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 […]

Southern California wildfires trigger mass destruction, hurting families, economy

by Madeline Farber, Fox News After nearly a month of battling the so-called “Thomas Fire,” fire personnel have nearly reached full containment. As of Dec. 31, the wind-whipped fire, which is the biggest blaze in California’s history since detailed record-keeping began in 1932, was 92 percent contained. The massive blaze started on Dec. 4 about […]

Sea water & scrap metal could sequester 850 million tons of carbon dioxide

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica People are beginning to understand that lowering carbon dioxide emissions will not save the planet from overheating. It will be necessary to actually remove much of the carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere to keep global temperatures from rocketing past the 2º Celsius mark considered critical by most climate scientists […]

Polluted groundwater eroding Hawaii coral reefs, study shows

by Olivia Trani, Lahaina News WEST MAUI – Local land-based pollution makes coral reefs more vulnerable to ocean acidification and could trigger coastal coral reef ecosystem collapses sooner than projected, according to new research. Coral reefs are threatened globally by ocean acidification caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide influx heightens the […]