A campaign for community rights and the rights of nature

by Annie Dobbs-Kramer, Political Director, North Bay Organizing Project Fire and flood have brought home the reality of climate change to people in California. It has become increasingly clear that in order to build resilient and regenerative communities that can weather the physical, social and economic storms of climate change, we need to fundamentally transform […]

The war on Southern California smog is slipping. Fixing it is a $14-billion problem

by Tony Barboza and Rahul Mukherjee, Los Angeles Times The war on smog has been called one of America’s greatest environmental successes. Decades of emissions-cutting regulations under a bipartisan law — the 1970 Clean Air Act — have eased the choking pollution that once shrouded U.S. cities. Cleaner air has saved lives and strengthened the […]

“Grassoline” is obliterating America’s grasslands in the West

by Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette Journal After a lifetime working Nevada ranches, Jon Griggs figures he’s seen everything high desert sagebrush country can throw at a cowboy. The manager of Maggie Creek Ranch since 1998 has seen the Humboldt River high enough to strand half the ranch for a month and low enough to cross […]

In Greenland’s melting ice, a warning on hard climate choices

by Jon Gertner, Yale Environment 360 The heat wave arrived early this spring — a shroud of temperate air, sweeping in during early June, which enveloped the Northern Hemisphere’s biggest ice sheet in a stifling hug. At its peak, nearly 45 percent of Greenland’s frozen surface turned to meltwater, coloring the huge white expanse with […]

Global warming pushes microbes into damaging climate feedback loops

by Bob Berwyn, Insideclimate News All life on Earth evolved from microorganisms in the primordial slime, and billions of years later, the planet’s smallest life forms—including bacteria, plankton and viruses—are still fundamental to the biosphere. They cycle minerals and nutrients through soil, water and the atmosphere. They help grow and digest the food we eat. […]

Massive ice melt in Himalayas raising concerns

by Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Picture 3 million Olympic-size swimming pools full of water. That’s how much ice melts from glaciers in the Himalayas each year, a new studysuggests, and climate change is the primary cause. Even more concerning is that the ice melt has doubled in recent years: Himalayan glaciers have been losing the […]

Climate-related algae blooms raise health concerns about eating fish from Florida

by Ed Killer, Treasure Coast Newspapers When was the last time you enjoyed a catfish dinner? Personally, I love fried catfish. Put it on my plate alongside the grits, hush puppies and string beans. Growing up on Florida’s Treasure Coast, I remember when restaurants had one night a week designated for “All-U-Can-Eat” catfish. Fried catfish […]

The plan to remove a trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: Bury it

by Laura Reiley, Washington Post Last month, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere surpassed 415 parts per million, the highest in human history. Environmental experts say the world is increasingly on a path toward a climate crisis. The most prominent efforts to prevent that crisis involve reducing carbon emissions. But another idea is also starting […]

Climate impacts: Flooding creates big marine ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

by Michael Hirtzer, Bloomberg Fertilizer runoff amid rampant flooding in the U.S. will contribute to a nearly record-large “dead zone” for marine life in the Gulf of Mexico this summer. The recurring hypoxin zone, caused primarily by human activities, has low levels or no oxygen, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in an emailed […]

California’s wildfires may be the best thing to happen to home batteries

by Michael J. Coren, QZ Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may leave millions of Californians in the dark this summer. The alternative is worse. Last summer, power lines sparked wildfires in remotes areas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range that killed at least 100 people, some still trapped in their cars, as fires consumed whole […]