Monthly Archives: February 2014

Is climate change behind California’s dry spell?

PhysOrg: California’s parched landscapes are receiving a much-needed soaking this week as heavy rainstorms roll across the West Coast. The break in the state’s dry spell is due to a weakening of an atmospheric anomaly that has been hovering above the northern Pacific Ocean. Dubbed the “ridiculously resilient ridge” by […] Read the original post […]

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Massive losses hit EnergyAustralia as demand falls, solar soars

Renew Economy: EnergyAustralia, one of the big three utilities in the country, has slumped to a loss of $350 million for calendar 2013 after slashing the value of its Yallourn brown coal generator, as well as some of its gas-fired generation assets. The write-down came as the company, owned by Hong […] Read the original […]

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Mexico, China led world on climate action in 2013

Hill: Mexico and China made the most progress last year on climate change laws, according to a study by GLOBE International. Out of 66 countries listed, 62 have passed or are working on “significant climate or energy-related laws, Bloomberg reports. The U.S. was included in report, noting that “dedicated climate change […] Read the original […]

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Climate change: Who stands to win and who to lose?

Voice of Russia: As the phenomenon of climate change is now a scientific fact, some think of the looming dangers and others — of benefits. Global warming has the potential to change the world’s economic geography that has been organized according to a climate that prevailed since the Middle Ages. […] Read the original post […]

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Warming pause doesn’t reverse scientific view on climate

Bloomberg: A pause in the pace of global warming does not invalidate research that links climate change to human activity, national science academies in the U.S. and U.K. said in a joint report. While the science in some areas of climate change continues to evolve, man’s contribution to warming, sea-level increases […] Read the original […]

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North Dakota Jan oil output flat as winter chills drilling-data

Reuters: Oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale stayed flat in January after falling sharply the month before, according to independent data that illustrate how this winter’s bitter cold put a freeze on the world’s fastest-growing oil patches. Although December’s extraordinary chill gave way to relatively warmer weather last month, Bakken […] Read the original […]

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Isle Royale wolves at risk from climate change, isolation

LA Times: On an icy island wilderness near the tip of Minnesota, a female gray wolf’s demise has added to the debate about whether authorities should try to save the wolves of Isle Royale National Park. Once, wolves could regularly move on and off the island along ice bridges to find […] Read the original […]

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Report hails international progress climate change laws

Guardian: Almost 500 laws to tackle climate change have been passed in countries which account for nine-tenths of global emissions, a study has found. Much of the action in the past year has been taken in emerging economies, including China and Mexico, while “flagship legislation” has been passed in eight countries, […] Read the original […]

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John Kerry: degradation of marine environment ‘doesn’t know borders’

Blue and Green: US secretary of state John Kerry has called for a massive expansion of the world’s marine reserves, urging governments to work together to protect our oceans. Kerry warned that overfishing, pollution and acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions were threatening all marine life, and the billions of people […] Read the original […]

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EU votes for emissions cap for new cars save ‘15m tonnes of CO2’

Blue and Green: The European parliament has voted in favour of the world’s toughest carbon dioxide emission standards for new cars, albeit with some concessions as a result of German lobbying. The targets were approved by a vote of 499 in favour, with 107 against and 9 abstentions, on Tuesday. They mean […] Read the […]

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