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Climate Change: Link between Earth’s heat and hurricane strength grows

Researchers from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies have greater confidence that warming surface temperatures and increasing tropical cyclone intensity appear to go hand-in-hand. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) indicates a significant global increase in hurricane intensity over a four-decade period, showing the emergence of more significant findings than previous […]

Finance Climate Challenge: Challenging the financial sector to get out of dead-end fossil fuels

Ahead of oil and gas giant ExxonMobil’s virtual annual shareholders meeting Wednesday morning, scores of international climate, human rights, faith, and Indigenous groups launched the Finance Climate Challenge, calling on the global financial sector to “end its support for fossil fuels and climate chaos.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Unveiled Tuesday, the challenge urges investors—including asset managers, pension funds, and […]

After the Coronavirus pandemic, cities must reimagine public transit with safety, access, and racial justice in mind

Across the U.S., COVID-19 is hitting communities of color the hardest. Here in greater Boston, it’s no different. There are high rates of infection in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park—the heart of Black Boston. In fact, Black people account for more than 40% of COVID-19 cases in Boston, but only 25% of the city’s population. Other […]

Small towns hit hard by COVID-19 are getting slammed by natural disasters – fueled by climate change

The federal government has abandoned America’s small towns as the coronavirus depletes their budgets. It’s flood season and local leaders have no idea how to help residents through natural disasters. “We do not see how we will survive,” one told us. #BREAKING: Evacuation orders issued for areas in and around the city of Midland, Michigan […]

This surprising fact about research funding could explain why it’s so hard to get traction against climate change

To fund, or not to fund? That is the question for organizations backing research on the world’s climate crisis — the question they must ask about every proposal that crosses their desks. A new analysis of money that governments and independent organizations spend on climate change research indicates that just 5% of funds over the past […]

NOAA exploring impact of COVID-19 response on the environment

The coronavirus pandemic response has reduced pollution from a large number of sources across many geographic regions. NOAA has launched a wide-ranging research effort to investigate the impact of reduced vehicle traffic, air travel, shipping, manufacturing and other activities on Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. By NOAA NOAA scientists are using the most advanced atmosphere-ocean models […]

Memorial Day: Government and Business must stand up for environmental defenders now, to build a more fair and resilient future

The world as we know it is changing at an exponential rate. The impact of COVID-19 on global health and financial systems will ripple for decades. As lives and livelihoods remain the top priority, many manifestations of this virus will continue to play out in the short, medium and long term. At Global Witness, we’re […]

Remember on Memorial Day: 1,700 environmental activists killed this century defending the environment

According to records compiled by the campaign group Global Witness, 1,738 people described as environmental defenders were killed between 2002 and 2018, across 50 countries. The group says the number of reported deaths has been increasing over time with about three people killed each week on average. Yet the campaign group says only about 10% of […]

Memorial Day: Who Is Killing Latin America’s Environmentalists?

While the environment has been recovering in many places around the world due to the coronavirus slowdown, in Latin America, threats against nature’s biggest protectors are only increasing. The beginning of 2020 has seen an acceleration of high-profile killings of environmentalists in some of the region’s most biodiverse countries. Their deaths jeopardize the fight against climate change […]

100% Renewable Energy: The emerging power of microgrids

Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly evident. By Justin Gerdes Ensia The […]