The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change advises in a new report. Most of the world's electricity can -- and must -- be produced from low-carbon sources by 2050, the IPCC states. BBC News reports, "The report says that reducing emissions is crucial if global warming is to be limited to 2 degrees Celsius -- a target acknowledged in 2009 as the threshold of dangerous climate change." read more
The air over Beijing was so bad 60 flights were diverted because "the air was opaque." FlightAware shows the path one Airbus flight was forced to take. Calls to land other airports denied. One plane had to declare an emergency as it ran out of fuel and was, at the last minute, allowed to land at Qingdao.
An elementary school in Maine has sent one of its teachers home for 21 days paid leave over Ebola concerns because she visited Dallas. There is no evidence the Strong Elementary School teacher was in contact with anyone who may have been exposed to the disease when she traveled to the city for a conference, but the school district said it took the move because of concerns from parents. Strong is in a rural district north of Farmington. "At this time, we have no information to suggest that this staff member has been in contact with anyone who has been exposed to Ebola," the school district wrote on its website. "However, the district and the staff member understand the parents
Wednesday's Florida gubernatorial debate began with a dispute over an electric fan under Democratic challenger Gov. Charlie Crist's podium. Crist took the stage but Republican Gov. Rick Scott did not for six minutes. "We have been told that Governor Scott will not be participating in this debate," the moderator said. "Now, let me explain what this is all about. Governor Crist has asked to have a small fan placed underneath his podium. The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign say that there should be no fan. Somehow there is a fan there." read more
Charlie Crist travels with a very small electric fan. That fan was placed at his feed under the podium for tonights Scott/Crist debate. read more