March 29, 2016

These Tiny Mangroves Hold Vast Stores of Carbon

Mangrove forests along the coasts of southern California store as much carbon as larger mangroves elsewhere, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"This scrawny forest that you wouldn't think twice about actually had a lot of carbon," coastal ecologist Matthew Kirwan said to Climate Central. Kirwan was not involved with the study.

March 28, 2016

March 25, 2016

N.J. Lawmaker to AG: Investigate Exxon Over Climate Change

A state lawmaker from New Jersey this week called on the state's attorney general to investigate whether oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. misled the public about the risks associated with climate change.

New Jersey "has a great stake in the effects of climate change" and should join other states in their investigation of Exxon, state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) told NJ Advance Media.

Deadline for Porter Ranch Residents to Return Home Extended

A California court recently ruled that Porter Ranch residents could have more time to return home after the nation's largest gas leak was plugged.

"This is another victory for the victims of Porter Ranch who can remain where they are until March 29 or until further action by the Court of Appeal," Los Angeles official Michael Antonovich said in a statement on Tuesday.

Feds Start Public-Land Coal Review Process

The Interior Department this week started what's expected to be a multi-year process of reforming the federal coal-leasing program. Federal officials are first looking at how they can conduct more thorough environmental reviews of coal projects on public lands.

March 24, 2016

DiCaprio Criticizes Climate Change Deniers Running for President

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio said on Wednesday that he's considered some of the leading U.S. presidential contenders do not believe in man-made climate change.

"We should not have a candidate who doesn't believe in modern science to be leading our country," DiCaprio said. "Climate change is one of the most concerning issues facing all humanity and the United States needs to do its part."

March 23, 2016

Houston-area Residents Protest Hurricane Plan

Several Houston residents at a public meeting on Tuesday expressed their frustration with a new hurricane protection plan that would leave certain communities around Galveston Bay unprotected.

"I'm very angry," local resident Christina Tuma told the Texas Tribune. "I won't let it happen."

March 22, 2016

Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries

The world could start experiencing the most devastating impacts of climate change--from stronger storms to the disintegration of polar ice sheets--before century's end, according to a new study released Tuesday in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

"We're in danger of handing young people a situation that's out of their control," study author and climate researcher James E. Hansen told the New York Times.

Obama's Top Climate Envoy Stepping Down

U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern is leaving the Obama administration.

"For seven years, Todd Stern has helped lead U.S. efforts to address one of the greatest challenges facing the world today, culminating in the historic global climate agreement reached at [the conference] in Paris last year," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Monday.

March 21, 2016

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