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Final Climate Negotiations Before COP 20 Underway in Bonn

The final round of negotiations in preparation for the COP 20 climate conference got underway yesterday at UNFCCC headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Set for December in Lima, Peru, COP 20 is an important stepping stone to forging a new universal climate agreement in 2015 at COP 21 in Paris. The “October session” aims at giving countries the opportunity “to further…

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Summer 2014 warmest on record. This chard indicates land and ocean temperature departure for June-August 2014

2014 Warmest Summer on Record

It may seem counterintuitive for those living in eastern North America, but the continuing trend of warmer months globally has officially culminated with the 2014 as the warmest summer on record, according the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most recent State of the Climate report. This following last August as the warmest on record, beating the previous record set in August…

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U.S. Greenhouse Gas emissions are up in 2013, a principal source of the increase is from large industrial facilities, according to the EPA

Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise 20M Metric Tons

Greenhouse gas emissions from large U.S. polluters rose 0.6 percent in 2013, driven in the main by an increase in burning coal to generate electrical power, according to the fourth year of data from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.

U.S. CO2 emissions reverse trend and show a marked increase from 2012 through 2014

Latest EIA Report Shows Marked Increase in U.S. CO2 Emissions

As the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently reported, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have risen to record levels. In line with this report is the latest Monthly Energy Review from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) finding that U.S. CO2 emissions have reversed their downward trend, showing a significant increase over the past 18 months. According to the report, CO2 emissions for the first half of…

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24 Hours of Reality: Reasons for Hope

24 Hours of Climate Reality: Reasons for Hope

The Climate Reality Project is hosting 24 Hours of Climate Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope. Watch the live feed below. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream  

coffe leaf rust

Scientists Sequence Coffee Genomes in Bid to Thwart Leaf Rust

Now in the public domain, genome maps for Coffee arabica and coffee eugenioides could boost climate change adaptation efforts across the world’s coffee belt. That includes breeding coffee plants resistant to coffee leaf rust, which is decimating production, as well as the livelihoods of farmers, their families and communities.

Satellite measurements indicate a rapidly accelerating ice mass loss in the Greenland and Antarctica

Greenland Ice Melt 2014 and Beyond: Follow the Water

Greenland ice melt accelerating Recent high quality satellite measurements of the ice mass of Greenland and Antarctica taken over the past eleven years indicates rapidly accelerating rates of mass loss in the past decade. Ten years ago Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise was half a millimeter per year. Now, according to Professor Jason Box of the Geological Survey of Denmark…

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