Dutch appeals court upholds landmark climate case ruling

Europe 10/09/18, 04:57

A Dutch appeals court has upheld a landmark ruling that ordered the Dutch government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels.The original June 2015 ruling came in a case brought by the environmental group Urgenda on behalf of 900 ...

Carbon tax gets renewed attention but still faces resistance

Enviroment 10/08/18, 17:13

Advocates of taxing fossil fuels believe their position is stronger now because of an alarming new report on climate change and a Nobel Prize awarded to by two American economists, but neither development is likely to break down political resistance to a carbon tax.Previous alarms about global warming met with ...

UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

World 10/08/18, 00:35

Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel ...

UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

U.S. 10/07/18, 21:15

Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel ...

Gassy cows are bad for the planet; could seaweed diet help?

California 09/30/18, 11:07

The smelly reality is that cows will always pass gas. But if farmers had more access to seaweed, cow flatulence might just stink a little less for the planet.That's the thesis of a New England-based aquaculture company which is launching a drive to become the worldwide leader in an emerging ...

Small islands use big platform to warn of climate change

World 09/27/18, 19:28

On the map, their homes are tiny specks in a vast sea of blue, rarely in the headlines and far removed from the centers of power. But for a few days each year, the leaders of small island nations share a podium with presidents and prime ministers from the world's ...

UN chief blasts lack of ‘strong leadership’ on climate

World 09/26/18, 15:22

The head of the United Nations blamed lack of leadership Wednesday for the world's failure to take tough decisions needed to stop global warming, warning that a key goal of the Paris climate accord is at risk.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bluntly told leaders gathered in New York that unless current ...

UN cautions against populism in high-level week

World 09/25/18, 12:00

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres painted a grim picture of the state of the world as leaders opened their annual meeting on Tuesday, spotlighting the breakdown of trust around the globe and the need to counter unilateralism and reinvigorate the international cooperation that is the foundation of the United Nations.In his ...

Florence is nation’s second wettest storm, behind Harvey

Science 09/25/18, 11:50

Hurricane Florence was the nation's second rainiest storm in 70 years, a top rainfall meteorologist calculated.Only last year's Hurricane Harvey rained more over a 14,000 square mile (36,260 square kilometers) area during a four-day time period, said Ken Kunkel, a meteorologist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and North Carolina ...

Tackling climate change to be key talking point at UN summit

Europe 09/23/18, 13:05

With global temperatures rising, superstorms taking their deadly toll and a year-end deadline to firm up the Paris climate deal, leaders at this year's U.N. General Assembly are feeling a sense of urgency to keep up the momentum on combating climate change.That's why, in between discussing how to tackle wars, ...

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