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February 2017

Scientists Have Just Detected a Major Change in Earth's Oceans Linked to a Warming Climate

February 15, 2017, the Washington Post writes: A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world — a long-predicted result of climate change that could have severe consequences for marine...

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Beijing Air Pollution Linked to Coal-Powered Steel Production

February 16, 2017, the New York Times writes: Despite promises to cut steel overcapacity, China actually brought more steel production online last year, resulting in a surge in air pollution in northern China, especially around Beijing, according to a report released this week by Greenpeace East Asia. The growth in...

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Sustainability: It's More Than Just Climate Change

A new scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five memb ers of the National Academies, argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models that are used to inform environmental, climate, and economic policies. The most important inadequately-modeled variables are...

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Energy Companies Face Crude Reality: Better to Leave It in the Ground

Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2017 writes: A new era of low crude prices and stricter regulations on climate change is pushing energy companies and resource-rich governments to confront the possibility that some fossil-fuel resources will remain in the ground indefinitely. In a signal that the prospect is growing more...

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Conservatives Make the Case for Action on Climate Change

Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker Prominent Republicans — from former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson to the former chair of the board of Walmart — are urging the White House and Congress to adopt a new market-based plan to address climate change. It establishes a carbon tax...

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India's Air Pollution Rivals China's as Most Deadly

The New York Times reports: India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is causing about 1.1 million people to die prematurely each year and is now surpassing China’s as the deadliest in the world, a new study of global air pollution shows. The number of premature deaths in China caused by dangerous...

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A Conservative Case for Climate Action

The Climate Leadership Council is releasing a paper today, Wednesday, February 8th. The plan outlines an economically savvy strategy that will support the U.S. fossil fuel industry's transition to the globally competitive renewable energy market. Co-authors of the report include James A. Baker III, Treasury secretary for President Ronald Reagan...

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2016 is the Hottest Year on Record

NOAA and NASA analyses both indicate that 2016 was the hottest year on record globally . NOAA’s calculation shows the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 1.69°F (0.94°C) above the 20th century average. NASA indicated a temperature 1.82°F (1.01°C) above that average. The calculations between the two...

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