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San Francisco is considering an ordinance that would require owners of new and renovated buildings with water fountains to install special bottle-filling taps, according to Associated Press. The measure is part of the city’s efforts to increase the water supply in cities and rural areas across the country, Bloomberg reported, citing government officials. Heavy rains […]

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Climate Change Fossil fuels will supply 85 percent of the world’s energy in 2050 if current trends persist, creating a 50 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new environmental outlook released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Reuters reported. A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists identifies the top […]

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Thawing permafrost is releasing large plumes of methane gas into the atmosphere from the Arctic seabed, Russian researchers found, according to the Independent. If the trend continues, scientists fear the greenhouse gas could significantly impact climate change. Severe weather events such as monsoons and hurricanes may add stress to fault lines, triggering earthquakes, Discovery News […]

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency linked hydraulic fracturing to groundwater pollution for the first time Thursday after finding chemicals used in fracking in a Wyoming aquifer, Bloomberg News reported. Some companies that use fracking to extract underground natural gas deposits dispute that the drilling method was the source of the contamination. Farmers in California […]

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Global carbon emissions are likely to continue increasing at a rate of 3 percent each year, EurActiv reported, citing a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Emissions from burning fossil fuels rose by 5.9 percent in 2010. The booming shale gas industry could create 870,000 jobs and $118 billion in economic growth […]

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The United States, along with Russia, Canada, Japan, China and India, does not want new negotiations on legally binding climate agreements to start until at least 2015, while other countries — notably the European Union — want immediate action, the Guardian reported. International agencies recently affirmed that the world has only a small window of […]

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Australia’s fast-growing coal-seam gas industry is a “relatively short-term prospect” and may not be worth the cost to farmland and the environment, a according to an interim report for the Senate Inquiry into the impacts of coal seam gas in the Murray-Darling Basin, The Australian reported. The study recommends that coal-seam gas development be suspended […]

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Wind-generated electricity will cost the same as electricity from fossil fuels by 2016, according to a new study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Air pollution from aerosols like soot and dust can amplify droughts and floods, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported, citing a new study from the University of Maryland. The aerosols affect cloud formation, […]

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Costly weather extremes such as drought and floods are becoming more prevalent as climate change progresses, the Associated Press reported, citing a draft of a new study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The growing populations in vulnerable locations around the world will likely exacerbate the problem. Only 5 percent of the $97 billion […]

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An independent investigation by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, found no grounds for climate skeptics’ concerns about global warming figures, the Guardian reported. The study compiled more than a billion temperature records dating back to the 1800s from 15 sources around the world and found that the average global land temperature has risen […]

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Q&A: Dr. Peter Gleick on The World’s Water Volume 7

Peter Gleick, an internationally recognized water expert, tells Circle of Blue what has changed — and what has not — since the 2009 release of Volume 6. The Pacific Institute’s biannual report analyzes how water relates to climate change, corporate interests, and policy reform.

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Severe water shortages due to the La Nina weather pattern are threatening island communities in the South Pacific. Six months of low rainfall have left Tuvalu and Tokelau in a state of emergency and relying on bottled water. Officials also worry that the lack of rain will damage crops and spur a food shortage, according […]

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently published its annual report on global energy projections. Though renewable energy sources and nuclear power, along with unconventional fossil fuels, will phase out coal production over the next two decades, it will not be at the pace necessary to offset greenhouse gas emissions

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