Climate Change

A feed of recent articles relating to Climate Change from The Daily Climate.

17 August 2017. The drowning isles: A story of climate change in the South Pacific. – The Solomon Islands are an archipelago filled with idyllic beaches and perfect waves, but as temperatures and sea levels rise, much of their pristine coast is disappearing.

17 August 2017. Global warming 'is causing the Alps to crumble.' – The Alps' permafrost - soil, sediment, or rock that stays frozen for at least two years - is thawing rapidly, causing rock avalanches and floods.

17 August 2017. On the Colorado, the lowest water use in 25 years. – Yes, a good snowpack helped us this year in the Colorado River. But the numbers are clear – reductions in water use made a far larger contribution to the good news on the river this year.

17 August 2017. Investigating the enigma of clouds and climate change. – Physicist Kate Marvel discusses the double-edged effect clouds have on rising temperatures.

17 August 2017. Norway′s climate hypocrisy: Clean at home, dirty in the Arctic. – Norway trumpets its low carbon footprint, but a new report says plans to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic will increase its emissions by half again - making a mockery of its Paris Agreement promises.

17 August 2017. Analysis: Why climate change isn’t our biggest environmental problem, and why technology won’t save us. – Systemic change driven by moral awakening: it’s not just our last hope; it’s the only real hope we’ve ever had.

17 August 2017. Inside the oil spill that followed Trudeau to China. – There is certain information about Husky Energy’s catastrophic oil spill in Saskatchewan last summer that you won’t find on the company’s brand new website.

17 August 2017. Montana governor says ignoring climate change is 'shortsighted and dangerous.' – State climatologist Kelsey Jencso says what folks are seeing this summer - extreme fires, sudden droughts, snowpacks melting quickly - may be a vision of Montana’s future.

17 August 2017. Fracking not viable in UK’s “deformed” rocks. – The UK’s new dash for unconventional oil and gas has come 55 million years too late, according to a leading Scottish academic.

17 August 2017. The Arctic’s most famed shipwrecks lie in these waters. Scientists are still learning what else lies beneath. – As climate change opens new ecosystems to human activity, scientists are racing to understand and protect the pristine waters.

17 August 2017. California scientists push to create massive climate-research program. – Effort backed by the state’s flagship universities comes as U.S. President Donald Trump shrugs off global warming.

17 August 2017. Climate: ′Every year a contender for warmest on record.′ – The year 2016 broke records for our warming planet, and climate expert Deke Arndt says it won't be the last.

17 August 2017. Miami, battling sea level rise, turns to voters to pay for new infrastructure. – City officials estimate that they may have to spend at least $900 million in the coming decades to upgrade the city’s flood prevention and drainage systems to keep the Atlantic Ocean at bay.

17 August 2017. Beer is the greenest beverage. – Craft brewers across the country are finding innovative ways to guard the water, soil, air and climate on which their businesses depend.

17 August 2017. As rural Sri Lanka dries out, young farmers look for new job options. – "When my father was my age, maybe the rains were much more predictable. Now only a fool will bet on the rains"

17 August 2017. Court lets Exxon off hook for pipeline spill in Arkansas neighborhood. – 'Despite adherence to safety guidelines and regulations, oil spills still do occur,' the court said in overturning several violations against the oil giant.

17 August 2017. Floods and devastation in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. – Hundreds of people have been killed and millions displaced across the region as rescue missions set up shelters and strive to get food and water to victims.

17 August 2017. 'Staggering': NSW emissions rule to be tested in court for the first time. – NSW planning rules that require greenhouse gas emissions be taken into account when approving major projects will be tested in court in a challenge to a coal mine extension near Mudgee.

17 August 2017. The Republicans trying to fight climate denial in their own party. – A few groups are trying to break through the anti-science consensus.

17 August 2017. Swiss, EU move closer to linking emissions trading systems. – Switzerland and the European Union have moved closer to linking their carbon emissions trading systems after the European Commission and Swiss government gave their backing for a deal.

17 August 2017. Suniva, seeking tariffs on foreign solar panels, faces tough questions from ITC. – Why didn't manufacturers thrive while the rest of the U.S. solar industry was booming? How a federal commission answers that could upend an industry.

17 August 2017. The other terrible thing Donald Trump did yesterday, you know, besides the neo-Nazi stuff. – The ultimate head in the sand executive order.

17 August 2017. Greens call for bolder climate change approach in Scotland. – The Scottish Greens have called for a “bold” approach to tackling climate change by introducing a target date of 2040 for zero net carbon emissions north of the Border.

17 August 2017. Australia emits mercury at double the global average. – A report released this week by advocacy group Environmental Justice Australia presents a confronting analysis of toxic emissions from Australia’s coal-fired power plants.

17 August 2017. After electric cars, what more will it take for batteries to change the face of energy? – No need for subsidies. Higher volumes and better chemistry are causing costs to plummet.

17 August 2017. California climate deal could net big bucks for polluters. – The air board’s generous impulse toward those polluters was an abrupt reversal of previous plans, ran counter to staff recommendations, and left at least one confused board member later saying he wished he had abstained from voting.

17 August 2017. Al Gore interview: Fixing democracy to combat climate change. – Al Gore makes the profound statement that Western democracies are broken and in order to solve the climate crisis they need to fix democracy.

17 August 2017. Trump signs order rolling back environmental rules on infrastructure. – In an explosive news conference overshadowed by questions about his response to a white nationalist rally over the weekend, the president said he was streamlining regulations in order to speed construction of infrastructure projects like roads and bridges.