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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.

Environmental Groups Start Legal Process to Sue EPA over Fracking Waste

A coalition of groups have banded together to push the EPA to regulate wastewater disposal from oil and gas drilling.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 26, 2015

A number of leading environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday demanding that the agency stop what they say is improper disposal of drilling and fracking waste by oil and gas companies.

Brooklyn Startup Tackles Global Health with a Cleaner Stove

A new company, BioLite, aims to reduce indoor pollution for the more than 3 billion people in the developing world who cook over a dirty open fire.

Aug 26, 2015

If you were looking for engineers intent on fighting one of the world's greatest public health threats, you probably wouldn't make Brooklyn your first stop. And if you did, you probably would not expect to find your fount of innovation in a nondescript building next to a wedding dress boutique in a neighborhood (DUMBO) that stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

Climate Change's Overlooked Sociological Side

A Q&A with Robert J. Brulle about a new book by members of the American Sociological Association on what they can contribute to the climate debate.

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

Aug 25, 2015

The American Sociological Association, like academic bodies from psychology and anthropology before it, is using a publication to urge world leaders to consider the social sciencesand not just the natural onesas they make climate change policy.

Mapping the Invisible: To Find Your Local Natural Gas Leak, Just Zoom In

Environmental groups, like one nonprofit in Massachusetts, are publishing maps of methane emissions to coax utilities into plugging gas leaks.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 25, 2015

Mapping something you can't see seems like a quixotic pursuit, but that is exactly what some groups are trying to do around the country to highlight the unseen threat of natural gas leaks to the climate and environment.