This week in climate news - 21 December 2014

The most popular articles from the past week.

U.S. to unveil plan to curb oil and gas sector methane soon: sources

The Obama administration as soon as Wednesday will announce its plans for curbing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, which the United States must do to meet its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, people familiar with the issue said Tuesday. »
17 December 2014, 00:11 - reuters - Search similar - Email

Clearing tropical rainforests distorts Earth's wind and water systems, packs climate wallop beyond carbon

A new study released today presents powerful evidence that clearing trees not only spews carbon into the atmosphere, but also triggers major shifts in rainfall and increased temperatures worldwide that are just as potent as those caused by current carbon pollution. »
18 December 2014, 22:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Nuclear should be in the energy mix for biodiversity

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. »
16 December 2014, 02:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Migrating 'supraglacial' lakes could trigger future Greenland ice loss

Predictions of Greenland ice loss and its impact on rising sea levels may have been greatly underestimated. Supraglacial lakes are darker than ice, so they absorb more of the Sun's heat, which leads to increased melting. When the lakes reach a critical size, they drain through ice fractures, allowing water to reach the ice sheet base which causes it to slide more quickly into the oceans. »
16 December 2014, 02:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Past global warming similar to today's: Size, duration were like modern climate shift, but in two pulses

The rate at which carbon emissions warmed Earth’s climate almost 56 million years ago resembles modern, human-caused global warming much more than previously believed, but involved two pulses of carbon to the atmosphere, researchers have found. »
16 December 2014, 02:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

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