A satellite image shows clouds over the Pacific, west of Mexico and Central America
Texas has been wetter than normal of late, harking back to massive floods in May and October. Is it El Niño, climate change or other factors?Read more
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Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush should be getting an education in climate change soon...Read more
A new study suggests that extremely dry conditions may now be standard in the central and western US, as precipitation and storms there have seen a marked decrease through the past decades.
Man showing a lobster, Portland, Maine, USA. © Aurora/Aurora Photo/Corbis
The celebrated seafood of the northeast US, such Maine lobster and New England clams, is under threat from warming temperatures and ocean acidification, a new study warns...Read more
Computer model visualization of total precipitable water across the Arctic region. Image: Earth Simulator
Right about now, Arctic sea ice should be building up toward its annual maximum, making most of the region impenetrable to all but the most hardened icebreakers. Instead, January and indeed much of the winter so far has been unusually mild throughout large parts of the Arctic...Read more
California rancher Nathan Carver’s herd of beef cattle feed on hay at his ranch on the outskirts of Delano, in California’s Central Valley. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)
Federal land managers are considering moving cattle off public lands...Read more
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Cassandra Lin, left, and her team launched the Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF) recycling program in 2008.
PHOTO: Cassandra Lin
Cassandra is fighting climate change, and she's bringing her whole town with her...Read more
In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 photo, Wendell Downing works on a tank to hold sap to be boiled into maple syrup at Limlaw Family Maple Farm in West Topsham, Vt. A winter warmup has triggered sap to flow, launching an early start to the maple syrup season for some New England producers who tap trees early. Larger producers, like Limlaw, start tapping trees early so they can install tens of thousands of taps by the time the 4-6 week season is underway. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
WEST TOPSHAM, Vt. (AP) — A winter thaw in the Northeast has triggered sap to flow in maple trees, launching an early start to the syrup season for some producers in parts of New England who have already decided to tap their trees...Read more
Severe droughts over the past 20 years in Australia have taken a toll on farmers, who struggle to keep livestock and crops healthy. Amy Toensing/National Geographic Creative
As Earth's dry zones shift rapidly polewards, researchers are scrambling to figure out the cause — and consequences...Read more
An oil pump-jack runs near homes in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Wilmington. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
In affluent Porter Ranch, the worst gas leak in U.S. history continues to pose health concerns. But in lower-income neighborhoods across Los Angeles, drilling has been making people sick for years...Read more
FILE - This Dec. 10, 2015 file photo shows the nuclear fusion research center at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics where the first plasma has been produced at the "Wendelstein 7-X" in Greifswald, Germany. Scientists are poised to flip the switch on an experiment that could take them a step closer to the goal of generating clean and cheap nuclear power. Researchers at the institute plan to inject hydrogen into a doughnut-shaped device to produce a super-hot gas known as plasma. A test on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, will show whether the 400-million-euro (US $ 435-million) device can handle hydrogen, which would be the fuel in future fusion reactors. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP, File) GERMANY OUT, AUSTRIA OUT, SWITZERLAND OUT
GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power...Read more
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I was pleasantly surprised by the youth presence at COP21. There is a new generation eager and ready to address the climate problem.Read more
Poor, heavily Hispanic neighborhoods shoulder a disproportionate fracking wastewater burden in Texas' booming Eagle Ford...Read more
Scientists dig into the data to see if the world's climate could change dramatically without external drivers and how the system stays stable...Read more
The year 2015 was the hottest on the modern record. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
The world’s hottest year on record has prompted much media coverage. But there haven’t been enough charts and graphs...Read more
New research published Monday adds to a body of evidence suggesting that a warming climate may have particularly marked effects for some citizens of the country most responsible for global warming in the first place — namely, U.S. East Coasters...Read more
A sunny January day at Mudeford Sandbanks in Dorset. Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex/Shutterstock
Long-range forecast predicts generally upward temperature trend, possibly interrupted by La Niña event in 2017...Read more
Hillary Clinton keeps adopting his positions, but not this one...Read more
A woman walks through a flooded street that was caused by the combination of the lunar orbit which caused seasonal high tides and what many believe is the rising sea levels due to climate change, in September in Miami Beach, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Ted Cruz has presented ‘misleading’ information in the Senate, scientists say, while Marco Rubio rejects ‘destroying our economy’ – despite pleas for action coming from officials in his own state...Read more
This file photo taken on December 12, 2015 shows French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal (L), French President Francois Hollande (2ndL), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (2ndR) applauding after a statement at the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris. Some scientists worry that the agreement focused on short-term climate change. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images
Two scientists take the long view on climate change...
There’s a myopia in the climate discourse today.Read more
A parade of El Niño-fueled storms has marched over California in the last few weeks, bringing bouts of much needed rain and snow to the parched state. But maps of drought conditions there have barely budged, with nearly two-thirds of the state still in the worst two categories of drought.
So what gives?Read more
Jan. 30, 2016
In 2006, then-President George Bush told the nation "we have a serious problem ... America is addicted to oil." Here's what's happened since:Read more
Shrinking Arctic sea ice — now at record-low levels — has implications for ecosystems, climate, weather, and people...Read more
In the small town of Newtok, Alaska, a Yupik village of about 350 people, children once played on endless fields of frozen permafrost. Now, they splash in salt water pools and teeter on boardwalks as the permafrost below thaws and the Ninglick River chips away at the community. Soon even the boards will be swallowed by the rising tides...Read more
REPUBLICANS=BIG OIL? REPUBLICANS' LEADING CLIMATE DENIER TELLS THE POPE TO BUTT OUT OF CLIMATE DEBATE...
James Inhofe, infamous for tossing a snowball across the Senate floor to demonstrate ‘the greatest hoax ever perpetrated against the American people’, says Pope Francis should ‘stay with his job’ during a pitch to fellow unbelievers...Read more
Since the turn of the century, most of Europe has experienced record-hot summer months that at times were deadly.Read more
First in a three-part series, parts 2&3 at end of part 1
WILMINGTON – There’s an old saying, “You don’t miss your water until the well runs dry.”Read more
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
Nonprofit that takes anonymous donations behind ads touting Democratic candidateRead more
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