Climate Change

The Crisis in the Arctic

It’s warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, but there are signs of hope.<p>Jose Kusugak, a leader of the Arctic Native Inuit community, wrote this in a book on Arctic climate entitled “The Earth is Faster Now”: “<i>Finding examples of the effects of climate change is easy and endless. I know Inuit,</i> …

Environmentalism

Obama administration gives $500m to UN climate change fund

<b>The US government has given half a billion dollars to the UN's Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes office.</b><p>Barack Obama's outgoing administration announced the contribution of $500m (£406m; €468m) on Tuesday, bringing the total funds to date to $1bn.<p>Mr Obama pledged in 2014 …

Environmentalism

2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

This marks the third consecutive year of record-high global temperatures.<p>Last year was the hottest on record, two federal agencies confirmed Wednesday morning, after months of warning that 2016 would be another chart-buster.<p>Findings from separate analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and …

World Politics

Scientists are archiving government data to protect it from the Trump administration

When Andrew Bergman found out that Donald Trump might strip NASA’s earth science division of funding and appoint a climate change denier to run the EPA, he started to worry about data.<p>Bergman, a PhD student in applied physics at Harvard, knows firsthand how much research is conducted by government …

Environmentalism

The “scientists” who support Trump’s choice to run the EPA are creationists with opaque funding sources

In the middle of a tense confirmation hearing that cast doubt on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s grasp of environmental health—for example, his lack of understanding that there is no safe amount of lead that can be taken into a child’s body—and highlighted his unwillingness to acknowledge …

Environmentalism

Parts of the Northeastern US Are Heating Up Faster Than the Planet as a Whole

This is happening.<p>Temperatures across the United States will increase much faster than the global average, scientists predict, and the northeast of …

Paris Agreement

Indigenous Canadians face a crisis as climate change eats away island home

Rising sea levels mean that Lennox Island has lost more than 400 acres in just a few generations. Now its First Nations community wonders if it has a future<p>His hands tucked tightly in the pockets of his jeans, Gilbert Sark nodded at the ice-covered bay stretched out before him.<p>Decades ago, his …

Environmentalism

Trump's five most "anti-science" moves

Scientific American summarized five of Donald Trump's "major moves many see as hostile toward science." They are:<p>• <b>Trump’s pick for head of the U.S.</b> …

Environmentalism

The four horsemen of Trump's ecopocalypse?

As President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet and agency picks wend their way through confirmation hearings, environmentalists are gearing up for a fight. Examining the key players provides some idea of what to expect.<p>President-elect Donald Trump has put forth his new cabinet - and environmentalists …

Environmentalism

Here's how rising temperatures have already had an effect

From extreme wildfires in the Western United States to melting ice sheets in Antarctica, the effects of rising temperatures on Earth have not gone unnoticed.<p>On Wednesday, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced 2016 was the hottest year on record. Before that, the …

Environmentalism

North Carolina Would Lose Big With Scott Pruitt Leading the EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt faces members of a Senate committee this morning for what could be a contentious two-day confirmation hearing. …

Environmentalism

Trump's EPA pick spars with Bernie Sanders, doubts human's role in climate change

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrongly suggested on Wednesday that scientists still don't know exactly why climate change is happening.<p>Scott Pruitt, the Republican attorney general of Oklahoma, claimed during his Senate confirmation hearing that …

Environment

Trump’s “hoax” tweet has set an absurdly low bar for his nominees on climate change

Unless you've blocked out the 2016 election from your mind, you probably remember that Donald Trump once posted this bit of gibberish:<p>That tweet is pure lunacy, the sort of thing the rest of the world could safely laugh at and ignore ... if it weren’t for the fact that this guy is going to be …

Environment

2016 was Earth's hottest year on record

Due primarily to man-made climate change, 2016 was the planet's warmest year since records began in 1880, breaking the record set in 2015, federal scientists announced Wednesday.<p>The average temperature across the Earth's land and ocean surfaces was 1.69 degrees above average in 2016, according to …

World Politics

Trump EPA pick says climate change is real in a reversal from his past comments

Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, said Wednesday at his confirmation hearing that …

Environmentalism

Study finds global warming could steal postcard-perfect days

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.<p>On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers …

World Politics

Feds Respond to Allegations in Historic Lawsuit Admitting Fossil Fuel Emissions Put Humans on 'Dangerous Path'

On Jan. 13, the federal government filed its answer to youth plaintiffs' complaint in <i>Juliana v. United States</i>. In their answer, the federal …

Environmentalism

Trump pick for EPA admits global warming is not a hoax

Environmentalists have launched an aggressive campaign to block his nomination, pointing to his deep ties to energy companies. He has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from these firms.<p>During a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Democratic senators challenged …

Environmentalism

EPA’s Top Priority Should Be to Eliminate Bogus Global Warming Models

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided a glimpse into how the …

Environmentalism

Obama spends $500 million on climate change before Trump takes office

With mere days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, President Barack Obama has made one final move to help tackle climate change. The …

Environmentalism

A second Goldman prize-winning activist, Isidro Baldenegro López, was murdered this Sunday in Mexico.

Cooling down on climate change<p>REUTERS/Joshua Roberts<p>Obama doesn’t sound like a guy planning to fight for his climate legacy.<p>At his final press …

Environmentalism

Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Doesn’t Believe in Basic Science | Motherboard

Republican Senator Pat Roberts joked that it was an “anger management session.” But Wednesday’s senate hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the secretary of Health and Human Services, Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.), was largely par for the course.<p>GOP senators lobbed praise-shaped …

Environmentalism

Al Gore on His 'Inconvenient Truth' Sequel, Private Donald Trump Talks, "Consoling" Hillary Clinton

At home in Tennessee with the former vice president as he opens up about his Sundance opening-night film, his climate-change crusade, his surprising …

Environmentalism

Billionaire Steyer Says There’s ‘No Limit’ on His Spending Against Trump - Bloomberg

Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist who spent at least $87 million on the 2016 election, said he can’t begin to estimate how much of …

Elections

Bernie Sanders Spars with EPA Nominee on Climate Change, Fracking

Scott Pruitt says his personal opinion is “immaterial” and Sen. Bernie Sanders says he won’t vote for his confirmation.

Bernie Sanders

New York in 2050 Will Be Wetter, Warmer, and More Dangerous - VICE

<i>This story is part of VICE's ongoing look at how climate change will have changed the world by the year 2050. Read more about the project here.</i><p>Climate change will come to New York the same way water boils around one of those mythical frogs. The city will be the same old New York in 2050; people …

Environmentalism

Cottonmouths Attack When They're Stressed Out in Life

It’s not bumping into them that makes the snakes angry.<p>Stress can put anyone on edge, and venomous snakes are no exception.<p>New research suggests that habitat loss, climate change, and other human-driven environmental stressors prompt cottonmouths to attack people more often than they otherwise …

Snakes

Trump's interior secretary pick acknowledges that humans cause climate change

There are a few issues where Representative Ryan Zinke differs from his potential future boss<p>The confirmation hearing for Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT), President-elect Trump’s interior secretary nominee, quickly entered contentious territory yesterday. Zinke, a Republican congressman from …

Environmentalism

How a design competition changed the US approach to disaster response

Nate Berg tells the story of Rebuild By Design, a competition – and now its own organisation – based on taking a more proactive approach to disaster response in cities; but how far can you prepare for the effects of climate change?<p>Ten years ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a plan …

Cities

Historic volcanic eruption devastated fisheries on the other side of the world

The enormous eruption of Mount Tambora – a stratovolcano in Indonesia – in 1815 had a catastrophic impact on fisheries in the Gulf of Maine in the …

Environmentalism