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February 5, 2016 Climate Central

Will climate change play a future role in the spread of the Zika virus?

A number of factors have had to line up for the Zika virus, which causes a disease that’s been associated with birth defects, to spread so far and wide so quickly. Chief among them are heavy rain and heat.

January 26, 2016 Climate Central

Researchers: New transmission grid for renewables key to cutting emissions

CO2 from electricity production could be cut by 78 percent over 15 years if the U.S. makes a Herculean effort to expand solar and wind technology like the one that built the Interstate Highway System, a new study concluded.

January 21, 2016 Climate News Network

Anthropocene: Humans leaving an indelible mark on new era, researchers say

Post-industrial impacts on Earth and its atmosphere – “a pervasive and persistent signature” – may pinpoint the mid-20th century as the start of a new geological epoch, a multinational group of scientists write.

October 29, 2015 Climate Central

Texas and California lead the nation in carbon dioxide emissions

Texas had more energy-related CO2 emissions in 2013 than it did in any year since 2004. The state’s natural gas boom and pipeline construction were major reasons, an analyst for the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.

October 26, 2015 Ensia

Can nations reach a strong climate agreement at the Paris conference?

Guardian journalist Fiona Harvey examines what must happen for negotiations to succeed. All of the world’s major greenhouse-gas emitters have now submitted post-2020 pollution-reduction targets, signaling their commitment.

October 25, 2015 Climate News Network

Hurricanes cause more economic havoc as world warms, economists conclude

An analysis of insurance data convinces environmental economists that climate change is pushing up the cost of dealing with the disastrous effects of extreme weather events.

October 12, 2015 Climate Central

Study finds slightly higher temps tied to increase in huge wildfires

Researchers at the University of Wyoming found that even the smallest increase in average temperature – 0.9 degree F – could dramatically increase high-altitude wildfire activity.

October 2, 2015 Climate News Network

Investors opting out of fossil fuels as Paris climate summit nears

As momentum builds for a new deal on climate change, investors are becoming increasingly nervous about having their cash in fossil fuels, according to a firm that advises philanthropies and individuals.

August 30, 2015 Climate Central

10 years after Katrina’s devastation: Was climate change to blame?

The question belies the complexity of weather events and their link to climate. But scientists are finding ways to probe subjects like how sea level makes flooding worse and how warming has intensified hurricane seasons.

August 19, 2015 Climate Central

EPA moves to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations

The new regulations are meant to help combat climate change by reducing leakage of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from new, hydraulically fractured oil wells, natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure.

July 30, 2015 Yale Environment 360

A clash of green and brown: Germany struggles to end coal

A recent battle over imposing a “climate fee” on coal-fired power plants highlights Germany’s continuing paradox: Even as the nation aspires to be a renewable energy leader, it exploits vast reserves of dirty brown coal.

July 7, 2015 Climate News Network

Alaska’s glaciers melt faster as climate change speeds up, scientists find

Human-caused climate change – rather than natural causes – is the main reason for Alaska’s accelerating glacier loss, they concluded. That trend is now set to boost sea-level rise in coming decades, the lead researcher says.

June 22, 2015 Climate Central

Pope Francis’ encyclical makes grade in climate science, experts say

The pope lays out the main findings of climate science – humans’ greenhouse emissions are causing temperatures to rise, sea levels are rising, weather extremes are getting worse, and polar ice is melting.

June 9, 2015 Yale Climate Connections

Whither the pause? NOAA report shows no recent slowdown in warming

A new paper by federal scientists argues that any slowdown in global warming ended (if it ever really existed) because of two simple factors – correctly dealing with temperature readings from buoys and the passage of time.

June 5, 2015 Climate Central

In a major reversal, Shell, BP, 4 other oil majors ask for a price on carbon

A letter from the CEOs of the six oil-and-gas giants was a stunning reversal of years of obstructionism to creating a global framework to deal with climate change.

June 3, 2015 Climate Central

The climate context for India’s deadly heat wave

The deadly episode has focused world attention on vulnerable populations and raised questions about how to improve preparedness for such disasters, whose likelihood is projected to increase

May 31, 2015 Climate Central

El Niño can raise sea levels along West Coast, new study finds

The findings of a new study have key implications for planning on the U.S. West Coast, as growing coastal communities there may have to prepare for even higher ocean levels in a warmer future.

May 30, 2015 Climate News Network

11 years after a ruinous tsunami, India’s villages map disaster strategy

The Indian Ocean can be an angry, sometimes lethal neighbor, but those living beside it are learning how to prepare for its next onslaught. With government-encouraged international cooperation, they’ve produced a hazard map.

May 30, 2015 Climate News Network

Another study finds rising temperatures mean fewer but fiercer hurricanes

Climate change brings mixed prospects for people threatened by hurricanes – they are likely to occur less often, but to be even more destructive. In a new study in Nature Climate Change, scientists report finding a pattern.

May 30, 2015 Climate News Network

US farmers given early warning about hungry and very unwelcome crop pest

Biologists say a destructive insect is likely to cause even more damage than usual as rising temperatures prompt leaves to sprout earlier.

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