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100 Days of Climate: Week 10

100 Days of Climate: Week 10

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

Europe Faces Annual Extreme Coastal Floods in Future

Europe Faces Annual Extreme Coastal Floods in Future

The kind of extreme coastal flooding events that today hit parts of Europe roughly once every hundred years could happen annually by the end of the century as the climate continues to change, a new study suggests. Such “rare catastrophic events, which most of us have not experienced, will become a part of most Europeans’ lives,” study leader… 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

Congress Targets Species Act and Its Climate Benefits

Congress Targets Species Act and Its Climate Benefits

Often photographed clinging to Arctic ice floes as its habitat melts away into warming waters, the polar bear is the poster child for U.S. efforts to save wildlife on the brink of extinction using the Endangered Species Act. But the act is quickly becoming a target of the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans.… Read More

EPA Withdraws Request for Methane Data

EPA Withdraws Request for Methane Data

The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an Obama-era request for methane emissions information from 15,000 oil and gas companies nationwide — a decision the Trump administration made after 11 states said the request amounted to “harassment.” The EPA responded to the states’ complaints within one day, saying it will look into whether it’s… Read More

Trump Wants to ‘Zero Out’ EPA Programs

Trump Wants to ‘Zero Out’ EPA Programs

The Trump administration wants to “zero out” many climate-related programs and grants that help state and local governments enforce environmental laws, according to a memo sent this week to state governments by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. It’s part of a proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.2 billion budget … Read More

European Climate Action Faces Crucial Moment

European Climate Action Faces Crucial Moment

One of the original weapons in the fight against warming is facing obsolescence in Europe, which is wrangling with many of the same forces that have bogged down potential climate progress in the U.S. The post-2020 future of the European Union’s cap-and-trade system, which was designed to tax and limit pollution, is about to be negotiated following… Read More

Warming Had Clear Hand in Record Australia Heat

Warming Had Clear Hand in Record Australia Heat

Australians are no strangers to stifling summer weather, but the unrelenting heat of the past few months in the country’s southeast has put this summer in the record books. Now, a new analysis links that heat directly to climate change, finding warming made such events up to 50 times more likely and hotter. Three major heat waves struck the… Read More

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Rain Needed to Bust the Drought Parts of the West need more than 20 inches of rain to erase the drought.

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