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 ...

Jun 1, 2014

U.N. teams up with top sailors to study oceans

The United Nations is teaming up with top sailors to conduct scientific research in remote areas of the oceans during a nonstop race around the globe. UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing, which is organizing the race, announced what ...

May 27, 2014

Growing number of Germans opting for 'homemade' electricity

Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany’s southern city of Freiburg: “cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection.” Like a growing number of German small businesses, homeowners, schools, hospitals and industrial plants, Meier has opted for ...

May 25, 2014

Scientists trying to develop heat-beating chickens

American scientists are attempting to develop chickens that can cope with scorching heat as part of a series of government-funded programs looking to adapt to or mitigate the effects of extreme weather patterns on the food supply. A University of Delaware project is developing ...

Warm Pacific may have caused U.S. cold

May 25, 2014

Warm Pacific may have caused U.S. cold

Unusually warm western Pacific waters linked to global warming may be the paradoxical cause of a bone-chilling winter in parts of the United States earlier this year, a new scientific study says. The theory contrasts with some other experts’ views, including that the freeze ...

Storms are expanding global reach

May 15, 2014

Storms are expanding global reach

Typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes worldwide are shifting out of the tropics and more toward the poles and generally larger populations, likely because of global warming, a new study finds. Atlantic hurricanes, however, don’t follow this trend. While other studies have looked at the storms’ ...

May 15, 2014

EU to beat 2020 targets on carbon

The European Union will cut its carbon emissions in 2020 by a bigger margin than it has pledged it would under United Nation climate change treaties, a meeting of the bloc’s environment ministers was told on Wednesday. “Europe will be overachieving in 2020,” Hans ...

Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coasts

May 15, 2014

Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coasts

Coral reefs are as good as concrete defenses at protecting tropical coastal cities from rising seas, and it can be cheaper to conserve or restore damaged reefs than to erect new breakwaters, scientists said in a newly published study. The paper, published in the ...

U.S. Republicans harden tone on climate change

May 13, 2014

U.S. Republicans harden tone on climate change

Despite President Barack Obama’s renewed push to tackle climate change, many American politicians see a tougher stance against anti-pollution standards as a vote-winner in the race to replace him. Even as he confirmed that he thinks he is ready to run, Republican presidential hopeful ...