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AXA Plans to Sell Coal Assets, Citing Concerns About Climate Change

France’s largest insurer will scrap holdings in coal companies because of concerns about climate change, broadening support for the fossil-fuel divestment movement to a major mainstream investor. AXA SA Chief Executive Officer Henri de Castries said he’s working to sell …

CEOs of 43 Companies, Including Allianz, Call for Action on Climate Change

The bosses of 43 companies including Ikea, Dow Chemical Co. and HSBC Holdings plc called for swift action on climate change, a sign businesses are prepared for a United Nations deal this year on limiting fossil fuel emissions. The chief …

Earth’s Surface Rising in North America, Europe: After-Effect of Ice Age

In the U.S., this past year has had more than enough reminders of how weather can affect our lives. California is heading into its fourth year of drought because it didn’t get enough snow. Boston is just emerging from a …

New FEMA Guidelines Force the Climate Change Issue

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making some waves with a new requirement that forces states to take into account the possible impact of climate change in their risk assessments before they can receive certain assistance. FEMA included this condition in …

China Faces Severe Threats From Climate Change: Beijing-Based Meteorologist

Chinese officials don’t usually go into detail on the challenges that climate change poses for the world’s most populous and largest carbon-emitting country. But in a speech on March 23, a top meteorologist warned of the severe risks facing China, …

Arctic Melt Creates Weakest Gulf Stream in 1,000 Years, Weather Shifts Expected

Gulf Stream water currents in the Atlantic Ocean have slowed to the weakest in as long as 1,000 years, threatening shifts in U.S. and European weather, as well as coastal sea levels including in New York and Boston. The currents …

Nat Cat Risks Aggravated by Persistent Extreme Weather Conditions: Munich Re

Munich Re has published a report, which notes that “over the past years, persistent extreme weather conditions have triggered severe natural catastrophes and caused losses in the billion range.” In addition the world’s largest reinsurer said: “There are a growing …

Global Climate Deal Blueprint Emerges From UN Gathering in Geneva

Envoys from some 190 nations are taking more seriously the idea of setting a goal for phasing out the pollution from fossil fuels, lending support to the movement against investments in oil and coal companies. After a week of discussions …

El Nino Forecasts Flop as Puzzled Scientists Search for Answers

When it comes to El Nino, 2014-15 may be the years that launched a thousand academic papers. Since last March, forecasters have said an El Nino was on the way. The only trouble is, it hasn’t arrived. Call it the …

2014 Was World’s Hottest Year Since Record Keeping Began in 1880, UN Says

Last year was the hottest recorded in data stretching back to 1880, the United Nations said, confirming a preliminary figure released in December. The average global air temperature over land and sea in 2014 was 0.57 degree Celsius (1.03 degrees …