Previous Climate Change News 2016

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 inactionRead 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 changeby 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