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Here are two facts about the man who will soon be President of the United States, only one of which can be true...Read more
As Lake Cachuma in California dwindles, the municipalities nearby likely won’t have enough water next spring even with restrictions on water use. (Darryl Fears/The Washington Post)
Ancient climate records show how the Earth has responded to changing greenhouse gas levels. Photo: Jens Meyer
Climate models may be underestimating how sensitive the planet is to rising greenhouse gas levels, with new research suggesting the pace of global warming is about to quicken...Read more
A power plant smokestack puffs at sunset near Toronto, Canada, Jan. 16, 2015. Image: APFrank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP
The planet is now more than halfway to the line scientists say we can't cross if we're going to avoid catastrophic climate change...Read more
As the eyes of the world look to Marrakech for a signal of the Trump effect, can diplomats show that the climate is bigger than one man?Read more
Richard Dawkins, founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Credit: Don Arnold, Getty Images
What the election results mean for science, in gut responses from Scientific American’s Board of Advisers...Read more
Trump has called global warming a ‘bullshit’ Chinese-invented hoax and wants the US to exit the Paris climate deal. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Leading scientists say the climate denier’s victory could mean ‘game over for the climate’ and any hope of warding off dangerous global warming...Read more
The climate event brings warm, drier weather to the southern U.S., but thankfully its effects will likely be short-lived this year...Read more
Anne Gorsuch Burford was Ronald Reagan’s first EPA administrator. She was eager to dismantle the agency.
In Trump’s potential cabinet picks, echoes of a Reagan-era wave of environmental deregulation...Read more
A tug pulls a coal barge past the Islamic center in Samarinda, on the Indonesian island of Borneo. (Photo: Ed Wray/Getty Images)
The world's fourth-largest country could lock potentially disastrous emissions for decades...Read more
Delegates at the international climate conference in Marrakesh © AFP
Beijing pushes for progress to prevent global warming, saying world wants to co-operate...Read more
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
Donald Trump is seeking quick ways of withdrawing from a global agreement to limit climate change, a source on his transition team said, defying widening international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions...Read more
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‘I pray he surrounds himself with decent people...’Read more
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded...Read more
Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency throws a wrench, and may even reverse the course, of U.S. environmental, climate change and energy policy, and that’s not the half of it...Read more
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A new study finds that a warming world is interfering with genetics, body mass, and the sex ratios of the planet’s wildlife...Read more
Rising sea levels continue to erode shorelines up and down Atlantic and Caribbean coasts, including in Cancun, the ¨first city¨ along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Watching their beachfront property – and livelihoods – vanish, Cancun hotel and resort owners are calling on the government to launch a multi-million dollar beach protection project. So much for Adam Smith’s ¨Invisible Hand¨...Read more
UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa (Pic: UNFCCC/Flickr)
Patricia Espinosa extends offer to New Yorker’s team as head of C40 city alliance says US mayors will push ahead with implementing climate plans...Read more
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives for his election night rally at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could use legal short-cuts to pull out of a global agreement for fighting climate change within a year, keeping a campaign promise and by-passing a theoretical four-year wait, lawyers say...Read more
Climate change: It's ‘game over’ for planet earth...
Life on Earth has already been fundamentally altered by global warming, affecting the genes of plants and animals and altering every ecosystem on the planet, according to a major review of the scientific literature...Read more
During the U.S. presidential debates, there was not one single question devoted to the topic of climate change. And it appears that the results from the election have only amplified the silence that Americans seem to have on the subject of the environment...Read more
The Obama administration on Thursday took a major step toward encouraging development of renewable energy on federal lands in six Western states by establishing a competitive bidding process similar to how oil and gas leases are awarded...Read more
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Donald Trump could scrap the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change once he takes office, a move that could shift climate policy making to local lawmakers instead of national ones, experts say...Read more
Want to help coal miners? Get them some renewable energy...Read more
Morocco COP22 minister Hakima el Haite (Pic: UNFCCC/Flickr)
Proposed landing ground for 2016 climate summit dodges Trump bullet, focusing on global steps to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in coming 5 years...Read more
Boats dock in the lake in Jiujiang, East China's Jiangxi province on Nov 3. [Photo/Xinhua]
Shocking pictures have emerged showing that China's largest freshwater lake has partially dried up...Read more
Climate change doesn't care who the president is. Credit: Carlo Allegri/REUTERS
Donald Trump has said climate change is a Chinese hoax. His presidency raises the prospect of a climate denier atop the Environmental Protection Agency and an oil and gas billionaire running the Energy Department. He could pull the U.S. — and its 15 percent of all global carbon emissions — out of the Paris Agreement.
This information has made his supporters happy and his detractors furious. This information also matters not one iota to the climate...Read more
IN TRUMP, U.S. PUTS A CLIMATE DENIER IN ITS HIGHEST OFFICE AND ALL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION IN LIMBO...
Donald Trump campaigned on a platform of maximum fossil fuel production in the U.S. while rolling back environmental protections. Credit: Getty Images
His anti-regulatory stances, support of unfettered fossil fuel production, and his threat to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, send ripple effects worldwide...Read more
If the Earth's temperature rises seven degrees Celsius, it could trigger the kind of runaway global warming that may have turned Venus from a habitable planet into a 460C version of hell...
New research suggests the Earth's climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an 'apocalyptic side of bad' temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime...Read more
One year from his inauguration, Trump could take the US out of the Paris deal and into the climate wilderness...Read more
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The planet is warming, dangerously so, and burning more coal will make it worse. President-elect Donald Trump thinks man-made climate change is a hoax and he's promised to revive the US coal industry by cutting regulation. So renewables are dead in the water, right? Maybe not...Read more
A solar power installation at the COP22 venue in Marrakech Pic: Flickr/UNclimatechange)
Donald Trump is a disaster for the climate, but clever drafting of the UN pact will limit the damage, says Thomas Hale...Read more
Donald Trump (Pic: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
The election of a U.S. president who has called global warming a "hoax" alarmed environmentalists and climate scientists and raised questions Wednesday about whether America, once again, would pull out of an international climate deal...Read more
Natural vegetation absorbs about a quarter of the carbon emissions created by burning fossil fuels. Photograph: Kuni Takahashi/Getty Images
Increased growth of plants fertilized by higher CO2 levels is only partly offsetting emissions and will not halt dangerous warming, scientists conclude...Read more
Solar panels at the site of COP22, the UN’s climate change conference, in Marrakech, Morocco. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA
As UN climate talks start in Marrakech, Morocco calls on world leaders to put the focus on concrete plans for helping Africa’s small-scale farmers...Read more
Heavy surf breaks over the seawall during a winter storm in New Hampshire in 2014. Image: Jim Cole/AP
With global climate talks kicking off in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday, a new study provides a sobering warning about what may happen to coastal mega-cities if decisive global emissions cuts are not made soon...Read more
Morocco's foreign minister Salaheddine Mozouar and French environment minister Segolene Royal are full of smiles as the latest round of UN climate talks began on Monday in Marrakech.
A year after the landmark Paris climate agreement, negotiators gathering in Morocco for the next round agree pledges do not go far enough...Read more
Voters have a stark choice on energy and climate change when they go to the polls tomorrow. Left photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr; right photo courtesy of AP Images.
The focus on bigotry and email secrecy in the presidential race is eclipsing distinct differences in the candidates' views on energy and climate change, two intertwined issues that affect everyone from families and the military to manufacturers and farmers...Read more
The next round of talks aimed at weaning the world off coal, oil and gas start in Morocco next week, but will be overshadowed by the White House race...Read more
A demonstrator holds a sign in protest of Trump’s climate change policies ahead of early voting in Athens, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 29. Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images
And it was very bad...Read more
Smoke is released into the sky at a refinery in Wilmington, Calif., in this 2012 file photo. Many climate scientists urge nations to reduce carbon emissions at faster pace than has already been pledged. Bret Hartman/Reuters/File
Emission cuts that countries have pledged in Paris aren't expected to hit the goal of holding Earth's temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius. This leaves a lot of work for a Morocco conference starting this week...Read more
The new fund will focus on reducing leaks of natural gas and technology to capture and store carbon emissions when gas is burned to produce electricity, as well as increasing fuel efficiency of vehicles. Photograph: Jae C. Hong/AP
Analysts criticize fund – which focuses on cutting the impact of fossil fuels but will not support renewable energy - calling it a ‘drop in the ocean’...Read more
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As the government cripples Egypt’s once promising renewable energy sector, factories are turning to coal...Read more
Air pollution in some parts of the world, most notably South Asia, can be as much as six times higher than internation standards. iStockphoto.com
Steps to mitigate air pollution can also help combat climate change...Read more
OPINION: CLINTON IS WEAK ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND TRUMP IS A DISASTER — BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN ALL HOPE IS LOST ON ELECTION DAY...
Drivers entering Sacramento on Highway 50 come to a near standstill. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who feel that man-made climate change will spiral out of control without immediate and overwhelming governmental action, this election has probably jump-started your plans to build an apocalypse bunker...Read more
The Paris climate agreement, which came into force on November 4, is just the first step. Photo: AP
Those warning of climate change impacts have been likened to Chicken Littles, scuttling around, warning the sky is falling. That worry, it turns out, is based on fact too. Cooling in the stratosphere is causing it to shrink, lowering that layer by "a number of kilometres", NASA noted recently...Read more
Republicans have increasingly not just alienated scientists, but have even worked to destroy their field.
Only one major political party in the world denies climate change, and it's in charge of the most important political body in the world...Read more
Before and after images taken in 2011 and 2016 reveal dramatic shrinkage of Farmington Basin in the Great Salt Lake. Joshua Stevens/Landsat/US Geological Survey
Five years of drought and over-use of water from feeder rivers has seen Utah's Great Salt Lake shrink by almost 40 percent. The changes were dramatically revealed in before-and-after photos taken by the Landsat 8 satellite, recently released by NASA...Read more
All the earth & sky no longer loud with skylark’s voice. (Photo: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images)
You might think that what happened to the passenger pigeon couldn’t happen today. We know better than to allow a species with a population in the billions to dwindle away to nothing over the course of a few decades, don’t we?Read more
Nicholas Stern: ‘With hindsight, I now realize that I underestimated the risks. I should have been much stronger in what I said.’ Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images
Ten years ago the leading economist warned about climate change in a landmark report – he says while there is cause for optimism, the picture is still grim...Read more
This is another record-breaking year for renewable energy. In both the developed and developing world renewables are growing at a faster rate than ever before...Read more
Meltwater on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Photo with kind permission by Ragnar Axelsson
Dear US voters,
the world is holding its breath. The stakes are high in the upcoming US elections. At stake is a million times more than which email server one candidate used, or how another treated women. The future of humanity will be profoundly affected by your choice, for many generations to come...Read more
LONDON/WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - A landmark global accord to combat climate change officially entered into force on Friday, putting pressure on countries to start executing plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming...
FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the U.N. said Thursday Nov. 3, 2016, warning of a worldwide human tragedy unless governments step up efforts to fight global warming. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File) The Associated Press
The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the U.N. says, warning of a worldwide human tragedy unless governments step up efforts to fight global warming...Read more
Arctic sea ice seen in 2016. Rex features via AP
The next roundtrip flight you take from New York to Europe means you will personally contribute to the melting of 32 square feet of Arctic sea ice by September in a given year, according to a groundbreaking new study published Thursday...Read more
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Diplomatic triumph but the science stinks: governments must regularly update their contributions towards efforts to hold global warming “well below 2C”...Read more
CARBON SEQUESTRATION: ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY THROUGH SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE...
To meet the demands of a growing, increasingly urban global population (approximately 9 billion by 2050), the World Bank calculates that global food production must increase by 70% in the next 35 years. This is a great challenge not only because of the volume of food that must be produced, but because agricultural conditions will not remain constant or predicable in the years to come...Read more
A worker at Xinyi photovoltaic power station in Songxi, China. China will lead the world for growth in renewable power, the IEA has predicted. Photograph: Feature China / Barcroft Images
Experts hail rapid transformation that will see clean energy outgrow fossil fuels in the next five years - but warn UK is failing to exploit huge potential...Read more
Photograph of the first oil district in Los Angeles, Toluca Street, ca.1895-1901. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
A study by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey points to oil drilling operations as the likely culprit in some of the biggest earthquakes that hit Southern California in the early 20th century — which led to questions about whether or not the Los Angeles region is really as earthquake prone as it is known for...Read more
HUMAN-CAUSED GLOBAL WARMING CONTRIBUTED STRONGLY TO RECORD ‘SNOW DROUGHT’ ACROSS THE WESTERNMOST U.S. IN 2015...
Snowpack extent at winter’s end in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains was significantly more extensive in 2013 than in 2015, as seen in this animation of satellite images. The 2013 image was acquired by NASA’s Aqua satellite on April 9, 2013; the 2015 image was captured by its sibling, the Terra satellite, on April 4, 2015. (Images: NASA Worldview. Animation: Tom Yulsman)
In the Northwest, an infamous feature called “The Blob” also contributed to snow-shriveling temps, but not so much in California...Read more
The bacterium Clostridium thermocellum has garnered a lot of interest recently because of its ability to break down cellulose (a notoriously tough organic compound found in plants) into usable biofuels without added enzymes...Read more
UN PAINTS APOCALYPTIC PICTURE OF FAMINE, WAR AND DISEASE UNLESS WORLD WAKES UP TO DANGERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...
Continued global warming will have catastrophic effects on global food supplies. Reuters
'We will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy; the growing numbers of climate refugees hit by hunger, poverty, illness and conflict will be a constant reminder of our failure to deliver'Read more
Xie Zhenhua, China's special representative for climate change Image: Kyodo
For years, those who fought action on climate change shared the same talking point: Why should the U.S. reduce its emissions when China is burning coal and growing its economy?
My, how the tables have turned.Read more
Ecologist David Kaplan surveys dying coastal trees in the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in Yankeetown, Florida.
A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to rise by as much as six feet this century, the destruction of coastal forests is expected to become a worsening problem worldwide...Read more
Malcolm Turnbull delivers a speech at Heads of States’ Statements ceremony of the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris.
A new assessment of the Coalition government’s climate change policies says Australia will fall well short of its “inadequate” Paris climate targets, and will likely increase emissions by nearly as much as it has promised to cut them...Read more
A still image from "Nowhere to Run", a film looking at climate change impacts in Nigeria. Credit: Jackie Farris
Changing weather patterns – which may contribute to Boko Haram extremism – are an issue “we cannot afford to ignore,” filmmaker says...Read more
A female large blue butterfly at the Daneway Banks nature reserve in Gloucestershire PA
The effect is probably already happening...Read more
Public housing residents in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Loraine Helber runs the public housing authority in Punta Gorda, Florida, a city of 18,000 just north of Fort Myers at the mouth of the Peace River. In March, she hopes to celebrate a milestone: the opening of new apartments for the elderly, replacing about 80 units destroyed by the hurricane...
Mount Everest (AFP)
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A United Nations body is investigating controversial methods to avert runaway climate change by giving humans the go-ahead to re-engineer the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere...Read more
António Guterres, credit United States Mission Geneva/flickr
The star of 'The Revenant' trains his spotlight on climate change. But can Leonardo DiCaprio move the needle?Read more
Slowly, in fits and starts, Exxon's investors are pushing it to take better account of climate-change risks...
This illustration of temperature in the northeast Pacific shows the status of the “Blob,” a warm-water phenomenon, as of September 2016.Image courtesy NOAA
Unusually warm waters along the Pacific Coast, dubbed “the Blob,” have severely disrupted weather and wildlife since 2014. Meteorologist Nicholas Bond explains the phenomenon...Read more
Museum of Science and Industry. Image: zooeybat on Flickr
Chicago high school students will soon be projecting environmental data onto a large globe thanks to a half million dollar federal grant received by the city’s Museum of Science and Industry...Read more
Today, one of the most important climate documentaries of our time becomes freely available for anyone across the world to watch it at home...Read more
Bill McKibben and other activists are calling for a World War II-style mobilization to fight climate change. But would Americans trust the government to carry it out?Read more
Railway workers take a break from shoveling coal onto train cars in a rail yard north of Kolkata, India. (Photo: Jeremy Horner/Corbis)
Even as the U.S. pledges to cut its emissions, it is helping to finance new coal-powered plants overseas...Read more
Sharks: playing their part in reducing climate change. Shutterstock
Our oceans are under serious threat. For years, many commercially important fish have been unsustainably caught, and today many of the world’s commercial fisheries are on the verge of collapse...Read more
Following the rapid entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement, governments will take next steps at climate talks to be held November 7-18, 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco...Read more
Veterinarians perform a health checkup on a young deer on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia after an anthrax outbreak there. Credit: RUSSIAN EMERGENCY MINISTRY AFP Photo
Scientists are witnessing the theoretical turning into reality: infectious microbes emerging from a deep freeze...Read more
The National Geographic documentary series deals with the political realities of climate change that our presidential election has largely ignored...Read more
Two men look at a wildfire from a swimming pool as it burns nearby Benitachel village, eastern Spain, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
BERLIN — Southern Spain will become desert and deciduous forests will vanish from much of the Mediterranean basin unless global warming is reined in sharply, according to a study released Thursday...Read more
This Alaskan glacier melts directly into the sea. Credit: Oregon State University
Climate change throws natural systems out of balance – to often devastating effect. Here’s a helpful 101-style refresher on how...Read more
With 98 percent of the state affected, Alabama’s abysmal water management planning is under intense scrutiny...
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Speaking at the Royal Society, top climate economist reflects on challenges and opportunities a decade after his seminal review into implications of a warming world...Read more
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2016 is well on its way to being the warmest year on record, so it’s no surprise that multiple climate change records have already been broken this year...Read more
- Almost inadvertently, humankind is getting closer everyday to the point of no-return towards what could be called the ‘climate doomsday’...Read more
David Letterman interviews Indian Prime Minister Narandra Modi in the second season of Years of Living Dangerously. (Photo: National Geographic Channel)
Quite a lot, according to the producer of Years of Living Dangerously, a show that sells hard science with the help of David Letterman, Cecily Strong, and Arnold Schwarzenegger...Read more
People rush to the beach during heat waves in the Mediterranean region, which will get more extreme as the globe warms. Credit: Getty Images
Even with 2 degrees of global warming, the current global goal, desertification would overtake parts of this lush and vibrant region...Read more