Previous Climate Change News 2017

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