Atmospheric sciences http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24681/all en COLUMN-Global warming slows but beware complacency: Gerard Wynn http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/column-global-warming-slows-beware-complacency-gerard-wynn <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Gerard Wynn</p> <p>LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The latest forecasts from a foremost climate research institute that global warming has slowed present a new challenge to policymakers on how to inject urgency into the campaign to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.</p> <p>Climate change is a growing problem. Each year in the past decade has been hotter than the 1981-2010 average, and extreme heat waves are becoming more frequent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/column-global-warming-slows-beware-complacency-gerard-wynn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Climate change Climatology Entertainment Human Interest Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:30:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733133 at http://www.globalpost.com Black carbon a powerful climate pollutant -international study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/black-carbon-powerful-climate-pollutant-international-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Twice as potent as previously thought, scientists report</p> <p>* Short atmospheric lifespan makes it a prime climate target</p> <p>* Global coalition working to cut black carbon emissions</p> <p>By Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Black carbon, the soot produced by burning fossil fuels and biomass, is a more potent atmospheric pollutant than previously thought, according to a four-year international study released on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/black-carbon-powerful-climate-pollutant-international-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Chemistry Climatology Human Interest Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:45:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734918 at http://www.globalpost.com Beijing's new air pollution steps get poor reception http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/beijings-new-air-pollution-steps-get-poor-reception <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, Jan 22 (Reuters) - New plans to reduce air pollution in Beijing fell flat on Tuesday, judging by initial online reaction, as the capital's mayor unveiled measures to ease the chronic problem that has triggered growing public anger.</p> <p>The smoggy metropolis' already notorious air pollution hit a record earlier this month, with pollution 30-45 times above recommended safety levels, blanketing Beijing in a thick, noxious cloud that grounded flights and forced people indoors.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/beijings-new-air-pollution-steps-get-poor-reception" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmosphere Atmospheric sciences Pollution Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:00:32 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737590 at http://www.globalpost.com Big cities' heat can change temperatures a continent away -U.S. study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/big-cities-heat-can-change-temperatures-continent-away-us-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Burning fossil fuels in urban areas changes air currents</p> <p>* City heat hitches a ride over vast areas of Northern Hemisphere</p> <p>By Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The energy big cities burn - mostly coal and oil to power buildings, cars and other devices - produces excess heat that can get into atmospheric currents and influence temperatures thousands of miles (km) away, a new study found.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/big-cities-heat-can-change-temperatures-continent-away-us-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Climatology Entertainment Environment Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:16:09 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740195 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar cyclone kills five http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/madagascar-cyclone-kills-five <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Five people were killed as pounding rain and high winds from tropical cyclone Felleng battered Madagascar on Thursday, officials said. </p> <p>"Four people died after a house collapsed in Antananarivo and one person drowned in Maroantsetra," in the north, Raymond Randriatahina, an official with the national disaster management agency, told AFP. </p> <p>The category three tropical cyclone barrelled along the island's east coast, around 200 kilometres (125 miles) from land, bringing gusts that reached 250 kilometres (155 miles) an hour.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/madagascar-cyclone-kills-five" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Disaster Fluid dynamics Meteorology AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:00:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5741895 at http://www.globalpost.com Six killed, three missing in Madagascar cyclone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/six-killed-three-missing-madagascar-cyclone <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Six people have died and three are missing after tropical cyclone Felleng raged through Madagascar, the national disaster management agency said Saturday.</p> <p>"Felleng has gone, it's now 500 kilometres (300 miles) east of (southern) Fort Dauphin. We have accounted for six deaths, three people missing and about 800 people affected in the capital" Antananarivo, Raymond Randriatahina, the agency's executive secretary, told AFP by telephone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/six-killed-three-missing-madagascar-cyclone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Disaster Fluid dynamics Meteorology AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 19:15:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744165 at http://www.globalpost.com China's thick smog arrives in Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/chinas-thick-smog-arrives-japan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health fears for the young and the sick.</p> <p>The environment ministry's website has been overloaded as worried users log on to try to find out what is coming their way.</p> <p>"Access to our air-pollution monitoring system has been almost impossible since last week, and the telephone here has been constantly ringing because worried people keep asking us about the impact on health," said an environment ministry official.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/chinas-thick-smog-arrives-japan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Meteorology Pollution Technology AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:45:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745099 at http://www.globalpost.com China's thick smog arrives in Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/chinas-thick-smog-arrives-japan-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health risks for the young and the sick.</p> <p>The environment ministry's website has been overloaded as worried users log on to try to find out what is coming their way.</p> <p>"Access to our air-pollution monitoring system has been almost impossible since last week, and the telephone here has been constantly ringing because worried people keep asking us about the impact on health," said an environment ministry official.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/chinas-thick-smog-arrives-japan-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmosphere Atmospheric sciences Pollution Technology AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:00:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745152 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. needs additional steps to reduce emissions -World Resources http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/us-needs-additional-steps-reduce-emissions-world-resources <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Natural gas use had helped cut emissions - report</p> <p>* Economic downturn, natural gas use are temporary trends</p> <p>* Think tank recently briefed administration officials</p> <p>* New standards for existing power plants seen as target</p> <p>By Valerie Volcovici</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The United States will not be able to meet its goal of slashing greenhouse gases 17 percent by 2020 from a 2005 baseline without taking additional steps to target emissions, a new report found.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/us-needs-additional-steps-reduce-emissions-world-resources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Business Climatology Entertainment Environment Health Politics Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:46:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5748038 at http://www.globalpost.com Blizzard aims for US Northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/blizzard-aims-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Predictions for a blizzard to hit New England widened Thursday to include New York, threatening commuter disruptions and power outages in America's most densely populated region.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted a "major winter storm" for Friday into Saturday and said New York City was in the mix for blizzard conditions, which combine sustained strong winds and snowfall.</p> <p>The storm was expected to pound Boston particularly hard, but forecasters said the system should blow through later Saturday, with milder temperatures to follow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/blizzard-aims-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Meteorology Weather AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:15:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749437 at http://www.globalpost.com Possibly 'historic' blizzard aims at US Northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/possibly-historic-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A possibly "historic" storm took aim at New England with heavy snow and blizzard conditions forecast for New York and along the densely populated northeast coast.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted a "major winter storm" for Friday into Saturday and said New York City was in the mix for blizzard conditions, which combine sustained strong winds and snowfall.</p> <p>"Two weather systems from the polar and subtropical jet streams will combine to produce a major and potentially historic winter storm," the NWS said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/possibly-historic-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 02:17:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749575 at http://www.globalpost.com Possibly 'historic' blizzard aims at US Northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/possibly-historic-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A possibly "historic" storm bore down on the northeastern United States Friday, with heavy snow, blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures forecast from New York through Maine as well as densely populated inland areas.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted a "major winter storm" for Friday into Saturday and said New York City was in the mix for blizzard conditions, which will combine sustained strong winds and snowfall.</p> <p>"Two weather systems from the polar and subtropical jet streams will combine to produce a major and potentially historic winter storm," the NWS said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/possibly-historic-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Business Labor Law Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:00:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749685 at http://www.globalpost.com Mega blizzard aims at US Northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/mega-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A major snowstorm bore down on the northeastern United States Friday, with heavy snow, blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures forecast from New York through Maine as well as densely populated inland areas.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted a "major winter storm" for Friday into Saturday and said New York City was in for blizzard conditions, including sustained strong winds and snowfall.</p> <p>"Two weather systems from the polar and subtropical jet streams will combine to produce a major and potentially historic winter storm," the NWS said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/mega-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Business Labor Law Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 10:46:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749874 at http://www.globalpost.com Biggest snowstorm of winter targets US northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/biggest-snowstorm-winter-targets-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The first flurries fell Friday over New England in what was forecasted to be an intense snow storm with white-out conditions, fierce winds and significant travel snarl-ups over the next 24 hours.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted "a major winter storm with blizzard conditions" along most of the region's coastline, including the New York area.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/biggest-snowstorm-winter-targets-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Business Entertainment Labor Law Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:31:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750202 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 8-Blizzard blankets U.S. Northeast; five-state emergency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/update-4-blizzard-begins-wallop-northeastern-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Two feet of snow expected in Boston, driving ban</p> <p>* About 5,000 flights canceled</p> <p>* More than 300,000 power outages across New England</p> <p>* Fresh flood risk to areas recovering from Sandy</p> <p>By Scott Malone and Edith Honan</p> <p>BOSTON/NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) - A blizzard slammed into the northeastern United States on Friday, snarling traffic, disrupting thousands of flights and prompting five governors to declare states of emergency in the face of a fearsome snowstorm.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/update-4-blizzard-begins-wallop-northeastern-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Business Disaster Entertainment Labor Law Meteorology Natural disasters Technology Weather Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:45:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5750439 at http://www.globalpost.com