A recent study led by a graduate student at the University of Milan in Italy reveals declining snow amounts and retreating glaciers in the Mount Everest region, reaffirming fears that many scientists hold – increasing global temperatures could cause irreversible damage.
The research presented at an American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference in Mexico earlier this month, shows that the glaciers in the Everest region have shrunk by 13 percent over the last 50 years.
The snowline has also moved uphill nearly 580 feet.
The State Department’s Inspector General is investigating possible conflicts of interest for the private firm that ran State’s report declaring the Keystone XL pipeline project environmentally sound. [DeSmogBlog]
The United States is suffering from particularly big shifts between various forms of extreme weather, accounting for two-thirds of the world’s $170 billion in natural disaster costs last year alone. [The Guardian]
As glaciers and permafrost melt, the Swiss Alps are becoming more prone to collapses and landslides, threatening at least one village. [NYTimes]
Australia is on course to beat it’s own target of 20 percent renewable energy by 2020. [The Guardian]
Tesla Motors plans to expand its network of rapid-charging stations for its electric cars, opening up a travel corridor from New York City all the way to Los Angeles. [Bloomberg]
Ever seen a rooftop solar array get installed? Here’s a time-lapse video that shows the process in one minute. [Renew Economy]
Citizens in 12 cities protested the Koch brothers’ possible takeover of the Tribune Company, taking a stand against the conservative activists’ agenda. [DeSmogBlog]
A summary of the recent meeting of the Arctic Council, as Canada takes the reins for the next two years to pursue “unprecedented industrial development.” [Sustainable Business]
Conservatives’ latest EPA bogeyman: Gina McCarthy’s alleged use of text messages. [The Hill]
Researchers turn to fungi to cheaply replace plastic insulation and packaging. [EarthTechling]
What happens when regulators take the “social cost of carbon” into account when deciding whether or not to approve projects like coal leases? [Get Energy Smart Now]
Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced his resignation yesterday after four years at the agency. [Greentech Media]
Smart meters face backlash similar to that faced by efficient lightbulbs, as a Texas mayor and some city council members faced a recall due to their support of smart meters. [Earth Techling]