President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Pope Francis during an official welcoming ceremony at the White House Wednesday. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
WASHINGTON — Jumping into the issues of the day, Pope Francis opened his visit to the United States with a strong call Wednesday for action to combat climate change, calling it a problem that “can no longer be left to a future generation.” President Barack Obama, in turn, hailed the pontiff as a moral force who is “shaking us out of our complacency” with reminders to care for the poor and the planet.Read more
A study released Thursday is the second this year seeking to debunk a 1998-2013 "pause" in global warming, but other climate scientists insist the slowdown was real, even if not a game-changer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide, according to a new study that includes this surprise: Farming plays a large role in smog and soot deaths in industrial nations.
Underfunded public schools aren't the only reason Bill Gates may be feeling the heat from his Seattle neighbors this week. On Wednesday, former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn, along with a coalition of 24 local activists and organizations, launched a campaign to pressure the Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels.
"Climate change is much bigger than partisan politics."Read more
Because it worked so well to scuttle the global agreement to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon (not), Republicans are trying the same techniques to undermine the Paris talks to combat climate change.
WASHINGTON (AP) — To some Republican presidential candidates, it's better to be with the popular pope than against him.Read more
Sometimes it's hard to see change as it's happening around us.
Bill and Melinda Gates at an event in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this year. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
Former city mayor launches campaign of daily protests outside Gates’ Foundation visitor centre till it commits to divestment
In this July 19, 2011 photo, rows of pressure ridges stack up, foreground, before tumbling over the ever-collapsing calving 6-kilometer- (4-mile-) wide front of Jakobshavn Glacier and into the Ilulissat ice fjord, background, in Greenland. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) This story has been updated.
On Wednesday, NASA briefed the press on its “intensive research effort” into the rate and causes of sea level rise, releasing a suite of new graphics and visualizations showing how precisely the agency is measuring the upward creep of the oceans, currently at a rate of 3.21 millimeters per year.
A global map of tree density. Credit: Crowther, et al
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A new global census of all the trees on Earth estimates that more than 3 trillion call this "pale blue dot" home. But the total number of trees on the planet has dropped by almost 50 percent since human civilization began.
Washington (CNN)Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took issue with President Barack Obama's visit to her state, saying he missed some key points while in the region.
There’s no doubt: it’s hot and weird out.Read more
With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.