Pipe: Climate and Health

U.N. Climate Summit Harvests a Host of Commitments

Tue, 2014-09-23 20:53
The U.N. Secretary General builds public and private commitments that could slow global warming and blunt its impacts.

The Climate Movement Is About Much More Than Just Climate

Tue, 2014-09-23 17:00
Climate change affects everyone, but some more than others. The People’s Climate March showed that a movement for reform has grown to encompass many issues, with social justice at the forefront.

NASA, partners target megacities carbon emissions

Tue, 2014-09-23 15:38
The Megacities project combines direct surface measurements of urban greenhouse gases from instruments located in air sampling stations atop radio towers and buildings, with broader, denser remote-sensing observations from aircraft, mountaintops and satellites. Other instruments track winds and vertical motion of the atmosphere -- both of which are key to interpreting the greenhouse gas measurements. NASA's recently launched Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite is capable of detecting the enhanced levels of carbon dioxide over the world's largest cities and is beginning to study LA in coordination with the Megacities team.

From Nuclear Freeze to Global Warming – and Back

Tue, 2014-09-23 15:07
Climate activists should note that the arms-reduction movement is experiencing significant setbacks.

Impact of temperature on belowground soil decomposition

Tue, 2014-09-23 14:27
Earth's soils store four times more carbon than the atmosphere and small changes in soil carbon storage can have a big effect on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. A new paper concludes that climate warming does not accelerate soil organic carbon decomposition or affect soil carbon storage, despite increases in ecosystem productivity.

Climate Summit Opens as Leaders Attempt to Address Divide Over Warming

Tue, 2014-09-23 12:47
President Obama is scheduled to address the climate meeting around 1 p.m. Eastern, and Zhang Gaoli, the vice premier of China, will also speak.

Why Should We Trust Climate Models?

Tue, 2014-09-23 11:44
Climate models have proven to have quite a bit of predictive value.

New CO2 Emissions Report Shows China's Central Role in Shaping World's Climate Path

Tue, 2014-09-23 07:25
Fresh data reveal the central role of China in driving the global buildup of greenhouse gases — and its daunting challenge if it chooses to cut emissions.

Warming Temperatures Threaten Fragile Balance in Canadian Arctic

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
Hot summers are becoming more frequent, an ominous sign for the polar desert ecosystems that rely on stable ground ice.

Forecasts: Hopes and Fears About Climate Change

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
Answers from two dozen scientists, authors, and world and national figures.

Shining Star Power on a Crucial Subject

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
“Years of Living Dangerously,” an Emmy-winning documentary series about climate change that ran on Showtime this summer, is now available on streaming services and on DVD.

For Polar Bears, a Climate Change Twist

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
In a situation similar to many around the world, global warming gave polar bears less time to hunt seals, leading to a harmful chain reaction.

A Future as Clouded as Their Past

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
When the Anasazi abandoned their cities on the Colorado Plateau, it had something to do with climate, but drawing lessons from their opaque past may be as difficult as predicting our clouded future.

Global Warming Concerns Grow

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
More than half of Americans said global warming was caused by human behavior, the highest level ever recorded by The New York Times/CBS News poll.

Three Divergent Visions of Our Future Under Climate Change

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
Three books — one optimistic, one cataclysmic and one polemic — discuss what climate change might bring.

Portland Will Still Be Cool, but Anchorage May Be the Place to Be

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
Scientists trying to predict the consequences of climate change say that they see few safe havens from future storms, floods and droughts. But some regions, will fare much better than others.

Climate Change Protesters Plan Sit-In on Wall Street

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
The event, called Flood Wall Street, was planned over months as a more rebellious corollary to the large-scale march on Sunday.

Under Theat, Flight May Be Best Response for Trees

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00
A refuge won’t save the threatened whitebark pine from climate change, so scientists are pondering a radical idea: moving the trees to where they will be more comfortable.

The Economist explains: Why climate change is back on the agenda

Mon, 2014-09-22 19:50
ON SEPTEMBER 21st Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, joined thousands of people on a march through the streets of New York to demand more action on climate change. Organisers of the march claimed that there were related events in 161 countries. The targets of these global admonitions were more than 100 heads of state and government who will attend a UN summit Mr Ban has convened on September 23rd. The march and the summit come after several years in which climate change has slipped down the international agenda. Why the burst of interest?Since 2009, when the states that are party to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) spectacularly failed to forge the grand deal that some had hoped for at a summit in Copenhagen, the appetite for climate discussions at the highest levels has been scant. This can be put down in part to an unwillingness to repeat the unhappiness of Copenhagen and in part to what sociologists refer to as the “finite pool of worry”­: both politicians and voters have had other things on their minds, from the Arab spring to the euro crisis. The fact that the climate has not been getting noticeably worse over the period probably hasn’t helped.The main reason for the renewed interest is that, six years on from Copenhagen, the UNFCCC is planning to try again to agree a grand bargain when its members meet in Paris towards the end of next ...

Humanity's Long Climate and Energy March

Mon, 2014-09-22 12:46
The giant climate march in Manhattan was just one facet of humanity’s long climate and energy march.