On Saturday, the northeastern Siberian town of Verkhoyansk experienced a record-breaking temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If the measurement is confirmed it would be the hottest on record anywhere in the Arctic. As the Washington Post explained, on Sunday, the same location recorded a high temperature of 95.3 degrees (35.2 Celsius), showing the Saturday reading […]Continue Reading 442 words
On the fifth anniversary of his historic encyclical “Laudato Si” in which Pope Francis urged Catholics to protect nature and warned of the dangers of failing to address climate change, the Vatican released a guide containing “practical steps” people can take to achieve the goals of the encyclical, including disinvesting from fossil fuel industries, according […]Continue Reading 129 words
The vast majority of Latinos in the U.S. are very concerned or even alarmed about climate change and will vote for candidates with strong policies on global warming, which could make a difference in tightly contested states with large Latino populations like Arizona and Florida. It could even put Texas in play for Democrats if […]Continue Reading 553 words
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Yesterday a startling study was published which analyzed 32 million U.S. births to reveal that pregnant women who are exposed to air pollution, high temperatures and ozone are more likely to have premature, underweight or stillborn babies. What’s worse is that Black mothers are at the highest risk of these pregnancy complications. As the New […]Continue Reading 351 words
With relative humidity as low as 5% (wow), strong winds, temps over 100 degrees in places like Phoenix, and little rain recently, the desert Southwest is facing the “perfect” conditions for wildfires and they are getting them. Against the backdrop of these fires was a courtroom in San Francisco yesterday, where the CEO of PG&E pled guilty to each of the 81 individual counts of criminal manslaughter against the company for the deaths of the Camp Fire in 2018.
Why This Matters: PG&E is to blame for the Camp Fire and its CEO did what he should in standing up in Court — this is what it means to be accountable.Continue Reading 539 words
A pro-climate change conservative group has made a major ad buy on Fox News to air this commercial. The group, called the American Conservation Coalition, is hoping to persuade the Trump Administration and Congress to add funding for what many characterize as “green” jobs — those in clean energy and green infrastructure — to any […]Continue Reading 145 words
The Washington Post took a closer look at India’s chances for pulling itself out of poverty without a concomitant increase in its greenhouse gas emissions, noting that while China was unable to do so, India just might have a chance — it is on track to meet its two major pledges under the Paris agreement on climate change ahead of schedule before 2030.
Why This Matters: Countries like India that are just now building up their middle class have the opportunity, if the cost is low enough, to leapfrog more developed countries and go directly to low-carbon, energy-efficient technologies.Continue Reading 266 words
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It has been hard to find agreement in Congress on the issue of climate change, but one new “fertile” area of discussion is engaging the agriculture sector and finding financial opportunities to sequester carbon in soil and plant life in the form of marketable carbon offsets or credits.
Why This Matters: Agriculture is carbon-intensive — it would be great to flip the paradigm and make it one of the major solutions to our climate crisis.Continue Reading 600 words
As Sustainability Times wrote, the planet has been losing much of its forest cover, especially in tropical regions. Over the past three decades, some 420 million hectares of forest have been lost worldwide through deforestation. But deforestation along with numerous other environmental stresses have affected forests in a multitude of ways. A new global analysis reveals […]Continue Reading 320 words
Elizabeth Cousins, President and CEO of the UN Foundation said yesterday that the next decade will be a decisive one for oceans, climate, and biodiversity, and a rare joint appearance by global scientists and diplomats made it clear that the United Nations is at the center of that work.
Why This Matters: The most important leaders of United Nations efforts on the ocean, climate, and biodiversity appeared jointly in order to emphasize the point that their work continues as fervently as ever, despite the pandemic’s challenges.Continue Reading 588 words
Climate change is causing a change in the “balance” of the seasons according to new research by a scientist with the National Weather Service, The Washington Post reports. On average, the U.S. and Canada gained a week of summer. Oh, and May of this year was the warmest ever recorded.
Why This Matters: Some cities gained not just weeks, but more than a month of summer.Continue Reading 406 words
Last week the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted First Lady Tammy Murphy’s initiative to make New Jersey the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change in its K-12 curriculum. “In New Jersey, we have already begun to experience the effects of climate change, from our disappearing shorelines, to harmful algal blooms […]Continue Reading 349 words