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The Trump administration unveiled a controversial proposal Thursday to permit drilling in most U.S.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than
Drilling for crude in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may be just the start as President Donald Trump seeks to revive Alaska’s beleaguered oil industry.
A group of 21 youths is suing the US government for its failure to protect their future by preventing harmful global warming impacts, but the Trump administration says the case should be dismissed.
California's Thomas Fire has been raging for just over two weeks in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and it has already torn through hundreds of homes, more than a thousand structures, and over 273,400 acres of land.
In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization hostage.
Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more.
The years 2017, 2016 and 2015 will make up the three hottest years on record for the planet. But there’s no convincing some people
The practice of drilling into the ground to release natural gas—known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking—first made national headlines in 2011 when drinking water taps in fracking towns in Pennsylvania began catching fire because flammable methane was seeping into water supplies.
The amount of sea level rise that many of us will experience in our lifetimes may be more than double what was previously anticipated, unless we sharply curtail greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study that factors in emerging, unsettling research on the tenuous stability of the Antarctic
That climate change is rapidly warming the Arctic is a given, but apparently the news hasn’t reached our algorithmic overlords. Scientists monitoring U.S.
Bank announces in Paris it ‘will no longer finance upstream oil and gas’ after 2019 in response to threat posed by climate change The World Bank will end its financial support for oil and gas extraction within the next two years in response to the growing threat posed by climate change.
To ensure a steady flow of fuel, petroleum executives met regularly with federal officials in Standard Oil’s oak-paneled boardroom on Wall Street. The same industry broken up as an illegal monopoly in 1911 had become a quasi-arm of government.
WASHINGTON — Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week.
The Earth is ridiculously, burstingly full of life.
A tax cut compromise reached Wednesday by GOP negotiators contains a plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Sen.
It took a long time for the Earth to create the Alps—a lot longer than it’s taking humans to wreck them. The Alpine mountain range first rose an estimated 44 million years ago, when the great African plate began creeping northward, breaking and upthrusting the European plate.
The Trump Administration released a sweeping federal climate report concluding that the Earth is warming at an alarming rate due to human activity.
What should be a sparkling opportunity to push forward an ambitious agenda on climate — to condemn Republicans for not just ignoring but fueling a crisis with increasingly human and economic consequences — is going quite literally up in smoke.
The Environmental Protection Agency has instructed two of its scientists and one contractor not to speak as planned at a scientific conference Monday in Providence, R.I., sparking criticism from some academics and congressional Democrats.
Pacific Northwest forests are on fire. Several blazes are out of control, threatening rural towns, jumping rivers and highways, and covering Portland, Oregon, Seattle, and other cities in smoke and falling ash. Temperatures this summer are an average of 3.
For many years, the US National Science Foundation, more recently with the help of the General Social Survey, has asked the public the same true or false question about evolution: “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.
President Trump has nominated a former top Texas environmental regulator, who has argued that carbon dioxide is a harmless gas that should not be regulated, to be the White House senior adviser on environmental policy.
Since taking office in January, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority.
The Trump administration has mangled the costs and benefits of one of the most significant climate regulations of the Obama years in an effort to justify its repeal, which Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced on Monday.
Update: On the morning of October 9, the EPA officially confirmed that it will repeal the Clean Power Plan this coming Tuesday.
President Trump on Thursday nominated Andrew R. Wheeler, a coal lobbyist with links to outspoken deniers of established science on climate change, to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency. In announcing Mr. Wheeler, a former aide to Senator James M.
To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click here. Peering beyond scientific reticence.
The Pentagon report resulted in the publication of the DoD’s 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap , which laid out a series of steps for assessing and mitigating the effects of climate change on the DoD and military operations around the globe.
In and of itself, the report is hardly unusual. Since 1990, the sweeping National Climate Assessment has been mandated by U.S. law.
Nowadays, ExxonMobil – one of the foremost energy giants in the world – is attempting, slowly, to move on from its oil-guzzling past.
The Trump administration will push ahead with disbanding a federal advisory panel that reported on climate change, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The group worked on the National Climate Assessment, the mandated quadrennial report that was leaked last month as a draft.
Does a bear shit in the woods? Is the Pope a Catholic? These questions are as rhetorical as this one: Are climate change deniers talking out of their backsides? The answer, plainly, is yes – and now a major group spreading false claims about climate science has at least come out and admitted jus
WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.
It is getting warmer everywhere, but in the contiguous United States, the West is warming the fastest. While temperatures in the country (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) have increased an average of 1.
Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate change.
Global warming may be unleashing new sources of heat-trapping methane from layers of oil and gas that have been buried deep beneath Arctic permafrost for millennia.
Normally, the hottest years on record occur when the underlying human-caused global warming trend gets a temporary boost from an El Niño’s enhanced warming in the tropical Pacific.
Would you advise someone to flap towels in a burning house? To bring a flyswatter to a gunfight? Yet the counsel we hear on climate change could scarcely be more out of sync with the nature of the crisis.
We published “The Uninhabitable Earth” on Sunday night, and the response since has been extraordinary — both in volume (it is already the most-read article in New York Magazine’s history) and in kind.
Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.
To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click here. Peering beyond scientific reticence.
Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people.
Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly 06.
A groundbreaking study estimates the real economic consequences that climate change would bring to the U.S. by the end of the 21st century. Economic disparity will grow, hitting the American South the worst, while the country’s wealth will shrink.
Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres among signatories of letter warning that the next three years will be crucial to stopping the worst effects of global warming Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is still just about possible, but will require unprecedented effort and coord
Researchers from Tulane University in New Orleans have released a new study on the sinking of the Louisiana coast and things are not looking good for the Child of the Mississippi. Its sinking rate is greater than previous estimates for the state.
WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The world would be laughing at us, if it weren’t for the fact that climate change is a global problem. EPA head Scott Pruitt traveled to Italy to represent the US in the Group of Seven climate talks yesterday.
Five scientists analyzed the article and estimated its overall scientific credibility to be ‘very low’. more about the credibility rating A majority of reviewers tagged the article as: Cherry-picking, Derogatory, Flawed reasoning, Inaccurate, Misleading.
Four Democratic senators are sharply criticizing a conservative think tank’s efforts to bring climate change skepticism into the nation’s public schools as “industry funded” and “possibly fraudulent” and demanding to know whether federal education officials have been in
Up to seven years of emails that former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson wrote under the alias "Wayne Tracker" may have been erased, a company witness has told investigators for the New York attorney general. The gap is far longer than the three months Exxon initially reported.
If you are an American scientist, student, teacher, or business person working on climate change solutions, France would love for you to stay awhile.
At some point in the history of all scientific theories, only a minority of scientists—or even just one—supported them, before evidence accumulated to the point of general acceptance.
Climate scientists sometimes talk about something called "climate departure" as a way of measuring when climate change has really changed things.
Donald Trump just took us out of the Paris climate accord for no good reason. I don’t mean that his decision was wrong. I mean, literally, that he didn’t offer any substantive justification for that decision.
WELLSTON, Ohio — To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in this proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher’s lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her. So she provoked him back.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other G-7 leaders did all they could to convince Trump to remain part of the Paris Agreement. But he didn't listen. Instead, he evoked deep-seated nationalism and plunged the West into a conflict deeper than any since World War II.
The GOP senators sent a two-page letter Thursday to President Donald Trump. The letter says remaining in the international agreement to reduce carbon emissions could fuel legal challenges to the administration's plans to roll back environmental regulations.
Updated: June 2, 7:23 a.m. EDT
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement puts him at odds with the Pentagon, which has been warning for years that climate change poses a critical national security threat.
People say, if all you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. We should be so lucky. President Trump has a hammer, but all he’ll use it for is to smash things that others have built, as the world looks on in wonder and in fear.
They came from Exxon, Apple, Unilever. Titans of industry. They begged. They pleaded. They cajoled and threatened: Elon Musk said he would quit advising the president.
Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg said during a town hall in Coldwater, Mich., on Friday that while he believes climate change is real, it is not something for humans to solve. "I believe there's climate change. I believe there's been climate change since the beginning of time," Walberg said.
No laid-off coal miners will get their jobs back from President Trump pulling the United States from the Paris accord on climate change. No extra oil rigs will sprout in the Gulf.
The film begins with what world weather would be like if the Earth's overall temperature rose by one degree. The film paints both a frightening yet compelling vision of a world dying under the heat of its own excesses.
There's no doubt our planet is getting hotter and hotter, but the long-term outlook could be even worse than we thought. Scientists are now saying it might already be too late to avoid a temperature rise of up to 7.36 degrees Celsius (13.25 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
The Arctic is running a severe fever, global sea ice is at record low levels, and could climate change get even worse than we thought as global temperatures rise? It's What's Up in Climate Change!
In a sign of growing tensions between scientists and the Trump administration, researchers published a scientific paper Wednesday that was conceived and written as an explicit refutation to an assertion by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt about climate change.
Photo by Akuppa John Wigham.If you like cool weather and not having to club your neighbors as you battle for scarce resources, now’s the time to move to Canada, because the story of the 21st century is almost written, reports Reuters.
Dear EarthTalk: What is the best way to measure how close we are to the dreaded "point of no return" with climate change? In other words, when do we think we will have gone too far? — David Johnston, via EarthTalk.org
Exactly 20 years after warning America about global warming, a top NASA scientist said the situation has gotten so bad that the world's only hope is drastic action.
President Trump, with help from his administration and Republicans in Congress, has reversed course on nearly two dozen environmental rules, regulations and other Obama-era policies during his first 100 days in office. Citing federal overreach and burdensome regulations, Mr.
Donald Trump is trying his best to ensure that America burns coal, whatever the implications to the planet. While that’s unpalatable for many U.S.
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We continue to plan for the future as if climate scientists don’t exist. The greatest shame is the absence of a sense of tragedy After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene.
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Right now, science and politics don’t favor the optimists. The disintegration of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets is speeding up, providing increasing evidence we are headed for the worst-case scenario of sea level rise — three to six feet (or more) by 2100.
Polar photographer Paul Nicklen is capturing some of Earth's most remote places before they disappear. Meltwater gushes from an ice cap on the island of Nordaustlandet, in Norway's Svalbard archipelago. (Photo courtesy of Paul Nicklen)
Sea level rise is typically thought of as a coastal problem, with cities from New York to San Francisco pondering new coastal defenses such as sea walls and sturdier buildings. However, by making large swaths of the U.S.
(CNN)As President Donald Trump looks to curb the government's enforcement of climate regulations, experts are concerned about how the action might impact public health.
Three top Democrats have urged a libertarian think tank to stop mailing climate change skeptical classroom materials to teachers across America.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an important heat-trapping (greenhouse) gas, which is released through human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels, as well as natural processes such as respiration and volcanic eruptions.
Climate change could cause another 4 million square kilometers, or about 1.5 million square miles, of permafrost to disappear with every additional degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, of warming, a new study suggests.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is shutting down a program at its headquarters that helps states and localities adapt to the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels.
No, the headline is not a typo. Current carbon dioxide levels are unprecedented in human history and are on track to climb to even more ominous heights in just a few decades.
After just three months, Donald Trump’s presidency certainly looks like a disaster for climate policy.
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The first study to integrate all prior scientific research in order to project approximately when climate change will produce permanent catastrophic consequences has been accepted and will soon be published in the scientific journal Nature, and it finds that things will start going haywire
Earlier this month, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that he doesn’t think carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change. (Spoiler alert: it definitely is.
The renowned primatologist is dismayed by Trump administration’s climate skepticism, but says people have ‘woken up’ to the dangers of doing nothing The renowned primatologist is dismayed by Trump administration’s climate skepticism, but says people have ‘woken up’ to
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Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order to dismantle President Obama’s climate legacy and policies. The White House claims that these actions will help the economy in general, and coal workers in particular. It’s wrong.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump visited the Environmental Protection Agency, where he signed an executive order dismantling key Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change.
The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy is the only office at DOE with the words ‘climate’ in its name, and it may be endangered as Trump looks to reorganize government agencies.
Trump’s executive order issued Tuesday doesn’t just knock over the centerpiece of Obama administration’s efforts to prevent the worst effects of climate change, the Clean Power Plan.
Gregor W. Schuurman has a long beard, blue eyes, and the ruddy look shared by scientists who spend a great deal of time outside.
As an Arctic researcher, I’m used to gaps in data. Just over 1% of US Arctic waters have been surveyed to modern standards. In truth, some of the maps we use today haven’t been updated since the second world war.
President Trump on Tuesday took the most significant step yet in obliterating his predecessor’s environmental record, instructing federal regulators to rewrite key rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions.
Researchers studying the largest-ever mass extinction in Earth’s history claim to have found evidence that it was caused by runaway global warming – and that the “apocalyptic” events of 250 million years ago could happen again.
Within a day of Rex Tillerson's swearing in as secretary of state, the State Department's climate change website began to change. The changes signal a shift away from leading international climate actions that the Obama administration pursued and a pivot toward a more passive role.
Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) rarely expresses his true feelings in public. But speaking yesterday to a like-minded crowd of climate change doubters and skeptics, the chairman of the science committee in the U.S.
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who was an energy adviser and public ally for Trump's campaign, made arguments for a revised commitment in a letter outlining three conditions he wants Trump to abide by if he decides to stay in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.
In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth. That's according to a detailed global analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
President Trump’s proposed budget plan calls for a $100 million cut in funding for climate change programmes.
Scientists say that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. But if you ask policy makers, you might hear them argue that combatting it is just too expensive a battle to fight.
This story was originally published by The New Republic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It was known as the Great Pea Soup. In 1952, a thick, greenish-yellow fog smothered London, halting traffic and daily life.
Seventeen conservative Republican members of Congress—10 of them in their first or second terms—are bucking long-time party positions and the new occupant of the White House.
President Donald Trump is set to sign an order to greatly reduce the role climate change plays in decision making across the U.S. government, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the administration's plan.
According to a report, Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he believes in climate change and recognizes it as a threat. The statement came in unpublished written testimony associated with Mattis’s confirmation hearing.
Corporate capture of academic research by the fossil fuel industry is an elephant in the room and a threat to tackling climate change. Corporate capture of academic research by the fossil fuel industry is an elephant in the room and a threat to tackling climate change.
WASHINGTON — Days after the Senate confirmed him as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference and was asked about addressing a group that probably wanted to eliminate his agency. In the days since, Mr.
WASHINGTON — Giants in telecommunications, like Verizon and AT&T, will not have to take “reasonable measures” to ensure that their customers’ Social Security numbers, web browsing history and other personal information are not stolen or accidentally released.
The climate-driven collapse of Canada’s Arctic permafrost is much more widespread than previously thought, according to new research that presents a dire picture of the changing northern landscape.
Chicago—a city well known for its windy and snowy winters—is experiencing some unusually warm weather. For the first time in 146 years, there was no documented snow on the ground in January and February, according to the local National Weather Service.
And as it’s summertime there, sea ice cover is poised to drop even further. Take a look at this year’s sea ice extent, represented by the light blue line: The solid gray line show median ice extent from 1981 to 2010, gathered from satellite observations.
On a particularly bad day for Earth's wellbeing – the EPA revealed massive budgetary cuts while the Trump administration waffled on the Paris Agreement on climate change – environmentalist and 350.
The White House is proposing to cut the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a leading government agency on climate science, by a reported 17 percent.
Model estimates in the maps were derived from public responses to the following survey questions. The response categories for many questions were collapsed into a single variable for mapping.
The US Secretary of State, former oil industry mogul Rex Tillerson, has not responded to a request from the United Nations’ most senior climate change official for a face-to-face meeting amid concern about the Trump administration’s stance on global warming.
A new study has discovered that tens of thousands of miles of permafrost in northwest Canada are rapidly melting, adding weight to recent research that shows an accelerating decline in permafrost in Alaska, Siberia, and Scandinavia.
Huge slabs of Arctic permafrost in northwest Canada are slumping and disintegrating, sending large amounts of carbon-rich mud and silt into streams and rivers.
If you read my articles regularly, you may have noticed multiple times I have stated that the scientific argument is over; there are no longer any reputable scientists that deny the overwhelming human influence in our climate.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney holds the new £10 Jane Austen note issued into circulation. The Pride and Prejudice novelist only made £684 in her lifetime for publishing her books, approximately £50,000 in today's money
The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin voted not to renew an easement for a major oil and gas pipeline that passes through its reservation.
On Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a panel which called itself “Fake climate news camouflaging an anti-capitalist agenda—and what President Trump plans to do about it,” made some pretty interesting claims about the environmental movement.
Newly sworn-in EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, whose nomination was ardently opposed by environmentalists and who is poised to roll back major climate and clean water regulations, addressed his employees for the first time Tuesday afternoon. Environmentalists were not impressed.
President Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at curtailing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the measures.
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We know that climate change is having a drastic impact on the ice caps and glaciers, but it is also changing the chemical make-up of the oceans. While the levels of carbon dioxide are increasing, a new paper has documented how the concentration of oxygen in the oceans is decreasing.
Of all Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks, it’s hard to find anyone who’s been more overtly hostile toward the agency he’s about to lead than Scott Pruitt has been toward the Environmental Protection Agency.
Many of President Donald Trump's words and actions have federal scientists worried their work will be politicized or suppressed. Now, one advocacy group is responding with a step-by-step guide for scientists to securely share information about any foul play.
Last week, the Idaho House Education Committee voted to approve new statewide science standards for K-12 education for the first time since 2001.
Peer at a map of the Arctic and it glows fluorescent red. The warmth, compared to normal, is again nearly off the charts. It’s crazy and perhaps unsettling, but we have seen it coming.
A summer heatwave scorched the most populated parts of Australia over the weekend, with temperatures topping 107 degrees Fahrenheit in Sydney and 96 degrees in Melbourne, with readings up to 117 degrees farther inland.
WHAT: "A Love Song", a poetic tribute to Earth from a group of U.K. charities and organizations committed to tackling climate change. WHY WE CARE: When Charles Dance’s says, darkly, "I’ve heard talk of a quiet violence waiting at the water’s edge," one sits up and pays attention.
As the Trump administration and Republicans in power in Congress set to work destroying environmental regulations, scientists have added urgency to the resistance with a simple new equation that shows the staggering effect human activity has had on the climate.
Reports from the Arctic are getting pretty grim.
The process of making America great again will start with a bang. Donald Trump reportedly told Fox News’s Andrew Napolitano that he plans to issue as many as 200 executive orders by the Monday after his inauguration.
Michael E. Mann is a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.
CHRIS CUOMO (ANCHOR): Well, you’ve got different conversations. You have “Do you accept the science of man's impact on the warming of the planet?” And then you have “Well, what policy considerations do you make in light of that science?” That's one discussion.
Investing heavy weights are moving their assets and funds out of fossil fuels at a record pace. The Block Island Offshore Wind project. Renewable investments set a record last year, reaching $288 billion. Credit: NREL/flickr
In a scene straight from a "dystopian movie script," President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday officially tapped Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his Secretary of State, thus elevating someone whose "lifelong mission is to crash the climate" to one of world's most influential and powerful governme
President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real and that he is “studying” whether the United States should withdraw from the global warming agreement struck in Paris a year ago.
As reported by the Washington Post, President-elect Donald Trump wishes to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Donald Trump aides are attempting to identify Department of Energy staffers who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama's climate policies, according to details of a leaked transition team questionnaire published by Bloomberg Thursday night.
Global warming is not expected to end anytime soon, despite what Breitbart.com wrote in an article published last week.
It's fairly well-established at this point that there's a robust scientific consensus about the threat of climate change.
ExxonMobil currently scores at the bottom of the scale—“egregious”—on nearly every metric of involvement with climate disinformation.
It is polar night in the Arctic—a darkness that lasts from early October to early March. Temperatures rarely escape freezing in that darkness, averaging -30° F until the light begins to return in spring. Right now, however, temperatures across much of the Arctic are 36 degrees F above normal.
During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump called climate change a hoax, threatened to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, committed to easing restrictions on drilling and mining on federal lands, and promised to push for oil pipelines and other controversial energy infrastructure.
Of all the potential actions in Donald Trump’s forthcoming presidency, none will have more long-lasting effects than those on climate change. Just four days after the Paris climate agreement went into force—the first comprehensive global deal to reduce heat-trapping pollution—the U.S.
President Barack Obama has called climate change a threat to national security and to future generations. As president, he championed the Paris climate agreement, which aims to tackle global warming by committing more than 190 nations to reducing heat-trapping emissions over the coming decades.
It is a vision of a future so apocalyptic that it is hard to even imagine. But, if leading scientists writing in one of the most respected academic journals are right, planet Earth could be on course for global warming of more than seven degrees Celsius within a lifetime.
Donald Trump has selected one of the best-known climate skeptics to lead his U.S. EPA transition team, according to two sources close to the campaign.
The Republican President-elect just named Myron Ebell to head the campaign’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team.
A boat lights the water surface as it passes by an iceberg in Jakobshavn Bay, Greenland. Scientists believe that Greenland, with its melting ice caps and disappearing glaciers, is an accurate thermometer of global warming. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
July wasn’t just hot — it was the hottest month ever recorded, according to NASA. And this year is likely to be the hottest year on record. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years have occurred since 2000, as heat waves have become more frequent, more intense and longer lasting.
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Democrats and climate hawks share a dilemma, and that dilemma is millennials. Millennials — people born between 1980 and 2000, give or take, depending on your definition — are, in many ways, an incredibly attractive political target.
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This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures. The 10 warmest years in the 136-year record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998. The year 2015 ranks as the warmest on record. (Source: NASA/GISS).
When climate change deniers attacked climatologist Michael Mann and tried to discredit him and his scientific work in 2011, making Mann's life a "living hell," the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund rose up to help him.
This originally appeared in Newsweek and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected the scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change, days after NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared 2014 the hottest year ever recorded on Earth.
A view of the Grangemouth oil refinery on the Firth of Forth on November 17, 2009 in Grangemouth ,Scotland.
Right-wing media are mocking Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley for stating that a severe drought linked to climate change created a "humanitarian crisis" in Syria leading to the rise of the jihadist organization known as ISIL (or ISIS).
Dr. Benjamin D. Santer, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for research supporting the finding that human activity contributes to global warming, is currently a climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The bankruptcy filings of a Virginia coal firm have shone a rare light on a murky web of corporate attacks on climate science. The bankruptcy filings of a Virginia coal firm have shone a rare light on a murky web of corporate attacks on climate science.
Ventura County, Calif., is the absolute most desirable place to live in America. The index combines "six measures of climate, topography, and water area that reflect environmental qualities most people prefer." Those qualities, according to the U.S.
This post first appeared at TomDispatch. Recently, the Washington Post reported new data showing something most of us already sense: that increased polarization on Capitol Hill is due to the way the Republican Party has lurched to the right.
In the photo: Glaciologist Jason Box, left, at work on the Petermann Glacier on Greenland's northwest coast, which has lost mass at an accelerated pace in recent years.
For many years, the US National Science Foundation, more recently with the help of the General Social Survey, has asked the public the same true or false question about evolution: "Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.
The developing world solar market is already a huge one, but it’s set to blow up like no other. There are so many innovative leaders in this space that I was hesitant to highlight any individuals. But I couldn’t help myself.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last month that the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere surpassed 400ppm for the first time in recorded history.
They gobble up trees and send politicians into a frenzy. But do the bugs know more about climate change than we do?
A vibrant grass-roots progressive movement is winning victories, raising awareness and changing lives in every part of the country, but you might not know that if your main source of information is mainstream media.
This essay first appeared at In These Times, and was adapted from This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein.
Imagine the place you call “home” is in danger of disappearing. You don’t know when it will happen, but you know how and why. For many people around the world this fear of losing their homes in the not-too-distant future is a constant worry.
In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides.
James Lovelock has spent his career in science defying the mainstream, with startling results.
# # What We Know The scientists agree. The climate is changing, it’s caused by human behavior, and the risks ahead are real. Learn about the consensus. What We Know Based on the evidence, about 97% of climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is happening.