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IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

The world cannot afford to wait for a new global climate change agreement to come into force in 2020, because doing so will mean an end to hopes of limiting global warming to moderate levels, one of the world's foremost authorities on energy has warned. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy rose by 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of more than … Read More

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

Marine biologists’ worst fears seem to be confirmed: coral colonies take a long time to recover from catastrophic climate events. British and Brazilian biologists report in the Public Library of Science One – better known simply as PLoS One – that the richest habitats of the sea could also be among the most vulnerable to climate change. For more … Read More

Jellyfish Surge in Mediterranean Threatens Environment

Jellyfish Surge in Mediterranean Threatens Environment

Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the biodiversity of one of the world's most overfished seas but also the health of tens of thousands of summer tourists. "I flew along a 186-mile stretch of coastline on April 21 and saw millions of jellyfish," said Professor Stefano Piraino of … Read More

Study Finds Plant Growth Surges as CO2 Levels Rise

Study Finds Plant Growth Surges as CO2 Levels Rise

Australian scientists have solved one piece of the climate puzzle. They have confirmed the long-debated fertilization effect. Plants build their tissues by using photosynthesis to take carbon from the air around them. So more carbon dioxide should mean more vigorous plant growth – though until now this has been very difficult to prove. Randall Don… Read More

Squid Threatened by Ocean Acidity Caused by Rise in CO2

Squid Threatened by Ocean Acidity Caused by Rise in CO2

That jet-propelled cephalopod of the seas, the squid, could be in for a hard time. As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, so the oceans become more acid, and this is not good news for one of the most important animals of the ocean ecosystem. Aran Mooney of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the U.S. and other colleagues decided to take… Read More

Wicked Week of Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Flooding

Wicked Week of Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Flooding

It is extreme weather to the max in this week's slideshow of top climate news. … Read More

Tropical Storm Andrea Pelts Florida; Threatens Flooding

Tropical Storm Andrea Pelts Florida; Threatens Flooding

The storm is raising concerns of significant flooding in Florida due to heavy rainfall amounts approaching 8 inches or more in some areas. This rain comes on top of heavy rain that fell during the month of May, when West Palm Beach received nearly a foot more rainfall than it normally does for the month, for example.… Read More

Methane Leaks May Negate Climate Benefits of Natural Gas

Methane Leaks May Negate Climate Benefits of Natural Gas

Methane leaks could undo the climate change benefits of America's natural gas boom, a new report said on Tuesday. The report, produced by the Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), said America's shift from coal to gas had produced important climate gains. Carbon dioxide emissions fell last year to their lowest point since 1994, accordin… Read More