Climate Futures

By UC, Santa Barbara | What will the world be like in 2050? 2100? With respect to our planet’s climate, very different futures will unfold depending on our actions today and in upcoming years. Students and faculty from UC Santa Barbara search the web for perspectives on our changing climate – and for perspectives on the the changes that we are making, or failing to make, that will bring about very different climate futures. ehc.english.ucsb.edu 

Peru floods kill 67 and spark criticism of country's climate change preparedness

Devastating downpour, caused by high ocean temperatures, could not have been predicted, president said, months after state of emergency declared for wildfires<p>Sixty-seven people have been killed and thousands more forced to evacuate by intense rains which damaged 115,000 homes and destroyed more …

Climate Change

N.J. Republican rebukes Trump on climate change

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Frank LoBiondo and 14 other House Republicans delivered a rebuke to President Donald Trump on Wednesday, introducing a resolution …

American Fears About Climate Change Hit Record High, Poll Finds

A new Gallup poll finds 68 percent believe humans are causing warming, and two-thirds are "worried" about it.<p>As President Donald Trump aims to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and dismisses concerns about global warming, American worries about climate change are at a record …

Climate

EDITORIAL: A new champion for climate change

The auditor general seems an unlikely source of climate critique. But she pushed aside her usual financial ledgers this week in her annual report. …

Climate

Maine Compass: Maine farmers, foresters and fishermen know all about climate change

One day late last month, as I walked across the Bates College campus on my way to teach my environmental literature seminar, I began peeling off my …

Climate Change

US 'forces G20 to drop any mention of climate change' in joint statement

Financial officials from the world's biggest economies have dropped from a joint statement any mention of financing action on climate change, …

Climate

College's Break With Climate Change Deniers Riles Debate Over Divestment Strategies

Barnard College’s approach may be more focused, but can it be effective?<p>Barnard College’s Board of Trustees announced earlier this month that it had made a “unique” climate decision. After months of deliberation and mounting pressure from students, faculty and activists, Barnard, like hundreds of …

Climate

Polluters Could ‘More Easily’ Commit Crimes Under Cuts

Investigators that enforce federal environmental laws would see their funding cut by nearly a quarter under a Trump administration proposal, boosting …

Climate

Uncertainty Abounds Around Climate Science Funding

The much-anticipated release Thursday morning of President Trump’s budget outline offered big headlines — a $1.1 trillion spending plan with massive …

Climate

In Race to Curb Climate Change, Cities Outpace Nations

<i>By Alister Doyle, Reuters</i>Cities from Oslo to Sydney are setting goals to curb climate change that exceed national targets, causing tensions with …

Climate

Coal Lobbyist Could Be Next EPA Deputy Administrator

President Donald Trump, who signed an executive order in January to curtail lobbying influence in government, is expected to name a coal lobbyist as …

3 Cities Prove Climate Action Works

The climate crisis is a problem caused by humans that can be solved by humans. These three cities are proving it.<p>While a lot of media coverage around …

How smarter microgrids can boost clean energy

In the old days, delivering power was relatively simple. A coal-fired power plant created electricity. At home, you flicked a switch and the lights …

Yale

Worried about warming? Sing about it.

A choral concert might seem like an odd time to focus on climate change, but Meredith Bowen disagrees. Bowen: “For many artists, composers, and …

Yale

The ‘right’ carbon reduction strategy?

Chicago mom Greta Huizenga doesn’t think climate change should be a partisan issue. She’s not alone in that regard. An alternative healing …

Republicans

Trump’s budget plan for NASA focuses on studying space, not climate change

NASA missions to the surface of Europa, a nearby asteroid and the atmosphere above our own planet would be cut from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s portfolio under the White House budget proposal released Thursday.<p>But one of JPL’s signature programs, the Mars 2020 mission to send a …

Climate

NASA finds biofuels make air travel 70 percent greener

Air travel releases almost 800 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, pushing us ever closer to our looming environmental catastrophe. NASA scientists want to do something about it, and teamed up with researchers in Germany and Canada to find a way to tackle the issue. Its findings claim that …

Oath Inc.

Trump Budget Would Cripple U.S. International Climate Change Work

Cuts to State Department budget include essentially walking away from U.S. involvement in international climate efforts, even without withdrawal from …

Climate

NASA's ICESat-2 to provide more depth to sea ice forecasts

In March, the Arctic sea ice pack is supposed to reach its greatest extent — but this year it’s far below average, off by an area about the size of …

Global Warming

Coal in the Trump age: Industry has a pulse, but prospects for jobs are weak

The battered U.S. coal industry is showing flickering signs of life. Yet the prognosis for Big Coal remains dim.<p>Coal prices are about double what they were a year ago. Rail car deliveries of coal are up 16 percent this year. The more than 50 coal mining companies that went bankrupt over the past …

Energy

Will G20 governments retreat from climate funding?

As the G20 finance ministers met in Germany, a statement raised concerns that the world's biggest economies might scale back climate funding pledges …

Will Trump erect a roadblock to Southern California's decades-long fight against smog?

Southern California newspapers once routinely described the region’s air with words such as “strangling.”<p>Breathing it, reporters noted, could be “agonizing.”<p>As recently as the 1970s, a visitor standing in the foothills on many summer afternoons might not realize that the San Gabriel or San …

Pollution

CO2 emissions stay same for third year in row – despite global economy growing

International Energy Agency report puts halt in emissions from energy down to growth in renewable power<p>Carbon dioxide emissions from energy have not increased for three years in a row even as the global economy grew, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.<p>Global emissions from the energy sector …

Climate

How James Inhofe is upending the nation’s energy and environmental policies

For more than a decade, Sen. James M. Inhofe has raged against the scientific consensus that humans are fueling climate change, calling it “the greatest hoax” ever perpetrated on Americans. The Oklahoma Republican has blasted the Environmental Protection Agency as an “activist organization” that …

Climate

Port of Amsterdam set to be coal-free by 2030

<b>The Port of Amsterdam aims to stop handling coal by 2030, under a sustainability strategy unveiled on Wednesday.</b><p>Western Europe’s fourth largest port …

Energy

Trump seeks input from U.S. energy companies on Paris climate pact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration has been contacting U.S. energy companies to ask them about their views on the U.N. global climate accord, according to two sources with knowledge of the effort, a sign Trump is reconsidering his 2016 campaign pledge to back out of the …

These Climate Programs Would Be Axed Under Trump's Budget

President Trump's first budget proposal includes cutting EPA funding by a third, ending international climate work, squelching research.By Marianne …

Climate