Ice around Antarctica shrank by almost 20%: study

Mar 27, 2015

Ice around Antarctica shrank by almost 20%: study

The ice floating around Antarctica has thinned by nearly 20 percent, according to research published Thursday, depleting the bulwark that prevents the permanent collapse of glaciers covering the southern continent. The study, based on satellite measurements between 1994 and 2012 by the European Space ...

Feb 20, 2015

Cabinet proposes $1.5 billion for U.N. climate fund

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave the go-ahead Friday to a bill that would provide up to $1.5 billion to a U.N.-backed fund aimed at assisting developing countries in combating climate change. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed willingness to “take a leading ...

Urban heat waves getting worse, study confirms

Feb 7, 2015

Urban heat waves getting worse, study confirms

Urban heat waves have become more frequent over the past 40 years, scientists reported on Jan. 30. A weather database of cities around the world reveals “significant” increases in periods of extremely hot days and falls in the number of cold days, they found. ...

Dec 11, 2014

U.S., Japan named least cooperative on global warming reduction

A group representing environmental NGOs from around the world on Wednesday named the United States and Japan joint recipients of its “Fossil of the Day” award, bestowed on countries considered uncooperative toward reducing global warming. The Climate Action Network said the United States is ...

Nov 22, 2014

Climate change to increase U.S. lightning strikes

Lightning has the power to spark wildfires and kill, and scientists recently said that climate change may lead to 50 percent more of it by century’s end. The report in the U.S. journal Science is based on measurements of precipitation and cloud buoyancy, applied ...