Dec 18, 2015

Beijing issues second smog red alert of the month

China’s capital Beijing issued its second smog red alert of the month on Friday, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close. A wave of smog is due to settle over the city of 22.5 million from Saturday to Tuesday. Levels of PM2.5, the ...

With climate deal, world set to go on carbon diet

Dec 14, 2015

With climate deal, world set to go on carbon diet

The world is about to go on a carbon diet. It won’t be easy — or cheap. Nearly 200 nations across the world on Saturday approved a first-of-its-kind universal agreement to wean Earth off fossil fuels and slow global warming, patting themselves on the ...

Dec 7, 2015

We may still lack the technology to halt climate change

Legions of diplomats are huddled right now in Paris trying to hash out a historic climate accord. Legions of entrepreneurs and investors aren’t waiting on a treaty. Bill Gates and other wealthy benefactors this week pledged $2 billion for investments in clean-technology research. Twenty ...

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 ...