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March Was Coldest in U.S. Since 2002

March Was Coldest in U.S. Since 2002

The East vs. West weather divide that was in place across the contiguous U.S. throughout the winter lingered into March, with the eastern portion of the country trending colder than normal and the western portion still warmer than normal. For the lower 48 as a whole, this March was the coldest on record since 2002 (though it ranks as only the… Read More

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally

March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average. The planet’s average March temperature was 57.9°F — 0.7°C (or 1.2°F) above the average temperature from 1951-1980 — behind only the… Read More

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Emissions of greenhouse gases grew at a faster rate over the decade from 2000 to 2010 than they did over the previous three decades, reaching the highest levels in human history, despite efforts to limit them, according to the last installment of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Sunday. This final… Read More

U.S. Drought Retreats 15 Percent in One Year

U.S. Drought Retreats 15 Percent in One Year

The area of the contiguous U.S. affected by drought has dropped nearly 13 percent over the last year, and the area of the Lower 48 under abnormally dry or drier conditions has dropped nearly 15 percent, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor.… Read More

Wind, Solar Energy Driving Electricity Storage Technology

Wind, Solar Energy Driving Electricity Storage Technology

Speaking at the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit in New York City on Wednesday, a panel of experts said renewables are driving the development of energy storage systems worldwide, but before they are able to catch on, they’ll have to overcome a public perception problem.… Read More

Utilities Disagree On How EPA Should Regulate Emissions

Utilities Disagree On How EPA Should Regulate Emissions

Speaking Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit in New York City, several representatives of the electric power industry and an environmental consultant said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s pending rules are injecting significant uncertainty into their ability to plan for the future, but they disputed the val… Read More

Mind the Fracking Data Gap, Study Says

Mind the Fracking Data Gap, Study Says

A new University of Texas-Austin analysis of natural gas drilling and fracking in urban areas near Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, not only illuminates that fracking knowledge gap, but blasts regulatory agencies at nearly every level of government for dismissing public concern about the health and environmental impacts of oil and gas development.… Read More

Warming Temperatures Could Dry Out One Third of Planet

Warming Temperatures Could Dry Out One Third of Planet

Warming temperatures, scientists say, can tip places into drought conditions by increasing evaporation and sapping soil of its moisture. A new study suggests up to a third of the Earth's land area could be subject to drier conditions because of warmer temperatures, not just changing precipitation patterns, by the end of the century. The study find… Read More