Climate

Steve June 29, 2020

The formation of a historic coalition government has put climate action at the top of Ireland’s priorities, with a plan to halve emissions in the next decade Ireland’s new coalition government has set itself an ambitious goal to deliver steep greenhouse gas emissions cuts every year to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.  Following months of […]

Steve June 26, 2020

Dust storms from Africa’s Saharan Desert traveling across the Atlantic Ocean are nothing new, but the current dust storm has been quite expansive, and NASA satellites have provided a look at the massive June plume. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite showed the blanket of dust had moved over the Gulf of Mexico and extended into Central […]

Steve June 26, 2020

Lightning sparks wildfires, causes pollution and destroys some of the planet’s most important trees. Climate change could see its incidence – and impact – increase Earth 24 June 2020 By Aisling Irwin Paul Williams/Naturepl.com WEAVING through the sweaty tangles of a Panamanian forest, Steve Yanoviak is hunting a killer. Its prey isn’t the monkeys, bats […]

Steve June 26, 2020

Two extreme bolts of lightning have smashed previous records for lightning duration and distance. A bolt that lit up the sky over Argentina on March 4, 2019, lasted a mind-boggling 16.73 seconds, more than twice as long as the previous record holder, the World Meteorological Organization announced June 25. Meanwhile, a lightning bolt on October […]

Steve June 26, 2020

Sign up to get our weekly newsletter straight to your inbox, plus breaking news, investigations and extra bulletins from key events 2020 was going to be the year the Paris Agreement on climate change faced its first test. The coronavirus pandemic has even would-be climate leaders begging for an extension. We have previously reported on how […]

Steve June 26, 2020

Experts warn shifting aid away from the world’s poorest would undermine critical alliance-building efforts ahead of the UK hosting Cop26 climate talks The UK government has promised to uphold its commitment to climate finance, in response to concerns over the planned merger of the international development and foreign affairs ministries. Prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement […]

Steve June 25, 2020

Read time: 6 mins Washington, D.C. is suing the four largest investor-owned oil and gas companies — BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Shell — for allegedly misleading consumers about climate change, including historically undermining climate science and even now using deceptive advertising about the companies’ role in leading solutions to the climate crisis. District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. […]

Steve June 25, 2020

NASA, ESA, and JAXA have assembled a wide array of their observations of Earth from space, including “nightlights” data from the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, to track global and local changes brought on by the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This image shows San Francisco Bay. Credit: NASA In response to the global coronavirus […]

Steve June 24, 2020

Britain’s timeline for developing a more ambitious climate plan has slipped, challenging diplomatic efforts to encourage other countries to raise their game The UK host of the next critical UN climate summit may struggle to meet a UN deadline to submit a tougher climate plan. Under the Paris climate accord, governments have agreed to update […]

Steve June 24, 2020

Read time: 7 mins Minnesota has officially joined the climate accountability movement with the announcement on Wednesday, June 24 of a groundbreaking lawsuit against fossil fuel behemoths such as ExxonMobil and Koch Industries and the nation’s largest oil and gas lobbying group for alleged deception on climate change. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the lawsuit at a […]

Steve June 24, 2020

Over the past decade, the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays has fallen rapidly. But at the same time, the value of PV power has declined in areas that have installed significant PV generating capacity. Operators of utility-scale PV systems have seen electricity prices drop as more PV generators come online. Over the same time period, […]

Steve June 24, 2020

A new Climate Central report examines how heat and a warming climate endanger the health of an aging U.S. population, a threat made even more worrisome during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ THE FULL RESEARCH BRIEF HERE Summary Heat is the top killer among all types of weather hazards, including hurricanes and tornadoes. But hospitals and […]