Jan 22, 2017

Massive Antarctic ice shelf ready to break apart

A chunk of ice half the size of Jamaica which is breaking away from West Antarctica is now attached to its parent ice shelf just by a thread, scientists reported Friday. Covering 5,000 square kilometers (1,900 square miles) and nearly 100 stories deep, the ...

Study of past warming signals major sea level rise ahead

Jan 20, 2017

Study of past warming signals major sea level rise ahead

Scientists who study patterns of natural shifts in the Earth’s climate said Thursday they have uncovered a “worrisome” signal that major sea level rise could be on the way. The findings in the journal Science show that ocean surface temperatures during the Earth’s last ...

Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

| Jan 19, 2017

Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

Of the many things that keep climate scientists awake at night, tipping points may be the scariest. To start with, these thresholds for deep, sometimes catastrophic change in the complex web of Earth’s natural forces, caused by man-made global warming, are largely invisible. You ...

Jan 15, 2017

Trudeau says Canada's oil sands must be phased out

Canada must “phase out” Alberta’s oil sands and end the country’s dependence on hydrocarbons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday. “We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out,” he said. “We need to manage the transition off ...

Jan 12, 2017

British Columbia OKs Trans Mountain pipeline to Alberta oil sands area

Canada’s Pacific Coast province of British Columbia on Wednesday approved the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline from the Alberta oil sands that will allow oil exports to Asia. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark announced the conditions her government placed on the project ...

Europe: heavy snow brings more misery, deaths, travel delays

Jan 11, 2017

Europe: heavy snow brings more misery, deaths, travel delays

Authorities dug out stranded residents as heavy snow blanketed Eastern Europe Wednesday as people struggled with travel delays, power outages and sub-zero temperatures. Homeless people and migrants were among those most at risk. The recent cold snap has now been blamed for at least ...

Chinese renewable power giant builds global empire

Jan 8, 2017

Chinese renewable power giant builds global empire

Other investors are wary of Brazil, but when Duke Energy wanted to sell 10 hydroelectric dams there, a Chinese utility shrugged off the country’s economic turmoil and paid $1.2 billion to add them to an energy empire that stretches from Malaysia to Germany to ...

Massive Antarctic ice block set to break off

Jan 7, 2017

Massive Antarctic ice block set to break off

A massive ice block nearly 100 times the area of Manhattan is poised to break off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, scientists reported Friday. A slow-progressing rift suddenly grew by 18 kilometers (11 miles) at the end of December, leaving the finger-shaped chunk — ...

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too, study says

Jan 6, 2017

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too, study says

Polar bears just can’t catch a break. Already struggling to cope with climate change, the giant Arctic carnivores also face a chemical poisoning risk 100 times above levels considered safe for adult bears, according to a study released Thursday. For bear cubs feeding on ...