Groups seeking action to address climate change reacted Sunday to the latest report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with a call for global leaders to reverse growing carbon emissions.
The report, released in Berlin, is the third of four that will make up the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, which is to set the stage for international talks next year on a global climate treaty. The report found greenhouse gas emissions accelerated from 2000-2010, growing more than in any of the previous three decades.
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check.
Since it's a scientific body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won't tell governments how to divide those emissions cuts — a crunch issue in negotiations on a new climate pact that's supposed to be adopted next year.
However, in leaked draft of the report obtained by The Associated Press, the IPCC shows with graphs and tables which countries are responsible for the greatest share of emissions, using a range of different accounting methods. These are some of the key facts on emissions:
BERLIN (AP) — It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space.
Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly.
The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is under pressure from both sides this week as it considers whether geoengineering should be part of the tool-kit that governments use to keep global warming in check.
Russia, in particular, has been pushing the panel to place more emphasis on such techniques in a key document for policymakers being finalized in Berlin this week.
Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation will see the biggest increases in the coming decades, according to the third part of the study from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is due to be released April 13, Bloomberg reports.
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations scientific panel on climate change has urged governments to "exercise a high level of enlightenment" in order to bridge their differences over how to stave off the worst global warming scenarios.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri told governments and scientists on Monday that their task at the week-long meeting in Berlin is to agree on a "robust, policy-relevant and informative document" in order to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) by the end of the century.
The recent report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggests using BECCS -- bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration -- to deal with excess greenhouse gases, although it acknowledges the technology hasn't been commercially tested, E&E reports.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell assured Rep. John Fleming, R-La., at a House hearing on Thursday that she has no requirement that department employees agree with her view that climate change is taking place, National Journal reports.
U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres was telling oil and gas industry figures at a London conference that they should leave most of their fossil fuel reserves alone and instead accelerate moves to clean energy, Bloomberg reports.
Democrats and the Obama administration are concerned about climate change, and want to focus government efforts on reducing greenhouse gases to mitigate its effects. They want to encourage green energy and reduce emissions and pollution from the use of fossil fuels.
Republicans in Congress want to encourage energy production across the board, fossil fuels as well as renewables, at the same time reducing the costs of regulation and the regulatory burden on industry.
The differing views were in evidence on Capitol Hill this week, as Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before House panels on their 2015 department budgets, while House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., unveiled his alternative spending plan.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Sierra snowpack in drought-stricken California measured at 32 percent of normal Tuesday at a time of year when it's supposed to be at its peak, the state's Department of Water Resources announced.
Even the storms dousing Northern California through Wednesday morning are expected to spell little relief this coming summer for farmers and many communities already facing restrictions, said Mark Cowin, the department's director.
Farmers are deciding to leave fields unplanted, and some cities are scrambling to find water supplies, said Cowin, adding that California's "storm window" is closing.
A greater-than-expected increase in crude inventories, coupled with falling stock prices and a strong dollar, sent oil prices tumbling again Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery slid 2.5 percent, or $1.97, to settle at $80.52 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost $1.51 to end the trading day at $84.71, Reuters reports.
A lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -– or CREW -– alleges that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request to release documents relating to the biofuels mandate in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, The Hill reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good told NPR in an interview that she is focusing on making sure that the company is taking the right steps to address the Dan River coal ash spill, but she hopes that in a year or two the utility can move beyond the matter.
Three states in New England and two on the West Coast headed the list when it came to energy efficiency in 2014, while North Dakota, home to the Bakken shale, brought up the rear, in a survey published Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Insurance companies are covering less but losing more money as a result of natural disasters, and sustainability advocate Ceres found in a survey that many “show a profound lack of preparedness” when it comes to the impact of climate change, The New York Times reports.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has cruised waters off the Rhode Island coast to view the impact of climate change on marine life, and now Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is visiting his colleague’s home state to learn first-hand about the impact of government policy on the lives of coal miners, the Los Angeles Times reports.
An analysis of state environmental data by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 5 million people in California already live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, and expanding drilling could expose them to greater health risks, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Four major corporations announced Wednesday they will offer employees discounts on buying or leasing home solar systems through Geostellar, in what's called the Solar Community Initiative program, The New York Times reports.
In order to cope with Western sanctions, the state-owned oil giant Rosneft is asking the Russian government for more than 2 trillion rubles, the equivalent of nearly $50 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.