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Dams May Provide Resilience to Climate Change

Dams May Provide Resilience to Climate Change

It’s official: Last year was Australia’s hottest on record. As temperatures go up Down Under, so do concerns about how to keep rivers cool in a warming world. Ironically, the soundest solution could mean tapping into what has long been considered a pollutant. Until recently, scientists only studied how cold water releases from dams can send a therm… Read More

Uncertainty a Big Hurdle in Colorado Climate Planning

Uncertainty a Big Hurdle in Colorado Climate Planning

Progress in Colorado's climate change adaptation planning is hampered by uncertainty in how climate change will affect the state even as the its recent disasters serve as a reminder of how vulnerable Colorado is to climate change.… Read More

Obama’s State of the Union Climate Mention Fits Pattern

Obama’s State of the Union Climate Mention Fits Pattern

“Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth,” Obama said. “But we have to act with more urgency — because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.”… Read More

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

Europe will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, the toughest climate change target of any region in the world, and will produce 27 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the same date. The landmark deal was reached after grinding negotiations dragged on to the deadline of 11:00 am on … Read More

Calif. Drought Spurs Some Cities—Not All—to Conserve

Calif. Drought Spurs Some Cities—Not All—to Conserve

Californians are hoping big rains will relieve the drought emergency declared in the state last week. It could be in the form of a miracle March rainstorm, or a sudden drastic shift in the weather pattern that is keeping the winter rains away. The state is drying up quickly, but cities across the state are responding to the drought in a variety of … Read More

Trains Will Still Move Oil Despite Wrecks, Keystone XL

Trains Will Still Move Oil Despite Wrecks, Keystone XL

Each of these disasters, most recently the viral images of the fiery mushroom cloud rising above the wrecked BNSF Railway train in Casselton carrying North Dakota Bakken shale crude, is likely to symbolize the risks associated with fracking, producing and transporting crude oil in the U.S. and Canada.… Read More

Wind Power Tops Spain’s Electricity Source in 2013

Wind Power Tops Spain’s Electricity Source in 2013

Remarkable new figures from Spain's grid operator have revealed that greenhouse gas emissions from the country's power sector are likely to have fallen 23.1 percent last year, as power generation from wind farms and hydroelectric plants soared. Red Eléctrica de España (REE) released a preliminary report on the country's power system late last month… Read More

Six Degrees: Frigid U.S., Hot Australia and 2013 Fireworks

Six Degrees: Frigid U.S., Hot Australia and 2013 Fireworks

Our six top climate stories of the week packaged into one great slideshow for easy reading.… Read More