Previous Climate Change News 2019

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

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

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