Global Warming and Climate Change News

Philadelphia punditry.
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

What was—and wasn't—said at the two conventions previews how the environment will play as the presidential race heads into the homestretch. [News Source]

Stephen Hawking: Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink .
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

Does money matter? Does wealth make us rich any more? These might seem like odd questions for a physicist to try to answer, but Britain’s referendum decision is a reminder that everything is connected and that if we wish to understand the fundamental nature of the universe, we’d be very foolish to ignore the role that wealth does and doesn’t play in our society. [News Source]

Here are some real but so far unconsidered consequences of climate change.
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

As a scientist, I know that continuing climate change is the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of our state, our country and, indeed, the whole world. I also see the enormous economic opportunities provided by mitigating climate change. [News Source]

The controversial practice of storing carbon underground may be safer than we thought.
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

Few carbon-cutting practices have raised as much controversy, even among clean energy advocates, as the practice of carbon capture and storage. The basic concept is simple enough: catch carbon dioxide from factories and other industrial facilities before it goes into the atmosphere and then either store it indefinitely underground or inject it into oil reservoirs to help pump out more oil. [News Source]

New York could show the way to rescue U.S. nuclear plants.
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

New York state and nuclear power have never been best friends, but the state is expected to decide as soon as Monday on a proposed subsidy plan that could furnish the rest of the country with a model for saving a struggling industry while reducing carbon emissions. [News Source]

New water supply to Saskatchewan city to deal with Husky oil spill by weekend.
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

Saskatchewan's third-largest city was expecting to have alternate sources of water on the weekend to help deal with an oil spill that has tainted the river it usually draws from. [News Source]

CDC: Zika could affect 10,000 pregnancies in Puerto Rico by year’s end.
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

The Zika virus could affect up to 10,000 pregnant women in Puerto Rico this year, putting hundreds of babies at risk of catastrophic birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [News Source]

Suncor proposes leaving oil sands in ground to cut greenhouse gas emission intensity.
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

A proposal by oil sands giant Suncor Energy to leave some of its more difficult-to-produce reserves in the ground, to reduce emissions and costs, is being endorsed by environmentalists – but not by rival producer Cenovus Energy. [News Source]

EPA should reject Florida’s new water standards.
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

A state panel approved new water quality standards this week that defy both conventional science and common sense. The Environmental Regulation Commission voted to increase the amount of some cancer-causing chemicals that polluters can dump into Florida's waterways under an accelerated process that kept important voices out of the debate. [News Source]

Where are the world’s most water-stressed cities?
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

More than 2.5 billion people don’t have access to basic levels of fresh water for at least one month each year – a situation growing ever more critical as urban populations expand rapidly. [News Source]

Coal is behind the attacks on wind turbines. It’s fighting for its life.
Saturday July 30th 2016, 10:00 AM

As Victoria gives the green light for a massive $650 million wind farm with up to 104 turbines at Dundonnell, 200 kilometres west of Melbourne, and with talk of more wind farms in NSW a Liberal senator has been calling for a moratorium on new turbines until the Productivity Commission examines what they are doing to prices. [News Source]