October 8, 2019
Oyster reefs, decimated by a century of overharvesting and worsening water quality, are being rebuilt by multiple projects using public and private funding in an effort to protect coastal real estate from climate change, CNBC reports.
As climate change continues to push sea levels upward, the saltwater is killing woodlands along the East Coast, creating stands of dead trees known as ghost forests.
October 7, 2019
Pope Francis has convened nearly 200 bishops, climate experts and indigenous people from the Amazon for an unprecedented meeting in Rome to discuss the fate of the Amazonian rainforests and the world's moral obligation to protect them.
In the Mountains, Climate Change Is Disrupting Everything, from How Water Flows to When Plants Flower
In the world's mountain regions, global warming is melting glaciers and changing mountain river flows, disrupting plants and wildlife, and increasing the risk of extreme rockslides and mountain floods. Taken together, the climate change risks represent a threat to billions of people.
Oil companies are putting substantial funds into clean-energy investments as public pressure grows for countries around the world to curb their carbon emissions. Yet about a third more oil is being burned today than in the late 1990s, a sign that profits are still driving the energy market, The New York Times reports.
The Trump administration Friday announced it would make 725,000 acres of land in California's central coast open to oil and gas lease sales, ending a five-year moratorium.
China's top six listed coal-power generators are failing to respond to climate change, lagging international peers and leaving them misaligned with Beijing's broader environmental policies, according to a sustainability and governance risk consultant.
Temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are climbing for two principal reasons, researchers say: rising air temperatures and the effect freshwater from Greenland's ice melt has on ocean currents. While animals can adapt to climate change, that process can take hundreds if not thousands of years — not fast enough to keep up with the accelerating effects of climate change.
More than a dozen people campaigning against fossil fuel extraction in North America have been identified in domestic terrorism-related FBI investigations, an investigation by The Guardian found. The investigations were opened as opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline was growing.
Twenty of the UK's leading universities have struck a $61 million deal to buy renewable energy directly from British wind farms for the first time, The Guardian reports.
New York City is considering transforming Governors Island—one of its last big chunks of developable land—into a "living laboratory" for coping with the effects of climate change.
October 4, 2019
A region in eastern Siberia that's home to 5.4 million people has warmed by more than 3 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times—thawing permafrost that once sustained farming and acts as the foundation on which villages and cities were built, The Washington Post reports.
One of the nation's largest coal and natural gas producing states, is moving to join the Northeast's carbon market. It would mark the largest expansion of the multistate initiative since its inception a decade ago and a milestone in the drive by states to counter the impact of the Trump administration's retreat from climate action.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry is expected to announce his resignation from the administration by the end of November, Politico reports. Perry, who joined President Donald Trump's Cabinet in 2017, has largely avoided controversies. But his travels to Ukraine lately have embroiled him in the Trump impeachment inquiry.
A California lawmaker along with a group of former committee advisors are challenging the White House's recent decision to terminate two federal advisory boards that oversee species—the National Invasive Species Council and the Marine Protected Areas Advisory Committee.
Oil giant Chevron Corp aims to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions from its oil production by an additional 5 percent to 10 percent over a seven-year period ending 2023 as part of an ongoing effort to combat global climate change, the company said on Thursday.
The German government is planning to raise taxes on ticket sales for mid-haul and long-haul flights within Europe, according to a document reviewed by Reuters. The hikes, which would take effect in April of 2020, are part of a larger government plan to curb carbon emissions.
October 3, 2019
Every president over the past two decades has, to some degree, undermined research and injected politics into science, a new report out of New York University said. But under the Trump administration, federal science has been driven to a "crisis point," it concluded.
The rate at which critical reservoirs are emptied is far outpacing the rate at which they are naturally replenished, with about 70 percent of the water pumped from underground aquifers worldwide being used for agriculture and much of the remainder going to cities, Bloomberg reports.
Despite pressure from activists, investors and governments, the majority of world's 50 largest banks have not made sustainable finance commitments to respond to the risks of climate change and continue to finance fossil fuels, according to new findings by the World Resources Institute.
Hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, followed by Tropical Storm Imelda last month, Houston—with its relative wealth and experience with disasters—has become a test case for climate resilience, The New York Times reports.
Climate change poses risks to real estate that homebuyers may not be able to predict. The risks are shared by mortgage lenders and by taxpayers through the federally operated Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
In 2017, Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek said they used torches to pierce steel valves in Iowa and delay the pipeline's completion. Now facing federal charges, the two could face decades in prison if convicted, The New York Times reports.
October 2, 2019
A recent federal court ruling could give states more authority to oppose natural gas pipeline projects by limiting the controversial use of eminent domain. That ruling and two others involving that forced sale of land come amid growing opposition to pipelines, whose benefits to the public and risks to the climate are increasingly being questioned.
Federal appeals court judges, including a Trump appointee, struck down an administration's rule from last year that removed states' obligation to curb air pollution that causes smog in downwind states hundreds of miles away. Here's what the ruling means going forward.
After devastating fires in Northern California and extreme storms on the Texas, Carolina and Florida coasts, the Fed's regional banks are delving deeper into how the earth's warming will impact U.S. businesses, consumers and the country's $17 trillion asset banking system.
A new economic analysis flips some of the traditional thinking about a carbon tax on its head, concluding the price should start far higher than current models and proposals and then fall rather than rise in the decades ahead.
A coalition of eastern states on Tuesday took a first step toward limiting transportation emissions across 13 states. Their draft proposal would place pollution limits on middlemen who bring gasoline to U.S. consumers, forcing those companies to buy credits to compensate for pollution from use of their products.
A federal judge ruled Baltimore's climate lawsuit against fossil fuel companies will proceed in state court while the defendants try to convince an appeals court the case belongs in federal court instead. "That means discovery should be able to proceed in state court unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps into intervene, a highly unlikely outcome," law professor Ann Carlson said.
Australia's mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows are absorbing about 20 million tons of carbon dioxide every year, but a major new study warns that degradation of these coastal ecosystems is causing about 3 million tons to be released back into the atmosphere. The study is the first to measure in detail the climate benefits of the coastal ecosystems.