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Black carbon a worse pollutant than feared

Reuters / Black carbon, the soot produced by burning fossil fuels and biomass, is a more potent atmospheric pollutant than previously thought, according to a new study. Emitted by diesel engines, brick kilns and wood-fired cookstoves, black carbon is second only to carbon dioxide as the most powerful climate pollutant, according to the study published […] Read more

Impact of climate change hitting home, U.S. report finds

Reuters / The consequences of climate change are now hitting the United States on several fronts, including health, infrastructure, water supply, agriculture and especially more frequent severe weather, a congressionally mandated study has concluded. A draft of the U.S. National Climate Assessment, released Jan. 11, said observable change to the climate in the past half-century […] Read more

September tied global heat record — again

Reuters / Last month tied for the warmest September in the global modern record, scientists at the U.S. government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Oct. 15. This September tied with the same month in 2005 for the record. The land-and-sea global average temperature was 15.67 C, .67 C above the 20th century average. In […] Read more

Climate Change Could Worsen African “Mega-Droughts”

The recent decades-long drought that killed 100,000 people in Africa’s Sahel may be a small foretaste of monstrous “mega-droughts” that could grip the region as global climate change worsens, scientists reported April 16. Droughts, some lasting for centuries, are part of the normal pattern in sub-Saharan Africa. But the added stress of a warming world […] Read more