Apr 19, 2014

Forecasters issue alert on El Nino

by Seth Borenstein

U.S. federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. The warming, called an El Nino, can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions of dollars in losses for food crops. Australia and South ...

U.N. climate goal feasible but energy reform vital: IPCC

Apr 13, 2014

U.N. climate goal feasible but energy reform vital: IPCC

The world has a likely chance of meeting the U.N.’s warming limit of 2 degrees Celsius if it cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions 40-70 percent by 2050, especially from energy, a top expert panel said Sunday. The longer it takes to switch from carbon-polluting ...

Apr 5, 2014

Options to brake warming seen

A week after publishing the starkest warning yet on the risks of climate change, U.N. experts will meet in Berlin from Monday to assess options for limiting the threat. A draft of the report suggests there is a 15-year window for feasible and affordable ...

Grim climate forecast expected

Mar 29, 2014

Grim climate forecast expected

by Hiroshi Hiyama

International scientists on Tuesday kicked off a weeklong meeting in Japan that is set to deliver dark predictions on the impact of climate change, warning of severe floods and droughts that could spark conflict and wreck economies. Their report, set to be released on ...

New CO₂ capture tech to aid climate

Mar 28, 2014

New CO₂ capture tech to aid climate

A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China’s greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows. Using the technology, power plants ...

Indonesian forest fires feed air pollution across Asia

| Mar 27, 2014

Indonesian forest fires feed air pollution across Asia

High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm plantations and rain forests. Monsoon winds sweep them north and east toward Singapore, Malaysia and deep into Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Southeast Asian cities ...

Air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012: WHO

Mar 25, 2014

Air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012: WHO

Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated 7 million deaths worldwide in 2012, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. “Air pollution, and we’re talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the biggest environmental health problem, ...

Mar 10, 2014

Harmful new gases found in atmosphere

Worried scientists said Sunday they have found four new ozone-destroying gases in the atmosphere, most likely put there by humans in the last 50-odd years despite a ban on these dangerous compounds. It is the first time since the 1990s that new substances damaging ...