Previous Climate Change News 2023

A look back at US climate solutions this year 12-21-23

The country may have a long way to go in its decarbonization goals, but these stories show signs of progress. Read more

Rising Sea Levels Threaten Hazardous Waste Facilities Along U.S. Coast 12-10-23

Sea level rise due to climate change is threatening hazardous waste management infrastructure along U.S. coastlines, according to an EPA report released earlier this year.

How much carbon can oysters store? Scientists are trying to find out. 12-07-23

Oysters stabilize shorelines, trap carbon-rich sediment, and help marshes grow. Read more

The World is Careening Toward 3 Degrees of Warming, UN Says Ahead of Climate Conference 11-21-23

A new UN report sets the stage for high-stakes negotiations at COP28 this month. Read more

Will climate cookbooks change how we eat? 11-20-23

Sustainable diets have been around for ages, but an emerging cookbook genre signals a new appetite for change. Read more

How Climate Change is Affecting Every U.S. Region 11-20-23

The nation’s top scientists have the details in a brand-new report.

Wind and Solar Energy Are Booming in Surprising Places 11-15-23

Areas that used to host fossil fuel industries are getting a large share of clean energy investment, a new analysis finds.

Climate change is putting the health of billions at risk 11-14-23

A new report from a leading medical journal warns global warming may lead to a 370 percent increase in annual heat-related deaths. Read more

Every region of the country is taking climate action. Here’s how. 11-14-23

The National Climate Assessment makes clear we’ve got a lot of work to do. These cities and states are leading the way. Read more

The pope leads 1.4 billion Catholics. Getting them to care about the climate is harder than he thought. 10-23-23

Pope Francis is among the most significant religious leaders in the world. But even he can’t bend the emissions curve on his own. Read more

Atlantic hurricanes intensifying faster, more frequently, research finds 10-19-23

The list of major hurricanes that rapidly intensified before hitting the United States in recent years is long and memorable: Harvey, Irma, Maria, Michael, Laura, Ida, Ian and Idalia. Read more

The Planet’s Big Blue Machine: Why the Ocean Engine Matters 10-13-23

The ocean is an enormous engine, turning heat energy into motion, says physicist Helen Czerski. But human activity is threatening that machine — depriving the seas of oxygen, increasing stratification, and potentially changing the currents that influence global weather.

How old government buildings are fighting climate change 10-12-23

Inside the General Services Administration’s push to green government buildings.

Cities are struggling with warmer, wetter weather. Better climate models could help. 10-03-23

A new federal initiative is bringing together climate scientists and community leaders to examine cities’ microclimates — and make them more resilient. Read more

Why New York City Keeps Flooding 09-29-23

When the city’s drainage network is overwhelmed, “it backs up,” experts said. Read more

Report: The world’s most critical climate target is still within reach 09-26-23

Holding global warming in check requires tripling renewable power, the IEA says. Read more

A climate scientist on how to recognize the new climate change denial 09-22-23

Delay, deflect, downplay, and other ways fossil fuel companies block climate action. Read more

Climate risks place 39 million U.S. homes at risk of losing their insurance 09-20-23

“Sound pricing is going to make it unaffordable to live in certain places as climate impacts emerge.” Read more

2023 has already broken the US record for billion-dollar climate disasters 09-11-23

Four months before the close of 2023, the United States has already broken its record for the number of weather and climate disasters with damages exceeding $1 billion in a calendar year. Read more

Mobile homes could be a climate solution. So why don’t they get more respect? 09-08-23

We like to denigrate manufactured housing, but new units are better for the environment. Read more

Where dangerous heat is surging 09-05-23

The world is experiencing a surge in extremely hot days that put human health at risk, with the threat concentrated in some of the places least prepared to cope, according to an analysis of climate data by The Washington Post and CarbonPlan, a nonprofit that develops publicly available climate data and analytics. Read more

Hurricane Idalia’s Explosive Power Comes from Abnormally Hot Oceans 08-30-23

By burning fossil fuels, humans force the oceans to soak up the heat equivalent of a Hiroshima-size bomb, over and over again. Read more

Climate change is coming for your olive oil, too 08-25-23

Heatflation has doubled the price of olive oil over the past year. Read more

Looking for a US ‘climate haven’ away from heat and disaster risks? Good luck finding one 08-23-23

That sense of living through unexpected and unprecedented disasters resonates with more Americans each year, we have found in our research into the past, present and future of risk and resilience. Read more

A tropical storm in California? Warmer waters and El Niño made it possible. 08-21-23

Tropical Storm Hilary adds to the lengthy list of climate-fueled disasters this summer. Read more

Planet’s hottest month confirmed while Earth keeps baking 08-15-23

“During July 2023, 9.35% of the world’s surface had a record-high July temperature — the highest July percentage,” NOAA said. Read more

Will a fear of fires burn New York? 08-05-23

Prescribed burns are banned in New York’s largest tracts of forest, but some rangers say they need to torch the brush to save the trees. Read more

A killer ocean heatwave is decimating Florida’s corals 07-31-23

Scientists are racing to relocate corals from dangerously hot ocean waters. Read more

Why Florida’s home insurance crisis isn’t going away 07-19-23

Even if the market recovers from Hurricane Ian, climate change will likely keep prices high. Read more

For Florida’s Hurricane Ian survivors, extreme heat is a ‘second disaster’ 07-17-23

The state’s record-breaking weather shows how compound climate events hurt the most vulnerable Read more

Why it’s so important to figure out when a vital Atlantic Ocean current might collapse 07-14-23

Deep in the Atlantic Ocean, there’s a massive current the size of 8,000 Mississippi Rivers. Read more

EPA unveils $20 billion to finance the fight against climate change 07-14-23

The EPA is unveiling $20 billion for a national ‘green bank’ Read more

How $90 million could help U.S. buildings withstand climate disasters 07-12-23

When Hurricane Ida battered Louisiana, strong winds ripped the roofs off tens of thousands of homes. But today, the Biden administration is hoping a simple fix could save homes in that state — and others across the country — from a similar fate. Read more

Soil improvements could keep planet within 1.5C heating target, research shows 07-08-23

Better farming techniques across the world could lead to storage of 31 gigatons of carbon dioxide a year. Read more

The overlooked climate consequences of AI 07-06-23

Experts say the current hype ignores how AI contributes to emissions, misinformation, and fossil fuel production. Read more

Climate peril, insurance, sand costs: No easy fix in Rodanthe 07-03-23

Even with the might of government, it can be difficult to force people to remove their houses that are at risk of falling into the ocean. Read more

As the Sea Rises, Will a Prized National Seashore Wash Away? 06-27-23

“Will we still be here in 30, 40, or 50 years?,” says Superintendent Hallac. “All I know is it will different, maybe very different.” Read more

How Daniel Ellsberg Opened the Door to One of the Most Consequential Climate Stories of Our Time 06-20-23

In October 2014, Daniel Ellsberg opened the door to one of the most consequential climate stories of our time. I know because Inside Climate News was able to publish it a year later. Read more

Why is the summer off to such an extreme start? 06-13-23

Blame climate change, El Niño, and a dose of bad luck. Read more

Wildfires reignite calls for Biden to declare a climate emergency 06-09-23

Some — not all — Democrats say Biden should declare a climate emergency. Read more

New Jersey is teaching kids about climate. Opponents call it “indoctrination.” 06-07-23

The education culture wars are coming for climate change. Read more

Amazon workers walk out amid layoffs, citing concerns for climate 05-31-23

Frustrated by job losses, office policies and rising carbon emissions, white-collar Amazon workers are demanding more from leadership Read more

Flooding study reveals factors NOAA forecasts don’t include 05-01-23

Beaufort’s historic Front Street is a bustling hub for local businesses, and strolling around the area is a must-do for tourists. But all this activity is disrupted when the town experiences flooding. Read more

A leading private equity firm claimed to be a climate leader – while increasing emissions 04-27-23

The Carlyle Group’s 2011-22 greenhouse gas footprint was roughly equivalent to Alaska’s ‘carbon bomb’ Willow drilling project. Read more

A record warm streak in the oceans has scientists worried 04-27-23

A budding El Niño and climate change likely play a role, experts say. Read more

Climate Change Is Walloping US Farms. Can This Farm Bill Create Real Solutions? 04-26-23

Some of the most impactful changes, including crop diversification and shifting diets from meat toward plants, are barely on the negotiating table. Read more

Spring wildfires in the eastern US got off to a roaring start this year 04-25-23

It may not be as dramatic as when the West burns, but an unseasonably warm, dry winter could make fire season longer and more intense. Read more

Inside climate activists’ uneasy relationship with ‘net-zero’ 04-11-23

How the logic of carbon neutrality got “lit on fire” by big polluters. Read more

Warming temperatures trigger earliest spring on record in parts of eastern US 04-05-23

Unseasonably early blooms can wreak havoc on allergies, disease vectors, and agriculture. Read more

It’s not just oceans that are rising. Groundwater is, too. 03-29-23

As subterranean water inches higher, so do threats to air and water. Read more

Why climate ‘doomers’ are replacing climate ‘deniers’ 03-24-23

How U.N. reports and confusing headlines created a generation of people who believe climate change can’t be stopped Read more

‘What Really Keeps Me Up at Night’: A Climate Scientist’s Call to Action 03-22-23

“Climate change is real and it is here, and it’s not going away. We need your help,” writes Joëlle Gergis in the new book Humanity’s Moment. Read more

10 of the best climate change documentaries to see in 2023. 03-02-23

These films screened at the recent Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Read more

Parts of US see earliest spring conditions on record: ‘Climate change playing out in real time’ 02-24-23

Parts of Texas, Arkansas, Ohio and Maryland, along with New York, are all recording their earliest spring conditions on record, Read more

Wording matters when talking about climate change: Study 02-17-23

A new study out of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication investigated the differences in how Americans perceive the phrases “carbon pollution,” “carbon emissions” and “greenhouse gas emissions.” Read more

FEMA’s failure to account for climate change leaves BIPOC communities on the brink of disaster 02-14-23

Without fast or substantive changes to FEMA, the residents least responsible for climate change will continue to face the greatest harms. Read more

California’s next flood could destroy one of its most diverse cities. Will lawmakers try to save it? 01-19-23

Climate change could submerge Stockton beneath 10 feet of water. The city’s aging levees aren’t prepared. Read more

Exxon’s models predicting climate change were spot on — 40 years ago 01-12-23

A new study finds that Exxon’s projections were as good as any academic’s. Read more

California storms persist with deluges, mudslide threats 01-11-23

California saw no relief from drenching rains early Tuesday as the latest in a relentless string of storms continued to swamp roads and batter coastlines with high surf, turning rivers into gushing flood zones and forcing the evacuation of thousands. Read more