Previous Climate Change News 2019

Homelessness is already a crisis—but climate change makes it much worse 08-07-19

It’s time to stop treating the housing crisis and the climate crisis as two separate issues—and start designing solutions for both at once. Read more at Fast Company


Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas? 08-05-19

U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in costs for the extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense of what will be required. Read more at Yale Environment 360


We must change food production to save the world, says leaked report 08-04-19

Cutting carbon from transport and energy ‘not enough’ IPCC finds. Attempts to solve the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure, scientists will warn this week. Read more at The Guardian


States sue Trump administration for reduced penalties on fuel efficiency 08-02-19

While parts of the world have warmed or cooled in the past, modern climate change is happening just about everywhere at the same time. Read more at The Hill


No Climate Event in 2,000 Years Compares to What’s Happening Now 07-24-9

While parts of the world have warmed or cooled in the past, modern climate change is happening just about everywhere at the same time. Read more at The Atlantic


The town fighting the climate crisis to stay afloat, one hurricane at at time 07-21-19

Fair Bluff has already been hit by two hurricanes – but if another arrives this year, it could become one of the US’s first climate crisis ghost towns. Read more at The Guardian


Cut Beef Consumption in Half to Help Save the Earth, Says New Study 07-18-19

The world’s population will hit 10 billion in just 30 years and all of those people need to eat. To feed that many humans with the resources Earth has, we will have to cut down the amount of beef we eat. Read more at EcoWatch


D.C. Averages A Week Of 100-Degree Days. Climate Change Could Make That Two Months. 07-16-19

Washingtonians love to complain about the region’s sultry summer weather. Well, get ready to complain some more. Read more at WAMU – American University Radio


This was the hottest June in history, and summer is just getting started 07-02-19

If sometime during the past month you wiped sweat from your brow and thought, “Damn, it’s hot!” then congrats, your body knows what’s up. Read more at Grist


Ancient North Carolina trees that hold climate clues are under threat 06-26-19

Logging and sea level rise spell trouble for bald cypress trees—some more than 2,000 years old—which contain precious climate records. Read more at Environmental Health News


Soggy springs, scorching summers: Higher temperatures taking toll on US staple crops 06-24-19

As a changing climate continues to increase average temperatures in the US, researchers estimate yield losses that could cost billions Read more at Environmental Health News  


2019 On Track to Be Earth’s Third Warmest Year on Record, NOAA Says 06-18-19

The first five months of 2019 have been among Earth’s top three warmest in 140 years of temperature records, according to a just-released analysis. Read more at The Weather Channel


U.S. Forests Are Being Devastated to Supply Biomass Energy Industry, Report Finds 06-18-19

According to the UN’s biodiversity report released last month, forests in the U.S. Southeast are being logged at four times the rate as those in the Amazon. Read more at Yale Environment 360


Climate Change-Fueled Valley Fever is Hitting Farmworkers Hard 06-17-19

The potentially deadly disease is caused by a soil-borne fungus made worse by rising rates of dust storms. In California’s Central Valley, farmworkers are bearing the brunt of the problem. Read more at Civil Eats


‘Single Most Important Stat on the Planet’: Alarm as Atmospheric CO2 Soars to ‘Legit Scary’ Record High 06-06-19

In another alarming signal that the international community is failing to take the kind of ambitious action necessary to avert global climate catastrophe, NOAA released new data Tuesday showing that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels — which environmentalist Bill McKibben described as the “single most important stat on the planet” — reached a “record high” in the month of May. Read more at EcoWatch


Our food system’s reckoning with nature is coming 06-05-19

Agriculture expert explores how today’s relationship to food banishes nature and the environment to the periphery of how we live, instead of at the center. Read more at The Daily Climate


Long-term ecological research threatened by short-term thinking 06-03-19

When pioneering ecologist Alton Lindsey founded the Ross Biological Reserve at Purdue University in 1949, he envisioned a “living laboratory” where time-extensive ecological studies could be carried out and flourish. Read more at Mongabay 


Has Climate Change Made Tornadoes Worse? It’s Not So Simple. 05-31-19

As the seemingly endless barrage of violent tornadoes continued to pummel a large swath of the United States this week, lawmakers and concerned citizens declared on social media that the storms offered a front row seat to the unfolding climate crisis. Read more at Mother Jones


The Energy 202: Green New Deal is alive and well in liberal cities and states 05-28-19

The Green New Deal may be floundering in Washington. But it is alive and well in left-leaning states and cities across the country. Read more at The Washington Post


Scientists are baffled by a giant spike in this greenhouse gas (it’s not CO2) 05-17-19

The unexpected culprit that could throw a wrench in the world’s efforts to stop climate change? Read more at Grist


Plastics Threaten Global Climate at a Massive Scale During Each Point of Lifecycle, Report Finds 05-17-19

Plastics in the environment play a huge role on the climate as it degrades, continually releasing methane and other GHGs that increase as plastics break down further. Read more at Ecowatch


Carbon dioxide levels just hit 415 ppm. Who saw this coming? Exxon Mobil. 05-15-19

This emissions update comes from daily data collected via analyzer at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, since 1956. After breaking the 400 ppm threshold in 2013, data from 2019 puts emissions at 415 ppm. The “upward trajectory continues,” the video ends on an ominous note. Read more at Grist


From making it to managing it, plastic is a major contributor to climate change 05-15-19

New report finds plastic production and use could have the equivalent impact of nearly 300 new coal power plants on Earth’s climate over the next decade. Read more at Environmental Health News 


The Next Regeneration 04-30-19

New York wants to fight climate change through good farming. Here’s the dirt. Read more at Grist


Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good 04-26-19

Conventional wisdom holds that all tree planting is good for fighting climate change and supporting wildlife, but research shows some techniques can be a problem. Read more at National Geographic


The Uncertain Future of D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms 04-19-19

The cherry trees at the Tidal Basin look beautiful, but daily flooding at high tide and crumbling infrastructure are threatening their survival. Read more at CityLab


Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need 04-16-19

There are growing concerns that the reforestation agenda is becoming a green cover for the further assault on ecosystems. Read more at Yale Environment 360


An easy, cost-effective way to address climate change? Massive reforestation. 04-11-19

As the implications of climate change become starker and the world faces up to a biodiversity crisis that threatens humanity’s existence, a group of campaigners from across the world are saying there is one clear way to get us out of this mess, but that governments are ignoring it. Read more at Grist


The Uncertain Future of D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms 04-09-19

The cherry trees at the Tidal Basin look beautiful, but daily flooding at high tide and crumbling infrastructure are threatening their survival. Read more at CityLab


As Mass Timber Takes Off, How Green Is This New Building Material? 04-09-19

Some are questioning whether the logging and manufacturing required to produce the new material outweigh any benefits. Read more at Yale Environment 360


Inside John Kerry’s shadow diplomacy on climate change 04-08-19

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is speaking publicly for the first time about a new chapter in his half-century history with Vietnam: an initiative aiming to get the country off coal-fired power. Read more at Axios


Citing climate differences, Shell walks away from U.S. refining lobby 04-02-19

Royal Dutch Shell Plc on Tuesday became the first major oil and gas company to announce plans to leave a leading U.S. refining lobby due to disagreement on climate policies, citing its support for the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Read more at Reuters


Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2018, International Energy Agency says 03-26-19

Greater demand for energy and more extreme temperatures saw global carbon emissions reach a record high in 2018 partly because of higher coal use, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Read more at ABC


What the Northward March of Mangroves Means for Fishing, Flooding and Carbon 03-22-18

Ranges of mangroves have naturally waxed and waned over the years, influenced by the weather, but with climate change has come a crucial reduction in crop- and tree-killing freeze events. Read more at Climate Central


It’s 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change 3-11-19

When NPR interviewed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in February about her Green New Deal, she said that her goal was bigger than just passing some new laws. “What I hope we’re able to do is rediscover the power of public imagination,” she said. Read more at WNPR


Atlantic City can’t afford to roll the dice on sea-level rise 02-23-19

Atlantic City, the once-proud gambling and resort destination, is treading water. In 2017, it was one of three U.S. cities that experienced the most record flooding from high tides, according to a June report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more at Grist


Planting 1.2 Trillion Trees Could Cancel Out a Decade of CO2 Emissions, Scientists Find 02-20-19

There is enough room in the world’s existing parks, forests, and abandoned land to plant 1.2 trillion additional trees. Read more at Yale Environment 360


TVA Votes to Close 2 Coal Plants, Despite Political Pressure from Trump and Kentucky GOP 02-14-19

The aging Paradise coal-fired power plant is unreliable, expensive and polluting, TVA data show. The federally owned utility said its decision is based on economics. Read more at Inside Climate News


Climate Change, ISIS and Cyberattacks Are Seen as the World’s Top Threats in a New Pew Poll 02-11-19

Climate change increasingly ranks as the world’s most pressing security threat, with terrorism and cyberattacks also topping the list, according to a new survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center. Read more at Time


5 Science Teams Racing Climate Change as the Ecosystems They Study Disappear 02-06-19

From mountain glaciers to coastal seabeds, five research projects to watch as scientists race to understand the human drivers of global warming. Read more at Inside Climate News


It’s Official: 2018 Was the Fourth-Warmest Year on Record 02-06-19

The Earth’s temperature in 2018 was more than 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, above the average temperature of the late 19th century. Read more at The New York Times


Atlantic Coast Pipeline delayed to 2020, Dominion adds $1B to cost estimate 02-04-19

Dominion Energy disclosed on Friday that its Atlantic Coast Pipeline project has been delayed and costs are rising, a result of environmental lawsuits that have forced a stop in construction. Read more at Utility Dive


Despite the U.S. cold snap, January was hot hot hot 01-31-19

This January should be remembered for its unusual warmth, not its cold.

Yes, it’s so cold right now that even hardy Minneapolis is shutting down schools, but even with these few days of extreme cold, Minnesota should end up with a near “normal” month thanks to weeks of unusual warmth. Read more at Grist


Investors Join Calls for a Food Revolution to Fight Climate Change 01-29-19

A series of new reports shows how climate change is intertwined with the world’s worsening health, and suggests changes in the global food production system Read more at Inside Climate News


Germany sets ‘historic’ deadline to end coal use by 2038 in bid to curb climate change 01-27-19

Expert panel recommends creating up to 5,000 new jobs in regions affected by transition Read more at The Independent


Industrial Agriculture, an Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, a Growing Driver of Climate Change 01-25-19

Industrial farming encourages practices that degrade the soil and increase emissions, while leaving farmers more vulnerable to damage as the planet warms. Read more at Inside Climate News


Carbon tax backers grapple with ‘Green New Deal’ 01-23-19

Congressional carbon tax supporters are planning to introduce a slew of emissions pricing bills in the coming months, even as progressives coalesce around a broader plan to tackle climate change, but one thing is clear: The “Green New Deal” has left its mark. Read more at E & E News


The Energy 202: ‘Year from hell’ means more Americans are taking climate change personally, new polling shows 01-23-19

A pair of polls published Tuesday found broad recognition among Americans that the world is getting warmer after they endured a year of intense wildfires and devastating hurricanes. Read more at The Washington Post 


More Americans Than Ever Believe in Climate Change, No Matter What Trump Says 01-22-19

New rates of melting ice underscore the results of an encouraging survey about environmental attitudes. This country may be run by a rabid climate denier, but when it comes to the existential issue of our time, most Americans aren’t taking their cues from President Trump. Read more at Rolling Stone


8 percent of Americans recently changed their minds on climate. What gives? 01-16-19

For some people, the awakening comes in science class. Read more at Grist


The ‘Green New Deal’: Six things to know 01-15-19

The ‘Green New Deal’ has inspired lots of conversation in the climate world. Here are a few key points to consider. Read more at Yale Climate Connections


600+ environmental orgs say this is what they want in a Green New Deal 01-10-19

The urgency to get to a fossil fuel-free future is growing. Now comes the discussion over just how to get there. Read more at Grist 


Something Old, Something New 01-09-19

The Green New Deal is touching up its (grass)roots

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Elizabeth Warren. Beto O’Rourke. Those are just a few of the high-profile names either leading the development of or jumping to endorse today’s environmental cause célèbre, the Green New Deal. Read more at Grist