9 reasons to be cheerful about global climate action

Amid smashed temperature records, China emissions are falling, renewables are rising and consultancies are advising clients to start divesting fossil fuels By Ed King There’s little doubt 2015 was the hottest year on record – by some margin. It’s also pretty clear national climate pledges towards the UN climate pact agreed in Paris last month won’t stop dangerous warming.

Canada’s Oilsands GHG emissions to double by 2030

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Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says “more needs to be done” to curb greenhouse gas emissions, as new data show Canada is drifting further away from its climate targets while the oilsands’ share of national greenhouse emissions is projected to double by 2030.

Soil productivity cut by climate change, making societies more marginal, studies find

Ethiopia, one fragile dryland nation, is in the grip of its worst drought in 50 years. Photo: Jay Court The health of the world’s soils hinges on the abundance and diversity of the microbes and fungi they contain, and environmental changes including from global warming will undermine their ability to support humans and other species, according to two new studies.

What You Need to Know About Zika And Climate Change

The rapid rise of the Zika virus is turning into a full-on public health crisis. The virus, transferred via specific types of mosquitoes, “is now spreading explosively” across Latin America, according to Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Lobbyists Swarm Congress Over Carbon Rules Resolutions

By Anthony Adragna Jan. 25 – Despite the low odds of gaining enough votes to block President Barack Obama’s signature environmental regulations, more than 40 groups reported lobbying Congress during the fourth quarter of 2015 on the Congressional Review Act resolutions to kill the rules. Organizations ranging from large coal companies like Arch Coal Inc.
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Sea level rise from ocean warming underestimated, scientists say

The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated, and could be about twice as much as previously calculated, German researchers have said. The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal, suggest that increasingly severe storm surges could be anticipated as a result.

The surprising way that climate change could worsen East Coast blizzards

As the East Coast digs out from the enormous snowfalls of Winter Storm Jonas, a prominent climate scientist has drawn a connection between the storm, warm ocean temperatures off the U.S. and a slowdown of ocean circulation in the North Atlantic that may also be behind a much discussed cold ‘blob ‘ to the southeast of Greenland.

Climate Deal’s First Big Hurdle: The Draw of Cheap Oil

Barely a month after world leaders signed a sweeping agreement to reduce carbon emissions, the global commitment to renewable energy sources faces its first big test as the price of oil collapses. Buoyed by low gas prices, Americans are largely eschewing electric cars in favor of lower-mileage trucks and sport utility vehicles.