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The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

Climate change takes center stage this week when it comes to storms, air travel and the U.N.… Read More

Report Ties Climate to Extreme Events, But Shows Hurdles

Report Ties Climate to Extreme Events, But Shows Hurdles

Climate scientists examining a dozen extreme weather events from 2012 found that manmade global warming likely contributed to at least half of them, including a record-breaking deadly heat wave in the U.S. The international report released on Thursday offers a demonstration of the new capabilities that scientists are developing in an emerging, comp… Read More

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, a new study points to the rapidly escalating risk of Sandy-magnitude flooding events in the New York City area due to global sea level rise. The study, published Thursday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, found that sea level rise during the 1950 to 2012 period has alr… Read More

Scientists Call for Overhaul of U.N. Climate Reports

Scientists Call for Overhaul of U.N. Climate Reports

The reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are compiled by hundreds of scientists and are considered the definitive assessment of global climate risks, with the next big report due to be released in Stockholm this month.… Read More

Flights in the Pacific Fingered as a Big Climate Culprit

Flights in the Pacific Fingered as a Big Climate Culprit

The new findings come at a time when the aviation industry, which has the fastest-growing emissions within the transportation sector, is considering regulatory proposals to slow and eventually reduce its global warming footprint. The European Commission has projected that by 2020, despite gains in fuel efficiency, global international aviation emis… Read More

Carbon Storage Studies Grapple with Politics, Geology

Carbon Storage Studies Grapple with Politics, Geology

The DOE's goal is bigger than just locating the underground rock formations that may have potential for storing carbon dioxide and learning how much carbon dioxide they can hold. The agency wants to prove that 99 percent of carbon dioxide injected underground will stay there permanently because there's wide concern that carbon dioxide stored beneat… Read More

Rising Levels of Acids in Seas May Endanger Marine Life

Rising Levels of Acids in Seas May Endanger Marine Life

Rapidly rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are causing a potential catastrophe in our oceans as they become more acidic, scientists have warned. Hans Poertner, professor of marine biology at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, and co-author of a new study of the phenomenon, told the Guardian: "The current rate of change is likely… Read More

Fukushima’s Radioactive Legacy is Just Beginning

Fukushima’s Radioactive Legacy is Just Beginning

The discovery at the plant of a leak of radioactive caesium eight times more dangerous than the levels immediately after the Fukushima accident in March 2011 has aroused international concern that Japan is incapable of containing the aftermath of the accident. A Chinese statement expressed shock at the news and urged Japan to be more open about… Read More