Bruce Hodge

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Antarctica Is Melting Three Times as Fast as a Decade Ago

Between 60 and 90 percent of the world’s fresh water is frozen in the ice sheets of Antarctica, a continent roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined. If all that ice melted, it would be enough to raise the world’s sea levels by roughly 200 feet.<p>While that won’t happen overnight, …

Global Warming

Norfolk Wants to Remake Itself as Sea Level Rises, but Who Will Be Left Behind?

The proud Navy town sees itself as a living lab for coastal resilience, one in desperate need of solutions as flooding worsens. Not every …

Sea Level

Pope Tells Oil Executives to Act on Climate: ‘There Is No Time to Lose’

ROME — Three years ago, Pope Francis issued a sweeping letter that highlighted the global crisis posed by climate change and called for swift action to save the environment and the planet.<p>On Saturday, the pope gathered money managers and titans of the world’s biggest oil companies during a …

Fossil Fuels

'If Trump is left to his own devices, he will cause serious damage that will cost lives,' Gov. Brown warns

The day President Trump pulled out of the Paris agreement on global warming, California Gov. Jerry Brown helped launch a robust movement of states, cities and businesses committed to carrying the country toward meeting its commitments. We checked in with Brown this week on how it has been going, …

Climate

The 60-Year Downfall of Nuclear Power in the U.S. Has Left a Huge Mess

The demand for atomic energy is in decline. But before the country can abandon its plants, there's six decades of waste to deal with.<p>It was just another day in the life of the defunct Hanford nuclear site, a remote part of Washington State that made most of the plutonium in America’s Cold War …

Nuclear Energy

Scientists Say Ocean Circulation Is Slowing. Here’s Why You Should Care.

Hotter summers in Europe, changing rainfall in the tropics, hurricane risks along the U.S. coast: If Atlantic currents keep weakening, we'll feel it. …

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How Climate Activists Failed to Make Clear the Problem with Natural Gas

The climate movement’s biggest failure has been its inability to successfully make the case that natural gas is not a clean replacement for other …

Hawaii joins trend: court recognizes constitutional right to a safe climate

January 5, 2018<p>By Dana Drugmand<p>Hawaii’s highest court took an important step in December to hold the state’s agencies accountable for transitioning …

In Norway, Electric and Hybrid Cars Outsell Conventional Models

Sales of electric and hybrid cars in Norway outpaced those running on fossil fuels last year, cementing the country’s position as a global leader in the push to restrict vehicle emissions.<p>Norway, a major oil exporter, would seem an unlikely champion of newer, cleaner-running vehicles. But the …

Global Warming’s Toll on Coral Reefs: As if They’re ‘Ravaged by War’

Before we call rockfish, shrimp and crab “dinner,” some of these species call coral reefs “home.” But those reefs, home to a quarter of all marine fish species, are now increasingly threatened as rising ocean temperatures accelerate a phenomenon known as coral bleaching.<p>Large-scale coral bleaching …

The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: 'There is reason for hope'

‘Everybody gets paralysed by bad news because they feel helpless,” says Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who delivered the landmark Paris climate change agreement. “It is so in our personal lives, in our national lives and in our planetary life.”<p>But it is becoming increasingly clear …

Fossil Fuels

This hypnotizing animation shows the incredible trend of global warming

A cool — and frightening — illustration of rising temperatures and CO2 levels.<p>Kevin Pluck has a cool hobby: turning climate trend data into stunning graphics.<p>The Manchester, England-based software engineer’s latest is an animated “barrel graph” comparing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations …

Here’s How Far the World Is From Meeting Its Climate Goals

Two years after countries signed a landmark climate agreement in Paris, the world remains far off course from preventing drastic global warming in the decades ahead.

The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior

As Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast, few people in that state seemed to understand the nature of the looming danger.<p>The bulletins warned of rain falling in feet, not inches. Experts pleaded with the public to wake up. J. Marshall Shepherd, head of atmospheric sciences at the University …

Climate Change

Court Scuttles Rule Cutting Potent Greenhouse Gas

One of the most powerful climate pollutants on earth, hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, account for a small portion of U.S. climate pollution, but …

Climate

Scott Pruitt is dismantling EPA in secret for the same reason the GOP health care bill was secret

Today’s GOP agenda is unpopular and indefensible.<p>The New York Times had a big story on Friday about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s propensity to operate in secret. It offers a detailed and damning review of the evidence, but it stops short of drawing the broader conclusion: namely, that the …

Fossil fuels are way more expensive than you think

A new paper published in <i>Climatic Change</i> estimates that when we account for the pollution costs associated with our energy sources, gasoline costs an extra $3.80 per gallon, diesel an additional $4.80 per gallon, coal a further 24 cents per kilowatt-hour, and natural gas another 11 cents per …

Fossil Fuels

Court Ruling on HFCs Deals Another Blow to Paris Climate Goals

A U.S. court ruled the EPA lacked authority to regulate the powerful greenhouse gases, used for cooling and refrigeration. Industry had supported the …

Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say

WASHINGTON — When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are summoned to a meeting with the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access to the floor where his office is, according to interviews with employees of the federal …

Scott Pruitt

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.<p>The draft report by …

Climate Change

This video shows the extraordinary trend of global warming in more than 100 countries

117 years of data in 35 seconds.<p>This captivating video created by Antti Lipponen visualizes more than 100 years of temperature change in 191 countries in just 35 seconds.<p>Lipponen, a researcher at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, used publicly available data from NASA to demonstrate the rising …

The company behind Keystone XL isn’t even sure if there’s a need for the pipeline anymore

Pipeline developer says it is looking for more customers before moving forward with the project.<p>Towards the end of March, President Donald Trump, …

Flying Is Bad for the Planet. You Can Help Make It Better.

Take one round-trip flight between New York and California, and you’ve generated about 20 percent of the greenhouse gases that your car emits over an entire year.<p>If you are like many people, flying may be a large portion of your carbon footprint. Over all, the aviation industry accounts for 11 …

How California Plans to Go Far Beyond Any Other State on Climate

Over the past decade, California has passed a sweeping set of climate laws to test a contentious theory: that it’s possible to cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond what any other state has done and still enjoy robust economic growth.<p>Now that theory faces its biggest test yet. Last August, the …

Cap and Trade

Whistleblower Case Shows How Trump Tries to Silence Science

A top federal scientist working with Alaska Native communities on climate change talks about abuses of power and intimidation, while a report details …

When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream? It May Be Sooner Than You Think

As the world’s automakers place larger bets on electric vehicle technology, many industry analysts are debating a key question: How quickly can plug-in cars become mainstream?<p>The conventional view holds that electric cars will remain a niche product for many years, plagued by high sticker prices …

Electric Vehicles

Scientist Michael Mann on ‘Low-Probability But Catastrophic’ Climate Scenarios

<i>This week, to accompany</i> <i>our cover story</i> <i>on worst-case climate scenarios, we’re publishing a series of extended interviews with climatologists on the</i> …