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California Passes Bill to Divest Largest Pension Funds from Coal

In the least contentious of its climate-related bills, California Assembly votes to keep its state pensions out of the coal business.

Sep 3, 2015

California is one governor's signature away from becoming the first state to mandate its major public pension funds to at least partially divest from fossil fuel holdings, which could have ripple effects across the nation.

The California Assembly voted 47 to 30 on Wednesday to mandate the state's two largest pension funds divest from coal assets. It now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown's office for approval. The Senate voted in favor of the measure in June.

Changing Climate Could Even Oust the Oriole from Baltimore, Study Says

North American birds' habitats are being shrunk by warming temperatures, threatening their survival, a new climate model shows.

By Phil McKenna

Sep 3, 2015

More than half of North America's birds may lose most of their current home range by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE.

Fossil Fuel CEOs Bonus Pay Helps Sink the Climate, Report Says

New study shows how executive compensation encourages short-term, and climate-damaging, corporate behavior.

By Phil McKenna

Sep 2, 2015

A report released Wednesday examining the pay practices of the 30 largest publicly held U.S. oil, gas, and coal companies concluded that pay incentives for the companies' chief executives encourages reckless behavior and is hastening a climate crisis.

A Warmer North Pacific Is Staying Warmer, With Dramatic Impact on Marine Life

Ocean temperature fluctuations have slowed, a new study says, with an extended warm period in the N. Pacific causing a massive shift in marine life.

Sep 1, 2015

Warm sea temperatures are persisting in the North Pacific longer than at any other time on record, according to a new study published this week, and it is having a dramatic effect on distribution of marine life.

Obama Walks a Fine Line on Climate in Alaska, and So Do Alaskans

The president’s climate proclamations during his trip ring hollow to environmentalists who oppose Arctic drilling, but oil still fuels Alaska’s economy.

Sep 1, 2015

President Obama hopes his three-day tour of Alaska this week highlights the devastating impacts of climate change in the Arctic, even though it comes just two weeks after he approved a permit for Shell to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea. That move has generated ire from many environmentalists who see this trip as hypocritical.

Yes, a Warmer Arctic Means Cold Winters Elsewhere. Here's How.

Rising Arctic temps are changing the jet stream, drawing cold air further south, showing climate change can drive extreme weather in unexpected ways.

Aug 31, 2015

Melting sea ice and warmer temperatures in the Arctic are to blame for the brutal cold snaps that have plagued parts of Asia and North America in recent years, according to new research by Korean and European scientists released Monday.

New "Grey Swan" Storms Headed for Unprepared Shorelines, Study Says

Warming air and oceans could spell disaster for places like Tampa, Fla., Cairns, Australia and the Persian Gulf, which are not braced for powerful storms.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 31, 2015

The odds of extreme tropical storms or hurricanes will go up significantly as the planet warms, according a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, and they are more likely to hit areas that don't yet consider themselves high-risk.

A Coal-Mining Environmentalist? Virginia Executive Says He Can Be Both

Tom Clarke, who leads a conservation group in Virginia, bought two mines and plans to sell coal and plant trees to offset the carbon emissions.

Aug 28, 2015

A conservationist in Virginia has put himself in the peculiar position of selling coal.

After Katrina, New Orleans' Climate Conundrum: Fight or Flight?

A decade later, many still wrestle with staying home vs. leaving—a decision millions more will face along the coasts as seas rise, storms intensify.

Aug 27, 2015

One month after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast of Louisiana in 2005, Colette Pichon Battle stood in front of her childhood home near Slidell, surveying the storm's damage.

Carbon Pricing Can Help Save Forests––and the Climate––Analysis Says

While some caution a tax on carbon won't fix everything, new research shows it can significantly slow deforestation.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 27, 2015

Deforestation will cost the Earth an India-sized patch of forest by mid-century––a crippling blow to the climate––but carbon pricing could halve the loss, according to a new study.