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Countries Inch Forward on Proposal to Limit HFCs

November 1, 2013

The road to a phaseout in the production and use of a rapidly growing and extremely powerful global warming pollutant proved bumpier than expected when diplomats gathered in Bangkok last week for the latest round of ozone treaty talks. read more

 


Climat : les HFC dans le collimateur du protocole de Montréal

October 27, 2013

Lors de la 25ème réunion des Parties au Protocole de Montréal, qui s’est tenue à Bangkok du 21 au 25 octobre, des progrès ont été enregistrés afin de mettre un terme à la diffusion des HFC, dont le pouvoir de réchauffement global est jusqu’à 14.000 fois plus actif que le CO2. read more

 


U.N. global warming report puts humans on the hot seat

September 27, 2013

Global warming is “unequivocal” and it is “extremely likely” that humans are the primary contributors to this warming, according to a report released Friday morning in Stockholm by the U.N.-created Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s top climate research group. read more

 


Experts Eye IPCC Reform as Report Nears Release

September 25, 2013

On Friday, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release a major portion of its latest tome updating the science of global climate change. The report, the group’s fifth since it was created in 1988, is expected to contain few surprises. And it’s that lack of surprises and new findings that may mark the end of business as usual… read more

 


U.S., China agree to work on phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

September 6, 2013

The United States and China announced Friday they would seek to eliminate some of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases through the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the landmark treaty that successfully phased out ozone-depleting substances decades ago. read more

 


Obama climate plan wins overseas support in run-up to G20

September 5, 2013

President Obama’s plan to cut overseas funding of coal plants got the support of five Nordic countries during the president’s trip to Stockholm ahead of the G20 summit. Can China and other emerging economies reduce their coal dependence? read more

 


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

 

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