Monthly Archives: July 2013

Month-Long Siberian Heatwave Hitting Near-Record Highs

An extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented heat wave has persisted through July in the central arctic region of Russia, reports Christopher Burt at Wunderground.com. Some locations have now endured 10 consecutive days above 86°F. Wildfires are erupting in the taiga forests, … Continue reading

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Carbon Emissions To Increase By 50% By 2040 – EIA

A recent report by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) finds that through 2040, at least, fossil fuels will remain king, despite rapid growth in renewable energy sources, reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. The report projects that world energy … Continue reading

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European Investment Bank to Stop Funding Dirtiest Coal Plants

Green groups have cautiously welcomed a decision by European Investment Bank (EIB), the world’s largest public financial institution, to phase out funding for coal power plants that emit the highest levels of carbon dioxide, reports Jessica Shankleman at BusinessGreen. A … Continue reading

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Arctic Warming Could Cost Upwards of $60 Trillion

The worldwide impacts of a rapidly warming Arctic could cost the global economy an estimated $60 trillion, nearly equal to the entire global economy in 2012, according to a new study, reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. That report, published … Continue reading

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Intermittency Of Renewables Is Shrinking Fast

Critics of renewable clean energy have often lamented the intermittent nature of solar power, generated only during the day, and wind power, since wind is not always present. But recent technological advances are rapidly shrinking these intermittencies, reports Zachary Shahan … Continue reading

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Global Air Temperatures To Rise Faster Between Now and 2025

If you think global warming has paused, fear not, say scientists, reports Rob Painting at SkepticalScience.com, as he reviews several studies. The Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere alternate between positive and negative climate phases, in what is known as the … Continue reading

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New Energy-Storing Wind Turbines Are Gamechangers

General Electric recently announced a new line of wind turbines, the Brilliant Wind Turbines, that generate between 20 and 24 percent more power than their previous best turbines in this class. They do this through traditional improvements in turbine design, … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia Sees Win-Win in Solar Boom

A slide in solar power costs and a surge in oil prices over the last few years has made solar power a win-win strategy for Saudi Arabia: saving billions of dollars of crude for export while making electricity at less … Continue reading

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Dirty Coal Lies Behind German Clean Energy

Energy from coal is increasing in Germany, reports Nick Grealy at the Christian Science Monitor, despite its clean energy reputation. In the past 6 months, coal supplied over 50% of Germany’s energy, as natural gas and wind power output declined. … Continue reading

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Natural Barriers Protect US Shorelines, and Need Protection

Sand dunes, sea grasses and coral reefs protect US shorelines from sea level rise and extreme weather and must be protected, says a new Stanford University study, reports Wendy Koch at USA Today. As climate change brings higher sea levels, … Continue reading

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