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4th of July fireworks warning: Humans ignite 97% of wildfires that threatens homes

Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful smoke. By Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder The Conversation Wildfires are a natural […]

More than 100 fire scientists urge the US West: Skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July

The heat wave hitting the northwestern U.S. and Canada has been shattering records, with temperatures 30 degrees Fahrenheit or more above normal. With drought already gripping the West, the intense heat has helped suck even more moisture from millions of acres of forests and grasslands, bringing dead vegetation in many regions to record-dry levels and […]

A water strategy for the parched West: Have cities pay farmers to install more efficient irrigation systems

“Are you going to run out of water?” is the first question people ask when they find out I’m from Arizona. The answer is that some people already have, others soon may and it’s going to get much worse without dramatic changes. Robert Glennon, University of Arizona The Conversation Unsustainable water practices, drought and climate […]

SCOTUS captive: Systemic racism, voter suppression, and climate change

As the polluter-packed Supreme Court readies its final decisions for this term, one of the last among them is West Virginia v. EPA. Like the abortion ruling, it’s both the culmination of decades of careful and concerted conservative political machinations, and just the start of the damage this Court is going to do to the United States. By […]

What is ‘committed warming’? A climate scientist explains why even after we end fossil fuel emissions, global warming can continue

By now, few people question the reality that humans are altering Earth’s climate. The real question is: How quickly can we halt, even reverse, the damage? Part of the answer to this question lies in the concept of “committed warming,” also known as “pipeline warming.” Julien Emile-Geay, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences […]

June 19th

Water is life – and climate change is exacerbating drought across the west

The Lakota say “Mní wičhóni”—“water is life.” Drought is certainly proving the truth of that. Since 2000, 1.5 billion people have been affected by drought, according to the United Nations, which calculates the economic loss at $124 billion. In many places, it’s getting worse. From East Africa to Brazil to the western half of the United States and […]

June 13th

10 FEET of sea level rise? Antarctica’s riskiest glacier is under assault from below and losing its grip

Flying over Antarctica, it’s hard to see what all the fuss is about. Like a gigantic wedding cake, the frosting of snow on top of the world’s largest ice sheet looks smooth and unblemished, beautiful and perfectly white. Little swirls of snow dunes cover the surface. Ted Scambos, University of Colorado Boulder The Conversation But […]

June 10th

EcoRight Speaks podcast: Regenerative agriculture expert and farmer Dale Strickler

Welcome to another week, another episode of the EcoRight Speaks, this time featuring Dale Strickler, an agronomist for Green Cover Seed, a Kansas rancher, and author of the book The Drought Resilient Farm. The Drought Resilient Farm is a compilation of techniques for increasing the ability of soil to capture more rainfall, hold more moisture, and increase the […]

Heartland tries to debunk science with disinfo, gets everything completely upside down (as usual)

Usually, you have to wait a few sentences for deniers to say something stupid, but a recent post at the industry-funded Heartland Insitute‘s daily disinfo hub is wrong in the very second word! This is impressive,even for Heartland’s ClimateRealism page, where past (mostly false) posts have proven that they apparently don’t understand Google, or what “proportion” means, or how natural variability and time […]

NOAA predicts above-normal 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, are predicting above-average hurricane activity this year — which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. NOAA’s outlook for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a […]

EcoRight Speaks podcast: Constellation Energy CEO Joe Dominguez

This week, I am joined in conversation by Joe Dominguez, the CEO of Constellation Energy, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free energy. As CEO, Dominguez oversees Constellation’s clean energy fleet of nuclear, wind, solar, hydroelectric and natural gas facilities in 19 states, and the nation’s top competitive retail and commodities business, which provides electricity, natural gas and other […]