What's Inside The Coal Industry's Rhetorical Playbook

Inside The Coal Industry's Rhetorical PlaybookIf citizens have heard anything about the upheaval in the U.S. coal industry, it is probably the insistence that President Obama and the EPA have waged a “war on coal.”

The Colorado River Flow Could Drop 50% By 2100

The Colorado River Flow Could Drop 50% By 2100Warming in the 21st century has reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet—about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, a new study warns.

How We Discovered The World's Largest Tropical Peatland

How We Discovered The World's Largest Tropical Peatland, Deep In The Jungles Of CongoIn the geographical heart of Africa lies a huge wetland. After years of exploring these remote swamps, our research shows that the region contains the most extensive tropical peatland on Earth.

The Pros And Mostly Cons Of CO2 Emissions

The Pros And Mostly Cons Of CO2 Emissions What, quantitatively, is the social cost of carbon dioxide—the economic damage caused by a 1-ton increase in emissions or the benefits of a 1-ton decrease?

How Ancient Climate Change Drove The Rise Of Reptiles

How Ancient Climate Change Drove The Rise Of ReptilesAfter lying largely forgotten in a museum for decades, a set of fossilised footprints have revealed a new glimpse of the world when reptiles began taking over from amphibians as the dominant land animals.

Global Warming Is Already Changing Genes

Global Warming Is Already Changing GenesGlobal climate change has already impacted every aspect of life on Earth, from genes to entire ecosystems, according to a new study in Science.

Trump's Climate Policy Has The Lives Of Billions In His Hands

Trump's Climate Policy Has The Lives Of Billions In His HandsPresident-elect Donald Trump has been unclear so far on how many of his campaign pledges he actually intends to see through. Hopeful Democrats and moderates have clung to this uncertainty as reason to hope that a Trump presidency wouldn’t be as bad as they feared.

What To Do About The Climate Change Hotspots

What To Do About The Climate Change HotspotsThe consequences of climate change are already being felt all over the globe. But some regions are particularly affected. These so-called “hotspots” are areas where strong physical and ecological effects of climate change come together with large numbers of vulnerable and poor people and communities.

What Will The World Actually Look Like At 1.5°C Of Warming?

What Will The World Actually Look Like At 1.5°C Of Warming?The high ambition of the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to “well below 2°C”, was driven by concern over long-term sea level rise. A warmer climate inevitably means melting ice – you don’t need a computer model to predict this, it is simple common sense.

How Climate Change Is Affecting All Life On Earth

How Climate Change Is Affecting All Life On EarthMore than a dozen authors from different universities and nongovernmental organizations around the world have concluded, based on an analysis of hundreds of studies, that almost every aspect of life on Earth has been affected by climate change.

6 Ways To Pay For Climate Catastrophes

6 Ways To Pay For Climate CatastrophesClimate-related catastrophes are expensive, whether they come on suddenly, like the thousand-year flood in Louisiana in August 2016, or move slowly and inexorably, like desertification in Turkey.

How Resilient Communities Handle Natural Disasters

How Resilient Communities Handle Natural DisastersThe destructive nature of Hurricane Matthew—which resulted in hundreds of deaths in Haiti, dozens more in the US, and extensive damage still being assessed—was a test of strength in communications systems, infrastructure, and ultimately the resilience of communities.

Why New York Can Expect More 9-Foot Floods

Why New York Can Expect More 9-Foot FloodsNew York City can expect nine-foot floods, as intense as the one produced by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, at least three times more frequently over the next century—and possibly as much as 17 times more frequently, say researchers.

How To Spot Climate Change Happening In Your Garden

Sun-damaged Pink Lady® apples in Western Australia Rebecca DarbyshireSpring arrives and the warming weather encourages the plants in our gardens and parks to burst into life, commencing their annual reproductive cycle.

Earth Could Reach Critical Climate Threshold in Decade

As the country pushes ahead with renewable energy goals, the challenges facing the grid are substantial, but not insurmountable, according to energy experts.

The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday.

History Warns Us Of Drought’s Destructive Forces

History Warns US Of Drought’s Destructive ForcesThe role of drought in the fall of ancient Mayan civilisation highlights the vital need today for water management in fighting the impacts of climate change.

Anthrax Strikes Back In The Rapidly Thawing Arctic

Reindeer herds in the warming northern Siberia region could be carrying the anthrax bacterium. Image: //www.flickr.com/photos/131954425@N08/">Aleksandr Popov via FlickrRecord high temperatures in Arctic Russia are believed to be one of the main factors behind the emergence of the deadly anthrax disease in northwestern Siberia.

What Is The Global Impact Of Air Conditioning?

The Global Impact Of Air ConditioningWith a heat wave pushing the heat index well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) through much of the U.S., most of us are happy to stay indoors and crank the air conditioning.

How Birds Endemic To Southern Africa Are Likely To Cope With Climate Change

Southern Africa is noted for its wealth of biological diversity and for its high proportion of endemic species. These are species that are unique to a specific location and are found nowhere else in the world. Many of the region’s endemic species can be found in South Africa’s fynbos and succulent Karoo biomes.

Droughts Are Drying Up Amazon’s Green Lungs

Droughts Are Drying Up Amazon’s Green LungsSerious tree loss and stunted growth caused by repeated droughts in the Amazon Basin have damaged the rainforest’s vital ability to store atmospheric carbon.

Vast Wildfires Are Burning In Remote Siberia

Vast Wildfires Are Burning far From Humans In Remote SiberiaEvery so often, in regions too remote for the TV cameras, satellite images reveal vast fires covering thousands of square kilometres in smoke. This is what’s happening in Siberia, right now.

China's Desertification Is Causing Trouble Across Asia

China's Desertification Is Causing Trouble Across AsiaCreeping desertification in China is swallowing thousands of square kilometres of productive soil every year. It’s a challenge of gigantic and unprecedented proportions.

What Is Going On With India's Weather?

What Is Going On With India's Weather?On May 19, India’s all-time temperature record was smashed in the northern city of Phalodi in the state of Rajasthan. Temperatures soared to 51℃, beating the previous record set in 1956 by 0.4℃.

Why The Octopus And Squid Populations Are Booming

Octopus 5 29Squid, octopus and cuttlefish populations are booming across the world. These fast-growing, adaptable creatures are perfectly equipped to exploit the gaps left by extreme climate changes and overfishing, according to a study colleagues and I published in the journal Current Biology.

Wildfires In The Hotter West Are Bigger, More Frequent And Longer

Wildfires In The Hotter West Are Bigger, More Frequent And LongerDramatic images of out-of-control wildfires in western North American forests have appeared on our television and computer screens with increasing regularity in recent decades, while costs of fire suppression have soared.

Middle East Searing Heat May Spark Climate Refugees

The rising sun is partially obscured by a dawn dust storm in Iraq. Image: Elliott Plack via FlickrTemperatures in the Middle East and North Africa could reach unbearably high levels that would make some regions uninhabitable and increase the pressures of climate refugees.

Sea-level Rise Has Claimed Five Whole Islands In The Pacific

Sea-level Rise Has Claimed Five Whole Islands In The PacificSea-level rise, erosion and coastal flooding are some of the greatest challenges facing humanity from climate change.

El Niño's Heat Has Made These Coral Reefs Into Ghost Towns

The Coming Summer Swelters Will Be No Joy For The US

Temperatures in the US could become too hot to handle. Image: Marcos Vasconcelos via FlickrScientists warn that the current pleasures of warmer weather will pall for US citizens as climate change brings extreme temperature rises and unhealthy levels of atmospheric ozone.

Burning Fossil Fuels Is Responsible For Most Sea-level Rise Since 1970

sea level rise 4 12Global average sea level has risen by about 17 cm between 1900 and 2005. This is a much faster rate than in the previous 3,000 years. The sea level changes for several reasons, including rising temperatures as fossil fuel

The US Faces A Future Of Floods And Climate Refugees

Thousands of people lost their homes in floods that devastated New Orleans in 2005. Image: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA via Wikimedia CommonsNew research warns that more than 13 million American citizens could be at risk of being forced to move away from vulnerable coastal zones because of sea level rise.

Drought Now Threatens Virtually All U.S. Forests

Drought Now Threatens Virtually All U.S. Forests"While the effects have been most pronounced in the West, our analysis shows virtually all US forests are now experiencing change and are vulnerable to future declines," says James Clark.

This Is What Will Happen To The Climate In The Next 100 Years

This Is What Will Happen To The Climate In The Next 100 YearsAt the Paris climate summit, delegates have struck an agreement that calls for the world to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5℃”.

How A Perfect Storm Is Heading For Fossil Fuel Assets

How A Perfect Storm Is Heading For Fossil Fuel Assets

Coal, oil and gas sectors warned that trillions of dollars of assets could be stranded if a global agreement on limiting climate change is reached at the UN summit in Paris.

We Are Entering A New Era Of Migration And Not Just For People

We Are Entering A New Era Of Migration And Not Just For PeopleThe world is watching as refugees flood into a Europe unprepared for the new arrivals. Conflict and social unrest due in part to climate stress – including induced food shortages and social conflict – have prompted migrants to search for new homes and new opportunities. To ecologists, however, this comes as no surprise.

Why The Shrinking Of Antarctic Ice Shelves Has Been Accelerating

Why The Shrinking Of Antarctic Ice Shelves Is AcceleratingAsk people what they know about Antarctica and they usually mention cold, snow and ice. In fact, there’s so much ice on Antarctica that if it all melted into the ocean, average sea level around the entire world would rise about 200 feet, roughly the height of a 20-story building.

The Oceans Are Becoming Too Hot For Coral, And Sooner Than We Expected

The Oceans Are Becoming Too Hot For Coral, And Sooner Than We ExpectedThis week, scientists registered their concern that super-warm conditions are building to a point where corals are severely threatened across the tropical Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. They did so after seeing corals lose colour across the three major ocean basins – a sign of a truly momentous global change.

How To Make Sense Of Alarming Sea Level Forecasts

How To Make Sense Of  Alarming Sea Level ForecastsYou may have read recent reports about huge changes in sea level, inspired by new research from James Hansen, NASA’s former Chief Climate Scientist, at Columbia University. Sea level rise represents one of the most worrying aspects of global warming, potentially displacing millions of people along coasts, low river valleys, deltas and islands.

Why Flooding Along The US Coastline Has Worsened

Why Flooding Along The US Coastline Has WorsenedFlooding is a well-known natural hazard along the US coastline. Nearly 40% of the US population resides in its coastal counties.

How A Warming World Could Spread Disease

How A Warming World Could Spread Disease

As the world warms, animals and plants will shift their ranges to keep pace with their favoured climate. While the changing distributions of species can tell us how climate change is affecting the natural world, it may also have a direct impact on us.

Just How Big A Risk Is Our Changing Climate?

Just How Big A Risk Is Our Changing Climate?An international scientific report commissioned by the UK government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Why Declining Winter Sea Ice Near Greenland Spells Cooler Climate For Europe

Why Declining Winter Sea Ice Near Greenland Spells Cooler Climate For EuropeOne of the most dramatic features of recent climate change is the decline of summer Arctic sea ice. The impacts of this summer ice loss on northern society, on Arctic ecosystems, and the climate both locally and further afield, are already being felt.

A Matter Of Degrees: Why 2C Warming Is Officially Unsafe

A Matter Of Degrees: Why 2C Warming Is Officially UnsafeThe goal of international climate negotiations is “to avoid dangerous atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases”. In 2010, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change formally recognised the “long term goal” of the convention was to hold the increase in global average warming to below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

How Climate Change Is Making California's Epic Drought Worse

How Climate Change Is Making California's Epic Drought WorseCalifornia is undergoing a record-setting drought that began in 2012, the worst in at least 1,200 years. It can be seen in many ways: most of the freshwater reservoirs are drying up, crops are wilting in the fields and groundwater is rapidly depleting.

Climate Change Is Hitting African Farmers The Hardest Of All

Climate Change Is Hitting African Farmers The Hardest Of AllClimate change is affecting all regions of the globe. But some places, such as Africa, are more vulnerable to climate change’s devastating effects than others. This is particularly true because of the continent’s very high dependency on agriculture.

An Iceberg The Size of a Country Breaks Away, What Happens Next?

iceberg patagoniaYou never forget the first time you see an iceberg. But, in truth, the first iceberg you see is likely to be small. Most icebergs that make it far enough north from Antarctica to where they are danger to shipping are sometimes many years old and at the end of their lives. They are small fragments of what once left the continent.

Chimps’ Hopes of Survival Are Being Jeopardized by Climate Change

Chimps’ Hopes Of Survival Are Being Jeopardized By Climate ChangeOne of our closest animal relatives is at risk of being wiped out as changing rainfall patterns threaten to destroy its Central African habitat. Central Africa in particular, and the continent in general, is likely to be severely affected by climate change.

Get Ready for a New Future: The End of The Arctic As We Know It

Get Ready for a New Future: The End of The Arctic As We Know It

At the top of the world, it’s time to get ready for a new future. In the winter of 2013–14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to 5 feet descended on beaches, farmers’ fields, city parks and airport runways throughout southern Canada and the United States.

Fall Foliage In The Crosshairs of Climate Change

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One of nature’s most spectacular events occurs every autumn, when the leaves of hardwood trees burst into brilliant color before falling to the ground. These autumnal displays entice people to experience nature in all its raw beauty.

As Temperatures Rise Wildfires Will Become More Intense

As Temperatures Rise Wildfires Will Become More Intense

As the forest fires season peaks in the western US, a new report predicts that climate-led temperature rise will lead to millions more acres across the world being burned to the ground.

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