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May 22, 2014

Warm Pacific may paradoxically cause U.S. winter freeze-study

THE HAGUE, May 22 (Reuters) – Unusually warm western Pacific
waters linked to global warming may be the paradoxical cause of
a bone-chilling winter in parts of the United States this year,
a scientific study said on Thursday.

The theory contrasts with other experts’ views, including
that the freeze was simply a freak natural event or that it was
linked to a thawing of the Arctic in recent years that sent a
blast of cold air south.

May 13, 2014

Norway bets on global warming in Arctic oil and gas drive

OSLO, May 13 (Reuters) – Norway wants to let oil and gas
companies drill in Arctic seas that were frozen as recently as
the 1980s even though some climate experts say it is too early
to trust global warming to keep the ice away.

Russia is also showing new interest in the Arctic despite
high costs in a region where governments are struggling to set
safety rules after BP’s 2010 blowout in the Gulf of
Mexico, the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

May 12, 2014

West Antarctic glaciers in “irreversible” thaw, raising seas -study

OSLO, (Reuters) – Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said on Monday.

Six glaciers, eaten away from below by a warming of sea waters around the frozen continent, were flowing fast into the Amundsen Sea, according to the report based partly on satellite radar measurements from 1992 to 2011.

Apr 28, 2014

Natural gas-gobbling bacteria may help combat oil leaks

OSLO, April 28 (Reuters) – A type of bacteria that eats
natural gases may provide a small defence against leaks such as
BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 and curb global
warming, a scientific report said on Monday.

The study identified a strain of microbe able to grow on
both methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and propane. Both are
found in unrefined natural gas and scientists had previously
thought that bacteria could only grow on one or the other.

Apr 25, 2014

Rich nations’ greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2012, led by U.S.

OSLO (Reuters) – Industrialized nations’ greenhouse gas emissions fell by 1.3 percent in 2012, led by a U.S. decline to the lowest in almost two decades with a shift to natural gas from dirtier coal, official statistics show.

Emissions from more than 40 nations were 10 percent below 1990 levels in 2012, according to a Reuters compilation of national data submitted to the United Nations in recent days that are the main gauge of efforts to tackle global warming.

Apr 14, 2014

City growth by almost 2 Manhattans a day said key to climate-UN

OSLO, April 14 (Reuters) – The world’s urban areas are set
to grow by almost twice the size of Manhattan a day until 2030
and the design of future cities in Asia and Africa will be
crucial to slow global warming, a U.N. study showed on Monday.

The breakneck expansion means billion-dollar opportunities
for companies, ranging from greener construction of homes and
offices to improved rail and bus networks, according to a report
by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Apr 13, 2014

Step up action to curb global warming, or risks rise – UN

BERLIN, April 13 (Reuters) – A United Nations report said on
Sunday that governments must act faster to slow global warming
and delays until 2030 could force reliance on little-tested
technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air.

The study, drawing on work by more than 1,000 experts, said
a radical shift from conventional fossil fuels to low-carbon
energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power would shave only
about 0.06 percentage point a year off world economic growth.

Apr 13, 2014

Act fast to curb global warming, or extract CO2 from air: U.N.

, Environment Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) – Faster action is needed to keep global warming to agreed limits and delays until 2030 could force reliance on technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air, a U.N. report said on Sunday.

The study, drawing on the work of more than 1,000 experts, said a shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power was affordable and would shave only about 0.06 percentage point a year off world economic growth.

Apr 11, 2014

Shift to green energy will be tiny brake on growth-UN

BERLIN, April 11 (Reuters) – A radical shift from fossil
fuels to low-carbon energy would slow world economic growth by
only a tiny fraction every year, a new draft U.N. report on
tackling global warming said on Friday.

Many governments had complained that an earlier draft was
not clear in its estimate of the costs of low-carbon energy,
which include solar or wind, nuclear and fossil fuels whose
greenhouse gas emissions are captured and buried underground.

Apr 10, 2014

UN climate report seeks clearer economics to guide action

BERLIN, April 10 (Reuters) – A U.N. report about ways to fix
global warming due on Sunday is likely to disappoint investors
seeking clear-cut economic calculations about the benefits and
costs of curbing rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Authors say the report stops short of an economic bottom
line since it is hard to put a value, for instance, on human
lives lost to extreme weather or on risks of a faster melt of
Greenland’s ice sheet that would push up sea levels.