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Parts of Europe Heating Faster than Global Average

Parts of Europe Heating Faster than Global Average

Temperatures in some parts of Europe have already increased by more than 2C in the last 60 years with changes in local climate allowing new crops to be grown. An example is the new wine growing area in southern England, which this year is celebrating its best ever grape harvest. Hundreds of acres of new vineyards are being planted to take advantag… Read More

Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

It will take climate scientists many months to complete studies into whether manmade global warming made the Boulder flood more likely to occur, but the amount by which this event has exceeded past events suggests that manmade warming may have played some role by making the event worse than it would have otherwise been.… Read More

Channels of Meltwater Detected in Antarctic Glacier

Channels of Meltwater Detected in Antarctic Glacier

The study revealed that much of the meltwater travels through channels resembling river valleys beneath the ice sheet. One of the channels observed was about 2,000 feet wide, melting about 2.4 inches of ice per day, in much the same way that a meandering river gradually erodes adjacent land. If the melt rate were to stay steady throughout the cour… Read More

Western Wind Power May Soon Compete With Natural Gas

Western Wind Power May Soon Compete With Natural Gas

Except for Colorado renewable power, wind and solar generated in most Western states will be cost-competitive with natural gas-generated electricity by 2025 as renewable portfolio standards are met. … Read More

The Most Important Climate Pacts You’ve Never Heard Of

The Most Important Climate Pacts You’ve Never Heard Of

Conventional wisdom holds that the world is hopelessly deadlocked as diplomats try to craft a new global climate treaty to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol, with scant progress being made toward reducing emissions of planet warming greenhouse gases in the interim. While this may be true as far as the United Nations climate treaty process goes, w… Read More

Study: Panda Poo May Be Coup for Future of Biofuels

Study: Panda Poo May Be Coup for Future of Biofuels

In panda poo could be the future of biofuel. That’s the conclusion of research presented Tuesday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Indianapolis suggesting that bacteria in panda feces could help make biofuel production more efficient.… Read More

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

With the ravages and power outages of hurricanes Irene and Sandy seared in recent memory, soon, a public school, a small private grocery store and a gas station in Hartford, Conn., will be linked by a microgrid designed to keep the electricity flowing in those buildings when the next major storm hits. Hartford city officials consider the school, … Read More

West Nile Virus Season to Last Longer as Climate Changes

West Nile Virus Season to Last Longer as Climate Changes

Warm weather brings ice cream, beach days, and other joys of summer but it also brings the incessant buzz of mosquitoes. While a number of mosquitoes will bite and leave little more than a red welt, others, especially in the southern half of the U.S., can transmit West Nile virus, an uncomfortable and sometimes lethal disease. New research provides… Read More