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In a new podcast series, “Harvard Chan: This Week in Health,” the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings you top health headlines — from …

Climate Change

Three Ways New EPA Head Scott Pruitt Will Dismantle Environmental Protection

Despite extraordinary backlash, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has just been named to head the Environmental Protection Agency for the …

A scientist explains the very real struggle of talking to climate-change deniers

The world needs people like Andy Jorgensen, a professor of chemistry and environmental science at the University of Toledo. One of Jorgensen’s jobs is to create educational material on global warming, its impact, and what we can do to fight against it.<p>In a conversation with Redditors, Jorgensen …

Climate Change

Scientists hatch crazy $500 billion plan to refreeze the Arctic

As governments make slow progress towards alleviating climate change and denial marks the Trump Administration’s approach to the global crisis, …

Climate Change

EU Must Shut All Coal Plants to Meet Paris Pledges

<i>By Arthur Neslen, The Guardian</i><p>The European Union will “vastly overshoot” its Paris climate pledges unless its coal emissions are completely phased …

Here’s how we know Trump’s cabinet picks are wrong on human-caused global warming

The research is clear – humans are responsible for all the global warming since 1950<p>The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report – which summarizes the latest and greatest climate science research – was quite clear that humans are responsible for global warming:<p><i>It is extremely</i> …

Climate Change

Why read a 5-year-old book about ExxonMobil now? Two words: Rex Tillerson

If you want a deeper understanding of what has been inaugurated in Washington, read Steve Coll’s “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power<i>.</i>” Rarely has a book been so profoundly and presciently relevant to events that would take place five years after its publication.<p>It is not just a book …

Exxon Mobil

Uproar as PM Trudeau calls for end to oil sand production

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for Canada to phase out its oil sand production. It's not a popular message with the province of Alberta, which has benefited from having huge oil reserves.<p>Trudeau was responding to a question about his decision in late November to authorize an …

Environment

Scientists have a new way to calculate what global warming costs. Trump’s team isn’t going to like it.

How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” — and its suggestions …

Climate Change

Here’s what optimistic liberals get wrong about Trump and climate change

Right after Donald Trump won the election, a number of observers worried that having a climate denier in the White House would be a crushing setback for efforts to tackle global warming. Here’s a sample hyperventilating headline from, uh, me: “There’s no way around it: Donald Trump looks like a …

Renewable Energy

India Could Leapfrog Advanced Countries By Adopting A Circular Economy

We have to slowly fix our economy to make it more sustainable. Growing countries like India could avoid the mistakes the first time.<p>As sleeping economic giants like India grow, the worry is they'll take on the same bad habits as advanced countries: the same diets, the same levels of car use, the …

Sustainability

Trump names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general suing EPA on climate change, to head the EPA

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy.<p>Pruitt has spent much of his …

Government

Al Gore Meets With Donald Trump And Ivanka Trump Over 'Climate Issues'

The future first daughter is reportedly planning to make climate change one of her signature issues.<p>President-elect Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump met with former Vice President Al Gore on Monday to discuss “climate issues,” the Trump transition team said.<p>The transition team initially …

Donald Trump

Ogoni king: Shell oil is killing my people

King Emere was in a London court last week for the case that he hopes will allow him to sue Shell in the UK for polluting his tribal land<p>His Royal Highness Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi, the paramount ruler and hereditary king of the Ogale community in the oil-rich Niger delta, is ready to explode.<p>After …

Nigeria

Fires and drought cook Tennessee - a state represented by climate deniers

Climate change intensified the extreme weather in Tennessee, but its legislators deny the science<p>With my new hope that deniers of climate change will take ownership of the consequences, I am sad to report that this week, terrible wildfires have swept through Tennessee, a southeastern state in the …

Climate Change

Beyond the Point of No Return — Imminent Carbon Feedbacks Just Made the Stakes for Global Warming a Hell of a Lot Higher

<i>“It’s fair to say we have passed the point of no return on global warming and we can’t reverse the effects, but certainly we can dampen them,”</i> said …

Climate Change

A bunch of carbon dioxide that's been trapped in the soil is starting to escape — and it’s bad news for the planet

A key greenhouse gas responsible for warming the planet, carbon dioxide, isn't just hanging around in the air. It's also locked up deep under the ground.<p>In the soil, stocks of carbon have built up over thousands of years, and levels have been kept relatively stable by the slow activity of bacteria …

Climate Change

Thunderstorm asthma: 'You're talking an event equivalent to a terrorist attack'

A perfect storm of factors that triggered a mass asthma event and claimed at least six lives in Melbourne has perplexed health experts, who believe climate change may be the missing piece in the puzzle<p>A sudden drop in temperature in Melbourne on Monday evening from peaks of 35C brought with it …

Climate Change

Rugged solar roads to hit four continents in 2017

Solar-generating roadways could soon be a reality on roads everywhere, thanks to new technology from Europe. According to Bloomberg, Colas SA, a …

Renewable Energy

US election: Climate scientists react to Donald Trump’s victory

In what’s widely being described as the most shocking upset in US election history, Donald J Trump has beaten Hillary Clinton to become the 45th …

Climate Change

Environmental Leaders Cautious, Yet Hopeful Despite Trump's Big Win

The world will move on, with or without the United States.<p>MARRAKECH, Morocco ― Attendees at the climate conference here are grappling with a reality few expected: America’s next president will almost certainly be openly hostile to efforts to address the biggest environmental threat of our …

Climate Change

Walmart's Science Based Target: A Game Changer

By Pedro Faria, Technical Director, CDP<p>This week Walmart became the 26th company to successfully set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets that are in line with what climate science says is necessary to keep global warming below two degrees centigrade. Approving Walmart's science-based target …

Climate Change

Delhi’s air is so toxic that schools are closing, expats are fleeing, and the visiting UK PM could lose hours from her life

New Delhi is ghastly right now.<p>So much so that the government in the national capital has shut down 1,800 schools for the first time ever, forcing a million students to stay at home to avoid breathing in the deadly smog that continues to shroud the city. This comes a week after firecracker residue …

Environment

Nicholas Stern: cost of global warming ‘is worse than I feared’

Ten years ago the leading economist warned about climate change in a landmark report – he says while there is cause for optimism, the picture is still grim<p>A lot has happened since Nicholas Stern, then a permanent secretary at the Treasury, produced his landmark review of the impact of climate …

Climate Change

The Paris Climate Agreement Is Now International Law

Environmentalists say the agreement is just the first step of a much longer and complicated process of transitioning away from fossil fuels.<p>The Paris Agreement to combat climate change became international law on Friday — a landmark deal about tackling global warming amid growing fears that the …

Climate Change
Climate Change

Santa Monica to require net-zero homes from 2017, first in the world to do so

Among U.S. states, California continues to lead the way in policies that aim to cut carbon emissions.<p>The Golden State has ambitious …

Renewable Energy