Global Warming and Climate Change News

UN climate report charts ways to halt global warming.
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

Just a few decades remain to halt global warming and head off its most catastrophic effects, says a new United Nations report that offers a sweeping menu of climate change fixes that would require global cooperation to implement. [News Source]

Unions, FutureGen ink deal for clean-energy initiative.
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin joined representatives of 17 labor unions and the FutureGen Alliance in signing an agreement Monday to get construction started on the FutureGen. 2.0 project, the largest energy research initiative in U.S. history. [News Source]

Fires threaten Amazon rainforest.
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

The Amazon rainforest is becoming increasingly vulnerable to catastrophic forest fires due to a combination of droughts, climate change and human activities such as deforestation, farming and habitat fragmentation, a major study has concluded. [News Source]

Dual turning point for biofuels.
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

There is an old joke in the energy business that advanced biofuels are the fuel of the future, and always will be. A Spanish company, Abengoa Bioenergy, has bet $500 million on robbing that joke of its punch line. [News Source]

Fires could turn Amazon rainforest into a desert as human activity and climate change threaten ‘lungs of the world’, says study.
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

The Amazon rainforest is becoming increasingly vulnerable to catastrophic forest fires due to a combination of droughts, climate change and human activities such as deforestation, farming and habitat fragmentation, a major study has concluded. [News Source]

Hybrid cars: Where do they perform most efficiently?
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

Recent research suggests that precisely how green hybrid vehicles are may depend on traffic levels, road design and, perhaps most intriguingly, national driving styles. [News Source]

In latest UN climate change report, scientists offer glimmer of hope – if we act fast.
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

Climate scientists have warned that we have been digging ourselves into a very deep and dark hole. But the third part of a report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change offers much more than dire warnings. [News Source]

March was the 4th warmest on record globally.
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average. [News Source]

Can 17,248 solar panels power one pilot around the world?
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

Solar Impulse chief executive Andre Borschberg told the Associated Press a trip around the world in his solar powered plane will take 20 flying days. The newly finished plane will be tested in May and June with plans of making the global trek in 2015. [News Source]

Political rifts slow US effort on climate laws.
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

Aggressive efforts to tackle climate change have repeatedly collided with political reality in Washington, where some Republicans question the underlying science and lawmakers' ties to the fossil fuel industry have made them resistant to change. [News Source]

UN report urges speedier action to avoid climate disaster.
Tuesday April 15th 2014, 10:00 AM

The world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change, a new United Nations report warns. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. [News Source]