On the day that the Inside EPA report came out, an email from O’Brien popped up on my phone with “Red Fucking Alert” in the subject line. “We’re archiving everything we can,” he wrote...Read more
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sat down before the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee for his confirmation hearing as a nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Senator John Barrasso, the Wyoming Republican who newly chairs the committee, opened the hearing with a number of compliments for Pruitt. Just after, the ranking Democrat, Tom Carper of Delaware, used his introductory remarks to say that he's never opposed an EPA nominee before, from either party, and strongly indicated that Pruitt wouldn't get his vote...
The politics of climate change … former US vice-president Al Gore in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Photograph: Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Politics looks set to overshadow Utah film festival’s 2017 edition, with a march by women film-makers, a documentary on Donald Trump’s presidential victory, and a slew of films on climate change. Then there’s Jack Black’s skit on polka...Read more
In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, boat slips sit on the dry lake bed at Brown's Marina at Folsom Lake, near Folsom Calif. Global warming worsened the record drought in California. Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press
Water will be central to how we, and the environment, adapt to climate change, says University of California professor Roger Bales, who studies climate adaptation and water security...Read more
Weather stations in the U.S. that are having a warmer than normal, colder than normal and record hot year.
2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record keeping and the third year in a row to take the number one slot, a mark of how much the world has warmed over the last century because of human activities, U.S. government scientists announced Wednesday...Read more
The Petra Nova facility in Texas will capture more than 1 million tons of CO2 annually. NRG Energy
With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to rise, an increasing number of experts believe major technological breakthroughs —such as CO2 air capture — will be necessary to slow global warming. But without the societal will to decarbonize, even the best technologies won’t be enough...Read more
2016 was the second-warmest year on record in the U.S., according to NOAA’s latest annual national weather and climate report. The average nationwide temperature came in at 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit – 2.9 degrees warmer than the long-term average...Read more
An aerial view of Lennox Island, off the coast of Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada. ‘We’re losing our island,’ said one resident. Photograph: The government of Prince Edward Island
Rising sea levels mean that Lennox Island has lost more than 400 acres in just a few generations. Now its First Nations community wonders if it has a future...Read more
A worker holds onto an ancient tree while taking research samples on the Tibetan Plateau, June 23, 2015. Duan Jianping for Sixth Tone
A new study shows that temperatures have been rising since the industrial revolution...Read more
Barack Obama has transferred a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund just three days before he leaves office. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP
New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments...Read more
EPIC ANTARCTIC VOYAGE MAPS SEAFLOOR TO PREDICT OCEAN RISE AS GLACIER THE SIZE OF CALIFORNIA MELTS...
The Totten glacier is under threat from warming ocean temperatures, scientists say, and a team has left for the Antarctic region on a research voyage. Photograph: Department of Environment/AAP
Global research group will trace Totten glacier’s history back to last ice age, in hope of predicting future melting patterns...Read more
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Billy Barr moved to the Rocky Mountains four decades ago, got bored one winter, and decided to keep a notebook that has become the stuff of legend...Read more
COUNTRIES across the globe are burdened with disease and in the world’s death capitals, there could be 70,000 premature deaths a year by 2030...Read more
A man looks at the acid lake discovered between Jiaocheng and Wenshui counties in North China's Shanxi Province. Photo: Courtesy of Cao Haidong
A recent drug crackdown exposed evidence that many illegal oil refineries still operate in China. These refineries sell home-processed diesel and oil to trucks and create safety hazards. Furthermore, leftover acid from the production process is illegally dumped, creating serious environmental issues...Read more
Halley VI research station, situated on the Brunt ice shelf. Photograph: British Antarctica Station
Scientists to be removed from Halley VI Research Station amid fears facility could slide into encroaching ice fissure...Read more
50 year-old Munjiah holds her chest X-Ray, showing specks in her lungs at her home near the Cilacap coal-fired power station in Central Java. Photo by Kemal Jufri/Indonesia.
Approximately 50,000 lives a year could saved by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan or Taiwan, a new study finds...Read more
America’s national parks are facing multiple threats, despite being central to the frontier nation’s sense of itself...Read more
A woman walks past the entrance to the Congress Center, venue for the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos on Jan. 13, 2017. Photographer: Michele Limina/Bloomberg
Donald Trump has often ridiculed global warming and promised to withdraw the U.S. from the accord signed in Paris in 2015. Yet despite the shift in political weather in Washington, the captains of business and finance gathered in Davos this week will spend a lot of time talking about climate change -- and how to make money from it...Read more
The Climate Institute says 82% of poll respondents in rural and regional Australia and 81% of those in capital cities were concerned about increased droughts as a result of climate change. Photograph: kristianbell/Getty Images/RooM RF
Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased out...Read more
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JIUQUAN, China — On the edge of the Gobi Desert, the Jiuquan Wind Power Base stands as a symbol of China’s quest to dominate the world’s renewable energy market. With more than 7,000 turbines arranged in rows that stretch along the sandy horizon, it is one of the world’s largest wind farms, capable of generating enough electricity to power a small country...Read more
An Indian Border Security Force soldier patrols near the fenced border with Pakistan in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu in this January 14, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files
“A farmer in our border village knows exactly what to do in the face of exploding shells and bullets – but one really doesn’t have any idea how to deal with this drought"...Read more
When climate deniers are desperate because the measurements don’t fit their claims, some of them take the final straw: they try to deny and discredit the data...Read more
New scientific research suggests that the world faces an imminent oil crunch, which will trigger another financial crisis...Read more
‘It’s like appointing Ronald McDonald to run the agriculture department.’ Photograph: Brian Harkin/Getty Images
Now a fossil fuel executive will run America’s foreign policy, right out in the open. Donald Trump gets credit for a kind of barbaric transparency...Read more
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast
Climate denialists have been able to hide behind very misleading science. But this is far from the first time that science has been backstabbed by its own practitioners...Read more
In addition to the Department of Natural Resources, a second state agency has scrubbed information on global warming from its website...Read more
A new bill would outlaw utilities from providing power from large-scale wind farms like the Foote Creek Rim Wind Project. Credit: Getty Images
Coal supporters are pushing a bill that would bar utilities from using the state's abundant wind power to provide electricity within the state...Read more
The White House
As President Obama steps down, here are 25 signs of hope, change and environmental progress from the past eight years...Read more
The country is poised to cash in on one of its most valuable assets. But at what cost?Read more
Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this tiny mighty ant in Borneo, Indonesia, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Frenki Jung
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly. And no, this isn’t photoshopped...
“It is very tempting to rely on what you are experiencing.”Read more
A large pool of melt water over ice on top of the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Operation IceBridge/Nasa
Danish and US researchers say warmer air and sea surface could lead to record lows of sea ice at north pole next year...Read more
A rusty patched bumble bee is pictured in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. Aug. 7, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Rich Hatfield/Handout via REUTERS
The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection...Read more
State department nominee Rex Tillerson was grilled by the senate foreign relations committee this week (Flickr/0105686)
This week’s top climate politics and policy stories...Read more
A matrix outlining the most likely and most impactful risks facing the world in 2017.
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The rise of the machines isn’t the biggest threat to humanity. It’s climate change, extreme weather and other environmental factors...Read more
The Yamuna River flows through Delhi, the capital of India. The world’s second most populous country faces severe water and climate challenges. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue
Water crises and climate change worry business and political elite...Read more
75-year-old Afsa Begum's husband is dead and her son left for Mangalore to work for a construction contractor after the severe monsoon floods in 2016. He has sent money only once (Pic: Manipadma Jena)
Feminization of environmental migration is already underway in South Asia but governments have been slow to recognize the role of climate change...Read more
Sarah Coughlin from Dorchester practiced her yoga routine on a dock on the Charles River Esplanade on Thursday. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
New England is likely to experience significantly greater warming over the next decade, and beyond, than the rest of the planet, according to new findings by climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst...Read more
Seipp CA et al. CO2 Capture from Ambient Air by Crystallization with a Guanidine Sorbent. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016.
January 2017 is a big month for carbon capture in the US. The first large-scale clean coal facility became operational, pumping carbon dioxide from a Texas coal power plant to a nearby oilfield to extract oil. Another clean coal plant will become operational in Mississippi at the end of the month...Read more
Paula Sauer, who attends Gethsemane Lutheran Church, joined other faith-based protesters this week as they called on U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to reject any Cabinet nominees who deny climate change. FRED SQUILLANTE | Dispatch
Priests, pastors and ministers nationwide are spreading the gospel of climate change — as are imams and rabbis...Read more
Rex Tillerson faces a senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday as Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee (Pic: YouTube)
As secretary of state the former Exxon CEO could influence long-running case that alleges company is responsible for murder and torture committed by its employees...Read more
A 2000 treaty committed the two nations to study and conserve their polar bears. Even as political tensions rise, climate change and other pressures make their work more necessary than ever...Read more
Water from the Sacramento River flows through some of the gates of the Sacramento Weir on Tuesday. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
The state’s biggest reservoirs are swelling. The Sierra Nevada have seen as much snow, sleet, hail and rain as during the wettest years on record. Rainy Los Angeles feels more like London than Southern California.
So is the great California drought finally calling it quits?Read more
Image: National Park Service
Just imagine: What if millions of people moved to the Arctic and devoted their lives to engineering a landscape that could help offset the global impacts of climate change?Read more
Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of ExxonMobil, testifies Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson downplayed global warming’s dangers during a hearing into his nomination for secretary of state on Wednesday, refusing to rule out an American withdrawal from a climate treaty even as he acknowledged that “the risk of climate change does exist.”Read more
Brown seaweed covers coral killed by bleaching in the Sekiseishoko area of Okinawa Prefecture in this photo taken on Dec. 21. (Provided by the Environment Ministry)
Coral bleaching has killed 70.1 percent of the nation’s largest coral reef as of the end of 2016, up from 56.7 percent just a few months earlier, the Environment Ministry said...Read more
Meadow pipit have disappeared from sites in the south of England. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Rising temperatures and crop farming mean birds are disappearing from parts of England, says study, while butterflies and dragonflies are faring better...Read more
2016 was the second hottest year for the U.S. in more than 120 years of record keeping, government scientists announced on Monday, marking 20 above-average years in a row. Every state had a temperature ranking at least in the top seven, with two, Georgia and Alaska, recording their hottest year...Read more
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If one person is forced to leave home, that shift can feel world-changing. When that upheaval happens on a global scale, it is...Read more
Mongolian nomadic homes on the outskirts of the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Many such districts have sprung up as nomads are forced to abandon their traditional way of life by climate change. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
In the last six years, some 140 million people have been forced to move because of climate-related disasters (Mongolian herders fly steppe blighted by climate extremes and social change, 5 January). Climate change is driving long-term environmental damage and sudden catastrophes, presenting a global long-term threat to human security...Read more
“Without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change — they’ll be busy dealing with its effects.”Read more
THIS WAS BEFORE THIS PAST HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD! 13 DEVASTATING PHOTOS TO SHOW YOUR FRIEND WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE...
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Climate change: It's real, folks!!!Read more
GLOBAL WARMING COULD SEE RISE IN TOXIC SHELLFISH THAT CAN LEAD TO MEMORY LOSS AND POTENTIALLY KILL...
A satellite image of the US West Coast taken in 2016 shows dark green colours near the continental margin, indicating blooms of phytoplankton, some of which produced toxins Image courtesy of Nasa’s earth observatory
Giant blooms of micro-algae that can produce a potent neurotoxin which gets into shellfish are increasing as the water warms, study finds...Read more
The Fish and Wildlife Service warns that continued climate warming could doom already dwindling polar bear populations. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
The Fish and Wildlife Service today said "decisive" action is needed to slow climate change and stop sea ice melting that threatens to wipe out polar bears in the Arctic...Read more
On January 3 and 4, the first of two back-to-back atmospheric river storms brought heavy rain, mountain snow, and localized flooding to central California. The second storm, fueled by a powerful, long-duration atmospheric river funneling warm and moist air from southeast of Hawaii, hit central and northern California beginning late on January 7 and pushed major rivers past flood stage levels and drove extreme gusts, leading to power outages as well as rock and mudslides...Read more
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The ski season is a month shorter than it was four decades ago because of changing snowfall patterns...Read more
There are a lot of them...Read more
Yale University scientist Wei Liu has calculated that the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation could collapse within 300 years. The graphic illustrates predicted responses on surface temperature and precipitation. Wei Liu et al
“Engine” of the sea could sputter to a halt due to climate change...Read more
Global warming is causing land-based ice to melt in parts of Antarctica such as the Weddell Sea region. Image: NASA/Jeremy Harbeck via Flickr
Evidence of Antarctic ice sheet melting and sea level rise almost 15,000 years ago raises alarm over current climate change dangers...Read more
In 1769, Ben Franklin became the first person to map the Gulf Stream when he made the above chart. (NOAA)
Scientists have recently begun to re-examine a scary question: Will a crucial ocean current shut down?Read more
Image by NOAA shows projected surface air temperature change by the year 2050.
Ten years ago, Paul Crutzen asked whether the time had come to consider undertaking research into intentionally intervening in the climate system so that it might be considered a policy option comparable to reducing emissions for limiting human-induced climate change...Read more
[Photo: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr]
By one calculation, we have 365 days left to do something drastic with our carbon emissions before we lock in a future of drastic climate change...Read more
“This should not be a partisan issue. It is good business and good economics to lead a technical revolution.”
As global temperatures rise Newtok village, which is being relocated to Nelson Island, is being threatened by the melting of permafrost, greater ice and snow melt and larger storms from the Bering Sea. Credit: Andrew Burton Getty Images
Spending money to adapt will likely be a good investment in Alaska and other states facing sea-level rise and shifting precipitation patterns...Read more
Video: Two scientists trek to remote Petermann glacier in northern Greenland to find out how quickly it is melting and what that means for global sea level rise. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)
A visualization of Arctic sea ice during March of 2016. The red line marks the long-term average extent of ice. On this date, sea ice reached a record low wintertime maximum extent. It was the second straight year that a record low was set in winter — a highly unusual event. (Source: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio/C. Starr)
The extent of sea ice globally took major hits during 2016, according to an analysis released yesterday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center...Read more
We Are All In This Together, One Human Family...
Humanity’s one shared biosphere that makes Earth habitable is collapsing and dying as industrial growth overruns natural ecosystems and climate; as we have utterly failed to embrace our dependence upon each other and nature for our well-being and very survival. It is time to come together as one human family to resist injustice, inequity, violence, and non-sustainability as we create a rich and verdant life for all amidst resurgent natural ecosystems on a living Earth that can last essentially forever...Read more
That’s Not A Photoshopped Sky, Folks - super cell clouds are a type of extreme weather seen in the US, increasingly likely under continued climate change. You don’t want to be under it when it breaks. Welcome to 2017...
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly...
Global warming is replicating conditions that triggered an abrupt sea level rise of several meters in the ocean around Antarctica some 15,000 years ago, warns a study...Read more
This year will be an important one for the Earth's future. Here are eight things to watch...Read more
Am image of the crack in the Larsen C ice shelf, taken in November. Photograph: IceBridge/Nasa
Predicted to be one of the largest break-offs ever recorded, separation of iceberg could trigger breakup of most northern major ice shelf, Larsen C...Read more
A new study finds that global warming will probably cause droughts to set in quicker and be more intense. Photograph: David Gray/REUTERS
Lower water supplies, caused by rising temperatures, is increasing risk of political tensions, Chinese researchers warn...Read more
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Climate change is having a damaging and long-lasting impact on the health of the ocean’s coral reefs, a new study has found...Read more
Burek at her home near Anchorage. Photo: Joshua Corbett
When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes for concern as climate change frees up new pathogens and other dangers in a vast, thawing north...Read more
A new model simulation of the Gulf Stream System shows a breakdown of the gigantic overturning circulating in the Atlantic after a CO2 doubling...Read more
Ed King started 2017 by asking if China would flex its muscles on climate as US leadership waned. He didn’t have to wait long for a sign, as the country published its five-year plan for energy on Thursday...Read more
In this visualization of the Earth's oceans, distinctive white lines trace the flow of surface currents around the world. (NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)
Intense future climate change could have a far different impact on the world than current models predict, suggests a thought-provoking new study just out in the journal Science Advances...Read more
Want to know where climate fluctuations may already be producing new ecologies? Take a look at these maps...Read more
Credit Sean Rayford for The New York Times
In October, Hurricane Matthew roared through the Caribbean as a near-worst-case Category 4 storm, with high winds that devastated Haiti and other countries. But when it made landfall in the United States a few days later, Matthew limped into South Carolina as a Category 1, bringing torrential rains and flooding but little else...Read more
Australia’s extreme weather in 2016 was driven by humankind’s burning of fossil fuels as well as a strong El Niño. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP
Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement cites unprecedented bushfires in regions that don’t usually burn and worst coral bleaching on record...Read more
A more common scene in the future? (photo: Kystdirektoratet)
“Once-in-a-century” already becoming far more frequent...Read more
House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Photograph: Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Im
Thomas Karl and colleagues were harassed by Republicans for publishing inconvenient science. A new study proves them right...Read more
Brilliant Light Power, Inc. (BrLP) announced today that it has continuously generated over a million watts of power from a new primary source until the cell vaporized from the intense heat...Read more
2016 really was the year of the flood in the U.S.: In total, 19 separate floods swamped the nation last year, the most in one single year since records began in 1980. USA TODAYRead more
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2016 will be remembered for many things. One of them will be heat...Read more
Richie Blink, born and raised in Plaquemines Parish, La., south of New Orleans, works for the National Wildlife Federation. He got in touch with an archaeologist to take a look at some shards of pottery that were eroding into the Gulf of Mexico. Blink holds a pottery shard that could be 300 to 500 years old, from the Plaquemine culture of what's called the Bayou Petre phase. (WWNO)
Louisiana is losing its coast at a rapid rate because of rising sea levels, development and sinking marshland. Officials are trying to rebuild those marshes and the wetlands, but much of the coast can't be saved. This makes Louisiana's history an unwitting victim. As land disappears and the water creeps inland, ancient archaeology sites are washing away, too...Read more
Sign in downtown Gillette, Wyoming | Photo by Toby Brusseau
The state's political leadership doubles down on coal while the industry flounders...Read more
Seven giant craters have now been discovered in remote regions of Russia. Photograph: Vasily Bogoyavlensky/AFP/Getty Images
The seven holes discovered are not the work of aliens or meteorites, but rather explosions of methane accumulated as underground ice melts...Read more
What's currently left of the marsh along the East Pearl River and the Rigolets, where the 2017 Coastal Master Plan now includes a flood gate to combat storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) ((Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com |The Times-Picayune))
The ambitious 2017 rewrite of Louisiana's $50 billion, 50-year coastal protection and restoration master plan could reduce hurricane storm surge damage by $8.3 billion a year through 2067 and create 800 more square miles of coastal wetlands and dry land than if the plan is not implemented...Read more