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By Mark Dixon | Leading up to COP21 and beyond!

The Woman Going After Big Energy for the Typhoon That Killed Her Family

Can polluters be held legally responsible for the damage wrought by climate change? We may find out soon.<p>When Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on November 8, 2013, Joanna Sustento wasn’t all that worried. Tropical storms are common in the Philippines. But this one was different. Water surged to chest …

Scientists have beaten down the best climate denial argument | Dana Nuccitelli

Clouds don’t act as a climate thermostat, and they’re not going to save us from global warming<p>Climate deniers have come up with a lot of arguments about why we shouldn’t worry about global warming – about 200 of them – but most are quite poor, contradictory, and easily debunked by consulting the …

Climate Change

Read the Antarctica blockbuster that’s freaking everyone out.

The more climate scientists learn about Antarctica, the more scary the place seems. A new Grist feature by Eric Holthaus dives into one corner of the …

Meteorologist warns collapse of two Antarctic glaciers could flood every coastal city on Earth

Two of Antarctica’s glaciers are holding our civilization hostage, meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in a piece for Grist. Pine Island and Thwaites …

Global Warming

Costa Rica's Electricity Has Run Entirely on Renewables For 300 Days in 2017

A new record, with weeks to go before the year is up.<p>Costa Rica has done it again. In January, the Central American country announced it had powered …

Fans of cold and snow in the U.S. will love this new winter outlook

To make a successful winter forecast for the U.S., meteorologists must examine a dizzying array of factors, from fickle fluctuations in ocean …

The cost of saving the world is $40 per ton of carbon. Here’s what that means.

This week, diplomats are gathered in Bonn, Germany to hammer out the latest details of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. While the minutiae of the negotiations are important, the real action isn’t at the UN. The climate pact is bottom up, which means it’s up to each country to meet the goals set …

Climate

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

Until recently the battle to avert catastrophic climate change – floods, droughts, famine, mass migrations – seemed to be lost. But with the tipping point just years away, the tide is finally turning, thanks to innovations ranging from cheap renewables to lab-grown meat and electric …

Climate Change

Trump Is Quietly Surrendering to China on Climate Change

The president's climate inaction has frustrated the world, and allowed an economic rival to gain more power and influence.<p>When people look back at Donald Trump's first year as president, they're likely to be perplexed by his actions on climate change. They will see an administration that put …

Huge private sector investment puts Paris climate target in reach, says report

Global investment could hold the key to fighting climate change, with one trillion dollars already invested in solutions such as renewables and energy efficiency, says International Finance Corporation<p>At least one trillion dollars are being invested globally in ways to reduce the threat of climate …

Climate

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

<b>Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).</b><p>Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.<p>Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon …

San Francisco Is Suing Major Oil Companies to Protect its Citizens from Climate Change

An extreme tide at Pier 14 on the San Francisco Port in February, 2011.Dave Rauenbuehler/San Francisco Port<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe …

Iceland switches on first true “negative emissions” plant that sucks in CO2 and turns it into stone

In a world first, a plant has managed to truly reduce our CO2 emissions by sucking it out of the air and injecting it into the ground<p>Some of us don’t …

The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Carbon Dioxide

Trump’s repeal of Obama’s climate rule: What to watch for

The administration has announced its intention to repeal former President Obama’s landmark Clean Power Plan, but it will take some time for the …

Catholic church to make record divestment from fossil fuels

More than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi<p>More than 40 Catholic institutions are to announce the largest ever faith-based divestment from fossil fuels, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of …

Energy

Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year

A new report warns of a high price tag on the impacts of global warming, from storm damage to health costs. But solutions can provide better value, the authors say.<p>Extreme weather, made worse by climate change, along with the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, has cost the U.S. economy at …

There's A Sustainable Energy Source You've Never Heard Of And It Could Power Most Of The USA

It could even be better than solar and wind.<p>By now we’re all familiar with the likes of solar and wind power as alternatives to using up …

The surprisingly complex truth about planes and climate change

We hear much about the environmental costs of air travel. As our recent Q&A explained, the problem is not just that planes burn a lot of fuel and therefore kick out plenty of CO2 per passenger. Just as important are a host of other high-altitude impacts, including vapour trails and ozone …

Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

The extreme weather of the past months is a game-changer: surely now the world is ready to talk about climate change as a civilisation-collapsing catastrophe<p>In 1988, when the scientist James Hansen told a senate committee that it was “time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is …

Climate Change

Climate change not as threatening to planet as previously thought, new research suggests

Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found. New research by British scientists reveals the world is being polluted and warming up less quickly than 10-year-old forecasts predicted, giving …

The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

Carbon Dioxide

The Climate Engineers Sucking CO₂ From the Atmosphere—and Making Money Doing It

More than a decade into their friendship, Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher can’t decide which of them is the thinker and which is the doer. They …

Four Radical Plans to Save Civilization From Climate Change

Smug eco-warriors may think they’re curbing global warming with their vegan diets, charged-up Teslas, and rooftop solar panels. But according to …

The Rush to Develop Oil and Gas We Don’t Need

Imagine the businessman Donald Trump putting his real estate up for sale when the market was near the bottom. That’s the equivalent of what President Trump is doing with the oil and gas on our public lands. His misguided move to increase production in a soft energy market is bad for government …

Our 100% Clean Energy Vision

Click on a state to see the effects of 100% renewable energy in the year 2050.<p>Data from Stanford University<p>Data from Stanford University.<p>Download<p>100% …

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

Climate change has thawed Arctic enough for $300m gas tanker to travel at record speed through northern sea route<p>A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high …

Merchant Shipping

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.<p>One problem with framing the goal this way, …

Iraqi workers sent home, as 'ungodly' heatwave hits Middle East with temperatures over 50C

The Middle East has been hit with an “ungodly” heatwave so extreme Iraq’s government ordered all of its civil servants to go home on Thursday, when temperatures rose above 50C.<p>Temperatures are expected to stay above 45C for the next week, with the UK Met office predicting temperatures as high as …