Climate

Steve April 12, 2021

The “Blue Marble”. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center As a leading agency observing and understanding environmental changes on Earth, NASA has joined the National Climate Task Force. President Joe Biden issued an executive order Jan. 27, which initially outlined details of the task force. The administration’s climate agenda outlines putting climate at the center […]

Steve April 12, 2021

By Teresa White, Jane Lee, and Jessica Merzdorf, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service / NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory / NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center In Brief: This tool provides information that will help people track droughts or floods, make plans for when to plant crops, and forecast agricultural yields. Farmers, researchers, meteorologists, and others now […]

Steve April 9, 2021

A Conservative peer who was until last year a trustee of the UK’s most prominent climate science denial group is set to be appointed to a parliamentary committee tasked with overseeing the UK government’s climate policy.   Lord Peter Lilley, who has disputed mainstream climate science and was one of just five MPs to oppose the […]

Steve April 9, 2021

The under-ice trek of an autonomous underwater vehicle is giving scientists their first direct evidence for how and where warm ocean waters are threatening the stability of Antarctica’s vulnerable Thwaites Glacier. These new data will ultimately help scientists more accurately project the fate of the glacier — how quickly it is melting and retreating inland, […]

Steve April 9, 2021

Brazil, South Africa, India and China say EU plans for a carbon levy on imported products like steel and cement will unfairly penalise their economies European Union plans to impose taxes on carbon at its border are “discriminatory” and unfair to developing nations, ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China have warned.  In a […]

Steve April 9, 2021

Sign up to get our weekly newsletter straight to your inbox, plus breaking news, investigations and extra bulletins from key events “We are squeezed on all sides,” says Antiguan diplomat Aubrey Webson. Many small island states rely on tourism to bring in cash. Coronavirus has cancelled millions of beach holidays and cyclones periodically deal development setbacks. […]

Steve April 9, 2021

Campaigners say a government rollback of environmental regulations increases Indonesia’s vulnerability to flash floods and landslides More than 160 people have been killed in Indonesia after tropical cyclone Seroja hit a remote cluster of islands, causing flash floods and landslides. Campaigners warn Indonesia’s vulnerability to climate change is increasing and a government rollback of environmental […]

Steve April 8, 2021

By Jodie Fleischer, Katie Leslie, Teneille Gibson, Steve Jones (NBC Washington) and John Upton, Kelly Van Baalen, Allison Kopicki (Climate Central) To read the complete report, including flood risk analyses for all identified sites, please click here for a downloadable PDF. A new study shows many of Maryland’s most significant sites from Harriet Tubman’s life […]

Steve April 8, 2021

Despite drops in energy usage during the pandemic, coal power use only declined by four percent in 2020, according to a new report. While coal used for power generation dropped 20 percent in both the U.S. and the European Union last year, the same is not happening in China. Boom and Bust: Tracking the Global […]

Steve April 8, 2021

Matter is a lush tapestry, woven from a complex assortment of threads. Diverse subatomic particles weave together to fabricate the universe we inhabit. But a century ago, people believed that matter was so simple that it could be constructed with just two types of subatomic fibers — electrons and protons. That vision of matter was […]

Steve April 8, 2021

A few days into the New Year, armed Somali intelligence officials were seen escorting guests into three bullet-proof cars at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International airport. An unusual quiet stretched through the capital’s normally busy main streets as the convoy snaked through cordoned-off roads towards Somalia’s presidential palace.  Local and international media reported that two foreign […]

Steve April 8, 2021

The Japanese government is proposing to cut emissions 45% from 2013 levels by 2030, while campaigners push for deeper reductions Japan is preparing to announce a strengthened 2030 emissions reduction goal this month, according to national news agency Kyodo. The news agency reported on Wednesday that the new target would be a 40% cut from […]

Steve April 8, 2021

Kristalina Georgieva said the IMF was considering proposals to ensure climate vulnerable middle-income nations receive support to build back better from Covid-19 The head of the International Monetary Fund has urged rich nations to reconsider the criteria for developing countries to access international finance, saying vulnerability to climate shocks should be taken into account. At […]