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Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty 11.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation’s obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement. But environmentalists and academic experts are more nervous. They are concerned that any significant pause in implementing mandated reductions […]
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback 10.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday's surprising move by the court is a ...
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Supreme Court deals surprise setback to Obama greenhouse-gas plan 10.2.2016 Seattle Times: Local

WASHINGTON  — The administration of President Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the […]
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback 10.2.2016 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved....
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback 10.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a […]
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Winds of climate change will make transatlantic flights longer, study shows 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Faster jet stream will add thousands of hours to journey times and increase airline fuel bills

Airline flights are known to worsen climate change but now climate change is set to worsen flight times, according to new research.

The work shows faster jet stream winds will delay transatlantic flights, adding thousands of hours a year to journey times and millions of dollars to airline fuel bills. Earlier work showed other impacts of rising temperatures on aviation, including bumpier, more turbulent flights and reducing the weight planes can carry.

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Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold 10.2.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A divided U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.
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Supreme Court puts Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold 10.2.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are ...
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Supreme Court halts Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change 10.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and ...
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Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold 10.2.2016 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved....
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How the drought boosts your utility bills, and global warming 10.2.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
By starving California’s hydroelectric dams of water, the state’s four-year drought has cost consumers an extra $2 billion in utility bills and pushed up greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 10 percent, a new study finds. Utilities had to buy more expensive replacement electricity from power plants burning natural gas. “When we generate less hydroelectricity, we have to do something else — and in California, that something else is burning more natural gas,” said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and author of the study. While California has been rapidly adding solar and wind facilities, the lack of steady and predictable hydropower forced utilities to buy more electricity from more traditional power plants, most fueled by natural gas. Plants produced not only more carbon dioxide, the main culprit behind global warming, but smog-causing pollutants as well. [...] they rose again in 2012, as the drought cut hydropower production and faulty equipment closed the San Onofre nuclear ...
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Could lemurs soon be extinct? 9.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
90% of the Madagascar's lemurs "are on the verge of extinction," says one of the country's leading scientists.
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Mapping Study Pins Wild Bee Decline on Intensive Farming Practices 9.2.2016 Truthout.com
Researchers found that "the crops most highly dependent on pollinators tend to experience more severe mismatches between declining supply and increasing demand." (Photo: Luke Mackin / Flickr ) A national study suggests that intensive farming is perhaps the greatest danger to wild bee survival. Led by University of Vermont scientist Dr. Insu Koh, the research team is the first to compare the species' population over time with the location of pollinator-dependent crops. The researchers found that between 2008 and 2013, the abundance of wild bees dropped in almost a quarter of the contiguous United States. The study suggests that conversion of grassland and pasture to row crops is the driving force behind the disappearance of bees - not pesticides, climate change, or disease. The researchers assembled a map to illustrate the areas most in danger, highlighting where the balance between crops in need of bees and the available bee population is unbalanced. A web app also depicts the data. Bee Map. Click to ...
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Greenhouse gases fuelling long-term global warming 9.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, Feb 9 : The Earth is known to be able to restore its temperature equilibrium after a period of natural warming. But the phenomenon tends to be overwhelmed locally by external drivers like greenhouse gases that can cause sustained changes in global temperature in the long run, a study has found.
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Government denies blackout risk as Rugeley coal plant unveils closure plan 9.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Engie to shut Staffordshire power station this summer, putting 150 jobs in doubt and raising fresh concern over outages

The government has issued a fresh denial that the UK is at risk of blackouts after one of the country’s biggest coal power stations announced plans to close.

The French company Engie said it would shut its Rugeley power station in the summer, putting 150 jobs in doubt and affecting 190 contractors.

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How Do We Define Climate Pollution's Cost to Society? 8.2.2016 Truthout.com
This story was originally published on January 27 at High Country News . In a 2007 ruling on a dispute concerning fuel economy standards for cars, a judge sent a clear message to federal agencies. They could no longer continue business as usual and fail to account for climate change when assessing the costs and benefits of regulations. "The value of carbon emissions reduction is certainly not zero," Judge Betty B. Fletcher wrote in her opinion for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And by treating it as such, her opinion declared, the government was acting in an arbitrary and capricious fashion. So, if the cost of polluting is not zero, what it is? Fletcher's ruling challenged government officials to come up with a dollar amount that represents how much a ton of carbon pollution will "cost" society over the long run. Economists refer to this as the social cost of carbon. The concept is still evolving and will only become more important to understand as governments grapple with how to address ...
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Sea-level rise 'could last twice as long as human history' 8.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Research warns of the long timescale of climate change impacts unless urgent action is taken to cut emissions drastically

Huge sea-level rises caused by climate change will last far longer than the entire history of human civilisation to date, according to new research, unless the brief window of opportunity of the next few decades is used to cut carbon emissions drastically.

Even if global warming is capped at governments’ target of 2C - which is already seen as difficult - 20% of the world’s population will eventually have to migrate away from coasts swamped by rising oceans. Cities including New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Calcutta, Jakarta and Shanghai would all be submerged.

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CSIRO climate cuts attack a national treasure when we need it most 8.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Chief executive Larry Marshall is right that we need to invest in adaptation, but this requires a proper understanding of how the climate will change

The decision to gut Australia’s government science agency of climate research may seem hard to fathom. But let’s pause from the hyperventilation of the past week and ask whether there is an underlying logic.

Could the shift from studying how climate changes, to studying ways of mitigating and adapting to climate change, be a good thing?

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Worst greenhouse gas-emitters least affected by climate change 8.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
Washington D.C, Feb 8 : The case of global climate change seems to resemble that of non-smokers getting cancer from second-hand smoke as a new study suggests that countries emitting the least amount of gasses ironically suffer the most and vice versa.
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Noaa and Nasa team up to investigate strongest El Niño on record 6.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Two agencies’ survey via land, sea and air will hopefully help improve weather forecasts and models that predict the longer-term impact of climate change

America’s two leading climate science agencies are conducting an unprecedented survey via land, sea and air to investigate the current El Niño event and better understand its impact on weather systems that have brought both parched and soaking conditions to North America.

The project, which will conclude in March, will deploy resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) and Nasa to analyze one of the strongest El Niños on record. El Niño is a periodic phenomenon in which parts of the eastern Pacific warm, causing a ripple effect for weather around the world.

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