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At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that particular school year, clouds of smoke shrouded the ...
This week, President Obama is the chief guest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at India's Republic Day celebrations. At the close of the historic visit, the two leaders are expected to announce cooperation on a suite of climate and clean energy ...
Surprising new research has sharply downgraded the perceived climate impacts of the gathering and burning of wood by residents of poor and developing countries who rely on the fuel to keep warm and cook food.
Of the 2.8 billion people ...
Coal demand in China dropped by around 2.3% in the first eleven months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, government figures show.
Production of coal in China declined by 2.1% and imports fell 9.0%. Meanwhile, China’s economy ...
If commercial aviation were a country, it would rank seventh in global greenhouse gas emissions according to a recent report by the International Council on Clean Transportation.
The aviation industry is growing so quickly that its ...
Earlier this month, for the first time, all 190 nations meeting in Lima Peru pledged to present actionable plans to cut CO2 emissions by early next year. But many feel that the landmark accord wasn't strong enough. Host Steve Curwood discusses ...
Climate scientists have received a boost of up to US$150 million from US space agency NASA for a five year campaign to probe how air pollution
, manmade fires across Africa and warming oceans may affect our climate.
The money will be ...
Five new NASA air
borne field campaigns will take to the skies next year to investigate how long-range air pollution
, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.
These studies into several incompletely understood Earth ...
If we’re to believe the biomass
energy industry, the U.S. Forest Service and a chorus of politicians from both sides of the aisle, we can solve the energy crisis, cure climate change and eradicate wildfire by logging and chipping our national ...
For President Obama, fracking is a key weapon against global warming. Abundant natural gas, he said in his State of the Union address this year, is a "bridge fuel" to ubiquitous renewable energy - the key to securing economic growth "with less of ...
When we burn fossil fuels, carbon pollution
is released into Earth's closed atmosphere. As the concentration of heat-trapping gas builds up over decades, this insidious pollution
accelerates climate change, triggers asthma attacks and respiratory ...
At a time when we`re well aware of the benefits of living forest ecosystems, in terms of not only mitigating the effects of air
and water pollution
, but also in recharging groundwater, storing carbon, serving as wildlife habitat, and perhaps even ...
China`s capital city of Beijing will ban coal sales and the burning of coal in its six main districts by the end of 2020 to cut air pollution
, local officials said on Monday.
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau ...
burning takes many forms: wildfires, slash-and-burn agriculture, clearing forests and other vegetation, and even industrialized burning for energy production. Yet this burning-mostly manmade but also natural-takes a massive toll both on ...
Wildfires and other types of fires involving plant matter play a much bigger role in climate change and human health than previously thought, according to a recent study.Scientists have long known that biomass
burning - burning forests to ...
Nearly one-fifth of the carbon dioxide emissions caused by humans can be traced back to wildfires, slash-and-burn agriculture and the burning of wood waste to produce power, a Stanford University report found. While “biomass burning” has long ...
The map above shows the predicted global warming impact of all anthropogenic emissions, including biomass
burning, on global near-surface air
temperature since 1850. The map below shows the observed change in global near-surface air
It's easy to imagine new snow so bright that we must avert our eyes even while wearing sunglasses. What scientists are discovering, though, is this brilliant whiteness of snow and ice is increasingly being dimmed by air pollution
China intends to accelerate its deployment of solar power, after setting a new target to more than triple installed capacity to 70GW by 2017 as part of its drive to cut its reliance on coal.
The new solar target is double the previous ...
quality in cities worldwide fails to meet World Health Organization guidelines for safe levels, putting millions at greater risk of respiratory disease, lung cancer and other serious, long-term health problems, the health agency said, ...
The UN's climate panel has published the third part of its long-awaited report - on strategies for mitigation. The document by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) considers the options for limiting or preventing greenhouse gas ...
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 ...
A new study charges that government regulations for biomass
plants are riddled with loopholes that allow wood-burning facilities to spew more toxic emissions in the air
than coal-fired power plants. The findings are refueling a controversy over ...
Facilities burning biomass
emit more air
pollutants, including carbon dioxide, per megawatt-hour than those that burn coal, according to a Partnership for Policy Integrity report.
The April 2 report, “Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How ...
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report on the impacts of global warming this century has been widely recognised as clarifying beyond all doubt that we do, indeed, face an unprecedented planetary ...