Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMExtreme La Niñas could become more frequent because of global warming, according to a study out this week in the British journal Nature Climate Change. [News Source]
Study: Climate change to bring more nasty La Niñas.
For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud.
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMEarthen homes with vaulted brick roofs - a style adopted from Nubia in northern Sudan - are being promoted across the Sahel, including in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mauritania, as part of efforts to build resilience to climate change. [News Source]
Senate finally passes Keystone, but Obama’s veto looms.
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMThe Senate passed a bill approving construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday, setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama, who has promised to veto the measure. [News Source]
How climate change leads to volcanoes (really).
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMNow, you can add yet another problem to the climate change hit list: volcanoes. That’s the word from a new study conducted in Iceland and accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters. [News Source]
Winter storm exposes vulnerability of nuclear power plants.
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMTwo days after a major New England blizzard contributed to the shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., the facility remains closed. [News Source]
Will the falling oil price undermine green energy?
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMYou might think that the crash in the price of oil must be dealing a potentially fatal blow to renewable power. However, things are not so straightforward. The world of energy has changed. [News Source]
Officials crack down on wind farms that kill birds, bats.
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMFederal wildlife officials are cracking down on wind farms caught killing bats and birds. A peer-reviewed study issued last summer estimated turbines kill as many as 368,000 birds annually. [News Source]
Nuclear power needs to double to meet warming goal.
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMSince the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan chilled global attitudes toward nuclear power, the world has been slowly reconciling its discomfort with nuclear and the idea that it may have a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change. [News Source]
US EPA chief hopes pope will spur concern on climate change.
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMThe head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis' upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince sceptics that "the science is real". [News Source]
Germany boosts onshore wind capacity by record amount in 2014.
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMGermany's newly installed onshore wind power capacity rose by a record 4,750 megawatts (MW) in 2014, industry groups said on Thursday, marking what is likely to be a peak annual gain as the country gears up for a nuclear-free future. [News Source]
Poll finds gaping chasm in views between U.S. public, scientists.
Friday January 30th 2015, 9:00 AMAmerican scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution, a poll released on Thursday showed. [News Source]