March 12, 2020
After declining for most of the last decade, hunger is once again on the rise around the world, and climate change is a primary cause, according to a new World Meteorological Organization report. Over 820 million people suffered from hunger in 2018, the greatest number since 2010, the report found.
The coronavirus outbreak has become a pandemic, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. Has climate change played a role in its spread? InsideClimate News reporter Neela Banerjee talks with a Harvard environment and health expert to discuss possible links.
Nearly $640 billion of investment in coal power capacity worldwide is at risk because it is cheaper to generate electricity from new renewables, research released Thursday warned. More than 60 percent of the global coal plants the report examined are generating electricity at a higher cost than could be produced by building new renewables.
General Motors is betting big on electric vehicles. Indiana lawmakers have passed a controversial bill to help the coal industry by making it harder for utilities to retire their coal generation. And the coronavirus has upended the energy economy, including wind and solar. It's all in the latest Inside Clean Energy.
The world's meat industry must adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and growing demand for plant-based alternatives or face ruin, warned a group of investors managing $20 trillion in assets ahead of global climate talks in Glasgow in November.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a legislative hearing on a proposal that's become a major sticking point in negotiations surrounding bipartisan energy legislation. The proposed amendment aims to phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent climate pollutant used in refrigerators and air conditioners.
March 11, 2020
As the global economy shudders in reaction to the coronavirus, lessons are emerging about what that response can—and cannot—tell us about fighting climate change. Particularly, it has shown that it's possible to get people to change their behavior in the face of large and imminent threats—something climate change activists have long called for.
The federal government is giving local officials nationwide a painful choice: Agree to use eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes, or forfeit a shot at federal money they need to combat climate change.
The White House is strongly considering pushing federal assistance for oil and natural gas producers hit by plummeting oil prices amid the coronavirus outbreak, as industry officials close to the administration clamor for help, The Washington Post reports.
Los Angeles is aiming to become the first city in the nation to use renewable hydrogen to produce electricity, with the goal of ending the use of carbon-based natural gas entirely. The city plans to build a new power plant in five years that will phase hydrogen into its energy mix and run fully on hydrogen by 2045.
A growing effort to put finance at the center of the climate conversation partly reflects a hope that the capital markets prompt more action than laggard political bodies to curb climate change. But a vital question lingers: Are we trying to protect the climate with finance, or protect finance from a changing climate?
Duke Energy, Dominion Energy and Southern Company, which together make up 4.2 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions, are not making investments consistent with their clean energy goals of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a report released Monday.
An unusually warm winter has caused bears to stir early from hibernation in several countries, including Russia, Finland and the U.S., The Guardian reports. It's raising concerns of the bears having an increased number of conflicts with humans.
A majority of European citizens would support a ban on short-distance flights to fight climate change, according to a new survey from the European Investment Bank. Of 28,088 respondents to the survey, 62 percent favored a ban and 72 percent said they would support a carbon tax on flights.
Greta Thunberg encouraged her climate activists on Wednesday to embrace a "#DigitalStrike" rather than protest in crowds because of the coronavirus outbreak.
March 10, 2020
Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed Monday, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits.
The world is on course to record its warmest winter ever, unsettling global crop production and raising the risk of food price inflation. Already, extreme weather conditions, coupled with the global spread of the coronavirus, have led to volatile prices in the food market, Bloomberg reports.
Meet the new masthead of InsideClimate News. Veteran editors Vernon Loeb of the Houston Chronicle and Erica Goode of The New York Times, along with seasoned development and marketing director Megan Boyle, will lead the Pulitzer-winning newsroom in 2020.
A mammoth energy policy bill hit a roadblock in the Senate on Monday night with a stalemate over amendments threatening to derail the legislation entirely. Democrats have been fighting to add amendments that would phase down the use of heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons used in refrigerators and air conditioners.
China will modify the environmental supervision of companies to help the resumption of production disrupted by the coronavirus epidemic, giving firms more time to rectify environmental problems, but stressed it was not relaxing standards.
Shell is to end its relationship with two of the UK's leading arts institutions amid growing concern about big oil's role in the escalating climate crisis. The move follows similar decisions from other leading art organizations in the last year, underlining what some are calling the industry's shrinking social capital.
Mentions of climate change in online dating profiles have become so popular, the dating website OkCupid has coined a name for it: "Thunberging." The dating site has seen a 240% bump in the mentions of climate change and other environmental terms in profiles in the last two years. And in 2019, it saw an 800% increase in mentions of climate activist Greta Thunberg specifically.
March 9, 2020
Global carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector fell by 2 percent last year, the biggest fall since at least 1990, owing to reduced coal usage in Europe and the United States, new research showed on Monday. Globally, coal-fired power generation fell by 3 percent, also the largest fall since 1990.
The nation's coal-fired power plants continue to close at a rapid rate, while those still in operation are being used significantly less, according to newly released data from the Energy Information Administration. The "capacity factor" for U.S. coal plants fell below 50 percent in 2019 for the first time in decades.
A federal appeals court has ruled Baltimore's suit seeking to put fossil fuel companies on the hook for climate change belongs in state court. The decision is a setback for the industry, which had argued that the case should be heard in federal court, where rulings in previous climate cases favored the industry.
The Environmental Protection Agency's latest rewrite of its science transparency rule may be even more restrictive than the original proposal, scientists say, expanding the reach of a rule that limits consideration of studies that don't make their underlying data public.
Nothing in Al Cathey's 14 years as mayor of Mexico Beach, Florida, had quite prepared him for the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. American Climate, an InsideClimate News documentary series, explores 21 stories of how climate change has impacted lives around the country.
Saudi Arabia's price war in the global oil market is set to send another shockwave through a world economy already reeling from the coronavirus. A long period of cheap oil prices could even hurt the fight against climate change by slowing the transition to renewable energy, Bloomberg reports.
As global air travel continues to plummet due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the airline industry is now citing the financial pain caused by the health scare as a reason to weaken longer-term efforts to fight global warming.
Record winter warmth around the globe has raised pressure on weather forecasters from utilities and financial markets that depend on models to work out the economic impact of climate change.