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Meet the first species to go extinct because of climate change — it was tiny, cute, and fluffy

On February 18, Australia's environment minister  officially declared the Bramble cay melomys, a tiny rodent native to an island in the Queensland province, extinct.  This melomys is the first species to go extinct because of human-driven climate change. The rodents' low-lying island sat just 10 feet above sea level and was inundated by ocean water during high tides and storms. These salt-water floods took a toll on the island's plant life, which provided the melomys with food and shelter. ...
Tags: Australia, Trends, Ipcc, Earth, Harvard, Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Richardson, Sydney Morning Herald, Torres Strait, Bramble, Geoff Richardson, Bramble Cay, Queensland Department of Environment


Guest Opinion: A year of bad headlines for freeway expansion

— Written by Shawn Fleek (OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon), Mary Peveto (Neighbors for Clean Air), and Anaïs Tuepker (350PDX). In 2017, the nascent No More Freeways coalition published an editorial in The Oregonian asking elected officials for an honest reassessment of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)’s plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to expand the Rose Quarter Freeway in North Portland. Since then, headlines over the last eighteen months have only confirmed tha...
Tags: Opinion, Oregon, Ipcc, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Salem, City Hall, Willamette Valley, North Portland, ODOT, Jonathan Maus, Rose Quarter, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Portland Mercury, Albina


When Warren Washington created the first climate model, he had no idea how necessary it was. He just won the 'Nobel Prize for the environment.'

Warren Washington, who's 89 years old, has been awarded the 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement — an award sometimes described as the "Nobel Prize for the environment." The prize honors Washington's pioneering work modeling Earth's climate. Washington's climate models have been integral to the scientific community and general public because they've improved our ability study weather patterns and make predictions about the impacts of climate change. Washington is ...
Tags: Obama, Washington, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Ipcc, Earth, Yale, New York Times, Antarctica, Greenland, Donald Trump, Michael Mann, Antarctic, Carter, Pennsylvania State University


Scientists say these 10 major cities could become unlivable within 80 years

As global temperatures and sea levels rise, some of the world's major cities could experience unbearable living conditions.  Cities like Chicago and Delhi have already endured fatal heat waves, which could get worse in the future. While climate scientists don't anticipate any location to become fully uninhabitable, they worry that some areas will struggle to support human life.  As scientific projections of the impacts of climate change become more robust, the threats of extreme storms, cat...
Tags: Florida, Oregon, US, America, Trends, Ipcc, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Delhi, Vermont, University Of Michigan, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, Miami Dade, Nature Climate Change, Rood


How to think about climate change and "cost-benefit analysis"

Some climate deniers go beyond arguing that climate change isn't real; rather, they argue that adapting to climate change is cheaper than preventing it, and it's a fool's errand to spend money on a Green New Deal, when we could continue to burn fossil fuels and simply relocate everyone who gets flooded out, figure out how to grow crops in new places, come up with medicines to treat new epidemics, etc. In a wonderful short essay (the first in a series), Synapse Energy Economics economist Fra...
Tags: Post, News, Climate, Ipcc, Denialism, Ackerman, Synapse Energy Economics, Cost-benefit Analysis, Green New Deal, Quantifying Risk, Frank Ackerman


After escaping the Trump chopping block twice, NASA's carbon sleuth will get blasted into space

In early 2017, the Trump Administration tried to ax NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, or OCO-3. It didn't work. Then, again in 2018, the White House sought to terminate the earth science instrument. Again, the refrigerator-sized space machine persisted.   Now, SpaceX is set to launch OCO-3 to the International Space Station in the coming months, as early as April 25. Using a long robotic arm, astronauts will attach OCO-3 to the edge of the space station, allowing the instrument to pe...
Tags: Florida, Science, White House, New York City, Ipcc, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, House, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Boston University, Stephens, SpaceX Falcon, Kennedy Space Center, Trump White House, Stefan Rahmstorf


After escaping the Trump chopping block twice, NASA's carbon sleuth will get blasted into space

In early 2017, the Trump Administration tried to ax NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, or OCO-3. It didn't work. Then, again in 2018, the White House sought to terminate the earth science instrument.  Again, the refrigerator-sized space machine persisted.    Now, SpaceX is set to launch OCO-3 to the International Space Station in the coming months, as early as April 25. Using a long robotic arm, astronauts will attach OCO-3 to the edge of the space station, allowing the instrument t...
Tags: Florida, Science, White House, New York City, Ipcc, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, House, North America, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Boston University, Stephens, SpaceX Falcon, Kennedy Space Center, Trump White House


Is the Green New Deal the all-inclusive climate plan we need?

The media is abuzz with talk of a wildly ambitious proposal to address climate change and transform the economy. A group of progressive, first-term Democrats and youth activists are behind the proposal, called the Green New Deal. Met with doubt, inaction and controversy, these political newcomers argue that this extreme legislation is not only possible but absolutely necessary given the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s recent report, which warns that the causes of climate c...
Tags: Google, New York, Design, Ipcc, Cnn, Harvard, House, Nancy Pelosi, Cuomo, Trump, Chris Cuomo, Pelosi, Yale Program on Climate Communication, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, Ocasio Cortez, Sunrise Movement


Oceans warming 40 percent faster than previously thought

  After discrepancies between climate models projecting higher levels of ocean warming and observational data showing lower temperatures, a recent article published in Science demonstrated that the world’s oceans are warming about 40 percent faster than previously projected.  Apparently, the higher numbers were right, and even though this gives scientists a better understanding of climate change, the reality of the situation could be alarming for marine life and coastal residents. “The Intergov...
Tags: Design, Ipcc, UC Berkeley, Argo, University of California UC Berkeley, Intergovernmental Panel, Zeke Hausfather, Hausfather


Bill Gates says the US has lost its global leadership in nuclear power, and needs to 'get in the game'

Bill Gates published a blog post in which he reflected on the last 12 months and shared his thoughts about the year to come.  In the post, Gates said he believes the US must spend more on nuclear energy research in order to regain its global leadership leadership in that area.  Burning fossil fuels causes global temperatures to rise. Renewable energy sources don't emit the same heat-trapping gases, but Gates said breakthroughs in solar and wind energy won't be enough. Gates and other billionai...
Tags: Amazon, China, US, Trends, Ipcc, Earth, United States, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Gates, Trump, Unfortunately America, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, China Gates


Congressional Democratic establishment wants to replace "Green New Deal" with a climate committee of oil money recipients

The Green New Deal -- championed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Dems -- is one of the most popular Democratic policies in living memory, supported by 81% of registered voters (including 64% of Republicans and 57% of "conservative Republicans"), so of course the Democratic establishment is trying to kill it. Instead of striking the proposed Green New Deal Select Committee in the House, they will reconvene the Select Committee on Climate Change instead, chaired by six-terme...
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Why this 2015 NASA study is beloved by climate change skeptics

A 2015 NASA study caused major controversy by claiming that Antarctica was gaining more ice than it was losing.The study said that ice gains in East Antarctica were effectively canceling out ice losses in the western region of the continent.Since 2015, multiple studies have shown that Antarctica is losing more ice than it's gaining, though the 2015 study remains a favorite of climate change doubters to this day. None Climate change skeptics don't usually cite NASA when trying to make a point. Th...
Tags: Climate Change, Government, Environment, Ipcc, Nasa, Nature, Foreign Policy, Innovation, Arctic, Antarctica, European Space Agency, Antarctic, East Antarctica, Southern Ocean, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt Maryland


Why climate change skeptics love this NASA study

A 2015 NASA study caused major controversy by claiming that Antarctica was gaining more ice than it was losing.The study said that ice gains East Antarctica were effectively canceling out ice losses in the western region of the continent.Since 2015, multiple studies have shown that Antarctica is losing more ice than it's gaining, though the 2015 study remains a favorite of climate change doubters to this day. None Climate change deniers don't usually reference NASA research when trying to argue...
Tags: Ipcc, Nasa, Innovation, Antarctica, European Space Agency, Antarctic, East Antarctica, Southern Ocean, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt Maryland, West Antarctica, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Jay Zwally, Zwally, Brooke Medley


‘A Thousand Little Steps’: Nations At Climate Talks Back Universal Emissions Rules

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming, putting the principles of the 2015 Paris climate accord into action. But to the frustration of environmentalists and a group of countries who were urging more ambitious climate goals, negotiators on Saturday delayed decisions on two other climate issues until next year in an effort to get a deal on them. “T...
Tags: New York, News, California, Washington, China, Ipcc, Canada, United States, Paris, Poland, Brazil, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Kuwait, Catherine McKenna, Katowice Poland


Nations overcome last-minute divisions to forge climate deal

Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions late on Saturday to agree rules for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming. Eleventh hour disagreements over carbon markets almost derailed negotiations and delayed a final agreement by a day. In the end it took two weeks of talks in the Polish city of Katowice to turn the aim of the Paris accord - limiting limiting global temperature r...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, US, Ipcc, Earth, Paris, Brazil, Un, Donald Trump, Kuwait, Antonio Guterres, Katowice, Alden Meyer, Michal Kurtyka, Unites States Russia


Climate talks end with a deal to keep countries committed to the Paris Agreement

There's now a set of standards for all Paris Agreement-aligned countries to stick to as they work to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. The deal between the agreement's nearly 200 participating countries came after an all-night negotiating session at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland. It establishes a "rulebook" aimed at guiding countries toward planning and implementing climate-focused policies and measuring the effects of emissions. SEE ALSO: Climate change made t...
Tags: Usa, Science, Saudi Arabia, Ipcc, United States, Paris, United Nations, Un, Environmental Defense Fund, Donald Trump, World Resources Institute, United States Russia, Katowice Poland, Green Climate Fund, Katowice, Helen Mountford


Saudi climate record in spotlight at UN summit

Saudi Arabia's refusal to embrace landmark environmental data highlighting the need for drastic fossil fuel cuts is part of a long history of hostility to climate action from the world's largest oil exporter, delegates and observers at UN climate talks told AFP. Negotiations between nearly 200 nations aimed at charting mankind's path away from runaway global warming were thrown into tumult at the weekend when Saudi Arabia, along with the United States, Russia and Kuwait refused to "welcome" the...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Ipcc, Un, Kuwait, Afp, United States Russia, Intergovernmental Panel


IPCC to take greater account of carbon storage by agroforestry systems

Researchers from CIRAD and the FAO establish coefficients for carbon storage in the soil and aboveground and belowground biomass of different agroforestry systems. The new data will be taken into account in the improved 2006 IPCC National GHG Inventory Guidelines. This work is published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
Tags: Science, Ipcc, FAO, Cirad


What’s the Buzz? Heard on the floor at the COP24, on renewable fuels and more

COP24 descends on Katowice, Poland. What’s the buzz, what’s the mood? The Mood “Pretty intense I’d say. Good.” notes Climate Ethanol Alliances’s James Cogan. “We’ve been in a dozen transport energy events so far.” The Message Climate Ethanol Alliance’s James Cogan handing out bio-oriented t-shirt messaging at COP 24. “Fortunately the IEA had their big event today, and they shouted it loud and clear..  “use bioenergy in transport or suffer the consequences”. The Brazil pavilion just had a...
Tags: Europe, England, France, US, Ipcc, Britain, Top Stories, Poland, European Commission, Brazil, IEA, Un, Richard, Anne, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, International Energy Agency IEA


Oil Allies Refuse to Welcome Key Scientific Report at UN Climate Talks

In what is likely an unsurprising but no less troubling move, the oil alliance between Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and, embarrassingly, the United States has intercepted the adoption of a key finding from the historic Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report at the United Nations climate talks—a move that is…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Global Warming, Ipcc, United States, United Nations, Un, Seriously, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cop24, Kuwait Russia Saudi Arabia


Addressing the Inevitable: Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge

Global sea levels are rising steadily as a result of climate change and the IPCC believes the deluge has already begun. What will it mean for humankind? And what changes will this bring to our coasts and our way of life? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Latest models say almost all of Australia needed for bioenergy crops

In Germany, models foresee a 10 to 30-fold rise in agricultural land devoted to bioenergy according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Platform on Climate Change that was referred to by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Most IPCC scenarios foresee a major increase in land area for cultivating bioenergy crops by 2050 – up to 724 million hectares in all, an area almost the size of Australia. “The key issue here is: where would this h...
Tags: Australia, Germany, Ipcc, Producer News, Bioenergy, Anne Larigauderie, ISPBE, Intergovernmental Platform


Let the Democrats Keep Showing Their Hand

Let the Democrats Keep Showing Their Hand U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Democratic Party's emerging radical bloc is alarming, but the leftist group's youthful intemperance could backfire and re-energize Republicans' 2020 electoral prospects.Even before all the hanging chads and miraculously divined ballots have been examined in Florida, newly elected leftist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is already engaging in activism in the halls of Congress. On Tuesday morning, the future representative from New ...
Tags: Florida, New York, Guns, Obama, Congress, Climate Change, America, Ipcc, Democrats, Socialism, House, Arizona, Gun Control, Un, Nancy Pelosi, Capitol Police


IPCC says we have 12 years to cut carbon by 45%. What does that look like?

A manifesto from a London activist looks pretty scary, but is a great place to start a discussion.
Tags: Energy, London, News, Ipcc


For the times they are a changin’ – Conversions abound from diesel to renewable diesel

The seasons are changing in many parts of the world right now, but what really is changing this autumn is how the world is looking at renewable diesel. Phillips 66 and REG’s announcement about a new renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast planned for 2021 comes after a notable increase in refineries that are being converted and changed over to renewable diesel. Change is good, especially in this case. As Bob Dylan sang, “For the loser now, Will be later to win, For the times they are a-ch...
Tags: Europe, Texas, California, Washington, Singapore, Ipcc, Top Stories, Bob Dylan, Iowa, Italy, Norway, Venice, West Coast, Biodiesel, REG, UCO


The oceans, the true keepers of climate change, may meet our grimmest estimates

Earth, our ocean-dominated world, stores away a vast majority of the planet's accumulating heat in the seas.  In fact, over 90 percent of the planet's rising warmth — specifically trapped by human-created greenhouse gas emissions — is absorbed by the deep, salty waters. For the last half-century, scientists have worked to put a more precise number on just how much heat the oceans take up each year, and for good reason: More heat absorption might provide evidence that our pale blue dot ...
Tags: Science, Australia, Ipcc, Nasa, Earth, United Nations, Antarctica, Princeton University, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, Willis, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Josh Willis, American Meteorological Society, Weddell Sea, Ralph Keeling, Jack Pan


Neste will make Singapore aviation biofuel plant investment decision in December

In Finland, Reuters reports that Neste is sticking to an internal deadline of December to make its investment decision regarding the potential new aviation biofuel production facility in Singapore. The company already produces biofuel in Singapore but increased demand for renewables spurred by the most recent IPCC report and Norway’s 0.5% aviation biofuel mandate has given further impetus to the project that the company has already spent “tens of millions” developing. On the renewables front, th...
Tags: Singapore, Ipcc, Finland, Norway, Producer News, Neste, Reuters, Singapore aviation


Silicon Valley’s largest accelerator is looking for carbon-sucking technologies — including one that could become ‘the largest infrastructure project ever’

Most scientists agree that we'll need to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in order to avoid the worst consequences of   climate change. This week, Silicon Valley's largest startup accelerator, Y Combinator, put out a request for startups working on high-tech ways to remove CO2 from the air.  A recent report National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests the US government should immediately invest in "negative-emissions technologies" as well. For decades, scienti...
Tags: Y Combinator, US, Trends, Ipcc, Nas, Earth, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Airbnb, Columbia, Burns, Gordon, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, Sahara, Erin Burns


We’re altering the climate so severely that we’ll soon face apocalyptic repercussions. Sucking carbon dioxide out of the air could save us.

The Earth is warming so rapidly that most experts agree we'll need to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine lays out a range of options for how to do that.  But the authors say developing these negative-emissions technologies requires large-scale investment from the government — and the funding has to come immediately.  Deadly hurricanes seem to be be...
Tags: California, US, Trends, Ipcc, Nas, Nasa, Earth, Bill Gates, Princeton University, Burns, Gordon, US Geological Survey, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, Cape Town South Africa, Erin Burns, Stephen Pacala


7 Surprising Things You Do Every Day That Damage The Environment

Climate change has reached crisis levels. A recent IPCC report warned that humans have until 2030 to turn the situation around or risk a catastrophe that could worsen the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Here in the US, we are already subjected to freak weather events every year that will only become more frequent and destructive as the world continues to warm. As individuals, it’s easy to blame this situation on the world leaders and the many brands and businesses that put profits befor...
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