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 ...

Dane builds tricycle for green funeral trips

Jul 13, 2014

Dane builds tricycle for green funeral trips

Shuffling off this mortal coil in many countries is followed by a final trip to burial or cremation in a motorized hearse. But in Denmark, a country famous for its pedaling lifestyle, the deceased now can be seen off on a tricycle. The contraption, ...

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 ...

Teen targets Pacific plastic menace

Jul 10, 2014

Teen targets Pacific plastic menace

Dutch student Boyan Slat is only 19 years old, but he already has 100 people working on his revolutionary plan to scoop thousands of tons of damaging plastics from the oceans. The world’s “plastic soup,” much of it swirling around in five rotating oceanic ...

Jun 24, 2014

China can learn from U.S. how to cut smog

by John Kemp

Smog in China's cities is often presented as if it were the same problem as greenhouse emissions and climate change. In fact, China could significantly reduce its air pollution by enforcing the same emission control techniques that have been used in the U.S. and ...

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 ...