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Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

The rise of the machines isn’t the biggest threat to humanity. It’s climate change, extreme weather and other environmental factors. The World Economic Forum surveyed 750 experts on what the most likely and impactful risks facing humanity are in 2017. In a report released Thursday, they ranked extreme weather as the most likely risk and the second … Read More

Exxon’s Tillerson Murky on Future of Paris Climate Pact

Exxon’s Tillerson Murky on Future of Paris Climate Pact

Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson downplayed global warming’s dangers during a hearing into his nomination for secretary of state on Wednesday, refusing to rule out an American withdrawal from a climate treaty even as he acknowledged that “the risk of climate change does exist.” Tillerson recently resigned after a four-decade career with America… Read More

Canada’s Vast Source of Climate Pollution May Go Bust

Canada’s Vast Source of Climate Pollution May Go Bust

The Canadian oil sands are one of the world’s largest sources of climate pollution and America’s biggest source of imported oil. And they may be about to go bust. Canada’s oil sands, also known as tar sands, are the world’s fourth-largest reserve of crude oil. Mining them unleashes massive volumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, easing the … Read More

Watch Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing Live

Watch Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing Live

In what may be the most contentious hearing of any of President-elect Trump’s nominees, Wednesday marks the start of Rex Tillerson’s proceedings. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee could spend up to two days grilling Trump’s pick for Secretary of State. Russia is likely to be a hot topic given Tillerson’s closeness with Russian President … Read More

Trump Nominees Should Answer These Climate Questions

Trump Nominees Should Answer These Climate Questions

Tuesday marked the start of confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. The grueling sessions allow senators from both parties to probe nominees’ backgrounds, question their views and priorities for the agencies they’ll be tasked with running, and weigh their expertise. One potential flashpoint for a number of nominees is… Read More

Trump’s ‘Extreme’ Cabinet Could Fuel Warming Crisis

Trump’s ‘Extreme’ Cabinet Could Fuel Warming Crisis

Senate hearings into President-elect Trump’s proposed cabinet members began Tuesday, with anti-science politicians and fossil fuel executives being considered for key posts, threatening to undermine the worldwide fight against global warming at a crucial moment. Given Trump’s campaign promises to rejuvenate the coal sector and boost drilling for … Read More

Trump, Congress Could Halt State Action on Climate

Trump, Congress Could Halt State Action on Climate

The head of the city department that drafts many of San Francisco’s greenest rules and regulations uses one word to explain her greatest fear for the environment during Trump’s presidency: “preemption.” If some of the deepest concerns of climate-focused bureaucrats from San Francisco to Massachusetts and New York come true, the Trump… Read More

Obama Just Made the Case for His Clean Energy Legacy

Obama Just Made the Case for His Clean Energy Legacy

Researchers cracking open the latest edition of the journal Science will find an author in the table of contents whose name is usually attached to executive orders. On Monday, President Obama published a piece that lays out his legacy on clean energy and what he thinks comes next. This the first time Science has published a sitting president. By … Read More

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Fewer Cold Nights The average number of very cold nights each year has declined across much of the country since 1970.

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