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
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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
Under the Paris Agreement, 195 nations vowed to hold average global warming to well under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and even 1.5 C if possible (AFP Photo/Janek Skarzynski)
Bonn (AFP) - Even after the world sealed a historic climate deal in Paris, the UN's climate chief is worried humanity won't be able break its fossil fuel habit in time to avert catastrophe, she told AFP Thursday...Read more
Donald Trump Unveils His Energy Platform...Read more
(Photo: Balazs Koranyi/Reuters)
Leaving most of the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground could prevent worst-case warming, study says...Read more
An open pit where tar sands are mined, with a heavy hauler truck that is used to transport oil sand to processing facilities.
Credit: Environment Canada
In one of the first studies of its kind, scientists have found that tar sands production in Canada is one of North America’s largest sources of secondary organic aerosols — air pollutants that affect the climate, cloud formation and public health...Read more
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SCIENTISTS GETTING ORGANIZED TO HELP READERS SORT FACT FROM FICTION IN CLIMATE CHANGE MEDIA COVERAGE...
"Media misrepresentation confuses the public and prevents our policy makers from developing a well-informed perspective, and making evidence-based decisions."Read more
Director Davis Guggenheim arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'An Inconvenient Truth' in May 2006. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
‘There’s still a need for this movie and many, many more. This issue is not going away,’ Davis Guggenheim says...Read more
Here’s something to smile about. Check out five climate successes in the past decade... :)Read more
Cloud seeding involves releasing silver iodide, a naturally occurring compound, into storm clouds. Photo: Mike Cavaroc/TandemStock
Ten or so percent of it, anyway...Read more
A dried-up pond in Cambodia's Kandal province. Delayed monsoon rains, due in part to climate change, have created the country's worst drought in decades. (Photo: Samrang Pring/Reuters)
Researchers say that unless fossil fuels are kept in the ground, global temperatures could rise more than 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2300...Read more
Climate education in Oregon just took a big step forward...Read more
If the use of fossil fuel continues, scientists warn that warming will melt the ice caps, "which will expose bare ground, increase heat absorption at high latitudes, and cause more warming."
PHOTOGRAPH BY DIANE COOK AND LEN JENSHEL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE
If we keep burning fossil fuels, Earth will be 8 degrees warmer, returning to the climate of 52 million years ago, according to new research. It's the most dire prediction yet.
Global climate models (GCM) are designed to simulate earth’s climate over the entire planet, but they have a limitation when it comes to describing local details due to heavy computational demands. There is a nice TED talk by Gavin that explains how climate models work...Read more
Interested readers can visit the website ClimateFeedback.org to see what climate scientists thought of original articles in the media (AFP Photo/HO)
Miami (AFP) - In one case, a writer claimed a mini Ice Age would befall Earth in 15 years. In another, an op-ed touted global warming as saving countless people from freezing to death...Read more
Cattle graze here on a ranch in the Sand Hill region of North Central Nebraska. Grasslands cover a large percentage of the planet and research demonstrates greater potential with improved management (such as compost additions and plant composition) to increase soil carbon. credit: Aaron Price
Are there agricultural practices that might offer more potential than the ones commonly discussed in the “carbon farming” conversation?Read more
Since the start of 2014 the Gate’s Foundation’s investments in major coal, oil and gas companies have fallen from $1.4bn to $200m. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
World’s largest health charity sells its $187m stake in the oil giant in a move welcomed by fossil fuel divestment campaigners...Read more
The Mashango family stand in front of their drought-affected crops in the Buhera district of Zimbabwe. Photograph: Tamara van Vliet/OCHA
A second year without rain threatens to bring catastrophe for some of the poorest people in the world. Donor countries, in the grip of wars and refugee crises, have been slow to pledge funds. But by the time they do, it could be too late...Read more
The Government is planning to phase out coal energy completely by 2025 PA
From 1882 until 10 May this year, coal has powered the nation. Could the UK be one of the first countries to end coal power altogether?Read more
In this May 10, 2016, photo, a Shepard drinks water on the dry bed of Manjara Dam, which supplies water to Latur and nearby villages in Marathwada region, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Failed monsoons play havoc with millions of farmers in central India leading to crippling poverty and soaring suicides. Some 400 farmers have killed themselves so far this year in the parched Marathwada region, which is home to about 19 million people.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup) more photos on original story...
Tens of thousands of people, mostly farmers, have been forced to abandon their villages and head to slums in bigger cities to earn a living...
The latest greenhouse gas index shows the world is still overwhelming its natural defenses with carbon emissions. Credit: Getty Images
The latest greenhouse gas inventory from NOAA shows CO2 and methane 'going completely in the wrong direction.'Read more
ESA satellite image from 2002 of the Larsen B ice shelf, shattered and separated from the continent. The Larsen A ice shelf collapsed in 1995. Photograph: AP
If we had a West Antarctica ice sheet collapse, "It would change the coastline of the world"...Read more
‘We’re going into very new territory’: James Butler, of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, says the amount of carbon dioxide is locking in future warming. Photograph: John Giles/PA
Future in which global concentration of CO2 is permanently above 400 parts per million looms...Read more
TINY ENGLISH VILLAGE FIGHTS FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY TO AVOID BECOMING GROUND ZERO FOR BRITISH FRACKING...Add your reaction Share
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The water levels in Lake Mead, the man-made reservoir that serves about 20 million residents in Nevada, Arizona and California, is at an all-time low, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation...Read more
The dried-up river Tawi in Kashmir, India. Water scarcity is an increasing problem in poorer parts of the world. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA
Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows...Read more
Misery Index showing temperatures plus dewpoint levels across India on May 19, 2016. Image: Earth Simulator
India just set a new national record heat benchmark when the small city of Phalodi, in northwest India, recorded a high temperature of a whopping 51 degrees Celsius, or 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit, on May 19...Read more
As recently as 2013, renewables provided only about 23% of Portugal’s electricity. By 2015 that figure had risen to 48%. Photograph: Pete Titmuss/Alamy Stock Photo
Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours...Read more
CREDIT: AP Photo/Matthew Brown
The Obama administration says it's working to boost renewable energy and head off the threat of climate change, but it's not ready to pull the plug on fossil fuels...
A football field worth of natural area in the West is disappearing every two and a half minutes. And every year, the Western United States loses an Los Angeles-sized amount of natural area to development...Read more
To date, scientists have mostly worried about the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets as dangerous drivers of sea level rise (AFP Photo/Eitan Abramovich)
Paris (AFP) - A rapidly melting glacier atop East Antarctica is on track to lift oceans at least two metres, and could soon pass a "tipping point" of no return, researchers said Wednesday...Read more
The state's highest court has mandated new standards for carbon pollution in Massachusetts. ( File photo)
A closely watched lawsuit concerning climate change has been decided in favor of environmentalists who sued Massachusetts over its failure to implement carbon-reduction goals mandated by the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act...Read more
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May 17, 2016 — Coastal cities around the world are facing multiple environmental challenges, including rising seas, increasing storm surges and more frequent flooding...Read more
Image credit: Simon Fraser University, courtesy flickr
The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users...Read more
Atmospheric scientists have long suspected that climate change produces an increase in weather extremes of all varieties, but tornadoes are an unusually tricky case...Read more
A man pushes his bicycle cart through waist-deep flooding caused by typhoon Linfa, locally named Egay, at Longos town in Malabon city, north of Manila July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
By 2050, 1.3 billion people and $158 trillion in assets will be menaced by worsening river and coastal floods alone...Read more
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau consoles Fort McMurray, Alberta fire chief Darby Allen in the wake of the devastating wildfire that ravaged the city. Credit: Reuters
Dangerous cycle includes more tundra blazes and threats to the boreal forests, as well as the people of Alaska, new research shows...Read more
Sea level rises of eight inches have already worsened flooding effects from storms such as Hurricane Sandy. Photograph: John G Wilbanks/Alamy
Study of past sea level changes shows coastal communities may face rises of at least six metres even if we limit global warming to 2C, reports Climate Central...Read more
Nigerians march through Ogoniland to protest Big Oil's ongoing pollution in the Niger Delta. Photo: Babawale Obayanju
For the past 12 days, thousands of people on six continents have stepped up their commitment to keep fossil fuels in the ground with courageous actions that have challenged business as usual across the globe...Read more
EARTH JUST RECORDED ITS WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD, AND IT WASN'T EVEN CLOSE. LOOKS LIKE THE HOTTEST YEAR EVER ON TAP...
April was the warmest such month on record for the globe, and yet again, we saw a near-record large margin compared to average, according to NASA data released Saturday...Read more
According to a study published by the UK based Christian Aid charity, over a billion people may be at risk of coastal flooding by 2060 due population growth and the consequences of climate change...Read more
Cape Grim, one of the world's most important monitoring stations for gauging changes in the atmosphere. Photo: AuscapeRead more
Melting of the Arctic summer sea ice. Photograph: Nasa/Reuters
Should we be optimistic that the Paris agreement can save us from serious climate change or is it too little too late? Clive Hamilton looks at both sides of the debate...Read more
Smoldering peat, laced throughout Canada's boreal forest, is expected to release tons of greenhouse gas for months to come...Read more
Gasoline and diesel will likely remain the globe's biggest transportation fuels in the coming decades.
Credit: Michael Kappel/flickr
Despite the urgency to cut greenhouse gas emissions as climate change bears down on the globe, fossil fuel use is not likely to change much in the coming decades. Though renewable energy will grow quickly though 2040, gasoline and diesel will still move most of the world’s vehicles, and coal will still be the largest single source of carbon emissions...Read more
THE DAMAGE IS CIRCLING THE GLOBE. ‘HEART WRENCHING’: INDIA’S CORAL REEFS EXPERIENCING WIDESPREAD BLEACHING, SCIENTIST SAYS...Add your reaction Share
India says 330 million people are suffering from drought after two weak monsoons (AFP Photo/Noah Seelam)
Paris (AFP) - Frontline climate diplomats will seek to translate good intentions into concrete action in Bonn Monday when they gather for the first time since hammering through a historic deal in December...Read more
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“It has a few good parts – but it got me angry because it’s just cherry picking,” Olson told DeSmog. “You aren’t missing anything.”Read more
U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND) speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, United States on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo
A case of the fox watching the hen house? SMH...
-Job One News Blog EditorRead more
Here’s what’s changed for our planet since 'An Inconvenient Truth' sparked a global movement against climate change a decade ago...Read more
India, Israel: Two Paths in Response to Global Water Crisis...Read more
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The wind: A cool breeze, a breath of fresh air, a pollen delivery system...Read more
Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy has long said the agency would tackle methane emissions from oil and gas production. Credit: Getty Images
New regulations cover new oil and gas facilities, but methane from existing sites remains unregulated, a crucial step to reaching greenhouse gas reduction goals...Read more
It’s fantastic that web sites like Real Climate and Climate Feedback are out there to clear some of the popular misconceptions about how the climate system functions...Read more
Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer is part of a large Native American campaign to stop the pipeline credit: YouTube
Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer and 30 young people from the Standing Rock Reservation are campaigning against a big oil company...
Even accounting for the accelerating pace of Arctic climate change, sea ice loss in the Far North is running well ahead of schedule. This may signal a near record or record low sea ice extent to come in September...Read more
The EIA foresees energy-related emissions rising steadily to 2040 (Pic: Flickr/kris krug)
US advisory body disregards Paris Agreement in energy projections, to the chagrin of climate campaigners...
DUKE STUDY FINDS A "LEGACY OF RADIOACTIVITY," CONTAMINATION FROM THOUSANDS OF FRACKING WASTEWATER SPILLS...
Photo Credit: North Dakota, Williston - Bakken - Oil and Gas - Missouri River, by EcoFlight
Thousands of oil and gas industry wastewater spills in North Dakota have caused “widespread” contamination from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts, putting the health of people and wildlife at risk, researchers from Duke University concluded in a newly released peer-reviewed study...Read more
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Scientists say the near-destruction of Fort McMurray
last week by a wildfire is the latest indication that
the vital boreal forest is at risk from climate change...
credit: GALAH survey
Over the years, scientists have attempted to visually communicate the Earth’s warming in many ways. They’ve developed an array of maps, charts, and animations that present an unmistakable picture of a warming world...
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The world is approaching a tipping point, with renewable energy taking over from the fossil fuel industry...Read more
AFTER THE PACIFIC OCEAN SWALLOWS VILLAGES AND FIVE SOLOMON ISLANDS, A STUDY BLAMES CLIMATE CHANGE...
credit: H44HP Solomon Islands
As the ocean rose, they had to flee...
It is widely recognized that the poorest countries in the world are both the least responsible for and likely to be hardest hit by climate change...Read more
Activists plan to make a public stand at Exxon’s annual shareholder meeting May 25, where several resolutions intended to force the company into acknowledging the climate threat will come to a vote. | GettyRead more