Illustration: Thomas Pullin
Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death...Read more
"These are not just new odds. These are new weather extremes that are made possible by a new climate," said Jeff Rosenfeld, editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Credit: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty
In a first, an American Meteorological Society annual report found certain extreme weather events could not have happened without human-caused CO2 emissions...Read more
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Extreme weather left its mark across the planet in 2016, the hottest year in recorded history. Record heat baked Asia and the Arctic. Droughts gripped Brazil and southern Africa. The Great Barrier Reef suffered its worst bleaching event in memory, killing large swaths of coral.
Now climate scientists are starting to tease out which of last year’s calamities can, and can’t, be linked to global warming...Read more
Diego Garcia, a low-lying atoll in the Indian Ocean, is a critical hub for the U.S. Air Force. With an average elevation of about 4 feet, it is at risk from sea level rise and storm surge flooding. Credit: Shane Cuomo/U.S. Air Force/Getty Images
The Pentagon has been praised for starting to address global warming, but a report for Congress finds the risks aren't tracked well enough at facilities overseas...Read more
THROUGH GLOBAL WARMING, WE'RE NOW CREATING NEW TYPES OF EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS, WITH DIRE RESULTS...
Bleaching damage on the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia in April 2017. Image: BETTE WILLIS/ARC CENTRE CORAL REEF STUDIES HANDOUT/EPA/REX/Shutterstock
The next time someone tells you that we can’t tie an individual weather event to climate change, you should tell them that’s partly to mostly bullshit. Not only can we say a whole lot about an event’s ties to climate change, but some events could not have occurred without global warming’s assistance. ...
Let this sink in for a second...Read more
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to dismantle its net neutrality regulations. But that won’t end the fight over rules that prohibit internet service providers from creating fast lanes for some content, while blocking or throttling others...Read more
A new study suggests that the planet is far likelier to become four degrees Celsius warmer by 2100 than previously thought. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)
New research shows emissions must go down every year starting in 2020 to prevent dangerous warming of planet...Read more
The starving bear was filmed struggling to find food for five hours... Caters News Agency
Footage from Canada’s Arctic shows emaciated animal seeking food in scene that left researchers ‘pushing through their tears’...Read more
Editor's Pick: Climate Science On Trial Again.
OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST...
Figure is from paper #38.
A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below...Read more
It’s that time of year again. #AGU17 is from Dec 11 to Dec 16 in New Orleans (the traditional venue in San Francisco is undergoing renovations)...Read more
‘The effect of climate change on extreme weather has been dramatically undercovered’ Photograph: Enterprise/Rex/Shutterstock
Some of Trump’s tweets generate more national coverage than devastating disasters. As the weather gets worse, we need journalism to get better...Read more
The continent is home to 12 million penguins…and not much else. Andrew Peacock, footloosefotography.com
Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote and extreme. Over the past two centuries, these factors have combined to create, in the human psyche, an almost mythical land – an idea reinforced by tales of heroism and adventure from the Edwardian golden age of “heroic exploration” and pioneers such as Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton...Read more
THE ENERGY 202: TRUMP HAS BACKED AWAY FROM REGULATING METHANE. NOW INDUSTRY SAYS IT WILL REDUCE EMISSIONS ITSELF...
An oil well flares off excess methane in the desert east of Farmington, New Mexico. (Courtesy of Michael Eisenfeld)
Amid an effort by the Trump administration to ease rules on the oil and gas sector, 26 companies said they will take voluntary steps to ratchet down emissions on a potent greenhouse gas the Obama administration tried to regulate...
Miami Beach Coast, Florida. Photograph: Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images
All of nature’s thermometers indicate a rapid rise in global temperatures...Read more
Before you check out the first headline on the massive southern California global warming fueled wildfires below, please read the following important short update from our executive director...Read more
There is nature...
Nothing really seems to matter much when your Planet is needlessly collapsing and dying. Big important ideas to base your life upon are in short supply. Pretty much god myths, stuff, and tribes are all we got. There is nature. And she needs us...Read more
Climate change factors, which include global warming (epa.gov)
Understanding Climate Change...Read more
Fires spread by the Diablo winds and fueled by dry grass and brush spread through California's Napa and Sonoma regions in early October 2017. Scientists say climate change is loading the dice for wildfires. Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
Santa Ana winds are whipping up wildfires in Southern California after a devastating season in wine country. Rising temps can make the West dangerously combustible...Read more
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is surrounded by reporters as Republicans worked to pass their tax bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP
The GOP strategy on taxes and climate: reject evidence and expert opinion, lie, and wage culture wars...Read more
The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet. David Attenborough travels to Trinidad to meet a community trying to save these giants. Photograph: Gavin Thurston
Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise...Read more
In June 2014, Lake Shasta was at 37% of capacity due to the long California drought. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
California could be hit with significantly more dangerous and more frequent droughts in the near future as changes in weather patterns triggered by global warming block rainfall from reaching the state, according to new research led by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory...Read more
Eduardo Munoz / Reuters
The more 90-degree days a fetus or infant endured, the lower his or her earnings in adulthood...Read more
Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times
THE WOODLANDS, Tex. — Leslie Martinez heard the floodwaters before she saw them. They rushed across the lawn, seeped around the doors and into the house. It was 2:15 a.m. on Aug. 28, three days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Her young daughter was asleep in her arms. Ms. Martinez’s first reaction was to spread towels around the floor...Read more
Lodgepole pines turn a reddish color near Granby, Colorado, due to damage caused by the pine bark beetle.RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Many studies have modeled future impacts from climate change, but scientists have shown that warming trends are already affecting water and ecosystems in the West...Read more
This picture taken on July 26, 2017 shows an Indonesian ranger inspecting the peat forest fire at Meulaboh, Aceh province. Credit: Chandeer Mayhuddin Getty Images
Scientists have evidence that El Niño boosts CO2 levels, and they are pinning down how...Read more
Temperature departure from normal. CREDIT: ClimateReanalyzer.org
NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission warns the ice sheet is more at risk to global warming than we knew...Read more
According to the Washington rumor mill, the long-anticipated departure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may be at hand. The cruel irony for environmental advocates is that they may long for the day when the ExxonMobil lifer and former CEO was in charge at state...Read more
David Wallace-Wells, Cam Webb, Nancy Knowlton, and Nikhil Advani speak Wednesday evening at a panel discussion hosted by the Harvard University Center for the Environment. AMY Y. LI
Editor's Pick: Climate Change Panel Talks ‘Hope and Despair’Read more
Figure is from paper #6.
A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below...Read more
Effects of Climate Change
On Nov. 10 Flannery Winchester of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) published an article titled, Climate Solutions Caucus members introduced a carbon pricing bill in Congress...
Picture released by Chile’s National Forest Corporation (CONAF) showing the Grey Glacier detachment. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images
Officials at Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, home to the glacier, said such ruptures were rare and had not occurred since the early 1990s...Read more
Right now, the world is teetering on an abyss of sorts. Scientists, in general, are starting to believe that we’re in the middle of an extinction level event; the sort of catastrophe that wiped the dinosaurs off the planet...Read more
Our planet’s resources find themselves in a precarious situation. The very ideals and strengths that have helped humanity survive, to become a force in complete control of its destiny - no longer ruled by our basic instincts but guided by our intelligence - have also left us stranded on a cliff’s edge....Read more
A combine machine harvests corn in a field in Minooka, Ill. in 2014. (REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo)
Is migration necessary to avoid climate chaos and extinction for much of humanity within the next 10 years? Special Briefing #5...Read more
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Rising seas caused by climate change are seeping inside a United States nuclear waste dump on a remote and low-lying Pacific atoll, flushing out radioactive substances left behind from some of the world’s largest atomic weapons tests...Read more
At her confirmation hearing in early November, Kathleen Hartnett White repeated her claim that CO2 is not a pollutant. "As an atmospheric gas, it is a plant nutrient," she told senators. Credit: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Video
Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination for the top White House environment post is set for a Senate committee vote on Wednesday...Read more
She explains how Puerto Rico is grappling with the new normal...Read more
What you choose to put on your fork can make a difference to the environment. Photo: Stocksy
What should we eat if we want to reduce levels of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming?Read more
The remains of the Signorello Estate winery smolder after the October wildfires in Napa, California. Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP
The United States Global Change Research Program report paints a bleak picture of the consequences of climate denial...Read more
Tomas Munita for The New York Times
Accelerating glacial melt in the Andes caused by climate change has set off a gold rush downstream,letting the desert bloom. But as the ice vanishes, the vast farms below may do the same...Read more
Should a healthy environment be a human right? These Norwegians think so...
Greenpeace and the environmental group Youth and Nature are suing the Norwegian Government for granting Arctic oil drilling licenses...Read more
Kayakers and a stranded motorist in the floodwaters on the road at Storth on the Kent Estuary. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Images
The 2016 book by photojournalist Ashley Cooper documented the effects of climate change over 13 years and in more than 30 countries. Earlier this month, Cooper won the Green Apple award for environmental best practice at a ceremony at the UK House of Commons...Read more
Plastics pollution in Dakar, Senegal. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA
Guardian supporter Matt Bowden explains why an article by the author Robert Macfarlane helped him understand the ‘Anthropocene generation’...Read more
An international summary of five year's worth of research on Arctic climate change concludes the top of the world is getting warmer faster than anyone thought. (David Goldman/Associated Press)
'Most people don't understand how bad it is,' researcher says...Read more
After Hurricane Irma, President Trump offered hoagies and cheerful platitudes. None of that will save Florida from the catastrophes to come...Read more
Scientists have long been tracking the retreat of Pine Island Glacier, one of the main outlets where ice from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet flows into the ocean. Photograph: OLI/Landsat 8/NASA
An emotive article on the ‘ice apocalypse’ by Eric Holthaus describes a terrifying vision of catastrophic sea level rise this century caused by climate change and the collapse of the Antarctic ice sheet. But how likely is this – and how soon could such a future be here?Read more
Photo Credit: DarwelShots / Shutterstock
By the time climate change is no longer a long-term threat, it will be too late...Read more
Illustration: Sebastien Thibault
Growth must go on – it’s the political imperative everywhere, and it’s destroying the Earth. But there’s no way of greening it, so we need a new system...Read more
Thanksgiving dinner conversations with the whole family can surface all kinds of myths and confusion. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
We asked our readers to share the top climate denial claims and global warming questions they hear from family. Here’s what science shows — and how to explain it...Read more
We have just 3 weeks to save net neutrality...Read more
PERSONAL REFLECTIONS OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREEMENENT CLIMATE SCIENTISTS ON THE 23RD COP IN BONN-FIJI, CAN IT BE THIS BAD?
Settling wearily into my Deutsche Bahn seat at the start of a two-day journey back to Uppsala, Sweden, I’ve endeavoured below to capture my early thoughts on the latest attempt to forestall our headlong rush towards oblivion...Read more
Jerry Taylor of the Niskanen Center, for 23 years a thorn in side of climate scientists, spells out how he came to accept scientific evidence and the economic rationale for action...Read more