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Broad Coalition Pledges to Cut “Super Greenhouse Gases”

September 4, 2013

An international coalition has agreed to begin working towards domestic regulation aimed at reducing the use of HFCs, compounds commonly used as refrigerants but referred to as “super greenhouse gases” for their particularly negative impact on global warming. read more

 


Climate policy’s twin challenges

August 16, 2013

Climate change presents two distinct problems. The first is linear: A little more warming causes a little more damage. The second is nonlinear: A little more warming pushes some part of the climate system past a tipping point and the damage becomes catastrophic. read more

 


Himalayan glaciers shrinking due to black carbon: expert

July 28, 2013

Black carbon, mainly produced by burning of agricultural waste and vehicles, is responsible for the quicker melting of Himalayan glaciers, according to an Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur study. read more

 


New York City Breaks Its Energy Use Record During Brutal Week-Long Heat Wave

July 21, 2013

The heat wave that blanketed parts of the East Coast in close to 100-degree temperatures and high humidity broke the daily temperature record at JFK International Airport. It was the longest heat wave in New York City in more than a decade. But it made history in another way too: New York City broke its record for energy use on Friday, as residents cranked up air conditioning in an effort to stay cool. read more

 


Obama Seeks New U.S. Role in Climate Debate

July 2, 2013

When President Obama barged into a meeting of leaders from Brazil, China, India and other countries at a climate conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, he managed to extract a last-minute agreement to set a goal to limit the rise in global temperatures. read more

 


A fracking breakthrough for environmentalists and drillers

March 23, 2013

LAST WEEK BROUGHT a heartening breakthrough in the war over fracking: A handful of major green groups and big drillers agreed on environmental standards. We’d forgive you for raising a skeptical eyebrow. Some in the industry have been claiming that fracking — which involves pumping fluid underground to extract natural gas from rock formations… read more

 


U.S. could fall short of 2020 climate goal, new study says, but target remains in reach

February 6, 2013

The United States is not on track to meet its international commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the World Resources Institute. read more

 


Kerry’s climate change credentials

December 28, 2012

Sen. John Kerry, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of State, may not be able to bring peace to the Middle East, end enduring trade and currency disputes with China or mend fences with all the anti-American leaders in Latin America. But he may be capable of redirecting the debate over an issue of equal or greater importance: climate change. read more

 


Snapshots From Doha and Elsewhere

December 6, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is not attending the annual United Nations climate change summit meeting under way here in the Qatari capital. In fact, she has not attended one since the largely unsuccessful conclave in Copenhagen three years ago, which was supposed to produce a new global agreement on climate change but instead dissolved into near chaos. read more

 


Going Beyond Carbon Dioxide

December 6, 2012

WE all know (or should know) by now that the carbon dioxide we produce when we burn fossil fuels and cut down forests is the planet’s single largest contributor to global warming. It persists in the atmosphere for centuries. Reducing these emissions by as much as half by 2050 is essential to avoid disastrous consequences by the end of this century, and we must begin immediately. read more

 

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