STOCKHOLM (AP) - African countries on Sunday dismissed an early draft of a U.N. climate accord as "unbalanced" and demanded amendments to even consider it at the final negotiating session before a landmark conference in Paris.
Through the American Business Act on Climate pledge, companies are supporting an agreement from the U.N. Conference on Climate Change and agree to limit their emissions, increase low-carbon investments, deploy more clean energy and take other actions, said Brian Deese, senior adviser to President Obama. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, file)Read more
It's virtually certain that in January 2016, the planet will set a new record for the warmest calendar year on record. A key data set that tracks global average surface temperatures, which comes from the Japan Meteorological Agency, shows a huge jump in temperatures in September as compared to average.
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A new survey shows that seven out of 10 Americans accept the science behind global warming.
The global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – the primary driver of recent climate change – has reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in recorded history, according to data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.Read more
"CLIMATE CHANGE IS OUR BIGGEST NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT..."
"That is a major crisis..."Read more
CREDIT: AP Photo/Dave Martin, A worker mops the floor of the stage prior to the first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by the South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC., Thursday, April 26, 2007.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce her decision to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. While the crowded Republican field has led to questions of how to fit all serious candidates on a debate stage, Democrats have the opposite problem. It’s possible there will be no debates at all.Read more
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Worried about the health effects of China’s out-of-control pollution, citizens are starting to take action.
Updated 8 October. Carbon Brief is maintaining a separate tracker of requests for climate finance.
Countries around the world have been submitting their pledges to the UN, setting out how far they intend to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
These promises, known as "intended nationally determined contributions", or INDCs, will determine the success of the deal that the UN hopes to sign off in Paris in December this year.Read more
Amid internal calls for climate action, a study finds that Republicans are the only climate-denying conservative party in the world...
Pope Francis, addressing climate change before a Congress dominated by Republicans -- more than half of whom deny its reality -- and Democrats who despair of doing anything about it, was a prophet of hope rather than doom.Read more
Morgan Freeman narrates this hopeful, must-watch short film about the need to solve the climate change problem.
In 2013, after some controversy, South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources released a report on risks the state could face due to climate change. One of those risks? “A predicted result of climate change is the increase in intense storm events causing greater water inputs in shorter periods of time, affecting flood frequency and duration,” the report noted.
ALASKA SEEKS FEDERAL MONEY TO MOVE A VILLAGE THREATENED BY CLIMATE CHANGE... COUNTLESS VILLAGES IN THE WORLD TO COME...
ANCHORAGE — One of the most eroded Native Alaskan villages on the state’s coast is being considered as a possible national model for moving entire communities whose futures are threatened by natural disasters escalated by climate change.
At climate talks in Paris later this year, negotiators should ponder the damage already done...
MEF ( MAJOR ECONOMIES FORUM ON ENERGY AND CLIMATE) DISCUSSES EXPECTATIONS FOR THE 2015 PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE...
MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference
The Road to Paris is a strategic campaign and process to help set a Solutions Agenda with business, financiers and governments that will support and complement the historic United Nations climate change conference (COP21).
The de facto assumption of climate change policy is that the world must limit the increase in global temperatures to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above pre-Industrial levels, or risk hitting a tipping point where the impact becomes irreversible.
This undated handout photo provided by NASA shows the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctic. (AP Photo/NASA)
It’s one of the most important questions on the planet: How much are the seas ultimately going to rise, thanks to what we’re doing to the atmosphere with all our cars and power plants? Scientists are still struggling to find a clear answer to it...
A "king tide" leaves parts of Sausalito, Calif., flooded in 2010. Disagreement over the impact of ice-sheet melting on sea-level rise has led the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to omit their influence - and thus underestimate sea-level rise - in recent reports, a pattern the panel repeats with other key findings. Photo by Yanna B./flickr. Dec. 6, 2012
IPCC predictions: Then versus now
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Pope Francis went to the White House this week and got really real about the future of planet Earth.Read more
China plans to implement a cap-and-trade system in 2017 as part of measures aimed to address climate change working with US and others
New analysis of the effects of melting permafrost in the Arctic points to $43 trillion in extra economic damage by the end of the next century, on top of the more than the $300 trillion economic damage already predicted.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Pope Francis during an official welcoming ceremony at the White House Wednesday. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
WASHINGTON — Jumping into the issues of the day, Pope Francis opened his visit to the United States with a strong call Wednesday for action to combat climate change, calling it a problem that “can no longer be left to a future generation.” President Barack Obama, in turn, hailed the pontiff as a moral force who is “shaking us out of our complacency” with reminders to care for the poor and the planet.Read more
A study released Thursday is the second this year seeking to debunk a 1998-2013 "pause" in global warming, but other climate scientists insist the slowdown was real, even if not a game-changer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide, according to a new study that includes this surprise: Farming plays a large role in smog and soot deaths in industrial nations.
Underfunded public schools aren't the only reason Bill Gates may be feeling the heat from his Seattle neighbors this week. On Wednesday, former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn, along with a coalition of 24 local activists and organizations, launched a campaign to pressure the Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels.
"Climate change is much bigger than partisan politics."Read more
Because it worked so well to scuttle the global agreement to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon (not), Republicans are trying the same techniques to undermine the Paris talks to combat climate change.
WASHINGTON (AP) — To some Republican presidential candidates, it's better to be with the popular pope than against him.Read more
Sometimes it's hard to see change as it's happening around us.
Bill and Melinda Gates at an event in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this year. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
Former city mayor launches campaign of daily protests outside Gates’ Foundation visitor centre till it commits to divestment
In this July 19, 2011 photo, rows of pressure ridges stack up, foreground, before tumbling over the ever-collapsing calving 6-kilometer- (4-mile-) wide front of Jakobshavn Glacier and into the Ilulissat ice fjord, background, in Greenland. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) This story has been updated.
On Wednesday, NASA briefed the press on its “intensive research effort” into the rate and causes of sea level rise, releasing a suite of new graphics and visualizations showing how precisely the agency is measuring the upward creep of the oceans, currently at a rate of 3.21 millimeters per year.
A global map of tree density. Credit: Crowther, et al
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A new global census of all the trees on Earth estimates that more than 3 trillion call this "pale blue dot" home. But the total number of trees on the planet has dropped by almost 50 percent since human civilization began.
Washington (CNN)Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took issue with President Barack Obama's visit to her state, saying he missed some key points while in the region.
There’s no doubt: it’s hot and weird out.Read more
Solar energy is ready for primetime. (Nicky Loh/Bloomberg)
In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out. McKinsey was wrong, of course. There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use in 2000; there are billions now. Costs have fallen so far that even the poor — all over world — can afford a cellular phone.Read more