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October 5, 2016 Climate Central

The world passes the 400 parts per million threshold for CO2. Indefinitely

Historians will likely regard September 2016 as a 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 the symbolic 400 ppm level.

August 30, 2016 Climate News Network

US faces rising hurricane bill, scientists say in financial weather forecast

German scientists conclude high-income countries may be no better protected than the poorest in extreme weather events and hurricane damage could increase dramatically in the United States.

August 9, 2016 Climate Central

Scientists working to tease out climate change’s role in Zika’s spread

The initial Brazilian outbreak appears to have been aided by a drought driven by El Niño, and by higher temperatures caused by longer-term weather cycles and by rising levels of greenhouse-gas pollution.

July 14, 2016 Yale Climate Connections

As sea levels rise in a changing climate, how best to protect coasts?

Expert thinking on shorelines has undergone big changes on the issue of ‘hard’ vs. ‘soft’ approaches. Many now believe that softer shoreline defenses are better.

July 5, 2016 Climate News Network

CO2 pledges in Paris fall short on emission cuts needed, study concludes

New research shows that a ‘controlled implosion’ of the fossil-fuel industry and a technological explosion of renewable energy are needed to meet the targets set by 195 nations on restricting global warming.

June 3, 2016 Climate Central

Climate change threatens planet’s cultural, natural treasures, report says

Analysts looked at a handful of UNESCO’s 981 World Heritage Sites. In all cases, they found pressures from climate change could permanently alter some of Earth’s most spectacular places unless carbon emissions are cut.

May 24, 2016 Climate News Network

US insurance aid props up climate-risk homes, leading company charges

Lloyds, one of the world’s biggest insurance companies, is calling for an end to federal subsidies that it says encourage expensive house-building schemes in areas of the U.S. at high risk of floods and storms.

May 17, 2016 Climate News Network

Texas forests face major changes, “cyberforests” climate model indicates

North America forest findings by Washington State scientists included projections that Gulf Coast woodlands may end up looking more like Cuba while parts of Texas might become home to the hot, dry forests now found in Mexico.

May 12, 2016 Carbon Brief

Shell outlines ‘below 2C’ scenario for ‘accelerated net-zero emissions’

The giant oil company for the first time has sketched out what it thinks it would take for the world to avoid 2 degrees Celsius of global warming. Shell previously studied such a scenario but refused to make it public.

April 8, 2016 Carbon Brief

35 countries cutting the link between economic growth and emissions

Recent real-world data suggest it may be possible to cut greenhouse emissions while growing the economy. Whether this can be accomplished is a major question for policymakers hoping to combat climate change.

April 1, 2016 Climate Central

Research offers new hope for Eastern seaboard coastlines even as seas rise

Scientists have encouraging news for planners along the East Coast about the worsening crisis of sea level rise: If managed well, most of the region’s shorelines could adapt naturally to drenching changes that lie ahead.

February 17, 2016 Climate Central

What Scalia’s death means for global efforts to combat climate change

Just days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling clouded the future of a new United Nations climate pact, the passing of one of its most influential justices has boosted the pact’s chances of succeeding.

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.

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