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Scorched Earth Is Big Climate Concern in Alaska Wildfires

Scorched Earth Is Big Climate Concern in Alaska Wildfires

Alaska and its neighbor to the east, Canada, have kicked off wildfire season in a major way. Blazes have raged across the northern stretches of North America, sending smoke streaming down into the Lower 48 and leaving the landscape charred. The multitudes of fires is a glimpse of things to come as the climate warms, but blackened trees are only … Read More

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The world got a major dose of climate clarity on Tuesday. The U.S., Brazil and China — three of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters — all released major commitments to reduce or at least slow their greenhouse gas emissions, protect forest and ramp up their use of renewable energy. The flurry of activity comes with five months to go until major… Read More

Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change Leaked Early

Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change Leaked Early

An Italian newspaper on Monday published a leaked copy of Pope Francis’s eagerly awaited message exhorting humanity to be better stewards of the planet and to combat issues like climate change. The papal letter, or encyclical as it is called, has received considerable attention in environmental, political and climate science communities because… Read More

Scientists Call for Halt to Canadian Oil Sands Expansion

Scientists Call for Halt to Canadian Oil Sands Expansion

The controversial proposed Keystone XL Pipeline put Canada’s vast carbon-laden tar sands on the map for many Americans, with its builders promising that it would carry 800,000 barrels of petroleum per day from Alberta’s tar sands to oil refineries in Texas. But a group of 100 scientists on Wednesday called for a moratorium on further oil sands … Read More

Ocean Species Set for Reshuffle Unseen in 3 Million Years

Ocean Species Set for Reshuffle Unseen in 3 Million Years

The world’s oceans could face a massive reshuffling by the end of the century, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in as many as 3 million years, due to warming waters. Changes are already afoot in the oceans. Roughly 93 percent of the heat trapped by human greenhouse gas emissions is ending up in the world’s seas and already contributing to … Read More

Report: U.S. Can Make Good on Climate Pledge — Barely

Report: U.S. Can Make Good on Climate Pledge — Barely

The World Resources Institute, or WRI, a global environmental sustainability think tank, released a report Wednesday showing how the U.S. can make good on its pledge and possibly exceed it. Doing so, however, may involve strengthening controversial emissions cuts in the works, cuts that largely are expected to be challenged in court.… Read More

U.S., Mexico, Canada to Collaborate on Climate Adaptation

U.S., Mexico, Canada to Collaborate on Climate Adaptation

Upgrading power grids, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change are on the agenda for a new international working group composed of the three national energy ministers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford, and Mexico Secretary of Energy … Read More

May CO2 Peak Shows Trend Is Up, Up, Up

May CO2 Peak Shows Trend Is Up, Up, Up

Any day now, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will reach their annual peak in a cycle driven by the collective inhale and exhale of the world’s plant life. But because of the extra CO2 pumped into the air by human activities, this year’s peak will be higher than last year’s, which was higher than the year before that — a sign of the unabated… Read More

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Hottest Days of Summer The hottest time of year in the continental U.S. statistically comes in mid-July, but the timing of peak heat varies.

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