Tag: Global Warming

More Wall Street Firms Are Flip-Flopping on Climate. Here’s Why.

Many of the world’s biggest financial firms spent the past several years burnishing their environmental images by pledging to use their financial muscle to fight climate change. Now, Wall Street has flip-flopped. In recent days, giants of the financial world including JPMorgan, State Street and Pimco all pulled out of a group called Climate Action […]

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Lab-Made Meat? Florida Lawmakers Don’t Like the Sound of It.

Lab grown meat. It sounds like a plotline from a sci-fi movie about test-tube chicken fingers, but it’s a real thing. Start-up companies around the world are competing to develop technologies for producing chicken, beef, salmon and other options without the need to raise and slaughter animals. China has made the development of the industry […]

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Biden Administration Is Said to Slow Early Stage of Shift to Electric Cars

In a concession to automakers and labor unions, the Biden administration intends to relax elements of one of its most ambitious strategies to combat climate change, limits on tailpipe emissions that are designed to get Americans to switch from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles, according to three people familiar with the plan. Instead of essentially […]

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Ross Gelbspan, Who Exposed Roots of Climate Change Deniers, Dies at 84

Ross Gelbspan, an investigative journalist whose reporting on climate change exposed a campaign of disinformation by oil and gas lobbyists to sow doubt about global warming — a denialism that was embraced by Republican officials and, in some cases, by a credulous news media — died on Jan. 27 at his home in Boston. He […]

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California Tried to Ban Plastic Grocery Bags. It Didn’t Work.

Almost a decade ago, California became the first state in the United States to ban single-use plastic bags in an effort to tackle an intractable plastic waste problem. Then came the reusable, heavy-duty plastic bags, offered to shoppers for ten cents. Designed to withstand dozens of uses, and technically recyclable, many retailers treated them as […]

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After Shutting Down, These Golf Courses Went Wild

There was scraggly grass in one sand trap and wooden blocks and a toy castle in another, evidence of children at play. People were walking their dogs on the fairway, which was looking rather ragged and unkempt. This was only to be expected. Nowadays, these grounds are mowed just twice a year, and haven’t been […]

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A Climate Scientist’s Defamation Victory Rebuts Attacks

The climate is warming. Polar ice is melting, glaciers are receding, the chemistry of the ocean is becoming dangerously acidic, sea levels are rising. All of this and more are consequences of the greenhouse gases we continue to emit into the atmosphere, where they trap and radiate heat that would otherwise escape into space. Those […]

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Three Climate Takeaways From Indonesia’s Presidential Election and the Vote for Subianto

Coal, nickel, palm oil, rainforests. The riches of Indonesia matter to the rest of the world. Therefore, so does its presidential election. Early results on Wednesday in the world’s third-largest democracy signaled the victory of Prabowo Subianto, a former army general linked to human rights abuses, as the country’s next president. The new government’s approach […]

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A Collapse of the Amazon Could Be Coming ‘Faster Than We Thought’

Up to half of the Amazon rain forest could transform into grasslands or weakened ecosystems in the coming decades, a new study found, as climate change, deforestation and severe droughts like the one the region is currently experiencing damage huge areas beyond their ability to recover. Those stresses in the most vulnerable parts of the […]

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Is That Polar Bear Getting Enough to Eat? Try a Collar With a Camera.

Climate change is stretching the length of time parts of the Far North go without sea ice, which polar bears rely on to hunt their preferred prey: blubbery, calorie-rich seals. When the ice melts in summer, the bears move onto land and face two options. They can rest and slow down to a state approaching […]

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U.S. Gas Producers Are Racing to Sell to Asia. And Mexico Is Key.

​As soon as next year, the United States’ fossil fuel industry will gain its first foothold on a valuable shortcut to sell natural gas to Asia. The shortcut goes straight through Mexico. The new route could cut travel times to energy-hungry Asian nations roughly in half by piping the gas to a shipping terminal on […]

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Wildfire Smoke Will Worsen, New Study Shows, and Protections Are Few

More than 125 million Americans will be exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution by the middle of the century, largely because of increased smoke from wildfires, according to estimates released on Monday. Yet there are few good ways to protect communities, experts said. The United States has gotten better at coping with other climate […]

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They’re the Stanley Cup Champions. And That’s a Lot of Mugs.

The Stanley Tumbler, this year’s smash hit, is, at first glance, a win for the planet. It’s durable. It’s reusable. Unlike the throwaway plastic bottles it’s meant to replace, it doesn’t generate mountains of plastic trash. But the craze has sparked some less-than-sustainable behavior. People boast about owning dozens of them. When Target released special […]

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How Bad Are Taylor Swift’s Private Jet Emissions? An Expert Explains.

Taylor Swift on her Eras tour. Photo: John Shearer/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management The normie queen of pop’s been in the news a lot of late, and loads of that’s been to do with her bloody private jets. She’s got two, or at least she did before she reportedly sold one of them in January […]

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Cultivated Meat’s Empty Promise of Revolution

It is a gleaming vision of a world just beyond the present: a world in which meat is abundant and affordable with almost no cost to the environment. Animal slaughter is forgotten. Global warming is restrained. At the heart of the vision is a high-tech factory housing steel tanks as tall as apartment buildings and […]

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What Does the 1.5 C Marker of Global Warming Mean?

Our planet’s hottest January on record also helped global warming pass a different, unwelcome milestone, according to data released on Thursday by the European Union climate monitor: Over the past 12 months, the average temperature worldwide was more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, higher than it was at the dawn of the […]

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Iceland Is Living in our Future

I spent the first half of this week reporting in Iceland, and I came away convinced that the country provides a window into our collective future in at least three important ways. Iceland uses remarkably few fossil fuels to power its economy and heat its homes. Instead, 85 percent of the country’s energy comes from […]

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Why the Cost of Biden’s Climate Law Keeps Going Up

The estimated price tag for President Biden’s clean-energy and climate agenda has effectively doubled since the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law a year and a half ago. Nearly all of the increase is attributable to forecasters’ belief that the law will be more popular than they had originally expected, in part because of […]

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January Temperatures Hit Record Highs on Land and at Sea

The exceptional warmth that first enveloped the planet last summer is continuing strong into 2024: Last month clocked in as the hottest January ever measured, the European Union climate monitor announced on Thursday. It was the hottest January on record for the oceans, too, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. Sea surface […]

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Monarch Butterfly Numbers Are Down Sharply at Wintering Areas in Mexico

The number of monarch butterflies at their overwintering areas in Mexico dropped precipitously this year to the second-lowest level on record, according to an annual survey. The census, considered a benchmark of the species’s health, found that the butterflies occupied only about 2.2 acres of forest in central Mexico, down 59 percent from the prior […]

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Biden Administration Toughens Limits on Deadly Air Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday tightened limits on fine industrial particles, one of the most common and deadliest forms of air pollution, for the first time in a decade. Business groups immediately objected, saying the new regulation could raise costs and hurt manufacturing jobs across the country. Public health organizations said the pollution rules […]

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There’s a Super Bowl Extravaganza at Las Vegas Airports, Too

Nothing about Las Vegas is measured in moderation. The fluorescent buildings are towering and intentionally bright. Around casino floors, at pool parties and on the Vegas Strip, throngs of tourists daily play chicken with their alcohol tolerance levels and credit card limits. With the Super Bowl, the country’s biggest annual sporting event, happening in the […]

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Making Farming More Climate Friendly Is Hard. Just Ask Europe’s Politicians.

The farmers’ protests in Europe are a harbinger of the next big political challenge in global climate action: How to grow food without further damaging Earth’s climate and biodiversity. On Tuesday, after weeks of intense protests in several cities across the continent, came the most explicit sign of that difficulty. The European Union’s top official, […]

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Climate Information on Trial: Michael Mann’s Defamation Trial Wraps Up

One July morning in 2012, climate scientist Michael Mann woke up to a terse email from a fellow scientist. “Holy crap,” read the message, from Phil Plait, an astronomer and science communicator. “This is truly the most awful thing I’ve ever seen said about a climate scientist. If someone wrote this about me, I’d be […]

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The Fingerprints on Chile’s Fires and California Floods: El Niño and Warming

Two places renowned for what one scientist described as “benign Mediterranean climates” are being put to the test this week as an overheated climate and an El Niño weather cycle collude to bring dangerous, record-breaking rains to California and deadly fires in Chile. Several counties in Central and Southern California were under a state of […]

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Scientists Use Sea Sponges to Study Global Warming Back to 1700

Since the dawn of the industrial age, our species has warmed the planet by considerably more than today’s most widely accepted estimates imply, according to a team of scientists who have gleaned detailed new information about Earth’s past climate from an unusual source: centuries-old sponges living in the Caribbean Sea. Networks of satellites and sensors […]

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Bank of America Reverses Its Pledge Not to Finance Fossil Fuels

Two years ago, Bank of America won kudos from climate activists for saying it would no longer finance new coal mines, coal-burning power plants or Arctic drilling projects because of the toll they take on the environment. The bank’s latest environment and social-risk policy reneged on those commitments. The policy, updated in December, says that […]

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It’s 50 Degrees in Minneapolis. Goodbye, Ice Shanties.

It’s not every art installation that instructs visitors to take small steps like a penguin. Then again, there’s nothing quite like the Art Shanty Projects, in which intrepid Minnesota artists in insulated jumpsuits and ice cleats annually recreate traditional ice fishing huts, called shanties, in their own eccentric style on a frozen lake in Minneapolis. […]

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Could a Giant Parasol in Outer Space Help Solve the Climate Crisis?

It’s come to this. With Earth at its hottest point in recorded history, and humans doing far from enough to stop its overheating, a small but growing number of astronomers and physicists are proposing a potential fix that could have leaped from the pages of science fiction: The equivalent of a giant beach umbrella, floating […]

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Pollution Is Driving Black Americans to the South. It May Not Be Any Better.

The air pollution in Emma Lockridge’s community in Detroit was often so bad, she had to wear a surgical mask inside her house. The smokestacks of nearby refineries and factories filled the sky outside her windows with black particles. “I couldn’t sleep because of those fumes,” she told me last year. In 2021 she fled […]

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Coastal Cities Brace for Climate Change

Over the past few weeks, flooding from storms has battered cities in the South and the East Coast, from Louisiana to New Jersey. Overlapping atmospheric rivers over the West Coast have brought heavy rains that are likely to come back in the next few days. So far this week, Californians have not seen the kinds […]

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