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Supreme Court Hands Loss
to Green Advocates
Jun 30, 2022 9:23 AM CDT
Supreme Court Hands Loss to Green Advocates
Justices limit EPA's ability to limit emissions from power plants
- In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation's main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air...
Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere
Hits Pre-Human Levels
Jun 3, 2022 3:50 PM CDT
Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Hits Pre-Human Levels
At this rate, damage from climate change will increase, experts say
- The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has shot past a key milestone—more than 50% higher than pre-industrial times—and is at levels not seen since millions of years ago when Earth was a hothouse ocean-inundated planet, federal scientists announced Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...
Scientists See Evidence
of Troubling Shift in Amazon
Jul 15, 2021 12:28 PM CDT
Scientists See Evidence of Troubling Shift in Amazon
Parts of the rainforest are now emitting more carbon dioxide than they absorb
- Researchers have been warning about an imminent "tipping point" in the Amazon rainforest for a while now, and a new study suggests the moment has arrived for swaths of the region. The study in
finds that parts of the rainforest are now emitting more carbon dioxide than they...
Carbon Dioxide Levels
Reach an Unwanted Record
Jun 7, 2021 10:00 AM CDT
Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach an Unwanted Record
Atmosphere is at 419ppm, despite a drop in emissions during the pandemic
- The pandemic and its related shutdowns caused a notable drop in the emission of greenhouse gases. But that did little to put a dent in the growing concentration of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere, reports the
. The new numbers are in, and they're record-breaking in a...
Study: Meat Prices
Should Jump 146%
Dec 23, 2020 12:31 PM CST
Study: Meat Prices Should Jump 146%
If they're to cover their associated climate costs, that is
- You're doing the planet no favors by eating meat that was produced organically, at least when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions—and whatever meat you're eating, it should cost much, much more than it currently does. That's the determination of a new analysis based on German...
Cops: Woman's Mask
May Have Caused Crash
Apr 27, 2020 7:21 AM CDT
Cops: Woman's Mask May Have Caused Crash
NJ police department walks back initial remarks after noting N95 mask could've led to accident
- Police pointed to an odd possible cause of a single-car crash in New Jersey last week, though an "overwhelming response" on social media now has them pulling that back. ABC News reports cops responded to the scene of an accident Thursday in Lincoln Park and found a red car...
Over Latest Amazon Data
Nov 19, 2019 12:46 PM CST
Environmentalists Alarmed Over Latest Amazon Data
Deforestation is at an 11-year high, Brazil says
- Environmentalists are ringing alarm bells after Brazil released its latest data on the Amazon rainforest, CNN reports. According to the government, the rainforest lost nearly 3,800 square miles over 12 months through July 2019, marking an 11-year high in deforestation and a 29.5% increase over the year before....
Have a Dirty Secret
Oct 13, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
20 Companies Have a Dirty Secret
The Climate Accountability Institute says they're responsible for 35% of emissions
- Fossil fuel companies emit greenhouse gases—we know. But a new analysis says 20 such companies are responsible for over a third of all greenhouse gas emissions since 1965, the
reports. Conducted by Richard Heede, an authority at the Climate Accountability Institute, the study says 20 companies have released...
It Turns Out Peat Is Way, Way
More Important Than You Knew
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Oct 6, 2019 10:25 AM CDT
It Turns Out Peat Is Way, Way More Important Than You Knew
If peatlands burn, the planet will suffer greatly
- If you've never thought much about peat, that's understandable. An accumulation of partially decayed vegetation that can develop into a material more than 20 feet deep, peat covers just 3% of the Earth. But a lengthy article from
makes clear it's a powerhouse thanks to...
What's a Whale Worth?
More Than You Might Think
Sep 25, 2019 10:35 AM CDT
What's a Whale Worth? More Than You Might Think
Team of economists with the IMF do the math
- Whales are actually cash cows, or so suggest economists with the International Monetary Fund. A team helmed by Ralph Chami took a look at the economic benefit provided by whales when it comes to carbon sequestration and ecotourism and arrived at a big figure: $2 million apiece. Their analysis hasn'...
Fix for Climate
Jul 5, 2019 9:12 AM CDT
'Mind-Blowing' Fix for Climate Change: Billions of Trees
Scientists say a massive tree-planting initiative might be most efficient way to stop global warming
- There are 3 trillion trees on Earth, but adding between 500 billion and 1.5 trillion more could help solve a big crisis on the horizon. New research in the journal
proposes fighting climate change by planting enough new trees to cover 3.5 million square miles of land,...
Levels Haven't Been
This Bad in 3M Years
Nov 22, 2018 10:30 AM CST
Greenhouse Gas Levels Haven't Been This Bad in 3M Years
Researcher says the gravity has 'not sunk in'
- Congratulations, you've lived to see a planet transformed back to the Pliocene Epoch , at least in terms of greenhouse gas levels. "The window of opportunity for action is almost closed," says the UN's World Meteorological Organization after its annual assessment found concentrations of carbon dioxide in...
White House Takes Third Step
to Ease Greenhouse Gas Rules
Sep 11, 2018 7:47 AM CDT
White House Takes Third Step to Ease Greenhouse Gas Rules
Administration plans to weaken restrictions on the release of methane gas
- The Trump White House thinks the previous administration went overboard on rules about greenhouse gases, and it's about to make its third big move to correct that. After earlier moves on carbon dioxide pollution from autos and coal plants , this time it's all about methane, reports the
EPA: New Rule May Result
in More Premature Deaths
Aug 21, 2018 10:40 AM CDT
EPA: New Rule May Result in More Premature Deaths
'New York Times' looks into the fine print of new coal pollution rules
- President Trump visits West Virginia Tuesday, and it's a safe bet he'll be trumpeting the proposal his administration just unveiled to ease up on coal plants. The Affordable Clean Energy Rule would roll back an Obama-era plan on emissions deemed too heavy-handed by the Trump administration, reports the...
Gods Didn't Kill Animals
in 'Gate to Hell'—Gas Did
Feb 23, 2018 12:50 PM CST
Gods Didn't Kill Animals in 'Gate to Hell'—Gas Did
Carbon dioxide is the key, researchers say of legendary Turkish cave
- Centuries ago, bulls, rams, and other animals led into an ancient cave for religious ceremonies died of seemingly mystical causes, while the priests accompanying them suffered no such fate. Scientists say they've now figured out the secret behind this "Gate to Hell" in the ancient city of Hierapolis,...
'Scratch Marks' on Mars
Oct 27, 2017 11:47 AM CDT
Scientists Explain 'Scratch Marks' on Mars
Levitating dry ice causes deep gullies: scientists
- No, a giant cat has not been clawing at the surface of Mars, though it might look like that. According to scientists, "scratch marks" or linear gullies on the Martian plains of Hellas Planitia were caused not by life forms but by dry ice—in fact, levitating dry ice....
Not Primary Cause
of Global Warming
Mar 9, 2017 7:02 PM CST
EPA Chief: Carbon Dioxide Not Primary Cause of Global Warming
Scott Pruitt's view is at odds with mainstream climate science
- The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate...
Scientists Pump CO2 Into
the Earth, Turn It Into Stone
Jun 10, 2016 5:39 PM CDT
Scientists Pump CO2 Into the Earth, Turn It Into Stone
They managed to convert 95% of the CO2 in just 2 years
- Here's an idea for dealing with carbon dioxide: Turn it into stone. Scientists in Iceland say they have managed the feat at the world's largest geothermal power plant, an accomplishment the
says could have big implications for climate change. As they explain in
, researchers with the...
The Planet Is
Thanks to Pollution
Apr 26, 2016 6:35 PM CDT
The Planet Is Getting Greener Thanks to Pollution
But that doesn't mean global warming is a good thing
- Dozens of scientists were shocked to find a dramatic increase in plant life around the world over the past 33 years instead of the global-warming-related "browning" they expected to find in their analysis of satellite data, Australia's ABC reports. According to a press release , a study published Monday...
Hits 'New Milestone'
Nov 9, 2015 6:20 PM CST
Climate Change Hits 'New Milestone'
Temperatures and greenhouse-gas levels hit new highs
- This year is on track to be a record 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than the 19th-century average, hitting a symbolic milestone in the temperature rise that scientists blame mostly on human activities, Britain's weather service said Monday. To measure global warming, scientists compare today's...
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