Grant Bremner

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Searing heat could make countries in North Africa and along the Persian Gulf unlivable

CAIRO — The heat feels relentless. Temperatures here in August regularly top 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and Sunday’s forecast projects thermometers will hit 100 F. In Ouargla, Algeria, the temperature spiked to 124.34 F on July 5 this year, the highest temperature reliably recorded on the continent of …

Climate Change

Why the Wildfires of 2018 Have Been So Ferocious

It’s the heat, not the humidity.<p><i>Updated on August 10 at 10:06 p.m. ET</i><p>How bad is California’s current fire season?<p>Numbers don’t seem to capture it. The Mendocino Complex Fire is the largest wildfire in the state’s history, with nearly 500 square miles burned. The Holy Fire has forced 20,000 people …

Climate Change

Ignore the climate change deniers. California's hellish summer really is a grave warning

Wind-swept wildfires raging. Homes incinerated. Families displaced. Lives lost.<p>In the long, hot, smoky California summer of 2018, as we camp under ash-hued sunset skies, the scariest thought is that the future has arrived, and more intense weather extremes will continue to wreak havoc in years to …

Climate Change

We're dangerously unprepared for the heat crisis from climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hot enough for you?<p>Well, if you live in one of the many US cities where official heat emergencies have been declared, or if you live in California, suffering the worst wildfires in the state's history, the answer is obvious. Extreme heat creates terrible conditions. And for many vulnerable …

Public Health

The end really is near: a play-by-play of the coming economic collapse

<b>(Getty/Salon)</b><p>Recoveries generally don’t die of old age. So what’s going to kill ours? Five economists call it like they see it<p>Max Cea<p>August 12, 2018 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Since June, 2009, the pit of one of the biggest recessions in American history, the U.S. economy has been growing, slowly but steadily. …

Economics

Z Energy and Permanent Forests in carbon credit partnership

Z Energy will spend $1.5 million this year in forestry projects to voluntarily offset the emissions from its fuel delivery operations.<p>The company …

New Zealand

Visualizing The Size Of California’s Largest-Ever Fire

Burning about 100 miles north of San Francisco, the Mendocino Complex wildfire is the largest in California’s history. But explaining its vast scale is difficult. Let’s examine the attempts to do just that—and see if we can arrive at a good understanding of what 300,000 charred acres really looks …

San Francisco

Brazil cuts deforestation emissions below 2020 targets

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil cut its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation in 2017 to levels below its internationally agreed 2020 climate change targets, the country’s Environment Ministry said on Thursday.<p>Brazil reduced its emission from deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by 610 million …

Brazil

Going Agile: Is Spark's big move the way your workplace is heading?

"Agile is not a fad," declares Spark chief executive Simon Moutter, when I suggest that people might be sceptical about the workplace trend sweeping …

How Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News

Sitting in front of a computer not long ago, a tenured history professor faced a challenge that billions of us do every day: deciding whether to …

Critical Thinking

Organic solar cells set 'remarkable' energy record

<b>Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells.</b><p>Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity.<p>But organic photovoltaics, made …

Clean Energy

Brutal weather threatens California wildfire battle

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A mechanic helping to fight one of several major wildfires in California was killed in a traffic collision on Thursday, bringing the death toll from that blaze to eight, officials said.<p>Andrew Brake, 40, was assigned to the Carr Fire burning around Redding in Northern …

Los Angeles

Yosemite Closed Indefinitely As California Fires Grow To Largest In History: Map And Update

The scope of California’s fires is unprecedented and has resulted in the closure of Yosemite National Park as firefighters battle 17 large fires, one of which is the largest fire in California’s history.<p>To help give perspective, we’ll cover both updates and maps of where the fires currently are and …

National Parks

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman Raise $1 Billion for New Mobile Streaming Service

A startup unicorn is joining the streaming-video fray.<p>Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg has raised $1 billion for a new mobile streaming service he’s …

Meg Whitman

Caribbean states beg Trump to grasp climate change threat: 'War has come to us'

Caribbean states and territories have rounded on the Trump administration for dismantling the US’s response to climate change, warning that greenhouse gas emissions must be sharply cut to avoid hurricanes and sea level rise threatening the future of their island idylls.<p>The onset of this year’s …

Puerto Rico

Domino-effect of climate events could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state

Fifty years ago, this would be dismissed as alarmist, but now scientists have become really worried Johan Rockström, executive ​director, Stockholm Resilience Centre<p>A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state …

Climate Change

Scientists Have Uncovered a Disturbing Climate Change Precedent

During the rise of mammals, Earth's temperatures spiked in a scary way that the planet may experience again soon.<p>They were strange days at the beginning of the age of mammals. The planet was still hungover from the astonishing disappearance of its marquee superstars, the dinosaurs. Earth’s newest …

Climate Change

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid

Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants.<p>With wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

Boston faces a daunting future of rising seas

Boston got a wake-up call earlier this year when the first of a string of nor’easter storms hit just as the tide was peaking. The ocean spilled into the subway and into homes up and down the coast.<p>The Union of Concerned Scientists projects that by the end of the century, Boston will see close to 7 …

Climate Change

Scorching Summer in Europe Signals Long-Term Climate Changes

PARIS — In Northern Europe, this summer feels like a modern-day version of the biblical plagues. Cows are dying of thirst in Switzerland, fires are gobbling up timber in Sweden, the majestic Dachstein glacier is melting in Austria.<p>In London, stores are running out of fans and air-conditioners. In …

Climate Change

The bottom line: "We don’t focus enough" on climate change

James Clapper, director of national intelligence under President Obama, cites "the range of issues that arise from climate change" as a national …

Climate Change

Portugal heat wave breaks record temperatures across the country | The Star

LISBON, Portugal—Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records Friday as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian …

Weather

Extreme heat wave shrinks Sweden's tallest peak by 13 feet in a month

LONDON — Sweden's tallest peak is on course to lose that title as an persistent heat wave melts away inches of the glacier atop it daily.<p>The height of Kebnekaise mountain dropped by 13 feet during July, according to the latest measurements.<p>Environment<p>Weekly temperatures in parts of northern Europe …

Global Warming

LA’s July temperatures were among the hottest ever

A month for the record books<p>Summer is off to an especially toasty start in Los Angeles.<p>Average temperatures in July were among the hottest ever recorded during a July month in Southern California, according to the National Weather Service.<p>“It wasn’t crazy hotter than it’s ever been, but it was up …

Los Angeles

Atmospheric carbon last year reached levels not seen in 800,000 years

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere reached 405 parts per million (ppm) last year, a level not seen in 800,000 years, …

Climate Change

Tesla Solar Roof Owner Reveals the Cost and Surprising Savings in New Video

Tri Huynh is impressed.<p>One of the first owners of a Tesla Solar Roof says he’s “amazed” by the product, revealing the surprising usage statistics …

Tesla

Egypt set to open its first solar farm - and it's the largest in the world

Egypt has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas, and the country …

Renewable Energy

Lloyds Banking Group halts financing for new coal plants

Lloyds Banking Group will no longer finance new coal-fired power stations or thermal coal mines as part of its greener investment policy, it …

How Atlantic upheaval will make future weather even more chaotic

THE northern hemisphere is roasting. Greece is battling lethal wildfires, and even the UK’s weather has been so hot and dry that record-breaking …

Global Warming

Deadly heatwaves threaten China's northern breadbasket

The North China Plain, home to nearly 400 million people, could become a life-threatening inferno during future heat waves if climate change …

Climate Change