Apr 1, 2016

U.S. and China to join Paris climate deal this year

The United States and China will sign the global climate agreement next month and intend to start putting it in place later this year, the White House said Thursday. The international agreement was reached in December in Paris, but needs a critical mass of ...

Activists says 'chemical Chernobyl' threatens St. Petersburg area

Mar 24, 2016

Activists says 'chemical Chernobyl' threatens St. Petersburg area

Environmental activists call it the “chemical Chernobyl,” a vast toxic waste dump outside St. Petersburg that they say is a dangerous threat to the environment of Russia’s second-largest city. “The situation has been dire for many years, and nothing has changed,” warned Viktoria Markova, ...

Mar 23, 2016

Australia announces fund for clean energy, in break with past

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said the country would establish a 1 billion Australian dollar ($760 million) fund for innovation in clean energy, a major departure from his predecessor’s much-maligned approach to climate change. Conservative former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was criticized ...

Mar 11, 2016

Record leap in carbon dioxide seen in 2015

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at a record pace last year, U.S. government scientists reported, raising new concern about one of the top greenhouse gases and the effects of global warming. The measurement came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Global wind power capacity tops nuclear energy for first time

Feb 20, 2016

Global wind power capacity tops nuclear energy for first time

The capacity of wind power generation worldwide reached 432.42 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2015, up 17 percent from a year earlier and surpassing nuclear energy for the first time, according to data released by global industry bodies. The generation capacity of wind ...