UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his new U.N. job, said Tuesday that cities hold the key to confronting climate change because they account for 75 percent of the heat-trapping gases and their mayors have executive powers to reduce emissions.
The three-term mayor and billionaire businessman was a keynote speaker at the opening of a three-day U.N. meeting on making urban areas — where about 70 percent of the world's population is expected to live by 2050 — more livable, sustainable, economically successful and environmentally friendly.
Northern hemisphere carbon dioxide levels were above 400 parts per million in April, according to the World Meteorological Organization, which considers the mark a warning about the growing climate change dangers, The Hill reports.
A study released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs finds that climate change has hurt U.S. crops, with higher carbon dioxide levels lowering the protein in wheat, among other impacts, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The world’s ten biggest food companies, including Kellogg’s, General Mills, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, are responsible for nearly 264 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent gases per year, according to the humanitarian group Oxfam, which noted that the cereal makers in particular were also vulnerable to rising prices for grain as a result of climate change, E&E reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says California is at "the epicenter" of the effects of a warming planet as the state experiences longer fire seasons and more destructive wildland blazes.
The Democratic governor spoke Monday at a conference about climate change. His address comes as scientists warn that a hotter climate will lead to more frequent and intense wildfires throughout the West and after scientists confirmed that the huge West Antarctic ice sheet is beginning to collapse.
A Carbon Disclosure Project study of the world’s top companies finds that they expect to be dealing with substantially more climate-change related risks than they did three years ago, Bloomberg reports.
Climate change can trigger conflict around the world and poses a security risk, researchers at the Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board said in a report published Tuesday, according to The New York Times.
Florida Republicans say little about climate change issues for political reasons, even though the area around Miami is extremely vulnerable to sea level rise that is already taking place, The New York Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is rapidly turning America into a stormy and dangerous place, with rising seas and disasters upending lives from flood-stricken Florida to the wildfire-ravaged West, according to a new U.S. federal scientific report.
Climate change's assorted harms "are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond," the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday. The report emphasizes that warming and all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, using the phrase "climate disruption" as another way of saying global warming.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal report is the most exhaustive and perhaps even easiest-to-read look at what global warming will to do the United States, say experts who strongly support it.
The report, required by federal law, is "the most comprehensive assessment ever done on how climate is affecting the United States," said University of Illinois climate scientist Donald Wuebbles, a study author. White House counselor John Podesta called it authoritative and "a tremendous undertaking."
The computer model the Environmental Protection Agency uses to test the effects of its Clean Power Plan on grid reliability will likely face challenges from states as well as GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, E&E reports.
Ethanol and biodiesel RIN generation each dropped more than 1 percent in November, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, and advanced biofuel RIN generation plummeted while no RINs were generated at all for cellulosic biofuel during the month, Platts reports.
Response to President Barack Obama’s move to continue a ban on drilling in Bristol Bay was muted, but he may face much more serious opposition from oil companies if he moves to do anything similar in the Beaufort or Chukchi Seas, National Journal reports.
The U.S. should “consider the serious consequences” from its move to impose steep tariffs on Chinese solar panels, the country’s Commerce Ministry said Wednesday, but in a hint that Beijing might be interested in settling a long-running dispute over the issue, the statement urged the U.S. to “appropriately manage trade frictions,” The New York Times reports.
Solar panels and engineering services to build a 131-megawatt facility in Georgia will come from First Solar, according to an announcement from Southern Co., which says the farm should come online in the fourth quarter of 2016, Bloomberg reports.
Grupo Fermaca is to build a 262-mile pipeline -– to come online in 2017 -- that will bring U.S. natural gas to northern Mexico, now that the firm has won construction rights in an auction, state power company CFE announced late Tuesday, Platts reports.
Solar generation is poised to take off in Texas, NPR reports, noting that the state is unlikely to follow Spain’s example of heavily subsidizing the industry, and also is likely to use panels rather than the solar towers and mirrors of thermal technology.