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Key Program in Doubt as California Climate Bill Approved

Key Program in Doubt as California Climate Bill Approved

California lawmakers cast key votes Tuesday for ambitious climate pollution reduction goals after 2020 — shortly before learning that an auction held under a program designed to help achieve those goals had flopped, hinting at major challenges ahead. The state Assembly voted 47-29 to approve SB32. The bill would require the state government to … Read More

In Streak of Extreme Storms, What’s the Role of Warming?

In Streak of Extreme Storms, What’s the Role of Warming?

The staggering rains that swamped some 60,000 houses in southern Louisiana and shattered the previous state rain record are the latest — and perhaps most remarkable — in a string of jaw-dropping rain events across the U.S. over the past year. From South Carolina to Houston to West Virginia and Ellicott City, Md., each instance of extreme rainfall a… Read More

After Scorching Heat, Earth Likely to Get Respite in 2017

After Scorching Heat, Earth Likely to Get Respite in 2017

The Earth is likely to get relief in 2017 from record scorching temperatures that bolstered governments' resolve last year in reaching a deal to combat climate change, scientists said on Wednesday. July was the hottest single month since records began in the 19th century, driven by greenhouse gases and an El Niño event warming the Pacific. And… Read More

With Warming, Western Fires May Sicken More People

With Warming, Western Fires May Sicken More People

Shrouded by smoke from a fire in California’s parched San Bernardino Mountains, schools in the Victor Valley closed their doors last week. The Pilot Fire was contained on Monday — shortly before the Blue Cut Fire broke out, billowing soot and ash over the valley afresh, forcing further closures. “This is a pretty unprecedented situation,” said … Read More

Biomass Power Slumps as EPA, Industry Spar on Science

Biomass Power Slumps as EPA, Industry Spar on Science

With the biomass power industry in financial tumult, its leaders are pinning hopes for revival on Congress’s potential willingness to interfere with climate science. The legislative language, introduced by some Republicans in the House and Senate and by a Democrat-aligned independent Senator, varies slightly. But it all requires that most wood… Read More

Stagnant Air on the Rise, Upping Ozone Risk

Stagnant Air on the Rise, Upping Ozone Risk

Summers in the U.S. bring more than just searing, dangerously hot days. When the air is stagnant and there is little air circulation, hot weather can trigger high levels of air pollution that can have health consequences for millions of Americans. With stagnant air now occurring more frequently in much of the country, and projected to continue incr… Read More

Legal Doubts Over California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

Legal Doubts Over California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

The opinion of lawyers working for California’s lawmakers became clear in the spring. Without new laws, the state’s prominent cap-and-trade program would be dead after 2020. Such a legal reality could put an end to the pollution reduction program, and with it billions in anticipated revenues and some the Golden State’s vaunted global leadership on… Read More

As Earth Swelters, Global Warming Target in Danger

As Earth Swelters, Global Warming Target in Danger

The Earth is so hot this year that a limit for global warming agreed by world leaders at a climate summit in Paris just a few months ago is in danger of being breached. In December, almost 200 nations agreed a radical shift away from fossil fuels with a goal of limiting a rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 … Read More

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The Russian Heat Wave of 2010: Summer Temperatures Probability function of June, July and August average temperature anomalies in Moscow, Russia.

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