Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study

by Damian Carrington, The Guardian Climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately, according to research. It shows that meeting the internationally agreed aspiration of keeping global warming to less than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is still possible. The scientists say it is therefore […]

Ocean warming is accelerating faster than thought, new research finds

by Kendra Pierre-Louis, NY Times Scientists say the world’s oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change because almost all the excess heat absorbed by the planet ends up stored in their waters. A new analysis, published Thursday in the journal Science, found that the oceans […]

Pollution got worse in 2018 thanks to two overlooked sectors

by Eric Roston, Bloomberg In the debate over climate change, the heaviest polluters — think: power plants, trucks and cars — get the most attention from policy makers. New research suggests a broader view might be called for. A pair of often-overlooked sectors posted the largest rises in carbon dioxide pollution in the U.S. in […]

The Green New Deal has strong bipartisan support among registered voters

by Abel Gustafson, Seth Rosenthal, Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, John Kotcher, Matthew Ballew and Matthew Goldberg, Yale Program on Climate Communication Some members of Congress are proposing a “Green New Deal” for the U.S. They say that a Green New Deal will produce jobs and strengthen America’s economy by accelerating the transition from fossil fuels […]

COP24 – recap, and how the Center is moving forward with climate solutions

COP24 largely missed the chance to propel the world toward climate solutions commensurate with the scale of the problem. Even the location of the U.N. climate conference – in Katowice, a coal-producing city in Poland – symbolizes the gnarly challenges to protecting the climate. The Center for Climate Protection isn’t waiting for international or national […]

2 million defended the Amazon Reef and won

by Diego Gonzaga, Greenpeace Almost two years ago, we started an incredible adventure onboard the Greenpeace Esperanza ship. Our goal was clear: to show the world the amazingness of the Amazon Reef and why it is important to protect it from the hands of greedy oil giants like French company Total. It has been a […]

‘Future-proofing’ is how you say climate change in Texas

by Kate Yoder, Grist There’s a new term for all the work needed to prepare coasts and cities for the consequences of climate change, and it’s blissfully free of the words “climate change.” Introducing “future-proofing.” As in, it’s time to “future-proof” Texas to brace for future disasters like Hurricane Harvey, according to a new comprehensive […]

Report: Climate change could flush your savings

by Nathanael Johnson, Grist Businesses say risks to their bottom line from climate climate add up to tens of billions of dollars. That may seem like a lot, but their actual risks to business are at least 100 times higher, according to a study just published in Nature Climate Change. Trillions, instead of billions. The […]

Scientists find some hope for coral reefs: The strong may survive

by Kendra Pierre-Louis, NY Times Among the threatened corals of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world that has been ravaged by global warming, researchers have found a reason for optimism — or at least a reason not to despair completely. Coral reefs, which by some estimates support a quarter […]

In the blink of an eye, a hunt for oil threatens pristine Alaska

by Henry Fountain and Steve Eder, NY Times It is the last great stretch of nothingness in the United States, a vast landscape of mosses, sedges and shrubs that is home to migrating caribou and the winter dens of polar bears. Aside from a Native village at its northern tip, civilization has not dented its […]