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New Method Could Provide Heat Wave Early Warnings

New Method Could Provide Heat Wave Early Warnings

The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday, shows that long-lasting, intense heat waves in the U.S. - which are becoming more common and severe due to manmade global warming - tend to be preceded by a particular jet stream configuration. By looking for these patterns, weather forecasters could improve their chances of accuratel… Read More

Amazon Rainforest is ‘at Higher Risk of Tree Loss’

Amazon Rainforest is ‘at Higher Risk of Tree Loss’

Researchers say the southern part of the Amazon rainforest is at a far higher risk of dieback than the models used in the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The research team, led by Professor Rong Fu of the University of Texas, say that this is because the forest is drying out much quicker than projected. … Read More

Wildfires & Pollution, the Ozone Hole, Big Oil and More

Wildfires & Pollution, the Ozone Hole, Big Oil and More

This week’s top stories tackle pollution, large oil companies, the ozone hole and so much more. … Read More

IPCC’s ‘Carbon Budget’ Will Not Drive Climate Talks

IPCC’s ‘Carbon Budget’ Will Not Drive Climate Talks

A key finding of the UN climate panel's latest report on climate change is too politically "difficult" to drive international climate talks in November, according to the UN's climate chief. Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)calculated how much carbon dioxide the world could emit in future without going over 2C of warm… Read More

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Every spring in Antarctica brings conditions that favor the creation of the ozone hole. This year’s hole maxed out earlier this week, and while it’s smaller than in recent years, scientists say it’s too early to call it a recovery. Irina Petropavlovskikh, an ozone researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Bo… Read More

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Across the American West, climate change has made snow melt earlier, spring and summers hotter, and fire seasons longer. One result has been a doubling since 1970 of the number of large wildfires raging each year. And depending on the rate of future warming, the number of big wildfires in western states could increase as much as six-fold over the… Read More

Investors: Can Oil Companies Thrive in Warming World?

Investors: Can Oil Companies Thrive in Warming World?

A group of investors, including two large California pension funds, the New York State and New York City comptrollers, F&C Asset Management and others, have sent letters to the 45 largest fossil fuels companies asking that they inform investors about what risks the companies face as pollution and energy efficiency standards are ramped up and demand… Read More

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

As part of New York City’s climate change response plan, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” issued earlier this year, one of the city’s suggestions to help the Rockaways survive the next hurricane is for the peninsula to become the site of a microgrid pilot project that will help keep the lights on at hospitals, schools and other critical infr… Read More