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
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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
Human rights issue ... deforestation in Sumatra. Photograph: Ulet Infansasti/AFP/Getty
We can overcome the problems of delivering collective action on climate change by treating mining, deforestation, ocean degradation and more as violations of human rights...Read more
Last week in Paris, I watched happily as the world passed the final text of a truly global and surprisingly ambitious climate change agreement. Through clever geopolitical maneuvering by vulnerable, low-lying states — buttressed by social movements, activist groups, and NGOs — the world agreed to a deal stating that global temperature increases will be held, “well below 2°C ” above pre-industrial levels, and that countries will go further, “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.” It has been a long time coming...Read more
Caught in the crosshairs of an ongoing New York Attorney General investigation exploring its role in studying the damage climate change could cause since the 1970's and then proceeding to fund climate science denial campaigns, ExxonMobil has announced an interesting job opening...Read more
The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo...Read more
TOP THREE MYTHS USED TO SELL THE LIFTING OF THE CRUDE OIL EXPORT BAN, A CLIMATE AND SECURITY DISASTER IN THE MAKING...
It can be difficult to win an argument when you have no viable position. However, when you are the oil industry, you can just buy the win. Which is what the oil industry is poised to do regarding the lifting of the crude oil export ban...Read more
A world map showing climate anomalies at the summit in Paris. Emissions targets are set, but does the agreement buy us enough time? Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters
Will the deal agreed in Paris be enough to save the planet? Emissions cuts and investment are promised, but legal responsibilities are thin on the ground...Read more
THE DIRTY SECRETS BEHIND THE NEW PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE (COP21) AGREEMENT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW…
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Strong, smart adults do not want to be fed false hopes, false targets or false facts. They want to know the way things really are so that they can adapt to or effectively manage what actually is there. If you would like to quickly cut through the Paris Climate Conference media spin as well as other greenwashing from the poorly informed concerning the Paris agreement and results, keep reading…Read more
I just want to thank you for everything you've contributed to 350's work before, during and after the Paris summit. Together, we aimed high, and what we accomplished is huge...
Boys play with kites in a favela in Brazil. The Paris climate change deal ‘doesn’t go far enough to improve the fragile existence of millions around the world’, Harjeet Singh at ActionAid says. Photograph: Peeter Viisimaa/Getty
COP21 agreement excludes poor and fails to put humanity’s interests above short-term goals, say environmentalists and financial experts...Read more
India still plans to double coal output by 2020 and rely on the resource for decades afterwards, a senior official said on Monday, days after rich and poor countries agreed in Paris to curb carbon emissions blamed for global warming...Read more
A woman walks past a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi. While China has committed to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, this commitment excludes other emissions. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Thinktank data shows that 55% of CO2 emitted in 2030 will be produced by states that have reached peak levels
Commitments made during the UN climate talks in Paris will lead to a critical mass of countries reaching their CO2 emission peaks by 2030, research by an environmental thinktank suggests.Read more
Ambitious climate pact means long-term economic transformation
If you don't adapt, `your livelihood is going to be destroyed'
The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming...Read more
French foreign minister and president of the talks Laurent Fabius brings down the gavel to mark the adoption of the agreement. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP
Two decades of talks have come to this: an ambitious agreement to hold states to emissions targets – but already low-lying countries are worried...Read more
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Youth respect good-faith efforts at COP but aren’t relying on politicos to save their planet. They intend to do it themselves.Read more
It is the big surprise of the Paris talks: the growing acceptance of a call from small nations most vulnerable to climate change for the conference to declare warming should be halted at 1.5 degrees Celsius...
President Barack Obama holds a news conference before leaving the COP21 climate talks in Paris. His deputies will remain behind.
"I actually think we're going to solve this thing," he told the press...
350* is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.
That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries...Read more
As pollution from burning fossil fuels continues to heat the atmosphere, the world’s glaciers are melting at an accelerating rate. Scientists widely agree that this meltwater has been a major factor in raising global sea levels about seven inches over the 20th century...Read more
MAJOR CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL GROUPS OFFER TO HIDE FOSSIL FUEL FUNDING, GREENPEACE INVESTIGATION FINDS...(also the "Deniers Anthem"!)
An undercover investigation by environment group Greenpeace has found some of the world’s most vocal climate science denial groups were willing to accept cash from fossil fuel interests in return for writing articles and reports that reject the impacts of greenhouses gases.Read more
A new draft of the accord would keep temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, but other crucial issues remain to be resolved...Read more
We Have NO Remaining Fossil Fuel Carbon Allocation Left To Burn And Prevent a Global Warming Catastrophe...
Another brutally honest global warming education organization that we admire at Job One For Humanity has brilliantly taken on the illusion being forwarded by fossil fuel vested interests, their lobbyists and the poorly informed that there is an allowable amount of carbon, which we can continue to put up in the atmosphere as we burn fossil fuels.
NGO representatives and participants stage a sit-in protest closed to the plenary session to denounce the first climate deal draft during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.Image: Francois Mori/Associated PressRead more
Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) seen here on on September 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images for "Food Chains"
Letter to the CEOs of six of the country's largest fossil fuel companies seeks information on the firms' climate change history and policy positions.Read more
SURVIVOR. Marinel Ubaldo is a young advocate who has been raising awareness of the risks of climate change. Photo from Plan International Philippines
A young woman who survived the super typhoon is at COP21, pushing for climate action...Read more
If international climate talks really stall, don't be surprised if there might be an ever-so-slight intervention by Pope Francis...Read more
Here are some crazy, detached folks that also happen to be enablers of crippling denial at the
highest levels of the United States Congress...Read more
To be a climate change skeptic in Paris this week means facing heavy odds...Read more
Our planet is heating up. The cause is in some ways simple: Humans add a lot of carbon dioxide to the air every year, about 40 billion tons of it. CO2 is a greenhouse gas: It lets sunlight through to heat the ground, but the infrared light the ground emits gets absorbed, and cannot escape to space. That warms us up, slowly but inevitably. By every measure available to us, we see the effects of this increased heat.
Flared natural gas is burned off at operations in the Permian Basin of the Barnett Shale formation in Texas. Emissions of methane from oil and gas production in the Barnett Shale are at least 90 percent higher than the EPA's estimates, according to a new scientific study. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
The Barnett Shale's emissions have been vastly underestimated, sweeping Environmental Defense Fund-backed study finds...Read more
US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures upon his arrival at Le Bourget airport in the outskirts of Paris, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.
Japanese coal plant (Photo: Chris Lewis, Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0)
Coal-fired power plants have provided cheap energy for over a hundred years, and despite coal-burning’s high emissions, about 2,400 are planned globally. A new study calculates that emissions from global energy generation must reach zero before the middle of the century to keep climate change below a two-degree Celsius temperature rise. Niklas Hohne of the New Climate Institute discusses the study with Living on Earth’s Helen Palmer and explains why building these plants is inconsistent with emissions control commitments countries have given...Read more
Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the success of the global climate summit in Paris, where another week of negotiations are underway to reach an agreement that would limit the warming of the planet...Read more
Activists have targeted the French owner of the Hazelwood brown-coal power station for its sponsorship of the Paris climate summit, calling on it to accelerate plans for the plant's closure in the spirit of the negotiations to tackle global warming...Read more
Some of the event's sponsors might be part of the problem, not the solution...Read more
As we get deeper into the Paris climate negotiations, activists are poring over confusing texts full of noncommittal brackets. Upon this, it seems, does the fate of the planet depend...Read more
The December 2015 Paris Climate Conference initiated by the United
Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) will be
attended by leaders of most of the nations of the world.Read more
But poorest half of world’s people contribute to just 10% of emissions, says British charity as negotiators work on UN climate change deal in Paris. An average person among the richest 1% of people emits 175 times more carbon than his or her counterpart among the bottom 1%, Oxfam said...Read more
Ice broken off from Perito Moreno glacier floats in Los Glaciares national park, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest ice field in the world, in Santa Cruz, Argentina. Most glaciers in the park have been retreating over the past 50 years due to global warming. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Negotiators in Paris are trying to craft a deal at the UN climate talks that will keep global temperature rise below 2C. But what does that mean in reality - and what difference will a couple of extra degrees really make?Read more
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When it comes to electric power, Africa is still the dark continent. More than half of its 1.1 billion inhabitants lack access to electricity, and Africa’s total generating capacity, from Cairo to Cape Town, is only 160 gigawatts, or about half as much as Japan, a country with one-tenth of its population.Read more
The man who helped launch the personal computer revolution says the nations of the world aren’t doing nearly enough to boost the search for new energy sources that could help humans avoid a global-warming calamity.Read more
Countries have pledged to limit global warming to 2 °C, and climate models say that is still possible. But only with heroic — and unlikely — efforts.Read more
Turn the knobs on a new interactive map and see what future emissions, adaptation strategies...Read more
The business community is well-represented at the United Nations climate summit underway in Paris — and it will be much more engaged in finding positive solutions than ever before...Read more
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:23 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis
During a recent hike in Washington State's Olympic National Park, I marveled at the delicate geometry of frost-covered ferns. White crystalline structures seemed to grow from the green leaves, encasing them in a frozen frame of temporary beauty...Read more
While the world is watching and waiting for world leaders to act on climate at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP21, things are already heating up for French climate activists...Read more
Pope Francis pauses while answering questions from journalists aboard his flight from Bangui, Central African Republic, to Rome Nov. 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
While Pope Francis has expressed hope that world leaders meeting in Paris for discussions on confronting climate change will find solutions to the problem, he has also said the inaction on the issue up to now is approaching global suicide...Read more
World leaders kicked off the two-week climate change summit in France on Monday with warnings that this conference is the most important, and possibly the last, opportunity governments have to make a difference concerning climate change.Read more
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the COP21 session of statements by heads of state and government at the climate summit in Paris, France November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueRead more
attended by leaders of most of the nations of the world.Read more
Policemen fight with activists during a protest ahead of the 2015 Paris climate conference at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Laurent Cipriani/AP
- Millions expected to take to streets ahead of Paris climate summit
- Sydney to Seattle, via Hong Kong, Berlin, London and Sao Paulo, march on Sunday
- Climate change protests take place across Australia
- Keep it in the ground: the Guardian’s climate change campaign
- Interactive: why we are joining the global climate march
The time has finally arrived!
We're on the Eurostar heading to Paris for the COP21 climate conference kick-off...Read more
In this Nov. 25, 2015 photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington...
Hamstrung by Congress, GOP opposition, Obama heads to Paris to clinch global climate agreement...Read more
President Barack Obama meets in October with leaders from across the U.S. to discuss climate change. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama heads to a terror-scarred Paris Sunday night to tackle one of the most important priorities of his second term — climate change...Read more
A new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) shows that the climate denial echo chamber organizations funded by ExxonMobil and Koch family foundations produced misinformation that effectively polluted mainstream media coverage of climate science and polarized the climate policy debate.Read more
Almost 200 nations will meet in the French capital on Nov. 30 to try and seal a deal to prevent the planet from warming more than the 2 degrees Celsius that scientists say is vital if the world is to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change...Read more
When he puts it like that, it seems totally worth a try...Read more