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EU Agrees to Fast-Track Paris Climate Deal

EU Agrees to Fast-Track Paris Climate Deal

European Union states agreed on a fast-track, joint ratification of the Paris accord to combat climate change, pushing the landmark global pact to the brink of entering into force. The 2015 Paris deal will guide a radical shift of the world economy away from fossil fuels. Friday's agreement by environment ministers from all EU 28 member states … Read More

Rift Speeds Up Across Antarctic Ice Shelf

Rift Speeds Up Across Antarctic Ice Shelf

As the sun reemerged over the Antarctic horizon in August after the long, dark austral winter, satellites could once again peer at a rift that has been wending its way across the white expanse of the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. To the surprise of scientists, satellite images revealed that the fissure had … Read More

OK Fine, Here’s the Carbon Dioxide Spiral

OK Fine, Here’s the Carbon Dioxide Spiral

The world has blown past the 400 parts per million carbon dioxide milestone, and is unlikely to return below that threshold again in our lifetimes. It’s the biggest climate news of the week and quite possibly, the year. And it’s also a sobering reminder of what our carbon pollution problem is doing to the world. With that in mind, perhaps you’ve … Read More

Greenhouse Gases From Reservoirs Fuel Climate Change

Greenhouse Gases From Reservoirs Fuel Climate Change

Hydropower reservoirs are considered to be major sources of low-carbon electricity that can be used to cut greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. But those same reservoirs emit global warming gases, and a team of researchers has now tallied just how much those gases impact the climate. Globally, reservoirs are responsible for about 1.3… Read More

Appeals Court Mulls Challenge to Clean Power Plan

Appeals Court Mulls Challenge to Clean Power Plan

Six hours and 42 minutes. That’s how long the legal challenge to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan was argued before a federal appeals court on Tuesday — more than double the time the court allotted for the hearing. The Environmental Protection Agency’s most important greenhouse gas emissions regulation is being challenged by a group … Read More

The Biggest Loser in Last Night’s Debate? Climate Change

The Biggest Loser in Last Night’s Debate? Climate Change

Monday’s presidential debate featured spirited back-and-forths on tax returns, how to heal divides in the U.S. and the candidates’ economic plans. Notably absent, though, was any thorough discussion about climate change. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump differ wildly on their views on climate policy and whoever is elected president will play a… Read More

The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently

The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently

In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million. That all but ensures that 2016 will be the year that carbon dioxide officially passed the … Read More

Clean Power Plan Faces Appeals Court Showdown

Clean Power Plan Faces Appeals Court Showdown

The merits of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will be argued before the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, as the legal challenge against it moves one step closer to the Supreme Court. The plan will be heard before all 11 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judges instead of the usual three, effectively fast-tracking the case… Read More

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Rise in Global Temps Since 1880 Since the advent of modern recordkeeping in 1880, the global average temperature has risen 1.6°F.

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