Modest deal ends deadlock at U.N. climate talks

Nov 24, 2013

Modest deal ends deadlock at U.N. climate talks

Avoiding a last-minute breakdown, annual U.N. climate talks limped forward Saturday with a modest set of decisions meant to pave the way for a new pact to fight global warming. More than 190 countries agreed in Warsaw to start preparing “contributions” for the new ...

Puerto Rico's glowing lagoon goes nearly dark

Nov 21, 2013

Puerto Rico's glowing lagoon goes nearly dark

A glowing lagoon off Puerto Rico’s northeast coast has gone nearly dark, and biologists are trying to find out why. Theories range from an increase in construction runoff to inclement weather to people clearing mangroves to allow larger boats into the area. “We have ...

Turmoil at climate talks as blame game heats up

Nov 21, 2013

Turmoil at climate talks as blame game heats up

An old rift between rich and poor has reopened in U.N. climate talks as developing countries look for ways to make developed countries accept responsibility for global warming — and pay for it. With two days left, there was commotion in the Warsaw talks ...

New climate goal opaque, product of ministry clash

| Nov 18, 2013

New climate goal opaque, product of ministry clash

The process of setting a new goal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions was marred by a standoff between the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Environment Ministry. METI, long a champion of nuclear power, was reluctant to set the target and the ...

French tilt against more wind farms

Nov 18, 2013

French tilt against more wind farms

Plans to dot France with wind farms are facing fierce opposition from critics worried they will blight a landscape that has helped make the country the world’s top tourist destination. France relies heavily on nuclear power but is working to shift to renewable energy ...

Nov 18, 2013

U.S. shutdown stalled research

When the U.S. government shut down in October, American researchers in the Antarctic lost an entire critical season in the field — and a year of data collection — because they can’t get there. Contracts for support personnel were canceled by the shutdown, and ...