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  • Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says
    Sep 17, 2013 - Justin Gillis-

    In decades of public debate about global warming, one assumption has been accepted by virtually all factions: that tackling it would necessarily be costly. But a new report casts doubt on that idea, declaring that the necessary fixes could wind up being effectively free.

  • U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks
    Sep 26, 2013 - Justin Gillis-

    Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report.

  • Climate models on the mark, Australian-led research finds
    Jul 21, 2014 - Peter Hannam - The Sydney Morning Herald

    A common refrain by climate sceptics that surface temperatures have not warmed over the past 17 years, implying climate models predicting otherwise are unreliable, has been refuted by new research led by James Risbey, a senior CSIRO researcher.

  • Bold pathways point to a low-carbon future
    Jul 11, 2014 - Alex Kirby -

    LONDON, 11 July 2014 - Scientists often hesitate to give a cut-and-dried, yes-or-no answer when asked how serious climate change is going to be, and whether the world can still escape significant damage.

  • You May Be Denying Climate Change, But The US Military Isn't
    Jul 8, 2014 - Paul Szoldra -

    Climate change is still a contentious issue, as some people and organizations deny it is even happening, or concede the world is getting warmer, but it's not because of humans.

  • Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
    June 2014 -

  • World not moving fast enough on renewable energy, says IEA
    Jun 3, 2014 - Fiona Harvey -

    Energy supply investement at $1.6trn annually but needs to rise to $2trn to stop dangerous global warming, energy thinktank finds

  • US$53 trillion energy investment needed to head off climate change: IEA
    Jun 3, 2014 - Ben Willis -

    Investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency will fall well below what is required to head off dangerous global warming without a breakthrough in the Paris climate change talks next year, the International Energy Agency has warned.

  • Bloomberg: Cities Hold The Key To Confronting Climate Change
    May 28, 2014 - Edith M. Lederer -

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his new U.N. job, said Tuesday that cities hold the key to confronting climate change because they account for 75 percent of the heat-trapping gases and their mayors have executive powers to reduce emissions.

  • Climate Change, Asia and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Investment
    May 14, 2014 - Steward Taggart, Grenatec -

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world must triple its use of renewable energy AND develop nuclear power to avoid the worst ravages of climate change. OK. But what’s the optimal percentage of each to develop?

  • IPCC report: 6 things you must know about reducing emissions
    Apr 14, 2014 - Kelly Levin, C. Forbes Tompkins -

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s newest installment, Working Group III: Mitigation and Climate Change, highlights an important message: It’s still possible to limit average global temperature rise to 2°C — but only if the world rapidly reduces emissions and changes its current energy mix.

  • Official prophecy of doom: Global warming will cause widespread conflict, displace millions of people and devastate the global economy
    Mar 18, 2014 - Tom Bawden -

    Climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy, a forthcoming UN report will warn.

  • Achim Steiner: shale gas rush 'a liability' in efforts slow climate change
    Feb 26, 2014 - Suzanne Goldenberg -

    UN's top environmental official says switch from coal to natural gas is delaying critical energy transition to renewables

  • UN climate chief calls for tripling of clean energy investment
    Jan 14, 2014 - Suzanne Goldenberg -

    Christiana Figueres says $1 trillion a year is required for the transformation needed to stay within 2C of warming

  • UN's 2C target will fail to avoid a climate disaster, scientists warn
    Dec 3, 2013 - Suzanne Goldenberg -

    Global warming limit agreed is too late and dangerous as a 1C rise in temperature will trigger catastrophic events, study says

  • Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions
    Nov 20, 2013 - Suzanne Goldenberg -

    Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show

  • Concentrations of warming gases break record
    Nov 6, 2013 - Matt McGrath - BBC News

    The levels of gases in the atmosphere that drive global warming increased to a record high in 2012.

  • Carbon emissions must be cut ‘significantly’ by 2020, says UN report
    Nov 5, 2013 - Oliver Milman -

    Failure will mean greater costs and risks and pathway to limiting temperature rise to under 2C will close fast

  • Ban Ki-moon Calls for More Funding to Combat Climate Change
    Oct 14, 2013 - James A. Foley -

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called upon the international community to quickly boost its financial investment in the fight against climate change, calling for an increase in funding for climate-change-combating technologies, practices and policies.

  • Shift to a new climate likely by mid-century - study
    Oct 09, 2013 - Author Reuters -

    Billions of people could be living in regions where temperatures are hotter than their historical ranges by mid-century, creating a "new normal" that could force profound changes on nature and society, scientists said on Wednesday.

  • IPCC climate report: human impact is 'unequivocal'
    Sep 27, 2013 - Fiona Harvey -

    FUN secretary-general urges global response to clear message from scientists that climate change is human-induced

  • New colour purple depicts worsening climate risks in U.N. draft report
    Sep 13, 2013 - By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle -

    (Reuters) - Some parts of nature and human society are more vulnerable than expected to climate change, according to a draft of a U.N. report that adds a new purple colour to a key diagram to show worsening risks beyond the red used so far.

  • Obama’s Ambitious Global Warming Action Plan
    Jun 25, 2013 - Andrew C. Revkin -

  • President Obama's Plan to Fight Climate Change
    Jun 25, 2013 -

  • Clean energy progress too slow to limit global warming: report
    Apr 17, 2013 - Nina Chestney -

    The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.

  • Real market forces now drive action on climate change
    Mar 21, 2012 - Graciela Chichilnisky -

    After years of frustration, circumstances are shifting from a global climate treaty serving as the sole impetus

  • Nearly too late to cap warming
    Dec 3, 2012 -

    It may be too late to cap global warming at 3.6 degrees, scientists allied with an Australian research group say, as heat-trapping emissions hit a record high. "An immediate, large and sustained global mitigation effort" will need to begin if the world has any hope of achieving a 2009 agreement by nearly 200 nations to limit future temperature increases to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2 degrees Celsius, biologist and Global Carbon Project Executive Director Josep Canadell said in a statement.

  • Megastorms Could Drown Massive Portions of California
    Nov 30, 2012 -

    The intense rainstorms sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean began to pound central California on Christmas Eve in 1861 and continued virtually unabated for 43 days. The deluges quickly transformed rivers running down from the Sierra Nevada mountains along the state’s eastern border into raging torrents that swept away entire communities and mining settlements. The rivers and rains poured into the state’s vast Central Valley, turning it into an inland sea 300 miles long and 20 miles wide.

  • U.S. Heads for Warmest Year Recorded in Lower 48 States
    Nov 28, 2012 -Alex Morales -

    The U.S. is about to register the warmest year on record in the lower 48 states, and the world its ninth-hottest, a United Nations agency said in a report, adding new urgency to the quest to control global warming.

  • With 'Facts' Website, California Looks to Thwart Opposition to Climate Change
    Aug 15, 2012 - Jim Malewitz -

    Perhaps more than any other state, California has acted on the scientific consensus that global climate change is real and man-made. By 2020, California utilities will have to obtain a third of their energy from renewable sources. And in November, the state plans to roll out a “cap-and-trade”system to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Its development plans account for rising sea levels, eroding coastlines and dwindling fresh-water resources.

  • Warm extremes in Earth's climate becoming more common
    Aug 7, 2012 - Scott K. Johnson -

    When you see a lot of sixes coming up on a friend’s Monopoly dice, you might begin to harbor a suspicion that the dice are loaded. But if you see sevens appear, you know something is definitely amiss.

  • NASA: Hotter Summers Since 1980 Caused by Global Warming
    Aug 6, 2012 - Tiffany Kaiser -

    Hotter summers have become the norm from 1980 to present compared to 1951 to 1980 (the base period)

  • Cooling a Warming Planet: A Global Air Conditioning Surge
    Aug 6, 2012 -

    An analysis has found that Earth's land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century.

  • Cooling a Warming Planet: A Global Air Conditioning Surge
    Jul 10, 2012 - Stan Cox -

    The U.S. has long used more energy for air conditioning than all other nations combined. But as demand increases in the world's warmer regions, global energy consumption for air conditioning is expected to continue to rise dramatically and could have a major impact on climate change.

  • Global Warming Makes Heat Waves More Likely, Study Finds
    Jul 12, 2012 - Justin Gillis -

    Some of the weather extremes bedeviling people around the world have become far more likely because of human-induced global warming, researchers reported on Tuesday. Yet they ruled it out as a cause of last year’s devastating floods in Thailand, one of the most striking weather events of recent years.

  • Top 20 Cities with Billions at Risk from Climate Change
    Jul 5, 2012 - Eric Roston-

    By 2050, more than 6 billion humans are expected to live in cities, according to the United Nations. Ports, which constitute more than half the world's largest cities, will face unique challenges as their populations swell.

  • Oil & Gas Industry Can Reduce Methane Waste by 80 Percent, Cutting U.S. Methane Pollution by One-Third While Saving Industry $2 Billion Annually
    March 28, 2012 - Kate Slusark -

    Oil and gas companies can reduce industry’s harmful methane emissions by 80 percent and generate $2 billion annually by implementing affordable and available technologies to fix leaks and other waste throughout the production chain, according to a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  These cost-effective actions would cut total U.S. methane emissions by approximately one third, which is equivalent to the global warming pollution from more than 50 coal-fired power plants.

  • Climate 'tech fixes' urged for Arctic methane
    Mar 22, 2012 - Richard Black -

    An eminent UK engineer is suggesting building cloud-whitening towers in the Faroe Islands as a "technical fix" for warming across the Arctic.

  • Insurers See Growing Risks and Costs from Climate Change
    Mar 21, 2012 -

    Coming off a year of record-setting $1 billion-plus natural disasters, representatives of leading insurance companies said today that costs to taxpayers and businesses from extreme weather will continue to soar because of climate change.

  • Emissions set to surge 50 pct by 2050-OECD
    Mar 15, 2012 - Nina Chestney -

    LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - Global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy mix, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday.

  • GDP inadequate as climate cost gauge - Stern
    Mar 2, 2012 - Nina Chestney -

    LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The cost of global warming can no longer be quantified solely in terms of gross domestic product as the changes the world will experience and the resulting loss of life will be so immense, climate economist Nicholas Stern said on Wednesday.

  • ENVIRONMENT: Taking a human rights approach to climate change
    Mar 1, 2012 -

    GENEVA, 24 February 2012 (IRIN) - Many of the countries that have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions will be the worst affected by global warming, a “climate injustice” that highlights the link to human rights, experts told a gathering in Geneva.

  • Switch From Coal To Natural Gas No Boon To Climate
    Oct 6, 2011 - Deborah Zabarenko -

    Relying more on natural gas than on coal would not significantly slow down the effects of climate change, even though direct carbon dioxide emissions would be less, a new study has found.

  • Delayed action on climate to result in irreversible change and high costs
    Sep 8, 2011 -

    The physics of Earth's natural systems show that a delay—of even a decade—in reducing CO2 emissions will lock in large-scale, irreversible changes. If carbon dioxide emissions do not begin to trend down this decade, it will be nearly impossible to stabilize the climate at any acceptable level.

  • Carbon War Room releases Livestock Report
    Aug 19, 2011 - Guy Pinjuv, Ph.D., Lead Analyst and Matthew Cullinen, Editor -

    Over the next decade and beyond, Brazil will rely heavily on the clearing of tropical forests to make way for the expansion of livestock rangeland.

  • Merkel: binding, verifiable climate targets needed
    Aug 11, 2011 -

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — All nations must commit to binding and verifiable goals to reduce their carbon emissions to reach a new international climate agreement as the Kyoto Protocol expires next year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.

  • From King Coal to Carbon Tax: A Historical Perspective on the Energy and Climate-Change Debate
    Aug 9, 2011 - Paul Sabin -

    Current climate and energy policy debates in the United States rarely involve historians. If you search the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 synthesis report, you will not find the words history or historical. Even so, history pervades climate and energy policy discussions. History guides policy choices, inspires proposals for action, and structures institutional development.

  • Cutting Black Carbon and Methane Promises Immediate Climate Change Impacts
    Feb 05, 2011 - Lauren Morello - ClimateWire -

    Reducing emissions of black carbon and methane can be done today with existing technologies, and could significantly slow climate change

  • U.S. Can Cut Transportation Emissions 65% by 2050
    Feb 09, 2011 -

    The U.S. could reduce transportation emission 65% from current levels by 2050, according to a new report.

  • 2010 Hits Top of Temperature Chart
    Jan 25, 2011 - Alexandra Giese - Earth Policy Institute

    Topping off the warmest decade in history, 2010 experienced a global average temperature of 14.63 degrees Celsius (58.3 degrees Fahrenheit), tying 2005 as the hottest year in 131 years of recordkeeping.

  • Climate Change Growing Risk for Insurers Industry
    Jan 21, 2011 - David Fogarty - Reuters

    Insurers are struggling to assess the risks from climate change, industry officials say, with the floods in Australia and Brazil highlighting the potential losses from greater extremes of weather.

  • Roadmap 2050 by Rem Koolhaas's OMA
    Oct 20, 2010 - Rowan Moore - The Observer -

    I well remember my interview for a place at architecture school. As a kindly tutor leafed through my cobbled-together portfolio, on the wall I noticed a photo of a trapezoidal cabin with a whirly helical thing on top.

  • Slower population growth may help reduce global emissions: study
    Oct 18, 2010 - Xinhua

    Slower population growth could contribute to significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a new study suggests.

  • EIA: U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions to Increase 3.4% in 2010
    Aug 20, 2010 - EERE Network News

    Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are projected to increase by 3.4% in 2010 over the previous year, according to a new report by DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA).

  • Green dream: Meet reality
    Jul 30, 2010 - Kerry Lynch - McClatchy/Tribune

    The vision of a "green" economy fueled by wind, sun, and renewable fuels is powerfully appealing. But there's a huge disconnect between this vision and the reality of America's energy needs.

  • Climate Change Gen-Climate Change
    Jul 26, 2010 - Shaun Tandom -

    Major economies looked Monday at how to cooperate in shifting to cleaner sources of energy, with a top policy board warning the world's current path was unsustainable.

  • San Diego Base Acts as Global Force For Green
    Jul 26, 2010 - Defennse Departnent Document

    With recent environmental initiatives designed to meet and exceed Navy sustainability goals, Naval Base San Diego is proving to be a "Global Force for Green."

  • OAA: June, April to June, and Year-to-Date Global Temperatures are Warmest on Record
    Jul 19, 2010 -

    Last month’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made it the warmest June on record and the warmest on record averaged for any April-June and January-June periods, according to NOAA. 

  • China, India nullify CO2 emission cuts by developed nations
    Jul 12, 2010 - Asia Pulse Data Source - Energy Cenral

    Continued rise in carbon emissions in China and India have "completely nullified" the reductions achieved by industrialised nations, with the result that emissions have remained constant in 2009, a report said Thursday.

  • Homes waste watts of power, study finds: TVs, computers, others leach energy and money
    Jun 21, 2010 - Thomas Content Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune

    In one of the first studies of its kind, energy researchers in Madison have uncovered a simple way that most consumers can save on their electric bills: pull the plug.

  • Obama: End dependence on fossil fuels
    Jun 18, 2010 - Julie Pace - Associated Press

    Seizing on a disastrous oil spill to advance a cause, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to roll back billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil and pass a clean-energy bill that he says would help the nation end its dependence on fossil fuels.

  • States get savvy about climate change
    Jun 18, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune - Energy Central

    Soon every village in Himachal Pradesh will know how to calculate its carbon footprint as Indian states get savvier about climate change.

  • China gets tougher about protecting environment, cutting emission
    Jun 18, 2010 - Xinhua

    Provincial governments and key enterprises which fail to realize the year's missions in environmental protection and emission cut will be punished as the Chinese central government is taking a tougher stance towards improving the country's environment.

  • Ocean heat content increases update
    June 1, 2010 -

    There is a new paper in Nature this week on recent trends in ocean heat content from a large group of oceanographers led by John Lyman at PMEL.

  • Local Governments Lead Efforts to Combat Climate Change
    May 25, 2010 - Douglas Fischer - The Daily Climate -  

    Local governments serve as idea labs for federal lawmakers as they consider changes to national climate and energy reform

  • U.N. says green economy depends on metal recycling
    May 20, 2010 -

    A green global economy will require much high recycling rates of specialty metals like lithium, neodymium and gallium, says a new United Nations report.
  • Denver company creates windows that can think
    May 17, 2010 - The Associated Press

    A Denver-based technology company has developed a "smart" window that can transform itself to maximize energy efficiency.

  • More Clean Energy Being Produced in Ontario
    May 12, 2010 -

    Two facilities that turn waste into emissions-free electricity became the first larger-scale projects under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff program to supply power to Ontario's electricity system today.

  • Obama Backs Significantly Higher Spill Damage Cap
    May 10, 2010 - Julianna Goldman and Lisa Lerer - Bloomberg

    The Obama administration is backing significantly higher limits for damages BP Plc might face for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and won’t rule out scaling back plans to expand offshore drilling.

  • An introduction to global warming impact: Hell and High Water
    May 6, 2010 - Joe -

    In this post, I will summarize what the recent scientific literature says are the key impacts we face in the second half of the century if we stay anywhere near our current emissions path.

  • State must remain clean energy leader
    May 6, 2010 - Steve Westly -

    While federal climate legislation bogs down in Washington, China is investing $12.6 million every hour in clean energy technology. Why? Because its government recognizes an opportunity when it sees it.

  • New Study Examines Transportation’s Role in Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    May 5, 2010 -

    A number of strategies can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, such as using low-carbon fuels, increasing vehicle fuel economy, improving system efficiency and reducing travel that involves high levels of carbon emissions, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

  • Engineers of the New Millennium: The Energy Revolution
    Mai 3, 2010 -

    Energy is at once the greatest motive force in the world economy and the principal environmental challenge for policymakers. The engineers who work on getting energy, storing it, moving it about, consuming it, and conserving it are the focus of this report.

  • World needs clean energy revolution: UN chief
    Mai 3, 2010 - AFP

    UNITED NATIONS — Rich and poor nations need a "clean energy revolution" in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said here Wednesday.

  • Bad News: U.S. Business Emissions Growing, Not Slowing
    Apr 28, 2010 - Joanna Lee -

    When President Barack Obama announced last November his commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020, it was a crucial step in bringing the U.S. into the global climate change negotiations and signaling to the business community and the consumer that the U.S. was ready to take on the challenge of stopping climate change.

  • EU roadmap to 2050 renesable energy
    Apr 26, 2010 -

    ‘Roadmap 2050: a practical guide to a prosperous, low-carbon Europe’ outlining various scenarios for renewable energy in Europe, has been published by the European Climate Foundation (ECF).

  • U.S. unveils climate report in runup to Senate bill
    Apr 20, 2010 - Jackie Frank - Reuters

    The United States released a new draft report on climate change on Monday, one week before the expected unveiling of a compromise U.S. Senate bill that aims to curb heat-trapping greenhouse emissions.

  • Secretary Chu Announces New Partnerships under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas
    Apr 17, 2010 - Energy Department Documents and Publications

    The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a series of partnerships and other initiatives to address clean energy and energy security in the Western Hemisphere as part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).

  • Australia should invest A$60bn in renewable energy
    Apr 13, 2010 -

    Australia must invest billions in renewable energy over the next decade to achieve its 2020 target of lower GHG emissions, according to Siemens.

  • Has Europe seen the light on renewable energy?
    Apr 9, 2010 - Geoffrey Lean -

    Geoffrey Lean looks at how likely a Europe powered entirely by renewable energy could be.

  • New report provides tribal energy outlook
    Apr 7, 2010 - Rob Capriccioso - Indian Country Today

    A new report finds that tribes disproportionately bear negative costs resulting from U.S. energy policy and its aftereffects, yet there is substantial potential on tribal lands to generate clean energy from renewable resources.

  • Firms urge Obama to offer consumer energy info
    Apr 7, 2010 - Deborah Zabarenko - Reuters

    Almost 50 U.S. firms and organizations, including Google, General Electric and AT&T, urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to let consumers know how much energy they use so they can decide where to cut back.

  • Calgary outranks big cities for greenhouse gas emissions
    Apr 6, 2010 - Calgary Sun - AP

    New international standards for determining the level of global warming-linked greenhouse gases produced in an urban setting show Calgary easily surpasses Mexico City, Tokyo and New York in per capita emissions and ranks among the highest in the world.

  • Tokyo gov't cap-and-trade can be precursor to state scheme
    Apr 1. 2010 - Recating Lead - Kyodo News International

    The Asia's first mandatory greenhouse gas emissions cut scheme launched Thursday by the metropolitan government of Tokyo, home to some 13 million people, provides a model for the central government, which is struggling to design a nationwide emissions trading system in a year.

  • EPA Issues Controversial Greenhouse Gas Interpretive Ruling
    Mar 30, 2010 - Stoel Rives LLP

    On March 29th EPA signed a long-awaited interpretive ruling regarding when and how facilities that emit greenhouse gases will be subject to permitting under Title V and Major New Source Review.

  • Developing Nations Eye Renewable Energy
    Mar 30, 2010 - Lauren Poole -

    Post-copenhagen targets for renewable energy show developing countries looking to strengthen their renewable energy portfolios.

  • Does Activism Work in Combating Climate Change?
    Mar 28, 2010 - Ted Nace - CSRwire Talkback

    Over the past three years, despite a massive effort by the coal lobby to sell the public on the idea of “clean coal,” grassroots activists have successfully challenged and defeated over 100 coal-fired power plants in at least 33 states.

  • Climate Change Imperils the State of the Planet--Will the World Act?
    Mar 26, 2010 - David Biello -

    NEW YORK CITY—More than 100 countries have signed on to the Copenhagen Accord—the nonbinding agreement to combat climate change hastily agreed to this past December at a summit of world leaders.

  • Group Presents Energy Vision of the Future
    Mar 25, 2010 - Jennifer Runyon -

    University of Texas, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, major technology companies and business leaders collaborate to present a unified vision on transforming energy systems.

  • Energy and climate to dominate European Council agenda
    Mar 24, 2010 - EWEA

    Tomorrow, energy will top the agenda when EU Heads of State meet in Brussels to discuss a new European strategy for jobs and growth, and to follow-up on the failed Copenhagen conference on climate change.

  • Report: Tribes key in renewable energy development
    Mar 23, 2010 - The Associated Press

    A new report focuses on American Indian tribes as part of a solution to combat climate change, and create jobs and revenue through renewable energy development.

  • Bloomberg predicts renewable energy boom
    Mar 19, 2010 - Cath Everett - BusinessGreen

    But warns investment levels must rise faster still if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change

  • NREL Launches Strategic Energy Analysis Institute
    Mar 18, 2010 - National Renewable Energy Labboratory

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that it has established a new global institute dedicated to analyzing, speeding and smoothing the transition to sustainable energy worldwide.

  • Renewable energy scores high in global poll
    Mar 18, 2010 -

    The solution to energy and climate change challenges lies in developing low-carbon sources of renewable energy, rather than reducing energy use, according to a survey across 22 countries.

  • Spain establishes int'l center for renewable energy
    Mar 16, 2010 -- Xinhua

    Spanish Vice President Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega on Tuesday approved the opening of an International Center for Renewable Energy (CICER) in Valencia.

  • Israel utility IEC considers low-carbon power alternatives
    Mar 11, 2010 - Power Engineering International

    Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) is considering building a 1200 MW nuclear power plant and a 1000 MW solar array, instead of building a coal fired integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant,

  • How to achieve carbon-neutral power in Europe by 2050
    Mar 11, 2010 - Boothby, Chris - Power Engineering International

    Climate change and its impacts have emerged as the most serious environmental challenge of our time

  • Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists and Economists Call on Senate to Address Climate Change Now
    Mar 11, 2010 -

    More Than 2,000 Say Delay Will Worsen Consequences and Drive Up Costs

  • The secret motto of the World Climate Conference
    Mar 11, 2010 - Dr. Hermann Scheer - Le Monde Diplomatique

    The main reason why the public around the world were so shocked by the shameful outcome of the World Climate Conference in Copenhagen was that they were basically unprepared for failure.

  • Three Alternative Energy Resources Spurred by Government Support
    Mar 10, 2010 - MARKETWIRE

    As controversial as they are viable, three alternative energy resources are gaining government support as practical solutions in the global clean-energy revolution: carbon emissions trading, clean coal, and nuclear power.

  • On Rooftops Worldwide, a Solar Water Heating Revolution
    Mar 9, 2010 - Lester R. Brown - Earth Policy Institute

    The harnessing of solar energy is expanding on every front as concerns about climate change and energy security escalate, as government incentives for harnessing solar energy expand, and as these costs decline while those of fossil fuels rise.

  • Analysis: Move to low-carbon economy emerges as key reform
    Mar 9, 2010 - Xinhua

    A low-carbon economy is becoming the favorite option for the future economic growth pattern in China because it is in line with the major world trend and reflects the country's fundamental situation.

  • Global Climate Battle Plays Out In World Bank
    Mar 8, 2010 - Lesley Wroughton - Reuters

    The United States and Britain are threatening to withhold support for a $3.75 billion World Bank loan for a coal-fired plant in South Africa, expanding the battleground in the global debate over who should pay for clean energy.

  • 'Renewable Energy Achievable in Ten Years'
    Mar 1, 2010 - All Africa Global Media - Vanguard

    The Managing Director of Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM Bank), Mr. Roberts Orya, has stressed the need for Nigeria to focus on the green economy and renewable energy in its bid to join global forces to save a world that is threatened by climate change and global warming.

  • Report: Copenhagen Accord Pledges Fall Short of Climate Goals
    Feb 25, 2010 - EERE Network News

    Pledges by 60 countries to cut their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the next 10 years will not be sufficient to hold global temperature rises to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

  • Report: Contamination from coal ash waste is worse than EPA says
    Feb 24, 2010 - Mark Clayton - The Christian Science Monitor

    Coal ash waste contamination nationwide is far worse than indicated by a new Environmental Protection Agency tally, with dozens more ash-waste ponds and landfills also leaching toxins into streams and drinking water, a new study finds.

  • UN urges for more ambitious action to cut greenhouse gas emission
    Feb 23, 2010 - Xinhua

    The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said Tuesday that countries will have to be far more ambitious in cutting greenhouse gas emission if the world is to effectively curb a rise in global temperature at 2 degrees Celsius or less.

  • Copenhagen Accord By-the-Numbers
    Feb 22, 2010 - Institute for 21st Century Energy

    In our previous paper, Copenhagen Accord and Discord: COP-15 and the Many Roads to Mexico, we laid out some of the policy and process issues surrounding the Copenhagen Accord. In this paper, we take a look at what impact the Accord could have on global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

  • State may shut down five coal-fired power plants
    Feb 20, 2010 - Dee J. Hall - The Wisconsin State Journal

    The state will install more pollution controls, eliminate coal use or possibly shut down five coal-fired heating plants, the Wisconsin Department of Administration announced Friday.

  • Electric car lets drivers sell back unused watts
    Feb 22, 2010 - Dick Ahlstrom - Yellowbrix

    AAAS annual conference: Researchers have come up with the ultimate vehicle - an environmentally friendly electric car that plugs into the wall to sell power back to the electricity company.

  • AWEA Statement on New NREL U.S. Wind Resource Assessment
    Feb. 18, 2010 - AWEA

    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement from AWEA CEO Denise Bode on a new assessment from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showing that U.S. wind resources are larger than previously estimated:

  • Canada's permafrost retreats amid warming trend
    Feb 17, 2010 - Deborah Zabarenko - Reuters

    WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The permanently frozen ground known as permafrost is retreating northward in the area around Canada's James Bay, a sign of a decades-long regional warming trend, a climate scientist said on Wednesday.

  • Bill Gates: We need global 'energy miracles'
    Feb 12, 2010 - John D. Sutter - CNN

    Long Beach, California (CNN) -- Microsoft Corp. founder and philanthropist Bill Gates on Friday called on the world's tech community to find a way to turn spent nuclear fuel into cheap, clean energy.

  • Pew Environment Report Says Melting Arctic Could Cost $2.4 Trillion by 2050
    Feb 5, 2010 - Ruth Teichroeb - The PEW Charitable Trusts

    The Pew Environment Group today released a report that for the first time quantifies the global cost of the Arctic’s declining ability to cool the climate, indicating that the rapid melting of the region could carry a minimum price tag of $2.4 trillion U.S. by 2050.

  • Americans support strong climate, energy policies
    Feb 4, 2010 - Tara Laskowski - George Mason University -

    Despite a sharp drop in public concern over global warming, Americans—regardless of political affiliation—support the passage of federal climate and energy policies, according to the results of a national survey released today by researchers at Yale and George Mason universities.

  • US Navy to halve fossil fuels by 2020
    Feb 2, 2010 - Carbon Positive

    The US Navy is to halve its use of fossil fuels by 2020 among a number of clean energy measures across the armed forces flagged in a major defence review paper released this week. On the way to the 2020 target, the Navy plans to deploy a “green” strike group by 2016 which will operate entirely without fossil fuels. It has already commissioned an electric-drive aircraft carrier, the USS Makin Island, and last year tested an F/A-18 fighter aircraft on a camelina-based biofuel blend.

  • Over the Top: Data Shows "Green" Roofs Could Cool Urban Heat Islands and Boost Water Conservation
    Feb 2, 2010 - Katie Moisse - Scientific American

    Through the rain-pocked window of his Prius heading east on the Queensboro Bridge, Stuart Gaffin sees a black, watery sea of missed opportunities.

    Feb 1, 2010 -

    Cities account for only 2% of the world's land mass but 80% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Planning for climate change and new environmental initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is key to the goal of Seoul, capital city of the Republic of Korea, to become the world's greenest city.

  • Obama: Government To Cut CO2 Emissions 28% By 2020
    Jan 29, 2010 - Ian Talley - Siobhan Hughes - Dow Jones Newswires

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday ordered the federal government to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 28% by 2020, marking a new push toward energy efficiency and a greater reliance on low-carbon energy.

  • U.S. Commits to Greenhouse Gas Cuts under Copenhagen Climate Accord
    Jan 29, 2010 - David Biello - Scientific American

    The U.S. officially committed in writing yesterday to the greenhouse gas emission cuts proposed by President Obama in Copenhagen—4 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The letter to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commits the nation to combat climate change, but with a caveat: any such commitment must be backed by legislation, which has not passed the U.S. Senate.

  • Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gas Increase Despite Reduction Efforts
    Jan 27, 2010 - NOAA

    Despite a decade of efforts worldwide to curb its release into the atmosphere, NOAA and university scientists have measured increased emissions of a greenhouse gas that is thousands of times more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide and persists in the atmosphere for nearly 300 years.

  • Past Decade Warmest on Record, NASA Data Shows
    Jan 21, 2010 - John M. Broder - The New York Times

    The decade ending in 2009 was the warmest on record, new surface temperature figures released Thursday by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration show.

  • World must unite to produce renewable energy
    Jan 21, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - T. Ramavarman Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    All countries, including oil-producing nations, must unite to develop renewable energies and reduce carbon emissions, said the head of IRENA, on Tuesday.

  • The decline of Central Appalachian Coal and the Need for Economic Diversification
    Jan 19, 2010 - Rory Mcllmoil Evan Hansen

    Coal mining has played an important role in local economic development in Central Appalachia, primarily due to the jobs and taxes that the industry has provided. In 2008, for instance, the coal industry employed 37,000 workers directly and indirectly across the region, accounting for 1% to 40% of the labor force in individual counties. Additionally, the coal severance tax generates hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenues across the region every year, with tens of millions of dollars being distributed to counties and municipalities. Despite these economic benefits, coal-producing counties in Central Appalachia continue to have some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the region, and due to the dependence on coal for economic development, any changes in coal production will have significant impacts on local economies.

  • California Company's 'Green' Cement Captures CO2
    Jan 12, 2010 - Voice of America News

    Cement is a major component of concrete, the world's most widely used man-made material, an integral part of roads, bridges and buildings.

  • Study says Mich. climate plan would boost economy
    Jan 4, 2010 - John Flesher - Associated Press

    Michigan could gain a significant economic boost and thousands of new jobs by reducing emissions of gases that cause climate change, according to an analysis released Monday.

  • Combating climate change by observing the Earth
    Dec 30, 2009 - David Biello -

    As part of the U.S. charm offensive at the recent Copenhagen summit on climate change, a roughly one meter-diameter orb helped display a decade's worth of climate data collected by NASA satellites. "This is the golden age," NASA's Jack Kaye told me. As associate research director for the agency's Earth Science Division, he's "reaping the benefits of the 1990s."

  • World Leaders Defend Climate Accord
    Dec 21, 2009 -- Voice of America News

    World leaders are defending the outcome of the U.N. climate change summit in Copenhagen, despite the absence of any clear deals on emissions targets.

  • Climate change summit results 'failure'
    Dec 21, 2009 - Energy Central

    The climate change summit in Denmark, expected to produce a historic document, fell way short of the mark, officials and organizations said.

  • EPA, USDA push farmers to use coal waste on fields
    Dec 21, 2009 - Rick Callahan, AP

    The federal government is encouraging farmers to spread a chalky waste from coal-fired power plants on their fields to loosen and fertilize soil even as it considers regulating coal wastes for the first time.

  • No New Coal Plants Started in 2009 Year End State of Coal
    Dec 21, 2009 - Virginia Cramer - Sierra Club

    No new coal plants broke ground in 2009, a result of a combination of widespread public opposition, rising costs, increasing financial risks and concerns over future carbon regulations.

  • Climate reality: Voluntary efforts not enough
    Dec 19, 2009 - Associated Press

    Around the world, countries and capitalism are already working to curb global warming on their own, with or without a global treaty.

  • Climate Deal Announced, but Falls Short of Expectations
    Dec 18, 2009 - Helene Cooper and John M. Broder - The New York Times

    Leaders here concluded a climate change deal on Friday that the Obama administration called 'meaningful' but that falls short of even the modest expectations for the summit meeting here.

  • NASA, Google offer more precise emissions tracking
    Dec 17, 2009 - Seth Borenstein and Michael Casey - The Associated Press

    The question is a potential deal-killer: If nations ever agree to slash greenhouse gas emissions, how will the world know if they live up to their pledges?

  • India's per capita emission 70 pc below world average: Report
    Dec 17, 2009 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    Despite being the fourth largest economy, India's per capita emission levels are 70 per cent below world average and 93 per cent lower than those in the US, says a latest report on climate change.

  • Developing nations hold the key to Copenhagen climate agreement
    Dec 16, 2009 - Jim Tankersley - Los Angeles Times

    Rich nations still hold some bargaining chips, but many negotiators and observers say key decisions by poor and emerging nations will make or break any deal.

  • China Heavily Reliant on Emissions Heavy Coal
    Dec 16, 2009 - Voice of America News

    China is pushing ahead with plans to develop renewable energy sources. At the same time, though, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases is still largely reliant on one major source of carbon emissions - coal.

  • Monitor Climate Pledges on New UNEP Site
    Dec 14, 2009 - Stephen Meddenger, Porto Alegre - treehugger

    The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) unveiled a new Web site that allows users to track the promises of countries to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The Web site is currently following the pledges made by 27 members of the European Union and more than 25 other nations--and is updated as more proposals are made at COP15. The executive director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, said that from now on anyone can follow, from the comfort of their own home, plans and policies of governments in the area of combating global warming.

  • World's mayors tackle climate change on their own
    Dec 14, 2009 - Charles J. Hanley and Jan M. Olsen - The Associated Press

    It isn't easy getting Italy's city dwellers out of their Fiats, off their Vespa scooters and onto bicycles to ride to work, "like here in Copenhagen," says an Italian environmental official.
  • Interior Secretary Outlines How to Use North American Continent to Combat Climate Change
    Dec 11, 2009 - David Biello - Scientific American

    U.S. forests and soils store some 90 billion metric tons of carbon, or 50 years worth of present U.S. emissions from fossil fuels, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey. As negotiators here at the United Nations' climate summit continue to struggle to draft a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions -- including efforts to reduce deforestation and protect natural sinks—the U.S. Department of Interior is transforming the business of public lands and waters to help combat climate change.

  • U.S. could reduce gas emissions by up to 29% by 2020, report says
    Dec 8, 2009 - The Associated Press

    U.S. greenhouse gas emissions could be cut up to 29 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels if all gas-cutting measures contained in bills currently under deliberation at Congress are implemented, a private-sector think tank report says.

  • 40 percent emissions cut in Europe feasible: study
    Dec 8, 2009 - Xinhau

    Despite the European Union's commitment of a 20-percent cut in emissions by 2020, Europe in fact can achieve at least a 40-percent reduction, according to a new study.

  • Glaciers melting so fast, a generation will be too late
    Dec 8, 2009 - James Balog - CNN

    Professional photographer and naturalist James Balog is director of the Extreme Ice Survey and the first recipient of the International League of Conservation Photographers Award. He is the author of "Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report," some of which is excerpted for this commentary.

  • 2009 and the '00s set heat records, U.S. study finds
    Dec 8, 2009 - grist

    The world saw one of the hottest years on record in 2009 and has notched up the hottest decade since records began, a report by a U.S. climate agency said Tuesday.

  • E.P.A. Sets Carbon Crackdown
    Dec 7, 2009 - John M. Broder - Green Inc.

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will complete its determination that greenhouse gases pose a danger to human health and the environment, paving the way for regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, power plants, factories refineries and other major sources.

  • U.S. greenhouse gas emissions declined in 2008, EIA says
    Dec 7, 2009 - Public Power Weekly

    Total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2008 were 2.2% below the 2007 total, led by a 2.9% decline in energy-related emissions, the Energy Information Administration said in a Dec. 3 report, Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2008.

  • Renewable energy is critical to climate change mitigation, says IEA
    Dec 7, 2009 - Renewable Enegy Focus.Com

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) will present “key findings” on renewable energy during the climate conference in Copenhagen.

  • Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide Ramps Up Aspen Growth
    Dec 4, 2009 - Science Daily

    The rising level of atmospheric carbon dioxide may be fueling more than climate change. It could also be making some trees grow like crazy.

  • Major sea level rise likely as Antarctic ice melts
    Dec 1, 2009 - Richard Black - BBC News

    Sea levels are likely to rise by about 1.4m (4ft 6in) globally by 2100 as polar ice melts, according to a major review of climate change in Antarctica.

  • CO2 Output Exceeds Level to Contain Warming, PwC Says (Update1)
    Dec 1, 2009 - Alex Morales and Todd White -

    Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The worlds factories, vehicles and utilities are spewing too much carbon dioxide to keep the planet from excessive warming by 2050, PricewaterhouseCoopers said.

  • China vows to dramatically slow emissions growth
    Nov 27, 2009 - CARA ANNA - Associated Press Writer

    China promised to slow its carbon emissions, saying it would nearly halve the ratio of pollution to GDP over the next decade - a major move by the world's largest emitter, whose cooperation is crucial to any deal as a global climate summit approaches.

  • 'Copenhagen Diagnosis' offers a grim update to the IPCC's climate science
    Nov 25, 2009 - Guardian Enviroment Network

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change received a kick in the pants today from members who say the climate situation is much worse than the IPCC has so far reported. From Grist, part of the Guardian Environment Network

  • Global Warming Solutions News
    Nov 24, 2009 - Environment America

    The nation’s power plants emitted 2.56 billion tons of global warming pollution in 2007, which is equivalent to the pollution from nearly 450 million of today’s cars – nearly three times the number of cars registered in the United States in 2007, according to a new analysis of government data released today by Environment America.  More than 70 percent of this pollution came from plants – primarily coal plants – built before 1980. 

  • What are the largest sources of global warming emissions in California?
    Nov 23, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Paul Rogers San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

    When it comes to global warming, California has begun keeping score.

  • Climate change speeds up since 1997 Kyoto accord
    Nov 23, 2009 - Seth Borenstein - The Seattle Times

    As the world has talked for a dozen years about what to do next, new ship passages opened through the Arctic's once-frozen summer sea ice. In Greenland and Antarctica, ice sheets have lost trillions of tons. Mountain glaciers in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa are shrinking faster than before.

  • Fossil Fuel Carbon Dioxide Emissions Up by 29 Percent Since 2000
    Nov 17, 2009 - Science Daily

    The strongest evidence yet that the rise in atmospheric CO2 emissions continues to outstrip the ability of the world's natural 'sinks' to absorb carbon is published November 17 in the journal Nature Geoscience.

  • Study: CO2 pollution soars in Ariz.
    Nov 13, 2009 - PHOENIX - (The Associated Press)

    A new study say carbon-dioxide pollution has increased dramatically in Arizona over the past two decades.
  • What Would Failure at Copenhagen Mean for Climate Change?
    Nov 10, 2009 - Douglas Fischer - Scientific American

    This is the consequence of failure at Copenhagen: A marked shift in scientific effort from solving global warming to adapting to its consequences, a hodge-podge of uncoordinated local efforts to trim emissions - none of which deliver the necessary cuts - and an altered climate.

  • Deforestation and Degradation Responsible for Approximately 15 Percent of Global Warming Emissions
    Nov 06, 2009 - Union of Concerned Scientists

    As Fossil Fuel Emissions Rise, Deforestation Makes up Smaller Percent, Still Significant Problem

  • Science Museum unveils climate change map showing impact of 4C rise
    Oct 22, 2009 - David Adam and Allegra Strtton -

    The British government today raised the political stakes on climate change when it published a new map of the world that details the likely effects of a failure to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

  • As world nears pivotal climate talks, UN reports warming emissions grew for 7th year
    Oct 21, 2009 - The Associated Press

    The industrialized world again in 2007 boosted, rather than reduced, its emissions of global-warming gases, the U.N. reported Wednesday, as international negotiators looked ahead to crucial climate talks in December.

  • Livestock Emissions: Still Grossly Underestimated?
    Oct 20, 2009 - Worldwatch Institute

    The environmental impact of the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food has been vastly underestimated, and in fact accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases (GHGs), according to Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, co-authors of "Livestock and Climate Change" in the latest issue of World Watch magazine.

  • U.S. Headed for massive decline in carbon emissions
    Oct 14, 2009 - Lester R. Brown - Warth Policy Institute
    For years now, many members of Congress have insisted that cutting carbon emissions was difficult, if not impossible. It is not. During the two years since 2007, carbon emissions have dropped 9 percent. While part of this drop is from the recession, part of it is also from efficiency gains and from replacing coal with natural gas, wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

  • Climate Roulette
    Oct 13, 2009 - Mark Hertsgaard - The Nation

    They say that everyone who finally gets it about climate change has an "Oh, shit" moment--an instant when the full scientific implications become clear and they suddenly realize what a horrifically dangerous situation humanity has created for itself. Listening to the speeches, groundbreaking in their way, that President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao delivered September 22 at the UN Summit on Climate Change, I was reminded of my most recent "Oh, shit" moment.

  • Today's CO2 highest in 15 million years, new research finds
    Oct 9, 2009 - Greenbang

    The last time our planet’s atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were as high as they are today? Try 15 million years ago.

  • China and USA energy and climate change comparison
    Oct 7, 2009 - Renewable Energy

    China has long since been criticised by the West as being intransigent on its response to climate change issues. But a new analysis by NGO Greenpeace compares various aspects of China's policy and energy landscape with that of the USA, and it reveals some interesting findings.

  • Risky business: insuring countries against climate catastrophe
    Sep 28, 2009 - Reenita Malhotra - CNN.Com

    The last 50 years have borne witness to a spate of climate-related disasters across the world causing over 800,000 fatalities and $1 trillion in economic losses.

  • G-20 calls for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies to fight global warming
    Sep 26, 2009 - The Associated Press

    The Group of 20 major developed and emerging economies called Friday for phasing out "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" as a way of combating global warming following their two-day summit in Pittsburgh.

  • New Analysis Brings Dire Forecast Of 6.3-Degree Temperature Increase
    Sept 25, 2009 - Juliet Eilperin - The Washington Post

    Climate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century even if the world's leaders fulfill their most ambitious climate pledges, a much faster and broader scale of change than forecast just two years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program.

  • Biotechnology could cut CO2 sharply, help build green economy
    Sep 17, 2009 - WWF

    Industrial biotechnology has the potential to save the planet up to 2.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions per year and support building a sustainable future, a WWF report found.

  • White House Unveils Plan to Curb Auto Emissions
    Sept 16, 2009 - Stephen Power and Josh Mitchell - Wall Street

    The Obama administration rolled out details of its strategy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars, with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency saying the proposal paves the way for regulating emissions from sources such as power plants.

  • Failing to Curb Global Warming Could Cost the Nation Hundreds of Billions by the End of the Century, New Report Finds
    Sept 10, 2009 - Union of Concerned Scientists

    Unchecked climate change could saddle taxpayers, businesses, and state and local governments across the country with hundreds of billions of dollars in damages, according to a new report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report, "Climate Change in the United States: The Prohibitive Costs of Inaction," is an overview of more than 60 studies analyzing the potential financial toll of global warming if we fail to dramatically curb emissions. The costs are largely due to rising sea levels, more intense hurricanes, flooding, declining public health, strained energy and water resources, and impaired transportation infrastructure. UCS has assembled separate summaries of findings for the East Coast, Midwest and Western states.

  • Global Warming Could Forestall Ice Age
    Sept 3, 2009 - Andrew C. Revkin - The New York Times

    The human-driven buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere appears to have ended a slide, many millenniums in the making, toward cooler summer temperatures in the Arctic, the authors of a new study report.

  • UN: Poor nations need $600B for climate change
    Sep 1 , 2009 - Eliane Engeler - Associated Press

    Developing countries need between $500 billion and $600 billion a year from rich nations to adapt to climate change and make sure their economies grow, a U.N. report concluded Tuesday.

  • India to step up technologies to fight climate change
    Aug 13, 2009 - The Associated Press

    India said Thursday it will step up use of technologies to combat climate change.

  • New figures show India's emissions a fourth of China's
    Aug 11, 2009 - Krittivas Mukherjee - Reuters

    India contributes around five percent to global carbon dioxide emissions, a new government report showed on Tuesday, but is still only about a quarter of the emissions of China and the United States.

  • "Full Portifolio" of technologies key to curbing CO2
    Aug 4, 2009 - IndustryWeek

    The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released on August 3 reports that show a full portfolio of electricity sector technologies could simultaneously address the challenge of growing load demand while meeting carbon constraints and limiting increases in the cost of electricity.

  • Warning: oil supplies are running out fast
    Aug 3, 2009 - Steve Connor - The Independent Science

    The world is heading for a catastrophic energy crunch that could cripple a global economic recovery because most of the major oil fields in the world have passed their peak production, a leading energy economist has warned.

  • Beijing closing coal plants in environmental move
    Jul 30, 2009 - The Associated Press

    China has taken advantage of a drop in electricity demand due to the global financial crisis to speed up a campaign to close small coal-fired power plants and improve its battered environment, an official said Thursday.

  • New Report Finds Transportation Efficiencies Can Contribute to Significant GHG Reductions and Consumer Savings
    Jul 28, 2009 - Michael Oko - NRDC

    The first-ever comprehensive analysis of transportation efficiency and its relationship to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and consumer savings was released today by a diverse group of stakeholders committed to addressing climate change. Sponsored by transportation experts, industry, environmental organizations, federal agencies, trade associations and leading foundations, Moving Cooler: An Analysis of Transportation Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, provides an objective and scientific analysis of the effectiveness and cost of almost 50 scalable transportation strategies, both alone and combined, to reduce GHG emissions.

  • World will warm faster than predicted in next five years, study warns
    July 27, 2009 - Duncan Clark - Guardian

    New estimate based on the forthcoming upturn in solar activity and El Niño southern oscillation cycles is expected to silence global warming sceptics

  • Trapping Carbon Dioxide Or Switching To Nuclear Power Not Enough To Solve Global Warming Problem, Experts Say
    Jul 13, 2009 - Science Daily

    Attempting to tackle climate change by trapping carbon dioxide or switching to nuclear power will not solve the problem of global warming, according to energy calculations published in the July issue of the International Journal of Global Warming.

  • 100 Coal Plants Prevented or Abandoned
    Movement Sparks Shift to Cleaner Energy and Over 400 Million Fewer Tons of CO2

    Jul 9, 2009 - Virginia Cramer - Sierra Club

    Washington, DC:  Americans can breathe easier today as Intermountain Power’s coal plant in Utah became the 100th new coal plant to be prevented or abandoned since the beginning of the coal rush in 2001. In their place, a smart mix of clean energy solutions like energy efficiency, wind, solar and geothermal has stepped up to meet America’s energy needs. Last year 42 percent of all new power producing capacity came from wind, and for the first time the wind industry created more jobs than mining coal.  And it’s not just wind, significant job creation is happening across the clean energy spectrum.

  • Energy efficiency, reduced deforestation can reverse emissions trend - report
    Jul 6, 2009 - News

    More than 70% of the emissions reductions needed to reverse the growth of global greenhouse gases can be achieved by investing in energy efficiency and reducing deforestation, according to a new report by The Climate Group.

  • 5 steps to clean up air pollution
    Jun 24, 2009 - Janice Nolen - Scientific American

    Even as the U.S. explores the complex challenges of global warming, air pollution remains widespread and dangerous. Millions of Americans live in areas that have recognized air pollution problems. Grave health effects—including death—are all too common. And the threat is not just to people: dirty air sickens and kills plants and animals and creates ugly haze that obscures spectacular views.

  • Ely coal-fired power plant plan withdrawn
    Jun 23, 2009 - The Associated Press

    NV Energy has formally withdrawn its application to build the Ely Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant that was opposed by environmentalists and by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

  • TERI launches specialised library on climate change
    Jun 19, 2009 - TERI

    TERI launches specialised library on climate change (SLCC).
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  • 2.1 Million-year high measured for carbon dioxide in atmosphere
    Jun 18, 2009 - Jeremy van Loon -

    Carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere has risen to its highest level in at least 2.1 million years, according to a new investigation of the greenhouse gas’s role in ice ages over the millennia.

  • The impact of global warmimg on human fatality rates
    Jun 17, 2009 - Scientific American

    Researchers believe that global warming is already responsible for some 150,000 deaths each year around the world, and fear that the number may well double by 2030 even if we start getting serious about emissions reductions today.

  • New report provides authoritative assessment of national, regional impacts of global climate change
    Jun 16, 2009 - NOAA

    Climate change is already having visible impacts in the United States, and the choices we make now will determine the severity of its impacts in the future, according to a new and authoritative federal study assessing the current and anticipated domestic impacts of climate change.

  • Asia set to become biggest climate change driver
    Jun 16, 2009 - Teresa Cerojano - The Associated Press

    Asia's share of global greenhouse gas emissions could rise to more than 40 percent by 2030, making it the world's main driver of climate change, experts warned Tuesday.

  • Climate change costs aren't just long-term
    Jun 5, 2009 - Thomas Kostigen - First Enercast Financial

    While many cite climate change's long-term costs and problems down the road, it will claim 300,000 lives and cost $125 billion this year alone.

  • U.S. responsible for 29 percent of CO2 emissions over past 150 years, triple China's share
    Jun 1, 2009 - Joseph Romm - grist

    Since the mid-1800s, U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, accounted for 29% of the global total.  Those 328,000 million metric tons of cumulative emissions are the most of any country and more than three times the amount emitted by China over the same period (93,000 MtCO2), according to data from the World Resources Institute.

  • Al Gore warns on latest climate trends
    May, 2009 - TED

    All Gore presents latest climate trends and debunks 'clean coal.'

  • Nobel laureates compare climate crisis to threat from nuclear weapons
    May 29, 2009 - John Vidal -

    Prince Charles-hosted symposium says zero carbon economy is ultimate necessity and calls for urgent cuts in emissions

  • CO2 emissions from energy use dropped in U.S. last year
    May 21, 2009 - Katherine Harmon - Scientific American

    Carbon dioxide emissions went the way of the U.S. economy last year—which, in this case, is good news. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that U.S. emissions of the greenhouse gas dropped the most last year since at least 1990, when it began keeping tabs. The EIA says the overall 2.8 percent dip in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is likely linked to a combo of the slumping economy and high fuel prices.

  • Climate change will overload humanitarian system, warns Oxfam
    Apr 21, 2009 - John Vidal -

    Number of people affected by extreme weather has doubled in 30 years and is expected to reach 375 million a year by 2015

  • U.S. carbon dioxide emissions up 20 percent since 1990
    Apr 15 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Matthew Preusch The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

    The amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere in the United States increased 1.4 percent in 2007.

  • Microfinance Institutions Begin to Incorporate Climate Change in Development Strategies
    Apr 14, 2009 - Robert Kropp -

    Report from CGAP finds that MFIs are well-positioned to contribute to energy efficiency in developing countries, but recommends shift in priorities from loans to financial services that include savings.

  • Huge coalfield discovered in China's Xinjiang
    Apr 14, 2009 - AsiaPulse

    A huge coalfield with a reserve of three billion tons has been discovered at Aiding Lake in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to the Xinjiang Bureau of Coal Geology.

  • Coal-fired power plants capacity to grow by 35 per cent in next 10 years
    Apr , 2009 -

    World coal-fired power plant capacity will grow from 1,759,000 MW in 2010 to 2,384,000 MW in 2020. Some 80,000 MW will be replaced. So there will be 705,000 MW of new coal-fired boilers built. The annual new boiler sales will average 70,000 MW. The annual investment will be $140 billion.  

  • U.S. to host major economies talks on climate change April 27-28
    Mar 28, 2009 - The Associated Press

    President Barack Obama will host a meeting on climate change and energy in Washington on April 27-28 to help facilitate a global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the White House said Saturday.

  • Global warming to carry big costs for California
    Mar 12, 2009 - Samantha Young - The Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - From agricultural losses to devastation wrought by wildfires, California's economy is expected to see significant costs resulting from global warming in the decades ahead, according to a new report.

  • Global Warming Worse Than Predicted - US Scientist
    Feb 16, 2009 - Julie Steenhuysen

    CHICAGO - The climate is heating up far faster than scientists had predicted, spurred by sharp increases in greenhouse gas emissions from developing countries like China and India, a top climate scientist said on Saturday.

  • Climate warming gases rising faster than expected
    Feb 14, 2009 - Randolph E. Schmid -The Associated Press

    Despite widespread concern over global warming, humans are adding carbon to the atmosphere even faster than in the 1990s, researchers warned Saturday.

  • Report: Some climate damage already irreversible
    Jan 26, 2009 - Randolph E. Schmid - Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Many damaging effects of climate change are already basically irreversible, a team of international researchers declared Monday, warning that even if carbon emissions can somehow be halted temperatures around the globe will remain high until at least the year 3000.

  • South Korea urged to take lead against climate change
    Dec 31, 2008 -- AsiaPulse

    WASHINGTON- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday urged his fellow South Koreans to take the lead in international efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

  • UN: greenhouse gases at new record highs
    Nov 25, 2008 - Eliane Engeler - Associated Press

    Greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere have reached new record highs and show no sign of leveling off, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday.

  • CHINA: Coal cost $248B in hidden expenses in ‘07
    Oct 29, 2008 - Greenpeace

    Climatewire: China’s use of coal power in 2007 cost the country $248 billion in health care costs, environmental damages and government subsidies, according to a report released Monday by Greenpeace.

  • Study: World's CO2 emissions increase
    Sep 29, 2008 - UPI

    U.S. scientists say annual carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels and manufacturing worldwide have grown 38 percent since 1992.

  • Global warming pollution increases 3 percent
    Sep 25, 2008- Seth Borenstein - The Associated Press

    Worldwide man-made emissions of carbon dioxide - the main gas that causes global warming - jumped 3 percent last year, international scientists said Thursday.

  • Scientists call for curbing coal burning
    Sep 16, 2008 - UPI

    U.S. scientists say they've determined curbing carbon dioxide emissions from coal might avert climate danger.

  • Wis. governor says no to coal for power plants
    Aug 1, 2008 - Scott Bauer - The Associated Press

    Gov. Jim Doyle's announcement Friday that Wisconsin will stop using coal at its power plants in Madison was hailed as a pivotal victory for the environment that makes the state a leader in seeking clean energy alternatives.

  • Ga. judge halts construction of coal-fired plant
    Jun 30, 2008 - Greg Bluestein - The Associated Press

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The construction of a coal-fired power plant in Georgia was halted Monday when a judge ruled that the plant's builders must first obtain a permit from state regulators that limits the amount of carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Living on the Ice Shelf: Humanity's Melt Down
    Jun 26, 2008 - Mike Davis - Truthout

    Our world, our old world that we have inhabited for the last 12,000 years, has ended, even if no newspaper in North America or Europe has yet printed its scientific obituary.

  • World Energy Use Projected to Grow 50 Percent Between 2005 and 2030
    Jun 25, 2008 - EIA Reports U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

    World marketed energy consumption is projected to grow by 50 percent between 2005 and 2030, driven by robust economic growth and expanding populations in the world’s developing countries, according to the reference case projection from the International Energy Outlook 2008 (IEO2008) released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

  • White House issues climate report 4 years late
    May, 2008 - Seth Borenstein - The Associated Press

    Under a court order and four years late, the White House Thursday produced what it called a science-based "one-stop shop" of specific threats to the United States from man-made global warming.

  • $45 Trillion Needed to Combat Warming
    Jun 6, 2008 - Joseph Coleman - Excite News

    The world needs to invest $45 trillion in energy in coming decades, build some 1,400 nuclear power plants and vastly expand wind power in order to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to an energy study released Friday.

  • G8 Environment Ministers Endorse Greenhouse Gas Cuts By 2050, Fail To Agree On 2020 Target, May 26

  • Coal use set to increase in the global energy mix
    May 1, 2008 - Datamonitor

    A combination of strong demand, record oil and gas prices, concerns over energy security and a reluctance to recommit to nuclear energy, has seen a renaissance of coal in the European energy mix. This is a trend closely mirrored in the US and Asia. However, while coal might help to fill growing energy security gaps, it raises some profound environmental questions.

  • UK Think Tank: Slow Global Response To Climate Change Has Security Risk, Apr 23, 2008

  • California to Be Home to $600 Million Global Warming Research Center
    Apr 10, 2008 - San Jose Mercury News

    California will establish a high-profile, $600 million research center to devise solutions for global warming, the Public Utilities Commission decided in a 5-0 vote Thursday.

  • CO2 From US Power Plants Said To Show Biggest Jump In Decade
    Mar 18, 2008 - Dow Jones & Co, Inc.

    The amount of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, released by the nation's power plants grew by nearly 3% last year, the largest annual increase in nearly a decade, an environmental group said Tuesday.

  • China's carbon emissions rising faster than expected - study
    Mar 12, 2008 - XFN-ASIA

    China's carbon emissions have been increasing at an average rate of 11 pct per year since 2004, far higher than the 2-5 pct estimate set by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a study by the University of California, Berkeley and UC San Diego.

  • Northeast summers heading south (interactive)
    Feb 19, 2008 - The Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment and the Union of Concerned Scientists

    Scientists uded temperature and precipitation projects to calculate future summer climates for the Northesast. Highter temperatures and increased humidity will make most state's climates more like those in today's Mid-Atlantic or Southern regions.

  • UN: climate change may cost $20 trillion
    Jan 31, 2008 - The Associated Press

    Global warming could cost the world up to $20 trillion over two decades for cleaner energy sources and do the most harm to people who can least afford to adapt, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in a new report.

  • Environmentalists Launch Assault to Halt Coal Plants
    Jan 20 - Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

    In federal and state courtrooms across the country, environmental groups are putting coal-fueled power plants on trial in a bid to slow the industry's biggest construction boom in decades.

  • Japan PM to announce aid for poor nations to fight global warming
    Jan 10, 2008 - BBCMonitoring

    Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will announce a five-year 1 trillion yen package to help developing countries combat global warming when he attends a World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland later this month, government sources said Thursday.

  • Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity In A Divided World, UNDP Report 2007/2008

  • PacifiCorp cancels Wyo. coal projects
    Dec 11, 2007 - The Associated Press

    PacifiCorp has scrapped plans for two coal-based power projects in southwest Wyoming, saying coal plant projects are no longer "viable" because of the uncertain political climate regarding carbon dioxide emissions.

  • More Global Energy Firms Covet China Coal Industry
    Dec 11, 2007 - SinoCast

    More international energy companies expect to build a presence in China's fast-growing coal industry in line with the nation's related policies in the near future.

  • Tucson firm has plan for towers to suck up CO2
    Nov 25, 2007 - McClatchy- Tribune Regional News - Tom Beal - The Arizona Daily Star

    A Tucson firm thinks it may have the answer to global warming: millions of carbon-dioxide-sucking towers that would allow us to merrily burn fossil fuel without killing the planet.

  • Wind-fuelled 'supergrid' offers clean power to Europe
    Nov 25, 2007 - The Independent

    An audacious proposal to build a 5,000-mile electricity supergrid, stretching from Siberia to Morocco and Egypt to Iceland, would slash Europe's CO2 emissions by a quarter, scientists say.

  • Energy experts say world must develop carbon capture to fight climate change
    Nov 15, 2007 - The Associated Press - Ariel David

    Since heavily polluting coal and ever-pricier oil will provide most of the world's power for decades to come, nations must make more efficient use of fossil fuels and learn to contain the tons of carbon dioxide industries spew each day, experts said Thursday.

  • China to overtake US with world's highest CO2 emissions this year- IEA
    Nov 9, 2007 - XFN-Asia

    China will this year surpass the US in terms of carbon dioxide emissions and will become the world's biggest oil consumer by 2010, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

  • China signals rejection of greenhouse gas caps, saying emissions needed to fight poverty
    Nov 9, 2007 - Joe McDonald - Associated Press

    A Chinese official gave the clearest sign yet that Beijing will reject binding caps on greenhouse gas emissions at a global meeting next month, saying Friday developing countries must be allowed to raise emissions to fight poverty.

  • Bill Would Set High Standard for Coal Plants Residents Voted Down the Coal Gasification Plant in Wiscasset, but Developers Haven't Given Up Yet
    Nov 8, 2007 - Portland Press Herald

    After winning their fight to block construction of a coal gasification plant, opponents are continuing the battle in the Maine Legislature.

  • China 'to be largest energy user'
    Nov 7, 2007 - BBC Monitoring

    China is set to become the world's largest consumer of energy by about 2010, according to a study by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

  • Energy needs 'to grow inexorably'
    Nov 7, 2007 - BBC Monitoring

    The global demand for energy is set to grow inexorably through to 2030 if governments do not change their policies, warns a top energy official.

  • China, India seen as key to energy, climate
    Nov 7, 2007 - The Associated Press

    What they do 'will also affect the rest of the world,' IEA says
    LONDON - Rapid economic growth in China and India will have devastating consequences for the world's energy supply if governments in those emerging countries do not ramp up efforts to curb demand and greenhouse gas emissions, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

  • 2030 global CO2 emissions expected to surge 56% over 2005 level
    Nov 7, 2007 - The Associated Press

    London - Global carbon dioxide emissions in 2030 will likely be 56 percent higher than in 2005 due chiefly to burgeoning CO2 emissions from China and India, the International Energy Agency said in an annual report Wednesday.

  • World's growing dependence on coal leaving a trail of environmental devastation
    Nov 4, 2007 - Michael Casey - The Associated Press

    It takes five to 10 days for the pollution from China's coal-fired plants to make its way to the United States, like a slow-moving storm.

  • China shuts down 10 mln kilowatts of small power generators ahead of schedule
    Oct 26, 2007 - Xinhua

    China has already shut down small coal-fired generating units with an aggregate capacity of 10 million kilowatts so far this year, a target set for the whole year, in a bid to save energy and reduce emissions.

  • Governor's commission completes two-year climate change report
    Oct 26, 2007 - The Associated Press

    A governor's commission charged with making recommendations on how to curb greenhouse gas emissions recommended that the state expand energy efficiency programs, support renewable energy and team up with its colleges and universities to develop a "green economy" in Vermont.

  • Report: NC emissions reductions could create 300K jobs
    Oct 24, 2007 - The Associated Press

    Going green could bring some new jobs to North Carolina.

  • Coal's Future Fading To Black
    Oct 10, 2007 - McClatchy- Tribune Information Services

    Florida, a state that has fought hard to preserve the ban on oil production off its shores, has effectively closed the door on another traditional source of energy.

  • Princeton study tells how to reduce carbon dioxide
    Oct 8, 2007 - McClatchy- Tribune Information Services

    A 2004 Science magazine article by two Princeton University scientists is just now attracting widespread attention in the global warming field.

  • Coal-Emission Cleanup a Challenge for Utilities
    Oct 8, 2007 - McClatchy- Tribune Information Services

    Coal-powered utilities, under intense pressure to cut carbon emissions, say the country needs the electricity that coal generates and they need time to enact controls on discharges. Groups like the Sierra Club, however, want an immediate end to coal's use -- in the United States and around the world -- to slow global warming.

  • Climate Change: Scientists use algae to absorb carbon dioxide
    Sep 29, 2007 - IPS/GIN

    The possibility that algae could be used to capture carbon dioxide from the air is changing the negative reputation of these organisms, which are often seen as a plague caused by excessive fertilizer runoff. Until very recently, the proliferation of algae was interpreted as an undesirable consequence of the overuse of agro-chemicals, which has caused skin irritation in humans and the death of aquatic fauna from lack of oxygen.

  • World Energy Revolution Needed For Climate, Says Condoleezza Rice
    Sep 25, 2007 - Reuters

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday the world needs a revolution on energy that transcends oil, gas and coal to prevent problems from climate change.

  • Dirty Energy Threatens Health of 2 Billion -Study
    Sep 12, 2007 - Reuters

    The health of about 2 billion of the world's poor is being damaged because they lack access to clean energy, like electricity, and face exposure to smoke from open fires, scientists said on Thursday.

  • Danger Gas Breakthrough; Scientist's Special Tubes Could Cut Power Station Emissions
    Aug 3, 2007  - Evening Chronicle

    ENGINEERS in the North East may have developed a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power stations to almost nothing. The team of experts from Newcastle University has been researching the effects of ceramic tubes to develop a new combustion process.

  • To Dismay of Power Utilities, Coal Emissions Are Under Fire
    Jul 31, 2007 - Roanoke Times & World News

    The emergence of global warming as a mainstream concern has altered the political landscape for coal -- the abundant domestic fuel that provides half the nation's electricity and is a major driver of the economy of far Southwest Virginia.

  • Climate Change Debate Hinges On Economics
    Jul 15, 2007 - Washington Post

    Here's the good news about climate change: Energy and climate experts say the world already possesses the technological know-how for trimming greenhouse gas emissions enough to slow the perilous rise in the Earth's temperatures.

  • A Sudden Change of State Posted
    July 3, 2007 - George Monbiot - The Guardian

    A new paper suggests we have been greatly underestimating the impacts of climate change – and the size of the necessary response.

  • China becomes top CO2 emitter, overtaking U.S.
    Jun 20, 2007 - The Associated Press

    China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2), a Dutch research institution announced Tuesday.

  • Reducing greenhouse gases would help economy
    Jun 15, 2007 - Jim Erickson - University of Michigan News Service

    A yearlong study by students and researchers at the University of Michigan said the state could reduce greenhouse gases 12% while at the same time adding $380 million to the economy and creating 3,400 new jobs if it required more renewable energy.

  • U.N. scientists to lay out ways to head off worst of climate change, at least cost
    Apr 23, 2007 - Michael Casey - The Associated Press

    After two reports predicting a warmer Earth where life is fundamentally changed, a U.N.-sponsored scientific panel next month will issue a third study describing how a united world can avert the worst, by embracing technologies ranging from nuclear power to manure controls.

  • World Web Of Electricity Charged Up
    Mar 9, 2007

    The key to fighting climate change is for the U.S. to take a leadership role in promoting a "new world wide web of electricity," according to Michael Powers, board member and spokesman for Global Energy Network Institute, a non-profit research and education group based in San Diego.

  • Worries over global warming to boost use of renewables
    Feb 27, 2007 - Alister Doyle OSLO, Reuters

    Three decades after former U.S. President Jimmy Carter experimented with solar panels on the White House roof, grim U.N. warnings about climate change may kick-start wider global use of renewable energy.

  • New alarms are rung on perils of global warming
    Feb 26, 2007 - Associated Press

    To head off the worst of climate change, the world\'s governments must pour tens of billions of dollars more than they are into clean-energy research and enforce sharp rollbacks in fossil-fuel emissions, a scientific panel reported to the United Nations on Tuesday.

  • Top Global Warming Scientist Wants Halt on New Coal Power Plants, wants to bulldoze old ones
    Feb 26, 2007 - The Associated Press

    One of the world's top scientists on global warming called for the United States to stop building coal-fired power plants and eventually bulldoze older generators that don't capture and bury greenhouse gases.

  • Report: Global warming panel warns gas emissions must be reversed in 13 years
    Feb 23, 2007 - Melissa Eddy The Associated Press

    A U.N.-backed panel of international scientists is to warn that dangerous gas emissions must decline by 2020 if global warming is to be halted, German media reported Friday.

  • Climate Change Pushes Global Agenda
    Feb 20, 2007 - Timothy Wirth

    Over the last 12 months, events in the natural world and rising scientific consensus about the nature of the challenge of global climate change have pushed this issue to the top of the international agenda. The so-called and long-overstated "debate" about global warming is over, and a new discussion has begun over how to face the challenge. It is now not only being carried out in field laboratories and the halls of our great universities and scientific institutions, but in think tanks, at high-level international conferences, from the podiums of presidential candidates, and in legislatures around the world.

  • California Moves Quickly To Block New Coal-Fired Power Plants, Jan 24, 2007

  • Global Temperature Highest in Millennia: Global Temperature Highest in Thousands of Years, Researchers Tell Science Journal
    Sep 26, 2006 - The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON - The planet's temperature has climbed to levels not seen in thousands of years, warming that has begun to affect plants and animals, researchers report in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Earth Institute Researchers Present Their Work at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
    Dec 2, 2005 - Earth Institute News

    Wide array of topics includes climate change, social consequences of natural disasters (Keeling Curve presented)

    Scientists from The Earth Institute will arrive in San Francisco this week to attend the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an annual gathering of more than 11,000 researchers from around the world who study the Earth and other planets. Representatives from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), the Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS), the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and many other affiliates of The Earth Institute will present a wide range of geologic, geochemical and interdisciplinary research, including the following:

  • The Big Meltdown: Something’s Happening at both Poles, March 31, 2005

  • Report: Global Warming at Critical Point, January 25, 2005

  • Low-cost renewable energy is key: Expert says rising prices of natural gas, fuels isn't enough
    Nov 30, 2000 - Jeff Smith - Denver Rocky Mountain News

    Increased use of renewable energy is likely to depend more on prices coming down rather than a crisis in natural gas costs and other conventional fuels, an expert said Wednesday.

  • Climate change conference was all about clean energy
    Nov 27, 2000 -

    THE HAGUE--All 400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity that powered the Climate Conference in The Hague were produced without emitting a single molecule of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. How? With the windmills and solar panels of Nuon International, the largest utility in the Netherlands.
    Editor's Note: Article refers to U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, The Hague, The Netherlands, November 2000

  • Worldwatch report finds Earth is in a sorry state
    Jan 12, 1997 - Vicki Allen - Reuters - San Diego Union-Tribune

    WASHINGTON — Five years after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, treaties to protect the atmosphere and biodiversity are foundering, the world's population is spiraling and more than 1 billion people cannot feed themselves, the Worldwatch Institute said yesterday.

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