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Supreme Court Halts Obama's Climate Change Measures

Plan sought to reduce emissions at power plants by one-third

(Newser) - A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved, the AP reports. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and... More »

2015 Was Hottest Year on Record— by a Longshot

The data is in, not looking good for climate change

(Newser) - Last year was not just the hottest year since reporting started in 1880—it was the hottest year by a long shot, based on NASA and NOAA data released Wednesday. The average global temperature in 2015 "shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit,"... More »

Obama Puts New Obstacle in Coal Industry's Way

President to announce stop to new coal-mining leases on federal land

(Newser) - During his SOTU address Tuesday, President Obama forewarned he'd "push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources." Today, part of that blueprint is set to become more clear, with an expected announcement by the president to stop all new coal-mining leases on public... More »

Study Shows Clouds Are Bad News for Greenland Ice Sheet

'This is something we have to get right if we want to predict the future'

(Newser) - There's a literal cloud hanging over the rapidly melting Greenland ice sheet. That's because a new study published Tuesday in Nature Communications reveals exactly how clouds are exacerbating the problem. Cloud cover over the ice sheet causes 56 billion tons of meltwater runoff every year, up to a... More »

Coffee Only Getting Cheaper—For Now

Thanks largely to rainy weather in Brazil

(Newser) - Have you had your morning cup of coffee yet? Good because we have some exciting news for you: The price of coffee dropped dramatically in 2015 and is expected to keep dropping in 2016. Smithsonian Magazine reports coffee is cheaper than ever because of favorable weather in major coffee-growing hubs.... More »

A Canadian Lake Has Fallen Off a Cliff

Rain, warming temperatures melted ice headwalls

(Newser) - In June, Canadian officials warned that a nameless lake in the Northwest Territories was about to fall off a cliff. It did. On July 15, a section of ground ice that's been around since the last ice age gave way, sending roughly half of the lake's 1 million... More »

The World Reacts to Paris Climate Pact

Is it 'diluted and polluted' or 'a victory for all of the planet?'

(Newser) - Delegates from 195 nations made history on Saturday—signing the first legally binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming—during climate talks in Paris. But not everyone is onboard with the pact. Here are some reactions from around the world: More »

195 Countries Sign Pact to Fight Global Warming

Paris climate talks are first in two decades to end in a successful agreement

(Newser) - Two weeks after climate talks started in Paris , negotiators made history and did something that will "save the world," Wired reports. According to Gizmodo , 195 countries signed a climate pact on Saturday to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming. In two decades of climate conferences, this... More »

Paris Talks Run Long, Hinge on One Final Issue

Final draft expected Saturday: Laurent Fabius

(Newser) - High-stakes climate talks outside Paris will not end Friday as planned but will continue at least one more day as diplomats try to overcome disagreements over how—or even whether—to share the costs of fighting climate change and shift to clean energy on a global scale. Negotiators from more... More »

195 Countries Agree to Rough Plan to Curb Global Warming

They have one week left to finalize a climate change agreement

(Newser) - Against all odds, 195 countries agreed long enough on how best to fight global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to come to a draft agreement at the ongoing UN climate talks on Saturday in Paris, CNN reports. While there are still a lot of issues to hammer out, participants... More »

Obama: Climate Change Affects Military, Too

He calls it an 'economic and security imperative'

(Newser) - Why are world leaders gathering near Paris for climate talks when there's a war going on in Syria? "Because this one trend, climate change, affects all trends," President Obama said at a news conference on Tuesday, reports the New York Times . "This is an economic and... More »

Obama Talks Over 'Wrap-Up' Beeps at UN Climate Talks

'Leader of the free world' had a 3-minute limit

(Newser) - Seems President Obama is not one to be rushed—beep! beep!—off the world stage, NBC News reports. He was giving a speech today at the world climate talks outside Paris when three beeps sounded in an apparent attempt to remind him of the three-minute time limit. He was... More »

Paris Climate Talks: What You Need to Know

A cheat sheet on what to read about the summit

(Newser) - Representatives from nearly 200 countries are in Paris Monday for the start of a two-week conference on climate change. The main goal is to get a deal on keeping global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels, reports USA Today . Some essential reading:
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Paris Busts 100 as Banned Protests Turn Violent

Police fire tear gas at climate change protesters

(Newser) - The Paris police chief says that about 100 people have been detained after a protest seeking a global climate deal turned violent. Michel Cadot told reporters that police identified about 200 or 300 people who violated a ban on all protests under the country's state of emergency. The state... More »

With Protests Banned, 20K Pairs of Shoes Dot Paris

Including a pair sent on behalf of the pope

(Newser) - Some 20,000 pairs of empty shoes were lined up in downtown Paris ahead of the start of international climate negotiations Sunday, filling in for global warming protesters who were not permitted to march because of security after this month's attacks. The footwear ranged from high heels to boots,... More »

Bill Gates Creating Billion- Dollar Clean Energy Fund

Said to be the largest clean energy partnership in history

(Newser) - Bill Gates is expected to announce the creation of the "world's largest clean energy research and development partnership" at the opening of global climate talks in Paris on Monday, ClimateWire reports. The plan is rumored to put billions upon billions of dollars toward transitioning both developed and developing... More »

Pope on Emissions: 'Catastrophic' If Special Interests Butt In

Francis spoke at African UN headquarters in Nairobi on fossil fuels

(Newser) - Pope Francis warned Thursday it would be "catastrophic" if special interests get in the way of a global agreement to curb the fossil fuel emissions blamed for global warming at a climate change meeting next week in Paris. In a speech at African UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Francis... More »

The Earth Was Record-Breakingly Hot This Year

And things aren't looking good for 2016 either

(Newser) - In a few weeks, 2015 will officially go down as the hottest year on record, and 2016 is likely to be even worse, the UN's World Meteorological Organization announced Wednesday. “This is all bad news for the planet," the Wall Street Journal quotes WMO director-general Michel Jarraud.... More »

The King of Sweden Doesn't Want You to Bathe

In a recent interview, King Carl XVI Gustaf suggested that bath tubs be banned

(Newser) - “I really felt ashamed then, I really did,” King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden confessed to Swedish-language newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in an interview published Saturday, the Local reports. The source of the monarch’s shame? He took a bath. In the king’s defense, however, he had little... More »

Controversial Study Finds Antarctica Is Actually Gaining Ice

But that doesn't mean global warming isn't still a huge problem

(Newser) - A recent NASA study has come to a shocking conclusion that contradicts a host of other studies, multitudes of climate scientists, the UN, and even other scientists at NASA: Antarctica is actually gaining more ice than it's losing, despite global warming. How's that possible? Live Science reports the... More »

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