U.S. Skiers & Boarders

There are many reasons why this winter is likely to play out differently than last year, chief among them being the conditions in the equatorial tropical Pacific Ocean. Last year there was a strong La Niña event, with much below average sea surface temperatures in this region.… Read More

2012 May Rank As 2nd Most Disastrous Year Since 1980

2012 May Rank As 2nd Most Disastrous Year Since 1980

Disaster loss data can reflect the frequency and/or intensity of extreme weather and climate events, but socioeconomic factors, such as population growth and coastal development, for example, also influence the data.… Read More

Sandy Brings Flurry of Attention to Climate Change

Sandy Brings Flurry of Attention to Climate Change

Finally, columnists, bloggers and politicians have not missed this sudden flurry of attention paid to climate change, after the subject was completely ignored during all three of the presidential debates. Here are a few noteworthy news stories, blog posts and op-eds that attempt to place climate change in the context of the national discussion. … Read More

‘Virtual Water’ - A New Way to Look at Climate Impacts

‘Virtual Water’ - A New Way to Look at Climate Impacts

While international trade results in carbon emissions thanks to the fossil fuels burned by planes, trucks and ships, a Princeton University research team has found that world trade could also mean more efficient water use as a side benefit. And since water is a key resource in the production of climate-friendly energy sources, including … Read More