With climate losses rising, central banks push greener finance

by Reed Landberg, Bloomberg With insurers shouldering a record $160 billion in climate-related losses from last year alone, a group including 30 central banks called for measures to spur green finance and better assessment of the risks from higher global temperatures. The move led by the Bank of France, Bank of England and People’s Bank […]

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This scientist thinks she has the key to curb climate change: super plants

by Adam Popescu, The Guardian If this were a film about humanity’s last hope before climate change wiped us out, Hollywood would be accused of flagrant typecasting. That’s because Dr Joanne Chory is too perfect for the role to be believable. The esteemed scientist – who has long banged the climate drum and now leads […]

Big oil: Rebranding green while sabotaging climate solutions

by Zoya Teirstein, Grist To the untrained eye, it looks like the major oil companies that helped get us into this whole climate mess — conglomerates like ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell — are starting to envision a world beyond fossil fuels. A few of them have launched their own campaigns charting a path to a […]

California’s wildfire threat could be an opportunity for clean-energy microgrids

by Sammy Roth, LA Times To the untrained eye, the shipping containers clustered on the outskirts of Borrego Springs don’t look like an innovative clean-energy technology that could help California cope with wildfires. But these containers, in the remote desert of eastern San Diego County, are packed with lithium-ion batteries — and they’re part of […]

How climate change is fueling extremism

by Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN Climate change is already triggering devastating weather events across the planet, including prolonged droughts, flash floods and wildfires. Parts of Africa and the Middle East are experiencing erratic harvests, heavy storms and the worst drought in the past 900 years. Experts say that people here who are struggling to provide for […]

Bucking climate change, male sea turtles being born after multi-year hiatus: FAU researcher says

by Tyler Treadway, Treasure Coast Newspapers The boys are back in town. After more than a dozen years of nearly every sea turtle born on Florida beaches being female, a small but significant number of males were born last year, said Jeanette Wyneken, a biological sciences professor at Florida Atlantic University. Wyneken hasn’t finished her […]

Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may soar to levels not seen in 56 million years

by Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Emissions of carbon dioxide – the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming – could soar to levels not seen in 56 million years by the middle of next century, scientists warned in a study Wednesday. Though it won’t happen in our lifetimes, it could very well happen in the […]

‘Uninhabitable Earth’ spotlights 3 climate change misunderstandings

Interview between Rachel Martin and David Wallace, NPR Author David Wallace-Wells opens his new book, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” outlining three misunderstandings about climate change – first its speed… DAVID WALLACE-WELLS: More than half of all of the fossil fuel emissions that we’ve ever put into the atmosphere have come in the last 25 years, which […]

5 science teams racing climate change as the ecosystems they study disappear

by Bob Berwyn, InsideClimate News The landscapes and climate in many parts of the world could be nearly unrecognizable by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace, research suggests. In the mountains and high latitudes, snow and ice are vanishing. In drier areas, large swaths of forests are […]

Report: Global warming could melt at least a third of Himalayan glaciers

by Danielle Preiss, NPR The forecast is dire for the glaciers of the Himalayas. According to a report released Monday, a third or more of them could be gone by 2100 — melted because of earth’s warming climate. And that could have disastrous effects on the water resources of some 240 million people. Representing five […]