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‘We’re Here To Call For Climate Justice,’ Say Glasgow Protesters

‘We’re Here To Call For Climate Justice,’ Say Glasgow Protesters

Mark Hertsgaard This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — “I’d feel ridiculous if I weren’t here,” said Tom Birch, a teacher from Edinburg, as he carried a sign reading “Soon Humanity Will Be Net-Zero.” Birch was among the many tens of […]

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    Big Oil and Gas Kept a Dirty Secret for Decades. Now They May Pay the Price

    Big Oil and Gas Kept a Dirty Secret for Decades. Now They May Pay the Price

    By Chris McGreal After a century of wielding extraordinary economic and political power, America’s petroleum giants face a reckoning for driving the greatest existential threat of our lifetimes. An unprecedented wave of lawsuits, filed by cities and states across the US, aim to hold the oil and gas industry to account for the environmental devastation […]

    Siberian Heat Wave Nearly Impossible Without Human Influence

    Siberian Heat Wave Nearly Impossible Without Human Influence

    By Michael Allen Last year was hot. NASA declared that it tied 2016 for the hottest year on record, and the Met Office of the United Kingdom said it was the final year in the warmest 10-year period ever recorded. Temperatures were particularly high in Siberia, with some areas experiencing monthly averages more than 10°C […]

    Narwhal Tusks Record Changes in the Marine Arctic

    Narwhal Tusks Record Changes in the Marine Arctic

    By Kimberly M. S. Cartier As the Arctic continues to warm, climate changes cascade into the marine environment. Top predators like polar bears, beluga whales, and narwhals are affected by shifting seasonality and loss of the Arctic sea ice that shapes where they live and what they eat. Moreover, changes in ocean currents alter the […]

    Years After the Pacific Marine Heat Wave, Ecosystem Shifts Persist

    Years After the Pacific Marine Heat Wave, Ecosystem Shifts Persist

    By Hannah Thomasy From 2014 to 2016, the Gulf of Alaska experienced the worst marine heat wave of the decade. From single-celled organisms to top predators, practically no level of the ecosystem was left unscathed. During the Pacific marine heat wave, tens of thousands of dead seabirds washed up on beaches, unusually low numbers of […]

    A Massive Methane Reservoir Is Lurking Beneath the Sea

    A Massive Methane Reservoir Is Lurking Beneath the Sea

    Methane bubbles regularly reach the surface of the Laptev Sea in the East Siberian Arctic Ocean (ESAO), each of them a small blow to our efforts to mitigate climate change. The source of the methane used to be a mystery, but a joint Swedish-Russian-U.S. investigation recently discovered that an ancient gas reservoir is responsible for […]

    Climate Change in Florida Is Forcing a Response From Republican Politicians

    Climate Change in Florida Is Forcing a Response From Republican Politicians

    By Elizabeth Djinis Florida has long been known as an environmental contradiction. It’s mostly a peninsula at risk from the severe impacts of climate change, including rising seas, warming temperatures, and worsening extreme-weather events; yet it’s also a state governed by Republican leaders who have refused to even publicly utter the words “climate change.” When […]

    When Crises Collide: Being Homeless in America When Climate Disaster Strikes

    When Crises Collide: Being Homeless in America When Climate Disaster Strikes

    By Andrew McCormick Terri Domer knows well what a brewing storm looks like. Domer, 62, an Iowa native, has spent her life watching thunderstorms gather and tornadoes dash across rolling hills. Last August, when the midday sky darkened over the riverside homeless encampment where Domer and four other people spent most nights — built on […]

    Earth Day 2021: Join the Global Youth Climate Summit

    Earth Day 2021: Join the Global Youth Climate Summit

    By Alexandria Villaseñor This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. My journey to becoming an activist began in late 2018. During a trip to California to visit family, the Camp Fire broke out. At the time, it was the most devastating and destructive wildfire […]