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Category Archives: Climate Change

Legacy of Scott Pruitt at the EPA

The Atlantic – “…There’s no doubt that Trump and Pruitt have already altered the EPA. More than 700 agency employees, including 200 scientists, resigned from the agency during 2017 alone, The New York Times. The agency is referring record-low numbers of environmental crime to the Department of Justice. And its science advisory board was also… Continue Reading

State rankings identify cost of electric bills

24/7 Wall St: Where You’ll Pay the Most in Electric Bills – From powering kitchen appliances to leaving a light on at night to getting on the internet, electricity is at the center of many of modern life’s most basic functions. However, the cost of electricity is not fixed nationwide and running a refrigerator could… Continue Reading

Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator and judge orders document production on his climate change claims

Scientific American – Judge Orders EPA to Produce Science behind Pruitt’s Warming Claims – The EPA head [who resigned on July 5, 2018] has suggested humans are not the main cause of climate change: “EPA must produce the opposing body of science Administrator Scott Pruitt has relied upon to claim that humans are not the primary… Continue Reading

Climate Change Is Making Nighttime Clouds More Visible

Yale Environment 360: “Those wispy, iridescent, high-altitude clouds sometimes seen at dawn and dusk are becoming more visible due to climate change, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Rising methane emissions have increased the amount of water vapor in the middle atmosphere, the study found, which then freezes around… Continue Reading

The Strawless Ocean Campaign

For a Strawless Ocean: “Plastic straws are really bad for the ocean. We use over 500 million every day in America, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. We want to encourage people to stop using plastic straws for good. If we don’t act now, by… Continue Reading

The World Lost 40 Football Fields of Tropical Trees Every Minute in 2017

Yale Environment 360: “Despite international efforts to reduce deforestation, the world’s tropical forests lost 39 million acres of trees in 2017, an area roughly the size of Bangladesh, according to new data from the environmental monitoring group Global Forest Watch. That is equal to losing 40 football fields of tropical trees every minute for an… Continue Reading

World trending to hit 50% renewables, 11% coal by 2050

Bloomberg New Energy Finance – New Energy Outlook 2018: “…The clean energy analysis firm estimates that in a mere 33 years, the world will generate almost 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy, and coal will make up just 11 percent of the total electricity mix. Add in hydroelectric power and nuclear energy, and… Continue Reading

When tragedy strikes, what do journalists owe sources

Max Robinson – Columbia Journalism Review: ” Three weeks ago a devastating flood swept through sleepy Ellicott City, Maryland, shaking up the lives of residents and business owners and pouring them out for the world to see. Trapped in the flood, my instinctive response—as a part-time journalist and full-time millennial scum—was to document the scene.… Continue Reading

Antarctica has lost nearly 3 trillion tons of ice since 1992

Mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2017  [paywall] – see also Axios – “Why this matters: The safety of coastal populations, including growing megacities worldwide, is intricately tied to the fate of Antarctica’s ice sheet. Until a few years ago, Antarctica was assumed to be far more stable than the Greenland… Continue Reading

Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

The Guardian: Demise of nine out of 13 of the ancient landmarks linked to climate change by researchers – “Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide… Continue Reading

Mapping the World’s Coal Capacity

Center for Data Innovation: “Climate news publication Carbon Brief has created several data visualizations mapping the location and capacity of the world’s coal power plants. An interactive timeline map allows users to scroll from 2000-2017 to see where plants are operating, opening, and have closed. The maps illustrate that the world’s coal capacity has nearly… Continue Reading

Every area of the globe has warmed since instrument records began in 1880

“Every area of the globe has warmed since instrument records began in 1880, NASA data shows, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman reports: The planet isn’t warming equally, however — the fastest temperature increases are taking place at the poles. That Arctic, for example, is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of… Continue Reading