Michael Morford

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Ocean waves show Earth's CO2 imbalance is greater than expected

Scientists might need to tweak their understanding of climate change in the near future. British researchers have determined that ocean waves play a considerably more important role in trapping carbon dioxide than previously thought. Their studies showed that waves breaking on the shore will absorb …

Climate Change

Complete Energy Democratization Is Coming. Let’s Get Ready.

Blockchain may play a key role in the next 10 years of electricity<p><i>“With the broadcast system, you have one person in one station deciding what gets</i> …

The 14 most polluted cities in the world are all in one country

The 14 most polluted cities in the world are all in India, according to a recent report from the World Health Organization.<p>The northern town of Kanpur topped the list, which measured cities by their level of fine particulate matter in the air, known as PM 2.5. Over the period from 2010 to 2016, …

The World's Safest Source Of Energy Will Surprise You

When it comes to conversations on energy, it’s hard to leave your feelings at the door.<p>It’s arguable that energy is the single most important driver …

The EPA is keeping a troubling new study on drinking water under wraps. Here’s what you need to know.

Will Scott Pruitt release it ahead of next week’s summit on harmful chemicals in water?<p>The Environmental Protection Agency has been in the news a lot lately, thanks in large part to its administrator, Scott Pruitt, who appeared before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday as part of the 12 …

The EU’s plan to set a goal of zero-emissions by 2050 could be a big deal for climate action

When the Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015, it was a milestone in taking action against climate change. It set a clear goal—to keep global average temperatures from rising above 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels—and got every country on board (including the US, which can’t leave the …

Solar and wind are coming. And the power sector isn’t ready.

The rise in renewable energy will scramble the decision making of grid managers.<p>The US electricity system is at an extremely sensitive and uncertain juncture. More and more indicators point toward a future in which wind and solar power play a large role. But that future is not locked in. It still …

Natural Gas

Water Is the Most Mysterious Substance on Earth and Scientists Have a New Explanation

Tech & Science Water Ice Chemistry<p>Despite our utter dependence on it, water is a mystery. Scientists don’t understand why it expands as it cools, why …

GOP lawmaker baffles climate scientist by blaming rocks falling in the ocean for rising sea levels

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) baffled a climate scientist during a congressional hearing on climate change this week by claiming that rocks falling into the …

Earth just had its 400th straight warmer-than-average month thanks to global warming

It was December 1984, and President Reagan had just been elected to his second term, <i>Dynasty</i> was the top show on TV and Madonna's <i>Like a Virgin</i> topped the musical charts.<p>It was also the last time the Earth had a cooler-than-average month.<p>Last month marked the planet's 400th consecutive month with …

Global Warming

‘Impossible to Ignore’: Why Alaska Is Crafting a Plan to Fight Climate Change

WASHINGTON — In the Trump era, it has mainly been blue states that have taken the lead on climate change policy, with liberal strongholds like California and New York setting ambitious goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.<p>Now, at least one deep-red state could soon join them: Alaska, a major …

Two thirds of Americans believe the government isn’t doing enough for the environment

The only thing people agree on was that things were going the wrong way.

The 19 Small Ways That NASA Will Try To Save The Earth

There are a slew of Earth Science missions that NASA has planned for the future. We need all of them (and more) for a thriving planet.<p>When most …

'My partner convinced me of the facts': readers on changing their opinion on climate change

We asked you to tell us about the time you crossed from one side of the debate to the other<p>‘My partner convinced me of the facts of climate change’: Joshua, 28, Florida, US<p>I first thought it was fake as I used to watch Fox News with my family. In 2015 I met my partner Stephen who knew that the …

Climate

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought

The phrase “worse than we thought” is a cliché when it comes to climate change. There are lots of studies suggesting we’re in for more warming and …

Report: oil companies are avoiding taking responsibility for climate change

I know it, you know it, everyone knows it: Oil companies have played a major role in making climate change much worse.<p>But you wouldn’t know that from …

Hurricanes are strengthening faster than they did 30 years ago

With the start of hurricane season just three weeks away — and memory of last year's disastrous storms still fresh — scientists reported that …

One Simple Chart Shows Why An Energy Revolution Is Coming - And Who Is Likely To Come Out On Top

<b>The cost of producing solar power is rapidly declining: it now costs $50 to produce one megawatt-hour of solar power, according to a new</b> …

Shrinking glaciers, bigger fires and hotter nights: How climate change is altering California

California may be a leader in the fight against climate change, but the state is increasingly hard hit by symptoms of the unrelenting rise of greenhouse gases, a new state assessment finds.<p>As global warming accelerates, California is getting hotter and drier. Trees and animals are moving to higher …

These Are the Countries That Will Have the Worst Temperature Swings in the Future

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Grist <i>and appears here as part of the</i> Climate Desk<i> collaboration.</i>The effects of climate change are already …

Rapid evolution fails to save butterflies from extinction in face of human-induced change

New research confirms that wild species can adapt quickly to human-induced changes, but also shows how such adaptation can cause those species to be …

Climate Talks Stall as $100 Billion Still Out of Sight

Two weeks of climate talks organized by the United Nations finished with developing countries demanding more clarity from their richer counterparts …

US will be 'very strong' for next 15-20 years due to shale boom, petrochemicals CEO says

The growth of the shale industry will strengthen the U.S. for the next 15 to 20 years, Borealis Chief Executive Mark Garrett told CNBC on …

Swaths of native forest near Great Barrier Reef set to be bulldozed

A rejection of the Kingvale proposal would put Mr Frydenberg at odds with Queensland Coalition MPs who have vocally backed the plan.<p>Kingvale Station …

Trump administration ends critical NASA greenhouse gas monitoring program

The move comes less than a month after a climate science denier took over the agency.<p>The Trump administration has gutted a crucial research program …

The attack on our clean cars is the biggest scandal at EPA

In spite of the seemingly endless string of scandals that have been emanating from the Environmental Protection Agency recently, some of the most …

God Said to Make the Desert Bloom, and Mormons Are Using Biblical Amounts of Water to Do It

Utah is one of the driest states in the country, but you couldn’t tell by how much water its residents are using. The average American uses between …

The blockchain revolution comes to climate action

Blockchain can trace everything from green supply chains to emissions cuts, enable green energy trading and convert plastic waste into cash. A host …

Sustainability

We Don't Need Solar And Wind To Save The Climate -- And It's A Good Thing, Too

For 30 years, experts have claimed that humankind needs to switch to solar and wind energy to address climate change. But do we <i>really</i>?<p>Consider the fact that, while no nation has created a near-zero carbon electricity supply out of solar and wind, the <i>only</i> successful efforts to create near-zero …

Renewable Energy

Something Went Missing In The Bering Sea This Winter, And It's Not Good News

This year's weather has smashed records across much of the world, but to see just how insane conditions have become, you need to look to the Bering …