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Experts Eye IPCC Reform as Report Nears Release

Experts Eye IPCC Reform as Report Nears Release

Scientists and policy experts told Climate Central that the IPCC is benefiting climate scientists more than it is aiding policy makers, who face the arduous task of combating and adapting to manmade global warming. Most said that there might be more benefit from shorter, focused reports on key topics, and that it may be a mistake for the IPCC to la… Read More

Russia Urges IPCC Report to Include Geoengineering

Russia Urges IPCC Report to Include Geoengineering

As climate scientists prepare to gather for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Stockholm to present the most authoritative state of climate science to date, it has emerged the Russian government is asking for "planet hacking" to be included in the report. The IPCC has not included geoengineering in its major assessments before.… Read More

NOAA Criticized for Likely Satellite Gap and China Option

NOAA Criticized for Likely Satellite Gap and China Option

The precariousness of U.S. weather satellite infrastructure was driven home earlier this year when a “micrometeoroid” struck a geostationary weather satellite, forcing NOAA to rely on a backup satellite. But in the near future, there may be long chunks of time when there are no backups available.… Read More

Winds of Change: Why Antarctic Sea Ice Is Growing

Winds of Change: Why Antarctic Sea Ice Is Growing

The ice that covers the Arctic Ocean has been on an overall downward trend in summer for more than three decades now, but the growth of sea ice in winter at the opposite end of the world has been trending upward over the same time span. That doesn’t contradict the idea of global warming — for one thing, the growth is very slow compared with ice los… Read More

Pollution Melted Alps’ Glaciers, Not Rising Temperatures

Pollution Melted Alps’ Glaciers, Not Rising Temperatures

Scientists think they know why some European glaciers started to shrink decades before climate change had begun to raise temperatures. It wasn’t warming that attacked the glaciers, they say in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It was soot from industry, steam locomotives and domestic fires. … Read More

Food Waste Worsens Greenhouse Gas Emissions: FAO

Food Waste Worsens Greenhouse Gas Emissions: FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates the direct cost to producers of food that goes to waste is currently $750 billion annually, a figure that excludes wasted fish and seafood. But the FAO says the waste not only causes huge economic losses but is also doing very significant damage to natural resources – climate, water, land and b… Read More

Worsening Water Scarcity to Affect 2 Billion Globally

Worsening Water Scarcity to Affect 2 Billion Globally

Water scarcity is a fact of life in many parts of the world, particularly in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. A new study says the situation could get a lot worse, with climate change resulting in less rain and more evaporation in many areas. The study, led by researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact and Research and appearing i… Read More

Massive Flooding, Hot & Wet Summer, Melting Arctic Ice

Massive Flooding, Hot & Wet Summer, Melting Arctic Ice

Epic flooding caught on camera, extreme heat, melting Arctic ice and fracking wrap up the week in photos, and a busy plate for climate in the news.… Read More