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Good News, Bad News from New EIA Emissions Analysis

Good News, Bad News from New EIA Emissions Analysis

There was good news and bad to be mined from a state-by-state analysis of carbon emissions over a decade, which was released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Overall, the EIA reported that between 2000 and 2010, 38 states saw an overall drop in their annual energy-related carbon emissions, but between 2009 and 2010, … Read More

Amid Rapid Arctic Warming, U.S. Releases New Strategy

Amid Rapid Arctic Warming, U.S. Releases New Strategy

With ministers from the eight Arctic states meeting this week in Kiruna, Sweden, for the 2013 ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council, the Obama administration has laid out a broad new U.S. Arctic policy that sets strategic goals for how the U.S. will cope with a rapidly changing Arctic region.… Read More

Tinderbox-Dry Western U.S. at High Risk of Major Wildfires

Tinderbox-Dry Western U.S. at High Risk of Major Wildfires

The anticipated escalation in U.S. wildfire activity comes after the slowest start to wildfires in at least 10 years, according to Jeremy Sullens, a forecaster at NIFC. As of May 3, the country had seen 13,150 wildfires, which have burned about 153,000 acres. Due to a combination of drought and record heat, 2012 saw one of the most destructive wild… Read More

China ‘Moving to Lead on Climate Change,’ Says Report

China ‘Moving to Lead on Climate Change,’ Says Report

Both China and the U.S., the world’s two principal emitters of greenhouse gases, have been making significant recent progress on tackling climate change, a report by an influential Australian advisory group says. Its report, The Critical Decade: Global Action Building on Climate Change, has particular praise for China, saying its efforts “demonstra… Read More

Warming Temps Cause Trees to Limit Warming—a Little

Warming Temps Cause Trees to Limit Warming—a Little

Trees may provide the Earth with a little shade from global warming – indirectly. European and Canadian researchers report that they have found what engineers like to call a negative feedback loop above the forests of Europe and North America. It works like this. Trees – those natural chemical factories that routinely deliver complex aromatic compo… Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of This Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of This Week’s Top Climate News

Tracking wildfires, measuring hurricanes and how this wacky weather is effecting the U.S. … Read More

Carbon Dioxide Passes 400 PPM Milestone, NOAA Finds

Carbon Dioxide Passes 400 PPM Milestone, NOAA Finds

Climate scientists recognize this 400 ppm mark as a symbolic milestone, illustrating the rapid increase of human-caused CO2 emissions over the past century. Numerous other climate data, gleaned from ice cores, ocean sediment, and other sources show that this is the highest CO2 concentration in the air in all of modern human history, possibly as far… Read More

In Parched Southwest, Anxious Wait for Summer Rains

In Parched Southwest, Anxious Wait for Summer Rains

However, if the past two summer monsoon seasons are any guide to what’s ahead, meaningful drought relief may be wishful thinking. “Another dry monsoon could be devastating,” said Victor Murphy, a climate services program manager with the National Weather Service.… Read More