A CHILDREN'S HEALTH EXPERT, SEEING OUR KIDS IMPERILED BY FOSSIL FUELS AND climate change, calls for a kids-first revamp of energy policies. Credit: World Bank
Fossil fuels represent a two-pronged attack on the health of children, a leading health scientist has warned. To foster health and well-being in future generations, society needs to dramatically decrease dependence on dirty energy...Read more
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The Tibetan plateau has seen a rise of 0.3 degrees Celsius in temperature with each passing decade...Read more
A farmer burns his dried-up rice on a paddy field stricken by drought in Soc Trang province in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kham
Worst drought in 90 years and seawater intrusion in Mekong River delta destroy fruit, rice and sugar crops...Read more
Permafrost block of coastal tundra collapsed on Alaska’s Arctic Coast. Courtesy USGS Alaska Science Center.
In northernmost Alaska, permafrost is steadily warming and large amounts of thaw are expected by the end of the century. But for some spots, the thaw is about 70 years ahead of that predicted pace, new research shows...Read more
Jeremy Albucher, 28, of Los Feliz cools off after playing in a pickup basketball game at North Hollywood Park on Thursday. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
The most severe heat wave so far this year is bearing down in Southern California, with temperatures likely to top 120 degrees...Read more
Global temperature anomalies during May 2016. Image: NASA
Another month, another shattered global temperature record...Read more
Statoil gas processing and CO2 removal offshore platform near Stavanger, Norway. Photograph: Reuters Staff/Reuters
Norway pledges to become climate neutral by 2030. Parliament approves radical proposal of accelerated emissions cuts and carbon offsetting to achieve climate goal 20 years earlier than planned...Read more
CONSERVATIVE FUNDERS OF CLIMATE DENIAL ARE QUIETLY SPENDING MILLIONS TO GENERATE MORE PARTISAN JOURNALISM...
Millions of dollars have been pouring into conservative media outlets and student journalism projects from the same groups funding climate science denial, a DeSmog analysis has found...Read more
A health worker prepares insecticide before fumigating a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 27, 2016. Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis. Photo by Alvin Baez/Files/Reuters
There are alarming signs the Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday...Read more
A Republican-led congressional committee sought on Friday to assert oversight over inquiries that about 20 states are making into Exxon Mobil and climate change, reiterating demands to know more about state attorneys general’s consultations with environmental groups...Read more
An Indian woman surveys a dried lake bed following an intense heat wave in Bangalore. Indranil Mukherjee/AF/GettyImages
The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target?Read more
Fracking protest; photo credit: © Jacques-Jean Tiziou
Wenonah Hauter reflects on her new book, Frackopoly.
"The First Amendment does not protect false and misleading statements in the marketplace," the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (pictured here) said in response to Exxon's June 15 lawsuit. Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
The company asks a federal court in Texas to block the investigation by Massachusetts prosecutors, citing its constitutional rights...Read more
Greenland, the Arctic nation that is basically one huge ice cube, is feeling rather balmy lately...Read more
A nun reads Pope Francis’s encyclical, a collection of principles to guide Catholic teaching, entitled Laudato Si’, at its official presentation, on 18 June, 2015 at the Vatican. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images
Four Australian Catholic orders are jointly and publicly divesting from coal, oil and gas: ‘We believe the Gospel asks no less of us’...Read more
California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris takes questions from the media after being briefed on the Santa Barbara oil spill at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Thursday, June 4, 2015. CREDIT: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
Congress is joining the battle over state investigations into whether ExxonMobil lied to the public about climate change...
Carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere have reached 400 parts per million, and there's no going back in our lifetimes, say scientists...
Scientists began searching for human fingerprints on natural disasters in 2003. Our understanding is improving but is still limited. Seen here is damage from record rains over Colorado in 2013. Photo by Army Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault, courtesy of Flickr.
On the one hand, we live in a changing world, and all extreme events are caused by both climate change and nature. On the other, scientists cannot find a human fingerprint in many extreme weather events with great confidence using the techniques they have at hand...Read more
Dairy cows are a major source of methane pollution, which heats the atmosphere faster than carbon dioxide. Credit: John Upton
As signs emerge that the global energy sector is beginning to rein in what once had been unbridled levels of climate-changing pollution, new United Nations figures show pollution from farming is continuing to get worse...Read more
An apocalyptic future is materializing that threatens human civilization and all life on the planet...Read more
THE ATMOSPHERE HAS HIT A GRIM MILESTONE — AND SCIENTISTS SAY WE’LL NEVER GO BACK ‘WITHIN OUR LIFETIMES’...Add your reaction Share
The Met Office forecasts 2016 will see annual CO2 concentrations breach 400 parts per million. To keep below global warming of 2C - the ‘safe’ level - concentrations must be kept below 450ppm. Photograph: OCO-2 /JPL-Caltech/NASA
Scientists warn that global warming target will be overshot within two decades, as annual concentrations of CO2 set to pass 400 parts per million in 2016...Read more
A new study suggests persistent atmospheric conditions as one possible cause behind the ice melt runoff and rising surface temperatures near the northern pole.
Tourism Queensland - Nelson Hall
Malcolm Turnbull doubles Labor's previously announced policy.Read more
Supply chains now crisscross the globe, and most start where it's hottest...Read more
The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy, Highland Region, Scotland, highlighted by recent snowfall. (Credit: Richard Crowest/CC BY-SA 3.0)
It’s inevitable: as science progresses, controversy happens. But sometimes, the public sees controversy where none exists. How to remedy that?Read more
Photograph by Erik Jacobs/The New York Times/Redux
Bad science has a pattern, and helping people recognize the pattern arms them to come to more scientific beliefs themselves...Read more
WHODAH THOUGHT? 11 AWE-INSPIRING AFRICAN CITIES THAT ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF URBAN LIVING IN THE FUTURE...
Imagine a futuristic landscape where gleaming silver spires lined with effervescent lights rise like fabricated flowers from a green, expansive plain, stretching up toward the sun...Read more
A WORKER AT A PALM OIL PLANTATION HANDLES NEWLY HARVESTED FRUITS, IN AGUSAN DEL SUR PROVINCE, SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES (PHOTO: ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS)
An online map app could help companies, conservation groups, and communities save forests before they are razed or burned for palm oil plantations...Read more
How much methane is emitted from oil and gas sites like this one in Williston, N.D., is a matter of fierce scientific debate. Credit: Reuters
Advocacy group claims a former EPA science adviser failed to acknowledge technical flaws in his industry-funded studies of methane emissions from oil and gas sites...Read more
Norway announced a zero deforestation policy in its procurement of goods, two years after making a pledge with Germany and Britain to 'promote national commitments that encourage deforestation free supply chains.'
Bleached coral, like this in New Caledonia, has become a global phenomenon and a stark indicator of the impact of unabated climate change. Corals are crucial ocean nurseries, nurturing up to 25 percent of all marine species. Credit: XL Catlin Seaview Survey/March 2016
Warm ocean temperatures are taking an unprecedented toll on reefs in all the world's tropical oceans, including in areas not affected by previous bleaching events...Read more
For advocates of climate change action, communication on the issue has often meant “finding the right message” that will spur their audience to action and convince skeptics to change their minds...Read more
Norway's parliament has agreed on a goal to cut the country's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, moving the target forward by 20 years, an official at the national assembly said on Tuesday...Read more
The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, as well as mountains across the West, has been shrinking and threatening water supply as the globe warms. Credit: Getty Images
New study shows a snowline creeping higher in the Rockies, Sierra Nevada and Cascades and the resulting decrease in spring runoff endangers those below...Read more
CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Krupa
When an oil pipeline now poised to cut through four Midwestern states was first proposed in 2014, the project quickly got pushback from environmentalists and some landowners on the pipeline’s route...Read more
US AND CHINESE MAYORS ARE LEADING THE WORLD IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE AND BOSTON IS OUT IN FRONT...
Representatives from Wuhan, C40, Boston, Zhenjiang, Guangzhou
Seventy percent of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions originate in cities. Moreover, by 2050, more than one billion people will live in cities that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including flooding and extreme weather events...Read more
People protest against fracking and neighborhood oil drilling in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Activists say trade deal would allow fossil fuel firms to contest US environmental rules in extrajudicial tribunals...Read more
Almost a quarter of all of Norway's cars already run off electricity rather than fossil fuel. credit: Rex Features
'What an amazingly awesome country', Elon Musk tweeted in response to the plan...Read more
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"Maybe one day every desert in the world will have a gigantic oasis of mirrors soaking up sunlight and pumping out delicious clean energy. I certainly hope so..."Read more
Caltech scientist Arie Haagen-Smit (pictured) discovered in the early 1950s that oil was the cause of the dangerous smog shrouding L.A. Industry then conducted its own research to discredit Haagen-Smit's findings and manufacture doubt around the link between oil and smog. It continues to fight attempts to tighten smog regulation. Photo courtesy of the California Institute of Technology
Through the Smoke and Fumes Committee, industry blurred the science surrounding air pollution and worked to forestall unwanted regulation...Read more
The "time has come to remedy the conspicuous omission of environmental protection from the list of lawyers' ethical duties." -Tom Lininger, University of Oregon School of Law Credit - University of Oregon School of Law
As states and corporations increasingly head to court over climate change, a lawyer lays out an ethical roadmap to give the environment a louder legal voice...Read more
Ecosystem loss is biosphere collapse
The global ecological system is collapsing and dying as humanity overruns natural ecosystems and the climate. We are entering an age of unrelenting violence and suffering, prior to biosphere collapse and the end of being, unless dramatic social change based upon a global ecology ethic arises quickly...Read more
For the first time, under the impetus of ISRO and the French Space Agency (CNES), space agencies of over 60 countries have agreed to engage their satellites, to coordinate their methods and their data to monitor human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. (PTI)
For the first time, under the impetus of ISRO and the French Space Agency (CNES), space agencies of over 60 countries have agreed to engage their satellites, to coordinate their methods and their data to monitor human-induced greenhouse gas emissions...Read more
Experts say low natural gas prices are the biggest cause of coal’s downturn...
Surfers brave the dangerous surf in Bondi. Photo: Edwina Pickles
A severe weather warning remains in place for much of NSW, with parts of the city receiving more than 200mm of rain in the previous 48 hours. Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said that Sydney has experienced its "most intense" wind, rain and surf since April last year...Read more
Crates with pieces of artworks from the collections of the Louvre Museum are seen near statues after it was closed to the public due to the rising Seine River in Paris. REUTERS/John Schults
Paris (CNN)Parisians let out a cautious sigh of relief Saturday as they watched water levels in the Seine River finally begin to drop following days of miserable flooding. But the rest of the country was not so lucky, with three new deaths reported...Read more
Adam Harmes presented his findings at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at the University of Calgary. Photo courtesy of Western University.
Canadian oil and gas companies are becoming more sophisticated in their approach to winning public support...Read more
The Bellingshausen Coast in West Antarctica. Credit: Robert Bingham
Over the past few years, the evidence has piled up that glaciers in parts of Antarctica have been melting and retreating at an increasingly worrying — and potentially unstoppable — pace...Read more
Image credit: FUMIGRAPHIK-Photography, courtesy flickr
There are powerful social, environmental and economic implications associated with transparency. Corporations are not the only ones that should be concerned about transparency; governments, employees, consumers and the whole of civil society all have a stake. Transparency is about open access to an organization’s activities and this has implications for everything from climate change to the bottom line...Read more
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News flash: Donald Trump has proven again that he would be a disastrous President who would let our planet fry. Today, he added further insult to existing injury, launching a jaw-dropping energy speech that defies reality...Read more
With all the global challenges today, we need more companies to rethink tomorrow...Read more
Last week I watched a brave 23-year old woman stand up to the leader of the largest oil company in the United States. At a shareholders meeting in Dallas, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was forced to confront the equally formidable Anna Kalinsky — who brought a warning from Exxon’s own past.
"An increase in more severe hurricanes will cost the federal government billions, and that doesn’t even include the costs states, localities, and households will have to pay..."Read more
The cover image from the report from the Parkland Institute depicts a pipeline under construction. Author David Hughes says Canada has enough capacity already to handle a 45% increase in oil sands production and doesn't need new pipelines. (Parkland Institute)
Petroleum industry disputes assumptions in report, which also says no new pipeline capacity is needed...Read more
Grey plumes of toxic dust from giant nickel smelters in the Siberian city of Norilsk are carried by Arctic winds as far away as Canada and Scandinavia, September 27, 2003. Reuters
Researchers in the United States and Canada have located 39 unreported sources of major pollution using a new satellite-based method, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said...Read more
"AR2 has its origins in the spring 2013 launch of America Rising PAC — the political action committee created by Republicans to carry out so-called “opposition research” into Democrat opponents."Read more
An artist’s rendering of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Proposed cuts to NOAA and NASA target climate change research in particular...Read more
People take part in a climate march at City Hall in New York City. Credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
The bill, endorsed by a broad coalition, is also notable for its emphasis on environmental and economic justice, advocates say...Read more
A �Bambi Bucket� hanging from a helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water on to the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, last year. Photograph: Sgt Balinda O'Neal/AP
Report from US Geological Survey says northern wildfires must now be seen as significant driver of climate change, not just a side-effect...Read more
Donald Trump vowed in a speech to "cancel" the hard-won climate agreement reached in Paris in December and signed by 175 countries at the UN (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck)
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations on Friday hit back at Donald Trump after he vowed to scrap the Paris climate deal if elected US president, saying the agreement was critical to saving the planet...Read more
An update to the famous temperature spiral using future climate projections
Credit: Jay Alder/USGS
The temperature spiral that took the world by storm has an update. If you think the heat is on in our current climate, you ain’t seen nothing yet...Read more
Hacker using laptop. The US Senate is poised to fund computational experiments of climate hacking. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Funding for geoengineering computational experiments was mysteriously included in a Senate appropriations bill...Read more
A fuel nozzle for E-85, left, and traditional gasoline is seen at a gas station in Batesville, Miss. ( AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
This month, the Environmental Protection Agency once again proposed an uptick in the billions of gallons of biofuels—mostly corn ethanol and biodiesel—that Americans must put in their autos and other vehicles as we hit the traveling season of summer...Read more
CREDIT: Andrew Harnik, AP
Many credible sources have said that Donald Trump has lost touch with reality. Even so, I won’t say it...Read more
Antarctica's cold water mystery finally solved -Reuters
Greg Hunt first denied knowing about the removal of all mentions of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef but then justified the move with reasons that went beyond those provided by the environment department. Photograph: Paul Miller/AAP
The full draft of the Unesco report on climate change reveals many mentions of Australia were actually positive...Read more
The view north from a bluff in Westchester down to the Ballona Wetlands, which is surrounded by dense residential and commercial development, crucial roadways, and a drainage channel to the Pacific Ocean several miles to the west. Los Angeles International Airport is nearby, as are active oil fields and the largest yacht marina on the West Coast. credit- Mitchell Hartman/Marketplace
“The three basic options are defense, accommodation and retreat,”Read more
The Bonn Conference Center, site of May 2016 UNFCCC discussions.
"High-level political attention can help ensure that the negotiations stay on track – and, perhaps more importantly, that countries push forward with the domestic policies needed to deliver on their commitments..."Read more
Alberta's oil sands: The 'smell of money' more toxic than thought. Photo by Dru Oja Day
Air pollution report in Nature shocks even Canada's top researchers...Read more
Too hot to step out. (Reuters/Amit Dave)
On May 19, India’s all-time temperature record was smashed in the northern city of Phalodi in the state of Rajasthan. Temperatures soared to 51℃, 124F, beating the previous record set in 1956 by 0.4℃...Read more
A global conference in Nairobi this week put a focus on environmental risks in city streets, farms, and beyond. The challenges to human well-being are big, but some steps already under way point toward solutions.
Many are concerned cuts at the CSIRO will mean Australia's ability to prepare for climate change will be undermined.
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Remarks made by the head of Australia's peak science body in a secret recording will do little to assuage fears the country will lose much of its climate science capacity amid severe budget cuts...Read more
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
– Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
This weekend, America will pause to honor the thousands of men and women who fought and died to preserve ExxonMobil’s First Amendment rights, and protect it from the tyranny of justice.Read more
DONALD TRUMP TELLS CALIFORNIA, ‘THERE IS NO DROUGHT,’ INSISTING RAVAGED, ARID STATE JUST NEEDS TO ‘OPEN UP THE WATER’
California, the alarming statistics about your historic drought are not fooling Donald Trump!Read more
A woman tries to manage her umbrella between storm with heavy rain on street in Calcutta, eastern India, 23 May 2016. Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA
Weather is becoming more extreme, and meteorologists are taking notice...
The fossil fuel industry’s professed doubt about climate change has not been an honest attempt to discern the facts, but PR spin intended to confuse consumers and fend off competition from lower-carbon energy sources...Read more
The just released State of North America’s Birds report is grim reading. Based on a comprehensive evaluation of species population size and trends, ranges and threat severity the assessment reaches a stark conclusion...Read more
THESE SCIENTISTS MADE THEIR OWN CLOUDS, AND WHAT THEY FOUND COULD REQUIRE US TO RETHINK HOW FAST THE EARTH IS WARMING...
A new experiment looking at clouds is about to change the way we think about climate change...Read more
Dear EarthTalk: Why does Donald Trump think we should renegotiate the Paris climate agreement? And will he be able to pull it off if he does get elected President – Betsy Edgewater, Dayton, OHRead more
Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurden, insisted the company was ‘not the opposition’ to renewables. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images
Shell will avoid investing too heavily in solar or other technologies until they can make financial profits, its chief executive has said...Read more