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Looming Warming Spurt Could Reshape Climate Debate

Looming Warming Spurt Could Reshape Climate Debate

Humanity is about to experience a historically unprecedented spike in temperatures. That’s the ominous conclusion of a vast and growing body of research that links sweeping Pacific Ocean cycles with rates of warming at the planet’s surface. Papers in two leading journals this week reaffirmed that the warming effects of a substantial chunk of our g… Read More

Sunny Side East: Solar Takes Off in Eastern U.S.

Sunny Side East: Solar Takes Off in Eastern U.S.

North Carolina is leaping ahead of California for the amount of new utility-scale solar farms currently under development, as eastern U.S. utilities find ways to catch their own rays of sunshine, a new SNL Energy report released Wednesday shows … Read More

Utilities May Get a Break from EPA on Cutting CO2

Utilities May Get a Break from EPA on Cutting CO2

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy hinted this week that the EPA is not only listening, but is also considering allowing utilities to take more time to cut their CO2 more gradually. The change, allowing the cuts over the next 15 years instead of requiring most of them in the next five.… Read More

California Water Becomes Scarce and Energy Hungry

California Water Becomes Scarce and Energy Hungry

With California in the throes of one of the worst droughts of the past century, researchers say slashing the energy requirements of supplying water to cities and farmers will become critical as long-term droughts become a greater possibility.… Read More

Ocean Acidification, Now Watchable in Real Time

Ocean Acidification, Now Watchable in Real Time

The depressing task of monitoring ocean acidification just got a little easier. A collection of scientists from Europe, the U.S. and India have developed a technique that could provide the first global and nearly real-time assessment of our rapidly acidifying seas.… Read More

Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband Sign Joint Climate Pledge

Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband Sign Joint Climate Pledge

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have signed a joint pledge to tackle climate change, which they say will protect the UK’s national security and economic prosperity. The agreement of the three party leaders is highly unusual and comes amid a general election campaign that is becoming increasingly bitter. The prime minister, deputy prime … Read More

Can Grains of the Past Help Us Weather Future Storms?

Can Grains of the Past Help Us Weather Future Storms?

In May 2009, Cyclone Aila wreaked havoc in eastern India. Clocking in at speeds of over 120 kilometers per hour, Aila hit the Sundarbans, the largest continuous block of mangrove forest in the world, located in the Ganga-Brahmaputra tidal delta on the Bay of Bengal. The storm killed hundreds of people and livestock, damaged close to a million… Read More

Climate Talks Draw Praise, Herald Hard Slog Ahead

Climate Talks Draw Praise, Herald Hard Slog Ahead

Something strange pervaded low-level United Nations climate negotiations this week in Switzerland: Smiles. Throughout the week, many rejoiced in a novel all-inclusive approach taken by the newly elected chairmen guiding the negotiations. By the end of the six days of meetings, though, the dawdling and protracted nature of the talks had turned a nu… Read More