October 16, 2018

For Some Poor Countries, Climate Science Comes Too Late

Across huge swaths of the world, scientists simply don't have the data that they need—especially the kind of in-depth, long-term observations that can place current weather in context—to make predictions about what the future of climate change will look like, The Atlantic reports.

October 15, 2018

October 12, 2018

October 11, 2018

Hurricane Michael's Sudden, Shocking Growth

Unlike Hurricane Florence, which idled over the Atlantic Ocean as a powerful storm for days, Michael spun through the stages of hurricane formation quickly. It became a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon. By Tuesday, it was a major hurricane that kept intensifying. 

China Coal City Vows 'No-Coal Zones' In Bid to Curb Pollution

Datong, a major coal-producing city in northern China's Shanxi province, will establish "no-coal zones" in urban districts as part of its efforts to curb pollution, the provincial government said on Thursday. The restrictions would cover 39 square miles and include bans on the storage, sale and direct combustion of coal.

October 10, 2018

Hurricane Michael Has Farmers Rushing to Harvest Crops Before the Storm

The second hurricane in a month threatens to wipe out crops across a swath of North and South Carolina still recovering from Hurricane Florence. Hurricane Michael, a "potentially catastrophic" Category 4, was headed for the Florida coast on a path expected to bring heavy rain to Georgia and the Carolinas right as farmers are harvesting several important crops.

One of Oldest Coal Companies in U.S. Files for Bankruptcy

Amid declining demand for the coal, Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. filed for Chapter 11 protection as part of a restructuring agreement. Company leadership said in a statement that operations won't be interrupted and there are no expected staff reductions.

Germany's Merkel Backs EU Climate Deal Over Car Lobby’s Protest

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that an agreement among EU nations to seek a 35 percent cut in car emissions by 2030 was acceptable. Torn between reducing pollution and preserving industry competitiveness, EU environment ministers reached a compromise over what 2030 carbon dioxide limits to impose on Europe's powerful carmakers.

Now Near 100 Million Barrels Per Day, When Will Oil Demand Peak?

Sometime in the next few weeks, global oil consumption will reach 100 million barrels per day—more than twice what it was 50 years ago—and it shows no immediate sign of falling. Despite overwhelming evidence of carbon-fueled climate change, oil demand is still rising by up to 1.5 percent a year.

Denmark Discusses Labeling Food for Climate Impact

The Danish government has began discussing proposals to require labels on food products that would rate their impact on the environment and climate, CNN reports. The move has the support of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, a key industry group.

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