Pipe: Climate and Health

Combating Climate Change With Science, Rather Than Hope

Wed, 2015-06-24 00:00
Many current proposals for reducing carbon emissions are driven by ideological or economic agendas.

Single-catalyst water splitter produces clean-burning hydrogen 24/7

Tue, 2015-06-23 11:38
Scientists have invented a low-cost water splitter that uses a single catalyst to produce both hydrogen and oxygen gas 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The device could provide a renewable source of clean-burning hydrogen fuel for transportation and industry.

Earth faces drop in sun’s energy

Tue, 2015-06-23 11:28
Colder winters will not halt climate change, say researchers

Risk of Extreme Weather From Climate Change to Rise Over Next Century, Report Says

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:00
More people will be exposed to floods, droughts, heat waves and other effects of climate change in the coming decades, according to a British medical journal.

Effects of Climate Change Could Cost Billions, E.P.A. Report Says

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:00
The report, issued by the E.P.A. and the White House, calculated the cost of the damage from rising sea levels and economic losses caused by drought and water shortages.

Religion and politics: The Republicans have a pope problem

Mon, 2015-06-22 14:11
IT WAS bad enough when Pope Francis began banging on&nbsp;about inequality. Worse still when he&nbsp;changed the church’s tone&nbsp;when it comes to addressing gay people (“Who am I to judge?”). Now the pope has issued a&nbsp;papal encyclical&nbsp;affirming the science of climate change and calling on leaders to phase out&nbsp;fossil fuels from the global economy.&nbsp;This puts the GOP’s presidential candidates in an awkward position. At least five of them—including frontrunners Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio—are practicing Catholics. Messrs Bush and Rubio have both questioned or denied the science of climate change and rejected policies to regulate the burning of fossil fuels. And they are both from Miami, a place seen as especially vulnerable to economic damage from climate change.&nbsp;For some years Republicans have been accustomed to recruiting the pope as a figure of moral authority for their social agendas, especially in their arguments against abortion and gay marriage. As governor of Florida, Mr Bush regularly&nbsp;cited church teachings, and enacted a law to introduce anti-abortion “Choose Life” license plates. But he has seemed rather less eager for the pope’s guidance on the environment. &nbsp;“I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope,” Mr Bush insisted on Tuesday. “I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and ...<div class="og_rss_groups"></div>

The Southeast Pacific produces more nitrous oxide than previously thought

Mon, 2015-06-22 12:46
In addition to carbon dioxide there are plenty of other greenhouse gases. Nitrous oxide is one of them. However, a global assessment of emissions from the oceans is difficult because the measurement methods used so far have only allowed rough estimates. Using a new technology for continuous measurements, researchers have now discovered that nitrous oxide emissions from the Southeast Pacific are much higher than previously thought.

Few Echo Pope&#8217;s Environment Plea in Sunday Sermons

Mon, 2015-06-22 00:00
Around the world, few priests used their pulpits on Sunday to pass on the pope’s message on climate change, pollution and global inequality.

Tell Us How Your Church Addressed the Pope’s Encyclical

Mon, 2015-06-22 00:00
The Times wants to know how places of worship in the United States and around the world are responding to Francis’ message on the environment and climate change.

For Faithful, Social Justice Goals Demand Action on Environment

Sun, 2015-06-21 00:00
Many faith traditions are awakening to the burden that climate change is placing on poor people, and finding justification for caring for the environment in their scripture.

Proposed Rule for Big Trucks Aims at Cutting Fuel Emissions

Sat, 2015-06-20 00:00
The rule is the latest in a series of pollution constraints that President Obama has put forth as he seeks to make tackling climate change a cornerstone of his legacy.

Earth science: New estimates of deep carbon cycle

Fri, 2015-06-19 10:35
Over billions of years, the total carbon content of the outer part of the Earth -- in its mantle lithosphere, crust, oceans, and atmospheres -- has gradually increased, scientists say. The new analyses that represent an important advance in refining our understanding of Earth's deep carbon cycle.

In the Footsteps of Popes Seeking Worldly Change

Fri, 2015-06-19 00:00
For generations, Catholic leaders have written documents on pressing social problems, but Francis’ encyclical on climate change is notable for its explicit call to action.

The Pope and Climate Change

Fri, 2015-06-19 00:00
Pope Francis’ encyclical packed an unexpectedly authoritative and confident punch, especially on global warming.

Pope Targets Carbon Credits, Economists&#8217; Favored Path to Change

Fri, 2015-06-19 00:00
The encyclical by Pope Francis could give both sides in the global warming debate ammunition over how to address climate change.

Papal Encyclical Heartens Proponents of Fossil-Fuel Divestment

Fri, 2015-06-19 00:00
By addressing the threat of climate change so forcefully, Pope Francis is likely to add momentum to the movement by big institutions to sell holdings tied to fossil fuels.

Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

Fri, 2015-06-19 00:00
He blamed environmental destruction on apathy, the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in technology, and political shortsightedness.

Pope Francis Aligns Himself With Mainstream Science on Climate

Fri, 2015-06-19 00:00
If anything, environmental scientists say, the pope may have bent over backward to offer a cautious interpretation of the scientific facts.

[In Brief] This week's section

Thu, 2015-06-18 20:00
In science news around the world, Paris's historic Musee de l'Homme is set to reopen in October after a 6-year hiatus, a joint mission of health experts says South Korea's outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome may now be contained, the International Energy Agency finds that nations' current promised greenhouse gas emissions cuts won't be enough to slow global warming for more than a few months, a leaked version of Pope Francis's climate encyclical reveals that the Vatican firmly blames the burning of fossil fuels for climate change, the University of Minnesota announces sweeping changes to how it will protect its research subjects, and more. Also, astronomers have spotted a bright galaxy from the early universe, possibly from the very first generation of stars. And six scientists who have spent the past 8 months in a solar-powered dome meant to simulate living on Mars—and to study how astronauts handle group conflict, bad food, and long, mundane days in cramped quarters—"returned" to Earth this week.

Scientists study tie between insecticides and bee health

Thu, 2015-06-18 17:44
Scientists are studying the relationships between pesticides and row crops, farmers and beekeepers, and factors influencing honeybee health.