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Climate ScienceThe scientific community is certain with near unanimity that man-made global warming is disrupting Earth’s climate and that remedies are urgently needed. But public opinion and political rhetoric do not mirror the prevailing scientific consensus. We report here on continuing climate research and the controversies which surround the empirical findings.
Bill McKibben delivers a speech during his Do the Math Tour
Just six pages long, it is stoking a new moral urgency for climate action and forcing the financial world to reconsider the value of fossil fuel reserves.
It is probably the most influential paper on climate science today. But few outside scientific...
Feb 14, 2013 | Read More
President Barack Obama
News analysis: In his SOTU, the president was navigating through familiar political crosswinds—including GOP opposition and adamant demands from activists.
2/13/13: This story has been updated to include a statement by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. WASHINGTON...
Feb 13, 2013 | Read More
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
When the Rhode Island Democrat takes the floor each week to lecture his colleagues on climate, the room is usually empty. But still he persists.
In October 2011, when most politicians were doing everything they could to avoid speaking publicly...
Feb 12, 2013 | Read More
FEMA released revised flood zone maps of New York City on January 28.
Scientists argue new FEMA flood maps may be too conservative because they don't consider future sea level rise, with implications for Sandy rebuilding.
2/6/13: Paragraph 11 of this story has been updated to include more information from FEMA. When the...
Feb 6, 2013 | Read More
Protesters rally in Portland, Maine, against possible plans to pipe oil from Can
'We're trying to build the social movement' in the United States against expansion of Canadian tar sands oil extraction, says organizer.
President Obama hasn't publicly drawn a connection between climate change and the Keystone XL...
Jan 31, 2013 | Read More
Construction on the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas
The EPA found serious flaws in two earlier environmental reviews. Soon it will have another opportunity to weigh in, with climate impacts a major concern.
1/31/13: The story has been updated with comments from industry. 1/30/13: This story has been...
Jan 30, 2013 | Read More
Renewable energy advocates protest against Xcel Energy
Boulder could soon be on a long-fought path to break from utility Xcel Energy, control its own electricity and ramp up clean power. But obstacles await.
For the past decade, the people of Boulder, Colo., have pursued an elusive goal: getting more clean...
Jan 23, 2013 | Read More
Journalists covering the annual summit of the United Nations Framework Conventio
As NYT dismantles its environment desk, increased pressure on a handful of remaining journalists covering complexity of climate change.
The news last week that the New York Times is dismantling its environment desk and reassigning the...
Jan 17, 2013 | Read More
Hurricane Sandy damage in New Jersey
'Every month that goes by, we get further in the hole,' says environmental law expert Michael Gerrard in an interview.
In an essay after superstorm Sandy, Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law...
Jan 16, 2013 | Read More
New York Times dismantles its environment desk
Times says demise of the nine-person team, created in 2009, won't affect climate coverage.
The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven...
Jan 11, 2013 | Read More