Russian collaboration freeze impacts permafrost research

The escalating thaw of Arctic permafrost, a critical factor in global climate change, faces research challenges due to a halt in scientific collaboration with Russia, hindering vital data collection and analysis.

Elizabeth Devitt reports for Mongabay.

In short:

  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine led to a halt in international permafrost research collaborations.
  • More than half of the Arctic's permafrost, a significant carbon store, lies under Russian territory.
  • Scientists are seeking alternative methods like remote sensing and proxy sites, but the lack of direct Russian data is a significant setback.

Key quote:

"We need specific measurements, in real time, and it has to happen from people in the ecosystem."

— Ted Schuur, Northern Arizona University

Why this matters:

This disruption hampers the global understanding of permafrost's role in climate change. Accurate data on permafrost thaw and greenhouse gas release is crucial for predicting and mitigating climate impacts, emphasizing the need for international scientific collaboration.

Read: Ukraine, war and our world.

Michigan's water extraction issue continues despite promises

In Michigan, unchecked water extraction by a major corporation is raising red flags about environmental sustainability and social equity, especially as communities such as Flint struggle with ongoing water quality crises.

Anna Clark reports for ProPublica.

Keep reading...Show less
Senator Whitehouse & climate change

Senator Whitehouse puts climate change on budget committee’s agenda

For more than a decade, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave daily warnings about the mounting threat of climate change. Now he has a powerful new perch.
Amid LNG’s Gulf Coast expansion, community hopes to stand in its way
Coast Guard inspects Cameron LNG Facility in preparation for first LNG export in 2019. (Credit: Coast Guard News)

Amid LNG’s Gulf Coast expansion, community hopes to stand in its way

This 2-part series was co-produced by Environmental Health News and the journalism non-profit Economic Hardship Reporting Project. See part 1 here.Este ensayo también está disponible en español
Keep reading...Show less
planetary health diet
Credit: Unsplash+

This diet will likely keep you alive longer — and help the planet

People who closely follow an environmentally conscious plant-heavy diet that also includes modest portions of meat and dairy, dubbed the Planetary Health Diet, have a 30% lower risk of premature death from common causes such as cancer and heart disease, according to new research.

Keep reading...Show less
scotus & chevron doctrine
Credit: Matt Wade/Flickr

​Chevron deference may face changes but not complete repeal by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is poised to decide on the future of Chevron deference, a key doctrine for federal agencies, with potential significant changes expected instead of a full repeal.

Pamela King reports for E&E News.

Keep reading...Show less
methane manure biogas digester
Credit: s pants/Flickr

Manure digesters may worsen pollution in large farms

New research suggests that manure digesters, hailed as a solution to livestock farm pollution, may actually exacerbate environmental harm by encouraging larger farms.

Laura Schulte reports for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Keep reading...Show less

Signal Hill employs firm with oil industry ties for drilling permit review

Residents of Signal Hill are opposing a proposal to extend a neighborhood oil drilling permit for 20 years, citing health risks and environmental concerns.

Liza Gross reports for Inside Climate News.

Keep reading...Show less

Tourism boom in Terlingua raises concerns over water supply

As tourism and development surge in Terlingua, residents worry about depleting water resources, prompting debates over sustainability and future water availability.

Carlos Nogueras Ramos and Eli Hartman report for The Texas Tribune.

In short:

  • Terlingua's tourism and development have dramatically increased water demand, causing concerns about the sustainability of local water resources.
  • Residents like Rick and Georganne Bradbury, who haul water to locals, see wells running dry, while developers argue there is sufficient water for future growth.
  • Efforts are underway to better understand and manage the region's water resources amid growing concerns of shortages.

Key quote:

“There’s no way we can say, ‘There’s unlimited water supply, everyone come and take whatever you want,’”

— Brewster County Judge Greg Henington

Why this matters:

The dilemma facing Terlingua is one that many rural communities encounter as they grow: balancing development with sustainability. At the heart of the debate is the question of future water availability. Proposals to drill deeper wells or import water from other regions are being discussed, but these solutions are not without their challenges and controversies. Deeper wells could lead to further depletion of the aquifers, while importing water is costly and logistically complex.

From our Newsroom
environmental justice

LISTEN: Jose Ramon Becerra Vera on democratizing science

“In their own way, they’re becoming experts, not just of their experiences but also of the data collection process.”

The oil and gas industry’s radioactive problem: Q&A with Justin Nobel

The oil and gas industry’s radioactive problem: Q&A with Justin Nobel

“Of all the levels of radium in produced water or brine around the world that I’ve looked at, I have encountered none that are consistently as high as what comes out of the Marcellus Shale.”

environmental justice pittsburgh

Environmental justice advocates find hope, healing and community in Pittsburgh

Advocates and researchers gathered to not only discuss ongoing fights but victories, self-care and cautious optimism about the path ahead.

air pollution pittsburgh

Amidst a controversial international sale, U.S. Steel falls behind in cleaner steelmaking

U.S. Steel’s proposed sale to Nippon Steel stokes concerns over labor rights and national security, all while the company continues to break clean air laws in Western Pennsylvania.

exxon houston petrochemicals

Spanish-speaking residents feel left out of permitting process at massive Exxon petrochemical plant in Houston-area

“It is important to ensure meaningful engagement efforts are inclusive and accessible to all diverse members of our communities.”

Stay informed: sign up for The Daily Climate newsletter
Top news on climate impacts, solutions, politics, drivers. Delivered to your inbox week days.