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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.

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.

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