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He thinks we’re on the cusp of a green building boom 12-22-20

Growing up in a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, Donnel Baird and his family relied on a cooking stove for heat. Now, as cofounder and CEO of BlocPower, he strives to retrofit buildings across New York City with safer, greener, more efficient heating and cooling systems. Read more at Grist

The Forest Loses its Trees 12-15-20

California’s iconic giant sequoias, Joshua trees, and coast redwoods had resiliently survived centuries, weathering fires and droughts. They are among the oldest living things on earth. But this year’s massive wildfires, fueled by the climate crisis, burned four million acres of California and many of its majestic trees. Read more at Our Daily Planet

2020 Hurricane Season Winds Down After Record-Breaking Storms 12-01-20

As the 2020 hurricane season draws to a close, scientists are reflecting on the devastating records set by this year’s storms. Read more at Our Daily Planet

Rising seas: California’s affordable housing faces worse floods 12-03-20

For low-income Americans, the number of homes at risk of flooding could triple by 2050, researchers say. Three Bay Area cities are among the top at-risk communities. Read more at Cal Matters

Biden’s National Security Team Reiterates Commitment on Climate Change 11-24-20

As ABC6 reported, yesterday, “declaring “America is back,” President-elect Joe Biden introduced selections for his national security team Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on foreign policy and national security experts from the Democratic establishment to be some of his most important advisers.” Read more at Our Daily Planet

Yale pledged carbon neutrality by 2050. Students say that’s too late. 11-17-20

Yale is one of many universities making big pledges to address the climate crisis. This year, it’s on track to cut emissions 43 percent below 2005 levels, and the institution has promised to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2050. But a coalition of students is pressuring it to do much more. Read more at Grist

Did Trump scare Americans into caring about climate change? 11-11-20

For those who care about the plight of the planet, President Donald Trump has been something of a supervillain. He pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, rolled back countless environmental regulations, and repeatedly made fun of climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is 17 years old and autistic. Read more at Grist

These 5 US maps have nothing to do with the election 11-05-20

Whether you’ve been frantically refreshing the New York Times’ election results page since Tuesday or mainlining cable news coverage for two days straight, the red-and-blue presidential electoral map has been a source of high anxiety for many of us. Read more at Grist

The Biggest Trees Capture the Most Carbon: Large Trees Dominate Carbon Storage in Forests 11-05-20

Older, large-diameter trees have been shown to store disproportionally massive amounts of carbon compared to smaller trees. Read more at

Exclusive: GM, Ford knew about climate change 50 years ago 10-26-20

California’s tough animal welfare law bans gestation crates for pork production—and producers are bracing for the 2022 deadline. Read more at E&E News

Climate change isn’t the only environmental crisis Biden wants to confront 10-22-20

“We need to hit the ground running undoing the damage of the Trump administration” -Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) Read more at The Washington Post

“Season Creep” is Affecting Fall Folliage 10-19-20

If you’ve ever noticed that there’s something off about the timing and duration of fall foliage where you live–you’re not imagining things! Read more at Our Daily Planet 

New Study Suggests Healing Targeted Ecosystems Can Restore Earth’s Climate 10-16-20

A study published yesterday in the journal Nature suggests that revitalizing ecosystems in a global, holistic way could be an immensely effective way to heal the Earth’s climate. Read more at Our Daily Planet

New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors. 10-06-20

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast. Read more at The New York Times 

The Video Origin of the Myth That Global Warming is Good For Agriculture 09-27-20

Two ’90s-era coal-funded videos on CO2 featured government scientists who say their comments were misleadingly edited. How it all happened. Read more at Yale Climate Connections

Ocean Heat Waves Are Directly Linked to Climate Change 09-24-20

The “blob” of hotter ocean water that killed sea lions and other marine life in 2014 and 2015 may become permanent. Read more at The New York Times

Why ‘All We Can Save’ Will Make You Feel Hopeful About the Climate Crisis 09-21-20

A new anthology spotlighting women climate leaders offers solutions, encouragement, and an invitation to join the movement Read more at Rolling Stone

The Arctic Is Shifting to a New Climate Because of Global Warming 09-14-20

Open water and rain, rather than ice and snow, are becoming typical of the region, a new study has found. Read more at The New York Times

Public Increasingly Believes In Climate Change, But Trump Voters Less Likely to Heed Warnings 09-13-20

The Yale Climate Communications has released its latest Climate Survey maps and the results show that now the overwhelming majority — 72% of Americans across the country believe climate change is happening and 64% believe that it is affecting the weather. Read more at Our Daily Planet

U.S. regulators woke up and realized climate change could cause a financial crisis 09-10-20

For the first time in U.S. history, a federal regulatory agency has put out a report recognizing climate change as a major threat to the economy. Read more at Grist

Why Does California Have So Many Wildfires? 09-10-20

There are four key ingredients to the disastrous wildfire seasons in the West, and climate change is a key culprit. Read more at The New York Times

U.N. investor group targets Congress, U.S. regulators for climate action 08-19-20

The organization is one of the world’s largest proponents of sustainable investment. Read more at Politico

Chemical Used to Line Plastic Bottles Is Linked to Premature Death 08-18-20

The chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, which is ubiquitous in plastic bottles, can linings and receipts, has been linked to numerous health issues because it disrupts hormone function. Read more at EcoWatch

Some California cities think they’re safe from sea level rise. They’re not, new data show 08-17-20

Sea level rise is a lot more complicated than just waves breaking over seawalls and beaches disappearing. Read more at the Los Angeles Times

Burning down the house? Enviva’s giant U.S. wood pellet plants gear up 07-29-20

Enviva and other firms can only make biomass profitable by relying on government subsidies. In the end, forests are lost and carbon neutrality takes decades to achieve. Read more at Mongabay

Large U.S. Homes Create Bigger Carbon Footprint, New Study Shows 07-21-20

Dreaming of a white-picket-fence home in an affluent suburb? Chances are your carbon footprint will be 15 times larger than your less-well-off neighbor. Read more at EcoWatch

Methane levels have hit a scary record high, new studies say 07-14-20

While the world has been focused on a global pandemic and widespread protests, another crisis is gathering in the atmosphere. And no, it isn’t carbon dioxide. Read more at Grist

The Wood Pellet Business is Booming. Scientists Say That’s Not Good for the Climate. 07-13-20

Trump’s EPA is expected to propose a new rule declaring burning biomass to be carbon neutral. Read more at Inside Climate News

Stop Building More Roads 07-08-20

There’s a right way to do infrastructure. Why does America get it wrong? Read more at The New York Times

New climate report: ‘enormous challenge ahead’ for meeting Paris Agreement goals 07-08-20

The outlook demonstrate the need for drastic action — particularly if countries hope to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. Read more at NBC News

This Map Shows Which U.S. Homes Will Flood Over the Next 30 Years Due to Climate Change 06-29-20

Millions of Americans have no idea they’re living in a flood zone. Now you can look up every property in the U.S. and see the flood risk for yourself. Read more at Vice

Seeing stars 06-28-20

Did blotting out the night sky dull our drive to stop climate change? Read more at Beyond Nuclear

Make a Planet Worth Saving 06-09-20

Most weeks, we talk about how to save the world, which seems the only accurate way to put it, given that we’ve just lived through the hottest May in recorded history and that the carbon-dioxide levels in our atmosphere just hit a new high, unmatched in the past three million years. Read more at The New Yorker

Empire State of Green 05-27-20

New York’s most famous skyscraper shrank its planet-warming emissions by 40 percent. Can the rest of the city do the same? Read more at The Washington Post

What Will It Take to Cool the Planet? 05-21-20

This week’s newsletter is a little different, in that I mainly want to encourage you to watch a video and then play with a Web site. Both come from the remarkable people at Climate Interactive, a project that grew out of M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. Read more at The New Yorker

Microsoft’s Ambitious Climate Goal Forgets About Its Oil Contracts 05-21-20

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a bold new climate goal: By 2030, the company aims to be “carbon negative,” meaning it will be pulling more carbon dioxide out of the air than it emits. Read more at Grist 

Coronavirus is a make-or-break moment for climate change, economists say 05-11-20

A decade ago, as world economies clawed their way back from the global financial crisis of 2008, climate experts pushed nations to adopt green spending plans that would boost renewable energy and cut fossil-fuel emissions. Read more at Grist

‘We Need to Hear These Poor Trees Scream’: Unchecked Global Warming Means Big Trouble for Forests 04-25-20

New studies show drought and heat waves will cause massive die-offs, killing most trees alive today. Read more at Inside Climate News 

After the Coronavirus, Two Sharply Divergent Paths on Climate 04-07-20

Some policy experts are optimistic that victory over the coronavirus will instill greater appreciation for what government, science, and business can do to tackle climate change. But others believe the economic damage caused by the virus will set back climate efforts for years to come. Read more at Yale Environment 360

The Green New Deal Is Cheap, Actually 04-06-20

Decarbonizing will cost trillions of dollars, but it’s an investment that will have big return — for the economy and the environment Read more at Rolling Stone

Breaking Transmission: The Fight Against the Coronavirus Offers a Strategy for Cutting Carbon 03-25-20

We’ve all learned a good deal about epidemiology in the past few weeks. In particular, the notion that staying at home can break chains of transmission, and thereby interrupt the spread of the coronavirus. Read more at The New Yorker

Green Bucks 03-24-20

The coronavirus pandemic is going to require a major economic stimulus. Here’s how climate could be incorporated. Read more at Grist 

Coronavirus Response Proves the World Can Act on Climate Change 03-23-20

In the past few weeks, governments around the world have enacted dramatic measures to mitigate the threat of COVID-19. Read more at EcoWatch

Snow Days in Northeast Cities at Record-Low Numbers 03-17-20

It is no surprise if the past few months have not been the winter wonderland you were hoping for. Read more at EcoWatch

Spring Is Arriving Earlier Across the U.S. 03-05-20

Across much of the U.S., a warming climate has advanced the arrival of spring. This year is no exception. Read more at EcoWatch

Moscow crushes record for warmest winter as milestones are set across Europe and North America 03-02-20

It’s the first winter in Moscow to average above freezing Read more at The Washington Post

What Would It Take to Get More Farmers Fighting Climate Change? 02-26-20

A new bill sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree would enlist growers to help slow global warming by using their soil to sponge up carbon dioxide. Read more at Mother Jones

Ride-Hailing Isn’t Really Green 02-25-20

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that the environmental impact of Uber and Lyft rides is 69% worse than the transportation modes they replace. Read more at Citylab

Eastern Kentucky Has Been Underwater, but You Probably Didn’t Notice 02-23-20

An out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality can take hold when people lose their connection to nature. Read more at The Atlantic

Sea level rise accelerating along US coastline, scientists warn 02-03-20

Inundation and flooding are steadily becoming more likely. Worldwide rise being driven by melting of large glaciers. Read more at The Guardian

The Energy 202: If the U.S. doesn’t change course, carbon emissions will rise again in the 2030s. 01-30-20

Absent any major policy shift in this decade, the amount of carbon dioxide the United States adds to the atmosphere each year is projected to begin rising by the 2030s, according to a new government report. Read more at The Washington Post

Climate Change Tops World Economic Forum Agenda, Both Greta Thunberg and Trump Expected to Attend 01-20-20

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is returning to the Swiss ski resort of Davos for the 2020 World Economic Forum with a strong and clear message: put an end to the fossil fuel “madness.” Read more at EcoWatch

2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year Ever, Closing Out the Warmest Decade 01-15-20

The 2010s were the warmest decade on record, government researchers confirmed on Wednesday. Read more at The New York Times

Want to Do Something About Climate Change? Follow the Money 01-11-20

Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Bank of America are the worst offenders. Read more at The New York Times

Despite everything, U.S. emissions dipped in 2019. 01-07-20

Just a week into the new year, and the first estimate of how much planet-cooking pollution the United States belched into the atmosphere last year is already in. It’s not the kind of report card you’d be proud to show your parents, but at least it won’t leave you in tears. Read more at Grist

Slow Burn: Europe uses tons of NC trees as fuel. Will this solve climate change? 01-03-20

From the outskirts of Selby, a 1,200-year-old former coal-mining town in northern England, you can see the smokestack and the dozen cooling towers of the Drax Power Station, the largest power plant in the United Kingdom. Read more at The News & Observer

Be a More Sustainable Traveler 01-03-20

When thinking about how to reduce our individual carbon footprints, one of the simplest ways to cut back on emissions is to fly less often. But for those who want to see the world, there are ways to make trips more sustainable, including where you go, what you pack and how you decide to get there. Read more at The New York Times


We broke down the last decade of climate change in 7 charts 12-31-19

As this hottest-on-record, godforsaken decade draws to a close, it’s clear that global warming is no longer a problem for future generations but one that’s already displacing communities, costing billions, and driving mass extinctions. Read more at Grist

Converting coal plants to biomass could fuel climate crisis, scientists warn 12-16-19

Experts horrified at large-scale forest removal to meet wood pellet demand. Read more at The Guardian

To Save the Redwoods, Scientists Debate Burning and Logging 12-16-19

Some scientists question whether controlled burns and logging are really the best way to preserve California’s redwoods. Read more at Undark

Secondhand Gifts and ‘Experiences’ Still Top Holiday Lists 12-15-19

Milo Bernstein, one of the owners of Ina, said that sales for Nov. and Dec. in the last four years had been steady or even ticked up. Credit: Maridelis Morales Rosado for The New York Times. Read more at The New York Times

It’s a Vast, Invisible Climate Menace. We Made It Visible. 12-12-19

The leak, and many more, were invisible. Until we photographed them. Read more at The New York Times

The 2010s will go down in history as Earth’s warmest 12-05-19

The planet is also finishing its warmest five-year period as effects are felt from the oceans to the Greenland ice sheet. Read more at The Washington Post

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth 12-04-19

Rising temperatures in the northern polar cap are driving extreme heat, drought, and sea level rise in the continental US, a study says. Read more at Wired

The New Climate Math: The Numbers Keep Getting More Frightening 11-25-19

Scientists keep raising ever-louder alarms about the urgency of tackling climate change, but the world’s governments aren’t listening. Yet the latest numbers don’t lie: Nations now plan to keep producing more coal, oil, and gas than the planet can endure. Read more at Yale Environment 360

Cut Greenhouse Gases Immediately or Face Catastrophe, New UN Report Warns 11-26-19

new report from the United Nations found that the world is headed toward climate catastrophe if countries around the world do not reduce their greenhouse emissions drastically and quickly. It came out one week before the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25, opens in Madrid. Read more at EcoWatch

The historic protest at the Harvard-Yale football game was years in the making 11-25-19

Saturday marked the 136th annual Harvard-Yale football game, a tradition known simply as “The Game” by students and alumni of the rival Ivy League schools. Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Yale Bowl in New Haven to watch. Many more tuned in on ESPNU. But what viewers likely didn’t expect to witness was a historic show of unity between the two schools in the name of fighting climate change. Read more at Grist

Awareness is Not Action 11-19-19

The first time I heard the words “climate change,” I was thirteen years old. My older brother urged my parents to take us to a documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth.” Read more at RCC

Skip the holiday rush this year — for the planet’s sake 11-16-19

It’s that time of year again! Time for holiday cheer, good dark beer, and spending all your freakin’ money getting laptop-friendly bath trays rush-delivered to your house. Read more at Grist

The Price Tag for Climate Change Is in the Trillions 11-14-19

Three new books document how much we’re already spending to mitigate the effects of global warming and how much more we have to lose if we continue to burn fossil fuels. Read more at Outside

Climate Change Poses Threats to Children’s Health Worldwide 11-13-19

The health effects of climate change will be unevenly distributed and children will be among those especially harmed, according to a new report from the medical journal The Lancet. Read more at The New York Times

How coastal communities can prepare for the challenges of storms and rising seas 11-13-19

What can a small or medium sized community do to be better prepared for risks of storms and rising seas? Major coastal storms commonly kill hundreds of people and wreck homes, businesses and communities. Read more at The Daily Climate

Taking a Different Approach to Fighting Climate Change 11-07-19

The research of Narasimha Rao, a Yale professor, shows that reducing inequality could improve our ability to mitigate some of the worst effects on the environment. Read more at The New York Times

They’ve managed the forest forever. It’s why they’re key to the climate change fight 11-05-19

The first time Mandy Gull visited Canada’s Broadback Forest, she was struck by the displays of delicate lichen. By the dense, ancient trees. By the moss-covered floor, which rose and fell like a rumpled green blanket. Read more at The Los Angeles Times

Earth sizzles through October as another month ranks as the warmest on record 11-05-19

This is the fifth straight month with record or near-record heat. Read more at The Washington Post

This classroom on a Chesapeake Bay island taught generations of students. As the sea rises, its doors are closing. 10-31-19

In the hallway of a weatherworn lodge that has stood on stilts in the Chesapeake Bay for more than 90 years, a negotiation is underway. Read more at The Washington Post

Climate change is wiping out Harriet Tubman’s homeland, and we’re doing little 10-24-19

Time has not been kind to the lands that Tubman left behind, or the descendants of the first free African-American communities that called them home. Read more at The Boston Globe

The Worst Day in Earth’s History Contains an Ominous Warning 10-22-19

One of the planet’s most dramatic extinctions was caused in part by ocean acidification, which has become a problem in our own era. Read more at The Atlantic

New study pinpoints the places most at risk on a warming planet 10-17-19

As many as five billion people will face hunger and a lack of clean water by 2050 as the warming climate disrupts pollination, freshwater, and coastal habitats, according to new research published last week in Science. People living in South Asia and Africa will bear the worst of it. Read more at Grist

Why Keeping Mature Forests Intact Is Key to the Climate Fight 10-15-19

William Moomaw has had a distinguished career as a physical chemist and environmental scientist, helping found the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. Read more at Yale Environment 360

The Great Biomass Boondoggle 10-14-19

The problem with this so-called green energy source is that instead of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, it increases the amount of CO2 coming out of the smokestack compared to fossil fuels. Read more at the NYR Daily

A Brief Guide to the Impacts of Climate Change on Food Production 10-05-19

Food may be a universal language — but in these record-breaking hot days, so too is climate change. With July clocking in as the hottest month on Earth in recorded history and extreme weather ramping up globally, farmers are facing the brunt of climate change in croplands and pastures around the world. Read more at EcoWatch

Some economics nerds just realized how much climate change will cost us 10-03-19

A bunch of economists just put down their calculators and concluded that we should act on climate change sooner rather than later. Really. Read more at Grist

A successful climate plan must also tackle the housing crisis 10-01-19

The Democratic nominee should be able to answer the question: what will your climate plan do for the housing crisis? Read more at The Guardian

World’s oceans are losing power to stall climate change 09-25-19

UN report predicts more powerful storms, increased risk of flooding and dwindling fisheries if greenhouse-gas output doesn’t fall. Read more at Nature

4 Million Attend Biggest Climate Protest in History, Organizers Declare ‘We’re Not Through’ 09-23-19

As organizers behind Friday’s Global Climate Strike reported that four million children and adults attended marches and rallies all over the world — making it the biggest climate protest ever. Read more at EcoWatch

Trump Admin Ignored Its Own Data Linking Migrant Crisis to Climate Change 09-23-19

The Trump administration ignored its own evidence on how climate change is impacting migration and food security when setting new policies for cutting aid to Central America, NBC reports. Read more at EcoWatch 

TIME magazine devoted an entire issue to climate change AGAIN 09-13-19

Every story in this week’s edition of TIME is about the climate crisis — one of only five times the magazine has devoted an entire issue to a single topic. “2050: The Fight for Earth” comes 30 years after TIME’s first climate issue, when they put “Endangered Earth” on the cover instead of their usual Person of the Year in 1989. Read more at Grist 

To Fight Global Warming, Think More About Systems Than About What You Consume 08-28-19

INCONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION: The Environmental Impacts You Don’t Know You Have Read more at The New York Times

A Joy of Summer Is Vanishing Fast 08-21-19

As the climate warms up, cool summer evenings are becoming a distant memory. Read more at The Atlantic

2°C: BEYOND THE LIMIT 08-13-19

Extreme climate change has arrived in America. A century of climbing temperatures has changed the character of the Garden State. Read more at The Washington Post

Homelessness is already a crisis—but climate change makes it much worse 08-07-19

It’s time to stop treating the housing crisis and the climate crisis as two separate issues—and start designing solutions for both at once. Read more at Fast Company

How Hot Was July? Hotter Than Ever, Global Data Shows 08-05-19

With temperatures soaring in Europe and Alaska, ice melting in Greenland and forests burning across Siberia, last month seemed like a blistering one worldwide. It was. Read more at The New York Times 

Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas? 08-05-19

U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in costs for the extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense of what will be required. Read more at Yale Environment 360

We must change food production to save the world, says leaked report 08-04-19

Cutting carbon from transport and energy ‘not enough’ IPCC finds. Attempts to solve the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure, scientists will warn this week. Read more at The Guardian

States sue Trump administration for reduced penalties on fuel efficiency 08-02-19

While parts of the world have warmed or cooled in the past, modern climate change is happening just about everywhere at the same time. Read more at The Hill

No Climate Event in 2,000 Years Compares to What’s Happening Now 07-24-9

While parts of the world have warmed or cooled in the past, modern climate change is happening just about everywhere at the same time. Read more at The Atlantic

E-commerce’s sustainability problem isn’t just the packaging 07-23-19

With the click of a button, our groceries, clothes, personal care products, household items — just about anything — could arrive on our doorsteps in a neatly packaged cardboard box. It’s convenience, delivered. But at what cost? Read more at Green Biz 

The town fighting the climate crisis to stay afloat, one hurricane at at time 07-21-19

Fair Bluff has already been hit by two hurricanes – but if another arrives this year, it could become one of the US’s first climate crisis ghost towns. Read more at The Guardian

Cut Beef Consumption in Half to Help Save the Earth, Says New Study 07-18-19

The world’s population will hit 10 billion in just 30 years and all of those people need to eat. To feed that many humans with the resources Earth has, we will have to cut down the amount of beef we eat. Read more at EcoWatch

From Atlantic City to Key West: 21 beach towns that will soon be under water 07-18-19

There are about 13,000 miles of coastline in the 48 contiguous United States, and by the end of the century, these contours will be greatly altered by climate change. Read more at USA Today

California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due to Climate Change 07-16-19

“Each degree of warming causes way more fire than the previous degree of warming did. And that’s a really big deal.” Read more at The Atlantic

D.C. Averages A Week Of 100-Degree Days. Climate Change Could Make That Two Months. 07-16-19

Washingtonians love to complain about the region’s sultry summer weather. Well, get ready to complain some more. Read more at WAMU – American University Radio

World Hunger Rises with Climate Shocks, Conflict and Economic Slumps 07-15-19

An annual UN report shows an estimated 2 billion people now face moderate or severe food insecurity as the planet warms. Read more at Inside Climate News

Stop building a spaceship to Mars and just plant some damn trees 07-05-19

When it comes to climate change research, most studies bear bad news regarding the looming, very real threat of a warming planet and the resulting devastation that it will bring upon the Earth. Read more at Grist

This was the hottest June in history, and summer is just getting started 07-02-19

If sometime during the past month you wiped sweat from your brow and thought, “Damn, it’s hot!” then congrats, your body knows what’s up. Read more at Grist

Ancient North Carolina trees that hold climate clues are under threat 06-26-19

Logging and sea level rise spell trouble for bald cypress trees—some more than 2,000 years old—which contain precious climate records. Read more at Environmental Health News

Soggy springs, scorching summers: Higher temperatures taking toll on US staple crops 06-24-19

As a changing climate continues to increase average temperatures in the US, researchers estimate yield losses that could cost billions Read more at Environmental Health News  

2019 On Track to Be Earth’s Third Warmest Year on Record, NOAA Says 06-18-19

The first five months of 2019 have been among Earth’s top three warmest in 140 years of temperature records, according to a just-released analysis. Read more at The Weather Channel

U.S. Forests Are Being Devastated to Supply Biomass Energy Industry, Report Finds 06-18-19

According to the UN’s biodiversity report released last month, forests in the U.S. Southeast are being logged at four times the rate as those in the Amazon. Read more at Yale Environment 360

Climate Change-Fueled Valley Fever is Hitting Farmworkers Hard 06-17-19

The potentially deadly disease is caused by a soil-borne fungus made worse by rising rates of dust storms. In California’s Central Valley, farmworkers are bearing the brunt of the problem. Read more at Civil Eats

‘Single Most Important Stat on the Planet’: Alarm as Atmospheric CO2 Soars to ‘Legit Scary’ Record High 06-06-19

In another alarming signal that the international community is failing to take the kind of ambitious action necessary to avert global climate catastrophe, NOAA released new data Tuesday showing that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels — which environmentalist Bill McKibben described as the “single most important stat on the planet” — reached a “record high” in the month of May. Read more at EcoWatch

Our food system’s reckoning with nature is coming 06-05-19

Agriculture expert explores how today’s relationship to food banishes nature and the environment to the periphery of how we live, instead of at the center. Read more at The Daily Climate

Long-term ecological research threatened by short-term thinking 06-03-19

When pioneering ecologist Alton Lindsey founded the Ross Biological Reserve at Purdue University in 1949, he envisioned a “living laboratory” where time-extensive ecological studies could be carried out and flourish. Read more at Mongabay 

Has Climate Change Made Tornadoes Worse? It’s Not So Simple. 05-31-19

As the seemingly endless barrage of violent tornadoes continued to pummel a large swath of the United States this week, lawmakers and concerned citizens declared on social media that the storms offered a front row seat to the unfolding climate crisis. Read more at Mother Jones

The Energy 202: Green New Deal is alive and well in liberal cities and states 05-28-19

The Green New Deal may be floundering in Washington. But it is alive and well in left-leaning states and cities across the country. Read more at The Washington Post

Scientists are baffled by a giant spike in this greenhouse gas (it’s not CO2) 05-17-19

The unexpected culprit that could throw a wrench in the world’s efforts to stop climate change? Read more at Grist

Plastics Threaten Global Climate at a Massive Scale During Each Point of Lifecycle, Report Finds 05-17-19

Plastics in the environment play a huge role on the climate as it degrades, continually releasing methane and other GHGs that increase as plastics break down further. Read more at Ecowatch

Carbon dioxide levels just hit 415 ppm. Who saw this coming? Exxon Mobil. 05-15-19

This emissions update comes from daily data collected via analyzer at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, since 1956. After breaking the 400 ppm threshold in 2013, data from 2019 puts emissions at 415 ppm. The “upward trajectory continues,” the video ends on an ominous note. Read more at Grist

From making it to managing it, plastic is a major contributor to climate change 05-15-19

New report finds plastic production and use could have the equivalent impact of nearly 300 new coal power plants on Earth’s climate over the next decade. Read more at Environmental Health News 

The Next Regeneration 04-30-19

New York wants to fight climate change through good farming. Here’s the dirt. Read more at Grist

Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good 04-26-19

Conventional wisdom holds that all tree planting is good for fighting climate change and supporting wildlife, but research shows some techniques can be a problem. Read more at National Geographic

The Uncertain Future of D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms 04-19-19

The cherry trees at the Tidal Basin look beautiful, but daily flooding at high tide and crumbling infrastructure are threatening their survival. Read more at CityLab

Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need 04-16-19

There are growing concerns that the reforestation agenda is becoming a green cover for the further assault on ecosystems. Read more at Yale Environment 360

An easy, cost-effective way to address climate change? Massive reforestation. 04-11-19

As the implications of climate change become starker and the world faces up to a biodiversity crisis that threatens humanity’s existence, a group of campaigners from across the world are saying there is one clear way to get us out of this mess, but that governments are ignoring it. Read more at Grist

The Uncertain Future of D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms 04-09-19

The cherry trees at the Tidal Basin look beautiful, but daily flooding at high tide and crumbling infrastructure are threatening their survival. Read more at CityLab

As Mass Timber Takes Off, How Green Is This New Building Material? 04-09-19

Some are questioning whether the logging and manufacturing required to produce the new material outweigh any benefits. Read more at Yale Environment 360

Inside John Kerry’s shadow diplomacy on climate change 04-08-19

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is speaking publicly for the first time about a new chapter in his half-century history with Vietnam: an initiative aiming to get the country off coal-fired power. Read more at Axios

Citing climate differences, Shell walks away from U.S. refining lobby 04-02-19

Royal Dutch Shell Plc on Tuesday became the first major oil and gas company to announce plans to leave a leading U.S. refining lobby due to disagreement on climate policies, citing its support for the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Read more at Reuters

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2018, International Energy Agency says 03-26-19

Greater demand for energy and more extreme temperatures saw global carbon emissions reach a record high in 2018 partly because of higher coal use, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Read more at ABC

What the Northward March of Mangroves Means for Fishing, Flooding and Carbon 03-22-18

Ranges of mangroves have naturally waxed and waned over the years, influenced by the weather, but with climate change has come a crucial reduction in crop- and tree-killing freeze events. Read more at Climate Central

It’s 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change 3-11-19

When NPR interviewed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in February about her Green New Deal, she said that her goal was bigger than just passing some new laws. “What I hope we’re able to do is rediscover the power of public imagination,” she said. Read more at WNPR

Atlantic City can’t afford to roll the dice on sea-level rise 02-23-19

Atlantic City, the once-proud gambling and resort destination, is treading water. In 2017, it was one of three U.S. cities that experienced the most record flooding from high tides, according to a June report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more at Grist

Planting 1.2 Trillion Trees Could Cancel Out a Decade of CO2 Emissions, Scientists Find 02-20-19

There is enough room in the world’s existing parks, forests, and abandoned land to plant 1.2 trillion additional trees. Read more at Yale Environment 360

TVA Votes to Close 2 Coal Plants, Despite Political Pressure from Trump and Kentucky GOP 02-14-19

The aging Paradise coal-fired power plant is unreliable, expensive and polluting, TVA data show. The federally owned utility said its decision is based on economics. Read more at Inside Climate News

Climate Change, ISIS and Cyberattacks Are Seen as the World’s Top Threats in a New Pew Poll 02-11-19

Climate change increasingly ranks as the world’s most pressing security threat, with terrorism and cyberattacks also topping the list, according to a new survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center. Read more at Time

5 Science Teams Racing Climate Change as the Ecosystems They Study Disappear 02-06-19

From mountain glaciers to coastal seabeds, five research projects to watch as scientists race to understand the human drivers of global warming. Read more at Inside Climate News

It’s Official: 2018 Was the Fourth-Warmest Year on Record 02-06-19

The Earth’s temperature in 2018 was more than 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, above the average temperature of the late 19th century. Read more at The New York Times

Atlantic Coast Pipeline delayed to 2020, Dominion adds $1B to cost estimate 02-04-19

Dominion Energy disclosed on Friday that its Atlantic Coast Pipeline project has been delayed and costs are rising, a result of environmental lawsuits that have forced a stop in construction. Read more at Utility Dive

Despite the U.S. cold snap, January was hot hot hot 01-31-19

This January should be remembered for its unusual warmth, not its cold.

Yes, it’s so cold right now that even hardy Minneapolis is shutting down schools, but even with these few days of extreme cold, Minnesota should end up with a near “normal” month thanks to weeks of unusual warmth. Read more at Grist

Investors Join Calls for a Food Revolution to Fight Climate Change 01-29-19

A series of new reports shows how climate change is intertwined with the world’s worsening health, and suggests changes in the global food production system Read more at Inside Climate News

Germany sets ‘historic’ deadline to end coal use by 2038 in bid to curb climate change 01-27-19

Expert panel recommends creating up to 5,000 new jobs in regions affected by transition Read more at The Independent

Industrial Agriculture, an Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, a Growing Driver of Climate Change 01-25-19

Industrial farming encourages practices that degrade the soil and increase emissions, while leaving farmers more vulnerable to damage as the planet warms. Read more at Inside Climate News

Carbon tax backers grapple with ‘Green New Deal’ 01-23-19

Congressional carbon tax supporters are planning to introduce a slew of emissions pricing bills in the coming months, even as progressives coalesce around a broader plan to tackle climate change, but one thing is clear: The “Green New Deal” has left its mark. Read more at E & E News

The Energy 202: ‘Year from hell’ means more Americans are taking climate change personally, new polling shows 01-23-19

A pair of polls published Tuesday found broad recognition among Americans that the world is getting warmer after they endured a year of intense wildfires and devastating hurricanes. Read more at The Washington Post 

More Americans Than Ever Believe in Climate Change, No Matter What Trump Says 01-22-19

New rates of melting ice underscore the results of an encouraging survey about environmental attitudes. This country may be run by a rabid climate denier, but when it comes to the existential issue of our time, most Americans aren’t taking their cues from President Trump. Read more at Rolling Stone

8 percent of Americans recently changed their minds on climate. What gives? 01-16-19

For some people, the awakening comes in science class. Read more at Grist

The ‘Green New Deal’: Six things to know 01-15-19

The ‘Green New Deal’ has inspired lots of conversation in the climate world. Here are a few key points to consider. Read more at Yale Climate Connections

600+ environmental orgs say this is what they want in a Green New Deal 01-10-19

The urgency to get to a fossil fuel-free future is growing. Now comes the discussion over just how to get there. Read more at Grist 

Something Old, Something New 01-09-19

The Green New Deal is touching up its (grass)roots

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Elizabeth Warren. Beto O’Rourke. Those are just a few of the high-profile names either leading the development of or jumping to endorse today’s environmental cause célèbre, the Green New Deal. Read more at Grist


The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change 12-31-18

Limiting the damage requires rapid, radical change — but such changes have happened before.

Is there any hope on climate change, or are we just screwed? Read more at Vox

2018: A Year of Deadly Climate Disasters and an ‘Ear Splitting Wake-Up Call’ 12-28-18

2018 is set to rank as the fourth warmest year on record—and the fourth year in a row reflecting a full degree Celsius (1.8° Fahrenheit) temperature rise from the late 1800s, climate scientists say. Read more at EcoWatch

Hurricane Michael Cost This Military Base About $5 Billion, Just One of 2018’s Weather Disasters 12-18-18

Major hurricanes, devastating wildfires, a drought and a series of extreme storms ran up the count of billion-dollar U.S. climate and weather disasters. Read more at Inside Climate News

Hurricane Maria cut the height of Puerto Rico’s forests by a third 12-13-18

Hurricane Maria inflicted “unprecedented” and “fundamental” changes to Puerto Rico’s ecosystem, according to new studies conducted by NASA scientists and other experts. Read more at Grist

Already a Climate Change Leader, California Takes on Food Waste 12-10-18

The state’s innovative programs and laws to tackle excess food and reduce greenhouse gas emissions could be a template for the nation. Read more at Civil Eats

Here’s a way to fight climate change: Empower women 12-09-18

“Gender and climate are inextricably linked,” said environmentalist and author Katharine Wilkinson on stage at TEDWomen last week. Read more at Grist

The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change Isn’t a Technology 12-05-18

Forests are the most powerful and efficient carbon-capture system on the planet.Forests’ power to store carbon dioxide through the simple process of tree growth is staggering: one tree can store an average of about 48 pounds of carbon dioxide in one year. Read more at Scientific American

Climate Change Is Shrinking Winter Snowpack and Harming Northeast Forests Year-Round 12-03-18

Climate change often conjures up images of heat, drought and hurricanes. But according to the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment, released on Nov. 23, 2018, winters have warmed three times faster than summers in the Northeast in recent years. Read more at EcoWatch

Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help 12-02-18

Representatives from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Poland for talks on climate change – aimed at breathing new life into the Paris Agreement. Read more at BBC

We broke down what climate change will do, region by region 11-29-18

Yeah, we read each chapter of the report so you don’t have to.

We really don’t have much time until the climate plagues start increasing in frequency. Read more at Grist

The Baseless Claim That Climate Scientists Are ‘Driven’ by Money 11-27-18

Critics of a major United States climate report, including the president and conservative pundits, have dismissed its findings with several inaccurate claims. Read more at The New York Times

As Trump questions warming, climate report warns of dire risks to U.S. 11-23-18

The United States already warmed on average 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century and will warm at least 3 more degrees by 2100 unless fossil fuel use is dramatically curtailed, scientists from more than a dozen federal agencies concluded in their latest in-depth assessment. Read more at Grist

Creating a Road Map for a “Green New Deal” 11-19-18

As the window for large-scale action on climate change closes, direct government intervention in other parts of the carbon economy will become more urgent. Read more at The New Yorker

U.S. Nuclear Fleet’s Dry Docks Threatened by Storms and Rising Seas 11-19-18

Damage to key military shipyards would undermine the Pentagon’s ability to respond to military crises and counter China’s ambitions. Read more at Inside Climate News

Want To Slow Down Climate Change? Plant A Tree 11-15-18

Massachusetts should plant more trees, and stop cutting them down, to help avert the worst consequences of climate change, according to a new study.Published Wednesday in Science Advances, the study is the most comprehensive to date that quantifies how much greenhouse gas emissions can be mitigated through “natural solutions” like better management of forests, farmlands, fields and wetlands. Read more at WBUR

The many ways climate change worsens California wildfires  11-13-18

Years of record-setting California wildfires are consistent with mounting evidence of climate change as a principal factor. Read more at Yale Climate Connections

Trump Responds to Tragedy With Cruelty 11-12-18

His tweet about California’s wildfires wasn’t just wrong. It was heartless.President Donald Trump signed a declaration providing federal money for the emergency response. But the president clearly wasn’t happy about it. About 10 hours later, he made a threat: If California goes up in flames like this again, he might just let it burn. Read more at The New Republic

Freedom to Breathe Tour Bus Visits Communities Across the Country Working on Climate Solutions 11-07-18

You don’t have to go far to find communities living with climate change impacts.

Wildfiressea level riseair pollution, asthma—you don’t have to go far to find communities living with climate change impacts. Read more at EcoWatch

Florida heat is already hard on outdoor workers. Climate change will raise health risks 10-31-18

Harvesting crops or building a house in the Florida sun is grueling work, and a new report shows that it’ll only get more miserable and unsafe for workers as climate change sends temperatures soaring. Read more at the Miami Herald

How to Shift Public Attitudes and Win the Global Climate Battle 10-25-18

The world is making progress in decarbonizing economies, but not nearly fast enough, says the former U.S. chief climate negotiator. Here he spells out what forces must come together to marshal the public and political will needed to tackle climate change. Read more at Yale Environment 360

Not Just CO2: These Climate Pollutants Also Must Be Cut to Keep Global Warming to 1.5 Degrees 10-17-18

UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s landmark report warns policymakers of the risks ahead & the changes needed to stop global warming. Read more at Inside Climate News

What Local Climate Actions Would Have the Greatest Impact 10-17-18

In light of even more dire news about our warming planet, leading thinkers tell us the one thing cities and states could do to cut emissions significantly—and fast.

A landmark report released by the U.N. last week has laid out the stakes of a warming planet more starkly than ever. Warming of just 1.5 degrees Celsius could bring on the most severe consequences of climate change, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Read more at CityLab

The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say 10-07-18

“There is no documented historic precedent” for the scale of changes required, the body found.

The world stands on the brink of failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels, and nations will need to take “unprecedented” actions to cut their carbon emissions over the next decade, according to a landmark report by the top scientific body studying climate change. Read more at The Washington Post

Forgotten Lessons: Why Forest Protection is the Newest Old Solution to Our Environmental Crisis 10-02-18

By William McAuliff

We rarely think about how young our American forests are. Immersing ourselves in the quiet noise of a forest often feels like walking through something that always has and always will be right where it is now. But over the past two hundred years, our forests have changed dramatically. This transformation was not caused by climatic shifts or melting glaciers but by decisions made in the offices of industrialists and politicians. Click here for full article

How Global Warming Is Turbocharging Monster Storms Like Hurricane Florence 09-25-18

Anthony Norris watched the downpour from nearby Elizabethtown. As deputy fire chief, he’d seen his share of bad weather, and Florence didn’t impress him at first.As Hurricane Florence approached the tiny port town of Wilmington, North Carolina, Steven Pfaff took small solace in the knowledge that there hadn’t been much rainfall in August. Read more at Newsweek

Florence has made Wilmington, N.C., an island cut off from the rest of the world 09-16-18

WILMINGTON, N.C. — This city has always embraced the water, with a lively riverfront on one side and the ocean on the other. But in the wake of Hurricane Florence, water has rendered Wilmington an island, shut off from the rest of the world. Read more at The Washington Post

A groundbreaking Hurricane Florence study could change how we think about climate 09-15-18

As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas last week, up to 1 million residents boarded up their windowsemptied grocery shelves and gas pumps, and evacuated with their families to escape the storm’s impending wrath. Simultaneously, scientists in other parts of the country were scrambling to produce a landmark study: one that would put numbers to just how much worse climate change had made this dangerous storm. Read more at Grist

NASA Has Discovered Arctic Lakes Bubbling With Methane—and That’s Very Bad News 09-13-18

Lakes across Alaska and Siberia have started to bubble with methane releasing this highly potent greenhouse.Last month NASA released footage showing the bubbling Arctic lakes, which are the result of a little known phenomenon called “abrupt thawing.” Read more at Newsweek

6 Years Ago, North Carolina Chose To Ignore Rising Sea Levels. This Week It Braces For Disaster. 09-11-18

In 2012, North Carolina legislators passed a bill that barred policymakers and developers from using up-to-date climate science to plan for rising sea levels on the state’s coast. Now Hurricane Florence threatens to cause a devastating storm surge that could put thousands of lives in danger and costthe state billions of dollars worth of damage. Read more at Huffington Post

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air 09-10-18

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. Read more at The New York Times

How Climate Change Contributed to This Summer’s Wildfires 08-01-18

More than twelve thousand firefighters are working in California, and some have come from as far as Florida.The image of the day from NASA’s Earth Observatory shows gusting plumes of smoke veiling the western United States. Two hundred thousand acres are on fire in California, fuelled by strong winds and unrelenting hot, dry conditions. Read more at The New Yorker

California’s Carr Fire Grows Larger and More Deadly 07-30-18

The Carr Fire, which blazed into the northern California town of Redding Thursday, has grown even larger and deadlier over the weekend, offering a fiery vision of California’s future.

“This is climate change, for real and in real time. We were warned that the atmospheric buildup of man-made greenhouse gas would eventually be an existential threat,” The Sacramento Bee wrote in an editorial about the fire Friday. Read more at EcoWatch

Spring Is Springing Sooner, Throwing Nature’s Rhythms Out Of Whack 07-23-18

There’s a cycle that starts when the snow melts and the earth thaws high in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. It’s a seasonal cycle based on timing and temperature, two variables that climate change is pushing increasingly out of sync. Read more at NPR

Climate change isn’t just cooking the planet. It’s cooking our workforce. 07-19-18

We are smashing heat records again this summer. We hear this so much now that there’s a risk we will start ignoring it before the key message sinks in: Global warming is here, and it’s starting to cook us. Read more at The Washington Post

Heatwave seems to make manmade climate change real for Americans 07-11-18

The record-breaking high temperatures across much of North America appear to be shaping people’s thinking, a survey finds

The warm temperatures that have scorched much of the US appear to be influencing Americans’ acceptance of climate science, with a new poll finding a record level of public confidence that the world is warming due to human activity. Read more at The Guardian

7.5 Billion and Counting: How Many Humans Can the Earth Support? 07-09-18

Humans are the most populous large mammal on Earth today, and probably in all of geological history. This World Population Day, humans number in the vicinity of 7.5 to 7.6 billion individuals. Read more at EcoWatch

In the U.S. Southwest, ‘Drought’ Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story 07-04-18

Drought and wildfires across the U.S. Southwest this summer are a preview of what’s ahead in the decades to come. A shift to hotter, drier weather will also require a change in mind-set for the region’s residents. Read more at News Deeply

Watch the climate change in real time with these trackers 06-30-18

These tickers show the unrelenting rise in global temperatures and carbon dioxide. Global warming isn’t something that will happen decades down the line — it’s happening every day, bit by bit. Read more at Vox

Burning Wood as Renewable Energy Threatens Europe’s Climate Goals 06-22-18

Scientists say a new EU biomass policy is ‘simplistic and misleading’ & will increase emissions. U.S. forests are being turned into wood pellets to feed demand. Read more at Inside Climate News

The Refugees The World Barely Pays Attention To 06-20-18

Since 2008, an average of 24 million people have been displaced by catastrophic weather disasters each year. As climate change worsens storms and droughts, climate scientists and migration experts expect that number to rise. Read more at NPR

In Rebuke to Pruitt, EPA Science Board Votes to Review Climate Policy Changes 06-01-18

The board, with more than 12 Pruitt-appointed members, questioned his efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan & weaken auto standards & other regs. Read more at Inside Climate News

Officials tried to censor a report on national parks. Here’s what was in it 05-21-18

Roughly 25 percent of U.S. national parks are vulnerable to rising sea levels because they’re situated in coastal areas. For years, the National Parks Service has had a report in the works to quantify how higher ocean tides and storm surges could impact its sites. Read more at Grist

Assessing the Global Climate in April 2018 05-17-18

April was third warmest on record for the globe

The global land and ocean temperature departure from average for April 2018 was the third highest for April in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. The year-to-date (January-April) global temperature was the fifth warmest such period in the 139-year record. Read more at National Centers for Environmental Information

Look! A federal agency is pushing for urgent climate action. 05-10-18

It’s well-understood at this point that the Trump Administration is no friend to science-based governance. But there’s one federal agency bucking that trend.

The Bureau of Reclamation, a division of the Department of Interior, raised fresh alarm in a press release this week about the dire drought in the Southwest. Read more at Grist

Despite Trump, more Republicans grasp that climate change is our fault 05-09-18

In the year after the 2016 election, Republican’s opinion on climate change strayed further from the scientific consensus. In October — even after record-breaking hurricanes and wildfireslinked to climate change hit the United States — conservative voters’ understanding of climate science had nearly hit a new low. Read more at Grist

Climate Scientist Won’t Back Down Despite Threats, Harassment 05-07-18

‘You don’t back off from a worthy battle when the stakes are important.’ —Michael Mann, Penn State

Michael Mann, creator of ‘hockey stick’ curve for greenhouse gases, says we now have to double sea rise projections. Read more at KQED Science

Humans didn’t exist the last time there was this much CO2 in the air 05-03-08

The last time atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were this high, millions of years ago, the planet was very different. For one, humans didn’t exist.

On Wednesday, scientists at the University of California in San Diego confirmed that April’s monthly average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration breached 410 parts per million for the first time in our history. Read more at Grist

The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary. 04-25-18

More than a thousand low-lying tropical islands risk becoming “uninhabitable” by the middle of the century — or possibly sooner — because of rising sea levels, upending the populations of some island nations and endangering key U.S. military assets, according to new research published Wednesday. Read more at The Washington Post

With 250 babies born each minute, how many people can the Earth sustain 04-23-18

UN data suggests that the world’s population will hit 11 billion by 2100, with the fastest rises being recorded in Africa and Asia

How many people are there in the world? Read more at The Guardian

What Extremely Warm Winters Mean for the Future of the Arctic 04-18-18

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, polar scientist Mark Serreze talks about the rapid changes he has witnessed over more than three decades of working in the Arctic and the future stability of the region if temperatures continue to climb.Read more Yale Environment 360

This environmental group is launching its own satellite to learn more about greenhouse gas leaks 04-11-18

The satellite will enable EDF to more accurately measure methane emissions, which account for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions.

When the Environmental Defense Fund told commercial space guru Tom Ingersoll that it wanted to launch a satellite to measure methane from oil and gas operations, he says his reaction was “Whoa! You guys want to do what?” Read more at The Washington Post

Shell — yes, that Shell — just outlined a radical scenario for what it would take to halt climate change 03-26-18

Royal Dutch Shell on Monday outlined a scenario in which, by 2070, we would be using far less of the company’s own product — oil — as cars become electric, a massive carbon storage industry develops, and transportation begins a shift toward a reliance on hydrogen as an energy carrier. Read more at The Washington Post

Climate change will have its Scopes Monkey Trial this week 03-19-18

In 1925, a Tennessee substitute teacher was indicted by a grand jury for teaching evolution to his high school class. That case, the Scopes trial, became famous for pitting science against the Bible, and it helped pave the way for educational reform. Read more at Grist

Scientists have detected an acceleration in sea level rise 02-27-18

Faster melting of ice sheets is speeding up sea level rise

As humans emit heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide, the planet warms, and over time consequences become more apparent. Some of the consequences we are familiar with – for instance, rising temperatures, melting ice, and rising sea levels. Read more at the Guardian

North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists 02-26-18

The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Read more at The Washington Post

236 Mayors Urge EPA Not to Repeal U.S. Clean Power Plan 02-21-18

Hundreds of U.S. mayors, representing one in seven Americans, have told EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that they need the Clean Power Plan’s emissions rules in order to fight climate change and protect their cities. Read more at Inside Climate News

Countries made only modest climate-change promises in Paris. They’re falling short anyway. 02-19-18

Barely two years ago, after weeks of intense bargaining in Paris, leaders from 195 countries announced a global agreement that once had seemed impossible. For the first time, the nations of the world would band together to reduce humanity’s reliance on fossil fuels in an effort to hold off the most devastating effects of climate change. Read more at The Washington Post

Intelligence Agencies Warn of Climate Risks in Worldwide Threat Assessment 02-13-18

While top Trump administration officials deny climate change, the intelligence agencies warn global warming can fuel disasters and violent conflicts.

In their annual summary of global threats, the nation’s intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that climate change and other environmental trends “are likely to fuel economic and social discontent—and possibly upheaval—through 2018.” Read more at Inside Climate News

The WIRED Guide to Climate Change 02-01-18

The world is busted. For decades, scientists have carefully accumulated data that confirms what we hoped wasn’t true: The greenhouse gas emissions that have steadily spewed from cars and planes and factories, the technologies that powered a massive period of economic growth, came at an enormous cost to the planet’s health. Read more at Wired

On the Chesapeake, A Precarious Future of Rising Seas and High Tides 01-22-18

I’m making a film in the Chesapeake Bay landscapes of my boyhood, posing for a close-up with ball and glove where 60 years ago I shagged flies out front of my Dad’s fishing cabin. The camera backs away and I’m ass-deep in salt water — centerfield, this used to be. Read more at Yale Environment 360

Earth’s Warming Continued in 2017. And That Was Without El Niño 01-18-18

Earth’s long-term warming trend continued in 2017, government scientists reported Thursday, with average surface temperatures only slightly below the record heat of the previous year. But unlike 2016, last year’s warmth was not aided by El Niño, the Pacific weather pattern that is usually linked to record-setting heat. Read more at The New York Time

1.5 Degrees Warming and the Search for Climate Justice for the Poor 01-12-18

The difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees is ‘a greater likelihood of drought, flooding, resource depletion, conflict and forced migration,’ a new IPCC draft warns. Read more at Inside Climate News

Florida’s Exemption From Offshore Drilling Plan Called ‘Political Stunt’ 01-10-18

The Trump administration will exclude Florida from its controversial offshore oil drilling plan after a plea from the state governor, Rick Scott.

“I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke said Tuesday. Read more at EcoWatch

$306bn in one year: US bill for natural disasters smashes record 01-08-18

Major hurricanes, wildfires, drought and tornadoes have led to highest ever damage costs, as expert says extremes have ‘climate change fingerprints on them’ Read more at The Guardian


New films lambaste climate denial, call for action 12-25-17

Climate policy earned a clear nod from the hundreds of documentary filmmakers whose works were shown at this year’s Wild and Scenic Film FestivalRead more at Yale Environment Connections

2017 will rank among Earth’s top 5 warmest years 12-19-17

This year will almost certainly rank as one of the planet’s top five warmest years on record, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. In fact, the top NASA climate scientist reported Monday that 2017 is likely to be the second-warmest year on record, behind 2016, which in turn displaced 2015 from the top spot. Read more at Mashable

Meat tax ‘inevitable’ to beat climate and health crises, says report 12-11-17

‘Sin taxes’ to reverse the rapid global growth in meat eating are likely in five to 10 years, according to a report for investors managing over $4tn

“Sin taxes” on meat to reduce its huge impact on climate change and human health look inevitable, according to analysts for investors managing more than $4tn of assets. Read more at The Guardian

We Can’t Talk About the Los Angeles Fires Without Talking About Climate Change 12-6-17

Wildfires are becoming more frequent and intense in the West

Fires have been ravaging Los Angeles and neighboring counties since Monday evening, scorching upwards of 83,000 acres of land. Flames have traversed the 405 and 101 highways, some of the routes tha tens of thousands of evacuees need to leave their homes and flee to safety. Read more at Mother Jones

How Climate Change Is Impacting the American West Right Now 12-4-17

Many studies have modeled future impacts from climate change, but scientists have shown that warming trends are already affecting water and ecosystems in the West.

We are now living in a time that’s the warmest in the history of modern civilization, according to the latest Climate Science Special Report, part of the National Climate Assessment. Global annual average surface temperatures have risen nearly 1.8F (1C) since 1901. Sixteen of the warmest years on record have taken place during the past 17 years. Read more at NewsDeeply

In the Outer Banks, Officials and Property Owners Battle to Keep the Ocean at Bay 11-28-17

This hurricane season, Lance Goldner harbored an unusual wish: that his beach house on North Carolina’s scenic Outer Banks would collapse in a storm. Read more at Inside Climate News

Debunking Climate Change Myths: A Thanksgiving Conversation Guide 11-22-17

We asked our readers to share the top climate denial claims and global warming questions they hear from family. Here’s what science shows — and how to explain it.

Despite the unmistakable evidence that climate change is happening and that the effects we’re already experiencing are mostly caused by our own actions, it’s not uncommon to meet deniers—even around your own family’s Thanksgiving table. Read more at Inside Climate News

Debunking Climate Change Myths: A Thanksgiving Conversation Guide 11-22-17

We asked our readers to share the top climate denial claims and global warming questions they hear from family. Here’s what science shows — and how to explain it.

Despite the unmistakable evidence that climate change is happening and that the effects we’re already experiencing are mostly caused by our own actions, it’s not uncommon to meet deniers—even around your own family’s Thanksgiving table. Read more at Inside Climate News

Latinos Leading On Climate Change 10-19-17

recent study by Yale Climate Change Communications found that U.S. Latinos are significantly more worried about climate change than other groups and are willing to take action. Read more at Huffington Post

Scientists say climate change making winter start later and later 10-28-17

Winter is coming … later. And it’s leaving ever earlier.

Across the United States, the year’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. Read more at Concord Monitor

Nature is one of the most under-appreciated tools for reigning in carbon 10-20-17

A new study shows that better global land stewardship—conserving and restoring wild habitats and practicing more sustainable farming—could get us more than one-third of the way to the Paris climate mitigation targets. Read more at Antropocene Magazine

Puerto Ricans are living climate change right now. Here’s how they describe it 09-28-17

Millions of people in the Caribbean are getting a glimpse of a future that more and more people around the world will soon experience. This month’s hurricanes are the storms scientists have warned us about for decades. They have arrived — causing heartbreak and agony, wrecking homes and destroying lives. Read more at Grist

Trump increasingly isolated as Nicaragua to sign Paris Agreement 09-21-17

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has announced that his country will sign the Paris Agreement, leaving only two countries out of the global effort to tackle climate change – the United States and Syria. Read more at Deutsche Welle

Want to help hurricane victims? Donate to abortion funds 09-13-17

The clearest link between abortion and climate change is that most people flee, screaming, from conversations about both of them. But if you’re at a loss for ways to help those recovering from Hurricane Irma or Harvey, please don’t. Read more at Grist

Harvey and Irma aren’t natural disasters. They’re climate change disasters 09-11-17

Back-to-back hurricane catastrophes have plunged the United States into a state of national crisis. We’ve already seen one worst-case scenario in Texas: For the moment, Hurricane Harvey stands as the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history. And now there’s Irma, which has wreaked havoc across the entirety of Florida, America’s most vulnerable state. In just two weeks, the U.S. could rack up hundreds of billions of dollars in losses. Read more at Grist

The unprecedented drought that’s crippling Montana and North Dakota 09-07-17

It came without warning, and without equivalent. Now a flash drought is fueling fires and hurting the lives of those who work the land

When Rick Kirn planted his 1,000 acres of spring wheat in May, there were no signs of a weather calamity on the horizon. Three months later, when he should have been harvesting and getting ready to sell his wheat, Kirn was staring out across vast cracked, gray, empty fields dotted with weeds and little patches of stunted wheat. Read more at The Guardian

Pope Calls Out Climate Deniers in Wake of Hurricane Irma, Harvey 09-12-17

The toll of back-to-back hurricanes in Texas and Florida has done little to sway public officials who deny the role of climate change. Read more at Inside Climate News

Harvey’s Damage in Heart of Texas Oil Country Creates Quandary for Congress 08-30-17

With the home of the U.S. oil industry now in distress, will Congress and the president rethink climate change and their budget-slashing strategy?

Even as the floodwaters continue to rise in East Texas, it’s clear that Hurricane Harvey will force a new reckoning over major energy and climate policy questions. Read more at Inside Climate News

Built (not) to spill 08-28-17

People keep building in flood-prone places like Houston.

And all that unchecked development makes flooding worse. It’s worth looking back at an in-depth piece published last year by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune, which made a compelling case that, by turning Houston’s permeable prairie into houses, people have transformed a sponge into a bathtub. It has also put more people in harm’s way. Read more at Grist

Did Climate Change Intensify Hurricane Harvey? 08-27-17

As of Sunday afternoon, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey seem likely to exceed the worst forecasts that preceded the storm. The entire Houston metropolitan region is flooding: Interstates are under feet of water, local authorities have asked boat owners to join rescue efforts, and most of the streams and rivers near the city are in flood stage. Read more at The Atlantic

The big whiff: How corporate America missed the climate fix 08-25-17

One of the dirty secrets that we have to live with is that even the good-guy corporations don’t show up in Congress to lobby for doing something about climate change. Collectively, they do zero or less than zero to support climate legislation… That leaves the field to the bad guys.

— U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) Read more at GreenBiz

Researchers took on Exxon’s dare to prove it misled the public about climate change 08-23-17

Two years ago, Inside Climate News and L.A. Times investigations found that while ExxonMobil internally acknowledged that climate change is human-made and serious, it publicly manufactured doubt about the science. Exxon has been trying unsuccessfully to smother this slow-burning PR crisis ever since, arguing the findings were “deliberately cherry picked statements.” Read more at Grist

Climate Change Is The Leading Cause Of Moose And Loon Population Decline In New Hampshire 08-01-17

Climate change, which causes rising temperatures, increasingly severe weather events, and shrinking habitats, negatively impacts the moose and loon populations of New Hampshire more than any other factors — including human interference from road construction or hunting and fishing practices. Read more at New Hampshire Public Radio

New Jersey tackles food waste and hunger — for the climate 07-26-17

new law in New Jersey aims to shrink the state’s climate footprint and feed the hungry by drastically reducing the amount of wasted food that ends up in landfills.

The law requires the state to develop a plan over the next year to cut its food waste by half by 2030. The bipartisan measure, which passed the state legislature without a single dissenting vote and was signed last week by Governor Chris Christie, mirrors an EPA goal for the entire country set under the Obama administration in 2015. Read more at Grist

At Midway Point, 2017 Is 2nd-Hottest Year on Record 07-18-17

At the halfway point of the year, 2017 remains the second-hottest year to date — a surprise given the demise of the El Niño that helped boost temperatures to record levels last year.

The continued near-record warmth is a marker of just how much global temperatures have risen thanks to the greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere from fossil fuel use. Read more at Climate Central

Meet July, the hottest month yet 08-15-17

Yes, you’ve heard some version of that story before, and you’re sure to hear it again and again in the coming years, but this time, it’s a bit freaky. Read more at Grist

In Sweltering South, Climate Change Is Now a Workplace Hazard 08-03-17

Adolfo Guerra, a landscaper in this port city on the Gulf of Mexico, remembers panicking as his co-worker vomited and convulsed after hours of mowing lawns in stifling heat. Other workers rushed to cover him with ice, and the man recovered. Read more at The New York Times

U.S.-China Beef Deal Puts Higher Emissions on the Menu 06-17-17

The growing Chinese middle class has a love affair with beef, and it now has a new supplier. The deal could increase U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. Read more at Inside Climate News

May Continues a Ridiculous Warm Streak for the Planet 06-15-17

This May was the second-hottest May on record. Credit: NASA GISS

Another month is in the global temperature record books. While May just missed setting a record, the data is another reminder that climate change is making the world hotter and pushing it into a new state. Read more at Climate Central

Exxon Shareholders Approve Climate Resolution: 62% Vote for Disclosure 06-01-17

The landmark investor vote defied Exxon’s management. It requires the oil giant to begin reporting climate-related risks to its business.

ExxonMobil shareholders voted Wednesday to require the world’s largest oil and gas company to report on the impacts of climate change to its business—defying management, and marking a milestone in a 28-year effort by activist investors. Read more at Inside Climate News

Eat Less Meat, Save the Planet 05-31-17

Industrial agriculture is reshaping the world, from our atmosphere to our dinner plates. Familiarize yourself with the current landscape: Meet your meats. Read more at Civil Eats

Glacier National Park used to have 150 glaciers. Now it has 26. 05-11-17

Of the 150 glaciers that existed it the park in the late 19th century, only 26 remain. Read more at Grist

Logging Plays Bigger Climate Change Role Than U.S. Acknowledges, Report Says 05-05-17

Officials underestimate the role that preserving forests can play in addressing the climate crisis, according to the Dogwood Alliance. Read more at Inside Climate News

Berkeley Says It’s Standing Up to Trump, But It’s Actually Busy Arguing About Zucchini 06-17-17

Mayors of the country’s five largest cities—published a commitment to “adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement.” The cities would carry out the promises Donald Trump had abandoned. Read more at Mother Jones

Factory Farms Put Climate at Risk, Experts Say in Urging Health Officials to Speak Out 05-28-17

In a letter, 200 experts called on the next director-general of the World Health Organization to confront the role factory farming plays in climate change. Read more at Inside Climate News.

These 76 Women Scientists Are Changing the World 03-08-17

Heidi Steltzer’s job, as she put it, is “hiking where no one else will go.” As a mountain and polar ecologist studying rare plants, she’s accustomed to traveling to breathtaking Arctic vistas to chase flora along mountain ridges. Read more at EcoWatch.

Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people 02-23-17

Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say. Read more at ABC News

Manhattan-Sized Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica 02-19-17

Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier lost another large chunk of ice at the end of January. The section of ice that broke off the glacier on the western coast of Antarctica was roughly the size of Manhattan. It was 10 times smaller than the piece the same glacier sloughed in July 2015. Read more at EcoWatch

The Holocene climate experience 02-07-17

The history of climate and human health gives us a glimpse of the dramatically amplified risks we face if present trends continue. Read more on Daily Climate

Food Security, Forests At Risk Under Trump’s USDA 02-07-17

U.S. food security, forest health, and the ability of farmers to respond to climate change are all at risk if President’s Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture brings climate change skepticism to the agency, agricultural researchers and environmental law experts say. Read more on Climate Central

Changing minds on a changing climate 04-18-17

Reddit online commenters point to reasons they went from being climate contrarians to having confidence in mainstream climate science. Read the full article at Yale Climate Connections

Spring Came Early. Scientists Say Climate Change Is a Culprit. 03-08-17

After a mild winter across much of the United States, February brought abnormally high temperatures, especially east of the Rockies. Spring weather arrived more than three weeks earlier than usual in some places, and new research released Wednesday shows a strong link to climate change. Read more at The New York Times

Exxon Ordered to Fork Over 40 Years of Climate Research 01-12-17

ExxonMobil was dealt a major blow on Wednesday after a Massachusetts judge ordered the company to hand in more than 40 years of climate research. Read more on EcoWatch


North Pole hits melting point in time for Christmas, so Santa can just swim to you now 12-22-16

Today is an extremely unusual December day at the North Pole, with temperatures getting very close to the melting point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 degrees Celsius. Read more on Mashable

5 Fascinating Google Earth Time-Lapse Videos Show 32 Years of Climate Change 12-4-16

Google Earth has added four years of new data along with high-resolution satellite imagery to its time-lapse feature, which is available to anyone who wants to see how the planet has changed since 1984. Read more on Ecowatch

Two Trumps and a Gore 12-6-16

On Monday, former VP Al Gore made a surprise visit to Trump Tower to discuss climate change with Ivanka Trump, who is reportedly interested in the issue. Read more on EcoWatch

Global Warming Research in Danger as Trump Appoints Climate Skeptic to NASA Team 12-1-16

One of NASA’s most high-profile projects has been to track historical average global temperature. In January 2016, the agency released data that showed 2015 had been the hottest year on record. Read more on The Intercept

Open Letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Climate Action 11-22-16 Read more on Medium

Environmental leaders on hope and progress in the age of Trump 11-22-16

So now what? That’s the question those of us who care about the planet, its people — and, you know, basic human decency — have been asking since Election Day? And what gives them hope, inspiration, or determination in such a trying time? Read more on Grist

196 Countries Reaffirm Commitment to Paris Climate Deal, Isolating Trump Even More 11-18-16

Nearly 200 countries reaffirmed their unequivocal commitment for the Paris agreement in the Marrakech Action Proclamation, demonstrating a show of strength amid fears that Donald Trump would withdraw from the climate deal. Read more on EcoWatch

Hundreds of Companies Tell Trump ‘Don’t Dump Paris Climate Agreement’ 11-17-16

Hundreds of major companies yesterday urged president-elect Donald Trump to uphold the Paris climate agreement, which he has vowed to “cancel” once he’s in the White House. Read more on Environmental Leader

No, Trump’s election hasn’t derailed the U.N. climate conferencem 11-15-16

In the days leading up to Election Day, climate negotiators preparing for the U.N. climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco — aka COP22 — sidestepped questions about Donald Trump with cautious smiles. Read more on Grist

World CO2 emissions stay flat for third year, helped by China falls: study 11-14-16

World greenhouse gas emissions stayed flat for the third year in a row in 2016, thanks to falls in China, even as the pro-coal policies of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump mean uncertainty for the future. Read more on REUTERS

Opinion: How Gov. Scott quietly stole Florida’s future 10-24-16

A decade ago Florida led the fight to reduce greenhouse emissions. Now the state is dealing with the debacle of inactionRead more on The Daily Climate

NASA: September Temps Warmest in 136 Years 10-18-16

Last month was the hottest September ever recorded, beating 2014’s previous record by 0.004°C. According to new NASA data, temperatures were 1.6°F (0.91°C) above the 1951-1980 average. Read more on EcoWatch

Climate change hits the classroom 10-16-16

UC Davis’ engineering professor Kurt Kornbluth works with students on an innovative climate-focused, project-based curriculum in which students are tasked with improving campus sustainability. Read more on University of California News

Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal 10-15-16

Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate changeby cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. Read more on The New York Times

It’s the Spend of the World As We Know It 10-6-16

We’re spending way more on weapons than on dealing with climate change. Combat vs. Climate,” a report released Wednesday morning by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank, compares the United States’ military and climate budgets. Read more on Grist

Climate change threatens birds migrating along Great Lakes 9-2-16

Some of the migratory songbirds that pass through the Great Lakes region are already on the move, and volunteers at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory are preparing for them. Hundreds of species — swallows, finches, warblers and more — visit the observatory on the shore of Lake Ontario, just west of Rochester. Read more on WXXI News

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun 9-3-16

Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through. Read more on New York Times

Beneath the waves, climate change puts marine life on the move 8-29-16

Connecticut’s traditional fishing catch is heading north

Oysters and clams in Long Island Sound may face multiple impacts from climate change – ocean acidification, which may prevent them from forming shells and more bacteria diseases such as vibrio. Read more on the ct mirror

A World at War 8-15-16

We’re under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.

In the North this summer, a devastating offensive is underway. Enemy forces have seized huge swaths of territory; with each passing week, another 22,000 square miles of Arctic ice disappears. Read more on New Republic

10,000 March in Philly Calling for a Clean Energy Revolution 7-25-16

‘Wake up, humanity! Time is running out!’

At high Noon Sunday, with temperatures heading toward 95 degrees, I’m confident I was not the only one preparing to march through the streets of downtown Philadelphia who recalled that old elementary-school story about the wig-wearing drafters of the Declaration of Independence huddled inside of Independence Hall on a sweltering July day. Read more on EcoWatch

Climate activists make noise in Philly ahead of Democratic convention 7-25-16

While the Democratic Party was prepping its convention hall on Sunday, environmental activists tried to draw attention to the streets and their ongoing war against fossil fuel extraction. The day before the Democratic National Convention kicks off here, several thousand activists from Pennsylvania and surrounding states endured sweltering heat and humidity for nearly four hours to call for a shift to renewable energy. Read more on Grist

Commentary: To tax or not to tax—that is the question 7-18-16

Flawed models, downplayed risk and uncertainty—why we need to pump the brakes on carbon tax clamoring and ask the hard questions

As bad news continues to roll in regarding the accelerating impacts of greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere, there is increasing discussion about imposing a carbon tax. Economists across the political spectrum support it, from Irwin Seltzer’s camp that remains “uncertain as to whether there is a global warming phenomenon” to William Nordhaus, who unequivocally views climate change as a threat. Read more on The Daily Climate

Watch The Climate Change Ad Fox News Didn’t Want Its Viewers To See 7-9-16

The network declined to air the ad during the GOP convention, a communications agency says.

“Hoax.” “Scam.” “Superstition.” Something “corrupt” scientists believe in.

These are just a few of the ways Fox News has described climate change. Read more on Huffington Post

June was record-hot for the U.S., and billion-dollar weather disasters surge to eight 7-7-16

Last month was the hottest June on record for the Lower 48. If this kind of headline is starting to feel like a record on repeat, you’re correct — it’s the second June in a row that’s become the warmest on record for the U.S., although that fact is dwarfed by the string of globally hot months we’ve experienced over the past year. Read more on The Washington Post

‘Houston, We Have a Problem’: 4 Ways Climate Change Impacts Texas 6-29-16

You know the saying. “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Unfortunately, it applies to climate change in Texas as well. Read more on EcoWatch

Record-Breaking Heat Wave Scorches Southwest 6-20-16

Temperatures climbed rapidly over the weekend in Arizona and southern California, hitting a scorching 118º F in Phoenix and leading to four deaths. The excessive heat stoked at least four major wildfires in the region and more than 300 million people remain under heat warnings or advisories. Read more on EcoWatch

From floods to forest fires: a warming planet – in pictures 6-3-16

Droughts, floods, forest fires and melting poles – climate change is impacting Earth like never before.

From the Australia to Greenland, Ashley Cooper’s work spans 13 years and over 30 countries. This selection, taken from his new book, shows a changing landscape, scarred by pollution and natural disasters – but there is hope too, with the steady rise of renewable energy. Read more on theguardian

E.P.A. Methane Leak Rules Take Aim at Climate Change 5-13-16

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled the first federal regulations to control emissions of potent planet-warming methane gas that could leach from new oil and gas wells, the next step in President Obama’s effort to combat climate change …Full article

Climate change, runaway development worsen Houston floods 5-18-16

With clay soil and tabletop-flat terrain, Houston has endured flooding for generations. Its 1,700 miles of man-made channels struggle to dispatch storm runoff to the Gulf of Mexico …Full article

Why the Biomass Industry’s Carbon Arguments Should Make You Spit Out Your Coffee 5-12-16

Bioenergy isn’t carbon neutral, of course, at least not in any timeframe we care about for addressing climate change. Wood-burning power plants emit more CO2 than coal plants, per megawatt-hour, and re-growing trees to resequester that carbon takes decades. Even when the wood fuel comes from “waste,” the emissions from burning it exceed those from coal …Full article

Bill McKibben: It’s Time to Turn Up the Heat on Those Who Are Wrecking Planet Earth 5-4-16

An interesting question is, what are you waiting for? Global warming is the biggest problem we’ve ever faced as a civilization-certainly you want to act to slow it down, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for just the right moment. …Full article

You’re more likely to see an oil industry ad than a climate report on CNN 4-25-16

Planet Earth is shattering climate records left and right. But don’t expect CNN viewers to know that. Over two recent weeks, the network aired more oil industry advertising than climate change coverage – nearly five times more. …Full article

Climate-change battle heats up between Whitehouse, Wall Street Journal 4-9-16

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, the Rhode Island Democrat who is the Senate’s leading voice on climate change, is locked in a bitter brawl with the Wall Street Journal editorial page over his proposal to sue fossil fuel companies for fraud …Full article

February Smashes Earth’s All-time Global Heat Record by a Jaw-Dropping Margin 3-14-16

NASA dropped a bombshell of a climate report on Saturday. February 2016 has soared past all rivals as the warmest seasonally adjusted month in more than a century of global recordkeeping. NASA’s analysis showed that February ran 2.43ºF above the 1951-1980 average for the month …Full article

Louisiana Tribe Officially Becomes America’s First Climate Refugees 2-22-16

French-speaking Indians who live deep in Louisiana bayou, some 50 miles south of New Orleans, became the United States’ first official climate refugees last week when the federal government awarded them $48 million to relocate …Full article

Congress’ Tax Breaks for Clean Energy Will Go A Long Way 2-22-16

In December, Republicans in Congress struck a deal with Democrats to extend a package of tax breaks for wind and solar energy projects. Prior to the deal, things looked bleak. The tax credit for wind had already expired the year before, and the one for solar was set to expire by 2016. So the extension, which came after Democrats agreed to support lifting the long-standing ban on U.S. oil exports, was a big and unexpected win for clean energy – one that will help buoy the industry for the next six years …Full article

Scientists are floored by what’s happening in the Arctic right now 2-18-16

New data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggest that January of 2016 was, for the globe, a truly extraordinary month. Coming off the hottest year ever recorded (2015), January saw the greatest departure from average of any month on record, according to data provided by NASA. January was the ninth straight month of record breaking global warmth …Full article

Study Ties U.S. to Spike in Global Methane Emissions 2-16-16

There was a hugh global spike in one of the most potent greenhouse gases driving climate change over the last decade and the U.S. may be the biggest culprit, according to a new Harvard University study. The U.S. alone could be responsible for between 30% and 60% of the global growth in human-caused atmospheric methane emission since 2002 because of a 30% spike in methane emission across the country…Full article

What Do Racism and Poverty Have to do with Pollution and Climate Change? 1-26-16

The harm that comes with rising seas and contaminated water systems isn’t evenly distributed. Those who are already disadvantaged by race, wealth, and income are usually the most affect by environmental disasters. If you’ve never heard the term “environmental justice” before, or if you just want to know more about it …Full article

2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say 1-20-16

Scientists reported that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before—a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world. “The whole system is warming up relentlessly,” said Gerald A. Meehl, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO …Full article

Proof That A Price on Carbon Works 1-19-16

Lawmakers whoe oppose taking action to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting aprice on carbon often argue that doing so would hurt businesses and consumers. But the energy policies adopted by some American states and Canadian provinces demonstrate that those arguements are simply unfounded …Full article


Annual 2015 U.S. Climate Report

The 2015 annual average U.S. temperature was 54.4ºF, 2.4º above the 20th century average, the second warmest year on record. This is the 19th consecutuve year the annual average temperature exceeded the 20th century average …Full article

North Carolina Experts See Hope in Climate Deal 12-28-15

The landmark agreement reached in Paris recently at the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, presents an opportunity for North Carolina to make the most of an inevitable push toward more renewable energy and less fossil fuels. The accord signed by 195 nations is intended to cut greenhouse gas emissions with the long-term goal to keep temperatures from rising above 2º C, when the most destuctive consequences would happen.  …Full article

The One Word That Almost Sank the Climate Talks 12-12-15

U.S. tactics during the negotiations included making a last-minute tweak to the text and amassing a huge coalition to help pressure China and India. Obama administratioin lawyers discovered early in the day that the latest draft text has a potentially deal-killing tweak: Deep in the document, in Article 4, was a line declaring that wealthier countries “shall” set economy-wide targets for cutting their greenhouse gas pollution …Full article

Ambition of Paris Climate Talks Rises by Half A Degree 12-10-15

It would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, but a new global deal to combat climate change appears poised to set the world a much more ambitious target than expected, even if achieving that goal is far out of reach for now …Full article

Surprisingly Good News for the Earth’s Climate: Greenhouse Gas Pollution Dropped This Year 12-7-15

Emissions of man-made greenhouse gases appear to have declined slightly in 2015, scientists said Monday, reflecting what experts say is an encouraging, though likely temporary, pause in the steady rise of pollutants blamed for climate change. Scientists say the drop is tangible evidence of changing behavior as more countries invest in renewable energy such as solar and wind power …Full article

Unsafe Climates 12-7-15

In Syria, the rainy season begins in November and ends in April. Only a third of the country’s farms have irrigation systems; the rest depend on what the season supplies them with, which, even in good years, isn’t all that much. In the winter of 2007, the rainy season never really began and may small farmers lost their herds and the prices of basic commodites more than doubled …Full article

Though Climate Change is a Crisis, the Population Threat is Even Worse 12-4-15

While the Paris climate summit focuses on global warming, the key issue is the prospect of 10 billion people on Earth …Full article

Check Out These Amazing Photos From the World’s Biggest Day of Climate Action Ever! 11-30-15

Hundreds of thousands of people joined an estimated 2,300 marches and actions in 175 countries over the weekend, demanding that the heads of state and negotiators in Paris pull together a strong deal to fight global warming, keep fossil fuels in the ground and shift to clean energy …Full article

“Bad News for the Planet,” Says the World Meteorological Organization 11-25-15

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that 2015 will set a variety of worrisome climate records due to manmade carbon pollution The 3-month average of Northern Hemispherre CO2 levels “crossed the 400 ppm barrier for the first time.” …Full article

There Was No Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ 40-Study Review Concludes 11-24-15

The new findings cast additional doubt on studies that found a pause in climate change Another scientific analysis has debunked the theory that global warming stalled 15 years ago. A similar finding by U.S. government scientists is at the center of a months-long probe led by Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House science committee …Full article

The Earth is on Track to End 2015 With an Average 1º C Warming 11-14-15

It’s all but certain that 2015 will end up as the hottest year on record. That would make 2015 the first year to crack the halfway mark of 2º C warming, the benchmark that’s been targeted as “safe” climage change and what nations are working toward meeting ahead of climate talks in Paris in December …Full article

Beyond Keystone: Why Climate Movement Must Keep the Heat On 11-10-15

It took a committed coalition and the increasingly harsh reality of climate change to push President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. But sustained public pressure will now be needed to force politicians to take the next critical actions on climate …Full article Hitting Close to Home: Global Warming is Fueling Extreme Weather Across the U.S. Check out Environment America’s new interactive extreme weather map. This map shows weather-related disasters in the U.S. over the last 5 years and tells stories of the people and communities who have endured some of those disasters …Full article

What We Can Learn From Hurricane Sandy 10-29-15

Hurricane Sandy was an especially dangerous storm. Was Sandy the one time (100 year) exception or a harbinger of change? If Sandy is an indicator of the future, we need to focus on and to learn from this hazardous weather event …more

How Exxon Went From Leader to Skeptic on Climate Change Research 10-23-15

Throughout much of the 1980s, Exxon earned a reputation as a pioneer in climate change research. It sponsored workshops, funded academic research and conducted its own high-tech experiments exploring the science behind global warming. But by 1990, the company, in public, took a different posture …Full article

U.S. & China Climate Change Targets 10-2-15

U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change …more

We May Have Just Bought Ourselves An Extra Decade to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change 9-28-15

Virtually every major country has made pledges to limit or reduce carbon pollution in advance of the Paris climate talks this December. These pledges generally end in 2025 or 2030, and so they only matter if the world keeps ratcheting down its greenhouse gas emissions in future agreements until we get near zero by century’s end …Full article

Pope Francis Unlikely to Sway Catholic Republicans on Climate Change 9-23-15

As Pope Francis steps up his moral campaign for global action on climage change, Republican Roman Catholics in Congress are more likely to listen to fossil fuel interests than their pontiff, religious and political researchers say, based on lawmakers’ track records …Full article

It’s Official: Summer 2015 Hottest Ever in Recorded History 9-18-15

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) announced that this past summer was the hottest on record globally. Global average temperatures for 2015 are far above those of the six warmest years on record. This summer, 11 states across the West nd Southeast were much warmer than average, according to NOAA …Full article

Exxon: The Road Not Taken 9-15-15

Exxon Confirmed Global Warming Consensus in 1982 with In-House Climate Models

The company chairman would later mock models as unreliable while he campaigned to stop global action to reduce fossil fuel emissions. Through much of the 1980s, Exxon researchers worked alongside university and government scientists to generate objective climate models that yielded papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Their work confirmed the emerging consensus on global warming’s risk …Full article

How Much of California’s Drought Was Caused by Climate Change? Scientists Now Have the Answer 8-20-15

Over the last few years, as California’s historic, four-year drought has intensified, scientists have found clues linking the extreme weather event to human-caused climate change …Full article

Feeling the Heat: Earth in July Was Hottest Month on Record 8-20-15

This past July was nearly 1.5º above average July temperature in the 20th century. “It just reaffirms what we already know: that the Earth is warming,” said NOAA climate scientist Jake Crouch. “The warming is accelerating and we’re really seeing it this year.” …Full article

Maryland Takes the Lead on Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings 8-19-15

Thanks to the advocacy of Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and a groundbreaking decision from the state’s Public Service Commission, Maryland could serve as a model for other states …Full article

Glaciers ‘have shrunk to lowest levels in 120 years’ 8-4-15

Glaciers worldwide have shrunk to levels not seen in 120 years of record-keeping, with meliting accelerating in the first decade of the 21st century according to a recent study …Full article

365 Companies Throw Support Behind EPA’s Clean Power Plan 8-3-15

Sustainability advocacy group Ceres obtained signatures from 365 companies and investors for a letter it sent to 29 US governors, voicing support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan …Full article

What’s Really Warming the World? 6-24-15

This chart will silence your friends who make excuses for climate change. The recent release of 11 research papers marked another milestone in the Environmental Defense Fund’s ongoing effort to understand the natural gas industry’s carbon footprint. …Full article

McKibben to Obama: You still have time to be a climate champion – but not much 6-11-15

To read Bill McKibben’s letter to President Obama click here

Monthly Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit New Milestone 5-7-15

For 800,000 years before the 20th century, carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere never exceeded 300 ppm (parts per million). The the Industrial Revolution began, and modern human civilization started burning through millions of years of fossilized carbon in the geological blink of an eye. Yesterday, NOAA scientists reported that in March 2015 the monthly average global carson dioxide level went above 400 ppm for the first time …Full article

Arctic Ice Melting Faster and Earlier as Scientists Demand Action 5-5-15

Arctic returns to warm period with trend over the decades continuing to show temperatures getting hotter and ice melting faster, scientists say. According to NOAA scientists, there was less ice in the Arctic this winter than any other winter tracked during the satillite era. The consequences are major and far-reaching …Full article

8 Things You Need to Know About Hillary Clinton and Climate Change 4-12-15

Now that Hillary has announced her candidacy and is poised to coast through the 2016 Democratic primary, would a Clinton presidency be similar to Obama’s concerning climate change? It seems the answer is yes. Clinton certainly seems to appreciate the seriousness of the threat of catastrophic climate change and supports domestic policies and international agreements to reduce carbon emissions …Full article

Global Summary Information 3-15

According to the National Climatic Data Center, March 2015 and first quarter of year warmest on record; Arctic sea ice extent smallest on record for the month of March. During March, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.53ºF above the 20th century average. This surpasses the previous record in 2010 by .09ºF …Full article

Opinion: Hope Springs Eternal 3-20-15

After years of false prospects on climate change breakthroughs, seven reasons for new hope. 1) The numbers on wind and solar are finally beginning to add up impressively. 2) Non-Usual suspects are taking up the discussion 3) Global carbon emissions flatlined in 2014. 4) The embarassments for hardcore deniers are beginning to add up. 5) Beyond a few celebrated columnists, other media are now wide awake. 6) Divestment is showing a few big wins and beginning to work. 7) Some U.S. political operatives are getting louder about Republican climate denial being a dead end. …Full article

President Obama Orders Cuts in Federal Greenhouse Emissions 3-19-15

President Obama signed an Executive Order to cut the Federal Government’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% from 2008 levels, saving taxpayers $18 billion in energy costs …more

The Right Warms Up to Climate Change 3-18-15

Conservatives are definitely moving in the direction of endorsing climate change. Just don’t ask them to blame humans yet. Four years ago Richard Muller, a UC-Berkeley physics professor, began releasing the results of a sweeping 2-year climate study. It confirmed what the overwhelming majority of other climate studies has also found: that the earth was warming and humans were almost entirely responsible. What set Muller’s study apart was that prior to the release of the study, he had been known as a leading climate-change skeptic …Full article

The Melting of Antarctica Was Already Really Bad. It just got worse. 3-16-15

A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabiized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea level rise. Americans should take note-when the bottom of the world loses vast amounts of ice, those of us living closer to its top get more sea level rise than the rest of the planet, thanks to the law of gravity …Full article

Climate Change Can Skew Fish Gender Ratios 3-10-15

Scientists find that zebrafish exposed to hormone-disrupting chemical pollution produce abnormal numbers of male offspring, especially in increasingly warmer water. LONDON – Climate change seems to make everything worse – at least for some wild creatures. British scientists have just confirmed that higher temperatures could amplify the impact of hormone-disrupting chemicals that already pollute the environment …Full article

Kids Are Smarter Than Senators on Climate Change, and This Poll Proves It! 3-10-15

Every kid forever has dreamt of bossing around a bunch of authoritive grown-ups. On Capital Hill, six teens met with climate-denying GOP senators to school them on elementary-level climate science …Full article

Leaked Email Reveals Who’s Who List of Climate Denialists 3-6-15

A network of pundits and scientists is consulted about stopping release of “Merchants of Doubt,” a documentary film that exposes their work …more

We Are Already Seeing the First Examples of How Climate Change Will Leave Us All Thirsty 3-3-15

Climate change is reshaping the world in a big way. Rising temperatures, melting ice, and suging seas are just a few of the obvious effects that we’re already observing. In fact, climate change is threatening one of our planet’s most precious and necessary resources: our water …Full article

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen Introduces the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015 2-25-15

On February 24, Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) proposed HR 5721, the Health Climate and Family Security Act of 2015. The bill would create a ‘carbon cap and dividend’ system, meaning 100% of the funds generated from autioning off carbon permits would be passed on equally to every US resident with a social security number. …more

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher 2-21-15

For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguements by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity …Full article

Miami is Already Sinking Under Rising Sea Levels 2-18-15

You don’t have to look 85 years into the future to see what a sinking world looks like – you only need to look as far as Miami …Full article

8 Reasons to be Optimistic About the Climate Movement in 2015 2-16-15

  1. Fronline Communities are Leading
  2. Pope Francis will issue an edict on climate change
  3. Success of divestment movement
  4. New York banned fracking
  5. The year we stop the Keystone XL pipeline
  6. Kids putting climate change on trial
  7. Building toward Paris
  8. RYSE ...Full article

A 50th Anniversary Few Remember: LBJ’s Warning on Carbon Dioxide 2-2-15

Fifty years ago this month President Johnson’s science advisors delivered the first warning about rising greenhouse gas emissions to a sitting president. On February 8, he warned Congress about altering the atmosphere with carbon emissions. Above, climate scientist Roger Revelle shakes hands with Johnson in the Oval Office. Photo courtesy Roger Revelle Papers, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, San Diego …more

Majority of Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change 1-30-15

A recent poll by The NY Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resouces for the Future shows that an overwhelming majority, including nearly half of Republicans, back government steps to curb global warming. The poll also found that two-thirds of Americans said they were more likely to vote for political candidates who campaign on fighting climate change …Full article

This General Rescued New Orleans-Now He Wants to Save the World 1-27-15

Russel Honoré says pollution is a national security threat The 67-year-old retire lieutenant general, seen here addressing members of the Green Army, doesn’t fit the stereotype of your typical green activist. Many soldiers called him “The Ragin’ Cajun,” though he is in fact a Louisana Creole. Though retired, his soldiering days aren’t over. He’s now the leader of the Green Army, a coalition of Gulf Coast residents taking on pollution in their region …Full article

New Video from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Shows Perennial Sea Ice is Melting 1-21-15

Perennial sea ice stays frozen year round but is melting at a steady rate since 1979. the chart below show the decline using measurements taken every September, when the ice reaches its minimum for the year.

Ice is reflective and helps beam much of the sun’s energy back into space. The darker ocean absorbs the heat and this contributes to the warming of the world’s oceans …more

Climate Advocates Shift Focus to State Action in 2015 1-2-15

Concluding that global warming will be a toxic topic in the newly elected Congress, climate movement leaders say they will press for action by state and local authorities while encouraging President Obama to advance his agenda for fighting climate change …Full article

Map Shows Rise in Temperature Trends in the US by State 2015

Based on thermometer records from weather stations you can click on your state and see how temperatures have changed. This site compares the global warming with temperature trends at local levels …Find your state

The Climate Science Behind New England’s Historic Blizzard 1-26-15

According to Dr. Kevin Trenberth, former head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a “big part” of the epic blizzard bearing down on New England is due to “human-induced climate change.”

Before this latest storm, we’ve seen a long-term pattern of more extreme precipitation, particularly in New England winters. Climate scientists have long predicted this would happen in a warming world …Full article

Sea Level Rise Accelerating More Than Once Thought 1-14-15

A new study shows that the world’s oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past. the study found that for much of the 20th century — until about 1990 — sea level was about 30% less than earlier research has figured. But that’s no good news, because about 25 years ago the seas started rising faster and the acceleration in 1990 turns out to be more dramatic than previously calculated, triggered by melting ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica and shrinking glaciers, triggered by man-made global warming …Full article

Could Global Tide Be Starting to Turn Against Fossil Fuels? 1-13-15

Boom may be turning to bust for fossil fuels. Market forces are combining with the prospect of new limits on carbon emissions from major economies such as China and the US to prick the carbon bubble. Many anaylsts are now suggesting that — with prices falling and production costs rising — the coming year could be the moment when investors realize the game is up for the coal and oil industries …Full article

The best way to get people to save energy isn’t through their pocketbook. To save power, appeal to health benefits 1-12-15

Conventional wisdom holds that the most effective way to get people to save energy is to show them how much money they’ll save. Turns out there’s a more efficient approach.

Reminders of the environmental health benefits of cutting electricity use are far more powerful motivation, scientists found in research published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science …Full article

Snowmageddon Redux 2015

6 years after the Snowmageddon of 2010 buries the Washington DC area in up to 30″ of snow, another major winter storm is poised to unload upwards of 30″ of snow in the US capital, while threatening the Atlantic seaboard with hurricane-level storm surge …Full article


See the latest facts about climate change with charts, graphs and information from the new Third Edition of the EPA’s Climate Indicators 2014

The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—live heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures—are already taking place …More

Climate Deal Would Commit Every Nation to Limiting Emissions 12-15-14

The agreement reached in Lima, Peru, would be a breakthrough in 20 years of efforts by the United Nations to create a serious global warming accord, but it fall short of what scientists say is needed. Top officials from nearly 200 nations agreed to the first deal committing every country in the world to reducing fossil fuel emissions that cause global warming …Full article

Outcomes of the Lima Climate Negotiations 12-14

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change came to a close on December 14, 2014. Delegations from nearly 200 countries set the stage for a new cllimate agreement …Full article

2014: A Year of White House Action 12-22-14

“In last year’s final press conference, I said that 2014 would be a year of action and would be a breakthrough year for the American people. And it has been… We have more work to do to make sure our economy, our justice system, and our government work not just for the few, but for the many. But there is no doubt that we can enter into the New Year with renewed confidence that America is making significant strides where it counts.” – President Obama, Year-End Press Conference, December 19, 2014 …Full article

Climate Deal Would Commit Every Nation to Limiting Emissions 12-14-14

The agreement reached in Lima, Peru, would be a breakthrough in 20 years of efforts by the United Nations to create a serious global warming accord, but it fall short of what scientists say is needed. Top officials from nearly 200 nations agreed to the first deal committing every country in the world to reducing fossil fuel emissions that cause global warming …Full article

NOAA: Globe Sets 5th Hottest-Month Record of 2014 11-20-14

Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the glove is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year. “It is becoming pretty clear that 2014 will end up as the warmest year on record,” said Deke Arndt, climate monitoring chief for NOAA’s National Climate Data Center in Asheville, NC. “The remaining question is: How much?” …Full article

Climate Change Fact Sheet: Polling the American Public on Climate Change 10-14-14

This fact sheet provides information on climate change polling in the United States over the last year from a variety of sources. There is support for somewhat higher electricity bills if it means decreasing carbon dioxide pollution …more