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Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

A journalist checks radiation levels at stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The 2011 disaster, which will cost Japan over $100 billion, set back the nuclear industry worldwide. CREDIT: AP PhotoNuclear power can play a modest, but...

Posted May 20, 2015    

Land, Ocean Carbon Sinks Are Weakening, Making Climate Action More Urgent

One of several huge craters recently found in Sibera. They are “probably caused by methane released as permafrost thawed.” Global warming is projected to turn the tundra into a net source of carbon emissions by the 2020s. CREDIT: APWe are destroying...

Posted March 21, 2015    

IEA: CO2 Emissions Decouple From Economic Growth For First Time In 40 Years

Shanghai waterfront skyline with solar panels. China’s push to replace coal with cleaner energy is a key reason the country (and the world) decoupled CO2 growth from GDP growth last year. CREDIT: ShutterstockEnergy-related carbon dioxide emissions...

Posted March 18, 2015    

'Hottest Year' Story Obscures Bigger News: Ocean Warming Now Off The Charts

The oceans — where over 90% of global warming heat ends up — have literally warmed up off the charts of NOAA.The big climate news last week was NOAA and NASA announcing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, breaking the highs of 2005 and 2010....

Posted January 27, 2015    

2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record Globally By Far

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has announced that 2014 was the hottest year in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. NOAA is expected to make a similar call in a couple of weeks, and so is NASA.As the JMA graph shows, there has been...

Posted January 9, 2015    

What We Learned About Climate Change In 2014, In 6 Charts

Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S.This year saw a lot of big climate reports,...

Posted December 21, 2014    

2014 Headed Toward Hottest Year On Record: Here's Why That's Remarkable

2014 is currently on track to be hottest year on record, according to new reports from both the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the U.K.’s Met Office Wednesday. Similarly, NOAA reported two weeks ago that 2014 is all but certain to be...

Posted December 6, 2014    

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

Miners shovel coal at a north China mine near a power plant and chemical factory. CREDIT: AP/Oded BaliltyThe Chinese government announced it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council, or cabinet, said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes...

Posted November 28, 2014    

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest October On Record

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports that last month was the hottest October in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. This follows the hottest September, August, June, and March-May in JMA’s records! Projections by NOAA make clear...

Posted November 21, 2014    

Why The U.S.-China CO2 Deal Is An Energy, Climate, And Political Gamechanger

CREDIT: ShutterstockThe historic new U.S.-China climate deal changes the trajectory of global carbon pollution emissions, greatly boosting the chances for a global deal in Paris in 2015. The deal would keep, cumulatively, some 640 billion tons of...

Posted November 14, 2014    

World's Scientists Have 'High Confidence' In The 'Irreversible Impacts' Of Climate Inaction

Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic and irreversible levels of warming, 9°F over much...

Posted November 8, 2014    

IPCC Scientists Emphasize Immorality Of Inaction By Focusing On 'Irreversible Impacts'

CREDIT: ShutterstockWhat is the biggest change in the new climate report by the world’s top scientists and governments compared to the one they released back in 2007? It can be summed up in one word: “Irreversible.”In the 2007 assessment of climate...

Posted November 6, 2014