The porcupine is among the animals that thrive beneath winter snows. (Doug Lindstrand/Design Pics/Corbis)
How do animals survive under the snow? We're only beginning to understand—just as climate change may rewrite everything...
Ethiopia, one fragile dryland nation, is in the grip of its worst drought in 50 years. Photo: Jay Court
The health of the world's soils hinges on the abundance and diversity of the microbes and fungi they contain, and environmental changes including from global warming will undermine their ability to support humans and other species, according to two new studies...Read more
In November, the International Energy Agency quietly dropped this bombshell projection: “Driven by continued policy support, renewables account for half of additional global generation, overtaking coal around 2030 to become the largest power source.”Read more
A gas facility in Qatar: The Middle Eastern nation has the world’s highest energy subsidies per capita (photo: Olivier Polet/Corbis)
July 17, 2015
- Energy subsidies sizeable worldwide and projected to stay high
- China top subsidizer in dollar terms, Ukraine in percent of GDP, and Qatar in per capita terms
- Countries can reap fiscal and environment gains by reforming energy subsidies
Energy subsidies are projected at US$5.3 trillion in 2015, or 6.5 percent of global GDP, according to a recent IMF study. Most of this arises from countries setting energy taxes below levels that fully reflect the environmental damage associated with energy consumption...Read more
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Locust swarms can be devastating to farmers and, potentially, the food supply...Read more
JAPAN’S INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO ITS ENERGY AND SPACE CRISIS: THE WORLD’S LARGEST FLOATING SOLAR POWER PLANT...
Weirdly like Minecraft. (Kyocera/YouTube)
Space is a big problem in Japan. The small, mountainous island nation has limited flat ground for building, and what there is comes at a premium...Read more
Floodwaters that washed icy brine into streets and homes along the eastern seaboard during Saturday’s blizzard reached heights in some places not experienced since Hurricane Sandy. “I just hope it isn’t a sign of things to come,” Pam Bross told a local newspaper as she mopped up the market she operates on a New Jersey street not normally reached by storm surges...Read more
A new study shows that the nation could shutter coal-fired power plants by 2030, maintain a steady power supply, and save billions of dollars...Read more
Cars make their way down Electric Road in southwest Roanoke County past Tanglewood Mall on Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2016, near Roanoke, Va.
What makes this blizzard to end all blizzards tick? The factors making it so formidable are also helping it to deliver upwards of two feet of snow on the nation's capital, where a big storm is usually defined in inches (not feet), yet nearly entirely miss southern New England, which has been a blizzard magnet in recent years...Read more
The amount of toxic waste generated by U.S. companies, and what happens to it, is hiding in plain sight...
The United States has invested in a grand ecological observatory, but the project has been dogged by budget overruns and delays...
Stephen Conley has flown pollution-detecting airplanes over some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation. But never before has the UC Davis scientist encountered as much methane in the air as in recent months over suburban Los Angeles...Read more
In 2013, Greensburg, KS — a town of less than 800 residents about 100 miles from Wichita — became the first city in the United States to go 100 percent renewable, powering their homes, businesses, and municipal buildings via wind power...Read more
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his "inflammatory rhetoric" on climate change saying it was not helping those who have lost their oil-industry jobs...Read more
When he's not fighting off bears or trying to win an Oscar, Leonardo DiCaprio is busy saving the environment.Read more
Poorer countries like many in Africa will have their food supply threatened most by climate change. Credit: Reuters
Global warming's threat to the global food supply gets worse the more the world warms, researchers tell federal regulators...Read more
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2015 was hot.
2016 will likely be hotter.
It wasn't even close.Read more
Not as funny as it sounds...Read more
Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign blasted out a statement after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA reported that 2015 was the hottest year on record. | GettyRead more
Open cut hard rock mining (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia) author Stephen Codrington source Wikimedia
President Obama has just announced a 3 year moratorium on leasing federal land for new coal mines, pending a review of the impact of coal on the global climate...Read more
Two people paddleboard at sunset along the beach as a heatwave begins to subside in Cardiff, California August 17, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed.Read more
"We estimate that half of the total global ocean heat uptake since 1865 has accumulated since 1997," a team of scientists led by Peter Gleckler of the Laurence Livermore National Laboratory in California reported (AFP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)
Paris (AFP) - The oceans have soaked up as much heat from global warming over the last two decades as during the preceding 130 years, according to a study published Monday...Read more
Marine Life Can’t Keep Up With Climate Change
If you want an idea of what oceans around the world may be like in the not-too-distant future, look to the Pacific Ocean off the West Coast of the United States....Read more
Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change...
Vacationers cool off in the Pacific Ocean in Vina del Mar city, Chile, in this January 15. The world's oceans appear to be absorbing more heat from global warming than previously thought, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. But a new study that culled data from the 1870s British research ship Challenger's archives, and from modern Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters
Flooding, like the current Mississippi River overflow in places like St. Louis, creates the most damage of all natural disasters in the U.S. Credit: Reuters.
It flew under the radar, but the approval of a new flood standard for federal projects means the federal government took a big step...Read more
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr. from a Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”Read more
2015 was almost certainly the hottest on record for the planet as a whole (AFP Photo/Antony Dickson)
Paris (AFP) - When future generations write the history of humanity's faltering quest to repair Earth's climate system, 2015 will have its own chapter...Read more
With little more than an audio recorder, Devi Lockwood has been traveling on a green touring bike, covered in stickers with a jaunty yellow flag flying off the back, across the Southern Hemisphere for more than one year...Read more
Up until now, psychology had been largely left out of the conversation about climate change, but researchers in the field of environmental psychology are seeking to change that...
The Aliso Canyon breach is accidental, but thousands of other sites are flaring off methane intentionally, as waste...Read more
“I look at the room. I see that the reaction is positive. I don’t hear any objections.”
A team of scientists in Belgium has discovered a somewhat counterintuitive reason the Greenland ice sheet is melting at night...Read more
We live in an increasingly dangerous world, with political, economic and environmental threats piling up, according to experts polled by the World Economic Forum...Read more
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction...Read more
Few issues have as much impact on the future as climate change. Sadly, the issue of climate change has taken a backseat to economic policy, divisive cultural issues, and the threat of terrorism. The main reason for this is the media coverage of these issues...Read more
Pay special attention to #2...
There is a lot at stake with the TPP agreement.
It’s no wonder the Obama administration tried to keep this secret—the corporate-friendly trade agreement, decoded...Read more
CLIMATE CHANGE ON PACE TO OCCUR 10 TIMES FASTER THAN ANY CHANGE RECORDED IN PAST 65 MILLION YEARS, STANFORD SCIENTISTS SAY...
Not only is the planet undergoing one of the largest climate changes in the past 65 million years, Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field report that it's on pace to occur at a rate 10 times faster than any change in that period. Without intervention, this extreme pace could lead to a 5-6 degree Celsius spike in annual temperatures by the end of the century...Read more
The last time there was this much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere, modern humans didn't exist. Megatoothed sharks prowled the oceans, the world's seas were up to 100 feet higher than they are today, and the global average surface temperature was up to 11°F warmer than it is now.Read more
Global temperature anomaly for 2015 compared to the 1951-1980 average. Image: Berkeley Earth
During the next week, the official climate agencies around the world that are responsible for tracking the planet's average temperatures will almost certainly come to the same conclusion: 2015 was the warmest year on record. This would mean that 2015 would beat the previous warmest year, which occurred in 2014 — remember that?Read more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he would seek changes in the way U.S. oil and coal resources are managed, prompting a flood of reaction from environmental groups pushing him to do more to limit fossil fuel production - and producers anxious about regulatory changes...Read more
President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Evan Vuccil
President pushes for changes in how government manages public-land fossil fuels, but overall his address does not outline plans for bold action this year...Read more
O'S FINAL SOTU ADDRESS... OBAMA VOWS TO OVERHAUL COAL MINING ON PUBLIC LANDS TO 'INVEST IN THE FUTURE'
The White House said further details on the ‘transition to a low-carbon economy’ would come in the next few weeks. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Pledge comes amid collapse in coal price but president says management of oil and coal should ‘better reflect the costs they impose’ on taxpayers and planet...Read more
A picture taken on December 11, 2015 shows banners with messages related to global warming attached to an Eiffel Tower made of bistro chairs at the venue of the United Nations conference on climate change COP21 in Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris, on December 11, 2015. | Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty
First came the agreement. Now comes the litigation...Read more
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The erosion of wealth among the world's middle class due to climate change is a threat to economic and social stability which could spur its 1 billion members to push for action on global warming, Swiss bank UBS Group AG said.Read more
Barack Obama speaks to reporters in Seward, Alaska, in September 2015 where he used the state’s glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP
Tom Steyer calls on president to seize opportunity to explain his actions on the environment and convince Americans that they must be irrevocable...Read more
OSLO (Reuters) - The biggest icebergs breaking off Antarctica unexpectedly help to slow global warming as they melt away into the chill Southern Ocean, scientists said on Monday...Read more
In 2015 the US Geological Survey linked earthquakes over seven years to toxic wastewater dumping and drilling programs in eight states, including Oklahoma and Colorado. Photograph: Linda Davidson/Getty Images
Seismologists’ warnings about hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal divide residents, politicians and companies in Colorado and Oklahoma, while temblors increase around the region...Read more
A papal encyclical aimed at caring for the environment has given clergy a renewed imperative for responsible action...Read more
Stephen M. Gardiner is professor of philosophy, and Ben Rabinowitz is endowed professor of the human dimensions of the environment at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Climate change presents a severe ethical challenge, forcing us to confront difficult questions as individual moral agents, and even more so as members of larger political systems. It is genuinely global and seriously intergenerational, and crosses species boundaries. It also takes place in a setting where existing institutions and theories are weak, proving little ethical guidance...Read more
The rapid pace of current climate change has already placed a great deal of stress on terrestrial ecosystems, including melting glaciers and irreversible damage to the habitats of Arctic and Antarctic animals...Read more
Stacks and burn-off from the ExxonMobil refinery are seen at dusk last year in St. Bernard Parish, La. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)
Robert Brulle is a professor of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is co-editor of “Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives.“
Future generations will look back on our tepid response to global climate disruption and wonder why we did not act sooner and more aggressively. Climate change will adversely impact present and future generations, as well as all species on Earth. Our moral obligation to protect life requires us to act...Read more
A snorkeler encounters a whale shark. Photograph: Alamy
In December, the world’s nations agreed on an aggressive plan to combat climate change. But what, if anything, will the landmark Paris agreement do for thousands of species already under threat from global warming?Read more
A group of 24 geoscientists on Thursday released a bracing assessment, suggesting that humans have altered the Earth so extensively that the consequences will be detectable in current and future geological records. They therefore suggest that we should consider the Earth to have moved into a new geologic epoch, the “Anthropocene,” sometime circa 1945-1964...
Is the era of climate science denial over? A new study suggests not. Photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images
Conservative thinktanks in the US engaging in climate change have increased their attacks on science in recent years, a study of 16,000 documents finds.Read more
Crews from SoCalGas and outside experts work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 9. 2015.
The Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles is officially in a state of emergency, according to a declaration by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday...Read more
The success or failure of a farming operation depends hugely on the vagaries of weather and climate. For a farmer, a single intense rain event or prolonged dry period can mean a year of lost crops and income...
California Gov. Jerry Brown has found a sweet spot in climate-change communication...Read more
The United Kingdom aims to cut its carbon emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, and scientists think farmers can play a key role in achieving that target...Read more
High temperatures are bleaching corals, such as this bent sea rod off Florida.
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr
Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years.
It's not about saving the planet...Read more
Heat flow from Earth's mantle contributes to Greenland ice melting...
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Environmental activists, including one wearing a polar bear costume, protest the Obama administration's plans to allow new fossil fuel drilling on public lands and oceans, during a demonstration held by the 'Keep it in the Ground' coalition in front of the White House on September 15, 2015. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Environmentalists say that leasing public land for fossil fuel production is one of the Obama administration's biggest carbon-polluting programs...Read more
A natural gas drilling rig north of Parachute, Colorado. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters/Corbis
Natural gas drilling only has environmental benefits over other processes like coal and oil production if producers can keep a tight lid on leaks...Read more
Protesters stand outside Los Angeles City Hall during a demonstration ahead of the testimony before the Los Angeles City Council on the natural gas leak in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, California December 1, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Gus Ruelas
A leaking natural gas storage field continues to belch thousands of tons of methane into the air every week, causing health and climate concerns...Read more
World leaders and UN officials agree on a global climate deal in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA
My generation has a responsibility to find practical solutions to the environmental problems we have inherited and ensure politicians honor their promises...Read more
A few weeks before seminal climate change talks in Kyoto back in 1997, Mobil Oil took out a bluntly worded advertisement in the New York Times and Washington Post.
“Let’s face it: The science of climate change is too uncertain to mandate a plan of action that could plunge economies into turmoil,” the ad said. “Scientists cannot predict with certainty if temperatures will increase, by how much and where changes will occur.”Read more
This story has been updated to include buoy measurements that confirm the North Pole temperature climbed above 32 degrees on Wednesday.
A powerful winter cyclone — the same storm that led to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding — has driven the North Pole to the freezing point this week, 50 degrees above average for this time of year...Read more
The 7th annual Universe is here Today. How Will You Celebrate?Read more
'The children are our future' takes on new meaning when you think about the world we're leaving for them to inherit...Read more
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Omar El Akkad in Oregon: Climate change is Americans’ most pressing existential threat, and no community will be immune from the transformations to come. Yet many don’t see the danger coming – and those that do have their work cut out for them...
The past four years of punishing drought have badly hurt California’s forests. Rain was scarce, the days were too hot, and this year’s wildfire season was the worst anyone has seen in years, burning up nearly 10 million acres across the West...Read more
Can Smith Island be saved?Read more
9 Tornadoes Strike North Texas, Killing 11; Hundreds Of Homes Damaged In Rowlett, Garland...Read more
What's next for businesses such as Kellogg and L'Oreal after the landmark Paris climate talks?Read more
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With some help from El Niño, 2015 will almost certainly finish out its run as the hottest year on record with temperatures on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day predicted to be well above average across much of the United States...Read more
Massive methane leak forces relocation of 2,500 California families...Read more
Temperature anomalies in degrees Celsius for Dec. 24, 2015, showing the large area of unusually mild weather across the U.S. and Canada.Image: Climate Reanalyzer
The world's hottest year is ending in the most fitting manner possible: with one of the most significant heat waves on record for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The heat extends more than 1,500 miles, from South Florida northward to eastern Canada, and is being described on social media — in non-technical terminology — as a "blowtorch" weather pattern...Read more
The Paris deal is the last moment of hope we'll see in a long time...Read more
1.6 billion people already live in areas that are classed as having “water scarcity Getty
World Meteorological Society chief warns dwindling water supplies is greatest of all dangers posed by climate change...Read more
NEW YORK- Unusual weather is dominating the conversation on social media for the holidays, especially among millennials, who are increasingly concerned about climate change...Read more
Members of an American Petroleum Institute task force on CO2 included scientists from nearly every major oil company, including Exxon, Texaco and Shell...Read more
As one of the warmest U.S. winters moves into the new year, nothing will change the pattern unless the polar vortex unexpectedly invades the country from the Arctic, meteorologists said...Read more
The State of Nuclear Power, Climate Refugees, and Bad News for Bananas...Read more
Chatting with Creighton Associate Professor Richard Miller, Ph.D., about climate change is not for the faint of heart. Director of Creighton’s M.A. in Theology program, Miller talks of four-foot rises in sea levels that will spell the end of Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Charleston and other coastal cities. He talks of permanent drought in the U.S. Southwest and of radical transformation to the economy. To him, there will be no return to an idyllic Eden. “We choose between catastrophes,” Miller says. “That’s our choice at this point.”Read more
An ornamental windmill spins in front of wind turbines near Steele City, Neb on Nov. 3, 2015. 99 percent of electricity in Costa Rica came from renewable energy in 2015.
The Central American nation is leading the world in cutting fossil-fuel pollution by relying on hydropower and other forms of renewable energy. Is this a model other countries could follow?Read more
WASHINGTON — The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.”
But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from traditional diesel fuel to natural gas could actually harm the planet’s climate...Read more
The climate agreement reached in Paris last weekend has been hailed as a landmark in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it could well turn out to be one...Read more
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ABC Moderators Ignore Climate Change And Planned Parenthood, But Find Time For Presidential Spouse Questions...Read more
Heating up: Andrew Eljid tries to cool off during a recent heatwave in Sydney. Photo: Cole Bennetts
The remarkable global heat experienced in 2015 is not yet over and already forecasters are predicting next year will be hotter again - marking three years in a row of record annual warmth...Read more
Climate activists demonstrate in Paris, Saturday, Dec.12, 2015 during COP21. Image: Thibault Camus/Associated Press
This year will go down in history as the warmest year on record, beating out 2014 for the dubious distinction. That fact alone is striking, considering the sped-up pace of global warming in recent years. However, it's the margin by which this year is beating out all others that is most impressive...Read more