global warming

7 of the Best New Documentaries About Global Warming

7 of the Best New Documentaries About Global Warming

By Daisy Simmons “It’s not easy to watch.” That was a recurring introductory remark at screenings during the recent 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Held each year in the bucolic foothills of the Sierra, the five-day festival screens more than 140 environmental films, from artful meditations on the beauty of nature, to distressing stories […]

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    Climate Change Could Completely Transform Earth’s Ecosystems

    Climate Change Could Completely Transform Earth’s Ecosystems

    Fifty two million years ago, crocodiles swam in the Arctic. Twenty thousand years ago, an ice sheet covered Manhattan. Earth’s ecosystems have changed dramatically as the climate has shifted, and now scientists are trying to determine how they might respond to the current era of human-caused climate change. Forty-two scientists contributed to a study published […]

    Scientists Warn We May Be on Track for ‘Hothouse Earth’

    Scientists Warn We May Be on Track for ‘Hothouse Earth’

    In two recent studies, scientists have looked into the future and into the past to see what might happen to the global climate if we fail to curb greenhouse gas emissions in time. The results are frightening. A study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined how, once a certain threshold […]

    California’s Carr Fire Grows Larger and More Deadly

    California’s Carr Fire Grows Larger and More Deadly

    The Carr Fire, which blazed into the northern California town of Redding Thursday, has grown even larger and deadlier over the weekend, offering a fiery vision of California’s future. “This is climate change, for real and in real time. We were warned that the atmospheric buildup of man-made greenhouse gas would eventually be an existential […]

    Higher Temperatures Linked to Increase in Suicides

    Higher Temperatures Linked to Increase in Suicides

    As a summer of record high temperatures continues, a sobering new study suggests that more summers like this could have serious mental health consequences. The study, published in Nature Climate Change Monday, found that, for every one degree Celsius increase in average monthly temperature, suicide rates go up by 0.7 percent in U.S. counties and […]

    The Arctic Is Burning: Wildfires Rage from Sweden to Alaska

    The Arctic Is Burning: Wildfires Rage from Sweden to Alaska

    There are currently 11 wildfires blazing in the Arctic circle, The Guardian reported Wednesday. While fires are also raging in Russia, Norway and Finland, Sweden has seen the most extensive Arctic fires, which have forced four communities to evacuate, according to The Guardian. Two Italian water-bombing planes that answered Sweden’s call for help will begin […]

    Wildfires, Record Highs Scorch California

    Wildfires, Record Highs Scorch California

    Wildfires continued to burn across California this weekend, abetted by record high temperatures that caused power outages affecting thousands of customers in Los Angeles, CNN reported Sunday. “Friday’s record-setting heat led to unprecedented peak electricity demand,” the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said, according to CNN. 34,500 customers lost power, about 2.5 percent […]

    Historic Floods in Japan Kill More Than 100, Force Millions to Flee

    Historic Floods in Japan Kill More Than 100, Force Millions to Flee

    At least 109 people have died in Japan following historic flooding and mudslides over the weekend that prompted evacuation orders covering about five million people, The Guardian reported Monday. The flooding was prompted by Japan’s heaviest rainfall in decades. Parts of western Japan saw three times July’s regular rainfall since Thursday, BBC News reported. “We’ve […]