Previous Climate Change News 2020

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


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


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