Even minor global warming could worsen super El Niños, scientists find. more…
A Mississippi-sized chunk of the world’s forests was decimated in 2015 because of wildfire, logging and expanding palm oil plantations, according to a new study. more…
Islanders in the Philippines have stayed in their homes even after an earthquake caused subsidence and floods, according to a study on Monday that questions how far global warming will trigger mass migration as sea levels rise. more…
A few small islands off the coast of Antarctica are the incubator for nearly all the marine life around the world’s southernmost continent. more…
Batteries and renewable power sources are on the verge of bringing about an “epochal transformation” of the UK that could make energy clean, abundant and very cheap, according to a cabinet minister. more…
Optimists see hope in growing GOP support for renewable energy, but many Republicans still steer clear of anything that says climate change. more…
Mayor Bill de Blasio called on mayors worldwide to use their bully pulpits to “push a little harder” to improve sustainability and environmentally-friendly policies in their cities, saying it was time to take “matters into our own hands.” more…
Canadian authorities are seeking to beef up their oversight of publicly-traded companies so that they come clean about the costs of doing business on a warming planet. more…
Having climate change skeptic Donald Trump in the Oval Office won’t stop the U.S. from mounting an effective fight against rising global temperatures, former Vice President Al Gore argued at an event on Monday. San Jose Mercury News, California.
Eight Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee asked the Interior Department’s deputy inspector general on Monday to investigate Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to reassign roughly 50 senior career officials last month, on the grounds that it could constitute an “abuse of authority.” Washington Post.
The iconic brand has long been the conscience of the outdoor industry, forsaking hefty profits to do the right thing. Now the company is going to war against the Trump administration over protections for public land—which happens to be very good for sales. Outside.
The London mayor accuses Volkswagen of making the UK a laughing stock over refusal to pay £2.5m in compensation while it’s paid billions to US customers. The Guardian.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concludes that, while the project’s construction and implementation is likely to result in “some adverse effects,” impacts can be reduced “to less-than significant levels.” Charlotte Business Journal, North Carolina.
BMW AG sought to defuse concerns about possible collusion with other German automakers by rejecting allegations of cheating on diesel emissions and downplaying talks with rivals as being focused on promoting exhaust-treatment technology in Europe. Bloomberg News.
Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report. The Guardian.
‘In nearly 100 years Phoenix will be too hot to live in’: Heat waves, climate change and Trump’s EPA.
Phoenix Business Journal, Arizona.
East Chicago, once a leading center of heavy industry, has suffered far more than its share of pollution. more…
In order to win votes for AB398, the measure extending California’s cap-and-trade program through 2030, Gov. Jerry Brown offered a sweetener to Republicans representing rural areas: a suspension of the state fire prevention fee. more…
In this excerpt from The Bernie Sanders Show, Sanders talks to Gore about his new film, An Inconvenient Sequel. more…
Around the world, lawyers are riffing off the fight against tobacco companies and launching lawsuits against Big Oil or against governments for failing to protect citizens from fossil fuel impacts. more…
More Solutions News
According to Rwanda Development Board, the car manufacturer has completed a feasibility study to assemble cars with low fuel consumption and gas emissions in Rwanda, including electric cars. Kigali New Times, Rwanda.
Architect Stefano Boeri designed tree-covered skyscrapers in Milan. Now he's doing a lot more in Liuzhou, China. Fast Company.
As a bill that would suspend permits for new wind farms sits unsigned on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, North Carolina’s first wind developer is touting its projects in the state. Charlotte Business Journal, North Carolina.
More Consequences News
Fears have been raised that the UK could soon see a repeat of the sort of flooding that has hit in recent years after forecasters predicted a one-in-three chance there would be a new record set for monthly rainfall during coming winters. The Guardian.
In 1998 the FDA approved a a drug called Lymerix, and it was pretty effective until the chronic Lyme crowd and the anti-vaxxers started ranting: Mother Jones.
A falcon war in Greenland’s frigid north is a preview of habitat contests to come. The Atlantic.
More Causes News
Behind the scenes, as law enforcement officials tried to stem protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, alumni from the George W. Bush White House were leading a crisis communications effort to discredit pipeline protesters. DeSmogBlog.
State pleases opponents by denying approval, but developer takes case to court. Chesapeake Bay Journal, Pennsylvania.
Ontario taxpayers will soon be part-owners of one of the biggest coal-fired power plants in America west of the Mississippi River, making money off pollution in the U.S. Northwest that would be illegal to emit at home. The National Post, Canada.
More Politics News
A new study published in Nature Climate Change notes that the agreement didn’t define when “pre-industrial” begins. The Guardian.
President Trump's new messaging tactician, Anthony Scaramucci, has said he's "really not an ideological guy." That appears to be the case on climate change, about which he's expressed sharply shifting views in short periods of time. ClimateWire.
From the Daily Climate Newsroom
Opponents walk the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline path through five Virginia counties to celebrate what’s at risk. Daily Climate.
Are books still a thing? Yup. Our staff’s summer picks. Environmental Health News.
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.
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.