Monthly Archives: March 2013

Africa’s Clean Energy Could Drive Its Development

Paying Africa’s people to produce all the renewable energy they can would give the continent a huge economic boost, spurring development and the growth of democracy, researchers say, reports Alex Kirby at Climate News Network. A report by the World … Continue reading

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Stratospheric Warming Tied To Greenland High, Shoveling Arctic Cold into US

As the Arctic warms and its ice disappears, more extreme atmospheric conditions are occurring, which are already causing more extreme weather in the US.  From the beginning of 2013, Neven Acropolis reports at Climate Progress, two Sudden Stratospheric Warming events … Continue reading

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Climate Change Threatens Water Supplies Vital to National Security – UN

Stresses on water supplies aggravated by climate change are likely to cause more conflicts and water should be considered as vital to national security as defense, says a new United Nations report, reports Alister Doyle at Reuters News.  About 145 … Continue reading

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Flow Batteries Can Make Clean Energy Reliable

Flow batteries, which can store huge amounts of energy, now hold the potential to smooth out the power from renewables and help usher in the rise of more resilient microgrids, reports Martin LaMonica at Newscientist. Flow batteries are centred around … Continue reading

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US Crop-Ravaging Drought To Worsen in 2013, Says NOAA

The annual spring outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts hotter, drier conditions across much of the US, including parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, where farmers have been fighting to hang on to crops of winter … Continue reading

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Congress Grinds Out Carbon Tax Bills

Back in 2009, Representatives Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) led an ambitious but doomed charge to get a carbon-pricing bill through Congress. But in the wake of President Obama’s climate-centric State of the Union and Inaugural addresses, a … Continue reading

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Climate Change Can Be Slowed, But Not Reversed

Many people, including, unfortunately, some influential journalists, need to know that climate change cannot be reversed, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress.  He notes that a 2009 federal study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came to that conclusion, … Continue reading

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US Military – Forget Congress, Full Speed Ahead on Clean Energy

The US military, one of the largest consumers of energy in the world, recognizes the security threat of relying on fossil fuels and is embarked on a wide scale program to cut energy use through adoption of energy efficient technology … Continue reading

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Coal Sped Up Global Greenhouse Gas Climb in 2012

Atmospheric carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas produced by human activities,  surged in 2012 by the second-largest amount recorded, to nearly 395 parts per million, reports Alex Kirby at Climate News Network. Scientists believe this increase reflects the beginning recovery … Continue reading

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Top US Admiral Says Climate Change Biggest Threat

Admiral Samuel Locklear, the top US military Pacific commander, says that the biggest Pacific security threat is climate change, not China, or any other international tensions, reports Bryan Bender at the Boston Globe. Climate change will drive long-term security compromises … Continue reading

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