Dec 5, 2015

Taking the sting out of household infestations

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The vast majority of telephone calls on household pests fielded by the Shibuya Ward Office’s Public Hygiene Division in 2014 were not about rats, cockroaches or spiders but they involved something with a little more sting in its tail — hornets, wasps and bees. ...

Obama, Xi tout close U.S.-China climate coordination

Nov 30, 2015

Obama, Xi tout close U.S.-China climate coordination

President Barack Obama on Monday touted close U.S. cooperation with China on climate change as vital to world efforts to slow global warming, even as he acknowledged persistent differences with China’s President Xi Jinping over cybersecurity and maritime security. Huddling with Xi on the ...

Smog chokes Chinese, Indian capitals as climate talks begin

Nov 30, 2015

Smog chokes Chinese, Indian capitals as climate talks begin

The capitals of the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, were blanketed in hazardous, choking smog Monday as climate change talks began in Paris, where leaders of both countries are among the participants. Beijing maintained an “orange” pollution alert, the second-highest level, ...

Nov 30, 2015

As world warms, the wines they are a-changing

It’s a $200 billion industry that prides itself on being rooted to a particular spot and doing things they way they’ve always been done. But global warming is forcing the world’s wine growers to change. As a U.N. conference in Paris tries to limit ...

Bordeaux vineyards in bid to survive warming

Nov 28, 2015

Bordeaux vineyards in bid to survive warming

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Can the world’s most storied wine region adapt to climate change without losing its identity? This is the question haunting the Bordeaux region as the threat of global warming looms ever larger. Concretely, it may boil down to this: Without merlot, will it still ...

World weather agency issues El Nino warning

Nov 28, 2015

World weather agency issues El Nino warning

The “El Nino” phenomenon, which sparks global climate extremes, is this year the worst in more than 15 years, the U.N. weather agency said in the middle of November, warning it was already causing severe droughts and flooding. The World Meteorological Organization said El ...

Renewables key in race against warming

Nov 21, 2015

Renewables key in race against warming

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Any plausible game plan for capping the rise of Earth’s surface temperature depends on replacing fossil fuels with energy sources that generate little or no carbon pollution. That means renewables, especially solar and wind, both of which face fewer constraints to growth than more ...

Nov 12, 2015

Paris climate talks not just hot air, France tells U.S.

Any global climate change deal reached in Paris next month will be legally binding and have a concrete impact, France’s foreign minister said on Thursday, reacting to U.S. comments that questioned the status of the accord. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was quoted ...

Nov 9, 2015

China smog almost 50 times WHO recommendations

A swath of China was blanketed with dangerous acrid smog Monday after levels of the most dangerous particulates reached almost 50 times World Health Organization maximums. Levels of PM2.5, the tiny airborne particles considered most harmful to health, reached 860 micrograms per cubic meter ...

Persian Gulf could be too hot for humans by 2100

Nov 7, 2015

Persian Gulf could be too hot for humans by 2100

Global warming could create peaks of humid heat in the Persian Gulf beyond human tolerance by the end of the century, according to a study recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change. If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, heat waves occurring on average ...