How the climate crisis could become a food crisis overnight.

The world's food system is particularly vulnerable to freak weather — the exact type of event climate change is making more common. more…

Where global warming gets real: Inside NASA’s mission to the North Pole.

For 10 years, NASA has been flying over the ice caps to chart their retreat. This data is an invaluable record of climate change. But does anyone care? more…

Huge landslide triggered rare Greenland mega-tsunami.

Scientists hope studying last month’s deadly event will improve modelling of rockslides that could become more frequent with climate change. more…

A different kind of car factory is opening up in Los Angeles.

While President Donald Trump is rooting for more car plants in the rust-belt states of Michigan and Ohio and more coal mines in Appalachia, California has a different idea for creating jobs: electric-vehicle factories. more…

Questions remain as Gov. Brown signs legislation to address neighborhood-level air pollution.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at improving air quality in disadvantaged communities, a key step in shifting the debate over how the state fights climate change and an issue that has tested the influence of environmental justice advocates. more…

Editor comments: Compare the diversity around Gov. Brown against those surrounding Pres. Trump at his signing ceremonies. -DF

Electric cars win? Britain to ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040.

Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine. more…

Proposed Colombia dam threatens to wipe out endangered plants, disrupt river.

Scientists say newly discovered palms will be the “first to drown” under a planned Colombian dam that critics worry will displace human communities, destroy fragile ecosystems and release potent greenhouse gases. more…

'Inconvenient Sequel' directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk bring hope to the climate crisis.

By following Gore across the world on his mission to educate people about climate change, Shenk and Cohen set out to make a film that served not only as a warning bell, but an instructive beacon of hope. more…

Politics

Meet Scott Pruitt's likely legal muscle.

In 2015, Florida attorney Matt Leopold told a roomful of law students why the Clean Power Plan could face legal trouble. Now he is likely to aid the Trump administration in unraveling it. ClimateWire

Businesses spent millions lobbying before cap-and-trade vote.

Several businesses poised to benefit from California's new cap-and-trade law are lobbying powerhouses that have poured millions of dollars into efforts to influence legislation. ClimateWire

Climate threatens 'Himalayan Viagra' fungus, and a way of life.

A valuable fungus reputed to be an aphrodisiac has been disappearing from the mountains of Nepal, taking with it a valuable source of income. Climate Home

Causes

Pennsylvania judge halts pipeline construction after multiple problems.

A Pennsylvania judge has put a two-week hold on all drilling for a controversial pipeline construction project that’s had multiple spills and sparked complaints of well contamination. Chesapeake Bay Journal, Pennsylvania

Exxon, Shell and other carbon producers sued for sea level rises in California.

Three Californian communities have launched legal action against some of the world’s biggest oil, gas and coal companies, seeking compensation for the current and future costs of adapting to sea level rises linked to climate change. The Guardian

Canada top court rules for aboriginals on seismic testing permits.

Canada's top court on Wednesday handed aboriginals a partial victory on the need to be consulted on resource projects, throwing out permits to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas in the north but dismissing a separate attempt to quash changes to an Enbridge Inc pipeline. Reuters

‘You’re not just getting a coal plant, you’re getting a toxic waste site.’

Hydro One’s $6.7-billion purchase of an American utility company comes with the costly responsibility of helping to clean up an 800-acre “toxic soup” waste site in the United States, the Sierra Club says. Postmedia News

Editorials

Rep. Scott Perry must step up on climate change.

We're so puzzled at Rep. Scott Perry's proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act earlier this month that would have blocked a DOD study on the effects of climate change on national security. more…

Volkswagen has to compensate for emissions fraud.

The California Air Resources Board needs to do its part to boost electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the state while it still has leverage over Volkswagen. more…

Opinion

Trump pulled out the oil industry playbook and players for Paris.

The fossil fuel industry used the same arguments, and even the same people, to block climate policies in the 1990s. We must not let this happen again. more…

Phasing out diesel and petrol cars is a woefully tiny step towards cleaner air.

Today’s air pollution announcement from the Tories is the latest in a string of green-sounding policies from a government that had previously gone quiet on the environment. more…

More Solutions News

Here come the Tesla Model 3s... and a few surprises.

Elon Musk is about to hand over the first keys for the most-anticipated car of the 21st century. Here's what we know and what we'll be watching for. Bloomberg News

Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet.

Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun's rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet. Reuters

Is there enough electricity? National Grid reacts to fossil-fuel vehicle ban.

National Grid has welcomed the plan to make electric or zero-emission cars and vans account for all new sales from 2040, but said the government and industry now faced big decisions on how the extra power was provided and demand for it was managed. The Guardian

More Consequences News

Crowdfunding restores ponds in drought-hit south India.

With more water storage desperately needed amid terrible drought, crowdfunding is paying the cost - and could save lives. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Australia's greatest (dying) global asset.

We’re off the coast of Queensland for this week’s newsletter. And it’s not looking good. New York Times

Madagascar: No more fish? We′ll farm seaweed instead.

The collapse of fisheries, decline of coral reefs and drought are all hitting Madagascar hard. But fishermen are coping with scarce and stressed resources in the Indian Ocean by coming up with new alternatives. Deutsche Welle, Germany

More Causes News

Report shows Florida utilities, including FPL, were warned of climate-change risks since 1970s.

A new report outlines that the nation's power utilities — some of the largest carbon emitters in the world — have known about the effects of climate change since the 1970s. Miami New Times, Florida

Paul Hawken on one hundred solutions to the climate crisis.

Environmentalist Paul Hawken believes that to motivate action on climate change, the focus needs to be on solutions rather the problem. And, he says, those solutions – from changing the type of refrigerants used to reducing food waste – are already here. Yale Environment 360

More Politics News

Drilling opponents ready for renewed fight.

Wilmington-area environmental advocates leading the recently formed offshore drilling opposition group Save Our Sea say lessons learned in recent anti-pollution battles have them prepared for the latest fight. Coastal Review, North Carolina

EU top court rules against ArcerlorMittal carbon challenge.

The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled against steelmaker ArcelorMittal's challenge against how the European Union allocates free carbon permits. Reuters

From the Daily Climate Newsroom

Walking the Line: A two-week journey on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Zoe Krylova

Opponents walk the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline path through five Virginia counties to celebrate what’s at risk. Daily Climate

A kinda, sorta environmental summer reading list.

Are books still a thing? Yup. Our staff’s summer picks. Environmental Health News

Climate Characters: Evangelical communicates science without evangelizing.

Vimeo

Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe works mostly with a referent group that she’s belonged to her entire life: evangelical Christians. “The last thing we should be trying to do is instill new values in people." Daily Climate

Intense storms may diminish protective ozone in Central US.

NASA

Stronger storms over the Great Plains—likely induced by climate change—may be chipping away at the key life-protecting layer of our atmosphere. Daily Climate