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The companies polluting the planet have spent millions to make you think carpooling and recycling will save us

Marianne Ayala/Insider Plastics companies spent millions to kickstart recycling programs, and it helped them avoid bans. Decades later, fossil-fuel interests spend millions to promote carpooling and reducing energy use. Activists and researchers say this individual-action narrative distracts from the biggest polluters. See more stories on Insider's business page. Ben Franta is trying to collect every climate-related ad the oil and gas industry has ever produced.Franta, who is pursuing...
Tags: Texas, Science, News, Climate Change, Stanford, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Trends, ExxonMobil, Philippines, Fossil Fuels, New Jersey, Shanghai, New Orleans, Recycling


Biden wants 45% of US electricity to come from solar power by 2050. An energy tech expert breaks down what it would take.

President Biden said investing in clean energy will help combat climate change and create new jobs. Brian Snyder/Reuters President Biden announced a new plan to reduce carbon emissions by investing in clean energy. The White House report says solar power could provide almost half of the US electricity supply by 2050. Energy technology expert Joshua D. Rhodes says this goal would require massive changes at US energy companies. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe B...
Tags: Energy, Science, Congress, Climate Change, Opinion, White House, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Sustainability, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, New Jersey, Solar Power, North America, Biden


227 environmental activists were murdered last year, a new report found. That's more than 4 people per week.

Fikile Ntshangase was involved in legal action against a mining company when she was killed. Rob Symons/All Rise A record 227 environmental activists were murdered in 2020, a Global Witness report found. But that number is likely an undercount, and the group said the toll may rise in coming years. Many killings are linked to logging, mining, and agriculture, with Indigenous people heavily targeted. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fikile Ntshangase was the nearby coal mine&...
Tags: Murder, Science, News, Climate Change, Mexico, Trends, Colombia, South Africa, Philippines, United Nations, Heineken, Global Witness, Bill Mckibben, Adams, McKibben, Tecate Mexico


Big Oil’s ‘Wokewashing’ Is the New Climate Science Denialism

ExxonMobil has been touting its commitment to “reducing carbon emissions with innovative energy solutions.” Chevron would like to remind you it is keeping the lights on during this dark time. BP is going #NetZero, but is also very proud of the “digital innovations” on its new, enormous oil drilling platform in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, ExxonMobil, Nature, Climate Change Mitigation, Shell, Chevron, Climate Change Policy, Natural Environment, Fossil Fuel, American Petroleum Institute, William Lamb, Chevron Corporation, Climate Change Denial


Animals ‘shapeshifting’ in response to climate crisis, research finds

Warm-blooded animals are changing beaks, legs and ears to adapt to hotter climate and better regulate temperatureAnimals are increasingly “shapeshifting” because of the climate crisis, researchers have said.Warm-blooded animals are changing their physiology to adapt to a hotter climate, the scientists found. This includes getting larger beaks, legs and ears to better regulate their body temperature. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Animals, World news


Madagascar Is Suffering Through Catastrophic Famine

Many of the climate disasters that have been front-and-center this summer are fast-moving and devastating: fires and floods that hit quickly and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. But a slow-moving, drought-induced famine in Madagascar could preview other crises in store for our climate future.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Drought, Famine, Nature, Madagascar, Civil Defense, Andersen, Hydrology, Chris Funk, Physical Geography, Disaster Accident, Climate Variability And Change, Climate Change And Agriculture


Welcome to your new planet: There's no such thing as a local disaster

Waves crash against the New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 29, 2021. Reuters In the last year, I've found myself face-to-face with a hurricane and two wildfires. This is what our planet is like now: The effects of climate change are inescapable, no matter where you live. Any extreme weather event can have impacts far from its epicenter. See more stories on Insider's business page. While the remnants of Hurricane Ida tore through New York City on Wednesday, m...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, Science, News, Climate Change, California, Oregon, New York City, US, Trends, Global Warming, Ipcc, Analysis, Pennsylvania, Wildfires


Photos from the air and space reveal Hurricane Ida's devastation from New Orleans to New Jersey

A destroyed building in LaPlace, Louisiana, August 30, 2021. Alan Chin for Insider Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, ripping roofs and flooding the coast. Within days, the storm moved to the Northeast, causing catastrophic flooding that killed dozens. Images from the air and space reveal extensive damage: flooded towns, power outages, and oil spills. See more stories on Insider's business page. After devastating the Louisiana coast, the remnants of Hurricane I...
Tags: New York, Science, News, Climate Change, Trends, Ap, New Jersey, Satellite, New Orleans, Noaa, Flooding, Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico, Extreme Weather, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Northeast


Lawn-ruining armyworms are the worst they've been in 20 years, an expert says: 'We knew they were coming but we didn't expect it would come this fast'

A farmer shows a corn shoot infested with fall armyworm at his farm in Narayangaon village in the western state of Maharashtra. Reuters Armyworms can turn plush green lawns into dry swathes of brown grass in days. One entomologist said they're the worst he's seen them in 20 years, and the worst may be yet to come. Tropical storms, hurricanes, and climate change may have caused an explosion in the pests this year. See more stories on Insider's business page. Armyworms, the destr...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Home Improvement, Virginia, Trends, Hurricane, Tropical Storm, Pesticide, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, Del Pozo, Pest, Home And Garden, Lawn Care, Lawn


Property owners are paying up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to lift their homes above flood zones during dangerous hurricane season

An elevated house rests on newly constructed pilings nearly a year after it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, which cost an estimated $70 billion in damages. Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images Companies that lift houses and build sea walls to protect homes from flooding are busier than ever. 2020 set a new record with 22 extreme weather events costing over $1 billion in damages each. "That's all we do. Everything is seawall construction and raising houses," one company told Insider. ...
Tags: Real Estate, Science, News, Maryland, Small Business, Climate Change, US, Trends, Atlantic, Connecticut, Fema, Flooding, Construction, East Coast, Hurricanes, Sandy


Armyworms can turn green lawns into brown wastelands seemingly overnight - here's how to prevent and treat an infestation

Armyworms can devastate a lawn quickly. Here's how to prevent that from happening. Reuters Armyworms turned one woman's manicured green lawn into a dry, brown field in two days. The pests are common in the Southeast and are invading new regions like the Northeast and Midwest. The worms are worse than they've been in 20 years, but here's how you can prevent and deal with this nuisance. See more stories on Insider's business page. Within two days of armyworms invading he...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Trends, Insects, Lawnstarter, Southeast, Pesticide, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, Northeast, Herman, Kocher, Pest, Home And Garden, Lawn


Droughts have killed the most people in the world's worst natural disasters over the last 50 years

Empty boat docks sit on dry land at the Browns Ravine Cove area of drought-stricken Folsom Lake, currently at 37% of its normal capacity, in Folsom, Calif., Saturday, May 22, 2021. AP Photo/Josh Edelson Droughts killed the most people of the world's most deadly weather-related disasters, the UN said. A new report released Tuesday highlights an increase in weather-related disasters but fewer deaths. More than 90% of deaths occured in developing countries. See more stories on Insider'...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Science, News, Climate Change, Africa, US, Trends, Drought, Un, Natural Disaster, North America, Folsom Lake, WMO, Folsom Calif, World Meteorological Organization


The Historical Land Practices Behind California’s Fires

The skies of the Bay Area turned orange in September 02020, as the smoke from the complex of wildfires throughout the Bay overwhelmed the sky. Image courtesy of Long Now Speaker and photographer Christopher Michel. Here at Long Now’s offices in San Francisco, we are in the midst of California’s fire season. The fire season is an ever-expanding span of time typically judged to peak between August and October, though the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has warned for yea...
Tags: Asia, Science, Climate Change, California, Environment, Future, Americas, San Francisco, History, Bay Area, Bay, Nps, Northern California, Thomas, U S Forest Service, Jordan Thomas


Astronauts' photos from the space station reveal the highs and lows of watching Earth from above in 2021 so far

The thin blue line of Earth's atmosphere appears on the horizon beyond the Red Sea and the Nile River in Africa, February 3, 2021. NASA Astronauts on the International Space Station enjoy mesmerizing views of Earth. They orbit the planet every 90 minutes, so they see lots of sunrises, nighttime city lights, blue ocean water, and colorful landscapes. The best photos taken from the space station in 2021 so far, which follow below, showcase bright auroras, hypnotizing crop patterns, and s...
Tags: Asia, Florida, Science, News, Climate Change, Washington Post, Russia, Africa, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Features, United States, South Africa, National Parks


Paris set a 19-mph citywide speed limit to try to convince drivers to ditch their cars

A speed limit road sign is pictured in a street, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 in Paris as the speed limit on nearly all streets of the French capital is just 30 kph (less than 19 mph). It's the latest initiative by a city trying to burnish its climate credentials and transform people's relationship to their vehicles. City officials say it's also aimed at reducing accidents and making Paris more pedestrian-friendly. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) AP Photo/Francois Mori Authorities in Paris s...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, France, Trends, Cnn, Paris, World Health Organization, Jake Epstein, Greater Paris, Speed desk, Parisian City Hall, 61 City Hall


Lawn-care companies are swamped as armyworms decimate entire lawns within hours and spread north, in part due to climate change

Armyworms can quickly devastate crops and lawns. Reuters Armyworms can turn a lush green lawn brown seemingly overnight. Some lawn-care companies are struggling to deal with the influx of customers due to the pest. The worm is spreading to new areas, likely because of climate change. See more stories on Insider's business page. The lawns David Bender deals with are often so infested with armyworms that they almost looks like the grass is rippling in waves. "They completely eat the law...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Trends, Global Warming, Agriculture, Retail, Kansas City, Lawnstarter, Midwest, Pesticide, North Carolina State University, Richmond Virginia, Herman, Bender, Pest


Heimdal pulls CO2 and cement-making materials out of seawater using renewable energy

One of the consequences of rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere is that levels also rise proportionately in the ocean, harming wildlife and changing ecosystems. Heimdal is a startup working to pull that CO2 back out at scale using renewable energy and producing carbon-negative industrial materials, including limestone for making concrete, in the process, and it has attracted significant funding even at its very early stage. If the concrete aspect seems like a bit of a non sequitur, consider two f...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Texas, Science, Hardware, Climate Change, California, Funding, Tech, Global Warming, Oxford, Reddit, Yishan Wong, GreenTech


As denying climate change becomes impossible, fossil-fuel interests pivot to 'carbon shaming'

Marianne Ayala/Insider Fossil-fuel interests no longer bother denying that climate change is real. So they've pivoted to new tactics, including painting climate advocates as hypocrites. Drawing attention to advocates' non-eco-friendly habits undermines their credibility and distracts from policy changes. See more stories on Insider's business page. After Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey that climate change and mental health are two of the "most important issues facing the world...
Tags: Post, New York Post, UK, New York, Hollywood, Science, London, News, Obama, Climate Change, Colorado, Abc, France, New York City, Environment, Stephen King


How a hot blob off New Zealand is contributing to drought in South America

Study reveals the vast patch of warm water has produced a dry ridge of high pressure across the south Pacific, blocking storms from reaching ChileA vast patch of warming water off the coast of New Zealand – referred to as a “warming blob” – has contributed to a decade long drought affecting parts of South America, according to scientists.Researchers based in New Zealand and Chile have examined the rapidly warming hot blob which rose to prominence in 2019 after spikes in water temperature of up t...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Chile, New Zealand, South America, Pacific


Climate crisis made deadly German floods ‘up to nine times more likely’

Study reinforces the hard evidence that carbon emissions are the main cause of worsening extreme weatherThe record-shattering rainfall that caused deadly flooding across Germany and Belgium in July was made up to nine times more likely by the climate crisis, according to research.The study also showed that human-caused global heating has made downpours in the region up to 20% heavier. The work reinforces the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s landmark report this month t...
Tags: Europe, Science, Climate Change, Germany, Environment, World news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Belgium, Flooding, Extreme Weather, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Cities including Miami and Athens are hiring 'Chief Heat Officers' to help businesses and residents survive extreme heat

Greece suffered its worst heatwave since 1987 this August, as temperatures reached 111 degrees. A small town in Sicily, Italy recorded 124 degrees - believed to be the highest temperature in European history. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images Athens appointed Europe's first 'Chief Heat Officer' to help the city combat deadly heatwaves. The mayor of Athens said the heat is threatening "tourists who are critical for our economy." Miami appointed the world's first CHO in...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Florida, Politics, Science, News, Greece, Climate Change, Cdc, Trends, Cnn, Sierra Leone, Athens, Miami, Heat, Temperature


Extreme Weather Is Getting Deadlier

New research this week highlights one of the frightening effects climate change is already having on our health: creating bursts of weather extreme enough to kill us. The study estimates that deaths linked to extreme heat and cold have climbed over the past few decades and are likely to only increase in the years to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Nature, Extreme Weather, Effects Of Climate Change, Heat Wave, Physical Geography, Weather Hazards, Effects Of Climate Change On Humans, Climate Change In California, Torridness, Katrin Burkhart


How a company managed to produce a 'biochar' fuel from sewage without emitting CO2

Ingelia's co-founder says that, by 2022, the company would be able to replace 220,000 tons of coal with its biochar cylinders. Ingelia Spanish company Ingelia developed an industrial process to produce biocarbon fuel It can be made using sewage. The resulting product burns like coal but the actual production is carbon neutral. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European Commision has pledged that the EU will cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 205...
Tags: Energy, UK, Science, Climate Change, Life, International, Trends, Sustainability, Eu, Spain, Budapest, Italy, Un, Biofuel, Valencia, Tuscany


The climate science behind wildfires: why are they getting worse? – video explainer

We are in an emergency. Wildfires are raging across the world as scorching temperatures and dry conditions fuel the blazes that have cost lives and destroyed livelihoods.The combination of extreme heat, changes in our ecosystem and prolonged drought have in many regions led to the worst fires in almost a decade, and come after the IPCC handed down a damning landmark report on the climate crisis.But technically, there are fewer wildfires than in the past – the problem now is that they are worse t...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Ipcc, World news, Wildfires, Guardian, Jonathan Watts, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, Climate crisis in the American west


The summit of Greenland got rain, rather than snow, for the first time on record.

Surface meltwater rushes along the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet through a supra-glacial stream channel on July 4, 2012. AIan Joughin/AP The highest point of Greenland saw rain instead of snow for the first time on record. A research scientist told Insider rain at the summit could amplify Greenland's contribution to rising sea levels. One study found rising sea levels threaten hundreds of millions of people on coastlines worldwide. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...
Tags: Florida, Science, Climate Change, Brown University, US, Trends, United Nations, Sea Level Rise, Arctic, New Orleans, Miami, Greenland, Boulder, University Of Colorado, National Science Foundation, Greenland Ice Sheet


Mega-clouds of traveling smoke are harming people's health thousands of miles away from wildfires

A resident watches from his porch as the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado's history, burns outside Estes Park, Colorado, October 16, 2020. Wildfire smoke is traveling thousands of miles, polluting air on distant coasts and even in the North Pole. The smoke can damage lungs and exacerbate disease even a continent away from a fire. World-traveling clouds of wildfire smoke may be annual events now. See more stories on Insider's business page. For the second year i...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Greece, Climate Change, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Boston, Russia, New York City, Africa, Trends, Ap, Nasa


Water cuts are coming to Arizona and Nevada after the US declared the first-ever Colorado River water shortage

A person looks out over Lake Mead on August 13, 2021. The bathtub ring of light minerals shows the high water mark of the reservoir which has fallen to record lows. John Locher/AP Photo The US government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River for the first time ever. Because Lake Mead is at a record low, Arizona and Nevada face water cut-backs in January. The US West is in a historic drought, but will likely get drier as the climate crisis unfolds. See more stories on Insider&...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Mexico, US, Trends, Drought, Cnn, Arizona, Nevada, Lake Mead, Colorado State University, Colorado River, Las Vegas Nevada, US Bureau of Reclamation, John Locher


It’s now or never: Scientists warn time of reckoning has come for the planet

The IPCC is unequivocal: we must take urgent action to curb global heating and prevent catastrophe. Will our policymakers and the Cop26 conference be up to the task?At the end of the 60s sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, the camera pans across the Daily Express case room to a front page proof hanging on a wall. “Earth Saved”, screams the headline. The camera pans. “Earth Doomed”, announces the proof beside it.The head printer looks baffled. Which page will he be told to select? We n...
Tags: Europe, Science, Greece, Climate Change, Environment, US, Drought, Ipcc, World news, Earth, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Daily Express, Global climate talks, United Nations, Extreme Weather, Climate Change Committee


July 2021 Was Hottest Month in Recorded History

It’s a completely unsurprising piece of news for anyone who went outside this summer, but it’s still an enormous alarm bell for our planet: Scientists said on Friday that last month was the hottest month in recorded history. Everything is fine!!!!!Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Nature, Natural Environment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Heat Wave, The Olympics, Northern Hemisphere Heat Waves, Ipcc Third Assessment Report, Historical Climatology, Instrumental Temperature Record


Satellite Images Reveal Greece’s Hell on Earth

Satellite images of the Greek island of Evia reveal in stark relief the devastation wrought by climate change-fueled wildfires that have ripped through the Mediterranian in recent days, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of acres of decimated forests and communities forced to rebuild their lives in a warming world. Read more...
Tags: Science, Greece, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Earth, Nature, Wildfire, Natural Environment, Evia, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Effects Of Climate Change, EuroNews, Natural Hazards, Disaster Accident



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