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"Alaska’s Glaciers Are Now Losing 75 Billion Tons of Ice Every Year"

"In a new study, scientists with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and several other institutions report a staggering finding: Glaciers of the United States’ largest — and only Arctic — state, Alaska, have lost 75 gigatons (a gigaton is a billion metric tons) of ice per year from 1994 through 2013."

06/18/2015

"Pope’s Views on Climate Change Add Pressure to Catholic Candidates"

"As the steamy hurricane season descends on Miami, the city’s Roman Catholic archbishop, Thomas G. Wenski, is planning a summer of sermons, homilies and press events designed to highlight the threat that a warming planet, rising sea levels and more extreme storms pose to his community’s poorest and most vulnerable."

06/18/2015

Group Wins Suit To Disclose Fracking in Gulf of Mexico

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents on offshore Gulf fracking, and was refused by two Interior Department offshore drilling agencies, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. CBD sued, and the lawsuit was settled June 2, 2015.

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"Renewables Could Dominate World Electricity By 2030"

"Renewables could surpass coal, natural gas, and nuclear as the world's top electricity source in 15 years, according to an IEA report. Still, without bolder emissions cuts, the world is on track to blow past its global warming targets."

"Renewable energy could surpass coal, nuclear power, and natural gas as the world’s largest source of electricity within only 15 years, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.

06/17/2015

"Pope Francis to Explore Climate’s Effect on World’s Poor"

"VATICAN CITY — Ban Ki-moon arrived at the Vatican with his own college of cardinals. Mr. Ban, the United Nations secretary general, had brought the leaders of all his major agencies to see Pope Francis, a show of organizational muscle and respect for a meeting between two global institutions that had sometimes shared a bumpy past but now had a mutual interest." A roundup of stories about the papal encyclical to be released Thursday.

06/15/2015

World Off Course To Prevent Two Degrees C Warming, Says Energy Agency

"In a major report to be released Monday, the Paris-based International Energy Agency — which provides independent energy analysis and has 29 member countries, including the United States — will state that current national commitments to cut greenhouse gases are still insufficient to keep the world below two degrees Celsius of warming above preindustrial levels."

06/15/2015

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