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European nations squabbling over new 2030 targets to reduce greenhouse gases

European nations stand sharply divided over setting new 2030 targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, EU sources said Friday. European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso called in commissioners to try to agree figures ahead of talks on January 22 but there was no progress, one source…

Conservative group ALEC pushes stealth tax on homeowners who install solar panels

An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as “freeriders” – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned. Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) will promote legislation with…

UN climate chief: Coal power has ‘an unacceptably high cost to human and environmental health’

The United Nations’ climate chief urged the coal industry on Monday to make dramatic changes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions amid protests at a coal summit held on the sidelines of global climate talks. As environmental activists clamoured outside the meeting venue, the UN’s Christiana Figueres told the summit…

Today’s record heat could be new norm by 2047: study

If greenhouse-gas emissions continue to grow unchecked, the maximum temperatures, rainfall, and other aspects of climate that humans have experienced during the past 150 years will become the new minimum globally by 2047 (give or take 14 years), according to a new study.;  …

Leading climate change scientist bashes ‘irrational’ skeptics

Climate change sceptics who claim the dangers of global warming are small and far-off are “unscientific” and “irrational”, and should not dissuade governments from tackling rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions, the author of the world’s landmark review of economics and climate change said. Lord Nicolas Stern told the Guardian: “It…

Researchers brace for latest corporate push questioning climate change

Climate change summit braced for counterblast from sceptics as report warns greenhouse gas emissions still increasing Big companies are paying contrarians to undermine the work of climate scientists, according to a top UN official speaking before the release of a landmark review of climate science this weekby international researchers next…

Brachiaria ‘super grass’ could vastly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, say scientists

Brachiaria grasses inhibit the release of nitrous oxide, which has a more powerful warming effect than carbon dioxide or methane Scientists will call for a major push this week to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture through the use of a modified tropical grass. Brachiaria grasses have…

More than 1,700 U.S. cities will be partially underwater by 2100: study

More than 1,700 American cities and towns – including Boston, New York, and Miami – will have significant populations living below the high-water mark by the end of this century, a new climate change study has found. Those 1,700 towns are locked into a watery future by greenhouse gas emissions…

U.S. and China agree to expand efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

America and China agreed on Wednesday to work together to develop cleaner trucks, expanding joint efforts against climate change by the two greatest emitters and raising prospects for a global climate deal.. The new initiatives announced in Washington on Wednesday would see China and America extend their climate co-operation to…

Obama speech on U.S. climate measures could come Tuesday: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is likely to roll out a number of measures on climate policy, potentially including a strategy to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, in a speech on Tuesday, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters. The potential move on power utilities, which…

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