WTF is the IPCC?

Chairman Rajendra K. Pachauri speaks at the 2009 session of the IPCC. Johannes P. Christo/ZUMA

About the top cat, the big cheese, the heavyweight champion of the world community of climate experts.

Chart: Virgin America falls below the industry average on fuel performance standards

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Virgin planes produced more greenhouse gas emissions per passenger than other domestic US carriers in 2010, report finds.

50 Years After Its Discovery, Acid Rain Has Lessons for Climate Change

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  In the 1980s, the dying red spruce trees of New England—many of them taller than eight-story buildings and more than three centuries old—furnished frightening proof of the power of acid rain. The trees were seen as a canary in the coal mine, and it was easy to imagine the ensuing consequences for the forest at [...]

Can Drastic New Anti-Pollution Rules Help Clean Up Beijing’s Air?

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There could be a “silver lining” to the smog.

US Department of Interior Criticises State Over Keystone XL Impact Report

The piping plover is one species identified by the Interior Dept. as at-risk from the Keystone XL pipeline.

Letter calls draft environmental impact statement on controversial transnational oil-sands project ‘inaccurate’.

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