Climate

U.S. Climate Negotiator Sees Path to New Global Agreement

Todd Stern (right), who has been engaged all year in negotiations on a second-generation climate agreement, is seen here with Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua at a May press briefing in Beijing.

By Charlene Porter IIP Staff Writer Washington, October 22, 2013   The chief U.S. climate negotiator is proposing the main pillars of a new world agreement to control greenhouse gases (GHGs) and limit climate change, pillars which allow greater flexibility in how nations move toward creating clean-energy economies. Todd Stern, representing the U.S. State Department […]

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Today’s Hot Will Be Tomorrow’s Cool, Research Shows

Underwater view, orange fan coral, blue water (Y.Stender, Hawaii.edu)

By Charlene Porter IIP Staff Writer Washington, 18 October 2013 The weather that humans considered hot over the past century or so will be the kind of weather that future generations will find to be cool, according to new climate science reported in the journal Nature October 10. A research team at the University of […]

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G20 Pledges Action on Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases

Obama, left, and China's President Xi greet each other before their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit September 6 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Nations of the world’s leading economies rank climate change along with growth, jobs, investment and trade as a key issue of the future.

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Sweden, U.S. Launch Water Management Challenge

Christian Holmes and Gunilla Carlsson shaking hands (David M. Kahler)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Sweden’s development agency (Sida) announced the Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development.

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NOAA, European Agency Sign Weather Monitoring Agreement

Image of Earth, showing Africa, oceans and portions of other continents (EUMETSAT)

Building on a 30-year relationship, top officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) signed a long-term cooperative agreement, ensuring continued space-based weather, water and climate monitoring.

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Energy Innovation Will Balance Climate Change Harm

People inspecting auto parked on a plaza (AP Images)

U.S. innovation in energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies is moving at a steady pace, and Obama administration policies are aimed at further accelerating that speed as part of the recently announced strategy toward a low-carbon economy.

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Global Climate Survey Shows Warming Evidence

White depicts Arctic ice in September 2012; the yellow line shows a previous low; the black line shows the historical mid-September median.

The year 2012 was among the 10 warmest on record, according to the 2012 State of the Climate report, compiled by almost 400 scientists from 52 nations.

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North American Nations Aim for Greener Region

Vehicles Queuing up at Border Checkpoint near San Diego

Top environmental officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed on an action plan to improve environmental standards in the transportation sector, act on climate change and improve air quality.

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Health Heroes Honored for Responses to Climate Change

Medical workers in dark New York City hospital room during October 2012 superstorm

The Obama administration recognized 11 community health leaders from around the U.S. for their work to raise awareness of climate change and the ill effects it can have on public health.

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Obama Has New Plan for Climate Change, Carbon Reduction

President Obama

President Obama outlined his latest proposals to reduce U.S. carbon emissions and prepare the nation for climate change.

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