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Pipe: Climate and Health

Lightning Might Strike More in a Warmer World

Fri, 2014-11-14 00:00
A model of predicted lightning strikes estimates an increase on the order of 50 percent if warming continues unchecked through this century.

A Test For Climate Hawks

Thu, 2014-11-13 16:37
Has the liberal quest for a global climate regime just been vindicated?

Climate change: Dealing with denial

Thu, 2014-11-13 10:47
UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Bridge over troubled water Fly Title:  Climate change Rubric:  America’s concessions are more real than China’s Location:  WASHINGTON, DC FIVE years ago next month, disagreement between America and China, the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas emitters, scuppered the UN’s Copenhagen climate-change conference. On November 11th Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping announced a deal on carbon emissions. This is welcome, with two caveats: China has not conceded much, and Congress will do its best to prevent America from delivering what the president has promised. Because America is responsible for a far larger share of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere than China, it was bound to accept sharper cuts. Even so, it has made big concessions. America had previously signed up to a cut of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. This looks achievable because emissions are already falling. The new agreement is for a 26-28% cut by 2025, which would require a doubling in the ...

A Reporter's Questions About the Climate Change Agreement.

Thu, 2014-11-13 08:00
The Times science reporter John Schwartz, who focuses on climate change, sketches out the things he’ll be watching in the days ahead.

China’s Climate Change Plan Raises Questions

Thu, 2014-11-13 00:00
Analysts and policy advisers wonder if the climate accord reached by the U.S. and China goes far enough, and how Beijing will meet its targets.

Deal on Carbon Emissions by Obama and Xi Jinping Raises Hopes for Upcoming Paris Climate Talks

Thu, 2014-11-13 00:00
The emissions targets announced by President Obama and the Chinese leader are expected to be at the heart of a 2015 international climate treaty.

Climate Change Breakthrough in Beijing

Thu, 2014-11-13 00:00
After years of futile efforts, China and the United States agree to cooperate in a meaningful way on global warming.

On Climate Change, Voters Are as Partisan as Ever

Wed, 2014-11-12 14:25
Members of Congress tend to tread carefully on the climate debate, and last week’s midterm elections showed why they are wise to do so.

Boehner and McConnell Criticize Climate Deal With China

Wed, 2014-11-12 10:38
Republican leaders in the House and Senate were quick to blast the climate deal reached between the Untied States and China.

Greenhouse-gas emissions: An uneven deal

Wed, 2014-11-12 09:22
UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Greenhouse-gas emissions Rubric:  In an agreement on greenhouse-gas emissions, America has made bigger concessions than China Byline:  E.D. Main image:  20141115_blp514.jpg FIVE years ago next month, disagreement between America and China, the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas emitters, scuppered the UN’s Copenhagen climate-change conference. Yesterday Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping announced a deal on emissions. That in itself is an achievement, but it may not be all it is cracked up to be since China has not conceded much, and Congress will do its best to prevent America from delivering what it has promised. Because America is responsible for a far larger share of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere than China, it was bound to accept sharper cuts. Even so, it seems to have made the bigger concessions. It has agreed to cut its emissions to 26-28% below its 2005 levels by 2025. Its emissions are already falling, and it might be able to meet its ...

Politicians and Climate Experts React to U.S.-China Emissions Deal

Wed, 2014-11-12 03:36
Reactions from the former United States vice president, politicians and climate experts on pledges by China and America to cut carbon emissions.

Wobbling on Climate Change

Wed, 2014-11-12 00:00
The science of global warming is too important to trivialize.

In Joint Steps on Emissions, China and U.S. Set Aside 'You First' Approach on Global Warming

Tue, 2014-11-11 22:56
China and the United States pledge simultaneous steps to curb emissions of greenhouse gases.

Where Audubon Found Repose, Sprayed-On Specimens Alight

Tue, 2014-11-11 00:00
The spray-painted murals, a modern twist on John James Audubon’s prints, have helped the Audubon Society raise awareness about birds threatened by climate change.

International: Opinion of climate

Mon, 2014-11-10 16:23
UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  International Rubric:  Countries will approve a climate treaty in 2015. Sort of Byline:  John Parker Main image:  20151101_inp002_473.jpg At the end of 2009 efforts to negotiate a global climate treaty crashed and burned in Copenhagen. At the time, the head of one charity described the city as “a climate crime scene” with “the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport”. Six years later governments will revisit the scene of the crime—metaphorically at least—when they gather in Paris to have another go at negotiating a climate treaty. This time they will bicker and squabble their way to a deal. Whether it will do much to rein in the growth of carbon emissions or satisfy any of the other hopes that were raised and dashed at Copenhagen is doubtful. Much has changed since 2009. Most of it makes a deal somewhat more likely. A new generation of leaders has come to power. Indeed, only Barack Obama of the United States and Germany’s Angela Merkel remain as ...

Global warming not just a blanket; in the long run, it's more like tanning oil

Mon, 2014-11-10 16:11
Instead of carbon dioxide being like a blanket that slowly warms the planet, after about a decade most warming comes from melting ice and snow and a more moist atmosphere, which both cause Earth to absorb more shortwave radiation from the sun.

Mapping reveals targets for preserving tropical carbon stocks

Mon, 2014-11-10 16:11
A new high-resolution mapping strategy has revealed billions of tons of carbon in Peruvian forests that can be preserved as part of an effort to sequester carbon stocks in the fight against climate change. A research team has developed an approach for prioritizing carbon conservation efforts throughout tropical countries that can be rapidly implemented anywhere.

How 'Solution Aversion' and Global Warming Prescriptions Polarize the Climate Debate

Mon, 2014-11-10 16:01
A tendency of climate campaigners to bundle science and preferred solutions runs up against “solution aversion,” a study finds

Biologists collaborate to refine climate change modeling tools

Mon, 2014-11-10 15:08
A new climate change modeling tool finds that carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere owing to greater plant growth from rising CO2 levels will be partially offset by changes in the activity of soil microbes that derive their energy from plant root growth.

Iron fertilization less efficient for deep-sea carbon dioxide storage than previously thought?

Mon, 2014-11-10 12:42
Scientists have discovered that iron fertilization promotes the growth of shelled organisms. In a naturally iron-fertilized system in the Southern Ocean the growth and sinking of these phytoplankton grazers reduces carbon dioxide deep-ocean storage by up to 30 percent. Ignoring this response could result in overestimating the marine carbon dioxide storage capacity resulting from iron fertilization.

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