Climate

Steve April 2, 2020

This satellite image captured Aug. 25, 2015, shows fires burning across the Pacific Northwest. Actively burning areas are outlined in red. Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team/NASA Recent years have brought unusually large and damaging wildfires to the Pacific Northwest—from the Carlton Complex Fire in 2014 that was the largest in Washington’s history, to…

Steve April 2, 2020

Photo: GettyThe coronavirus has clarified the question of who is an essential worker in the truest sense of the word—the people who provide us with the bedrock on which society rests.And how we treat those workers today is a bleak, precise preview of what’s to come in the climate crisis. So far, it’s a massive…

Steve April 2, 2020

United Nations officials are delaying a climate conference this fall, which many climate activists hoped would the biggest step forward since negotiations in Paris in 2015. FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP via Getty Images United Nations officials are delaying a climate conference this fall, which many climate activists hoped…

Steve April 1, 2020

Read time: 3 mins A federal appeals court ruled April 1 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had no basis to withhold one key part of a computer model used by the agency to develop its less stringent greenhouse gas emission standards for new vehicles. The ruling came just one day after EPA and the National Highway Traffic […]

Steve April 1, 2020

Read time: 7 mins The $2 trillion stimulus bill that the U.S. Congress rushed to pass in order to respond to millions of job losses provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity for corporate lobbying. The oil and gas industry has been no exception, but some of the proposed initiatives are dividing the industry. Tags:  coronavirus natural gas prices […]

Steve April 1, 2020

People queue up in front of a supermarket outside the town of Casalpusterlengo, which is under quarantine, on February 23.Guglielmo Mangiapane/ReutersOver the past few weeks and months, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths has escalated dramatically. “The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week,” the World Health Organization’s director-general said…

Steve April 1, 2020

The United Nations on Wednesday postponed its annual climate summit from November to mid-2021 over fears that the global coronavirus pandemic won’t be safely contained by the end of the year.  The U.N.’s climate body and the British government ― which was slated to host the 26th Conference of the Parties, or COP26, in Glasgow,…

Steve April 1, 2020

Postponement will help clarify US climate policy – Trump is pulling out of the Paris Agreement but Biden or Sanders would rejoin if elected in November The UN has postponed a critical summit meant to jumpstart global climate action until 2021 as the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic. The UN talks, known as Cop26, […]

Steve April 1, 2020

For decades, the idea of a carbon tax has been stuck in the waiting room of American politics: Familiar to everyone who comes and goes, it has sat there long enough to grow cobwebs from its ears. For the vast majority of Republicans, the idea is anathema, and for Democrats it’s one among several policies…

Steve April 1, 2020

A landmark United Nations climate change summit, originally scheduled for November in Glasgow, Scotland, is being delayed until next year.Why it matters: This isn’t just another major convention scuttled by coronavirus. This is a make-or-break moment as countries face pressure to increase their ambitions to tackle climate change.Where it stands: The conference, now set to…

Steve April 1, 2020

Antarctica may be inhospitable ice today, but 90 million years ago it could’ve been home to a flourishing rainforest, new research has discovered. Published today, the study rewrites our assumptions about the polar region, and ignites new questions about how Earth’s climate could change so dramatically. The timescales involved are significant. 90 million years ago…