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U.S. GHG Emissions at Lowest Level in 20 Years

U.S. GHG Emissions at Lowest Level in 20 Years

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions declined 3.4 percent in 2012 from 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. Those emissions are down 10 percent from what they were in 2005, the EPA said. Most of the decline came from reductions in energy consumption, increased fuel efficiency of cars and other types of transportation, and a shift… Read More

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

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

A star-studded cast of Hollywood actors will for the first time "put a human face on climate change" in an ambitious new U.S. television series, the show's executive producer says. “Years of Living Dangerously” begins in the U.S. on the Showtime cable network at 10 pm on Sunday night. The first episode, which features Don Cheadle travelling to Tex… Read More

Cities Remain Indecisive on Incinerator Proposals

Cities Remain Indecisive on Incinerator Proposals

When a developer abruptly dropped plans for a waste-incineration plant in North Las Vegas, a few hundred residents fighting the plans saw victory – the end of a contentious, if short-lived, proposal. But for organizer Christie Linert it was only the beginning. The city's handling of the proposal left her concerned that her community, or others acr… Read More

6 Degrees: IPCC Warning, Blackouts, Ita and Drought

6 Degrees: IPCC Warning, Blackouts, Ita and Drought

IPCC warns about climate change, weather-related power outages, drought, Cyclone Ita and more.… Read More

Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003: Report

Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003: Report

Climate change is causing an increase in many types of extreme weather. Heat waves are hotter, heavy rain events are heavier, and winter storms have increased in both frequency and intensity. To date, these kinds of severe weather are among the leading causes of large-scale power outages in the United States. Climate change will increase the risk o… Read More

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Week after week, the drabs of good news have been as rare as the rain. And that won’t change anytime soon. California is in the midst of a crushing severe multi-year drought brought on by cumulative winters with a dearth of replenishing rains and snows and an ever-growing population. Climate patterns may be in the early stages of aligning to quench… Read More

6 Degrees: Arctic Ice, Drought, Fracking, Twisters & More

6 Degrees: Arctic Ice, Drought, Fracking, Twisters & More

Warming fuels drought, Arctic ice reaches max, twisters, fracking, renewables and the Corn Belt. … Read More