Bold climate action could deliver US $26 trillion to 2030, finds Global Commission

by The New Climate Economy A major report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that we are significantly under-estimating the benefits of cleaner, climate-smart growth. Bold climate action could deliver at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits through to 2030, compared with business-as-usual. The Report finds that over the last […]

Climate change is going to cost California, and the bill will be staggering

by Laurel Rosenhall, Cal Matters As California lawmakers struggled this week to address an apparent new normal of epic wildfires, there was an inescapable subtext: Climate change is going to be staggeringly expensive, and virtually every Californian is going to have to pay for it. In the final week of August—just before the Legislature agreed […]

City centers are sweltering. Trees could bring back some of their cool.

by James Bruggers, InsideClimate News LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Slicing five miles through this southern city’s downtown, Broadway shows just how challenging it can be for a sweltering urban center to beat the dangerous summer heat. Louisville’s main drag leaves the upscale and relatively leafy Highlands neighborhood and heads west, where it widens to seven lanes […]

Gulf Coast oil platforms

Big oil asks government to protect it from climate change

by Will Weissert, AP PORT ARTHUR, Texas — As the nation plans new defenses against the more powerful storms and higher tides expected from climate change, one project stands out: an ambitious proposal to build a nearly 60-mile “spine” of concrete seawalls, earthen barriers, floating gates and steel levees on the Texas Gulf Coast. Like […]

Some arctic ground no longer freezing — even in winter

by Craig Welch, National Geographic Nikita Zimov was teaching students to do ecological fieldwork in northern Siberia when he stumbled on a disturbing clue that the frozen land might be thawing far faster than expected. Zimov, like his father, Sergey Zimov, has spent years running a research station that tracks climate change in the rapidly […]

Aerial view of fracking.

Water use in fracking soars — exceeding rise in fossil fuels produced, study says

by Phil Mckenna, Insideclimate News As the fracking boom matures, the drilling industry’s use of water and other fluids to produce oil and natural gas has grown dramatically in the past several years, outstripping the growth of the fossil fuels it produces. A new study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances says the […]

Terrified by ‘hothouse Earth’? Don’t despair — do something.

By Eric Holthaus, Grist A team of international researchers released what looks like a blueprint for catastrophe this week. On our current path, they warned, humanity might push the planet into an entirely new, hellish equilibrium, unseen since before the emergence of our species millions of years ago. This doomsday scenario, which they dubbed “hothouse […]

Ad industry supergroup forms to battle climate change

by Jeff Beer, Fast Company American high-school graduation has a few hallmark traditions. The cap and gown, the diploma, the epic house party, and the grad speech. That address is a time when one of the students’ own talks about what the moment means, reflecting on the past four years, taking a look at the […]

Hot weather strains the grid. Here’s how we could fix that

by Nathanael Johnson, Grist Electricity crackled and arced between wires as Los Angeles residents watched, filming with their phones. And then the power died. As temperatures have soared this summer, Angelenos have cranked up their air conditioners, straining power lines. On July 6, overloaded lines gave out and left 46,000 people sweltering in the dark. […]

Valley is on track to break heat record; energy and air quality alerts issued

by Ashleigh Panoo and Tim Sheehan, Fresno Bee Summer is in full force in the central San Joaquin Valley — and Fresno is on track to break the record of consecutive days over 100 degrees. Along with the heatwave, a heat advisory, an energy flex alert and an air quality alert have been issued for […]