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March 2017

This is a major benefit cutting air pollution can have on children

A “congestion tax” that discourages downtown driving not only cuts traffic and pollution, but also sharply reduces children’s asthma attacks.

World Economic Forum

Consequences of a price incentive on free riding and electric energy consumption

We show that a simple and common price incentive is highly effective in reducing electric energy consumption (EEC). When EEC is billed and metered at the apartment level compared with when tenants have unlimited EEC included in the rent, annual EEC falls by about 25%.


WHO chief: Air pollution link to 600,000 deaths in children

The director general of the World Health Organization has said air pollution is “one of the most pernicious threats” facing global public health today and is on a much bigger scale than HIV or Ebola.

BBC News

Precipitation drives global variation in natural selection

Climate change will fundamentally alter many aspects of the natural world. To understand how species may adapt to this change, we must understand which aspects of the changing climate exert the most powerful selective forces.


Energy: Scanning the energy horizon

With Burn Out, Dieter Helm — one of the most outspoken and influential commentators on energy — is back, with a big, broad view on the energy revolution. He pokes fun at the “peak oilers”, who believe that shrinking fossil-fuel resources will force the transition to renewables.


Iron dissolved by air pollution may increase ocean potential to trap carbon

Iron particles generated by cities and industry are being dissolved by man-made air pollution and washed into the sea – potentially increasing the amount of greenhouse gases that the world’s oceans can absorb, a new study suggests.

Decadal predictability without ocean dynamics

Accurate climate predictions on 10-y time scales are commonly assumed to require climate models with interactive ocean dynamics. This paper shows that the most predictable components in climate models without interactive ocean dynamics are remarkably similar to those in models containing interactive ocean dynamics.


Linking climate change, air pollution and public health

Nicholas School of the Environment Earth Sciences Professor Drew Shindell reminds us how interconnected these issues truly are, and how we must begin viewing them as such to create change.

Inequalities fuel human impacts on climate

Scientists seek precision research tools to measure how human impacts and inequalities will feed back into future climate change

Climate News Network

Federal Climate Research Should Be Maintained and Expanded, Says National Academy of Sciences

In an endorsement of the United States Global Change Research Program’s work, NAS says federal agencies’ research is vital.

Inside Climate News


From a helicopter clattering over Greenland’s interior on a bright July day, the ice sheet below tells a tale of disintegration.


Giant crack in Antarctic ice shelf spotlights advances in glaciology

Rift through Larsen C ice shelf has grown to 175 kilometres, and collapse of nearby ice shelves could offer a glimpse of its future.


Air Pollution Linked To Millions Of Premature Births Around The Globe

If protecting the environment alone wasn’t reason enough to take measures to reduce air pollution, the massive global health implications of rising preterm birth rates certainly should be.

Huffington Post

Global socioeconomic material stocks rise 23-fold over the 20th century and require half of annual resource use

Configuration and quantity of stocks determine future waste flows and recycling potential and are key to closing material loops and reducing waste and emissions in a circular economy. A better understanding of in-use material stocks and their dynamics is essential for sustainable development.


Scientists Got a New Look at the Growing Larsen C Crack

It’s summer in Antarctica, which has scientists scurrying around the seventh continent carrying out various research experiments. That includes monitoring the massive crack that has spread across the Larsen C ice shelf, located on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Climate Central

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