‘Unprecedented’ wildfires burned across the Arctic Circle in June

by Madeleine Gregory, Vice Across the Arctic, more than 100 wildfires are releasing clouds of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions into the atmosphere. The fires have been burning across the Arctic Circle in Siberia and Alaska for weeks. Though fire is a natural part of some Arctic ecosystems, scientists are calling the wildfires “unprecedented” […]

In Greenland’s melting ice, a warning on hard climate choices

by Jon Gertner, Yale Environment 360 The heat wave arrived early this spring — a shroud of temperate air, sweeping in during early June, which enveloped the Northern Hemisphere’s biggest ice sheet in a stifling hug. At its peak, nearly 45 percent of Greenland’s frozen surface turned to meltwater, coloring the huge white expanse with […]

Algae blooms fed by farm flooding add to midwest’s climate woes

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News The historic rains that flooded millions of acres of Midwestern cropland this spring landed a blow to an already struggling farm economy. They also delivered bad news for the climate. Scientists project that all that water has flushed vast amounts of fertilizer and manure into waterways, triggering a potentially unprecedented […]

Florida’s summer of slime turned its politics upside down.

by Rebecca Renner, Grist It was a sweltering late summer day in southern Florida when Becky Harris took her dogs to run along the bank of the St. Lucie River. Her white Pomeranian, Pandora, was off leash while Kylie, her Rottweiler mix, trotted alongside her. Suddenly, Pandora took off down the grassy hill toward the […]

U.S. vows first oil lease sale in Alaska Arctic refuge this year

by Yereth Rosen, Reuters The U.S. Interior Department is determined to sell oil leases for the first time this year in the ecologically sensitive but presumably petroleum-rich coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a Trump administration official said on Thursday. “That lease sale will happen in 2019,” Joe Balash, the assistant interior secretary […]

Smoke pours into Montana, other northern states from Canadian fires

by Kristen Inbody and Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune Even as northcentral Montana recovers from Memorial Day flooding, forest fire smoke threatens to turn our blue skies hazy. “We’ll probably be seeing wildfire smoke most of the summer from the north,” Christian Cassell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Great Falls, said Tuesday […]

Image by Brocken Inaglory, Devastation in San Bruno, California was caused by a gas pipeline explosion.

Editorial: PG&E can’t be trusted — disband or replace it

Enough already, 111 deaths prove the utility is incapable of living up to its promises By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards CalFire’s confirmation that PG&E caused the Camp Fire — the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history — bolsters the case for Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature to replace […]

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Putting the “A” in climate action planning

by Katie Abrams, University of Colorado, Boulder Have you ever wondered whether Climate Action Plans achieve their mission of reducing greenhouse gas emissions? I researched this question, and climate action planning more broadly, for my graduate capstone as an intern with the Center for Climate Protection. Climate Action Plans (CAPs) lay out a vision, strategies, […]

E.P.A. plans to get thousands of pollution deaths off the books by changing its math

by Lisa Friedman, NY Times The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a key climate change rule because it would result in far fewer predicted deaths from pollution, according to five people with knowledge of […]

Trump to expand oil and gas drilling in Central California

by Anna M. Phillips, LA Times In the Trump administration’s latest effort to increase oil and gas drilling on federal land, it announced finalized plans Thursday to open 725,500 acres along California’s Central Coast to fossil fuel exploration. The Bureau of Land Management’s plans encompass a region spanning 11 counties — stretching from the Pacific […]