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U.S. & China to Extend Joint Effort to Curb Climate Change

U.S. & China to Extend Joint Effort to Curb Climate Change

America and China agreed on Wednesday to work together to develop cleaner trucks, expanding joint efforts against climate change by the two greatest emitters and raising prospects for a global climate deal. The new initiatives announced in Washington on Wednesday would see China and the U.S. extend their climate cooperation to five new areas … Read More

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased. To explore these trends, Climate Central has developed an interactive tool to illustrate how warming temperatures and changing spring snowpack influences fires each year. In our… Read More

Massive Iceberg Breaks off Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica

Massive Iceberg Breaks off Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica

An enormous slab of ice, about a quarter the size of Rhode Island and some 200 feet thick, has broken away from Antarctica, according to German researchers. The event, which was recorded by radar aboard Germany’s orbiting TerraSAR-X satellite, was not unexpected. In 2011, a NASA satellite noted that a huge crack had appeared in the ice shelf at … Read More

China’s Coal Reliance Reduces Life Span by 5.5 Years

China’s Coal Reliance Reduces Life Span by 5.5 Years

Air pollution causes people in northern China to live an average of 5.5 years shorter than their southern counterparts, according to a study released on Monday which claims to show in unprecedented detail the link between air pollution and life expectancy. High levels of air pollution in northern China — much of it caused by an over-reliance on … Read More

Quebec Oil Train Explosion Visible from Space

Quebec Oil Train Explosion Visible from Space

According to the Associated Press, 73 rail cars (72 of which carried crude oil) derailed at 63 mph after traveling for seven miles. The detached from a parked train for unknown reasons. The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train had experienced a fire earlier, in a different town, and that fire was put out and the locomotive shut down. Investiga… Read More

Europe Must Tackle Air Pollution, Warn U.N. Scientists

Europe Must Tackle Air Pollution, Warn U.N. Scientists

The health effects of air pollution have been underestimated and Europe should review its laws to tackle the problem, U.N. scientists have concluded after a major review of new evidence. Sixty international scientists, commissioned by the World Health Organization, analyzed eight years of studies to see how minute specks of soot, gases such as… Read More

Hurricanes Likely to Get Stronger & More Frequent: Study

Hurricanes Likely to Get Stronger & More Frequent: Study

For a while, it appeared that climate scientists had reached a consensus view on this topic, despite lingering uncertainties, finding that in most ocean basins, tropical cyclones are likely to become less frequent as the world warms, but that the storms that do occur are likely to contain stronger winds and heavier rains. This view was expressed mo… Read More

Insurance Companies Given Severe Weather Warning

Insurance Companies Given Severe Weather Warning

The global insurance industry’s own analysts warn that it faces potentially serious financial losses unless it plays an active role in urging governments to address climate-change factors such as greenhouse gas emissions. The Geneva Association, a leading international insurance thinktank that examines trends in the global insurance industry, has … Read More