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Here’s How Climate Change is a ‘Death Sentence’ in Afghanistan’s Highlands

Here’s How Climate Change is a ‘Death Sentence’ in Afghanistan’s Highlands

The central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country’s cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked mountains, set against blistering blue skies. In this spectacular, harsh landscape, one can pinpoint more or less where human settlement becomes impossible: at an altitude… Read More

Can Business Save the World from Climate Change?

Can Business Save the World from Climate Change?

“We are still in.” On June 5, 2017, with these four words a group of U.S. businesses and investors with a combined annual revenue of $1.4 trillion sent a powerful message to the world: U.S. president Donald Trump may have withdrawn from the Paris agreement on climate change four days earlier, but corporate America was not following suit. “We Are… Read More

Alaska Towns At Risk from Rising Seas Sound Alarm

Alaska Towns At Risk from Rising Seas Sound Alarm

The U.S. government’s withdrawal from dealing with, or even acknowledging, climate change may have provoked widespread opprobrium, but for Alaskan communities at risk of toppling into the sea, the risks are rather more personal. The Trump administration has moved to dismantle climate adaptation programs including the Denali Commission, an … Read More

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels

Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources of renewable energy, allowing the logging industry to contribute to the state’s climate goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions. However, research shows that burning biomass to generate electricity can actually make climate change worse by … Read More

There’s a Wildfire Burning in West Greenland Right Now

There’s a Wildfire Burning in West Greenland Right Now

It’s not just the American West and British Columbia burning up. A fire has sparked in western Greenland, an odd occurrence for an island known more for ice than fire. A series of blazes is burning roughly in the vicinity of Kangerlussuaq, a small town that serves as a basecamp for researchers in the summer to access Greenland’s ice sheet and… Read More

Planet Has Just 5 Percent Chance to Reach Paris Goal

Planet Has Just 5 Percent Chance to Reach Paris Goal

There is only a 5 percent chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2°C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change. Global trends in the economy, emissions and population growth make it extremely unlikely that the planet will remain … Read More

This is British Columbia’s Second-Worst Wildfire Season. It’s Far From Over

This is British Columbia’s Second-Worst Wildfire Season. It’s Far From Over

Poor air quality, blood-red sunsets and mountains swallowed by smoke are just a handful of the impacts of wildfires roaring in British Columbia. The fires kicked up in early July but have spread in recent days as hot, dry and windy weather has fanned the flames and sent smoke streaming across the border into Washington and Oregon. Wildfires have … Read More

Alphabet Turns to Molten Salt to Store Clean Energy

Alphabet Turns to Molten Salt to Store Clean Energy

Using giant vats of molten salt and antifreeze under the codename “Malta,” Google's parent company Alphabet is joining Tesla and smaller companies that are developing ways to store wind and solar power affordably to expand renewables and combat climate change. Alphabet’s X research lab is developing a cutting-edge molten salt technology that aims … Read More

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