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2023-02-02

Could putting the clock forward help tackle the climate crisis?

Study suggests tool could be used to reduce energy needs for heating and cooling office buildings.

What is Valley fever? Fungal infection from the Southwest may spread with climate change.

The HBO series “The Last of Us” has brought awareness to the growing threat of fungal infections. While there’s no known fungus that turns humans into sporous zombies, health experts say one pathogen may become more prevalent due to climate change.

The Red Sea Could be a Climate Refuge for Coral Reefs

A large new marine protected area could help some of the world’s most heat-tolerant corals survive the century, if the pressures from resorts, industry and other development ease.

Jordan Peterson’s ‘zombie’ climate contrarianism follows a well-worn path

The psychologist has turned his hand to exposing new audiences to old arguments from climate change deniers.

Earth likely to cross critical climate thresholds even if emissions decline, Stanford study finds

Artificial intelligence provides new evidence our planet will cross the global warming threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius within 10 to 15 years. Even with low emissions, we could see 2 C of warming. But a future with less warming remains within reach.

Climate change: WMO unveils plans for sustainable monitoring of greenhouse gases

A UN-led plan to tackle climate change by radically improving the way heat-trapping atmospheric pollutants are measured all over the planet, is being given serious consideration by governments and the international scientific community, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

Biden administration recommends major Alaska oil project, climate activists horrified

JUNEAU, ALASKA - The Biden administration released a long-awaited study Wednesday that recommends allowing a major oil development on Alaska's North Slope that supporters say could boost U.S. energy security but that climate activists decry as a "carbon bomb."

Society isn’t changing fast enough to stop climate change: study

A new report has found that significant social change is needed to halt catastrophic climate change — and society isn’t changing fast enough.

2023-01-13

Revealed: Exxon made ‘breathtakingly’ accurate climate predictions in 1970s and 80s

Oil company drove some of the leading science of the era only to publicly dismiss global heating

UAE names its oil company chief to lead U.N. climate talks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates on Thursday named a veteran technocrat who both leads Abu Dhabi's state-run oil company and oversees its renewable energy efforts to be the president of the upcoming United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, highlighting the balancing act ahead for this crude-producing nation.

Feds release bleak 2022 climate change data: Oceans warm, global temps among hottest on record

In one announcement after another this week, a grim accounting emerged of the world's extreme weather and climate disasters in 2022.

A possible carbon-capture milestone in the fight against climate change

In what could be a major milestone in the fight against climate change, a startup said Thursday it has started successfully pulling carbon dioxide from the air and burying it underground.

The New Soldiers in Propane’s Fight Against Climate Action: Television Stars

An industry group is spending millions of dollars to push back against efforts to move heating away from oil and gas.

Assessing the U.S. Climate in 2022

Drought sets records across the contiguous U.S. in 2022...

2023-01-10

Powell Says Fed ‘Will Not Be’ a Climate Policymaker

In a speech on Federal Reserve independence, Chair Jerome H. Powell emphasized that climate change should be addressed by elected officials.

U.S. greenhouse gases increase for second year, preliminary data shows

Last year began with a warning that the world needs to get on track in tackling the climate crisis as average global temperatures hit a new record. It ended with yet another increase in emissions that trap that heat and add to the dramatic conditions already being felt worldwide.

Climate attribution tools critical for understanding extreme events

A combination heat and drought event in the western U.S., simultaneous ocean and land heat waves in the northwestern region of the Pacific Ocean, a South Korean heat wave that was off the charts and wildfires in Cape Town, South Africa, were some of the recent extreme weather events made more likely by human-caused climate change, according to new research posted today on the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) website.

Amazon workers press company on climate change response after Pakistan floods

More than 800 Amazon employees are calling on the company to step up its response to climate change through foreign aid — a sign internal activism is still alive at tech companies despite layoffs and a slowing economy.

Biden, López Obrador, Trudeau Reach Deals on Chips, Climate, Immigration

North American leaders say they will work to boost semiconductor industries, cut methane emissions, improve asylum process

Climate impact labels could help promote sustainable food choices: study

Labels placed on fast food items highlighting their high climate impact may sway consumers to make more sustainable choices, new study results show.

2023-01-02

Republicans get a louder voice on climate change as they take over the House

As Republicans prepare to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next week, the highlights of their approach to climate change and energy issues can be summed up in a Toby Keith song.

The U.S. passed a historic climate deal this year — here’s a recap of what’s in the bill

The Biden administration this year signed into law a historic climate and tax deal that will funnel billions of dollars into programs designed to speed the transition to clean energy.

Nearly 200 Countries Approve a Biodiversity Accord Enshrining Human Rights and the ‘Rights of Nature’

The nonbinding agreement nods to a growing understanding that future conservation efforts must promote the well-being of Indigenous peoples—and that forests, mountains and rivers have rights of their own.

Ahead of Major Court Case, E.P.A. Revises Clean-Water Protections

A new rule revives an older set of protections for rivers, marshes and waterways, setting aside changes in the Obama and Trump administrations that led to years of legal wrangling.

ISSB Plans to Finalize Rules on Disclosure of Climate-Related Risks in 2023

A year into the role as chair of the sustainability standard-setter organization, Emmanuel Faber sees it picking up speed in 2023

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