Climate News

ON 03/22/2023 AT 07:58 PM

190 million children in 10 African countries are at the highest risk from a convergence of three water-related threats – inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); related diseases; and climate hazards – according to a new UNICEF analysis.

ON 03/21/2023 AT 12:03 AM

The United Nations Secretary General set strong conditions for joining a global climate ambition summit in September, including ceasing all licensing and funding of new oil and gas development and halting expansion of existing oil and gas reserves. This price of entry puts the United States at risk of being shut out of the meeting. 

ON 03/20/2023 AT 12:09 AM

A new scientific study by researchers from the University of Liège (Belgium) shows that rivers in the Andean mountains contribute 35% and 72% of riverine emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) and methane (CH4 ) in the Amazon basin, the world's largest river. This study is published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment.

ON 03/16/2023 AT 11:52 PM

A new study is providing an unprecedented examination of oxygen loss on coral reefs around the globe under ocean warming. Led by researchers at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a large team of national and international colleagues, the study captures the current state of hypoxia—or low oxygen levels—at 32 different sites, and reveals that hypoxia is already pervasive on many reefs.

ON 03/13/2023 AT 04:42 PM

Observations measured last week showed sea ice surrounding Antarctica at its lowest levels in the 44 years since such measurements began.

ON 03/07/2023 AT 08:25 AM

While the accumulated rain and snow of the last several weeks in California provided short-term respite from the regional drought, there was one victim which will take a long time to recover for the damage the storms brought with them.

ON 03/06/2023 AT 11:16 PM

Rutgers-led research finds biomineral structures formed by marine algae foment viral infection, contributing positively to capture CO2.

ON 03/08/2023 AT 09:54 AM

Despite everything we as humans may be doing to catapult the ecosystems of the world toward extinction, a new report on an amazing array of fish species first classified in 2022 shows precisely how fiercely the will to survive and evolve still lives on.

ON 02/27/2023 AT 11:28 PM

Getting hit with one hurricane is bad enough, but new research from Princeton University’s engineering school shows that back-to-back versions may become common for many areas in coming decades.

ON 01/17/2023 AT 06:40 PM

New research finds that ice-sheet-wide collapse in West Antarctica isn’t inevitable: the pace of ice loss varies according to regional differences in atmosphere and ocean circulation.

ON 01/25/2023 AT 08:21 AM

The European Union’s Copernicus climate monitoring service reported that last summer in Europe was the hottest in history. Predictions say this year is going to be far worse.

ON 01/23/2023 AT 08:48 AM

After previous waves delivered record-setting torrential rains to the west coast this past week, two more high-altitude rain chutes are scheduled to drench much of Northern California and parts of the southern region this weekend.

ON 01/24/2023 AT 11:00 AM

A report just-released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows 2022 was the third most expensive year in history for damages directly accountable to global heating, which we have inflicted upon ourselves.

ON 01/04/2023 AT 10:15 PM

A study led by Brown University researchers showed how melting ice water from massive glaciers can ultimately lead to droughts and flooding in East Africa and Indonesia.

ON 12/31/2022 AT 12:00 PM

16 cities and towns in Puerto Rico have sued the biggest names in the fossil fuel industry for causing climate change and lying about it.

ON 12/09/2022 AT 08:47 PM

The Biden-Harris regime announced proposed new rules this week that would limit methane leaks and flaring for drilling on federal and Tribal lands. While it will help, the proposal is far too timid to make much of a difference.

ON 12/10/2022 AT 12:42 PM

With ocean temperatures off the northeastern Australia coast once again having reached record highs, marine biologists fear the Great Barrier Reef may soon be exposed to another mass bleaching event by March 2023.

ON 11/24/2022 AT 02:15 AM

Multiple researchers have concluded the combination of the climate crisis and other reckless abuse of the planet’s resources is causing a mass extinction event of many thousands of species across our planet. A new study has revealed this may actually be the seventh such event in history, rather than just the sixth as originally understood.

ON 11/21/2022 AT 10:45 PM

Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute find new transport route for carbonaceous material from productive Arctic marginal seas to the deep sea. It is another means for releasing even more carbon into the oceans and eventually into the atmosphere as global heating progresses.

ON 11/20/2022 AT 10:41 PM

Rock coasts, which make up over half the world’s coastlines, could retreat more rapidly in the future due to accelerating sea level rise. This is according to new Imperial College London research that modelled likely future cliff retreat rates of two rock coasts in the UK.

ON 11/19/2022 AT 12:45 AM

El presidente electo de Brasil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, dijo el miércoles a una entusiasmada multitud en la conferencia climática de la ONU que combatirá la deforestación ilegal en la Amazonia. Fue especialmente simbólico porque fue el primer discurso de un presidente brasileño en las conferencias de la COP de la ONU desde que Lula asumió el poder.

ON 11/29/2022 AT 02:25 AM

An after-the-fact insurance program has been set up to provide emergency funds when countries which are unable to pay for climate damage themselves suffer catastrophic harm. It is woefully underfunded and insulting to the nations which are paying the price for global heating while the wealthy countries mostly ignore them.

ON 11/21/2022 AT 03:37 AM

A new report sponsored by the United Nations shows the cost to developing and emerging countries to adapt to and deal with the consequences of the climate crisis will be about $2.4 trillion a year as of 2030.

ON 11/08/2022 AT 09:06 PM

Scientists at Washington State University have created a unique “pretreatment” technique which they say makes it possible to convert 85% of the organic material in sewage sludge to biogas.

ON 11/21/2022 AT 03:40 AM

As the United Nations’ annual Conference of the Parties (COP27) on the climate crisis begins, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published news showing the last decade racked up eight of the hottest years in known human history.

ON 11/03/2022 AT 03:42 AM

Temperatures in Europe have increased at more than twice the global average over the past 30 years – the highest of any continent in the world. As the warming trend continues, exceptional heat, wildfires, floods and other climate change impacts will affect society, economies and ecosystems, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

ON 11/07/2022 AT 01:33 AM

It is just a provisional deal for now, but yesterday the member states of the European Union, the European Parliament, and the European Commission reached an agreement to ban all sales of internal combustion engine cars and vans by 2035. They probably didn't think it through.

ON 10/27/2022 AT 02:19 AM

New technologies for NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation are turning out to have another important use by identifying previously undetected large methane emissions sites on the Earth, making it possible in some cases to shut them down.

ON 11/05/2022 AT 01:07 AM

A new report just released by the World Meteorological Organization said atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide in 2021 climbed to their highest levels yet. The worst news was that methane concentrations rose by the single largest increase since records were recorded.

ON 10/22/2022 AT 08:33 AM

Accelerating temperature rise from the climate crisis may soon force yet another species to extinction. This time it is the wild apple which used to thrive in the mountainous regions of parts of Central Asia.

ON 10/31/2022 AT 02:18 AM

A new study of permafrost melting and methane has determined the pace of global heating could push total carbon releases from the Arctic this century to as high as some of the biggest industrial nations have emitted in total since the industrialized age began.

ON 10/19/2022 AT 07:23 AM

The country of Norway, more known in the energy industry for it highly profitable fossil fuel enterprises, is providing a seed capital grant for a unique solution to harvesting renewable wind power from floating platforms.

ON 10/26/2022 AT 02:38 AM

The total count of all wild mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, and reptiles has dropped an astounding 69% in just under five decades, according to a just released study by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

ON 10/21/2022 AT 10:50 PM

Global heating associated with the climate crisis is now leaving its mark on more of the heavily populated regions of the world, according to a new UN report, and is considered one of the major contributors to suffering and death.

ON 10/12/2022 AT 07:50 AM

How do we increase food production by more than 50%, on a limited amount of arable land, to feed a projected 10 billion people by 2050? The solution could come in the form of nutritious and protein-dense single-celled microalgae, grown in onshore, seawater-fed aquaculture systems.

ON 10/14/2022 AT 11:56 PM

Ian, one of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit Florida and the southeastern United States, has left the region with estimated damage of between $66 and $75 billion. Crops, housing, roads, bridges, and all varieties of infrastructure are in ruins.

ON 10/12/2022 AT 03:04 AM

Accelerated sea ice loss in the Arctic due to global heating is allowing carbon dioxide absorption at rates three to four times higher than in any other open sea or ocean anywhere on the planet. The resulting rapid decline in pH is already contributing to the rapid collapse of Arctic Ocean ecosystems.

ON 09/27/2022 AT 04:53 AM

For a long time, policymakers and scientists alike have leaned on the idea that rainforest trees will continue to draw in excess carbon from the atmosphere at high rates, as one of many solutions to excess greenhouse gas emissions. A new study shows that as trees warm up due to global heating, they in fact rapidly decrease their ability to store carbon.

ON 10/06/2022 AT 03:16 AM

On the morning of September 24, the same hurricane which just pummeled Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic may make history. After making an abrupt northwards turn, it is expected to make landfall on Nova Scotia with record wind gusts, storm surges, and what could be the lowest air pressure ever recorded in Canada.

ON 09/22/2022 AT 08:19 PM

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that 26 Tribes in 12 states will receive $10.3 million through the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program. This will help support Native American Tribes in their efforts to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of drought.

ON 10/05/2022 AT 03:03 AM

Secretary General António Guterres yesterday declared that the fossil fuel companies should be forced to pay windfall profits taxes for their role in the climate crisis, and that the money should be distributed to poorer nations forced to suffer from its impacts.

ON 10/03/2022 AT 04:20 AM

Last week a joint session of two Congressional oversight committees held their third hearing about how the fossil fuel companies have hidden how much they really knew about the climate crisis and their companies' role in causing it.

ON 09/07/2022 AT 04:52 AM

The Dutch town of Haarlem, with a population of 160,000, just became the first urban center anywhere to ban the advertising of meat in all public areas. The goal is to cut consumption of products derived from livestock because they contribute substantially more to greenhouse gas emissions than do plant-based items.

ON 09/06/2022 AT 05:05 AM

A multi-year study involving optimizing the design of composts matched to the needs of specific crops could pay off with higher agricultural yields while minimizing biowaste from the composts themselves.

ON 09/20/2022 AT 12:57 AM

As Pakistan deployed emergency crews to save those homeless, hungry, and without water because one-third of the country was under water from recent floods, its largest lake was about to crash through surrounding banks.

ON 09/16/2022 AT 11:55 PM

Temperatures are reaching record levels as a heat bubble which formed on August 30 showed no immediate signs of letting up. Warnings to conserve energy and power blackouts followed, and threats of new wildfires loomed.

ON 08/31/2022 AT 05:03 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $70 million in funding for seven projects that will improve climate prediction and aid in the fight against climate change.

ON 09/09/2022 AT 02:22 AM

Although other studies had predicted it, evidence released in a new research study show melting of Greenland’s glaciers because of global heating will produce between 10.6 to 20.7 inches (27 to 78 centimeters) of ocean sea level rise. What is different about this study is that the researchers say this is “now inevitable”.

ON 09/06/2022 AT 01:47 AM

It is now official: the state of California will no longer allow sales of any new gasoline-powered cars by 13 years from now. The hard part will not be the availability of cars which meet the new standards. It will instead be mostly about rolling out the infrastructure they require to operate.

ON 09/05/2022 AT 03:11 AM

A just-released report from the European Commission says over two-thirds of the continent is now plagued by a drought of unprecedented proportions.