Previous Climate Change News 2020

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 Phy.org

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