One in 5 species of migratory birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, and insects tracked by the United Nations is threatened with extinction due to escalating environmental pressures and overexploitation by humans, according to a landmark report published Monday. The U.N. report, “State of the World’s Migratory Species,” represents the first-ever comprehensive assessment of the conservation status… Continue reading 1 in 5 UN-tracked migratory species at risk of extinction
Dirt, it turns out, isn’t just worm poop. It’s also a humongous receptacle of carbon, some 2.5 trillion tons of it — three times more than all the carbon in the atmosphere. That’s why if you ask a climate wonk about the U.S. farm bill — the broad, trillion-dollar spending package Congress is supposed to pass… Continue reading How much carbon can farmers store in their soil? Nobody’s sure.
Last week, a long, narrow section of the Earth’s atmosphere funneled trillions of gallons of water eastward from the Pacific tropics and unleashed it on California. This weather event, known as an atmospheric river, broke rainfall records, dumped more than a foot of rain on parts of the state, and knocked out power for 800,000… Continue reading Intensifying atmospheric rivers are leading to a surge in Valley fever cases in California
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Scientists are working on an unusual plan to prevent Antarctic glaciers from melting. They want to build a set of giant underwater curtains in front of ice sheets to protect them from being eroded by warm sea water. Ice… Continue reading How do you stop a glacier from melting? Put up an underwater curtain.
This story was originally appeared in New York Focus, a nonprofit news publication investigating power in New York. On a crisp evening last spring, nearly 100 people packed into an elementary school auditorium in the Hudson Valley town of Athens. They had shown up to weigh in on the future of the town’s largest taxpayer and… Continue reading Hidden subsidies prop up New York’s fossil fuel industry
It’s Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas. The city’s bright lights and grand marquees are shining as thousands of fans arrive by air and by car. Taylor Swift almost certainly will fly in aboard her jet, one of about 1,000 private planes expected at local airports. Come Sunday, untold numbers of vehicles will inch into… Continue reading The clean energy Super Bowl is here
Though it is internationally known for its catastrophic wildfires and earthquakes, California is no stranger to floods — particularly during the heavy rains that accompany its winters. In fact, 7 million Californians live in flood-prone areas. Despite this, just one in four Golden State homes sitting in what the federal government considers a flood hazard… Continue reading Atmospheric rivers are battering California. Why don’t residents have flood insurance?
Samantha Gonsalves-Wetherell, a senior at the University of Arizona, has spent years urging university officials to take climate change seriously. As a leader of UArizona Divest, she and her classmates have been pushing the university toward three goals: to divest from fossil fuels by 2029; commit to no further investments in fossil fuels; and to… Continue reading Campus divestment activists eye fossil fuel profits on stolen land
Environmental activists and community organizers on the Gulf Coast have spent years pressuring the Biden administration to halt the construction of terminals that export liquefied natural gas, or LNG. As U.S. production of natural gas skyrocketed over the past few decades, energy companies began building massive coastal facilities to liquefy the fossil fuel and transport… Continue reading The unlikely coalition behind Biden’s liquefied natural gas pivot
A class of chemicals commonly used in plastic food containers and cosmetic products may have caused about 10 percent of the United States’ preterm births in 2018, according to a study from environmental health experts at New York University. The chemicals, called phthalates, are typically added to plastics like food packaging, shopping bags, and shower… Continue reading Chemicals used in plastic food packaging linked to 10% of preterm births in 2018