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Despite pandemic shutdowns, CO2 now at levels unseen in 3.6 million years

U.S. government scientists warned Wednesday that despite temporary drops in planet-heating emissions due to shutdowns triggered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, “levels of the two most important anthropogenic greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, continued their unrelenting rise in 2020.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also said that the global surface average […]

April 12th

Sea level rise is killing trees along the Atlantic coast, creating ‘ghost forests’ that are visible from space

As an ecologist studying wetland response to sea level rise, I know this flooding is evidence that climate change is altering landscapes along the Atlantic coast. It’s emblematic of environmental changes that also threaten wildlife, ecosystems, and local farms and forestry businesses. By Emily Ury, Duke University The Conversation Trekking out to my research sites […]

April 8th

Greta Thunberg: Forget 2030 or 2040, we must reduce emissions NOW

Global climate leader Greta Thunberg in a new interview published Wednesday expressed frustration with inadequate future climate targets by world governments that fail to address the urgency of the climate crisis. By Jenna McGuire Common Dreams “We need to stop focusing on dates and numbers and actually accept and acknowledge the fact that we need to reduce […]

April 3rd

How to make sure Biden’s infrastructure plan can hold up to climate change – and save money

The Biden administration is proposing a massive infrastructure plan to replace the nation’s crumbling bridges, roads and other critical structures. But to make those investments pay off, the U.S. will need designs that can endure the changing climate. By Jeremy Bricker, University of Michigan The Conversation Most U.S. infrastructure is designed to stand for decades, […]

March 31st

A far-ranging conversation with environmental author and activist Bill McKibben on climate change action and clean energy

Activist Bill McKibben has been at the forefront of the climate movement. From founding the organization to risking arrest for pipeline protests, McKibben has always been on the front lines. Now that the Biden Administration appears to be finally taking serious action on climate and clean energy, he’s encouraged – but he’s not about […]

March 31st

Michael Mann: The rise and fall of “The Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation”

Two decades ago, in an interview with science journalist Richard Kerr for the journal Science, I coined the term the “Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation” (the “AMO” for short) to describe an internal oscillation in the climate system resulting from interactions between North Atlantic ocean currents and wind patterns. These interactions were thought to lead to alternating decades-long intervals of […]

March 30th

Dr Michael Mann: The moral hazard of geoengineering (there is NO cheap way out)

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has published a new report (“Reflecting Sunlight“) on the topic of Geoengineering (that is, the deliberate manipulation of the global Earth environment in an effort to offset the effects of human carbon pollution-caused climate change). By Michael Mann While I am, in full disclosure, a member of the Academy, I offer the […]

March 29th

Climate Chaos report pulls back the curtain on the big banks’ love affair with big oil

Authored by the  Indigenous Environmental Network, Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Oil Change International, Reclaim Finance, and Sierra Club, this year’s report, titled Banking on Climate: Chaos 2021, expands its focus from 35 to 60 of the world’s largest banks. By Dan Bacher The report documents “an alarming disconnect” between the global scientific consensus on climate change and the continued business practices […]

March 29th