December 11, 2019
Up to a third of the increase in global methane emissions from 2010-2016 came from East Africa, likely from wetlands and agriculture, new research shows.
Mozambique is one of many countries around the world where weather forecasting is lagging behind even as climate change drives more extreme and variable weather, NPR reports. The country's meteorologists rely heavily on weather data and models primary tailored to the needs of other countries.
December 10, 2019
Climate change is hitting high mountain regions more brutally than the world on average, putting significant sources of freshwater and the billions of people who depend on them in peril, according to new research published Monday in the journal Nature.
Extreme weather patterns associated with heat waves and droughts are raising the risks of simultaneous harvest failures of vital crops worldwide such as wheat, maize and soybeans, two studies show.
As President Donald Trump formally began pulling out of the Paris climate accord last month, a large coalition of U.S. cities, states, universities and businesses remain committed to holding global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
More than 50 percent of Americans think that the government should provide more oversight of companies with industrial-sized animal feeding operations, according to a new poll from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
Policies designed to combat climate change could permanently slash the value of companies around the world by up to $2.3 trillion, according to a new report from Principles for Responsible Investment that examines how "inevitable" policies such as banning internal combustion engines will affect stock prices.
France and a group of Brazilian states plan to announce a partnership to preserve the Amazon rainforest, the group's leader said on Monday, bypassing Brazil's federal government. Read more from ICN on how deforestation in the rainforest has gotten worse despite vows to stop it.
Denmark is moving forward with plans to build an artificial island tying in power from offshore wind farms of up to 10 gigawatts of capacity, more than enough to supply all the country's households, as part of efforts to meet ambitious climate change targets.
December 9, 2019
Until this year, the EU's top polluters were mostly coal-fired power plants. But shipping is among the few industries not covered by the Paris climate agreement, and a big shipper has now joined the undistinguished list of Europe's Top 10 polluters.
The fumes coming from this Maine city's petroleum storage tanks contain dangerous chemicals. The state toxicologist isn't alarmed by the findings so far, but the residents are worried: Could the air here be making their kids sick?
The world's oceans are losing oxygen, a new report released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature warns. It found that oxygen levels in the world's oceans declined by roughly 2 percent between 1960 and 2010, with the decline largely attributed to climate change.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences warns that agriculture and transportation now produce more fine particulate pollution nationwide than electric utilities and manufacturing.
Pacific Gas & Electric announced a multibillion-dollar settlement with victims of some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in the state's history, including the 2018 Camp Fire and the 2017 Tubbs Fire. A federal bankruptcy judge needs to approve the agreement before it becomes final.
President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration will finalize its rollback of Obama-era vehicle emissions standards next year and expected it would provoke a new legal challenge by California.
Americans remain shaky on the details of climate science even as they have grown increasingly concerned about human activity warming the Earth, according to a national poll by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
December 6, 2019
A Key Climate Justice Question at COP25: What Role Should Carbon Markets Play in Meeting Paris Goals?
Carbon markets have long been seen as part of the climate solution, believed to give polluters more flexibility to meet carbon reduction goals while lowering the cost of transition. But under those systems, poor communities bear the brunt of pollution, environmental justice and indigenous groups argue.
This weekend, the World Climate Research Programme celebrates its 40th anniversary and four decades of connecting researchers across the globe for projects targeting the most pressing climate science challenges. At the same time, AGU is celebrating its 100th year. The meetings take place at a critical juncture in the history of climate science and climate computer modeling.
States eliminated more than 4,400 positions at agencies responsible for protecting the environment over the past decade, a new report from Environmental Integrity Project shows. Illinois led the list. In Pennsylvania, the cuts came during an energy boom with the rise of fracking in the Marcellus Shale.
The rate of listing new endangered and threatened species has slowed under the Trump administration. Read more from ICN on how Trump made it harder to take climate into account when listing species under the ESA.
The Trump administration rushed to exempt a type of super-polluting cargo truck from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public health, the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general said Thursday.
California's wildfires have grown so costly and damaging that insurance companies—a homeowner's last hope when disaster strikes—have increasingly been canceling people's policies in fire-prone parts of the state, The New York Times reports.
A coal town in southwestern Virginia has been trying for years to reinvent itself for the future while fighting off flooding. Hope is running thin.
December 5, 2019
In a bold legal move, environmental lawyers are challenging oil giant BP's latest ad campaign, accusing the company of "greenwashing" its role in the transition to cleaner energy by misleading consumers about its low-carbon credentials while still investing heavily in fossil fuels.
Giant rivers of moist air that curl off from the tropics are responsible for most of the flooding in the Western United States, and scientists say these atmospheric rivers will become more intense as the planet warms. A new study is providing some insight into what that could look like in the future.
Officials in the Florida Keys announced on Wednesday what many coastal governments nationwide have long feared but few have been willing to admit: As seas rise and flooding gets worse, some areas aren't worth the cost to save.
Climate models have accurately predicted global warming for the past 50 years, a study has found, confirming that since as early as 1970, climate scientists have had a solid understanding of the Earth's climate system and the ability to project its reactions to rising greenhouse gases.
As the rainy season clears away the dark clouds that for months hovered over the Amazon rainforest, the damage that's incurred during President Jair Bolsonaro's first year is becoming clearer. Brazil's space agency reported that in one year, more than 3,700 square miles of the Amazon had been razed.
Spending cuts at state environmental protection agencies have led to the elimination of 4,400 jobs as the federal government works to roll back regulations, a new study from the advocacy group Environmental Integrity Project found.
Arizona's Rep. Raúl Grijalva, a top House Democrat, warned the Trump administration Wednesday that a decision to relocate Bureau of Land Management staffers from D.C. to western states would decrease diversity and likely open the agency to discrimination lawsuits.