Can Paris pledges avert severe climate change?

From the you’re too late department, Paris emissions reduction pledges reduce risks of severe warming, study shows   From DOE/PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY COLLEGE PARK, Md. – More than 190 countries are meeting in Paris next week to create a durable framework for addressing climate change and to implement a process to reduce greenhouse gases…

45 years of data show coccolothiphores growth is enhanced with increasing ocean acidification.
Ocean Ecology Laboratory, Ocean Biology Processing Group NASA Goddard Space Center

Increased carbon dioxide enhances plankton growth, opposite of what was expected

Science study reports that coccolithophores’ abundance has increased by an order of magnitude since 1960s, significantly changing ocean garden From the BIGELOW LABORATORY FOR OCEAN SCIENCES Coccolithophores–tiny calcifying plants that are part of the foundation of the marine food web–have been increasing in relative abundance in the North Atlantic over the last 45 years, as…


Report: Global growth in CO2 emissions stagnates

From the “just in time for Paris” and “impending doom canceled” department comes this report from the EUROPEAN COMMISSION JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE: After a decade of rapid growth in global CO2 emissions, which increased at an average annual rate of 4%, much smaller increases were registered in 2012 (0.8%), 2013 (1.5%) and 2014 (0.5%). In 2014,…