Changing Climate
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  • Wildfires Feb 27

    US Forest Chief: ‘Tough Choices’ to Fund Wildfire Prevention

    The U.S. Forest Service has been working with states and other partners to treat more acres every year in hopes of reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire, but Forest Chief Vicki Christiansen acknowledged that a budget proposal for the next fiscal year could mean no funding for some programs.

  • Coral Reefs Feb 18

    Earth’s Coral Reefs Could Be Gone by 2100, Research Finds

    Climate change could wipe out almost all coral reef habitats around the world by 2100, according to research released Monday.

  • Venice Feb 16

    As Sea Levels Rise, Venice Fights to Stay Above the Waterline

    While scientists around the world warn about the threat posed by rising seas, Venice has had the tide literally at its doorstep since its foundation — it has been adapting to it for centuries, NBC News reports.

  • Rajendra Kumar Pachauri Feb 14

    RK Pachauri, Who Led Nobel-Winning Climate Panel, Dies at 79

    Indian environmentalist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, under whose leadership a U.N. climate change panel shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, has died after recent heart surgery. He was 79.

  • Australia Feb 9

    ’Ignored and Trivialized’: Experts Warned Australia Government Before Catastrophic Blazes

    A former deputy commissioner of New South Wales fire and rescue services sounded the alarm long before wildfires killed 34 Australians, decimated the country’s unique wildlife and created a smoke cloud so vast it was visible from space, NBC News reports.

  • climate change Feb 3

    Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    Two lawmakers in Sweden have nominated Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

  • Greta Thunberg Jan 24

    Thunberg Brushes Off Mockery From US Finance Chief

    Climate activist Greta Thunberg has brushed off criticism and mockery from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

  • Nuclear weapons Jan 23

    Scientists Move ‘Doomsday Clock’ Closer to Midnight

    Scientists warned Thursday that Earth is inching closer to disaster. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its symbolic Doomsday Clock closer to midnight, indicating that the likeliness of a human-caused apocalypse has increased since last year.

  • World Economic Forum Jan 21

    Climate Not Considered a Top 10 Risk by CEOs: Survey

    Climate issues are set to be one of the main talking points at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos this week, but a survey of CEOs released Monday shows that they are not even ranked among the top ten threats to business growth.

  • Australia Wildfires Jan 19

    Fires Set Stage for Irreversible Forest Losses in Australia

    Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this season torching some 40,000 square miles (104,000...
  • Australia Jan 18

    Scientists Seek Rare Species Survivors Amid Australia Flames

    Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species may not recover. For others, they are trying to throw lifel...
  • Australia Jan 15

    Crafting for Critters: Australian Fires Prompt Global Effort

    Thousands of crafters worldwide are churning out swaddling wraps for bats, hanging enclosures for kangaroos, and cozy pouches for wallabies. They hope to help wildlife harmed in the Australian wildfires. But there’s confusion over whether the items are really needed or will be used.

  • climate change Jan 15

    Fever Chart: Earth Had Its Hottest Decade on Record in 2010s

    Two U.S. agencies say the decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record. And scientists say there is no doubt at all this is man-made climate change.

  • Australia Jan 14

    Australian Open: Players Struggle on Court Due to Bushfire Smoke

    Smoke haze and poor air quality caused by wildfires temporarily suspended practice sessions for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, but qualifying began later in the morning in “very poor” air quality.

  • EPA Jan 9

    Trump Proposes Sweeping Rollback of Environmental Oversight

    In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment. Trump’s proposal calls for greatly narrowing the scope of the half-century-old National Environmental Polic...
  • Australia Wildfires Jan 6

    How to Help Victims, Volunteers of Australia Wildfires

    The Australian wildfires continue to wreak havoc with more than two dozen people dead along with hundreds of thousands of animals. Parts of the country have been leveled with at least 12 million acres of land impacted by the fires. The World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia estimates approximately half a billion animals have been killed and the fires...
  • climate change Jan 6

    JetBlue Announces Plans to Become Carbon Neutral on Domestic Flights in a First for the US Airline Industry

    JetBlue is tackling the high environmental impact of flying by aiming to become carbon neutral on all domestic flights by July 2020, according to a press release Monday. The New York-based airline said this will entail offsetting between 15 billion and 17 billion additional pounds of emissions per year, which the company noted is “the annual equiva...
  • Australia Wildfires Jan 6

    2 More Missing in Australian Wildfires as Rain Brings Relief

    Two more people are missing in remote parts of New South Wales state as rain and cooler temperatures brought some measure of relief Monday to Australian communities battling wildfires. But the rain was also making it challenging for fire crews to complete strategic burns as they tried to prepare for higher temperatures that have been forecast for l...
  • Australia Wildfires Jan 5

    Cooler Weather Brings Respite in Australian Wildfire Crisis

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended his leadership and his government’s record on climate change Sunday as milder temperatures brought hope of a respite from wildfires that have ravaged three states, claiming 24 lives and destroying almost 2,000 homes.

  • Golden Globes Jan 4

    Why the 2020 Golden Globes Menu Will Be 100% Plant Based

    The 2020 Golden Globes are going vegan.......The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Thursday that this year’s meal at...the Golden Globes ceremony...will be entirely plant-based, in an effort to raise awareness about environmental sustainability.......As the statement obtained by E! News reads, “As part of the HFPA’s...
  • Australia Wildfires Jan 3

    Q&A: How Climate Change, Other Factors Stoke Australia Fires

    Australia’s unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, experts say. And these fires are so extreme that they are triggering their own thunderstorms. Here are a few questions and answers about the science behind the Australian wildfires that so far have burned about 5 million hecta...
  • Amazon Jan 2

    Amazon Threatens to Fire Employees Who Speak Out on Climate Change

    A group of Amazon employees say the company has threatened to fire them for speaking out against the company’s environmental policies. In a statement posted to Twitter on Thursday, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice said that several employees were contacted by legal and HR representatives, who said they were in violation of the company’s externa...
  • Trump administration Dec 27, 2019

    5 Major Environmental Regulation Changes Made by Trump Admin. in 2019

    President Donald Trump has taken historically unprecedented action to roll back a slew of environmental regulations that protect air, water, land and public health from climate change and fossil fuel pollution. The administration has targeted about 85 environmental rules, according to Harvard Law School’s rollback tracker.

  • Holiday Activites Dec 16, 2019

    Hundreds of Santas Ski, Snowboard to Raise Climate Change Awareness

    Hundreds of people in candy cane-colored suits gathered at the bottom of a mountain in the Angeles National Forest Sunday morning to ride the chairlift together, up to the top. Once there, the throng zoomed down the snowy slope at Mountain High Resorts. One woman bundled up in the familiar getup laughed and trudged back up the mountain with her&#82...
  • climate change Dec 15, 2019

    Disappointment as Marathon Climate Talks End With Slim Deal

    Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another year. Organizers kept delegates from almost 200 nations in Madrid ...
  • Greta Thunberg Dec 15, 2019

    Greta Thunberg Apologizes for ‘Against the Wall’ Comment

    Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has apologized for saying politicians should be put “against the wall” after critics took it to mean that she was advocating violence. The 16-year-old Swede made the comment in a speech to young activists in the Italian city of Turin on Friday. Thunberg later said she was making a literal translation from Swe...
  • Greta Thunberg Dec 10, 2019

    Greta Thunberg Changes Twitter Bio in Response to Brazil President’s ‘Brat’ Insult

    Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given to the 16-year-old, who earlier tweeted a link to a story about the murder of two indigenous p...
  • Exxon Mobil Dec 10, 2019

    Exxon Mobil Prevails in Lawsuit Over Climate Regulations

    Exxon Mobil has prevailed in a lawsuit accusing the energy giant of downplaying the toll that climate change regulations could take on its business.

  • Sweden Dec 10, 2019

    In Sweden’s Arctic, Ice Atop Snow Leaves Reindeer Starving

    Global warming is threatening reindeer herding in Sweden’s arctic region as unusual weather patterns jeopardize the migrating animals’ grazing grounds. Rainfall during the winter has led to thick layers of ice that block access to food. Already pressured by the mining and forestry industry, and other development that encroaches on grazing land, Sam...
  • carbon footprint Dec 9, 2019

    Climate Scientists Try to Cut Their Own Carbon Footprints

    For years, Kim Cobb was the Indiana Jones of climate science. The Georgia Tech professor flew to the caves of Borneo to study ancient and current climate conditions. She jetted to a remote South Pacific island to see the effects of warming on coral. Add to that flights to Paris, Rome, Vancouver and elsewhere. All told, in the last three…...
  • climate change Dec 4, 2019

    Restoring Forests 1 Tree at a Time to Help Repair Climate

    Successful reforestation programs take into account native plant species. They are managed by groups with a sustained commitment to monitoring forests, not just one-off tree planting events. And usually, they economically benefit the people who live nearby — for instance, by creating jobs, or reducing erosion that damages homes or crops.

  • climate change Dec 4, 2019

    Greta Thunberg Arrives by Sail in Europe for Climate Talks

    Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived Tuesday by catamaran in the port of Lisbon after a three-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States. The Swedish teen sailed to the Portuguese capital before heading to neighboring Spain to attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference taking place in Madrid. Her arrival coincided with a new sci...
  • United States Dec 2, 2019

    Scientists Race to Document Puerto Rico’s Coastal Heritage

    A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being discovered. Scientists hope to use the 3D images they’ve taken so far to also...
  • China Dec 2, 2019

    UN Chief Urges Countries Not to Surrender on Climate Fight

    U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries Monday not to lose hope in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting on tackling global warming. In his opening speech to delegates, Guterres cited recent scientific data showing that levels of heat-trapping gases h...
  • Rio de Janeiro Dec 1, 2019

    Warming Toll: 1 Degree Hotter, Trillions of Tons of Ice Gone

    Since leaders first started talking about tackling the problem of climate change, the world has spewed more heat-trapping gases, gotten hotter and suffered hundreds of extreme weather disasters. Fires have burned, ice has melted and seas have grown. The first United Nations diplomatic conference to tackle climate change was in Rio de Janeiro in 199...
  • Nov 30, 2019

    Science Warnings, US Exit Add Urgency to UN Climate Talks

    Mass protests, a last-minute venue change and talk of climate tipping points are adding some unplanned drama to this year’s international talks on tackling global warming. Delegates from almost 200 countries had hoped to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris accord, ironing out a few wrinkles left over from last year...
  • California Nov 26, 2019

    Koala Rescued From Australian Bushfire Dies

    A koala hospital in Australia posted a somber update on its Facebook page on Tuesday — that the koala rescued from a bushfire has died. The koala was pulled from a tree surrounded by fire by a shirtless woman last week in a now-viral video. The baby koala was named Ellenborough Lewis after the rescuer’s grandchild.

  • Nov 25, 2019

    Carbon Dioxide in Earth’s Atmosphere Reaches Record High, Researchers Say

    The concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has reached a record high, according to a report released Monday by the World Meteorological Organization. The findings follow a trend that shows the planet is continuing to warm at an alarming pace, NBC News reported. In 2018, global average concentrations of the greenhouse gas, which is a ...
  • Associated Press Nov 21, 2019

    EPA Prosecutions of Polluters Approach Quarter-Century Lows

    Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics. And while the administration says it’s focusing on quality over quantity in pollution c...
  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2019

    Watchdog Report Warns 60% of Superfund Sites Vulnerable to Climate Change

    At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. In a report being released Monday, the Government Accountability Offic...
  • President Nov 17, 2019

    Italy’s White Truffle Hunters Worry About Climate Change

    Rising global temperatures are worrying truffle hunters around in the Italian town of Alba, where the most prized specimens can fetch twice the price of gold. This particularly warm October, eight out of 10 white truffles unearthed by Carlo Olivero with his trusty 3-year-old dog Steel were dark, withered and dried out. “They are clearly signs of th...
  • California Nov 14, 2019

    Climate Change Damaging Lifelong Health of Children Across the World, Medical Officials Warn

    Climate change is already damaging the health of children, and its impacts will harm the entire generation with serious health problems throughout their lives, according to a new report from the medical journal The Lancet. Scientists and health experts from 35 academic institutions and United Nations agencies said that children will suffer from a r...
  • Cuba Nov 14, 2019

    Puerto Rico’s Coffee Sector Is at Risk From Another Disaster — Droughts

    Hector Muñoz owns a coffee farm in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and hurricanes aren’t the only natural disasters he’s worried about. “If a drought comes it could be catastrophic,” he said. He has reason to be concerned. Powerful El Niños are expected over the next decade and they typically bring drought conditions. Adding to th...
  • United States Nov 14, 2019

    Ford’s First All-Electric SUV, the Mach-E, Will Be a Mustang

    Ford Motor is expanding its iconic Mustang franchise to include the automaker’s first-ever, all-electric SUV: the Mustang Mach-E. The vehicle, which will make its global debut Sunday in Los Angeles, marks the first time the Mustang name and badge have been used on a vehicle other than the two-door pony car since it debuted in 1964. Ford, prior to a...
  • Canada Nov 13, 2019

    Greta Thunberg Hitches Low-Carbon Ride Across Atlantic

    Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg left North America on a return trip across the Atlantic on Wednesday, hitching a renewable-energy ride with an Australian family aboard their 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran.

  • New York Nov 13, 2019

    Teen Climate Activist Is Leaving US, Setting Sail for Spain

    Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg will leave North America and begin her return trip across the Atlantic on Wednesday aboard a 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran sailboat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby. The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, boasting solar panels and a hydro-generators for power. It also has a toilet, un...
  • United States Nov 11, 2019

    ’We’re Fighting for Our Lives’: US Apple Farmers Endure Major Crop and Profit Losses as Climate Changes

    Climate change is posing an existential threat to the precarious lives of farmers across the country. More intense and frequent weather disasters are wiping out entire harvests, and warmer winters are exposing crops to severe frost damage. For apples, a warm spell in the winter will force trees to flower prematurely and expose the buds to unpredict...
  • Nov 8, 2019

    Scientists Blame Climate Change for Deadly Virus Killing Sea Mammals

    When a deadly virus that killed tens of thousands of European harbor seals in the northern Atlantic Ocean in 2002 began threatening sea lions, seals and otters in the northern Pacific Ocean, scientists were initially puzzled, NBC News reports. The highly contagious phocine distemper virus — which is not believed to affect humans — attacks the respi...
  • Attorney Nov 7, 2019

    Exxon Denies That It Misled Investors on Climate Risks

    Climate change may be the defining risk for oil and gas companies in coming decades, and attorneys for New York state are saying Exxon Mobil misled investors about how it was handling that risk. The state made closing arguments Thursday in a case that accused the energy giant of downplaying the impact of stricter climate regulations in a warming wo...
  • President Nov 7, 2019

    Iconic Pacific Bird Sanctuary Ravaged by Plastic and Death

    Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there’s a different scene: plastic, pollution and death. With virtually no predators, Midway is a haven for many spec...
  • Associated Press Nov 5, 2019

    ‘This City Is Not Livable’: Indian Capital Faces Extreme Air Pollution

    Sakshi Chauhan has not left her house in a quiet inner-city slum in the Indian capital for the past six days on her doctor’s orders. The 22-year-old call center operator is recovering from a severe throat infection and the thick smog now blanketing New Delhi has made even breathing dangerous. “The moment I step outside, I can’t br...
  • Donald Trump Nov 4, 2019

    Trump Administration Eases Obama-Era Rules on Coal Pollution

    The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country’s coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and waterways. The new proposals — the latest in a series of ...
  • Associated Press Nov 4, 2019

    India’s Capital Restricts Cars as People Choke in Dirty Air

    New Delhi restricted many private vehicles from the roads Monday to try to lessen pollution as people gasped and their eyes burned in toxic smog that exacerbated a public health crisis. The “odd-even” scheme will restrict private vehicles with odd-number license plates to driving on odd dates while even-numbered plates are allowed on ev...
  • Donald Trump Nov 3, 2019

    US Tells UN It Is Pulling Out of Paris Climate Deal

    The United States has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for a year. His statement touted America’s carbon pollution cuts and called the ...
  • Donald Trump Nov 3, 2019

    Climate Change Activists Nab French President Macron’s Portraits, Divide French Judges

    Is stealing a presidential portrait a prison-worthy crime? Or a laudable act of civil disobedience? Courts around France are grappling with this question in response to an unusual new environmental movement that’s aiming to push French President Emmanuel Macron to do more to fight climate change. One by one, environmental activists around Fra...
  • United Kingdom Nov 2, 2019

    UK Halts Fracking Ahead of Election; Some Want Permanent Ban

    The British government announced Saturday that it will no longer allow fracking because of new scientific analysis that casts doubts on the safety of the controversial practice, but some critics called the action an election stunt and demanded a permanent ban. The government said the decision was based on a finding by the Oil and Gas Authority that...
  • Donald Trump Nov 1, 2019

    Greta Thunberg: Meeting Trump for Climate Change Talk Would Be a ‘Waste of Time’

    Youth climate change activist Greta Thunberg said it would be “a waste of time” to meet with President Donald Trump to try to change his opinion on global warming because she doesn’t think there is anything she could say “that he hasn’t already heard.” “I don’t understand why I would do that,” T...
  • Donald Trump Oct 30, 2019

    Tillerson: Exxon Aimed to Know, Not Lowball, Climate Effects

    As Exxon faced the prospect of new climate regulations, the energy giant set out to understand — not understate — how they would affect the bottom line, former CEO and ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a court Wednesday. Exxon set up a system for gauging climate risks and costs that was “as robust as we could make it at...

  • President Oct 30, 2019

    Chile Cancels Climate, Trade Summits Amid Protest Chaos

    Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than a dozen people dead, hundreds injured and businesses and infrastructure damaged. The decision to call off the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation a...
  • California Oct 30, 2019

    Activist Thunberg Declines Climate Prize, Urges More Action

    Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired millions across the world to stage protests urging leaders to better tackle global warming, has declined an environmental prize, saying “the climate movement does not need any more prizes.” Two fellow climate activists spoke on Thunberg’s behalf at an award ceremony Tuesday in...
  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2019

    Automakers Side With Trump in Legal Fight With California

    General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many others in the auto industry are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards. The three companies, plus a trade association called the Association of Global Automakers, said Monday they plan to...
  • Donald Trump Oct 25, 2019

    Pledges for Global Climate Fund Reach $9.8 Billion

    Governments across the world have pledged $9.8 billion to help poor nations tackle climate change at a conference the United States did not take part in, the fund coordinating support said Friday. Yannick Glemarec, the executive director of the Green Climate Fund, said 27 countries announced contributions by the end of the two-day conference in Par...
  • Oct 11, 2019

    Ex-EPA Scientists to Release Air Pollution Report They Say Agency Unqualified to Issue

    Nearly one year ago, the Trump administration fired a panel of scientific experts who assisted the Environmental Protection Agency in its review of air quality standards for particulate matter, NBC News reported. Now, as the EPA prepares its report on those standards later this month, 20 of the fired scientists are meeting independently to release ...
  • Canada Oct 7, 2019

    Climate Change Activists Block Roads, March in Global Protests

    Activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement blocked major roads across major European cities Monday, kicking off a wide-ranging series of worldwide protests demanding much more urgent action against climate change. In New York City, protesters doused the famous charging bull statue near Wall Street with fake blood. One protester waving a green...
  • Massachusetts Oct 6, 2019

    Pope Urges Bold Action to Protect the Amazon Amid Fires

    Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological “ashes of fear.” Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving the rainforest and ministering to its native peopl...
  • Donald Trump Sep 30, 2019

    President’s Windmill Hatred Is a Worry for Booming Industry

    The winds are blowing fair for America’s wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding offshore, with big corporations planning $70 billion in investment f...
  • Sep 27, 2019

    2nd Wave of Protests Caps Week Focused on Climate Action

    Students took to the streets across the globe in the hundreds of thousands Friday for a second wave of worldwide protests demanding swift action on climate change. The protests were inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who spoke to world leaders this week at a United Nations summit in New York. In Washington, D.C., on Friday, climate activi...
  • New York Sep 25, 2019

    17 States Sue Feds Over Endangered Species Act Rules

    Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Francisco, follows a similar challenge filed last month by several environmental groups, incl...
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 25, 2019

    ‘We’re All in Big Trouble’: Climate Panel Sees a Dire Future

    Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday. Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more acidic and losing oxygen, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report issued as...

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2019

    Trump Mocks Greta Thunberg After Teen Activist Said Leaders ‘Are Failing Us’ With Inaction on Climate Change

    Teenage activist Greta Thunberg gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations Monday urging world leaders to do more to combat climate change and repeatedly asked, “How dare you?” President Donald Trump responded to coverage of her address with a mocking tweet. Thunberg said: “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and ye...
  • Antonio Guterres Sep 23, 2019

    ‘You Are Failing Us’: Plans, Frustration at UN Climate Talks

    Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised the United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels. As they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, though, they and others conceded it was not enough. And even before they spoke, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shamed th...
  • director Sep 23, 2019

    Lingering Pacific Heat Wave Threatens Hawaii Coral

    At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands’ most abundant and vibrant coral reefs thrives just below the surface. Yet even this remote shoreline far from...
  • NBC Sep 22, 2019

    As Amazon Fires Burn on, Conservationists Blame Illegal Logging and Criminal Networks

    As the Amazon continues to burn in a record fire season, experts say the problem is rooted in illegal logging and criminal networks exploiting the forests for its natural resources and agricultural potential, NBC News reports. “The government doesn’t have any governance over what is going on,” Ane Alencar, science director for the...
  • Antonio Guterres Sep 21, 2019

    Youth Leaders at UN Demand Bold Climate Change Action

    Fresh off the climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders gathered at the United Nations Saturday to demand radical moves to fight climate change. “We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable,” Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta...
  • D.C. Sep 20, 2019

    ‘Don’t Be a Fossil Fool’: Young Protesters Demand Climate Change Action

    A wave of climate change protests swept across the globe Friday, with hundreds of thousands of young people sending a message to leaders headed for a U.N. summit: The warming world can’t wait for action. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Sydney to London and Cape Town to Los Angeles, and more were set to follow as the day......
  • D.C. Sep 20, 2019

    MSNBC’s Climate Forum: What Happened on Day 2

    Presidential candidates took the stage for a second day Friday to detail their plans for fighting climate change as part of a televised forum hosted by MSNBC. Meanwhile, millions are joining planned demonstrations around the world calling for action on climate change, including 800 events in the U.S. In total, 12 presidential candidates – 11 Democr...
  • Sep 19, 2019

    MSNBC’s Presidential Candidates Climate Forum: What Happened on Day 1

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado worries that American democracy is not up to transitioning to a clean energy economy. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang would invest in the next generation nuclear power and propose a constitutional amendment to “safeguard the environment.” Presidential primary candidates appeared at a forum on Thursday and Friday to tal...
  • NBC News Sep 17, 2019

    An Island Imperiled: Climate Change Threatens Greenland

    For many scientists, Greenland is considered “ground zero” for climate change, a place where global warming’s impact is most apparent — and where the effects of rising temperatures, warming oceans and melting ice could have the most dire consequences. But for the 55,000 people who make their home on this massive, ice-covered island, an autonomous D...
  • NBC Sep 17, 2019

    Al Roker: We Can’t Keep Ignoring Climate Change. There’s Just No Time

    Climate change affects everybody. It doesn’t care if you’re black or white, rich or poor, male or female. Climate change affects everybody, and the notion that we can ignore it is just foolhardy. We are talking about the fate of our planet.

  • head Sep 17, 2019

    Surprise Rescue of Jamaica Coral Reefs Shows Nature Can Heal

    Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That’s where he’s headed. He steers the boat to an unmarked spot that he knows as the &#822...
  • New York Sep 16, 2019

    Fishermen Demand a Say in Decisions on Offshore Wind Energy

    Fishermen insisted Monday to a congressional subcommittee looking at offshore wind energy that they be consulted when crucial decisions are being made on the development of such projects, including where they are located and the level of access to the waters near them. Fishermen should have been brought into the planning process from the start, Pet...
  • NBC News Sep 15, 2019

    Teen Girls Strike for Global Action on Climate Change

    Fridays for Future school strikes — a movement led largely by teenage girls — has eclipsed the quiet, solitary protests started by its founder, 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg, in August 2018. Now upward of 2 million supporters from The Hague to Kampala, Uganda, regularly skip class on Friday and take to the streets to protest government inaction ...
  • Donald Trump Sep 6, 2019

    Trump Challenges California’s Power to Control Auto Pollution

    The Trump administration on Friday began an all-out challenge to California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions standards as government agencies opened an antitrust investigation and told state officials that they appear to be violating the law in a deal with four automakers to reduce pollution. The U.S. Justice Department opened ...
  • Congress Sep 4, 2019

    Trump Rolls Back Regulations on Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

    The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that it will roll back requirements for more energy efficient light bulbs, a set of rules that could lead to increased green house gas emissions that accelerate global warming. The filing from the Energy Department would prevent new efficiency requirements from implementation on Jan. 1 under a previou...
  • Sep 4, 2019

    2020 Democratic Candidates Turn Focus to Climate Change

    Top Democratic presidential contenders talked tough Wednesday on cutting climate-damaging emissions from oil, gas and coal, turning their focus to global warming in a marathon evening of town halls that gave the candidates a chance to distinguish themselves on a topic of growing importance to their party’s liberal base.

  • Donald Trump Aug 30, 2019

    Politics of Climate Change Put Corporations in Tough Spot

    The polarizing politics of climate change have forced companies to choose between supporting the Trump administration’s deregulation policies that could boost profits or opposing them to win over environmentally conscious consumers. That dynamic played out again Thursday when President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency soug...
  • Chairman Aug 30, 2019

    Australia Lowers Great Barrier Reef Outlook to ‘Very Poor’

    The government agency that manages Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals’ condition from “poor” to “very poor” due to warming oceans. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s condition report, which is updated every five years, is the latest bad news for the 345,400 ...
  • The Associated Press Aug 29, 2019

    Brazil Bans Most Burning for 60 Days to Curb Amazon Fires

    Brazil on Thursday banned most legal fires for land-clearing for 60 days in an attempt to stop the burning that has devastated parts of the Amazon region. The decree prohibiting the fires was signed by President Jair Bolsonaro and followed international criticism of his handling of the environmental crisis. The period of the new ban coincides with ...
  • Daniel Macht Aug 29, 2019

    Trump Admin. to Roll Back Rules for Methane, a Major Heat-Trapping Gas

    The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal that environmental advocates said would renounce key federal legal authority to regulate the gas’s outsize damage to the climate. The proposed rule follows President Donald Trump’s directions to remov...
  • Aug 27, 2019

    Why Is the Amazon on Fire?

    Tens of thousands of fires are raging through the world’s largest rainforest. Global leaders and environmentalists are calling for answers.

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Brazilian Firefighters Toil in Amazon Region Hazy With Smoke

    Equipped with hoses connected to rubber backpacks, Brazilian firefighters in the Amazon on Monday raced in a truck along dirt roads toward plumes of smoke after a spotter in a military helicopter directed them to a fast-spreading fire. A landowner opened the gate of a barbed wire fence and the firefighters set to work, dousing a conflagration they ...
  • Aug 26, 2019

    Brazil’s Bolsonaro Causes Global Outrage Over Amazon Fires

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has insulted adversaries and allies, disparaged women, blacks and homosexuals, and even praised his country’s 1964-1985 dictatorship. Yet nothing has rallied more anger at home and criticism from abroad than his response to fires raging in parts of the Amazon region. The far-right populist leader initially d...
  • Aug 25, 2019

    G-7 Leaders Vow to Help Brazil Fight Fires, Repair Damage

    Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm. French President Emmanuel Macron said the summit leaders were nearing an agreement on how t...
  • Governor Aug 22, 2019

    Bernie Sanders’ $16 Trillion Climate Plan Builds on Green New Deal

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan on Thursday before touring a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire, declaring the setting a “wake-up call for our entire nation” to the dangers of a warming planet. “Climate change is a major, major crisis for our country, and the entire...
  • Aug 22, 2019

    Environmentalists Sue Over Endangered Species Act Rollbacks

    Seven environmental and animal protection groups teamed up to file the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of the Endangered Species Act. The environmental law nonprofit Earthjustice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Def...
  • Governor Aug 21, 2019

    Brazil’s Bolsonaro Claims Without Evidence That NGOs Are Setting Amazon Fires

    Brazil’s official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and...
  • Donald Trump Aug 20, 2019

    Actor Javier Bardem Urges UN Delegates to Protect Oceans

    Spanish actor and environmental activist Javier Bardem said Monday “we are all villains” for playing “deaf and blind” and not caring about the world’s oceans, which are under more pressure than at any time in history. The Oscar winner came to the United Nations to press delegates who are drafting an international treat...
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