Renewable energy field’s flourishing brings new careers

by Troy Brynelson, Spokesman It’s not out of the ordinary for drivers near East Mill Plain Boulevard and Grand Boulevard to see people wearing hard hats and climbing gear gathered around a steel tower next to the road. These are students, and their training is actually becoming more common. More students than ever are enrolling […]

Your Food Choices Can Have a Big Climate Impact, So Be Picky, New Study Says

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News When it comes to the climate impacts of our diet, it pays to be particular. One bowl of rice can have six times the climate impact of another. Beer from a bottle can result in more greenhouse gas emissions than beer from a keg. One cup of coffee’s carbon footprint […]

How Oman’s rocks could help save the planet

by Henry Fountain, NY Times IBRA, Oman — In the arid vastness of this corner of the Arabian Peninsula, out where goats and the occasional camel roam, rocks form the backdrop practically every way you look. But the stark outcrops and craggy ridges are more than just scenery. Some of these rocks are hard at […]

Pakistan’s 114 degrees is just one of many all-time March records toppled in Asia

by Angela Fritz, The Washington Post Searing spring heat ripped across parts of Asia in the last days of March, and we now know that many of the extraordinarily high temperatures were indeed records for the month in at least seven countries. The most incredible record was Pakistan’s, where it has never been so hot […]

Let’s limit climate pollutants that don’t last long, but wreak havoc on the Arctic

by Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News When people talk about climate change, the focus is often on carbon dioxide, and for good reason. The CO2 pumped into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels today will hang around for centuries, building up over time and continuing to warm the planet. It isn’t the only culprit, though. Mixing […]

The fast-melting Arctic is already messing with the ocean’s circulation, scientists say

by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post Scientists studying a remote and icy stretch of the North Atlantic have found new evidence that fresh water, likely melted from Greenland or Arctic sea ice, may already be altering a key process that helps drives the global circulation of the oceans. In chilly waters on either side of […]

More sharks ditching annual migration as ocean warms

by Eric Niiler, National Geographic The annual migration of blacktip sharks from southern Florida to North Carolina has begun—and researchers who track this amazing ritual say there are seeing only about one-third the usual number. The sharks—all male—swim south during the coldest months of the year and head north when spring arrives to mate with […]

The list of cities suing major fossil fuel companies over climate change just got longer

by Natasha Geiling, ThinkProgress Richmond, California has become the ninth city in less than a year to bring major fossil fuel companies to court over climate change. On Monday, the city announced that it was filing a lawsuit against 29 oil, gas, and coal companies — including Chevron, BP, and Exxon — to try and […]

Maine researchers explore link between climate change and Lyme disease

by Joe Lawlor, Press Herald The changing climate in Maine caused by global warming is potentially creating new tick habitats and accelerating the spread of Lyme disease, according to research being done in the state. Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough is partnering with the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute to study how […]

Fighting climate change, one laundry load at a time

by Stanley Reed, New York Times COPENHAGEN — A Danish biotechnology company is trying to fight climate change — one laundry load at a time. Its secret weapon: mushrooms like those in a dormant forest outside Copenhagen. In the quest for a more environmentally friendly detergent, two scientists at the company, Novozymes, regularly trudge through […]