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December 8, 2015 2:44 PM Surviving Beijing's first ever red alert for air pollution

Beijing — Well, I have survived Beijing’s first ever pollution “red alert” day, and frankly, after several years of inhaling noxious smog, I am wondering what all the fuss is about. The fuss, of course, is about the amount of dangerous tiny particles of pollution in the air known as PM2.5 that go straight into the bloodstream, and outdoor readings have been hovering 12

December 8, 2015 12:09 PM Beijing residents ignore smog red alert

BEIJING - A blanket of humid air trapping smog brought Beijing's first pollution "red alert" on Tuesday although many residents ignored warnings to limit time outdoors and authorities said the pollution would last several more days. Hundreds of people, including toddlers, packed Tiananmen Square to watch a daily flag-raising ceremony while China's state 31

December 8, 2015 10:36 AM Why any Paris climate agreement will be worthless

The Paris climate change talks underway right now are being billed as humanity's last chance to save the world from catastrophic warming. If that's the case, then the world is surely doomed. That's because not a single major polluter has offered anything resembling an adequate plan to slash emissions. In fact, literally every country is busy gaming the process 38

December 8, 2015 9:31 AM Paris climate talks' carbon footprint under scrutiny

LE BOURGET, France - Talking about cutting carbon emissions sure puts out a lot of carbon. That's the irony of drawing in 40,000 people, including heads of state, negotiators, activists and journalists, to Paris to hash out what's hoped will be a ground-breaking international agreement to put a brake on global warming. The last such conference, the so-called 4

December 7, 2015 3:50 PM Climate Change Emissions May Rise Too High Despite Carbon Goals

Carbon emissions may be rising too high, despite goals. Scientists have found that while the world's countries have announced targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, more ambitious emission reductions are needed to limit global warming to two degrees. "The rate of emission reductions required after 2030 might not be realistic anymore, and therefore 5

December 7, 2015 3:03 PM Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris

St.-Denis is the northern suburb where one of the planners of the Paris terrorist attacks died in a police raid. Another attacker lived nearby, in Drancy; yet another rented a flat in neighboring Bobigny. A little further to the east is Clichy-sous-Bois, where riots started in 2005. These suburbs are all part of Seine-St.-Denis, a tiny, densely populated 19

December 7, 2015 2:39 PM Beijing Issues Red Alert Over Air Pollution for the First Time

BEIJING — Officials in the Chinese capital declared for the first time on Monday evening that the thick smog blanketing the city was bad enough to require a red alert, the highest level of alarm. It was the first time a code red had been sounded since Beijing announced an emergency air pollution response system with multicolored warnings in 2013. Across 16

December 7, 2015 1:47 PM UN climate talks a chance to 'rise to history'

Ministers from around the planet launched a five-day scramble in Paris to answer "the call of history" and strike a deal to spare mankind from climate disaster. The 195-nation UN talks in Paris have been billed as the last chance to avert the worst consequences of global warming: deadly drought, floods and storms, and rising seas that will obliterate 31

December 7, 2015 1:31 PM Kerry Joins Paris Talks as UN Warns of Climate Doom

The United Nations secretary-general called for a clean energy revolution to avoid a "climate catastrophe" as talks on a global warming pact entered their final week Monday with crunch issues on money and burden-sharing yet to be resolved. One of them, however, appeared to be untangling as the European Union softened its insistence that countries' targets 5

December 7, 2015 1:27 PM UN officials warn of climate disaster if Paris pact fails

LE BOURGET, France — Talks on a universal climate pact shifted to a higher gear Monday with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging governments to set off an “energy revolution” to rein in heat-trapping carbon emissions and avert disastrous global warming. Foreign and environment ministers joined the talks outside Paris after lower-level negotiators 12