Climate Change News

3rd IPCC Report: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerate Despite Reduction Efforts

The latest in a series of reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) unfortunately confirms that “global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Emissions grew …

UN Climate Chief Calls For ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil, Gas to Green Energy

The U.N.’s climate chief called on the oil and gas industry on Thursday to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground. “The time for experimentation, …

Extracting Carbon from Nature Can Aid Climate, but Will Be Costly: UN Report

A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China’s greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows. Using …

308 Disaster Events; $140 Billion Economic Losses in 2013: Swiss Re Report

Swiss Re’s latest sigma report highlights the 308 disaster events in 2013, of which 150 were natural catastrophes and 158 man-made. Almost 26 000 people lost their lives or went missing in the disasters. The biggest “humanitarian catastrophe” was typhoon …

UN Says China, U.S. Climate Cooperation Raises Hopes for Global Deal

Closer cooperation between China and the United States, the top two greenhouse gas emitters, on combating global warming is boosting prospects for a U.N. deal meant to be agreed next year, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Wednesday. Christiana Figueres …

Report Projects L.A.’s Vulnerability To Future Sea Level Rise

Los Angelenos may expect to experience sea level rise of as much as two feet due by 2050 due to climate change, according to current projections. A team from USC partnered with the Los Angeles to gauge the impact of the …

Millions in Aid for Drought-Stricken California Promises Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama is offering millions of dollars in aid and other assistance to California farmers, ranchers and communities beset by one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. The federal help will be detailed today by Obama …

Massachusetts Bill Seeks to Create ‘Coastal Buyback Program’

A bill filed in Massachusetts Legislature last week would create a “coastal buyback program” allowing the state to purchase land that is repeatedly threatened by damaging tides or is located in flood plain areas. The program is part of a …

Investors Should Support Global Warming Fight, UN Climate Chief Says

Institutional investors managing trillions of dollars should shift their portfolios away from fossil fuel investments toward cleaner energy sources to put a stop to the dangerous rise in global temperatures causing climate change, the United Nations’ climate chief said on …

China, India, Brazil Join U.S. As Among Biggest Contributors to Global Warming

China, India and Brazil — three of the largest developing nations— joined the U.S. in a list of the biggest historical contributors to global warming, according to a study by researchers in Canada. Seven nations between them accounted for more …