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Climate Investments ‘Falling Short’ of 2°C Goal

Climate Investments ‘Falling Short’ of 2°C Goal

Staving off the worst impacts of climate change by investing in clean energy and smart climate adaptations makes economic sense, but a new report shows that investments are still lagging globally. At the same time, the dropping costs of clean energy, particularly solar, mean that companies are doing more with less. The annual Global Landscape of C… Read More

World Needs to Mind the Carbon Emissions Gap

World Needs to Mind the Carbon Emissions Gap

A new report suggests that policymakers better mind the gap if they want to meet the 2°C global warming threshold. But in spite of the warning, that chasm is growing as the world’s carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise. To bridge the gap, the world will have to reduce emissions to reach net carbon dioxide (CO2) neutrality sometime between 2055-… Read More

Palm Oil Production Poses Problems for the Climate

Palm Oil Production Poses Problems for the Climate

Last August, from the window of a jet high over Sumatra, I counted nearly a dozen plumes of smoke rising from the vast jungles and plantations below. Some more than a half-mile wide, they looked like pillars holding up the sky. That week the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency detected 143 new wildfires in Riau Province, the area beneath my fligh… Read More

Industrial Farming Plows Up Brazil’s ‘Underground Forest’

Industrial Farming Plows Up Brazil’s ‘Underground Forest’

South and east of Brazil's famous Amazon, the air becomes dryer and the humid rainforest gives way to emerald green patches of irrigated pasture carved from scrubby woods and native grasslands. This is a different kind of forest, hidden in plain sight and far more threatened than the Amazon. Known as the Cerrado, it is the largest, most biological … Read More

Picture This: Holey Clouds, Fireballs & Fall in Full Force

Picture This: Holey Clouds, Fireballs & Fall in Full Force

The week held some interesting sky surprises, in the form of strange-looking holes in the clouds and fireballs streaking through the night sky. A typhoon also reached ferocious strength, before weakening as it moved northward, where it will causes a chain reaction that affects the weather half a world away. And of course, we can't forget the… Read More

Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains

Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains

Of all the things people build, cities are the most important. Cities are the largest things we build, and most people now live in them. But that’s not why cities are our most important invention. Cities matter because they represent our greatest hope for long-term survival, not only for humans but for all species. They offer the best chance to d… Read More

Great Barrier Reef Plan Doesn’t Address CO2 Emissions

Great Barrier Reef Plan Doesn’t Address CO2 Emissions

The Australian government’s multimillion dollar plan to halt the worrying decline of the Great Barrier Reef does nothing to address the leading threat of climate change and is likely to prove largely ineffectual, scientists have warned. In its formal response to the Reef 2050 long-term sustainability plan, which was drawn up by the Australian and Q… Read More

6 Degrees: Earth’s Lungs, Ozone Info, Snow Woes & More

6 Degrees: Earth’s Lungs, Ozone Info, Snow Woes & More

New greenhouse gas concerns to Arctic sea ice decline's link to cold winters, all in this week's top news. … Read More