Few pathways to an acceptable climate future without immediate action, e.g., carbon neutral energy production by 2030 and low atmospheric sensitivity to increased CO2

A new comprehensive study of climate change has painted over 5 million pictures of humanity’s potential future, and few foretell an Earth that has not severely warmed. But with immediate action and some luck, there are pathways to a tolerable climate future, according to a research team. One pathway is to immediately and aggressively pursue […]

On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse.

by Darryl Fears, Washington Post Even before the ocean caught fever and reached temperatures no one had ever seen, Australia’s ancient giant kelp was cooked. Rodney Dillon noticed the day he squeezed into a wet suit several years ago and dove into Trumpeter Bay to catch his favorite food, a big sea snail called abalone. […]

Record hit for most ice to melt in Antarctica in one day, data suggests: “we are in a climate emergency”

by Kashmira Gander, News Week The record in recent decades for the highest level of ice to melt in Antarctica in one day was reached on Christmas Eve, data suggests. Around 15 percent of the continent’s surface melted on Monday, according to the Global Forecast System (GFS) by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). […]

Stanford researchers have an exciting plan to tackle the climate emergency worldwide

by Tessa Koumoundouros, Science Alert These catastrophes are being replicated around the globe ever more frequently, and we know exactly what is exacerbating them. We know we need to rapidly make some drastic changes – and Stanford researchers have come up with a plan. Using the latest data available, they have outlined how 143 countries […]

After a rough year, farmers and Congress are talking about climate solutions

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News As millions of acres of American farmland sat under historic floodwaters this spring, a remarkable pattern began to emerge. Even among fields that sat side-by-side, with the same crops and the same soil type, researchers and farmers noticed that some bounced back faster than others. What made the difference? The […]

COP25 was bankrolled by the biggest polluters

by Corporate Accountability This year, COP25 in Madrid is bankrolled by some of Spain’s biggest polluters and others heavily invested and involved in fossil fuels. In addition to their climate crimes, many have been tied to human rights and worker abuses around the globe. Sponsorship not only allows these corporations to wrap themselves in the […]

A methane leak, seen from space, proves to be far larger than thought

by Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times The first satellite designed to continuously monitor the planet for methane leaks made a startling discovery last year: A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site was in fact one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the United States. The findings by a Dutch-American team of […]

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A methane leak, seen from space, proves to be far larger than thought

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times The first satellite designed to continuously monitor the planet for methane leaks made a startling discovery last year: A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site was in fact one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the United States. The findings by a Dutch-American team […]

COP25 Closing Plenary. Sunday 15th 2019

Cop25: What was achieved and where to next?

By Jocelyn Timperley, Climate Home News The annual UN climate talks closed in disappointment on Sunday in Madrid, after two weeks spent trying to hash out a deal. Countries failed to agree on many of the hoped for outcomes, including rules to set up a global carbon trading system and a system to channel new finance to […]

Coal isn’t dying. It moved to Asia.

by Nathanael Johnson, Grist In the United States, coal, that supervillain of fossil-fuels, is in a death spiral. But on a global scale, there’s no spiral, just an arrow pointing to Asia. Turns out coal isn’t dying; it’s moving. A report out Tuesday from the International Energy Association reveals the extent to which coal has […]