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Energy, Water, Land Intertwined & Threatened, Says Report

Energy, Water, Land Intertwined & Threatened, Says Report

Water resources, energy and land use are so mutually dependent that climate-related disruptions to any one of them could lead to economically devastating ripple effects — especially as a growing population puts increasing strains on all three. That’s one conclusion of a recent report issued by a federal advisory committee charged with assessing how… Read More

Black Carbon Second Only to CO2 in Heating the Planet

Black Carbon Second Only to CO2 in Heating the Planet

No discussion of climate change can get very far without focusing on greenhouse gases — pollutants including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides and more, which are trapping heat and driving the planet’s temperature upward. But according to a report published Tuesday in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, the second most … Read More

Obama ‘Seriously Considering’ Hosting Climate Summit

Obama ‘Seriously Considering’ Hosting Climate Summit

Barack Obama may intervene directly on climate change by hosting a summit at the White House early in his second term, environmental groups say. They say the White House has given encouraging signals to a proposal for Obama to use the broad-based and bipartisan summit to launch a national climate action strategy. "What we talked about with the … Read More

On ABC, Heidi Cullen Talks Climate & 2012 Extremes

On ABC, Heidi Cullen Talks Climate & 2012 Extremes

Heidi Cullen, Climate Central's chief climatologist, spoke with reporter Dan Harris of ABC News about the finding that 2012 was the warmest year on record in the contiguous U.S. The news segment also focused on the many extreme weather events of 2012, and the role that manmade global warming may have played.… Read More

Blackouts Illuminate the Bright Side of Rooftop Solar

Blackouts Illuminate the Bright Side of Rooftop Solar

As more than 8 million people huddled around candles or sadly dumped their spoiled food during the power outages spawned by Superstorm Sandy, several friends who know my interest in renewable energy asked me very seriously about whether they should run out and put solar panels on their rooftops. During a disaster like Sandy, they wondered, could a … Read More

Top 5 Weather & Climate Challenges Facing White House

Top 5 Weather & Climate Challenges Facing White House

How the Obama administration handles these issues, and more, will help determine how resilient the U.S. will become in the face of weather and climate extremes, two of which – the summer-long drought, and Hurricane Sandy – were center stage in 2012. Some of these kinds of events are already becoming more frequent and severe due in part to global wa… Read More

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 Conference Negotiator: Carbon Cuts Talks Must Wait

Doha Conference Negotiator: Carbon Cuts Talks Must Wait

The debate on whether the world needs stronger greenhouse gas cuts to keep the planet from warming by 2C should be deferred until next year, according to Brazil's lead negotiator at the upcoming talks in Doha, which begin Nov. 26 and run until Dec. 7, 2012. Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo says delegates at Qatar – the most important climate neg… Read More