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Drought, Weather Fuel Record Oklahoma Wildfires

Drought, Weather Fuel Record Oklahoma Wildfires

Wildfires fueled by gusting winds, hot, dry weather, and desiccated plant life have burned nearly 900,000 acres of Oklahoma so far this year, a record, as well as parts of Kansas and Texas. The blazes have destroyed dozens of buildings and killed seven people as well as hundreds of cattle. Late winter and early spring are typically the peak … Read More

Trump Just Approved the Keystone XL Pipeline

Trump Just Approved the Keystone XL Pipeline

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday greenlighting the Keystone XL pipeline after it cleared State Department review to bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The Trump administration’s approval represents an about face from President Obama’s stance on an issue that has pitted environmentalists and local … Read More

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

The State Dept. Rewrote Its Climate Change Page

The State Dept. Rewrote Its Climate Change Page

Within a day of Rex Tillerson’s swearing in as secretary of state, the State Department’s climate change website began to change. The changes signal a shift away from leading international climate actions that the Obama administration pursued and a pivot toward a more passive role. The Environmental Data Governance Initiative tracked the changes… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record-Low Peak for Third Year

Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record-Low Peak for Third Year

Constant warmth punctuated by repeated winter heat waves stymied Arctic sea ice growth this winter, leaving the winter sea ice cover missing an area the size of California and Texas combined and setting a record-low maximum for the third year in a row. Even in the context of the decades of greenhouse gas-driven warming, and subsequent ice loss in … Read More

Climate Change is on Pace to Kill an Ice Age Remnant

Climate Change is on Pace to Kill an Ice Age Remnant

Humans are in the process of changing the planet in a way that hasn’t happened in more than 2.5 million years. For eons, the Laurentide Ice Sheet has been a fixture of North America. At its peak, it covered the majority of Canada and sent icy tendrils down across the Midwest and Northeast, covering Chicago, New York and Toronto in a mile or more … Read More

Research for Drought-Resistant Crops Gets Boost

Research for Drought-Resistant Crops Gets Boost

Scientists' efforts to develop new crops able to resist climate change, droughts and other shocks have been boosted by the United States joining an international seeds treaty, a research group said. The United States this week became the single largest party to a U.N. agreement under which countries allow researchers from other member states free … Read More

In Race to Curb Climate Change, Cities Outpace Nations

In Race to Curb Climate Change, Cities Outpace Nations

Cities from Oslo to Sydney are setting goals to curb climate change that exceed national targets, causing tensions with central governments about who controls policy over green energy and transport and construction. More than 2,500 cities have issued plans to cut carbon emissions to the United Nations since late 2014, setting an example to almost … Read More