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Forecast Dims for Future Growth in Wind Power

Forecast Dims for Future Growth in Wind Power

Despite a recent report trumpeting a record year for wind power in 2012, the numbers are not as encouraging as they seem. Because even though total wind power capacity grew by 30 percent last year, with 13,000 megawatts in new wind turbines, the actual portion of our electricity coming from wind energy did not increase proportionally. Also, the … Read More

Volcanic Eruptions May be Masking ‘Lost’ Warming

Volcanic Eruptions May be Masking ‘Lost’ Warming

Climate scientists think they may have found at least part of the answer to a conundrum which has been puzzling them recently — why the atmosphere has not warmed as much as expected over the last decade or so. A team led by the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) thinks the reason may be emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), a known … Read More

New Study: ‘World Can End Poverty and Limit Warming’

New Study: ‘World Can End Poverty and Limit Warming’

Eradicating poverty by making modern energy supplies available to everyone is not only compatible with measures to slow climate change, a new study says. It is a necessary condition for it. But the authors say the plan to provide sustainable energy worldwide will not by itself be enough to keep the global average temperature rise below the widely… Read More

Wet Times Are Masking New York’s Real Drought Risk

Wet Times Are Masking New York’s Real Drought Risk

The last several decades have been the wettest in about the past five centuries for the watershed serving the bustling metropolis of New York City, according to a new study. This wet period is deceiving, because it is masking the city's real drought history and may be lulling water managers into a sense of complacency, which could come back to hurt… Read More

Solar Forecasts Could Help Electric Utilities and Climate

Solar Forecasts Could Help Electric Utilities and Climate

It’s even more important to electric utilities that want to tap into solar power as a non-polluting, climate-friendly alternative to the coal- or gas-fired power plants that spew heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to warm the globe. Solar is certainly better for the climate, but as Drobot explained, it can also be risky to count on.… Read More

Climate-Friendly Rice: End of the Paddy Field?

Climate-Friendly Rice: End of the Paddy Field?

hanging the way rice is grown, from planting it in flooded paddy fields to drier soil cultivation, is dramatically increasing yields and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The results of trials in eleven countries show that yields increased by an average of 60%, although they varied sharply between states, from an 11% increase to 220%. A paper … Read More

With Keystone In Limbo, Alberta Launches Carbon Contest

With Keystone In Limbo, Alberta Launches Carbon Contest

Best known as the home to Canada's oil sands and Keystone pipeline, Alberta is calling for climate change solutions.… Read More

Halve Meat Consumption, Scientists Urge Rich World

Halve Meat Consumption, Scientists Urge Rich World

People in the rich world should become "demitarians" – eating half as much meat as usual, while stopping short of giving it up – in order to avoid severe environmental damage, scientists have urged, in the clearest picture yet of how farming practices are destroying the natural world. They said the horsemeat scandal had uncovered the dark side of … Read More