Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'

Oct 31, 2014

Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'

The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel’s precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Officials first noticed the whitening patina in 2010 ...

India launches index to measure air quality

Oct 18, 2014

India launches index to measure air quality

The country’s top environment official unveiled a government program Friday that will eventually measure air quality across India, home to some of the most polluted cities in the world. Over the next five years, the government will begin measuring eight major pollutants that affect ...

Sep 24, 2014

New U.N. fund still far short of goal

A new climate fund has received pledges of $2.3 billion, including a billion dollars each from Germany and France, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday, but the figure remained far below the goal. The Green Climate Fund, which aims to help poor nations suffering ...

Obama: No nation gets 'free pass' on climate change

Sep 24, 2014

Obama: No nation gets 'free pass' on climate change

In a forceful appeal for international cooperation on limiting carbon pollution, President Barack Obama warned starkly on Tuesday that the globe’s climate is changing faster than efforts to address it. “Nobody gets a pass,” he declared. “We have to raise our collective ambition.” Speaking ...

Sep 22, 2014

IAEA set to announce 32-year low in nuclear power production

The cost of keeping uranium out of the hands of terrorists and safe from natural disasters is sidelining nuclear energy, which officials once dreamed would power a utopian future of cheap, almost limitless electricity. The amount of power produced by nuclear reactors has dropped ...