World still warming: climate report

Jul 18, 2014

World still warming: climate report

The world is getting warmer as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record, international scientists said Thursday. The annual State of the Climate report 2013 is a review of scientific data and ...

Australia repeals maligned two-year-old carbon tax

Jul 17, 2014

Australia repeals maligned two-year-old carbon tax

Australia’s government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation’s worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the 24.15 Australian ...

Jul 14, 2014

Emissions, ozone depletion causing southern Australia to dry up

Greenhouse gases and depletion of the ozone layer are causing southern Australia to become drier, researchers reported on Sunday. Scientists at the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that southern Australia suffered a decline in rainfall that began around 1970 and increased ...

China girds for 'war on pollution'

Jul 12, 2014

China girds for 'war on pollution'

Having declared “war on pollution,” China is arming itself with tougher weapons such as new courts, daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps that bring no guarantee of progress. For decades, China accepted the blight on the environment ...

China will struggle to cut CO₂ to safe levels: U.N.

Jul 11, 2014

China will struggle to cut CO₂ to safe levels: U.N.

China may struggle to cut carbon emissions to levels that prevent the worst effects of global warming, a United Nations study of 15 major emitters showed. The U.N. said per capita emissions from burning fossil fuels needs to fall to 1.6 tons in 2050 ...

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 ...

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 ...

China group launches app to shame polluters

Jun 10, 2014

China group launches app to shame polluters

A Chinese environmental group on Monday launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported ...

Jun 10, 2014

Jobs trump climate: Harper, Abbott

Canada and Australia’s conservative prime ministers said Monday economic concerns trump climate action, with Ottawa’s Stephen Harper insisting any nation claiming otherwise is lying. “It’s not that we don’t seek to deal with climate change, but we seek to deal with it in a ...