Climate Change
Climate change causing winters to become more erratic

Climate change causing winters to become more erratic

After years of drought in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains, this past winter has brought staggering amounts of snow. In the Sierras, snowpack is at a staggering 156 percent of normal as of Wednesday and in Colorado, drought levels dropped by half in just a week as a result of snow storms. This is […]

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A Judge in Wyoming Shuts Down Trump Oil and Gas Drilling Plan

A Judge in Wyoming Shuts Down Trump Oil and Gas Drilling Plan

A federal judge late Tuesday halted the Trump Administration’s oil and gas drilling plans on 300,000 acres of federal lands in Wyoming because of the Administration’s failure to take climate change into account in its review of the environmental impacts of drilling, according to The Washington Post.

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AP: Record-Breaking Heat Twice As Likely As Record Cold

The Associated Press did a study and found that by the numbers, a record for heat was twice as likely to be broken as a record for cold temperatures in the U.S. between 1920 and 2018. They examined the data from 424 weather stations throughout the U.S. mainland for which they could examine temperature records. 

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Days after Cyclone Idai, millions still affected across Western Africa

Days after Cyclone Idai, millions still affected across Western Africa

Late last Thursday when Cyclone Idai slammed into the western coast of Africa north of Beira, Mozambique (an Indian Ocean port city of a half-million people) the category 3 hurricane devastated regions of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Several days after the storm the and as losses are being tallied, the Red Cross has reported that more […]

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Arctic Melting Now “Locked In”

Arctic Melting Now “Locked In”

According to a new report issued by the United Nations Environment Program, the Arctic is locked into extreme temperature increases because of greenhouse gasses already emitted and the heat already being stored in the ocean.  The Report, entitled Global Linkages – A graphic look at the changing Arctic, explains that winter temperatures in the Arctic will […]

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#FridaysForFuture Student Strike is this Friday

#FridaysForFuture Student Strike is this Friday

This Friday, March 15th students from 98 countries will walk out on their classes to protest global inaction on climate change. As we wrote last month, under the so-called “#FridaysForFuture” hashtag, this school strike was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg (one of our Heroes of the week) and her  Friday “school strikes for […]

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The psychology behind climate denial

The psychology behind climate denial

For people who acknowledge the urgency of climate change, it can be incredibly frustrating when our fellow citizens dismiss science and offer skeptical views of the greatest threat facing humanity. Ultimately the division runs deeper than merely “believers” and “deniers” and science may offer some clues as to why it’s difficult for some people to […]

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Etsy becomes first online retailer to offset shipping emissions

Etsy becomes first online retailer to offset shipping emissions

E-commerce accounted for nearly 14% of all retail sales in America in 2018 (as well as $520 billion in sales) and the vast majority of Americans have purchased items from the internet. However aside from online retail’s huge packaging problem, most retailers haven’t addressed the carbon emissions associated with shipping their items. That’s why e-marketplace […]

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Saltwater intrusion a ticking time bomb for NC farms

Saltwater intrusion a ticking time bomb for NC farms

As climate change is causing sea levels to rise, this salty water’s encroachment inland means that drinking water, native plant species, and agriculture are all coming under threat. The Washington Post reported that “rising seas, sinking earth and extreme weather are conspiring to cause salt from the ocean to contaminate aquifers and turn formerly fertile […]

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Fighting Climate Change Is Much More Than Just Hugging Trees

Fighting Climate Change Is Much More Than Just Hugging Trees

Governor Jay Inslee threw his hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination for President yesterday and pledged to center his entire campaign on the issue of climate change.  This is great news. He has taken the Green New Deal and thrust it into the conversation about who will be the most capable opponent to take on President Trump.

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Tweet of the Week: tv coverage of climate change finally ticking up

The sheer volume of cable news segments on Green New Deal (you can just review @_waleedshahid’s timeline to see most of them) over the past few days must amount to a combined five years’ worth of climate coverage on TV. That alone is a remarkable shift. https://t.co/fnxZzROMl5 — Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) February 26, 2019 For […]

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Climate change could cause Earth’s cooling clouds to disappear

Climate change could cause Earth’s cooling clouds to disappear

A new study published by Cal Tech researchers in the journal Nature Geoscience has discovered that climate change and increased atmospheric CO2 could cause stratocumulus clouds to disappear. While stratocumulus clouds aren’t as fluffy as cumulus clouds or as majestic as whispy cirrus clouds, they do cover 20% of the low-latitude oceans and are especially prevalent […]

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