175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

Apr 23, 2016

175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

Leaders from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday, a key step forward for the landmark deal, which could potentially enter into force years ahead of schedule. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, holding his young granddaughter, joined dozens of world ...

Climate change: Is the 1.5 C target a mirage?

Apr 21, 2016

Climate change: Is the 1.5 C target a mirage?

The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change. But scientists tasked with explaining how to get there are less than thrilled. The U.N.’s climate science panel announced ...

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Apr 21, 2016

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday, as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country. After extensive aerial and underwater ...

Volcanic eruptions may have tipped Europe into Dark Ages

Apr 21, 2016

Volcanic eruptions may have tipped Europe into Dark Ages

Back-to-back volcanic eruptions in the mid-sixth century darkened Europe’s skies for more than a year and may have ushered in the Dark Ages, according to finding to be presented Friday at a science conference in Vienna. “Either would have led to significant cooling of ...

El Salvador declares a drought emergency for the first time ever

Apr 15, 2016

El Salvador declares a drought emergency for the first time ever

El Salvador declared a water shortage emergency for the first time in its history on Thursday, citing the effects of climate change and the El Nino phenomenon, the country’s president said. In the last four years, rainfall has decreased considerably in the Central American ...

Climate forecasts may be flawed, says study

Apr 7, 2016

Climate forecasts may be flawed, says study

Predictions of unprecedented rainfall extremes in the 20th century driven by global warming turned out wrong, a study said Wednesday, casting doubt on methods used to project future trends. A massive trawl of Northern Hemisphere rainfall data for the last 1,200 years revealed there ...

Apr 5, 2016

Vietnam warns of dire impact from planned Mekong dams

Vietnam has predicted “very high adverse effects” on the Mekong River environment and economy if 11 proposed dams are built on its lower mainstream. The warning is the result of a 2½ year study submitted by Vietnam to the Mekong River Commission comprising Thailand, ...