A study in the Nature Climate Change periodical documents a slowdown in circulation in the world’s oceans -– particularly the North Atlantic Gulf Stream -– and warns the changes have the potential to cause destructive rises in sea level in the future, The Washington Post reports.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The number of seabirds, including gulls, puffins and auklets, has dropped significantly in the Gulf of Alaska and northeast Bering Sea, a possible consequence of warmer waters, according to a preliminary federal analysis of nearly 40 years of surveys.
U.S. Geological Survey experts found the seabird population density declined 2 percent annually from 1975 to 2012 in the northeast North Pacific, said John Piatt, research wildlife biologist at the USGS Alaska Science Center.
President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order for the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels over the next decade, a move the White House touted as an effort to lead the private sector in an effort to increase efficiency and combat climate change.
“The federal government is the single largest energy user in the United States economy,” Christy Goldfuss, managing director of the Council on Environmental Quality, told reporters on a conference call. “We can serve as a model for businesses and organizations across the economy as they work to cut emissions and increase efficiency.”
Carbon emissions from the energy sector stayed constant with 2013 levels last year, despite global economic growth - the first time that has happened since the International Energy Agency started keeping records 40 years ago.
The intergovernmental energy watchdog said that the energy sector emitted 32.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide last year, on a par with 2013 levels. The group noted that in the past, steady or declining carbon emissions always had been coupled with economic decline.
A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of global warming but said "what is not contested is that our planet is getting warmer" and Christians have a duty rooted in "ancient biblical teaching" to address the problem.
In a speech last week in Ireland, Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said Francis isn't making a political call to arms or an attempt at "greening the church." The pope instead is emphasizing Roman Catholic social teaching that links protecting life with fighting global inequality and preserving the environment, Turkson said.
Moving forward with a key part of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, with industry backing, approved a set of five refrigerants aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
The move is part of the administration's ongoing efforts to phase out and replace older chemicals used for refrigeration and air-conditioning, especially hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, that deplete the ozone layer and have high global warming potential, or GWP.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have witnessed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the atmosphere above the United States, chronicling human-made climate change in action, live in the wild.
A new study published in the journal Nature demonstrates in real-time field measurements what scientists already knew from basic physics, lab tests, numerous simulations, temperature records and dozens of other climatic indicators. They say it confirms the science of climate change and the amount of heat-trapping previously blamed on carbon dioxide.
The stocks of U.S. petroleum products increased last week, the Energy Information Administration reported, although the million barrel rise in crude stocks was less than analysts’ expected, while the jump in gasoline stocks exceeded predictions, according to Reuters.
Earthjustice filed court papers Tuesday on behalf of several environmental and health groups seeking to intervene to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s lower ozone limits from a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy, The Hill reports.
State Department climate envoy Todd Stern told a news conference that he’s thinking about the upside, not the downside, heading into a critical global conference on climate change policy that starts Monday, National Journal reports.
The plan for coal producer Walter Energy to emerge from bankruptcy is being fought by unions and the firm’s retired workers in Alabama, but a court Tuesday approved the company’s move to auction off assets, Reuters reports.
Acting to lower its credit rating for Pemex, Moody’s Investors Service pointed to the firm’s increasing debt and declining earnings, although Mexico’s national oil company responded by saying the move brings the agency in line with other ratings firms, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The White House and the billionaire conservative Koch brothers have been allies recently in moves to liberalize the nation’s criminal justice laws, but they are disagreeing over one measure that would require proof of suspects knowingly engaging in unlawful conduct, The New York Times reports, noting that such a move is alarming environmentalists.
According to a report released this week by the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, weather-related disasters have caused more than 600,000 deaths and trillions of dollars in damages over the past 20 years, The New York Times reports.
A market-based approach for cutting vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions—which could include mileage-based driver fees or emissions trading—is the goal as Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia announced an agreement to work together on the issue, Reuters reports.