Western Australia’s eucalypt forests fade to brown as century-old giant jarrahs die in heat and drought

Trees more than a century old are barely alive. Some of these giant jarrahs might survive, but some won’t. It’s a scene that’s being replicated in forests and coastal…Continue readingWestern Australia’s eucalypt forests fade to brown as century-old giant jarrahs die in heat and drought

‘Reprehensible retreat’: fury as Scottish ministers scrap carbon emissions pledge

Climate campaigners have accused Scottish ministers of being “inept” and “short-termist” after they scrapped Scotland’s target to cut carbon emissions by 75% by 2030. Màiri McAllan, the Scottish net…Continue reading‘Reprehensible retreat’: fury as Scottish ministers scrap carbon emissions pledge

UK facing food shortages and price rises after extreme weather

The UK faces food shortages and price rises as extreme weather linked to climate breakdown causes low yields on farms locally and abroad. Record rainfall has meant farmers in…Continue readingUK facing food shortages and price rises after extreme weather

Lethal heatwave in Sahel worsened by fossil fuel burning

The deadly protracted heatwave that filled hospitals and mortuaries in the Sahel region of Africa earlier this month would have been impossible without human-caused climate disruption, a new analysis…Continue readingLethal heatwave in Sahel worsened by fossil fuel burning

Plastic-production emissions could triple

By the middle of the century, global emissions from plastic production could triple, an analysis has found. The stunning new estimates from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, published on Wednesday,…Continue readingPlastic-production emissions could triple

BP starts oil production from $6bn ACE project in Caspian Sea

BP has started production of oil from the new $6bn Azeri Central East (ACE) platform on the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field in the Azerbaijan part of the Caspian Sea. Azeri…Continue readingBP starts oil production from $6bn ACE project in Caspian Sea

Lightning, downpours kill 65 in Pakistan, as April rain doubles historical average

At least 65 people have died in storm-related incidents including lightning in Pakistan, officials said, with rain so far in April falling at nearly twice the historical average rate.…Continue readingLightning, downpours kill 65 in Pakistan, as April rain doubles historical average

Dubai reels from floods chaos after record rains

Huge tailbacks snaked along six-lane expressways after up to 254 millimeters of rain—about two years’ worth—fell on the desert United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. The storms hit the UAE…Continue readingDubai reels from floods chaos after record rains

Black & Veatch, SHI to move ahead with construction of Cedar LNG project

Black & Veatch and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) are set to start construction on the Cedar LNG project, a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project in Kitimat, British Columbia,…Continue readingBlack & Veatch, SHI to move ahead with construction of Cedar LNG project

ExxonMobil decides to proceed with Whiptail development offshore Guyana

The Whiptail project, which will use a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, will entail an investment of around $12.7bn. It would include up to ten drill centres…Continue readingExxonMobil decides to proceed with Whiptail development offshore Guyana

Global heating pushes coral reefs towards worst planet-wide mass bleaching on record

Global heating has pushed the world’s coral reefs to a fourth planet-wide mass bleaching event that is on track to be the most extensive on record, US government scientists…Continue readingGlobal heating pushes coral reefs towards worst planet-wide mass bleaching on record

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffers worst bleaching on record

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which stretches for some 2,300km (1,429 miles) off the country’s northeastern coast, is suffering its worst bleaching event on record. The extent of the bleaching…Continue readingAustralia’s Great Barrier Reef suffers worst bleaching on record

Peregrine falcons expose lasting harms of flame retardant use

Peregrine falcon populations across North America are heavily contaminated with harmful flame retardants–including those that have been phased out for years—according to a new study published in Environmental Science…Continue readingPeregrine falcons expose lasting harms of flame retardant use

World’s coal power capacity rises despite climate warnings

A report by Global Energy Monitor found that coal power capacity grew by 2% last year, driven by an increase in new coal plants across China and a slowdown…Continue readingWorld’s coal power capacity rises despite climate warnings

Heat-trapping carbon dioxide and methane levels in the air last year spiked to record highs again

The levels of the crucial heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere reached historic highs last year, growing at near-record fast paces, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.…Continue readingHeat-trapping carbon dioxide and methane levels in the air last year spiked to record highs again

Schools close and crops wither as ‘historic’ heatwave hits south-east Asia

Thousands of schools in the Philippines have stopped in-person classes due to unbearable heat. In Indonesia, prolonged dry weather has caused rice prices to soar. In Thailand’s waters, temperatures…Continue readingSchools close and crops wither as ‘historic’ heatwave hits south-east Asia

Global rainforest loss continues at rate of 10 football pitches a minute

The destruction of the world’s most pristine rainforests continued at a relentless rate in 2023, despite dramatic falls in forest loss in the Brazilian and Colombian Amazon, new figures…Continue readingGlobal rainforest loss continues at rate of 10 football pitches a minute

‘Simply mind-boggling’: world record temperature jump in Antarctic raises fears of catastrophe

On 18 March, 2022, scientists at the Concordia research station on the east Antarctic plateau documented a remarkable event. They recorded the largest jump in temperature ever measured at…Continue reading‘Simply mind-boggling’: world record temperature jump in Antarctic raises fears of catastrophe

Australia’s carbon credits system a failure on global scale

Australia’s main carbon offsets method is a failure on a global scale and doing little if anything to help address the climate crisis. Research by 11 academics found the…Continue readingAustralia’s carbon credits system a failure on global scale

Saudi Aramco CEO calls energy transition strategy a failure

Pointing to the still paltry share of renewable energy in global supply, the head of Saudi Aramco described the current energy transition strategy as a misguided failure. “In the…Continue readingSaudi Aramco CEO calls energy transition strategy a failure

West Africa heatwave was supercharged by climate crisis

A searing heatwave that struck west Africa in February was made 4˚C hotter and 10x more likely by human-caused global heating, a study has found. The heat affected millions…Continue readingWest Africa heatwave was supercharged by climate crisis

I discovered why seemingly healthy amphibians were being wiped out

Experts realised there was a problem: frogs, toads, salamanders and newts were disappearing in their thousands around the world and nobody understood why. A master’s student was looking into…Continue readingI discovered why seemingly healthy amphibians were being wiped out

Nations Are Undercounting Emissions, Putting UN Goals at Risk

The data supplied to the UNFCCC, and published on its website, are typically out of date, inconsistent, and incomplete. For most countries, “I would not put much value, if…Continue readingNations Are Undercounting Emissions, Putting UN Goals at Risk

Oil executives talk down rapid shift to green energy as profits boom

Big Oil used an industry conference this week to argue against a rapid transition to green energy, as fossil fuel companies are emboldened by high demand and record profits…Continue readingOil executives talk down rapid shift to green energy as profits boom

Climate change is speeding up in Antarctica

In recent years, Antarctica has experienced a series of unprecedented heat waves. On 6 February 2020, temperatures of 18.3°C were recorded, the highest ever seen on the continent, beating…Continue readingClimate change is speeding up in Antarctica

Planet ‘on the brink’, with new heat records likely in 2024: UN

The annual State of the Climate report by the UN weather and climate agency confirmed preliminary data showing 2023 was by far the hottest year ever recorded. And last…Continue readingPlanet ‘on the brink’, with new heat records likely in 2024: UN

Western countries ‘too optimistic’ on nuclear projects, warns engineering chief

Chief executive of Atkins Realis says more planning needed ahead of first global nuclear energy summit Atkins Realis produces the only type of reactor that does not require enriched…Continue readingWestern countries ‘too optimistic’ on nuclear projects, warns engineering chief

Continued logging of NSW koala habitat is ‘a profound tragedy’, conservationist says

Longtime forest advocates have expressed disgust at the ongoing logging of koala habitat in northern New South Wales despite promises the state government would protect the species, with one…Continue readingContinued logging of NSW koala habitat is ‘a profound tragedy’, conservationist says

Massachusetts town grapples with sea rise after sand barrier fails

On the border with New Hampshire and Massachusetts – about 35 miles north of Boston – is Salisbury, a coastal town and popular summer destination for tourists. But for…Continue readingMassachusetts town grapples with sea rise after sand barrier fails

Why are one-fifth of the world’s migratory species facing extinction?

About 44% of migratory species across the world are in decline while 20% the threat of all-out extinction, according to a new report from the United Nations. About 14%…Continue readingWhy are one-fifth of the world’s migratory species facing extinction?

Climate activists across Europe block access to North Sea oil infrastructure

Climate activists in four countries are blocking access to North Sea oil infrastructure as part of a coordinated pan-European civil disobedience protest. Blockades have been taking place at oil…Continue readingClimate activists across Europe block access to North Sea oil infrastructure

England drenched after the wettest 18 months since records began in 1836

England has experienced its wettest 18 months since records began in 1836, leaving farmers struggling to plant crops in waterlogged fields and transport networks disrupted by flooding. Climate change…Continue readingEngland drenched after the wettest 18 months since records began in 1836

German greenhouse gas emissions dropped sharply last year

Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by one-tenth last year as renewable energy grew in importance, the use of coal and gas diminished and economic pressures weighed on businesses and…Continue readingGerman greenhouse gas emissions dropped sharply last year

97% of sampled Antarctic seabirds found to have ingested microplastics

The polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctica are increasingly experiencing the impacts of plastic reaching floating ice and land, not solely as larger macroplastics (>5 cm), but as…Continue reading97% of sampled Antarctic seabirds found to have ingested microplastics

WMO confirms that 2023 smashes global temperature record

Six leading international datasets used for monitoring global temperatures and consolidated by WMO show that the annual average global temperature was 1.45 ± 0.12 °C above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900)…Continue readingWMO confirms that 2023 smashes global temperature record

Moving away from fossil fuels is easier said than done

The Norwegian energy firm Equinor might be better known for its oil and gas holdings but, as of August, it now operates the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm,…Continue readingMoving away from fossil fuels is easier said than done

Smog and sick kids: Thai pupils endure air pollution

Hundreds of Thai children strain to sing the national anthem, reedy voices and fragile lungs competing against eight lanes of belching traffic next to their school’s open atrium in…Continue readingSmog and sick kids: Thai pupils endure air pollution

Viewpoint: What the Anthropocene’s critics overlook, and why it really should be a new geological epoch

Geologists on an international subcommission recently voted down a proposal to formally recognize that we have entered the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch representing the time when massive, unrelenting…Continue readingViewpoint: What the Anthropocene’s critics overlook, and why it really should be a new geological epoch

Methane emissions from energy sector rose in 2023: IEA

Planet-heating methane released by the fossil fuel industry rose to near record highs in 2023 despite technology available to curb this pollution at virtually no cost, the International Energy…Continue readingMethane emissions from energy sector rose in 2023: IEA

Colombia’s Caribbean jewel slowly sinking as sea waters rise

A skeleton lies exposed to the elements as turquoise Caribbean waters lap the shores near a shattered tomb—a grisly reminder that the Colombian city of Cartagena is slowly being…Continue readingColombia’s Caribbean jewel slowly sinking as sea waters rise

Copernicus: 2023 is the hottest year on record, with global temperatures close to the 1.5°C limit

Continue readingCopernicus: 2023 is the hottest year on record, with global temperatures close to the 1.5°C limit

Rain Comes to the Arctic, With a Cascade of Troubling Changes

Rain used to be rare in most parts of the Arctic: the polar regions were, and still are, usually too cold and dry for clouds to form and absorb…Continue readingRain Comes to the Arctic, With a Cascade of Troubling Changes

In Mongolia, a Killer Winter Is Ravaging Herds and a Way of Life

The temperature was minus 45 degrees F when Uuganaa, a 27-year-old nomad with a wife and two children, woke to the howling winds outside his “ger,” a felt-covered traditional…Continue readingIn Mongolia, a Killer Winter Is Ravaging Herds and a Way of Life

Carbon emissions and El Nino push oceans to record temperatures

Months of record breaking temperatures and the El Niño weather phenomenon pushed the heating up of the world’s oceans to a new peak in February, scientists said. Oceans cover…Continue readingCarbon emissions and El Nino push oceans to record temperatures

Fifth mass coral bleaching event in eight years hits Great Barrier Reef, marine park authority confirms

The Great Barrier Reef is in the grip of a mass coral bleaching event driven by global heating – the fifth in only eight years – the marine park’s…Continue readingFifth mass coral bleaching event in eight years hits Great Barrier Reef, marine park authority confirms

Amid explosive demand, America is running out of power

Vast swaths of the United States are at risk of running short of power as electricity-hungry data centers and clean-technology factories proliferate around the country, leaving utilities and regulators…Continue readingAmid explosive demand, America is running out of power

What’s slowing down America’s clean energy transition? It’s not the cost

For the first time, clean energy in the United States is at the same price as energy from burning fossil fuels thanks to policy measures. The report found that…Continue readingWhat’s slowing down America’s clean energy transition? It’s not the cost

Quest to declare Anthropocene an epoch descends into epic row

The quest to declare the Anthropocene an official geological epoch has descended into an epic row, after the validity of a leaked vote that apparently killed the proposal was…Continue readingQuest to declare Anthropocene an epoch descends into epic row

Climate change pushes Malaysia’s coastal fishermen away from the sea

Many traditional Malaysian fishermen have found themselves increasingly affected by the climate crisis, which is changing weather patterns that have long governed when and where they can fish. Such…Continue readingClimate change pushes Malaysia’s coastal fishermen away from the sea

Morocco winter breaks heat records

In January, the average temperature hit a record, “exceeding 3.8C (38.8F) above normal for the period 1991-2020,” said Houcine Youaabed, the head of communications for the meteorological department. It…Continue readingMorocco winter breaks heat records

Dozens of koalas allegedly killed or injured during plantation logging on Kangaroo Island

Dozens of koalas have been killed or injured and left for dead during logging of blue gum plantations in South Australia, according to former employees of the harvesting company…Continue readingDozens of koalas allegedly killed or injured during plantation logging on Kangaroo Island

Land clearing: 2 million hectares of Queensland forest destroyed in 5 years

More than 2 million hectares (4.94 million acres) of bushland in Queensland that included large swathes of possible koala habitat has been cleared over a five-year period, new analysis…Continue readingLand clearing: 2 million hectares of Queensland forest destroyed in 5 years

Three charged after climate activist Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco and others block traffic on Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge

Three people have been charged after climate activist Deanna “Violet” Coco and others allegedly used a truck to cause traffic chaos on Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge. Extinction Rebellion members…Continue readingThree charged after climate activist Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco and others block traffic on Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge

Hanoi chokes as Vietnam capital tops most polluted cities list

Vietnamese capital Hanoi was blanketed by a thick haze of pollution on Tuesday that obscured high-rise buildings and left the city’s nearly nine million people breathing toxic air. The…Continue readingHanoi chokes as Vietnam capital tops most polluted cities list

Fury after Exxon chief says public to blame for climate failures

The world is off track to meet its climate goals and the public is to blame, Darren Woods, chief executive of oil giant ExxonMobil, has claimed. As the world’s…Continue readingFury after Exxon chief says public to blame for climate failures

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions hit record levels in 2023: IEA

Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose to a record level in 2023. CO2 emissions from energy rose by 1.1% in 2023, increasing by 410 million tonnes to a record…Continue readingEnergy-related carbon dioxide emissions hit record levels in 2023: IEA

An 80-mph (129kph) speed record for glacier fracture helps reveal the physics of ice sheet collapse

There’s enough water frozen in Greenland and Antarctic glaciers that if they melted, global seas would rise by many feet. What will happen to these glaciers over the coming…Continue readingAn 80-mph (129kph) speed record for glacier fracture helps reveal the physics of ice sheet collapse

World must act to stem surge of polluting trash, UN warns

The world generated 2.3 billion tonnes of municipal waste last year and the pile of trash is set to grow another two-thirds by 2050, the UN said Wednesday, warning…Continue readingWorld must act to stem surge of polluting trash, UN warns

Vanishing ice and snow: record warm winter wreaks havoc across US midwest

While ice cover across the Great Lakes – a network of five freshwater lakes about the size of the United Kingdom – has been declining since the early 1970s,…Continue readingVanishing ice and snow: record warm winter wreaks havoc across US midwest

Oil and gas profits triple under Joe Biden even as industry decries him

Profits for the biggest US oil and gas producers have almost tripled under President Joe Biden, even as the industry berates his administration’s “hostile” policies and warns that a…Continue readingOil and gas profits triple under Joe Biden even as industry decries him