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Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks – NYTimes.com

December 17th, 2014

‘ALBANY — The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks.’

via Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks – NYTimes.com.

First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL: McConnell | Reuters

December 16th, 2014

‘Reuters – The new Republican-controlled Senate’s first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.’

via First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL: McConnell | Reuters.

World Moves One Step Closer to Climate Treaty

December 14th, 2014

‘…Negotiators have not yet settled the big question of whether the ultimate treaty will be legally binding or allow a more voluntary approach, but the latest draft seems to lean toward the latter, by asking countries to propose their own cuts in emissions.’

via World Moves One Step Closer to Climate Treaty.

Deal salvaged at UN climate talks in Peru – World – The Boston Globe

December 14th, 2014

‘LIMA, Peru — Shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, after more than 36 straight hours of negotiations, top officials from nearly 200 nations agreed to the first deal committing every country in the world to reducing the fossil fuel emissions that cause global warming.’

via Deal salvaged at UN climate talks in Peru – World – The Boston Globe.

Climate Agreement Reached in Peru After Marathon U.N. Session – NBC News.com

December 14th, 2014

‘Negotiators have reached a watered-down deal at U.N. talks in Peru that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year. The Lima agreement was adopted hours after a previous draft was rejected by developing countries who accused rich nations of shirking their responsibilities to fight global warming and pay for its impacts.’

via Climate Agreement Reached in Peru After Marathon U.N. Session – NBC News.com.

A Climate Accord Based on Global Peer Pressure – NYTimes.com

December 14th, 2014

‘…In its structure, the deal represents a breakthrough in the two-decade effort to forge a significant global pact to fight climate change. The Lima Accord, as it is known, is the first time that all nations — rich and poor — have agreed to cut back on the burning oil, gas and coal.’

via A Climate Accord Based on Global Peer Pressure – NYTimes.com.

Nuclear War Dangerous To Global Environment, Weather, Ecosystems – NCAR – International Business Times

December 10th, 2014

‘…Assuming India and Pakistan each hurled at each other 50 of its smallest nuclear weapons, similar to the size used on Hiroshima, the detonations will create giant firestorms that will produce a whopping 6.5 million tonnes of smoke, “black smoke that would absorb a lot of sunlight,” Mills said.’

‘… The most tangible impact will be felt in the world’s agriculture and ecosystems. Nuclear wars could lead to global famine because the effects of the warheads into the environment and atmosphere lead to reductions in crop production.’

via Nuclear War Dangerous To Global Environment, Weather, Ecosystems – NCAR – International Business Times.

Obama: Keystone XL could contribute to ‘disastrous’ climate change – The Washington Post

December 9th, 2014

‘President Obama spoke in dismissive terms of the Keystone XL pipeline Monday during an interview on “The Colbert Report Monday, saying its modest benefits need to be weighed against its contribution to climate change, “which could be disastrous.”‘

via Obama: Keystone XL could contribute to ‘disastrous’ climate change – The Washington Post.

New Study: California’s Epic Drought Probably Wasn’t Caused by Climate Change | Mother Jones

December 9th, 2014

‘California is in the middle of a really bad three-year drought that stretches across nearly the entire state. The drought has already wreaked havoc with the state’s agricultural sector, is expected to take a $2.2 billion bite out of the state’s economy this year alone, and shows no sign of relenting anytime soon.’

via New Study: California’s Epic Drought Probably Wasn’t Caused by Climate Change | Mother Jones.

Antarctic seawater temperatures rising

December 5th, 2014

‘New research published today in the journal Science shows how shallow shelf seas of West Antarctica have warmed over the last 50 years.’

via Antarctic seawater temperatures rising.