Previous Climate Change News

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 inaction. Read 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 change by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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