Climate Change
CFCs Could Be Making The Arctic Warm Faster

CFCs Could Be Making The Arctic Warm Faster

According to a new study published in the Journal Nature late last month, chlorofluorocarbon gasses (or CFCs), that were widely recognized for causing the ozone hole over the Antarctic, “could be responsible for up to half of the effects of climate change observed in the Arctic from 1955 to 2005.” 

Why This Matters:  It is especially relevant because another study released just yesterday in Live Science found that the rapid melting is reshaping the Arctic before the residents’ very eyes — Arctic permafrost can thaw so quickly that it triggers landslides, drowns forests and opens gaping sinkholes.

 

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Afghanistan’s Growing Threat is Climate Change

Afghanistan’s Growing Threat is Climate Change

Nearly six years ago the Pentagon declared that climate change poses “immediate risks” to national security and will have broad and costly impacts on the way the US military carries out its missions. While the Trump administration has largely ignored this warning, it’s beginning to play out in very real ways, especially in Afghanistan. As […]

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Southeast As A Region Lags In Coming To Grips With Climate Change

Southeast As A Region Lags In Coming To Grips With Climate Change

Inside Climate News published over the weekend, in collaboration with 9 newspapers across 7 Southeastern states a series of stories called “Caught Off Guard” describing how and why the region lags behind others in renewable electricity and faces some of the biggest global warming threats in the nation.  

Why This Matters:  The Southeast is particularly vulnerable on its coast due to increasingly severe storms and flooding, but the region’s problems extend far inland too.

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One 2020 Thing: Climate Politics and the Iowa Caucus 

One 2020 Thing: Climate Politics and the Iowa Caucus 

The Iowa Caucuses are on Monday and will be the first real contest of the 2020 presidential race. For the first time, climate change is a top-tier issue that Iowans are concerned with due to last year’s catastrophic flooding. While polls show a very tight race, for the more moderate candidates like Vice President Joe […]

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Attention: Your Wine May Be at Risk!

Attention: Your Wine May Be at Risk!


A new study in the science journal PNAS has revealed that the world’s wine-growing regions could shrink dramatically as a result of climate change. As USA Today explained, this is because wine grapes are extremely sensitive to the changes in temperature and season that come with climate change. In fact, if the global temperature rises by […]

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The EU Contemplates A Carbon Tax At the Border, Spain Is Latest to Declare Climate Emergency

The EU Contemplates A Carbon Tax At the Border, Spain Is Latest to Declare Climate Emergency

The European Union is seriously considering imposing a carbon border tax on items it imports from countries that do not meet climate goals, and the U.S. is apparently pushing back arguing that this would hurt U.S. businesses and jeopardize a purported U.S.-E.U. trade deal.

Why This Matters:  It may not matter that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement because the rest of the world is going to make the U.S. comply with it one way or another.

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