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Climate Scientists Cancelling Their New York Times Subscription Over Hiring of Climate Denialist Bret Stephens

A New York Times defence of its hiring of a climate science denialist as a leading columnist is pushing high-profile climate scientists to cancel their subscriptions. Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts...Show More Summary

Ex-Trump Adviser Myron Ebell’s Climate Denial Earns Open Laughs at Energy Investment Summit

Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent skeptic of climate science, found himself on the receiving end of pronounced skepticism at a Bloomberg New EnergyShow More Summary

In Heat of Dakota Access Protests, National Sheriffs' Association Lobbied for More Military Gear

By Steve Horn and Curtis Waldman At the end of 2016, as a mix of sheriffs, police, and private security forces were clashing with those protesting the Dakota Access pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, the National Sheriffs'...Show More Summary

Scientists Find Methane Pollution from B.C.’s Oil and Gas Sector 2.5 Times What B.C. Government Reports

New, groundbreaking research from a group of scientists shows B.C.’s estimates of methane pollution from oil and gas activity in the province’s Peace region are wildly underestimated. Using infrared cameras and gas detection instruments...Show More Summary

Rising carbon dioxide levels, ocean acidity may change crucial marine process

(Florida State University) Climate change may be putting cyanobacteria that are crucial to the functioning of the ocean at risk as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases and the acidity of ocean water changes.

France’s Presidential Election Could Yield Two Different Futures for Nuclear and Renewables

To many, France’s ongoing elections are the latest showdown between the liberal world order and a new brand of right-wing populism. That narrative follows a similar path in energy. France’s elections are pitting nuclear versus renewables,...Show More Summary

Tibetan people have multiple adaptations for life at high altitudes

(PLOS) The Tibetan people have inherited variants of five different genes that help them live at high altitudes, with one gene originating in the extinct human subspecies, the Denisovans. Hao Hu and Chad Huff of the University of Texas, Houston, and colleagues report these findings in a new study published April 27, 2017, in PLOS Genetics.

Coal Down, Renewables Up, India on the Rise in 2035 Energy Outlook

Global energy demand will keep rising through 2035, but the nature of the mix and the key players will change significantly. That's the takeaway from the analysts at Wood Mackenzie, who surveyed global energy markets from the groundShow More Summary

Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region's past

(National Science Foundation) Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new evidence of how Europe's winter weather and climate patterns fluctuated during the last 10,000 years, known as the Holocene period.

Bureau of Reclamation makes water and related data available for easy download and use

(Bureau of Reclamation) The Bureau of Reclamation is making its water data publicly available and easily accessible through a new open data pilot project. The Reclamation Water Information System consolidates and publishes water and related data from throughout Reclamation, which makes it easier to locate and access.

NASA sees formation of Tropical Storm Frances near Darwin

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Frances has formed in the Beagle Gulf, east of the Timor Sea near Darwin, Australia, and NASA's Aqua satellite captured a clear image of the storm.

Survey: Another good year for Chesapeake Bay's underwater grasses

(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) An annual survey led by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased 8 percent between 2015 and 2016, continuing an upward trend initiated in 2012.

Colorado State University leads $3.8M study on western wildfire smoke

(Colorado State University) With a $3.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Atmospheric Chemistry program, Colorado State University is one of five universities working to gather a more comprehensive data set aimed at understanding how wildfire smoke changes chemically with time. Show More Summary

Scientists examine impact of high-severity fires on conifer forests

(Harvard University) The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Harvard Forest found in a new study published today in Global Change Biology.

Winemakers lose billions of dollars every year due to natural disasters

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Every year, worldwide wine industry suffers losses of more than ten billion US dollars from damaged assets, production losses, and lost profits due to extreme weather events and natural disasters. Show More Summary

Snow Water Ice and Water and Adaptive Actions for a Changing Arctic

The Arctic is changing fast, and the Arctic Council recently commissioned the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) to write two new reports on the state of the Arctic cryosphere (snow, water, and ice) and how the people and the ecosystems in the Arctic can live with these changes. The two reports have now just […]

IEA: Global Installed PV Capacity Leaps to 303GW

A tariff-induced U.S. solar industry assault notwithstanding, there's some good news in solar this week. The International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power System Programme's latest report (Snapshot of Global Photovoltaic Markets 2016,...Show More Summary

Mechanism of the influence of the Tibetan-Iranian Plateaus on the circulation and climate in summer

(Science China Press) The Iranian-Tibetan Plateaus have both dynamic and thermal influences on Asian climate and global circulation. Scientists have been puzzled the mechanism of the influence. Now researchers in Beijing have identified...Show More Summary

Solar Block-and-Index Contracts: A New Market for Utility-Scale Solar?

The search for funding has led the solar industry down many roads, from the mainstay of state renewable portfolio standard procurements, to the rising driver of voluntary retail customer procurements, to projects enabled through federal PURPA regulations. Show More Summary

Burning Questions for the Brooklyn-Queens Demand Management Program

Back in January, Con Edison quietly reported some new load forecasts. It turns out the cutting-edge Brooklyn-Queens demand management program -- which has been furiously installing energy-efficient light bulbs and coordinating demand...Show More Summary

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