New research reveals that nitrous oxide, or N2O, is currently the top ozone-depleting substance emitted by humans. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, has effects on our ozone layer that might not be so funny, according to a new study by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
Yesterday morning, as Senators Boxer and Kerry unveiled the Senate's new climate bill, they emphasized that the threat of climate change is about more than just hotter weather. It's about the economy and national security, two issues that are getting a lot of attention right now - but climate change is also about another incredibly important problem: water.
The typhoon Ketsana is pouring down on Bangkok this morning as I ready myself for day four of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings. Representatives of countries and hundreds of civil society organizations will continue to meet here for another week to identify solutions for December's critical global warming negotiation in Copenhagen.
Pssst. Hey you. Over here.
No, don't look directly at me!
You know the drill. Just keep staring straight ahead and pay no attention to me while I pretend to be reading the newspaper.
Are you sure nobody followed you here? Good. Now listen up and listen good.
"Mother is worried about mother."
Research by Texas A&M University has raised speculation as to whether global warming has strengthened El Niño while simultaneously providing fodder for a connection between El Niño and the 1918 flu pandemic, which scientists now know was H1N1.
The G-20 meeting will conclude later today here in Pittsburgh, but we can say already that for climate policy, this has not been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon. Here's my highlight reel for the week:
Court rings bell on carbon polluters
There has been a lot of attention paid to PG&E, PNM Resources, Nike and Johnson & Johnson for their public condemnation of the US Chamber position on climate change and their support for federal policy to promote clean energy and protect the climate.
There's a new TV ad airing these days in the D.C. area and it represents a new low in the polluter PR handbook.
This year, the extent of ice melt in the Arctic has opened the Northeast Passage, a shipping route from the Atlantic Ocean in Europe to the Pacific Ocean along Russia’s far northern coastline, for ice-free navigation for the fourth time in recorded history.
Climate Bill Cost Claims: "Correspondent" Falls Down on Job