Jun 24, 2014

U.S. can expect huge bill from climate change: report

Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year. ...

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

The United States Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Obama administration’s authority to curb greenhouse gases from major emitters like power plants and refineries in a ruling that nonetheless exempted some smaller sources from the regulation. On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected ...

Native Americans tame tornadoes with rituals

Jun 22, 2014

Native Americans tame tornadoes with rituals

Just over a year ago, tribal elder Gordon Yellowman watched on the TV news as a giant tornado roared toward the homes of his Cheyenne-Arapaho people in Oklahoma. Sirens blared, warnings were issued and many people rushed to shelters as the weather radar warned ...

Scientists explore using trees to clean up pollution

Jun 11, 2014

Scientists explore using trees to clean up pollution

Before the sprawling Texas city of Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was the kind of pristine ...

Jun 7, 2014

Officials say building blocks missing for 2015 climate pact

The clock is ticking for countries to lay the foundations of a 2015 deal to tackle dangerous climate change, ministers warned in Bonn Friday. A special U.N. summit in September, followed by a round of talks in Lima in December, must lay the first ...

Global warming could triple hot days in Japan

Jun 7, 2014

Global warming could triple hot days in Japan

The number of hot days with a high temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) or above could more than triple in Japan by the end of this century if nothing is done to stop global warming, the Environment Ministry said on Friday. On ...

Jun 6, 2014

G-7 backs ambitious 2015 deal on climate

The world’s leading industrialized nations Thursday gave their backing to a global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the United States at the start of the week galvanized momentum. The new U.S. plan to cut emissions from power plants by 30 ...

Obama's muted carbon cuts are reachable

| Jun 3, 2014

Obama's muted carbon cuts are reachable

In large part, the wide-ranging reaction to President Barack Obama’s signature effort to cut power plant carbon emissions could have been written months in advance. Key Republicans and many industrial groups decried it as a job-killing war on coal that would drive up power ...

Obama courts peril in carbon rule

Jun 1, 2014

Obama courts peril in carbon rule

A new pollution rule the Obama administration plans to announce Monday will be a cornerstone of the president’s environmental legacy and arguably the most significant U.S. environmental regulation in decades. But it is not one the White House wanted. As with other issues, the ...

Jun 1, 2014

China, India may hinder U.S. steps on warming

by Mark Drajem

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to take his boldest step to halt the rise of the oceans and stop the warming of the planet. But it won’t be enough unless the rest of the world follows. Trimming carbon emissions from U.S. power plants ...