Ancient Soil Samples Link Fires to Climate Change

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the case of global warming, that can have dangerous, smoldering-hot implications. Global surface temperatures are expected to go up at least a degree over the next century, and the last time that happened, in the Middle Ages, the frequency of wildfires in the Colorado Rockies nearly doubled.

A number of recent studies suggest the weather is likely to get a lot harsher in the decades and centuries to come, with more intense (though not necessarily more frequent) hurricanes, longer and more severe droughts, and increasing numbers of severe thunderstorms. More droughts in particular also means a greater risk of wildfires. Less water, after all, equals more fire. But just how bad are things likely to get?


The outlook’s not too rosy, according to John Calder, a University of Wyoming geophysics graduate student, and his colleagues. Their findings, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “indicate a significant risk that … fires will burn large areas in the coming century if temperatures continue to rise,” they write.

Power plants challenged by carbon capture and storage

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The Obama administration’s push to cut greenhouse gas pollution from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years has the energy industry taking another look at carbon capture and storage techniques.

Known as CCS, the process of taking carbon dioxide from plant emissions and injecting it underground has not been used on a large commercial scale in the United States, partly because of high projected costs. Utah-based Sustainable Energy Solutions, though, thinks its Cryogenic Carbon Capture technology, which freezes the pollutant for storage, could make CCS installation more feasible for power plants.

Climate Week NYC recorded presentations

Following a week of 120+ events across New York City, The Climate Group hosted the Climate Week NYC 2015 Signature Event, Securing a Paris Dividend: Leadership and innovation for a strong, sustainable economy. The recordings from that event are now available at

Food Giants Align For Climate Action

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

A Republican, a Democrat and a bunch of major food corporations put their support behind meaningful action on climate change Thursday.

Representatives from Mars, General Mills, Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s and Nestle appeared at an event on Capitol Hill calling for strong government action on climate. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) hosted the event with the sustainable business group Ceres.

Whitehouse has been a major advocate for climate action in Congress, giving weekly speeches on the subject. And Gibson recently led an effort among House Republicans to get party leadership to pay attention to the problem.

Carbon Pricing Schemes Have Almost Doubled Since 2012

Read the full story at Clean Technica.

The World Bank has concluded that carbon pricing schemes globally have almost doubled since 2012, and are now worth about $50 billion.

In a new Feature Story on its website, The World Bank Group have praised the efforts of nations, cities, and businesses the world over, for implementing carbon pricing schemes. The Feature Story was also accompanied by a new report, published by the World Bank Group and Ecofys, in conjunction with the OECD and with input from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which claims that the number of implemented or planned carbon pricing schemes globally has almost doubled since 2012, and is now worth about $50 billion.