climate change

6:17am

Tue May 27, 2014
Environment

New York lawmakers rally behind efforts to combat climate change

Hurricane Sandy, which caused damage to these homes, is one of several storms that have pounded the state in recent years.
DVIDSHUB Flickr

A new White House climate report paints a dire picture for New York if something drastic isn't done to address climate change, and the Obama administration is preparing to act without Congress.

The Third National Climate Assessment predicts dramatic changes in coastal states like New York. But the state’s junior Democratic senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, says upstate residents and businesses are at risk too.

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7:25am

Mon May 12, 2014
Environment

New living lab experiment at SU studies climate change impact on trees

The new living lab at Syracuse University.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Last week's federal report on climate change puts the spotlight on how increasing global temperatures will affect the world. One Syracuse University professor is trying to localize that by creating a climate garden on campus that will show the effects of climbing temperatures on trees in central New York.

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8:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Environment

University at Buffalo to tackle global environmental issues

University at Buffalo geology professor Jason Briner conducting climate change research in Canada.
Jason Briner

A new institute designed to tackle complex environmental issues across the globe has been launched in upstate New York. This month, the University at Buffalo announced the launch of the RENEW (Research and Education in Energy, Environment, and Water) program.

Alexander Cartwright, vice president of research and economic development at the university, says an emphasis has been placed on assembling an interdisciplinary and unbiased team to tackle controversial issues.

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3:00pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Environment

Syracuse environmental groups protest Keystone XL pipeline

Protestors gather in front of the Syracuse Federal Building
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse environmental groups gathered this week to oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline following the release of a report on its potential effects.

Keystone XL is a pipeline that would transport crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta, Canada to refineries in the U.S.

Environmental groups have opposed the 1,179 mile pipeline since it was proposed to the White House five years ago. The report, which downplayed the pipeline's environmental effects,  has led environmentalists to ramp up protests, including in Syracuse.

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8:49am

Mon May 27, 2013
Environment

Taxpayers bear the brunt of climate change costs

National Resources Defense Council

The impact and severity of weather events like the tornado that hit Oklahoma City are increasing due to a changing global climate, according to research from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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4:38pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Environment

Study shows cities can impact weather over 1,000 miles away

New York City, like many large cities in the Northern Hemisphere, lies directly under important atmospheric circulations.
Tony Ficsher Photography Flickr

If you’ve ever been in a big city during the summer, you may have felt the "urban heat island" effect. It's caused when heat gets re-radiated by pavement and buildings.

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7:33am

Mon February 4, 2013
Environment

Forget the groundhog, scientists predict an earlier start to spring

In a new paper, researchers from Princeton say spring may arrive up to 17 days earlier in U.S. forests in the coming century.
Credit Nicholas_T / via Flickr

The groundhog predicted an early spring this year -- and he isn't the only one.  Scientists now say that thanks to climate climate change, spring may arrive up to 17 days earlier in U.S. forests during the next century and that, could have an unexpected silver lining.

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7:23am

Fri January 4, 2013
Science

2012 heat causes temperature records to fall

Twenty-three of 35 major Northeast cities set temperature records in 2012.
jovelstefan via Flickr

As far as weather measurements go, Syracuse crushed its old record for the warmest year ever recorded. Central New Yorkers dealt with the warmest temperatures in more than 80 years during 2012.

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4:10pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Science

New report finds future sea level rise will be significant

Long Island, New York was inundated with flood water and damage from Super storm Sandy.
DVIDSHUB Flickr

A report published Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finds that sea level increases over the next century will have significant impacts on coastal communities.

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7:29am

Mon December 24, 2012
Environment

Syracuse college students push for climate change divestment

Students at SUNY ESF and Syracuse University are pushing their schools to participate in
Credit runJMrun / via Flickr

When environmentalist Bill McKibben visited Syracuse in October as part of the University Lectures series, he urged students to get their schools to make more sustainable investments. His words encouraged Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students to start the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign.

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3:27pm

Mon December 3, 2012
Environment

Sandy sparks belief in climate change

A new poll finds that, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, more than two thirds of New Yorkers say they now believe in climate change.

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6:00am

Sun November 18, 2012
Environment

Study finds global warming likely to be on hotter side of projections

Greg Thompson, USFWS Flickr

The death and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed it, has brought the issue of climate change to the forefront. According to a new study published in the journal Science, we can expect global warming to be on the high side of current projections.

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9:58am

Tue July 31, 2012
Environment

What the Beijing Olympics could mean for climate change

During the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing cut its traffic in half.
topgold Flickr

As the 2012 Summer Olympics get underway this weekend, the world's attention will be focused on London.

But a team of scientists has recently been keeping a very close eye on the city that hosted the games four years ago: Beijing. 

They've discovered that China's efforts to cut back on traffic and clean up its air during the 2008 Olympics could have big implications for curbing climate change.

A recent study published in the journal of Geophysical Research Letters shows that Beijing's traffic restrictions during the games led to a significant reduction in emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas: carbon dioxide (CO2).

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