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Stockholm’s Mayor is Taking on Climate Change

Stockholm’s Mayor is Taking on Climate Change

Karin Wanngård, the mayor of Stockholm, rides an electric bike to work each morning — at least when it is not snowing too heavily. She also wears second-hand clothing — a trendy move in Stockholm, she says — and eats less meat than she used to. It is all part of her contribution to meeting an ambitious goal she set for her city: eliminating all… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice May Vanish Even With Climate Goal

Arctic Sea Ice May Vanish Even With Climate Goal

Arctic sea ice may vanish in summers this century even if governments achieve a core target for limiting global warming set by almost 200 nations in 2015, scientists said on this week. Arctic sea ice has been shrinking steadily in recent decades, damaging the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and wildlife such as polar bears while opening the … Read More

Carbon Dioxide Is Rising at Record Rates

Carbon Dioxide Is Rising at Record Rates

The main driver of climate change is carbon dioxide. So the fact that it is rising at rates unseen in the instrumental record — and likely much longer than that — is cause for alarm. Yet here we are. For the second year in a row, carbon dioxide concentrations as measured at Mauna Loa Observatory rose at a record-fast clip, according to new data … Read More

Mass Bleaching Is Hitting the Great Barrier Reef Again

Mass Bleaching Is Hitting the Great Barrier Reef Again

After suffering through the most severe bleaching event ever recorded last year, the Great Barrier Reef is once again being savaged by a marine heat wave. After just one day of aerial surveys, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which oversees the region, has already confirmed that warm waters are causing another mass bleaching. Climate … Read More

Climate-Friendly Energy Star Program Could be Cut

Climate-Friendly Energy Star Program Could be Cut

Energy Star, the program that certifies toasters, air conditioners, computers and buildings for energy efficiency, could be killed by the Trump administration as part of its effort to shrink federal spending. The administration wants the program to be “zeroed out” in the 2018 Environmental Protection Agency budget, according to news reports and a … Read More

February’s Warmth, Brought to You by Climate Change

February’s Warmth, Brought to You by Climate Change

A bonanza of heat records fell throughout February in almost all quarters of the U.S. and research released on Wednesday shows that this pervasive spring-like warmth was made possible by climate change. The rise in planetary heat made the freakishly warm February at least three times more likely than it was around 120 years ago, according to the … Read More

NOAA Sea Grant Cut Could Slow Climate Adaptation

NOAA Sea Grant Cut Could Slow Climate Adaptation

As President Trump moves to rein in federal efforts to slow warming, his administration is also mulling cost-saving measures that would leave coastal Americans more vulnerable to rising seas, heavier deluges, acidifying waters and other effects of climate change. A four-page budget memo obtained by the Washington Post showed the Trump … Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Continues Its Astonishing Streak of Lows

Arctic Sea Ice Continues Its Astonishing Streak of Lows

Here’s your monthly reminder: something just isn’t right in the Arctic. February continued the string of record or near-record monthly sea ice lows. Warm weather ensured Arctic sea ice hit its lowest extent ever recorded for February. At 455,600 square miles below average, the Arctic was missing a chunk of sea ice four times the size of Italy … Read More