Climate Change

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

23 March 2018. What on Earth? Why climate change skeptics are backing geoengineering

Large-scale efforts to fight climate change by directly manipulating the natural environment are gaining momentum under the Trump administration.

23 March 2018. Global emissions rose in 2017, but US and China both made progress

Fossil fuels met the bulk of new global energy demand in 2017, a shift from recent years when clean energy led the way. Still, renewables grew, IEA says.

23 March 2018. Chevron’s lawyer says climate change is real, and it’s your fault

In a court hearing in San Francisco, oil companies publicly backed the science of climate change.

23 March 2018. New solar cell works rain or shine

A new hybrid solar cell works in rainy weather by generating electricity from the movement of raindrops sliding on its surface.

23 March 2018. Paul Ehrlich: 'Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades.'

Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb , biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and overconsumption are driving us over the edge.

Ehrlich has been quite prolific in those 50 years, continually drawing connections among the different planetary forces shaping our health and environment – forces like biodiversity, the nitrogen cycle, climate change and yes, overpopulation. The concern that he shares with other scientists working in this field: These are force multipliers, coming harder and faster at civilization than any one issue by itself.

Veteran journalist Damian Carrington's interview with Ehrlich is excellent. Worth reading, too, is the website Ehrlich and other scientists have put together to explore these interconnections: The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere .

And if you want to keep abreast of this issue, every Saturday we publish a roundup of the best reporting we've seen that week probing the interplay of these different environmental issues. Get our " Science Saturday " newsletter free in your inbox by signing up here .

Read the full interview at The Guardian .

23 March 2018. Can a waste plant become Copenhagen’s biggest tourism attraction?

The Danish capital thinks outside the box in effort to become the world’s first carbon-neutral city.

23 March 2018. The hydrogen-powered car’s big setback

A two-year trial to offer cars that consume Earth’s most common element and emit only water will end over high costs.

23 March 2018. Congress poised to approve $15M for village relocation in Alaska

The spending bill would double the budget of the Denali Commission, which funds infrastructure in rural Alaska. The commission says virtually all the new money will go to relocating the eroding village of Newtok.

23 March 2018. Climate change exposes ancient Māori bones

Extreme storms have exposed increasing numbers of bones on the coasts of Hauraki Gulf islands.

23 March 2018. Juneau schools leave room for debate in climate change curriculum

New science standards being considered don’t shy away from attributing it to an increase of human activity. But how that’s taught in the classroom could be up to interpretation.

23 March 2018. Why the world needs to recycle its wastewater

World Water Day is drawing attention to the growing threat of water scarcity. Some countries are making the most of every drop they use – but others are still squeamish about reusing wastewater.

23 March 2018. Can Philippines storm survivors hold companies to account for climate damage?

Hearings to begin in landmark inquiry on whether high-emitting companies have caused human rights violations.

23 March 2018. Millions more hungry in 2017 amid famine, conflict, and numbers rising-report

"We are clearly seeing a trend now, from 80 million to 108 million, from 108 to 124 million, people literally marching to the brink of starvation around the world."

23 March 2018. In 20 years, wildfires will be six times larger

Because of drought and rising temperatures, wildfires in the West will grow so large and regular they could reshape entire forests.

22 March 2018. Last three years hottest on record, severe weather hits 2018: UN

The past three years were the hottest on record and heat waves in Australia, freak Arctic warmth and water shortages in Cape Town are extending harmful weather extremes in 2018, the United Nations said on Thursday.

22 March 2018. The world’s water crisis explained on world water day

Many more cities than Cape Town face an uncertain future over water. But there are emerging solutions.

22 March 2018. Last year dashed hopes for a climate change turnaround

Coal burning, and carbon emissions, are on the rise again.

22 March 2018. Macron pushes for EU minimum price for carbon

Europe must set a minimum price for carbon, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, something that would require a new tax on imports from non-EU countries that are not doing enough to tackle climate change.

22 March 2018. Auction of oil drilling tracts in Gulf draws tepid interest

Companies bid on only 1 percent of the acreage offered, a setback for Trump administration efforts to revive offshore production.

22 March 2018. What is a nor’easter? And why have there been four in four weeks?

Nor’easters are a menace. But they play a vital role in redistributing heat around the globe.

22 March 2018. Despite government pledges, ravaging of Indonesia’s forests continues

Seven years after Indonesian officials declared a moratorium on logging in undisturbed areas, logging and palm oil interests have not eased their assault on the world’s third-largest expanse of tropical forest, with major impacts on biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions.

22 March 2018. This country loves Teslas and petroleum

Norway is a study in climate change contradictions.

22 March 2018. Greenpeace boards rig due to drill for Statoil in Arctic

Greenpeace activists have boarded a rig that was due to sail to the Arctic to drill prospects on behalf of oil firm Statoil, the environmental group said on Thursday.

22 March 2018. Guyanese campaigners mount legal challenge against three oil giants

Three major oil companies preparing to drill off the shores of Guyana, where a string of discoveries have sparked a rush for crude, are being challenged by a group of citizens who say their dash for oil is illegal.

22 March 2018. Omnibus bill: Trump wants to gut clean energy. Congress ignored him

The omnibus spending bill contains funding increases for clean energy research.

22 March 2018. Oil company blames humans for warming but denies guilt

Chevron Corp. walked a narrow line yesterday in acknowledging humans' role in climate change while highlighting uncertainties that could help shield it from cities' claims for damages stemming from sea-level rise.

22 March 2018. Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatons last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency said.

22 March 2018. Canada’s outdoor rinks are melting. So is a way of life

Canada loves its ice, and outdoor hockey is part of the nation's cultural identity. So what happens when winters get too warm for backyard rinks?

22 March 2018. A contentious debate: Green energy vs. green space

Rhode Island is currently paying for the expansion of its renewable-energy portfolio with trees and farms. Does that really mean the state is going green?

22 March 2018. The battle for paradise

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans are designing a recovery that defends their island. Politicians and bitcoin billionaires have other ideas.