Climate

Steve May 21, 2020

Read time: 5 mins ExxonMobil is facing yet another lawsuit challenging the corporation’s allegedly deceptive behavior related to climate change. The latest suit, filed May 15 in the D.C. Superior Court, claims the oil major is misleading consumers with “false and deceptive” advertising about its investments in “clean” fuels and technology. Tags:  ExxonMobil Beyond Pesticides false advertising bp climate lawsuits […]

Steve May 20, 2020

Published: May 20, 2020 at 9:38 p.m. ET Getty Images Global media company Condé Nast, publisher of Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, Wired and others, has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2030. “While governments, businesses and many volunteer organizations around the world are trying to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge of the…

Steve May 20, 2020

NASA astronaut Nick Hague on the ISS captured this photo of Hurricane Dorian’s eye. NASA/Nick Hague Barry. Dorian. Humberto. Lorenzo. Last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was devastating. The bad news is stronger hurricanes are part of an ongoing trend. Hurricanes are getting windier. That’s the sobering conclusion of a study led by National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

Steve May 20, 2020

Hurricane Dorian approaching Florida last year.Photo: GettyIndia and Bangladesh are currently reeling from Cyclone Amphan. The cyclone made landfall Wednesday, forcing millions into shelters. Prior to weakening near landfall, it was a super cyclone, the most powerful type of storm possible. A new paper has found that cyclones around the world are becoming stronger. And…

Steve May 20, 2020

In this April 26, 2020, photo, the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway that leads to downtown Los Angeles stands empty during the coronavirus outbreak. /AP  KENSINGTON, Maryland — The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17% at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found. But with life and heat-trapping…

Steve May 20, 2020

Photo: Getty ImagesCondé Nast, the publisher behind Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker and more, announced on Wednesday its commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.”The credibility of our environmental journalism depends on our willingness as a company to improve our own operations and supply chains in ways that dramatically reduce our carbon footprint and waste,” said global…

Steve May 20, 2020

The motion of the ocean is often thought of in horizontal terms, for instance in the powerful currents that sweep around the planet, or the waves that ride in and out along a coastline. But there is also plenty of vertical motion, particularly in the open seas, where water from the deep can rise up, […]

Steve May 20, 2020

Read time: 11 mins The federal agency overseeing the safe transport of hazardous materials released a stunning explanation of its May 11 decision striking down a Washington state effort to regulate trains carrying volatile oil within its borders. A state cannot use “safety as a pretext for inhibiting market growth,” wrote Paul J. Roberti, the chief counsel for the […]

Steve May 20, 2020

by Pep Canadell, Corinne Le Quéré, Felix Creutzig, Glen Peters, Matthew William Jones, Pierre Friedlingstein, Rob Jackson and Yu, The Conversation Victoria’s Yallourn coal station. COVID-19 offers a chance to restructure energy systems. Credit: Wikimedia The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Cities from Bogota to Berlin and…

Steve May 20, 2020

As the planet warms, parts of the planet are going green—and not in the environmentally friendly way. Snow in coastal Antarctica is literally turning the color green.In a study published in Nature Communications on Tuesday, a team of scientists mapped out green snow on the Antarctic Peninsula for the first time. The researchers used satellite…

Steve May 20, 2020

Stay-at-home orders haven’t just curbed the spread of COVID-19. They’ve briefly cleared the air. Daily global carbon dioxide emissions dropped 17 percent, from about 100 million metric tons to about 83 million metric tons, in early April compared with average daily emissions in 2019, researchers report May 19 in Nature Climate Change. Among other changes, […]

Steve May 20, 2020

By Michael Marshall Researchers surveyed blooms of “snow algae” on Anchorage Island, AntarcticaMatt Davey Part of Antarctica is already green due to blooms of algae living on the snow. As the continent warms, more of it may turn green, but it isn’t clear what this will mean for the climate. Patches of “snow algae” have…

Steve May 20, 2020

By: Reuters | London | Published: May 20, 2020 3:15:32 pm Mosses and lichens are considered the dominant photosynthetic organisms in Antarctica. (Youtube/Cambridge University)Antarctica conjures images of an unbroken white wilderness but blooms of algae are giving parts of the frozen continent an increasingly green tinge. Warming temperatures due to climate change are helping the…