Climate Change
Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we can look back on it as a year of extremes when it came to weather, and scientists are predicting that 2021 will likely be the same. They are now increasingly confident of the impact of human-caused climate change on extreme weather.

Why this Matters: More intense and more chaotic weather directly impacts human health and daily life.

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Russia Seizes Opportunities Created by Climate Change

Russia Seizes Opportunities Created by Climate Change

By Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Warmer temperatures are poised to make Russia more hospitable to agriculture, making it a giant in food production and even more of a political force. The latest story in a New York Times Magazine/ProPublic series on climate migration’s winners and losers lays out in vivid detail how much Russia […]

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EU Commits to More Emissions Cuts on Paris Agreement Anniversary

EU Commits to More Emissions Cuts on Paris Agreement Anniversary

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer The night before the UN’s Climate Ambition Summit 2020 on Saturday, the European Union set a new ambitious target of cutting emissions by 55 percent compared to 1990 levels over the next decade. The updated target comes just a year after the 27-country bloc set its goal at reducing […]

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Three Keys to Climate Action, Five Years after Paris

Three Keys to Climate Action, Five Years after Paris

By Shyla Raghav, VP of Climate Change, Conservation International Five years ago this month, after years of tense negotiations, the gavel sounded to announce the adoption of the Paris Agreement. Like many who participated in the negotiations, I was relieved, hopeful, and exhausted. Everyone in the conference room recognized that this was just the first […]

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The Paris Agreement at 5: What’s Next?

The Paris Agreement at 5: What’s Next?

Tomorrow at 9 a.m. EST, the Climate Ambition Summit will begin. The Summit marks five years since the Paris Agreement and will be a moment for countries to announce improved climate plans for the next decade. 

Why this Matters: The summit comes as the end of the COVID pandemic is on the horizon, creating a global impetus for countries to emerge from the past year with stronger climate plans than before.

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NOAA Releases Annual Arctic Report Card, Reports Unprecedented Warming click button

NOAA Releases Annual Arctic Report Card, Reports Unprecedented Warming

On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 15th annual Arctic Report Card. It observed a “sustained transformation to a warmer, less frozen, and biologically changed Arctic.”  The holistic report is a collection of “vital signs” from the Arctic ecosystem and factors in variables like wildlife, air temperature, wildfires, and sea ice.

Why This Matters: In a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification, the Arctic is warming at a rate 2 to 3 times higher than the global average

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