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