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Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

The Great Barrier Reef will suffer “irreversible” damage by 2030 unless radical action is taken to lower carbon emissions, a stark new report has warned. Unless temperatures are kept below the internationally agreed limit of 2°C warming on pre-industrial levels, the reef will cease to be a coral-dominated ecosystem, the report warns. Coral bleachi… Read More

Flurry of Coal Power Plant Shutdowns Expected by 2016

Flurry of Coal Power Plant Shutdowns Expected by 2016

New emissions regulations and low natural gas prices, partly because of the fracking boom throughout the U.S., are putting pressure on utilities to shut down coal-fired power plants and open new ones that burn natural gas. With new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards limiting mercury, acid gases and toxic metals from coal-fired… Read More

‘This Week’ Zeroes in on Climate & Climate Central’s Cullen

‘This Week’ Zeroes in on Climate & Climate Central’s Cullen

With the East Coast under a seeming barrage of ice and snow this winter and parts of the West facing record drought, Climate Central's Heidi Cullen was front and center on "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos talking about climate change and extreme weather. Cullen was joined by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, AB… Read More

6 Degrees: El Niño Alarms, Gas Leaks, White Roofs & More

6 Degrees: El Niño Alarms, Gas Leaks, White Roofs & More

El Niño warnings, more wintery weather, the lowdown on white roofs & more in this week's top climate news.… Read More

White Roofs May Partially Offset Summer Warming by 2100

White Roofs May Partially Offset Summer Warming by 2100

Painting building roofs white could cool some major cities baking in the intensifying heat of a changing climate. How much benefits white roofs could bring depend on the region of the country they’re installed in and the season, new research shows. Keeping cities cool in the summer is becoming increasingly important as more people move to urban ar… Read More

Winter Olympics Inadvertently Adapting to Climate Change

Winter Olympics Inadvertently Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change became an official Winter Olympic issue in 1998 in the wake of the Nagano Games. The four subsequent host cities, including Sochi, have made strides to address climate change and reduce or offset their greenhouse gas emissions. However, the Games and the athletes that participate in them have been unwittingly preparing for climate ch… Read More

Adapting to Sea Level Rise Could Save Trillions by 2100

Adapting to Sea Level Rise Could Save Trillions by 2100

Floods already pose major problems for coastal communities each year. Those issues are only likely to grow as oceans continue to rise, threatening millions of people and trillions of dollars in infrastructure. But new research suggests that building levees could stave off huge losses at a minimal cost. Coasts are home to more than 1 billion people… Read More

6 Degrees: Sunsets, Cows, Obama and More

6 Degrees: Sunsets, Cows, Obama and More

Six hot climate stories you may have missed this week. … Read More