EU climate change goal pits green business against industry
By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030, agreed early on Friday, sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting heavy industry against green business. Industry bosses said they faced big challenges to adapt, while greener firms said the EU had aimed too low to spur low-carbon investment and climate campaigners said concessions to polluters made it "a dirty thirty", not a 2030 deal. The 2030 targets will follow existing 2020 goals that the EU is on track to meet. ...
Four Extreme Weather Changes and Why They're Happening Now
Ilissa Ocko, climate scientist at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), contributed this article to contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Extreme weather in the United States is trending upward according to a range of sources, from the 2014 U.S. Human-caused climate change has already been blamed for much of it — most recently in connection with the California drought — but along with extreme weather , the United States is also getting extreme contrasts. In the northeast United States, the combination of more moisture in the atmosphere from a warmer world and changes in circulation patterns are contributing to more rain.