Scientists writing in Nature Geoscience probed a possible link between ice melt in the Arctic and increasingly extreme weather in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, but found that several theories contradicted one another, E&E reports.
According to the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014, climate change and warmer ocean currents pose a big threat to the coral ecosystem that’s listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Australian Associated Press reports.
The dangers extreme weather poses to critical energy infrastructure – serious flooding in particular -- can now be viewed on a map put together by the Energy Information Administration, The Hill reports.
General Mills -– maker of Cheerios and other well known breakfast cereals -– says it will set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout its supply chain, a move applauded by Oxfam, National Journal reports.
SEATTLE (AP) — President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington's wildfire, the largest in the state's history.
He said Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate had authorized an emergency declaration to ensure electrical power.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.
Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The world is continuing to get warmer faster according to the State of the Climate Report 2013, the annual look at global weather released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The report, compiled by 425 scientists in 57 countries, was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — Two wealthy New Jersey shore towns that were among the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy nearly two years ago began building a 4-mile-long steel wall Thursday, an expensive effort that the state says is needed to protect the communities but that some residents and environmentalists oppose.
State and local officials watched Thursday morning as the work began where the Atlantic Ocean tore through the sand and cut a channel into Barnegat Bay on the other side of the barrier island the communities share, destroying a major state highway and part of a crucial bridge during the Oct. 29, 2012, storm.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers and ranchers who suffered heavy livestock and grazing losses due to extreme weather in the past three years have been quick to take advantage of newly available disaster relief funds.
The agency said in a progress report released Wednesday that it has distributed more than $1 billion in relief funds — a little less than half the overall amount predicted in the recently passed farm bill — in just over three months.
The USDA says it has processed and delivered more than 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states as of July 2.
The man who took over Interior Department oversight of offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster – Michael Bromwich -- has expressed concern that safety could be a tempting area for cuts as companies tighten their belts in response to lower oil prices, National Journal reports.
After cutting 9,000 jobs - and announcing more cuts to come - as a result of the crude price crash, oil field services company Halliburton reported results above analysts’ expectation, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A report of a drop in stockpiles at the Cushing delivery point helped support oil prices Monday, Reuters reports. U.S. benchmark crude settled 64 cents higher at $56.38 a barrel, having bounced around in a $2 spread throughout the day, while in London Brent finished flat at $63.45.
On the fifth anniversary of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Americans United for Change is running an ad campaign linking repeal of the renewable fuel standard to a higher risk of more spills, The Hill reports.
As the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its regulations for the disposal of coal ash, Dominion Virginia Power announced it would shut its coal ash ponds in the state, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
A day before the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting power plant mercury emissions took effect last week, Rocky Mountain Power’s Carbon Power Plant – the oldest in Utah generating electricity from coal – went offline for good, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
After four years of European Union investigation, anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager is ready to file charges against Russian gas giant Gazprom for abusing its dominant position in the market, sources tell The New York Times.