Global Warming and Climate Change News

One In Four Republicans Say Global Warming Is ‘Major Threat’ To U.S.
Friday August 29th 2014, 12:02 PM

One in four Republicans say global warming is a major threat to the U.S. Asked if they perceive global warming as a “major threat,” 25 percent of Republicans said yes in the survey of 1,501 adults conducted last week. A majority of Republicans said the other threats listed are major, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Iran’s quest for nuclear power, but more Democrats are concerned ... [News Source]

Temperature hiatus periods to become a ‘thing of the past.’
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

The momentum of global warming caused by the build-up of greenhouse gases is likely to overwhelm natural cooling processes within decades, Australian researchers found. "Hiatuses" - such as the one stalling global warming for the past 15 years - are unlikely as emissions continue. [News Source]

Will the world go for a carbon tax?
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

Next year could bring an international treaty that eventually would damage West Virginia’s coal industry, and the gas industry to lesser degree. [News Source]

Burning Man goes green to leave desert clean.
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

Burning Man, the mass celebration of self-expression, espouses a "leave no trace" ethic that manages to live up to its environmental promise, according to event supporters and skeptics. And with heightened concerns about climate change, festival organizers have taken steps to try to limit the event's carbon footprint. [News Source]

A climate for change: The US can help drive a new round of global carbon cuts.
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

No U.S.-only initiative can stop the planet from warming. Any effective response to climate change will require broad, international effort. But such coordination is not out of reach. It is quite possible - if the United States does its part. [News Source]

Accounting for the expanding carbon shadow from coal-burning plants.
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine, and Robert Socolow of Princeton have written a valuable new paper showing how to weigh the full amount of carbon dioxide that power plants burning coal or gas could emit during their time in service. [News Source]

Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of Louisiana's coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy. [News Source]

‘Urgency of climate change’ to debut as legal defense.
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

As protests go, Ken Ward’s and Jay O’Hara’s daylong blockade of a coal delivery was low-key. There were no kerfuffles and nobody was arrested - the men learned of criminal charges later by mail. But the duo’s trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 8, is shaping up as a high-profile affair. [News Source]

Kikwete to chair regional meet on climate change today.
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

The Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change is expected to meet in Dar es Salaam on Thursday to discuss the impacts of climate change. [News Source]

State regulators allow fracking to start in Nevada.
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

Fracking can move forward across Nevada after new regulations guiding the controversial activity were approved Thursday by state officials. [News Source]

With an eye on carbon cash, Cameroon boosts forest monitoring.
Friday August 29th 2014, 10:00 AM

Cameroon has set up a national system to monitor forest carbon in an effort to earn carbon cash and protect the country's expansive but disappearing forests. [News Source]