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Staggered Turbines Harness the Most Wind Power

Staggered Turbines Harness the Most Wind Power

U.S. scientists have worked out how to get 33 percent more power from an offshore wind farm – stagger the turbines rather than line them up in neat, orderly rows. Cristina Archer of the University of Delaware and colleagues report in Geophysical Research Letters that they started with a real, working offshore wind farm – Lillgrund in Sweden – and … Read More

Six Degrees: CO2, Earthquakes and a Super Typhoon

Six Degrees: CO2, Earthquakes and a Super Typhoon

We explore record high gas emissions, earthquakes, Super Tyhpoon damage and more. … Read More

Images Show Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction

Images Show Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction

Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on Friday, and left behind widespread power outages, tattered buildings, and displaced people on a number of the islands that make up the country. The provinces of Leyte, Bohol, and Cebu, and Samar were among some of the hardest hit by the storm’s fury. Satellite showed that Haiyan, known in th… Read More

Geoengineering Could Reduce Critical Global Rainfall

Geoengineering Could Reduce Critical Global Rainfall

Climate researcher John Fasullo, one of the authors of the study, said geoengineering options present a “Pick your poison” dilemma. “Climate change is one ill, but geoengineering contains its own downsides as well.” The study focuses on one geoengineering proposal that has gained traction among geoengineering proponents and some policymakers looki… Read More

Green Climate Fund Can Power Poor Countries

Green Climate Fund Can Power Poor Countries

A vast program of financing solar, wind and other renewable electricity technologies for developing countries using the UN’s new Green Climate Fund is proposed this week. The Fund is currently being set up by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to “provide support to developing countries to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emis… Read More

Ocean Deteriorating More Rapidly Than Thought

Ocean Deteriorating More Rapidly Than Thought

Marine scientists say the state of the world’s oceans is deteriorating more rapidly than anyone had realized, and is worse than that described in last month’s UN climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They say the rate, speed and impacts of ocean change are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought – and… Read More

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rate Puts Billion More at Risk

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rate Puts Billion More at Risk

Allowing the Earth’s temperature to rise by more than 2ºC will see dramatic changes in vegetation across the planet and expose a billion more people to severe water scarcity, according to new research. So vast are the potential changes that the scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany comment that they dou… Read More

Government Shutdown Impacts Obama’s Climate Agenda

Government Shutdown Impacts Obama’s Climate Agenda

About 94 percent of the employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been sent on leave of absence as part of the U.S. government shutdown. Nearly all of the agency's 16,205 employees across the country, with oversight of air quality, industrial waste, water and sewage treatment plants, have powered down their computers, updated thei… Read More